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Everyone is writing letters to Missouri

Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:45 am
Edited on: October 14, 2011 11:46 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last week the Kansas City Sports Commission took out an ad in the Kansas City Star so that it could publish an open letter to Missouri asking it to stay in the Big 12 and not leave for the SEC, as many believe the school plans on doing. Well, now the mayor of Kansas City is getting onto the letter writing bandwagon as well.

Sly James, which is a great name for a mayor, sent his letter to chancellor Brady Deaton and the Missouri Board of Curators last Friday. Much like the letter from the K.C. Sports Commission, it asked the school to stay in the Big 12.
The University of Missouri fan base is abundant in the Kansas City area. More than 20,000 MU alumni call this area home, and the local chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association has the third-largest membership in the nation.

Keeping Big 12 competition in or near Kansas City makes sense — for you, your fans and the state of Missouri. The Big 12 Basketball Championships at Sprint Center and Municipal Auditorium are prime examples. The Championship is an important economic engine for our region, generating more than $14 million a year, and scheduled to remain in this state through 2014. It is imperative for that money should remain in the Show-Me State.

We strongly encourage you to weigh this decision with care. Kansas City gains a lot from its affiliation with the University of Missouri. Conversely, we also stand to lose a lot should that change. We believe this region collectively values University of Missouri athletics — has, does and will — to a degree that won’t be replicated elsewhere. And that staying here, in the Big 12 Conference, within your home region and among your fans and rivals is the right decision to honor your history, fulfill your present, and secure your future.
You can read the full letter here.

To be honest, I'm feeling kind of left out here. My primary responsibility here on the Eye On College Football blog is to cover the Big 12, so I feel like I should write a letter to Missouri myself.  So here it is.

Dear Missouri,

Listen, I don't want to lie to you, Missouri. I didn't go to your school, and I don't live in Missouri, so your tradition and history don't really mean all that much to me. So if you go to the SEC the only thing that will change for me is that I'm not going to watch as many of your games as I have the last few seasons. If you stay in the Big 12, that's cool too. I have nothing against you.

Just make up your mind and do it soon so we can all move on. I'd much rather be covering actual football right now, and with that in mind, don't even think about making an announcement on a Saturday during the season.

Tom Fornelli

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 7:19 pm

Everyone is writing letters to Missouri

They are not sure either?  They need to check with Deloss Dodds to find out what he will allow them to do? SEC or not the game in Kansas City will not be there long.  It is moving to Texas.

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:11 pm

Everyone is writing letters to Missouri

Dear Missouri,

You know it's only a matter of time before Texas pisses of the rest of the league with another prima donna move. If you truely have the option to get out, take it now!


Since: Feb 26, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 4:34 pm

Everyone is writing letters to Missouri

I think it is a win - win situation for the SEC and Missouri . Missouri get more cash , security , and the opportunity to play in the premier football conference in America . They will also be treated as an equal . The only way the B1G expands is if Notre Dame comes aboard and thats not likely . Notre Dame already said it would more than not choose the ACC if it had to pick full membership in a conference . Also who is to say B1G wouldn't take a hard look at another school/schools instead . I think if Mizzou gets this opportunity they will have a major regrets if they pass it up .

On the SEC's end they get a good university that borders three SEC states . They also have a couple of major markets to expand the SEC's footprint . All that has to be done is put Mizzou in the west and move Auburn to the east . At that point go to a nine game schedule with a annual rival game to keep the Alabama - Auburn and Ole Miss - Vandy games . I think it will be spectacular . Auburn should be in the east anyway .

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:19 pm

Everyone is writing letters to Missouri

I didn't know people from Alabama could read & write?  Color me impressed get back on the porch and start whittling again.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:11 pm

Everyone is writing letters to Missouri

stop begging for mizzou to stay!if they want out let their bootys go!

Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:00 pm

Everyone is writing letters to Missouri

Why don't they just ask Dorial Green-Beckham what he would like for them to do?

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:42 pm

Everyone is writing letters to Missouri

Really?  This article is a good read.  Check it out.

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:39 pm

Everyone is writing letters to Missouri

Culture wise, Missouri is a better fit for the Big Ten than the SEC.  That is not a slam on the SEC it is just fact.  That said, the Big Ten does not want them at this time.  I say at this time as they might want them in a few years if the Big Ten expands and needs another school to get to an even number.

Missouri needs to stay put in the Big XII as they know what they have now and stop trying to pimp themselves. 

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:03 pm

Everyone is writing letters to Missouri

I think SEC should pass on Missouri. I know that they are a big TV market and would bring in more money for the conference but Missouri is not 100% committed to the SEC. They said it themselves, They want to goto the BIG10. So if they do join the SEC who is to say 5 years down the road Big 10 offer Missouri an invite and they decide they want to go. Then we are right back to 13 teams in the SEC. WV may not be a bigger market but WV would be 100% committed to the SEC. In my opion WV would have been a better choice for the SEC. Plus WV would fit right in with the Eastern Division.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:30 pm

Everyone is writing letters to Missouri

LMAO. Misery would be 3-8 every year in the SEC.

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