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Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:12 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2011 9:02 pm

Since it started it, maybe Missouri figures it can finish it.

Or as finished as conference realignment can ever be.

Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton got permission Tuesday night from the school's board of curators to seek new conference membership. Nothing surprising there. In case you haven't been following, this would the first move toward Missouri becoming the SEC's 14th team. One problem. No one is sure if the SEC even wants a 14th team at the moment, much less Missouri being that school.

The hand-wringing, then, will continue from BYU to the Big East. Missouri's decision controls the fate of several teams and conferences, including their current one, the Big 12. The fractured league cannot move on with expansion, or even a future, without knowing if Missouri is going to be a participant.

And all indications are Missouri is going to take its good, old time. That was evident when Missouri AD Mike Alden met with the curators for four hours on Tuesday. Perhaps Missouri was contemplating the fact  it kicked off this latest round of realignment. Reacting to Dec. 9, 2009 statement that the Big Ten was considering expansion, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon quickly added:

"I want to look at what options the Big Ten may have to offer. This is not something that should be kept on the sports page and treated with the back of the hand. We have an obligation to make our schools as excellent as they can be."

Big 12 nervousness followed. In the next month, Nebraska began talking with the Big Ten. In June, issues came to a head at the 2010 Big 12 spring meetings. Shortly thereafter, Nebraska left for the Big Ten. Colorado went to the Pac-10.

"The [Missouri] governor's remarks got me going. We had to do something, and fast," CU AD Mike Bohn said at the time.

Turns out Missouri wasn't near the top of the Big Ten's list. Now things have come full circle. Everyone can blame Texas for throwing its weight around, but how is Missouri different at this point? It suddenly has leverage. It is holding a league hostage. It is making a perceived money grab.

It could be the fourth school to leave the Big 12 in 16 months -- and it doesn't care. Expect the next few weeks -- if not months -- to be a period of introspection for Brad Pitt's school. Missouri has to decide if it wants to leave its ancestral home. The Big 12 has roots that go back 104 years for Missouri.

It has to decide if it wants to change its culture from a Midwestern school to one with its base in the heart of Dixie. Does it want to be Bubba or Brad? Does it want to be at the center the Big 12 or a western outpost in the SEC?

There is no right answer. The difference in revenue is negligible. Missouri could stay in the Big 12 and be secure at least the next six years. But the SEC would provide long-lasting security. Missouri football is an above middle-of-the-road program in the Big 12. It would be a middle-of-the-road program in the SEC.

But this isn't about football. This is about emotion, which can be a dangerous thing. That's why Deaton merely has permission at this point. The last two presidents to get similar permission from their boards of regents, came to different conclusions. Texas A&M went to the SEC. Oklahoma, eventually, stayed in the Big 12.

For now. 

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Big 12, Missouri, SEC

Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:55 pm

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Really?  Everyone of these Chancellor's talk out their ass.  They have an attorney in one ear and a major contributor in the other.  I agree that Mizzou has historically made themselves look like a bunch of idiots but tonight they made the right move.  Let's hope they just get it done... we all know an SEC application with be forthcoming... please just overnight the thing and lets move on...  btw the big 10 is not an option.. wasn't last year and certainly isn't this year.  Ok and Okie St were gone a couple weeks ago  - but the Pac 12 couldn't stomach them without Texas.... In six years this subject will rear its evil head once again, everyone knows this and Mizzou appears to actually have the option to get out.  They would be foolish to let this opporunity pass!

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:50 pm

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

With due respect to all of the comments about SEC expansion, In my opinion all the ACC universities are very happy in their league.
When the ACC re-negotiates it's TV contracts for football and basketball due to expansion, all of the ACC schools will be on par with SEC in shared revenue.  The ACC, SEC, B1G and the PAC12 have equal sharing of conference revenue already.  It would not be a surprise to see Missouri go to the SEC.  The BIG12 schools still have a big problem with complete trust in TEXAS, and the league has already lost Nebraska,
Texas A&M, and Colorado. Look to see more upheavel in the BIG12, this conference is far from stable, and there appears to be brush fires in the league continually because of TEXAS.

Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:48 pm

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

They're certified as an AAU institution.  No one in the SEC is.  It's not because no one in the SEC wants to be in that group either.  It means a tremendous amount of money in federal research dollars.  Every school wants more of that.  The simple fact is that no school in the SEC can be.  They may get plenty of money from their booster for football but academics seems to be of very little importance to those with deep pockets in the south.  If you were so smart you'd know all of that.  

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Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:44 pm
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Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:35 pm

SEC not looking at them . . .

This is one of those "I'll believe it when I see it" scenarios.  There were already "unofficial" reports that many SEC Presidents didn't want Missouri, and I still think that holds true.  

The SEC decided to let things cool for a period, and wait for others to make moves.  They don't want to be seen as raiding other conferences.  The SEC isn't only hell bent on increasing TV markets.  They are concerned about geographical footprint and natural rivalries as well.  In time, IF Florida State, Virginia Tech, or NC State, were to approach THEM, all would be considered before Missouri.

Yes there are some hurdles; Florida would have to be convinced or out-voted, Virginia politicians would have to allow VA Tech to move, and well NC State might be the least appealing but easiest.  Since expanding the ACC has always felt a bit too North Carolina heavy.  Losing any of the three would allow submission of UConn, without having to take Rutgers or going immediatley to sixteen and closing the door on Notre Dame possiblities.  

Missouri's best hope is too stay in the Big 12 and hope that years from now, the Big Ten will one day invite them with Notre Dame, or even Kansas.      

Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:20 pm

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

I don't blame any school that wants to get away from conference killer Texas ASAP.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:16 pm

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Cincy to the Big 12?  I don't think so unless they get really desperate.  BYU, TCU, Houston, Air Force, Rice, UTEP, etc would all be ahead of Cincy imo.  Big 8 will need to get on it before the conference implodes for good. 

Since: Sep 15, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:14 pm

Missouri looking around

If accepted by the SEC that would be a good fit, but it would move Auburn to the east division. Can't see that happening because it would force ALA to give up Tenn as permanent opponent to keep Auburn. Don't see that happening. SEC should push for FSU, Clemson or GA Tech.
If the SEC did decide to add Missouri then why not go with a North-South alignment?

North:  Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, Vandy, Tennessee, S. Carolina, and Georgia
South:  Texas A&M, LSU, Ole Miss, Miss St, Alabama, Auburn, and Florida

Also, unless the SEC decides to go with a 9-game conference schedule, the permanent cross-divisional opponent might be in jeopardy anyways.  If the SEC keeps an 8-game conference schedule then that means everyone will play 2 schools from the other division.  If 1 of those 2 games is protected then that means you only have 1 game to rotate among the remaining 6 schools or 12 years to play the remaining schools home and away.  I am not sure the SEC would be thrilled with that idea.

If the SEC decided to expand to 16 then the protect games would most certainly be in jeopardy.  The SEC would either have to go to a 9-game or 10-game conference schedule or find 4 schools for the West Division so Alabama and Auburn could move to the East Division.  It would probably make the most sense if Alabama and Auburn were in the East anyways since their permanent opponents seem to be the only "natural" ones.

Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:08 pm

Geography ain't got nothing to do with TV Markets

It's all about national appeal. Is Joe from Tempe more likely to tune in to see FSU play TAMU or TAMU vs Mizzou? Aside from ND, FSU is clearly the top choice for TV viewership (read: $$$).  The SEC and FSU may not come to agreement but anyone who thinks the Noles are not Target #1 is kidding themselves.

FWIW, Mizzou belongs in the B1G with Kansas, Iowa State, and (yuck) Rutgers -- the B1G takes that AAU stuff serious.

Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:06 pm

Missouri looking around

Can't wait for Mizzou to come into SEC  I'm a Hog and Mizzou is our natural rival.  We have had a great bball rivalry.  With our old rival A&A and Mizzou we are really part of the conference geographically.  Sooners next? 

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