University of Missouri Officially Headed to SEC
COLUMBIA - The Southeastern Conference announced Sunday morning that the Univeristy of Missouri will be joining the conference, effective July 2012. Missouri will be the 14th university in the conference.
"The Presidents and Chancellors of the Southeastern Conference are pleased to welcome the University of Missouri to the SEC," said Dr. Bernie Machen, President of the SEC Presidents and Chancellors and president of the University of Florida in a press release.
"The University of Missouri is a prestigious academic institution with a strong athletic tradition and a culture similar to our current institutions," said Machen.
The media and the public are invited to join MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, Athletic Director Mike Alden, University of Florida President Bernie Machen and SEC Commissioner Mike Slive at a press conference and celebration at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in Mizzou's Student Center on the corner of Rollins and Hitt Streets. Free public parking is available in the Turner and Virginia Ave. garages.
"The Southeastern Conference is a highly successful, stable, premier athletic conference that offers exciting opportunities for the University of Missouri," said Chancellor Brady J. Deaton in a press release. " In joining the SEC, MU partners with universities distinguished for their academic programs and their emphasis on student success. The SEC will provide our student-athletes with top flight competition and unparalleled visibility. We came to this decision after careful consideration of the long term best interests of our university. We believe the Southeastern Conference is an outstanding home for the Mizzou Tigers, and we take great pride in our association with this distinguished league."
KOMU 8 will keep you updated with more information as it becomes available. Here's a look at the official SEC press release.