Texas A&M Joins the Southeastern Conference
9/26/2011 9:03 AM
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Texas A&M University will join Arkansas and 11 other member institutions for intercollegiate athletics competition in the Southeastern Conference beginning in 2012.
The University of Arkansas and Texas A&M University were previously members of the same conference, the Southwest Conference, from 1915-1991. Arkansas officially joined the Southeastern Conference and competed in all sports, except football, beginning in 1991-92. The Razorbacks first competed in the SEC in football in 1992.
“As a proud member of the Southeastern Conference, we are pleased to welcome Texas A&M University to the most competitive and successful conference in the nation,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “Arkansas and Texas A&M share a rich history of competition in intercollegiate athletics, including a long-time affiliation in the former Southwest Conference. In the past two years, our rivalry with Texas A&M has been rekindled in football with the Southwest Classic in Cowboys Stadium. Based on the tremendous response from fans of both programs to that game, we look forward to renewing competition between the Razorbacks and the Aggies in all sports beginning in 2012.”
This Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, Arkansas and Texas A&M will meet in the Southwest Classic at Cowboys Stadium. The Razorbacks and Aggies are in the third year of a 10-year contract to play football annually in Arlington, Texas. This weekend’s game is set for 11 a.m. CT and will be televised by ESPN.
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