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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: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:06 pm

Missouri looking around

How come all you yankees just assume the academics at Mizzou would be better than most schools in the SEC?  By the way, writing "SEC conference" is redundant.  I don't see the Ivy League looking to invite Mizzou anytime soon either.

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:00 pm

Missouri looking around

Annnnnnnddddd Gone!

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:58 pm

Missouri looking around

You might want to educate yourself about the dysfunctional environment that is the Big 12 before posting.  Texass has killed one conference, and either will or has the ability to kill the Big 12 too.  Missouri didn't cause that.  Nebraska and Colorado got out when the geting was good.  Texas A&M saw the greed in Austin and decided to bail earlier this year.  DeLoss Dodds has no intention in being a conference partner, but rather an entitled resident who feels most teams have no better alternative than to be financially exploited by Texass to preserve what level of BCS that they can cling to.

The PAC-X Conference wisely turned down Texass, and there is probably little interest by the SEC or B1G to allow Texass to bring their self entitled inequity to either of those conferences.  Where else can Bevo go to enjoy conference affiliation while existing as an independent at the same time?

Cincinnati might beg to join the Big 12 to replace Texas A&M or Missouri, and might just get invited.  It is a step up from where you are now.  But it sure isn't the B1G, PAC-X, SEC or ACC.  If Texass stays around, be prepared to embrace what you chastise Missouri, Nebraska, Texas A&M & Colorado for not wanting to.

Since: Aug 29, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:55 pm

Missouri looking around

Mizzou is the clear choice for #14.  Auburn has already agreed to move east.  Its a non-issue. FSU, Clemson, GATech are all already in the SEC's footprint and bring nothing in terms of NEW markets to the SEC.  Plus, a gentlemen's agreement between the current SEC members says they won;t choose teams within thei footprint.  This informatin has been bandied about for weeks now.

ya what he said.

mizzo is simply following protocol. its a done deal. 

Since: Aug 29, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:53 pm

Missouri looking around

agree 100%

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:52 pm

Missouri looking around

IF  and that is a huge 2 letter word, Missou comes into the SEC

a 7 team division will play 6 against divsion member and 2 or 3 vs other side

it is very likely NO permanent opponent from the other side will exist

my personal opinion Auburn jumped on moving to the east

Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:51 pm

Missouri looking around

Except the ACC schools now have much larger penalties to consider if they leave.  Doubt any of them go anywhere.

Enjoy perennial 6-6 seasons, Misery.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:47 pm

Missouri looking around

Missouri is the somewhat attractive girl that is a little pudgy and tries too hard that can never stand out among one group of girls and thinking that switching to another group will make her happier. However, she is still not that special and will blend with the crowd once again.

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:47 pm

Missouri looking around

Once Mizzou leaves will the BIG 12 chage its name to the BIG8?

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:44 pm

Missouri looking around

I grew up in central Illinois and just can't picture Mizzou in the SEC.  When I think of the SEC, I think of southern schools.  Mizzou is hardly a southern school and their academics will have them near the top, if not the top, of the "duh" SEC conference.  I could see The Big Ten adding Mizzou though.

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