Texas A&M Set to Join SEC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Southeastern Conference says Texas

A&M is set to be join the league next year.

The SEC announced Sunday that the move will be effective next

July, and says Texas A&M will participate in all sports during the

2012-13 academic year. That gives the SEC 13 members and its first

addition since South Carolina and Arkansas in 1992.

The Aggies' defection from the Big 12 had been held up with

threatened legal action from Baylor and other schools. The

statement released by the SEC did not mention that situation, and

spokesman Charles Bloom did not immediately return a call seeking


SEC presidents and chancellors voted in favor of the move on

Sept. 6.

Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin says: We are excited to

begin competition in the nation's premier athletic conference."

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