Missouri chancellor can lead conference switch

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Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton was given clearance to make decisions about conference realignment by the university's governing board, meaning he could move the school out of the Big 12.

Steve Owens, Missouri's interim system president, announced the decision by the school's Board of Curators, according to the Kansas City Star.

Deaton offered no comment on whether there was a vote taken on the specific option of Missouri leaving the Big 12, but he said he could make the move without further approval and would have support for such a decision.

The school has been reportedly set to join the SEC, but Deaton said no final agreements have been made.

"We've provided information to the SEC," he said at a press conference. "We would anticipate that any decision we make would be apropos to next season."

Texas A&M recently defected from the Big 12 for the SEC and TCU has committed to join the conference.

The board also told Deaton to explore an invitational basketball tournament and an annual football game with a rival in Kansas City.

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