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Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

Posted on: October 27, 2011 2:12 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 5:34 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Hey, remember three days ago, when we told you that per Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity, the SEC wasn't looking at a 14-team schedule for the 2012 season?

HAHAHA just kidding, folks:


As reported by the Birmingham News's Jon Solomon, yes, that's Mike Slive telling reporters at SEC basketball media days that McGarity was (as the kids say) full of it. (Slive only added that he had nothing else to add.) Since we're pretty sure there's no better source on this than the commissioner himself, it's now safe to assume that Missouri has not been ruled out from competing in the SEC in 2012 and that the league is prepared to make the necessary accomodations if the Tigers want to make the leap as soon as next season.

That, of course, was how Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton had previously described his school's potential jump, saying recently it would be "applicable to the next year."

That assertion has been challenged by everyone from McGarity to Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas to plenty of other anonymously sourced reports that have put Mizzou in the SEC in 2013 at the earliest. That makes more sense than the alternative, since the rearranging of 2012 schedules at this late date on both the Big 12's end (with a giant Missouri-sized hole in their slates) and the SEC's would be a logistical nightmare.

But it may be a nightmare both the Tigers and the SEC are willing to deal with, if it means the former dodges a lame-duck final season in the Big 12 and the latter avoids the awkwardness of a 13-team schedule. With Slive now openly admitting for the first time that the SEC is poised to go to 14 teams and the Big 12 actively pursuing the addition of one or more new members, it seems likelier than ever Missouri's defection could become official in a matter of days rather than weeks.

Will that be soon enough to leap through the rapidly-closing 2012 scheduling window? That still seems unlikely, but if Mike Slive himself is open to the possibility, the possibility is no doubt open.



Comments

Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

"I hope some how Missouri stays in the Big 12.Has anyone seen that god awlful stadium they have.The fans on the side of the field is abouut 20 yards away and they have a big bank at the end of the field.It looks more like a FCS stadium to me.I mean even Vanderbilt has a better stadium then they do.I think we should just tell Missouri to stay where they are at and find someone else"


You really don't know what you are talking about VolsRBack.  First, while Mizzou doesn't bost the amazing college football cathedrals like Neyland, or the Swamp, Bryant-Denny or even A&M's Kyle Field, our stadium is not a slouch.  It is 27th among all college stadiums with a seating capacity over 71,000.  It may not be new and shiny, but it has been updated and has one important feature that I would hope SEC fans would appreciate... tradition.  It opened in 1926, has been expanded a few times since then, and is loved by Mizzou alumni for several reasons.  Beyond being home to our beloved Tigers, and being the site of our recent 100th annual homecoming game (Mizzou invented homecoming), it also contains a 90x95 foot white limestone "M", built by students and whitewashed by freshmen every year, that guards the north endzone opening of the horseshoe stuadium, where fans who buy GA tickets often sit and watch.  Do some research and show some respect.



Since: Jan 9, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

@LSU78--I think we were revelant in 2008 when we won a BCS game, the Orange Bowl, vs Vigirina Tech... Granted, that may have been a 1 year wonder, but you might want to ask your future SEC Tigers which BCS bowl game they have won, or when thier last trip to the Final Four was.  You guys are welcome for the free wins in football, you'll "love" Columbia... enjoy. LOL  By the way, the last time you guys were revelant in hoops?? Shaq and Dale Brown say "hi". 



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

i still dont understand why the SEC would take mizzou, if they want a 14th team im sure they could find a better team that fits in with the region better


The St. Louis and Kansas City television markets. Plain and simple. MONEY MONEY MONEY. That's why West Virginia was polietly told to go away when they came courting the SEC.



really?   St Louis and Kansas City ?.....come on, thats pretty small time. If the issue was TV markets I would think they could do better than Missouri.

I'm with the original poster. With all the options out there why in the world world is the SEC taking Missouri. Doesnt make sense to me either.  



Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

if they have a "gentlemans agreement" on not having 2 teams from the same state they arent very good at being gentlemen. if im not mistaken al and auburn are both in the same state, miss and miss st also, and dont forget about tenn and vandy. who are you trying to fool, thats half of the confefence. get real , that is hogwash. before that there was gt and ga. aint no agreement.....



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

Let's see- SEC- more money, better competition = more opportunities to recruit.  Kids want to play the best on the biggest stage.  No doubt, Texas and Florida recruits will be open to the possibility to play at a school that will play LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, etc.  You're a fool if you think they could ever have a shot at those recruits as the redheaded step child to Texas and Oklahoma.  Recruiting to SEC schools is a much more credible effort than recruiting to the B12

Excellent points and they are all dead on. Unfortunately, this website contains the dumbest of dumb and it's hard for them to understand any of it, especially when you start talking about the economics of the situation. For some reason people keep thinking that this has more to do with team performance than money. I wish them all luck as they pursue their GED.



Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

happy to have Mizzou in the SEC and happier for them to get out from under DeLoss Dodds footprint.


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Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:54 pm
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Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

Texas A&M will dominate the SEC next year!

Our National Championships:

Football 1939

Women’s Softball 1982*, 1983, 1987

Women's Outdoor Track & Field 2009, 2010, 2011

Women's Basketball 2011

Equestrian Overall: 2002

Men's Golf 2009

i hear the 1927 Yankees were pretty good too.....




Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

Mississippi and Tennessee aren't the only 2 states that have had 2 members of the SEC. Louisiana had Tulane as well as LSU, and Georgia had Georgia Tech as well as UGA. The "gentlemen's agreement" is of recent origin.



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:31 pm
 

Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

Texas A&M will dominate the SEC next year!

Our National Championships:

Football 1939

Women’s Softball 1982*, 1983, 1987

Women's Outdoor Track & Field 2009, 2010, 2011

Women's Basketball 2011

Equestrian Overall: 2002

Men's Golf 2009

Whoop!
GigEmAggies



Don't you dare smack talk about Women's Equestrian because Auburn will own you Dave.  There are just some times when poster take things too far and your headed in that direction....


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