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College Sports, Division I, Education

Conference Realigment Update: University of Missouri to the Southeastern Conference

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) released on Sunday (November 6, 2011) its acceptance of the University of Missouri-Columbia as a new member institution to the conference. Specifically, the SEC’s news release stated the “Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors, acting unanimously, announced today that the University of Missouri will join the Southeastern Conference effective July 1, 2012, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2012-13 academic year”.  Missouri’s addition to the conference will increase the SEC’s membership to 14 institutions. Missouri’s jump from the Big 12 Conference to the SEC will be its second new member–Texas A&M University also will join the SEC (which was announced on September 25, 2011). The additions of Missouri and Texas A&M, according to the SEC release, “are the first expansions for the SEC since September of 1991 when the University of South Carolina joined the league. The University of Arkansas joined the SEC in August of 1991. With the addition of Arkansas and South Carolina, the SEC was the first conference to split into divisions and add a conference championship game in 1992.”

The full SEC news release can be viewed by clicking here.

The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm has advised, and continues to recommend, NCAA member institutions conduct annual discussions (among all significant decision makers and stakeholders) on the short- and long-term strategic and tactical needs of the athletics department in several areas, including, but not limited to, competitive success and program development. The implementation of any strategies and tactics in the areas of competitive success and program development may involve or require changes in conference membership. Colleges and universities should be ready to make immediate decisions on conference membership that adheres to a strategic plan if another round of conference re-alignment occurs in the next five years.

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About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.

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