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One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:43 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 12:44 pm
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Posted by Tom Fornelli

While Missouri hasn't made it official yet, it's generally accepted knowledge that the school will announce that it's leaving the Big 12 for the SEC at some point in the near future. Which means that the Big 12 is already putting plans together to find a replacement for Missouri should it leave, and rumors have West Virginia as being the favorite to be that tenth school.

Something that one Big 12 school official confirmed to the Austin American Statesman's Kirk Bohls this weekend, and the official also went on to say that the Big 12 would be better off with West Virginia than it would be with Missouri.

“I’d say West Virginia is the leader in the clubhouse," the school official told Bohls. "I think we’ll come out better than before. I’d rather be with someone who wants to be with our conference than anybody who doesn’t.”

“West Virginia has better football than Missouri, better basketball than Missouri, a better budget than Missouri and more passion among its fans than Missouri. They’re better, anyway you turn ‘em. The travel’s not good but that’s it.” 

Well that's no way to convince Missouri to stay.

Bohls also talked to another Big 12 administrator who wasn't nearly as rough on Missouri, and also said he's not sure that West Virginia would be the best candidate to replace it.

“The only place where there’s an advantage for West Virginia is better football,” the second official said. “Their academics is not as strong. If there’s any thought about what’s best for the student-athlete, we’ll go with Louisville.”

So the two likely candidates to replace Missouri are still West Virginia and Louisville, and the favorite depends on who you ask. So all we really know at this point is that Missouri is going to leave and that the Big East is squirming.
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Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:48 pm
 

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

Mizzou is not even close to having the tradition that WVU has in football.  Mizzou wasn't even relevant in football until about 5 to 7 years ago.  They haven't been consistently decent in hoops since the mid 90s. 

And their fans wouldn't have left a home game against the then-No. 4 team in the country with a quarter to play and down 14 like Mizzou fans did last weekend.

WVU is an upgrade, plain and simple. 




Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:45 pm
 

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

Now even the conference officials sound like vindictive teenage girls.


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Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:40 pm
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Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:38 pm
 

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

I think that the Big 12 should take Louisville and Cincinnati if they are going to take West Virginia.  This would set up a 12 team Conference.  In the North, you would have the three Big East Schools, Iowa State, and the two Kansas schools.  The South would remain the same, swapping TCU for A&M.  This way, the Big 12 get's it's Conference Championship game back, which is a money maker.
That makes a hell of a lot of sense and it helps with the travel issues, keeps regional rivalries intact and adds a bigger footprint.



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:36 pm
 

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

My opinion is that West Virginia is NOT as good as Mizzou football on a consistent basis.  My reason; they are coming from a far weaker conference, no doubt
How many BCS wins does the zoo have again?


My suspicions have been that we would end up in the Big 12 with all of the new ties that we have with that conference between the Houston ties that Ollie has to Dana and Huggs (he did coach at Kstate one year).



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:34 pm
 

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

I think that the Big 12 should take Louisville and Cincinnati if they are going to take West Virginia.  This would set up a 12 team Conference.  In the North, you would have the three Big East Schools, Iowa State, and the two Kansas schools.  The South would remain the same, swapping TCU for A&M.  This way, the Big 12 get's it's Conference Championship game back, which is a money maker.  It also can make a difference as far as BCS Championship games are concerned.  A team that has one more win than a Big 12 team because of a win in a Conference Championship game has an advantage over a Big 12 school.  Missouir may announce as early as today that they are leaving the Big 12.  It is time for the Big 12 to grab their teams, before the Big East does more to try to stop that from happening.



Since: Nov 19, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:34 pm
 

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

“West Virginia has better football than Missouri, better basketball than Missouri, a better budget than Missouri and more passion among its fans than Missouri. They’re better, anyway you turn ‘em.

That is one of the best quotes I've read in a long time!!!   If "Misery" decides to leave, there better be no one here in the midwest that schedules a game with them at the Sprint Center or Arrowhead.  They are choosing to leave their midwest roots(or it appears that way... and the officials @ MU aren't doing anything to lead us to believe anything else..) and turn their backs on 100+ years of history for what...??? GREED/$$$.  They have gotten tired of not winning anything in the Big XII/Big 8/Big 6 and think they can go to the SEC and do better ???  You will continue your tradition of losing in the SEC as well!!  Don't think KU or K-State will cater to your requests to play a "Rivalry Game" with you.  And don't try and blame us for not wanting to play you either.  You made your decision - Now accept your fate at the bottom of the SEC, where you will flounder around on a regular basis!!!  GOOD RIDDANCE!!!  LONG LIVE A HEALTHIER BIG XII WITHOUT MISERY!!!



Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:28 pm
 

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

Just another step towards the Big ? being a lower tier conference.  Not that this is a bad thing.  My opinion is that West Virginia is NOT as good as Mizzou football on a consistent basis.  My reason; they are coming from a far weaker conference, no doubt.  Good luck to the conference on finding replacements that will be t.u.'s step-children.  And, good luck to Mizzou.  As a huge tailgater and alumni of one of the 4 teams that left for more stability, I already can't wait for next year and better atmosphere in the SEC!!  (not from colorado by the way)



Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:25 pm
 

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

You are so right.  Mizzou was an awful team in the Big 8 when they were there.  Then they merged into the Big 12 and started to get Texas kids and began playing much better.  If/when they go to SEC, they won't get those Texas kids anymore.  Mizzou is chasing the dollar and they are going to become another Vandy for the SEC.  As Stuart Mandel put it on Friday, all this fluff about a 3-3 football team.  



Since: Oct 21, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Watch what you wish for, might be a big mistake

Big mistake Missouri.

Texas A&M can go to SEC because their recruiting doesn't suffer as they live in the state they recruit in (They will play 8 games in Texas with also a series with SMU). Missouri on the other hand relies heavily on Texas recruiting (ie. examples such as Missouri's starting QB and RB, etc.). Now moving to SEC east and playing Texas A&M every other year and losing UT, BU, and TT from your schedule say goodbye to Texas recruits as you are 9-10 hours away from DFW (in comparison Atlanta is 12-14 hours away from DFW).

Plus losing your long time rivalries like with KU.

Is 12 million more dollars worth putting your school on an island? Missouri don't put yourself in Alabama, Florida, or LSU catagory...SEC might not be the smart move.

Sure Missouri will be able to get some Texas recruits, but stable maintainable pipe of quality Texas kids, no longer.

SEC is the best conference but that means tougher game in, game out play and the quality recruits you need are very important. Moving away from your Texas pipe is going to hurt, esp. with your skill players and speed recruits.

New recruiting is going to have to take place Missouri in heavily saturated east coast states in which ACC/SEC/Big East/CUSA and even MAC play in.

Not saying this is the wrong move, but it may not be the right move either, could be a huge mistake Missouri. Look past the glory of the SEC/past what you see Florida, LSU, and Alabama are doing - your not those programs - ask Kentucky how hard it is being on an island. Stay in the Big 12 and take A&Ms place as the big 3 with UT and OU might be the better move.



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