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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 17, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

BAAAAAAA HAAAAAA HAAAA!!!!!!!

Fricking' Mizzou, they want SO BAD to be wanted. They want SO BAD to be seen as a program that matters. They wanted so badly to grind it in the face of Kansas University that a conference would take them over KU. They have basically done everything but hang a bacon-wrapped roll of hundred dollar bills around their neck in their attempts to pimp themselves off to first the Big 10 and now the SEC. HILARIOUS!



Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

So you are saying a Pittsburgh recruit (less the 70 miles frpm Morgantown) would not give the SEC a closer look vs the Big Ten?  There would be advantages to border Big Ten Country.  Kentucky already helps out in that regard.  Through the years Tennessee has won recruiting battles in the cinci metro area.




Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

Well, gosh, Mike.....does this mean that all of the Alabama/Auburn games are void?



Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

There have never been enough SEC votes to include Missouri.  It isn't just Alabama.  The SEC will let the dust settle, and wait for an ACC team to reach out to THEM first.  Could be Florida State (Only Florida would voite against), could be Va Tech (Only Virginia politicians might attmept to block), or NC State.  All three would be a choice over Missouri.  West Virginia and Louisville already have been turned down by the SEC.

For now the SEC would play two years unbalanced, rather than accept Missouri. 



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

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.
I thought the SEC had an agreement where they weren't allowed to have more than one team from each state in the conference?



Since: Dec 19, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

Why not just put Missouri in the east.



Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

I Still say lets put Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Missouri & Notre Dame in th big ten and call it a day!!!




Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

vranger....You are right, the rivial games are a big deal.  I guess what I was trying to say is that I would think that they could schedule the games every year even if they are in different divisions.



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

I can not believe a school in the SEC would vote no based upon not getting to play their rival.
Believe it.

As much as everyone might have decided that college sports is all about the money, its only partly about the money. Bama fans would not tolerate losing either the Tennessee game or the Auburn game. Some of those fans are big money boosters. Some of those boosters have an influence on jobs within the universities. There are some guys with pull who if you tell, "We can have the St. Louis TV market, all you have to do is give up the Tennessee game every year!" would just laugh at the speaker and ignore them forever after, knowing that the speaker is a fool.
 



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:04 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


West Virgina wishes right now that they were in the ACC.


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