Missouri officially accepted as 14th member of Southeastern Conference

Missouri has officially been accepted as a member of the Southeastern Conference. Along with new member Texas A&M, that means the SEC will compete as a 14-team conference starting next season.

Following is the official announcement sent out by the SEC Sunday morning:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (November 6, 2011) – The Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors, acting unanimously, announced today that the University of Missouri will join the Southeastern Conference effective July 1, 2012, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2012-13 academic year.

The addition of Missouri will increase SEC membership to 14 institutions. The additions of Texas A&M, announced on September 25, 2011, and Missouri, are the first expansions for the SEC since September of 1991 when the University of South Carolina joined the league. The University of Arkansas joined the SEC in August of 1991. With the addition of Arkansas and South Carolina, the SEC was the first conference to split into divisions and add a conference championship game in 1992.

“The Presidents and Chancellors of the Southeastern Conference are pleased to welcome the University of Missouri to the SEC,” said Dr. Bernie Machen, President of the SEC Presidents and Chancellors and president of the University of Florida. “The University of Missouri is a prestigious academic institution with a strong athletic tradition and a culture similar to our current institutions.”

“The Southeastern Conference is a highly successful, stable, premier athletic conference that offers exciting opportunities for the University of Missouri,” said Chancellor Brady J. Deaton. “In joining the SEC, MU partners with universities distinguished for their academic programs and their emphasis on student success. The SEC will provide our student-athletes with top flight competition and unparalleled visibility. We came to this decision after careful consideration of the long term best interests of our university. We believe the Southeastern Conference is an outstanding home for the Mizzou Tigers, and we take great pride in our association with this distinguished league.”

Missouri, located in Columbia, will also be the fourth institution in the Southeastern Conference to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, joining University of Florida, Texas A&M University and Vanderbilt University. Missouri has an enrollment of 33,800 students, which would be the fourth largest institution in the SEC, with Florida, Georgia and Texas A&M having a larger student body. There are more than 260,000 “Mizzou” alumni around the world. The State of Missouri borders three SEC states: Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas, and they bring an existing rivalry with former conference foe Texas A&M.

Missouri athletic teams have excelled recently. Its men’s basketball team has made it to the NCAA Tournament three straight seasons and 24 times overall. The Tiger football team has been to post-season bowl games for six straight years and 28 times overall. The softball team has participated in the College World Series each of the last three seasons. The Tigers have won Big 12 Championships in men’s basketball, soccer and softball.

“I am pleased to officially welcome the University of Missouri to the SEC family on behalf of our presidents, chancellors, athletics directors, students and fans,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “Missouri is an outstanding academic institution with a strong athletic program. We look forward to having the Tigers compete in our league starting in 2012.”

The Tigers sponsor 20 varsity sports. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, football, golf, swimming and diving, wrestling, indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country. Women’s sports include basketball, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country and volleyball. Missouri participates in every sport sponsored by the SEC except men’s tennis and the SEC sponsors every sport the Tigers participate in except wrestling.

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Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 6th, 2011
2:08 pm

John, Ducktown

November 6th, 2011
2:09 pm

First. Yippee!

Bryan G.

November 6th, 2011
2:11 pm

Yay…we fixed something that wasn’t broken by adding two sort of okay football schools

UGA Alumnus

November 6th, 2011
2:13 pm

I didn’t know Missouri was in the South East… interesting.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 6th, 2011
2:14 pm

The University of Missouri Chancellor Brady J. Deaton said “In joining the SEC, MU partners with universities distinguished for their academic programs and their emphasis on student success.
SEC? the Seldom Educated Conference has academics?
We all suspect that big-time student athletes sometimes aren’t the best and the brightest academically.

Some highlights:

Football players average 220 points lower on the SAT than their classmates. Men’s basketball was 227 points lower.
University of Florida won the prize for biggest gap between football players and the student body, with players scoring 346 points lower than their peers.
Georgia Tech had the nation’s best average SAT score for football players, 1028 of a possible 1600, and best average high school GPA, 3.39 of a possible 4.0. But because its student body is apparently very smart, Tech’s football players still scored 315 SAT points lower than their classmates.

dawggirl

November 6th, 2011
2:15 pm

More Tigers?

Mirna from smyrna

November 6th, 2011
2:15 pm

What time slot do you think the Auburn game will be?
3:30’s my pick…

David

November 6th, 2011
2:15 pm

The SEC added two big TV markets in Texas and Missouri. They also improved their basketball standing. Now if Notre Dame would just join a conference then all the major conference will have 16 teams.

