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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.


Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:26 pm

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

dave rand, you arent being serious are you?

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:25 pm

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

Missouri sucks anyways, let em leave, look how well it worked out for Colorado

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Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:24 pm

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Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:11 pm

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

Well, if this does turn into another soap operatic situation with Mizzou having issues moving in 2012 or 2013 based on scheduling, buy outs, etc., at least we can place the blame squarely on the Big Ten for all of this realignment nonsense.

I mean, they are the ones adding teams left and right, and talking 16 teams right?

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:45 pm

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

The sec commissioner indicated that they are working on a 13 and a 14 league schedule. Interpretation, as soon as Missouri clears all the legal hurdles,  and has the rights to legally leave the Big-12 we will immediately invite them as the 14th team.

So by the end of next week Missouri will be invited to join the sec, and play in the sec nest season.

Things have been settled behind close doors. Why would the sec commissioner be working a useless schedule that included 14 teams if a deal was not complete. He would not be wasting the man power if there was not a reason. Wasted man power mean wasted money.  

How soon we forget the situation of Texas A&M. The commissioner of the sec indicated we are not expanding at this time.

Those that are yelling for Louisville and WVU are barking loud, however,  these to  programs will not be invited to the sec. I have no references or inside information as to why. It is just a hunch.

Now we have the two senators from Kentucky and Louisville out campaigning for their schools to be invited to the Big-12. I wish the senators would devote time to their job of taking care of the country. The are doing a lousy job at that.

For those that have forgotten the sec have a gentleman agreement not to have more than one program in one state. That sort of make sense to me. A coach would be able to tell a player if you want to play in the sec you have to go to this one. Of course there is the exception with the schools in Mississippi, also Vanderbilt and Tennessee. I am not sure how these duplications came about.

Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:43 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.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:37 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

Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:19 pm

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

vols r back???  at the back of the pack maybe

jayhawks?  and when was last time you guys were relevant in football?

something -13  age??  IQ??  kansas???  enough said


I would personally welcome Missou into the SEC

My guess they come in as an eastern team for now.

pretty close to Kent, Tenn and Vandy

probably easiest to make them a crossover for aTm

if we go to 16 later they can move em west

I personally hope we end up with 5 -14 team conferences and an 8 team playoff that features the 5 champs and 3 wildcards.

I keep hearing USA MWC and B East merger, so maybe 4- 16 teams conferences with a mega mega bled still works but I hope not...

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:14 pm

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

Mizzou hasn't won much on the athletic field, so this is their validation.  Will be interesting to see what happens to them.   Football has been their strong suit the past few years and I think they will be buried in the SEC.  Basketball had been on the upswing and I think the SEC West would be easier for them than the Big 12.  Overall, I think they regret this move in the years to come.

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- er, whatever, that is scrambling to survive by adding every wannabe up and comer.  For a conference to lose CU and Nebraska- marquee programs with NCs to their credit, and now lose old established AAU member institutions A & M and Missouri with storied and decent athletic histories in back to back seasons and think adding Louisville and WVU makes up for it is delusional.  

Texas and Oklahoma braggadocio these days reminds me of my neighbor who drives a humongous, fuel- guzzling, silly, jacked- up deisel Ram pickup to compensate for inadequacies somewhere else. 

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:09 pm

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

People don't realize all these moves are not good for the Schools,and this on is not.I'm from West Virginia,and i don't  understand them moving,but after the treatment we got from the Big 12,i now understand why they want out.They maybe THE MOST EDGY CONFERENCE A ROUND.Boren has a EGO  bigger than Texas,but he'e dumber than a Bank Mule from El Paso.Git U Sum

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