It's official: Texas A&M to join SEC in July 2012

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,.

SEC presidents and chancellors voted in favor of the move on Sept. 6.

It’s unclear if the SEC will add a 14th member for next season or go with unbalanced divisions. Other rumored possibilities have included the Big 12’s Missouri and West Virginia of the Big East.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA: This might be the worst Steve Spurrier’s ever felt at 4-0.

The South Carolina coach was frustrated with his team’s offensive showing Saturday night that included six fumbles and four interceptions. Still, the Gamecocks left with a 21-3 victory over Vanderbilt and moved up two spots in the national rankings.

“I guess that’s one thing that’s encouraging,” Spurrier said Sunday. “We have not scored first in any game and have managed to win them all. But we’ve got to play better offensively if we’re going to make a run this year.”

The offensive struggles continued against Vanderbilt (3-1, 1-1), except this time the Gamecocks’ defense showed up to end the Commodores best start in three years. South Carolina held Vanderbilt to 77 yards and a field goal.

The offset the offensive horror show at Williams-Brice Stadium. Garcia, the fifth-year senior, led the disappointment with four interceptions. South Carolina didn’t lose any of its six fumbles. All-American receiver Alshon Jeffery had two catches for 34 yards. There were nine penalties. Even Marcus Lattimore, the nation’s leading rusher coming in, didn’t have a typical showing, held to 77 yards on the ground.

 

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