The worst kept secret in college football was officially confirmed yesterday as the Southeastern Conference announced that Missouri will leave the Big 12 and join the conference effective July 1st, 2012, according to a release from the SEC.
It will start competition in all sports for the 2012-13 academic year.
Missouri will be the SEC’s 14th member.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive says the University of Missouri will be treated as a full member of the SEC from the moment they join the conference on July 1st, no strings attached.
Missouri has been part of the Big 12 since it started athletic competition in 1996.
Prior to that, Missouri was part of the Big 8, which joined with four schools from the Southwest Conference to become the Big 12.
It will be the fourth-largest institution in the SEC, behind only Florida, Georgia and Texas A&M.
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