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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: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 6:13 pm

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

Mizzou and Texas A&M...  two schools that couldn't win the Big 12 are running away to go get their arses whooped year in and year out in the SEC.  Genius.

Mizzou played how many years in the Big 12 and made HOW MANY appearances in the title game playing in the much weaker North?

Please.  Good riddance.  Enjoy the yearly 5th - 7th place finish in the SEC West.  Maybe you'll manage to beat Mississippi once in a while. 

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 6:12 pm

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

Can't help but laugh at the comment from Huskerwil. Considering Nebraska's pathetic record against Texas, I would say that is sour grapes at its finest. As for respecting other conference members, Nebraska's persistent blocking of equal revenue sharing in the Big 12 hardly makes Nebraska look like they had much respect for the other members of the conference. I suggest you look in the mirror before posting such ridiculous comments. Nebraska was basically the pot calling the kettle (Texas) black.

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 6:09 pm

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

The very latest report has WVU going to the ACC along with either ND or Penn State.  This makes more sense than WV going to the dregs of what will left over of the Big 12.  ND has never had any real interest in the BIG 10, thus a move to the ACC is logical.  Penn State would be a good addition but their recent brand of stodgy football and the bottom of the barrel basketball could hurt their chances. My personal choice would be WVU and Penn State...even though I hate both with a passion, but the ND administration is so corrupt with their greed and avarice they are more to be pitied than dissed.

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 6:06 pm

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

At some point in time, you just wish all of the self-promoting BS will end so we can focus - finally - on the games being played/

Missouri leaving the Big 12 has been discussed for almost 2 years and we are finally at the step where the school president has authority to finally make a move.    Seems like the only  thing they have really accomplished is to yell at eveyone :Hey, look at me - I'm ready to leave the Big 12...Will someone please ask me out?"

Of the teams that would consider a move, I think WVU, Louisville, and Cinn are the best bets.  Would help to place a RIP on the Big East football illusion for the future.  Cinn being in Ohio would bug the Big1G.  Louisville being in the state of Kentucky would irritate the SEC.  WVU being about 80 miles from Pitt would irritate the new ACC.  And those 3 as part of a eastern, or northern division would bring a lot of tv sets/

With WVU scheduling games at NFL stadiums, wouldn't it be great to replace James Madison University with someone like a Texas or Oklahoma.  And to play in a NFL stadium, located in ACC country, would be pricele$$.    

Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 6:00 pm

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

It's ridiculous to hear them talk about what's best for the student athlete when all this realignment is about making more money! I'd rather the school's keep their yappers shut then feed us that bunch of garbage!

Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 5:52 pm

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

I am amazed at the alleged role that academics makes in deciding who gets into what conference and who doesn't. How many scholar athletes are really out there playing sports? If there were more than a few, we would have heard about them by now. Instead, it's who is cheating on exams, who is even taking the exams and who is paying who to take the exams for somebody. A large percentage of football players are just hoping to get their foot in the door for big pro bucks. That would be the case for basketball too in a lot of cases.  How many big name teams, regardless of conference, are sporting academic all americans? It's money and politics and image. 

Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 5:50 pm

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

Aww, little husker getting angry.  You must have got sent to bed with no supper for your lil tummy when you came back out of the field.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 5:49 pm

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

Huskerwil... Good comments. I suggest you spend more time reading complete content and less time so anxious to post. Agree, Nebraska would certainly be a part of the elite conference...probably a few others out there with 4+ NC that I missed. I was just making a suggestion that we form an Elite Confernce and the 4+ NC would be be the requirement for joining....never suggested that it would be a part of the Big 12 Conference...a new stand alone conference. Just relax. I know you guys are still bitter at Texas and I understand...and agree with your assesment of them, but do believe they could and would compete with the SEC top teams....unlike Miizzou and A&M.

The complete OU-OSU  to the Pac 12 story is very mistated out here in cyber world. OU was never going! Period. Can you say leverage? Politics? The OU Pres definitely got out-smarted, but trust me, they were never going to go to that conference or any other as long as the Big 12 could be saved.

If you had it to do all over again, would the Huskers stay in B12? Throw pride out the window...truthfully? At least you would have an outside shot at winning the B12 North and playing in the championship game...and possibly a BCS Bowl. Not looking too good for you guys in the frozen tundra of the Big 10. I'm just saying, sometimes, its best to stay where you know your roots and strengths. Big 12 teams hated to come into Nebraska and deal with the cold and your crowd. Heck, in the Big 10, you guys are the southern balmy vacation spot....Good luck the rest of the way...You guys will get Wisconsin next year.

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 5:28 pm

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

Big 12 powers Oklahoma & Texas (and OSU climbing) would consistantly fight for championships in the SEC or any conference...if you think otherwise, you are kidding yourself. How about we start a conference with all of the teams that have at least 4 National Championships...legit AP championships...not some of those Shriners Champs, wheat Farmers Champs like they claim in some places in the SEC... Now that would be special....OU, Texas, Alabama, LSU (oops sorry Florida you dont qualify & and A&M, your ONE from  when Hitler was trying to run the planet is not enough), ND, USC, Ohio State, Michigan. This would be special.
Wow that was ridiculous! First let's deal with Texas, 1 yeah thats right ONE NC in the last 50 years!!!! Texas is the biggest failure of any school!!! They have the most money, their pick of the best talent and have managed to play under that talent level every year. Texas in the SEC would mean one good year in the last 50.

Oh and before you get on NU, we won 5 NC's in the last 50 years.

OU, diferent story they are legit, they had one down turn in the 90's, kinda like NU's in the 2000's. By the way they almost left twice to the PAC 12, remember?

ND will never join the Big 12, give it up!

Same with Ala and LSU. USC has done nothing, and I mean nothing in the last 40 years outside of cheat like hell to build a dynasty only to watch it die as soon as they were caught.

OSU and Mich would laugh at the Big 12 offer, they understand that the cinference is what matters and respect the other teams rather than try to use them.

The Big 12 is a joke, no other conference has teams leaving in droves.

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 5:20 pm

One Big 12 school official won't miss Mizzou

What does the administrator that thinks WVU is not a good academic school base his comment on.  The facts speak otherwise.  For instance, WVU has 24 Rhodes Scholars which ranks 30th nationally.  That is more than Louisville, Notre Dame and all of the current Big 12 schools, including Missouri.
Not sure about the other schools in the Big 12, but I do know that as of November 2010, Oklahoma had 28 Rhodes Scholars.    

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