Missouri will join SEC in July 2012

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After weeks of waiting, Missouri’s move to the Southeastern Conference became official Sunday.

The SEC released a statement saying the conference’s presidents and chancellors unanimously agreed to welcome Missouri into the league effective July 1, 2012.

Missouri will be leaving the Big 12, a conference it has been a part of since 1907, including its days as the Big Eight and earlier incarnations such as the Big Six.

The school could also face the end of annual athletic contests with neighboring Kansas, a rivalry with roots in the Civil War.

The teams first met on the football field in 1891, the sport’s oldest traditional matchup west of the Mississippi River.

Missouri will likely compete in the SEC’s East division, according to Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long, who suggested such a move his Twitter account. The other East schools are Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt

PENN STATE: Coach Joe Paterno says he’s shocked by sexual abuse charges brought against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and deeply saddened by the allegations.

Paterno in a statement issued by his son, Scott, said he’s troubled that someone he thought he knew might have harmed young people.

Paterno referred to his grand jury testimony in which he testified that he was informed by an assistant coach in 2002 that he had witnessed an incident in the shower of the team locker room. Prosecutors have said Paterno had passed on the information to athletic director Tim Curley.

But Paterno says specific actions alleged to have occurred in the grand jury report were not relayed to him.

Paterno said he understands people are angry, but asked to also let the legal process unfold.

AUBURN: The defending national champions are gearing up for the stretch run.

The 24th-ranked Tigers return from an open date to start their final three-game stretch at No. 14 Georgia. Auburn is 6-3 with home games against Samford and Alabama to come.

Coach Gene Chizik said Sunday the Tigers spent the open week on self-evaluation and working “on some things that we felt like we had to clean up.”

He says one big priority was cutting down on penalties, The Tigers have been flagged 23 times for 196 yards in their three defeats.

Chizik says Auburn’s not good enough to overcome those kind of mistakes. He says, “That’s undisciplined football.”

TEXAS: Redshirt freshman running back Traylon Shead is leaving the Longhorns and will transfer to another school.


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