Glock 45

November 6th, 2011
2:15 pm

John, Ducktown

November 6th, 2011
2:09 pm

First. Yippee!

Grow up D-BAG. How pathetic.

David

November 6th, 2011
2:16 pm

@dawggirl Good point, the SEC has two tigers and two bulldogs now.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 6th, 2011
2:17 pm

So is Auburn moving to the EAST? Will that mean UGA will have to play Bama more often?
UGA better get that SEC Championship soon. The DROUGHT between SEC Championships will be longer than the Drought between UGA MNC’s. LOL I said between MNC’s and that would imply more than 1 MNC. My mistake.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 6th, 2011
2:21 pm

3 TIGERS Mizzu, Auburn, and LSU

Notre Dame is really looking at the ACC in all sports. The Big East has lost all appeal in football for ND. If ND wanted the Big 10 they would have done that already.

David

November 6th, 2011
2:22 pm

Texas A&M is in the west, and Missouri is in the east. Alabama would not allow Missouri in the conference if Auburn went to the east.

dawgfan

November 6th, 2011
2:26 pm

Missouri will move to the East to keep the cross-divisional rivalries intact. That way we will still have Bama/Tennessee, UGA/Auburn, LSU/Florida as great constant cross division games. I guess they figure Missouri isn’t “southeast” anyways, so moving them to the Eastern Division wouldn’t hurt

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 6th, 2011
2:28 pm

WHY? bama would still have them every year and the VOLS to. Bama afraid they would have to maybe face Auburn 2 weeks later in the Dome for the SEC CG?
The Travel makes no sense for Mizzou to be in the East.

dawgfan

November 6th, 2011
2:31 pm

Still@theKool-aidBAR you’re clearly a tech fan because you don’t get it. If Auburn became Alabama’s cross divisional opponent (each team has one permanent) then Bama/Tennessee would not happen every year. They don’t want that to happen. Plus when that happens, who would become Tennessee’s permanent rival? What about UGA? Logistically (for scheduling purposes) it makes since for Missouri to go to the East and have Texas A&M be their permanent cross-division rival.

weaseal

November 6th, 2011
2:35 pm

We now will have the TV market in Teaxs, & Kansas City still not sure why no N. Carolina but we rule the South -Go SEC !!!!

Jerry

November 6th, 2011
2:36 pm

No analysis already written? I mean, we knew this was coming weeks ago…

ATLER (Ramblin Wreck)

November 6th, 2011
2:41 pm

ugag doesn’t want to play LSU or Bama, so their fine the way the schedule is now. ugag’s happy to have weak a$$ Mizzo in the East.

GTBob

November 6th, 2011
2:42 pm

Missouri probably wants the SEC east. They would have won that division easily this year.

dawgfan

November 6th, 2011
2:46 pm

Is there anything more painfully dumb in all of the world than a Georgia Tech fan? They constantly boast about how brilliant they are but can’t even understand how SEC scheduling works. We had absolutely no control over who we played from the SEC West this year you braindead morons. Good grief you people are thick.

Unreal.

dawgfan

November 6th, 2011
2:46 pm

I love these Tech fans talkin trash. You lost to Virginia and Miami (both horrible teams) and only beaten UGA once in the last decade. Good job maggots

Alan Allen

November 6th, 2011
2:46 pm

Missouri borders 3 SEC states: Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. That’s good enough for me for geographical consistency. Better than Colorado in the Pac 12, West Virginia in the Big 12 and Louisiana Tech in the WAC

David Granger

November 6th, 2011
2:46 pm

Would’ve like to have had a school that’s a little more “southeastern”…maybe UNC or Maryland. But Missouri’s a fine school. Gives us another good basketball team in the conference, and along with Georgia, the SEC now has two of the finest journalism schools in the country.
Travel’s going to be real expensive, especially in the non-revenue sports.

ARdawg

November 6th, 2011
2:46 pm

Mirna

It is official 3:30 PM on CBS

Alan Allen

November 6th, 2011
2:46 pm

SEC still should have added East Carolina to give us the Raleigh and Charlotte, NC TV markets

dawgfan

November 6th, 2011
2:47 pm

I don’t know GTBob. UGA hasn’t won the East since 2005 but they are 4-1 vs. the Joke By Coke since then. The SEC East can’t be that bad can it?

LOL @ Tech fans.

