Steve Spurrier: SEC teams will welcome A&M

South Carolina coach and longtime SEC card holder Steve Spurrier said if indeed Texas A&M joins the Southeastern Conference, the nation's top football league will welcome the Aggies.

A&M officially informed the Big 12 today that it will seek conference membership elsewhere.

"Well, certainly if that comes to fruition that A&M joins the SEC, we'll certainly welcome them," Spurrier said on the SEC coaches teleconference. "I'm sure they'll be in the Western division so we probably won't play them but once every three or four years, something like that. But, they're a big-time institution, excellent athletic department, all their sports are very good. I think they're girls basketball team won the national championship last year. They will be a huge addition to the SEC and to get into Texas really increases SEC TV markets and all that kind of stuff.

"So, if it happens, we certainly welcome them then."

New Florida coach and former Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said: "From a recruiting standpoint we're going to recruit the state of Florida and we certainly recruit nationally ... we're going to recruit the best players in the country and some of those are in Texas and so be it. It's a a great state of high school football and the high school coaches are outstanding in the state of Texas. But, again, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it."

Others coaches asked for their reaction kept their opinions muted, mostly deferring to SEC commissioner Mike Slive to handle the decisions for the conference.