The Southeastern Conference is not extending an invitation to Texas A&M to become its 13th member, but isn’t ruling out adding the Aggies in the future.
University of Florida president Dr. Bernie Machen said the conference’s presidents and chancellors met on Sunday and “reaffirmed our satisfaction with the present 12 institutional alignment.”
“We recognize, however, that future conditions may make it advantageous to expand the number of institutions in the league,” Machen said. “We discussed criteria and process associated with expansion. No action was taken with respect to any institution including Texas A&M.”
The possibility that A&M would join the SEC had excited us, but from the SEC’s statement today and the way ESPN is presenting it, it seems like, for a second year, it is not to be. The statement leaves the door open for the addition of new members, including A&M, but it is unclear when and on what terms the conference will add to its membership.