The University of Missouri will leave the Big 12 and join the Southeastern Conference in July in the latest move affecting college sports rivalries, fan travel and student class schedules.
Texas A&M University accepted an invitation to join the Southeastern Conference beginning in 2012, creating uncertainty over the future of the Big 12 Conference, which has lost three schools in the last year.
U.S. Senate and House negotiators face a Dec. 13 deadline to reach a compromise on a proposed budget.
The Southeastern Conference unanimously agreed to accept Texas A&M University as a member, conference chairman Bernie Machen said.
The Southeastern Conference said it will keep its membership at 12 schools for the time being following a meeting of its presidents and chancellors today.
Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN and the Southeastern Conference announced the creation of the SEC Network, a round-the-clock media stage for one of the nation’s most dominant college athletic leagues.
Texas A&M Universty will become the 13th member of the Southeastern Conference on July 1, 2012.