BREAKING: SEC Reportedly Approves Membership for Texas A&M


The Fort-Worth Star-Telegram was the first to break the news. According to the Star-Telegram, Texas A&M will announce sometime Wednesday that it intends to move to the SEC. Reportedly, the SEC has approved Texas A&M's application, although the conference has yet to make a formal announcement.

Officially, per the Star Telegram:

An official announcement of Texas A&M's move to the Southeastern Conference is expected today in College Station.

School officials spent Tuesday preparing for a news conference at Kyle Field to celebrate the move, pending a favorable vote from SEC presidents to extend an invitation. The SEC presidents met Tuesday night and approved an invitation to A&M, said sources with knowledge of the situation, but the SEC made no formal announcement.

A&M officials have indicated they would accept an SEC invitation. The move would be effective for the 2012 football season.

The news was also unofficially confirmed by OrangeBloods.com writer Chip Brown via Twitter.

Hearing the SEC vote to admit Texas A&M was 10-2 and that West Virginia is squarely on the SEC radar as a potential 14th member.

Anyone know which way Eli Capilouto voted?

Rumors continue to swirl that the SEC won't stop at 13, with a multitude of schools being thrown out as a potential 14th member. West Virginia joins Virginia Tech, Missouri, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and a litany of other institutions that are rumored to be SEC targets.

Meanwhile, the Big 12 is on the verge of implosion, as Oklahoma may be looking either east or west at a new conference destination. If that happens, Texas will be forced to decide whether to follow OU (if the Sooners head to the Pac-12), go independent, or try to salvage a broken-down Big 12.

Could the A&M move trigger the birth of the super-conference era? Stay tuned.

We live in interesting times, indeed.

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