ATLANTA -- Missouri and Texas A&M will begin competing as full fledged members of the Southeastern Conference this fall.The conference rolled out the red carpet in Buckhead Wednesday night.

The SEC welcomed its newest members, Texas A&M and Missouri, during a celebration at the JW Marriott Atlanta.Both the Aggies and Tigers are former members of the Big 12 Conference.Missouri's first SEC opponent will be Mark Richt's Georgia Bulldogs in Columbia, Missouri on Sept. 8.

Officials from both schools were in attendance as well as members of the coaching staffs. Texas A&M Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin was on hand, as was Women's Basketball Coach Gary Blair.Missouri Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel was on hand to talk Tigers football.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive was happy with the turnout, but would not comment on the proposed 4-team playoff or future conference expansion.

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