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Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:19 am
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

According to a report from the Birmingham News, Missouri may not have the support needed to join the SEC after all.

The News's Jon Solomon reported Thursday morning that the "majority" of conference presidents and ADs would support the Tigers' application to become the league's 14th team, but that that majority "falls just short of the nine votes required" to give Missouri final approval.

According to Solomon's sources, those opposed to Missouri's membership have two points of contention. The first is that the SEC can simply "do better" than the Tigers. The other is that adding a team to the SEC West rather than East would disrupt the league's scheduling and rivalries.

The debate has reportedly led to a split between Auburn and Alabama, with the Crimson Tide opposed to Missouri's application and their in-state rivals in favor. Adding Missouri would almost certainly shift Auburn to the East division, restoring the Tigers' traditional annual rivalries with Tennessee and Florida, but potentially scuttling the Tide's yearly "Third Saturday in October" grudge match with the Volunteers. (With only one annual "cross-division" game on the schedule, Alabama couldn't play both Tennessee and Auburn with both in the East, at least not without a nine-game conference schedule.)

As noted by Solomon, Missouri's application won't be helped by an anonymous official telling the Associated Press Wednesday that the SEC would be the Tigers' second choice after the Big Ten. The public admission that Missouri might look elsewhere if the Big Ten asked them to surely won't sit well with a league that -- surely -- can find other partners that would be 100 percent committed.

So a move that looked like all but certain when the Mizzou Board of Curators voted to explore their options Tuesday now has another clear, visible hurdle in front of it. (At minimum, the SEC's plans for a 13-team 2012 season look that much closer to being set in stone.) The guess here remains that in the end, the allure of Missouri's Kansas City/St. Louis television markets will be too much for Mike Slive and the SEC to ignore (especially with the league angling for a new TV contract), and that the SEC's stability and overflowing coffers will be too much for even the Big Ten-focused Missouri officials to turn down.

But at the very least, Mizzou-to-the-SEC appears to be a deal that isn't done just yet.

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Comments

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

The SEC will likely get three of these four from the ACC:  WVU, VaTech, Maryland, and/or UNC.
This guy might have more credibility if he actually knew which team is in which conference. ROFL

  



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:01 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

Biggoldorange....If the SEC wants to add West Virginia to get to 14 teams then fine.  Adding them will not open up any markets for recruiting.  If a SEC school wants to get a stud from the mid-east market (PA, OH or MD) they just have to knock on the door.  Do you really think a stud from western PA who has a chance to play at Florida, Alabama or LSU would not pick one of these schools?




Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:57 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

@ Cardsbiddy


You don't see why the SEC would rather have Missouri over Louisville? You said it yourself that Louisville isn't as good as Missouri in football. SEC is a football conference and football makes more money than all other sports combined. Than you factor in that St. Louis/Kansas City adds a new market to the SEC. They don't need two teams from the state of Kentucky. So in other words, Louisville adds nothing to the SEC. In fact, Louisville would cost the SEC money by taking a piece of the pie.

So there's your answer on why the SEC would choose Missouri over Louisville.



Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:55 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

thisisfedup,
The SEC pays out $4 million/year more than the ACC, based on last year's payout.
 



Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

you just answered it your self. football, is what makes the sec so great. Why would they want a school irrelevant to football. and even basketball? say what? this team until the injury this week to are big man, was suppose to be the top 2 team in the big 12. even bball idk if i would say your better.




Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

Maxbps, you are insane! the ACC is controlled by UNC! Why in the hell would they leave! Do some homework on the ACC. Va Tech maybe, WVU has already crashed and burned with the SEC! Wow, I'm baffled by this comment!
 



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

I don't care who did or didn't start this mess.  I grew up in Missouri but lets face it, Texas has more pop and national drawing power than Mizzou.  They rolled the dice with the Big Ten and lost to Nebraska.

I agree with an earlier post in who is better than Mizzou in the SEC's eyes.  There is no way that the SEC is now going to pull a school from the ACC.  The exit fee alone will stop that.  West Virgina maybe but heck, if I were in the SEC I would look at Louisville or Cincinnati before them anyway (TV markets).

I can not believe a school in the SEC would vote no based upon not getting to play their rival.  I think the scheduling part is easy.  Unless they know that there is a big fish waiting for them (Texas or Oklahoma) Mizzou is better than any school left out of the Big East or Conference USA.  That being said, Mizzou would be crazy to jump to the SEC as they really don't seem to be a good fit.  Stay with the Big XII before jumping to the SEC.



Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

cardsbdiddy...It's not about facilities or athletics, it's about money.  They would be able to control two more markets of St. Louis and Kansas City.  That is the bottom line,Nothing Else, to adding Missouri to the SEC.



Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

John Adams, Sports editor for the KNS endorsed WVU entering the SEC East. Perhaps echoing sentiments of the UT administration?  Also fits with Bama's desire to keep the TN v Alabama rivalry in place.  I would guess the remaing teams resisting Mizzou entry would be from the East division.  Sliding Auburn from the West does nothing to inhance recruiting. A WVU add would open up PA, OH, MD/DC areas.




Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

How in the world is Louisville not a betteroption than Missouri for any conference? It has a better athletic program in all sports except football (thats Kragthorpe). the basketball is head and shoulders better and so are the facilities for everything. I just don't see why Missouri is wanted by anyone. What do they bring to the table. They are average at everything.


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