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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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Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 1:41 pm

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

Do better than a consistent top 30 program in both football and basketball? 1 of 6 teams with 40 wins in the last 4 years in D1? Only team with last 3 QB's playing in the NFL? Delivering two large media markets? Name that team! I hope they join the PAC 16 so I can see two games a year in the bay area. Those 9AM east coast starts suck.

Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: October 7, 2011 1:29 pm

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

Bring on Missouri.

Put Alabama and Auburn in the East.  Put Vandy in the West and pair them to play Tennessee every year. 

The Facts
Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 1:19 pm
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 1:09 pm

Mizzou should wait in SEC until B1G invite @2016

Mizzou should wait in SEC until B1G invite @2016

Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:18 am

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

You nailed that one on the head. We need a playoff the BCS is joke.

Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:14 am

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

Leave the schools out west alone.  The SEC should look at Louisville, South Florida or just go for and get Notredame to put there money where ther mouth is.  Notre Dame could easily compete for the East as well as USF.  Louisville with Charlie Strong could easily finish third or fourth everey year in The East.  If Missouri does join then send Bama an Aubums to the East ole miss won't mind losing everey other year to the Tide.

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 8:30 am

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet


Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 7:51 am

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

You know "TheFacts" I'm an alum of a Big Ten university (THEE Ohio State to be exact Wink) so I'm used to getting a lot of flak from other people, especially SEC fans.

But to suggest someone with a degree from an SEC university could not get a degree from a Big Ten school is preposterous.  I love the Big Ten, but ya know what?  The schools in the SEC are no academic fact you could probably say that about most schools in the U.S. 


Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 4:59 am

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

Something better? That means ACC and specifically Flordia State, Clemson, Virginia Tech and the sleeper pick of Maryland (think TV and the DC market). Or it could mean a real trick play and be Missouri plus the two Oklahoma schools. Only prolem is the 2 Okie schools signed away their tier 1 & 2 rights on Thursday to the Big 12. So the options are limited to find something better. West Virginia, is that better? Don't know. But there isn't a whole lot on the table for the SEC to choose from in the East region. Missouri some how gets done unless the Big Ten suddenly awakens and decides it is going to get in on the action. If the Big East implodes then this realignment game shifts back to warp speed. The SEC and ACC have a gentleman's agreement supposedly not to touch one another but I suppose if the feelers go out something could get done.

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 1:28 am

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

No one is suggesting Missouri can deliver 100% of the in State TV's... It would be foolish to even suggest it! However, they are strongly supported in both KC & St Louis (far more support than KU & KSU in football anyway)! It will introduce the SEC brand to markets that have had to watch Iowa St play KU on crappy non HD stations! I lived there for 15 years the SEC will be a good fit.

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