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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
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.

Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 8:21 pm

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

Let's see if they take WVU they will go 4 and 7 most years and 2 and 9 the others. May have a better run at it in basketball but still no titles. L-Ville will be the same suck in football no matter what the record. Basket ball they would be in the top of there league and may win a few titles there. If they stay in the Big East WVU will be top three team every year and a chance at a BCS win every year. Go to the Big 12 and the fans will stop travling to see a losing team, (loose cash) miss bowl game, (loose Cash) loose recurits this will add up to being Big 12 door mat. but they will be a member of the Big 12 but a door mat.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 8:16 pm

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

I think this is pretty simple.

Missouri has slightly better academics than WVU. 
WVU has better athletics than Missouri. 
Missouri has a larger city than WVU.
WVU has more fans than Missouri. 

Which is better? Who knows.  That is in the eye of the beholder.  The most interesting thing is that the Big East is probably going to fall apart once Missouri leaves the Big 12.  Even if they take Louisville instead of WVU, they are the only 2 teams who have done anything worth mentioning in the conference (for football) since Miami left.  I just don't see all the schools getting the invite wanting to go to the BE & I highly doubt the BE can keep all teams to a 27 month waiting period.  Would make more sense for UC or apply for MWC membership & then USF/UConn/Rutgers try for Conference USA than stay in a 4 team BE.

Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 8:16 pm

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

Why doesn't the Big 12 just ask Louisville, Cincinnati, and West Virginia and get it done?  The Big East doesn't seem to be very proactive. It would bring the conferenceback up to 12 teams if A&M and Mizzou are both really gone (and I think they are).  There would also be north and south divisions.  Besides, if you compare the four lost (Colorado, Nebraska, Texas A&M, and Missouri) to the four gained (TCU, West Virginia, Cincinnati, and Louisville) over the last few years, they're pretty compatible.

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 8:10 pm

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

Syracuse 49
West Virginia 23

They’re better, anyway you turn ‘ the mystery Big 12 offical said

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 8:02 pm

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

So WVU only has an advantage over Mizzou in football? The basketball team over the last seven seasons has chalked up a Final Four, Elite 8, and two Sweet 16's. What has Missouri done over the same period? Thank you. During the same period WVU has chalked up two BCS bowl wins over the SEC and BIG 12 Champions. And we're comparing Missouri to WVU? It's like comparing the Yankees to the Mariners.

Since: Jun 2, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 8:02 pm

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

Have you even thought about the travel in the Big 12 or what it will be like to recruit? I mean your playing in the Sothwest. Why would kids in PA, OH, NJ, and MD, want to play where there families cant see them? I think you better hope the ACC gives you a look because the SEC isn't happening.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 7:55 pm

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

WVU is just as solid academically as Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Sate, and most other schools.  Why WVU gets a knock on the academics is beyond me.  Just look at the number of Rhodes Scholars.  Do they party at WVU?  Hell yes!  Do they party at most every college?  You betcha!!  West Virginia is a market of 1.8 million people.  That's larger than the St. Louis metro.  Also, two-thirds of WVU alumni are from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and New Jersey.  So, if it's fans int he stands they want.....WVU fits.  If it's TV viewers they want.....WVU fits.  If it's a possible football or basketball butt-whooping they want.....WVU fits.  I hope the ACC continues to think of WVU as a bad fit.  The ACC is the most boring, hideous conference in the nation.  The Big  12 and SEC are solid.  Real solid.   

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 7:47 pm

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

So West Virginia really wants to play in the midwest? Really? That makes almost as much sense as TCU playing in the Big East and we know what happened with that.

If you get WV then good for the BiG12. I can't imagine you are doing it for your fans.

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 7:45 pm

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

My question is why would the SEC want Missouri, do they just want another Vanderbilt, and easy team to beat by almost everyone, the SEC is protecting their power teams, LSU, ALabama, Florida, and Auburn with the outside chance.a strong Georgia or South Carolina team could compete. btw guys this is not about academics, this is about making football dollars and a strong basketball team. IMO Missouri should stay in the Big 12 where they have tradition, and all you WV haters could waste your time telling everyone how bad a school WVU is but WV is still a growing  University with a strong traditon in Football and Basketball and they travel well and could add too any conference where fans care about competition excellents in all aspects of college life. Notre Dame is not a AAU college but the Big 10+2 are licking their lips to have them , but they snubbed Missouri but the SEC always takes 2nd tiers teams to protect their power teams. So stop dissing WV and concern yourselves with where Missouri lands and WV will take care of WV.

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 7:41 pm

If it's all about..

Ratings, maybe ST Louis will be a bonanza for the SEC. But greater than half of the KC market is on the Kansas isde & could care less about missery. Just sayin' it ain't gonna be no bargain here in the metro.

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