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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: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:02 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.

Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 2:53 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.

Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 2:50 pm

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

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

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 2:39 pm

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

I'm guessing Missouri's motto is even more relevant ..... SHOW ME!

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