Ap

November 6th, 2011
2:48 pm

Will Mizzou replace Alabama on UGA’s schedule next year? UGA could be one of Mizzou’s first SEC home games. With 14 teams, they have to go to a 6-1-1 rotation until they decide to play 9 conference games a year. UGA still has to finish its rotation with Ole Miss in Athens before another west team comes on the schedule, that will be Alabama. Will be interesting to see how all SEC team’s schedules change for the fall of 2012. Anyone have any insight to which way the SEC is leaning on scheduling?

ARdawg

November 6th, 2011
2:48 pm

GTBob

LOL, gee guy you can’t stand UGA’s success can you. It eats you and WE OWN YOU! Georgia should pay rent inside your head

flo-ri-duh

November 6th, 2011
2:48 pm

Anything for a buck. I have no interest in Texas A&M or Missouri as they are in the southwest and mid-west respectively. It would make since to bring in Georgia Tech and Florida State or Miami but I don’t think they want to be the doormat of the SEC.

7576DAWG

November 6th, 2011
2:48 pm

Everybody play’s a 12 team schedule now and I sure wish that the SEC would mandate that no fewer than 9 game has to be against SEC opponents now that we have a 14 team conference.

Joe Bob Thibodaux

November 6th, 2011
2:50 pm

I disagree with the decision to include Missouri in the SEC.

JBT

7576DAWG

November 6th, 2011
2:52 pm

I also wish the NCAA would change bowl eligibility requiring you to have 7 wins in a season.

Ap

November 6th, 2011
2:52 pm

I like it and by 2015 Clemson and FSU will join too, then you move Mizzou to the west and your done.

dannydawg

November 6th, 2011
2:53 pm

Still@theKool-aidBAR, good job making up your own statistics. “Georgia Tech had the nation’s best average SAT score for football players, 1028 of a possible 1600″

You forgot to mention that since 2005, the SAT has 2400 possible points. Moron. Enjoy your high school offense, you maggot lover.

SEC member

November 6th, 2011
2:54 pm

MIZZU heading to SEC East, The draft schedule 2012 indicates they will play UGA in in Athens October before Florida game,

7576DAWG

November 6th, 2011
2:54 pm

Joe Bob
The decision was 100% because of MONEY. New market means a lot more TV money going to the SEC.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 6th, 2011
2:56 pm

With a New team in EACH division WHY couldn’t you have 2 cross divisional rivals? Just drop on of the Sisters of the Poor & Blind FCS teams as an OOC game. Don’t Vandy and Ole Miss qualify as one of those games already?
FL with LSU
UA with UT & AU
UGA would have to replace Auburn and Add one
It is not that hard. The SEC just doesn’t want to Try to make a true EAST & WEST.

ARdawg

November 6th, 2011
2:57 pm

Ap

It appears Mizzou will be added to the East. Scheduling will get complicated to protect the 2 alternating cross division games plus the rivalry. It’ll be interesting. I can only assume everyone loses a cupcake

Gordon

November 6th, 2011
2:57 pm

When Mike Slive said the SEC could get to 16 teams in 15 minutes, I doubt Missouri was on anybody’s mind. The ACC’s preemptive strike of going to 14 and raising the exit fee certainly complicated things for the SEC. I think the SEC was just fine with 12 teams. They are the premier football conference and didn’t need to go to 14 or 16 teams unless they could add someone like Texas or Oklahoma and get equal revenue sharing. All this does is slow the rotation of traditional SEC rivalies in opposite divisions, especially if they stay with 8 conference games. UGA will see teams like Alabama and LSU in Athens once every 12 years with this new setup unless they go to 9 conference games. And if they do that, they will never play teams like Oregon or Boise State again because their out of conference schedule will consist of Tech and two cupcakes. Bad move by the SEC. They fixed something that was far from broken.

GTBob

November 6th, 2011
2:59 pm

The SEC East can’t be that bad can it?

If Florida is having a down year then the SEC east is usually terrible. This year is worse then usual though.

FBGUY

November 6th, 2011
3:00 pm

Has there been an official announcement as to whether Mizzou will be in the east or west division? I haven’t seen one just rumors.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 6th, 2011
3:00 pm

Dandydawg…………………you are the F..ing moron. here is the whole article.

Now the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has gone ahead and quantified that by comparing average SAT scores and grade-point averagesGPAs of athletes with the rest of the college’s student body. Not surprisingly, football and men’s basketball players came out on the bottom, and some averaged hundreds of points lower on SATs than their classmates.

The Journal-Constitution studied 54 public universities, “including the members of the six major Bowl Championship Series conferences and other schools whose teams finished the 2007-08 season ranked among the football or men’s basketball top 25.”

We all suspect that big-time student athletes sometimes aren’t the best and the brightest academically.

Some highlights:

Football players average 220 points lower on the SAT than their classmates. Men’s basketball was 227 points lower.
University of Florida won the prize for biggest gap between football players and the student body, with players scoring 346 points lower than their peers.
Georgia Tech had the nation’s best average SAT score for football players, 1028 of a possible 1600, and best average high school GPA, 3.39 of a possible 4.0. But because its student body is apparently very smart, Tech’s football players still scored 315 SAT points lower than their classmates.
UCLA, which has won more NCAA championships in all sports than any other school, had the biggest gap between the average SAT scores of athletes in all sports and its overall student body, at 247 points.
Some “universal truths,” according to the Journal-Constitution:

All 53 schools for which football SAT scores were available had at least an 88-point gap between team members’ average score and the average for the student body.

Schools with the highest admissions standards, such as Georgia Tech, the University of Virginia, the University of California-Berkeley, UCLA, and the University of North Carolina, had the biggest gaps between the SAT averages for athletes and the overall student body.

Football players performed 115 points worse on the SAT than male athletes in other sports.

The differences between athletes’ and non-athletes’ SAT scores were less than half as big for women (73 points) as for men (170).

Many schools routinely used a special admissions process to admit athletes who did not meet the normal entrance requirements. More than half of scholarship athletes at the University of Georgia, the University of Wisconsin, Clemson University, UCLA, Rutgers University, Texas A&M University and Louisiana State University were special admits. . . At Georgia, for instance, 73.5 percent of athletes were special admits compared with 6.6 percent of the student body as a whole.

At a glance, here are the top 10 highest and lowest schools based on the average SAT scores of football players (out of a maximum 1600 score):

FOOTBALL SAT SCORES:

THE TOP 10

School, Average

Georgia Tech, 1028
Oregon State, 997
Michigan, 997
Virginia, 993
Purdue, 974
Indiana, 973
Hawaii, 968
California, 967
Colorado, 966
Iowa, 964
THE BOTTOM 10

School, Average
Oklahoma State, 878
Louisville, 878
Memphis, 890
Florida, 890
Texas Tech, 901
Arkansas, 910
Texas A&M, 911
Mississippi State, 911
Washington State, 916
Michigan State, 917

Warnell Dawg

November 6th, 2011
3:01 pm

Are Tech fans really talking about UGA’s schedule? It sure would be nice to have a schedule that includes W. Carolina, Mid Tenn St., Kansas, NC, NC St., Maryland, Virginia and Duke! Also, ATLER, that’s a pretty strong accusation about UGA not wanting to play LSU and Bama for 2 reasons: one, we DO have to rotate them onto our schedule for 2 consecutive years every 4 years due to SEC interdivisional scheduling and two, this is coming from a fan of a school who LEFT the SEC? And as for you GTBob, if Missouri joined the ACC (either division) they would have a good shot at winning the division EVERY year, not just when the division is having a down year…please GT, do us and your big-mouth fans a favor and man up and request to join the SEC….

7576DAWG

November 6th, 2011
3:02 pm

Ap
My top choices were Florida State and Clemson but that will probably never happen. Same market means no additional money from the media that the SEC isn’t already getting . The SEC also doesn’t want to destroy two of the main teams in the ACC.

DougsMugsCoffeeDOTcom

November 6th, 2011
3:05 pm

ugggh,

oh, well, at least they have really pretty cheerleaders.
http://www.americasbestonline.com/2006missouri.jpg

Dawg48

November 6th, 2011
3:07 pm

Excuse me tech fans………….. Hello and welcome to a S.E.C. ( Georgia blog) on here we talk about real football! Could you please exit the blog! We will call on you if their is a Internet or power failure.
Thanks and have a great day!

Still playing Warcraft@the bar

November 6th, 2011
3:08 pm

GT football program grad rate: a paltry 55%
UGA football program grad rate: 65%

What’s up with your nerds, nerd?
http://m.ajc.com/sports/georgia-tech/looking-at-georgia-tech-1210059.html

GTBob

November 6th, 2011
3:09 pm

It sure would be nice to have a schedule that includes W. Carolina, Mid Tenn St., Kansas, NC, NC St., Maryland, Virginia and Duke!

Your schedule includes Coastal Carolina, New Mexico St, Vandy, the Mississippi sisters, Tennessee, Kentucky, and probably the worst Florida team in recent memory. I would gladly take your schedule.

Ben

November 6th, 2011
3:09 pm

Could not be more meh about this news.

More annoyed than anything.