First there was a false alarm announcement about the Missouri Tigers joining the SEC last week, but now it is official that Missouri will join the SEC as the leagues 14th member. There is no mention of what division that Missouri will be in for football, but Missouri will be an official member of the SEC on July 1, 2012.
Here is what SEC had to say about the addition of Missouri:
"I am pleased to officially welcome the University of Missouri to the SEC family on behalf of our presidents, chancellors, athletics directors, students and fans," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "Missouri is an outstanding academic institution with a strong athletic program. We look forward to having the Tigers compete in our league starting in 2012."
Here is a statement from Missouri:
"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 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."
For more on Missouri to the SEC head over to Rock M Nation.