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Sunday, September 25, 2011
Texas A&M-SEC marriage is official

By David Ubben

Texas A&M has officially been accepted as the 13th member of the Southeastern Conference.

Months of legal wrangling and rumors led into today's official announcement, but sources told ESPN's Joe Schad that the Aggies' acceptance  is "unconditional."

"The Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors are pleased to welcome Texas A&M University to the SEC family," said Dr. Bernie Machen, chair of the SEC Presidents and Chancellors and president of the University of Florida. "The addition of Texas A&M University as the SEC's 13th member gives our league a prestigious academic institution with a strong athletic tradition and a culture similar to our current institutions."

A likely earlier announcement was postponed after Baylor threatened legal action, but the Big 12 is nearing stabilization, and any litigation would be dealt with as necessary.

Texas A&M is the third Big 12 team to leave the league since June 2010, when Nebraska left for the Big Ten and Colorado left to form the Pac-12.