University of Missouri officials will meet with the Kansas City Sports Commission Thursday afternoon, CBSSports.com has learned, in what looks like an attempt to determine the school's future plans regarding the Big Ten.
Kevin Gray, president of the sports commission, will meet with Missouri athletic director Mike Alden, chancellor Brady Deaton and system president Gary Forsee. The 44-year-old commission promotes sports events in the area and has been the engine behind landing and keeping Big 12 events in Kansas City over the years.
Kansas City has been a center of the Big 12 conference since its beginning in 1996. That center could fall apart if Missouri and/or Nebraska go to the Big Ten. The commission has an interest in expansion because the Big 12 basketball tournament and Big 12 football championship game have been played at in Kansas City at various times during the league's 14-year history.
In addition, the Missouri-Kansas football game has risen to new heights since moving to Arrowhead Stadium since 2007. If the tournament and championship leave town, Thursday's meeting could be related to keeping that Missouri-KU game in Kansas City.
Alden confirmed the meeting, saying there were similar meetings scheduled with Kansas and Kansas State.
"It was more that the Kansas City Sports Commission was going to reach out to a number of schools in the Big 12," said Alden. He added that the meetings were suggested by Kansas AD Lew Perkins, Kansas State AD John Currie and Alden.
Alden said other cities seeking Big 12 events such as St. Louis and Oklahoma City have visited Big 12 campuses in the past.
The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET