UPDATE on College Football Realignment

Texas A&M Officially Joining SEC

9/26/11 in NCAAF   |   xoJillian   |   60 respect

After a lot of formalities, including getting other Big 12 teams to publicly decide whether they would sue A&M for leaving the conference, the Aggies have officially been accepted into the South Eastern Conference (SEC).

While it is unclear if all legal hurdles have been cleared, the announcement of the Aggies' official acceptance seems to indicate they have been. It seems that while some Big 12 schools are not willing to agree to waive their right to sue, the SEC is prepared to address that issue if it comes up rather than withhold membership.

This acceptance comes on the heels of a proposal by the Big 12 schools going forward to lock all of the television rights together for the remaining teams. The SEC might see this as an indication that the Big 12 will stay together and not claim they are financially harmed by A&M leaving the conference.

The Aggies will officially join the SEC in July of 2012. It is unclear if the SEC will add another school to make the divisions even, or remain at 13 members.
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9/28/11   |   xoJillian   |   60 respect

Ryan wrote:
I really hate this is the way that the conferences are going to go.  So much for the Southeastern Conference having teams from the southeast!

I'll be watching for the UCONN shift to the Pac-12!

I totally agree with you. Although I think the geographic references were long ago forgotten. I mean TCU in the Big East, or even Notre Dame in the Big East? Neither makes much sense geographically. Beyond geographically, the Big 10 now has 12 teams, and the Big 12 has 9. Although at least the Pac-12 changed their name.

9/26/11   |   Ryan   |   153 respect

I really hate this is the way that the conferences are going to go.  So much for the Southeastern Conference having teams from the southeast!

I'll be watching for the UCONN shift to the Pac-12!