While things seem to be quieting down for Sexy Zone for those wondering about the future of the group they are now at least assured to be around in 2012. It has been announced the group will be the special supporters for the Harukou (Spring high school) volleyball tournament, like the FIVB debut group before them Hey! Say! JUMP. Unlike HSJ though they will not be getting a new song for the event and will be using the B-side to their debut single, With You, as their support song for it.
Daily Sports article. (Japanese)
SZ is becoming an odd group for Johnny's in the fact they seem like they should be a debuted group yet there are some signs, like not having their own section on Johnny's net or even getting photos released when their single debuted, that they are still be considered as Juniors. But if they aren't a debut group then the members themselves don't seem to know as in the articles for this announcement Sato Shori is quoted saying he wants the group to do concerts and continue to do so for the next couple of years and newly created Junior groups usually talk about having concerts in newspapers.
It also seems a bit weird for them not to get a new song for Harukou but I'm actually not too worried about that. Even though HSJ got one, Chance to Change, it only ended up as a B-side for their second single, Dreams Come True which was only on the regular edition of that single. So having a B-side as a support song technically isn't new. But I think I preferred having something new as it helps build anticipation for an upcoming single, but maybe Johnny's wants to bring up the overall sales numbers for SZ's debut single instead.
Probably the most frustrating thing is that if SZ will get a second single it won't be until May, maybe April, until the do if they follow the same release schedule Arashi, NEWS and HSJ had. I believe there is another volleyball tournament around that time as I know the A-sides are all volleyball support songs as well but I can't remember which one it is. But that seems to be a long time to get something like this settled so hopefully Johnny's finishes promoting the group to debuted status soon on their official sites if that's what they're supposed to be.