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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: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 2:47 pm

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Wild-Turkey, I must say that if you found out that Mizzou fits in nicely with the SEC by going to tigerboard, that says some pretty bad things about the SEC.  That board is an absolute joke in every way imaginable.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 2:03 pm

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Poor MIZ-ERY.  They just don't get it.  The keep trying to flaunt their goods to other conferences, only to get the harsh wake-up calll that no one wants them.  First the Big Ten spurns them for Nebraska, and now the SEC is being "non-commital" and "with holding a comment."  I.E. the SEC is hoping that MIZ-ERY will quitely disappear so they don't have to tell them they're not interested.
Seriously? Get past your Missouri hate. The Tigers hold all the cards here. The SEC has no other way to get to 14 except through Columbia. They already said they don't want West Virginia. The ACC already blocked them off from moving east, unless the SEC decides it wants East Carolina. They won't expand in a state they're already in. So that leaves Missouri and nobody else.

The roles have completely reversed from a year ago. In 2010, Missouri was flaunting itself for the Big Ten and hoping for an invite. Now, the SEC is throwing itself at the Tigers on bended knee, praying Missouri will say yes.

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:11 pm

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

VolsRback, Im with you on this I would rather have West Virginia any time over missouri there just not a good fit in the SEC, West Virginia would be a great place to go to games, I went to the game in morgantown two weeks ago and it was a blast, the people were wild and crazy just like SEC fans are.

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 11:49 am

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Looks like they may come to the SEC.I have heard there name for a long time.I really dont want Missouri in the SEC but it would give the conference a pretty big television market.I would rather have W.Virginia but i dont think thats going to happen.I wish the conferences would just go on and expand and get it over with,im tired of hearing about it.

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 11:33 am

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

The BIG 10/ACC challenge is entertaining, but when NC & Duke are walking (forget about it when they get to running) are dominating and the rest of the conference's mediocrity competes with the upper tier of the BIG 10. In my opinion the two challenges may have been held too early in the season...anyway...

Maybe it is the style of play of the top 2 of the ACC that make it more appealing. But again when you had the SEC competing for back back championships with Florida (Not UK). Wow, College BBall maybe down in talent.

The Big 10 has been recruiting well, but the top teams of the conference don't dominate like they should and have problems winning in the the NCAA tourney...just say'n.

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 11:10 am

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

IMHO the only schools that have a legitimate gripe about Missouri leaving are those schools like Iowa State, Baylor, Kansas and KState who have not explored leaving and have been treated unfairly by the big dogs in the conference.

They have no choice, no one wants them. Their only hope is that the Big Tex stays together in some way, shape or form. The Big Tex, as a major force in college athletics, is finished!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 11:05 am

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

JCfreak:  First off, Jesus rules!  Secondly, I agree with your post about Kansas joining The Big Ten but I'd want Mizzou to come with them.  I really doubt Mizzou joins a conference anytime soon, I think they will take their time with due diligence.  The Big Ten isn't going to add them anytime soon either but if and when the Big 8 cannot expand, they will implode and I'd love to see these two institutions in The Big Ten.  Both are AAU, both campuses are just south of Nebraska's and both add the STL and KC tv markets plus a new, yet natural rivalry to the conference.  What's not to love?  :)  Go Jesus! 

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 5, 2011 11:03 am

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Missouri is a home run for the SEC if you don't think so look at the schools that keep coming up in post that people are proposing for additions to the BIG 12:  TCU, BYU, Boise State, SMU, Louisville, West Virginia, etc.  I haven't seen any names that I would rather have than Missouri and Texas AM.  In my opinion the only ACC schools that the SEC would like to have all come with intanglements that may be too difficult to remove.

As for a cultural fit I went on last night and in my opinion those guys fit in very nicely.  They were knowledable, sarcastic, passionate, obnoxious and had a great sense of humor...yep culturally they fit right in.  I would estimate 90% of them were in favor of the SEC even with consessions from the BIG 12.  In fact half of them had changed their avatars to SEC initials to show their desire to be in the SEC (there was a tread about this and they were discussing changing back so others wouldn't think the SEC was infiltrating their board pretty funny and smart if you ask me).

They definitly hate Texas and what they have done to the BIG 12 and it is very obvious that the instability in that conference is why they want out.  In most of the post the Missouri fans saw no point in staying in a league that just a couple of weeks ago had TX, OU, OSU and Tech ready to leave everyone in the wind saying there was zero loyalty.

IMHO the only schools that have a legitimate gripe about Missouri leaving are those schools like Iowa State, Baylor, Kansas and KState who have not explored leaving and have been treated unfairly by the big dogs in the conference.  Hopefully the BIG 12 can and will rebuild / reinvent itself but if you can't work out your fundamental issues like revenue sharing your survival will always be in doubt.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 5, 2011 10:55 am

Mizzou has been looking for two years

See that woman standing on the corner?  You know: the one with the heavy makeup, "bleep me" pumps, low-cut top, and a skirt so short it almost reveals hair?  Her name is Mizzou, and she will take any reasonable offer.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2011 10:49 am

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

The comments about the lack of woemn are some institutions is just plain stupid and shows a complete lack of intellect. As for the quality of each conference and each school... the next 12 months will form the future and not a damn of one of you will anything to do with it. Yes some of it sucks... but it is what it is and yes it can all be traced back to Texas. But..."He who has the gold makes the Golden Rules" in college football and yes as Texas Tech Alum I too am annoyed by what has happened.  

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