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PHOTO GALLERY: Officials, fans celebrate Missouri's move to SEC

Sunday, November 6, 2011 | 9:27 p.m. CST

Missouri found a new home for its athletics as school and conference leaders celebrated its deal to leave the Big 12 and join the Southeastern Conference beginning July 1, 2012. Marching Mizzou, student athletes and fans celebrated at a news conference at the MU Student Center on Sunday.

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive and MU Chancellor Brady Deaton celebrate Sunday evening at the MU Student Center after the formal announcement that Missouri will join the SEC effective July 1, 2012.
Missouri softball players Taylor Duplechain, Angela Randazzo and Kayla Kingsley cheer "M-I-Z Z-O-U" after the news conference announcing Missouri's acceptance into the Southeastern Conference on Sunday at the MU Student Center.
MU senior Nate Shaw focuses as he snaps a photo of the new SEC logo which has added Missouri. "I'm just glad we got out before Texas did, and the conference devolved into nothing," Shaw said.
Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden addresses the crowd at the news conference announcing the Missouri's addition to the Southeastern Conference. Missouri and Texas A&M are the first additions to the SEC since 1991.
Florida President Bernie Machen, Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden and Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive sit beside the stage Sunday as MU Chancellor Brady Deaton addresses a packed Student Center.
Members of the Missouri women's soccer team sing along to "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts before the news conference Sunday at the MU Student Center. Many of those in attendance were MU student-athletes.
MU students and fans wait Sunday afternoon at the MU Student Center for the celebration and news conference about Missouri joining the Southeastern Conference. The addition of Missouri will increase the SEC membership to 14 schools.
Marching Mizzou plays the MU fight song during the celebration and news conference about Missouri's move to the Southeastern Conference on Sunday at the MU Student Center. The move to the SEC will be effective July 1, 2012, and all sports teams will compete in the SEC in the 2012-13 academic year.
MU Chancellor Brady Deaton admires a ceremonial Southeastern Conference helmet beside SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, left, University of Florida President Bernie Machen and Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden at the MU Student Center on Sunday after Missouri announced that it will join the SEC, effective July 1, 2012.

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