COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina made it official yesterday, accepting an invitation to join the Southeastern Conference and accomplishing its goal of becoming a member of an all-sports league.
Presidents of SEC schools voted earlier yesterday, during a conference call, to ask South Carolina to join the league, which added Arkansas in August. Since then, the SEC had been searching for a 12th member to give it an even number of schools.
"Today is a great day for South Carolina," Arthur K. Smith, the school's interim president, said at a news conference. "This afternoon, on behalf of the 10-member universities, commissioner Roy Kramer of the Southeastern Conference extended an invitation of membership to the University of South Carolina.