(RNN) – A computer glitch may have given a glimpse of the future of the NCAA's most powerful football conference.
A release on The Southeastern Conference website Thursday prematurely announced that the University of Missouri will join the league.
The news release, dated Oct. 22 and posted on secdigitalnetwork.com, "The official site of the Southeastern Conference," read:
"Given the ever-changing conference paradigm over the past year, the Southeastern Conference has continued to demonstrate its commitment to maintaining its stature as one of the nation's premier conferences by welcoming the University of Missouri as the league's 14th member, Commissioner Mike Slive announced Monday.
"Missouri joins Texas A&M University as the league's two new institutions who will begin full membership on July 1, 2012. It is the first expansion of the SEC membership since Arkansas and South Carolina joined the conference in 1992."
A company that provides content for the SEC's website took responsibility for the gaff Friday afternoon. In a statement posted on XOS Digital's website, the company apologizes for the mistake that made a draft of the release available.
"A website user was able to obtain (the release) through the use of a new advanced search technology," the company's statement said.
The news release was pulled down from the SEC's site Thursday night.
Missouri currently is a member of the Big 12. The release contradicts reports that the Tigers will stay put through the 2012 season.
Interim Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas was quoted by several media outlets as saying if Missouri were to leave the Big 12, it would not happen before the 2012 season.
Aside from the mistaken posting of the news release by the SEC, neither the University of Missouri nor the Big 12 have officially announced a move to the SEC.