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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: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

Alabama alumnus; no soul, greed good ~ got it.  Somebody once told me that greed was a sin, and it stuck with me.  You'll have to excuse me.



Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

Why would you say the SEC was your second choice?, MU officials have handled this whole thing pitifully by saying stupid comments like this. Do you want out or do you want to stay? You don't make a move to leave and then say "Oh were still considering staying the Big 12 an option" or "We really wanted to go to the Big 10 but we will take the SEC" Frickin Morons running things there.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

I am an Alabama alumnus.

What is troubling is the spread of the idea that anyone - individual, school, company or whatever - who wants to make more money is bad.  Americans used to aspire to be monetarialy successful, now too many people negatively view anyone who succeeds in bettering himself financially.

"Greedy" is used as a slur.  Someone seeks a better deal -- they are called "greedy" and told they should be happy with what they have.  I don't view the world that way.  The drive to be better off financially is a postiive thing. 



Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

Do any of the people saying that Mizzou brings the Kansas City market even live in that town?  Mizzou is the third favorite school in that town, at best.  Kansas dominates it, and K-State is right behind.  This is largely because most job opportunities in the state of Kansas center on KC or Wichita.  And unless you're going to be working in the aircraft industry, KC is all that there is as far as an urban center.  Mizzou is trying to play-up their ability to 'deliver' the KC market, but that's only because Kansas City is partly in Missouri.  Heck, Mizzou can't even deliver St. Louis.  They split that town with Illinois.  At best the deliver 'presence' in those cities.



Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

The Big 12... where schools overplay their hands and wind up with nothing. Missouri offers a good market so there is something cooking there with Alabama. Who else is out there to get? West Virginia comes to mind. But the ACC is supposedly off limits unless there is some back channel stuff going on.



Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

Missouri alum, huh?



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

I don't have a soul.



Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

Greed, to a limit, might be good, but there are limits.  I mean, you wouldn't sell your soul, would you?



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

On another note, there is nothing wrong with wanting to make as much money as possible.  Greed is a good thing.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 4:16 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

If Alabama is worried about losing the chance to play Tenn and Auburn every year, let them move to the SEC East with Auburn and put Vandy in the West.


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