Sun, 06 Nov 2011 16:48:28 GMT — Update: 4:15 p.m. Nov. 6You can click here to view a live stream of the news conference at the University of Missouri.Original Story:The University of Missouri announced that it will be leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference.The move will be effective July 1, 2012 and they will immediately be full members of the SEC. Mizzou becomes the 14th institution in the SEC. The additions of Texas A&M and Missouri are the first expansions for the conference since 1991."The Presidents and Chancellors of the Southeastern Conference are pleased to welcome the University of Missouri to the SEC," said Dr. Bernie Machen, President of the SEC Presidents and Chancellors and president of the University of Florida. "The University of Missouri is a prestigious academic institution with a strong athletic tradition and a culture similar to our current institutions."Chancellor Brady Deaton expressed praise for Missouri's new conference."The Southeastern Conference is a highly successful, stable, premier athletic conference that offers exciting opportunities for the University of Missouri," Deaton said. "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."SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said he was happy Missouri was joining the SEC."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."A news conference is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Sunday for the announcement. Stay tuned to KRCG and connectmidmissouri.com for updates from that news conference.
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