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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 24, 2010
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:31 am
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

The "Road Scholar" would be the person you see walking down the road studying his books :)




Since: Apr 25, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:40 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

There are countless guys playing in the Big 10 or have played in the Big 10 that were not road scholars. 

How does one become a road scholar?



Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

Blah Blah Blah............tell me UGA's success since 1982?  Two years ago they were picked to win the NC.  They barely became bowl eligible so don't tell me they are capable, they are not and have not.  Tenn is gone and out as well as FL.

Tell me/show me the conference that is better?  You can't.  Blah...blah.  FL is terrible you say, but there hasn't been a team out of the state of Alabama that has won a championship since FL.

I wish there was a playoff.  It would be the top two SEC teams playing against each other every year.



Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:03 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

So you are saying that no SEC graduate could get a diploma in the Big 10 school.  Wow.  Yet.  There are countless guys playing in the Big 10 or have played in the Big 10 that were not road scholars.  (Maurice Clarrett, Pryor...just to name a couple) I am sure academics at the school of most of the Big 10 schools are higher than the SEC on average, but I think you would be surprised at how well some of the SEC schools show up academically.  I am pretty sure that while Northwestern is a stellar academic school it pales in comparison to Vanderbilt.  I am sure each of the schools have their specialties, but there have been great people from all of them that could have graduated from any of them.


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Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:51 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

You do realize that the SEC has won 5 straight MNCs with four different teams..right?  Please tell me which of the better conference has and can do that.  Please....Please name the conference and the four teams from this awesome conference that I am not aware of that could do it.  Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina are all capable of doing it as well.  Not this year of course, but it is possible as it has been done before.  Thanks in advance for your reply.



Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

I don't believe the SEC plays second fiddle to any conference.  Football is king.  The SEC is the king of football.  Thus, SEC is the king.  It is pretty simple.  I don't know the reasons why Missouri would prefer the Big 10.  My suspicion is that they know they would be a perpetual also ran in the SEC.  No chance for them in football which is really all that matters in college sports.  Yes, there is a reason the ACC has a 20 million dollar exit fee, and the SEC has $0 exit fee.  Why would anyone leave the best conference in the nation.  The Big 10 might make more money with their network.  I am sure the SEC would surpass the Big 10 if they want to start their own network....but why bother, they have enough already.  I don't blame the SEC for not voting for Missouri.  You either want to be here or you don't.  The SEC shouldn't accept another team that wants to be in another conference.  Good luck in the Big 10 Missouri if you get the chance.  I have no doubt that you could compete in a weaker conference.


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