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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
 
Comments

Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 10:45 am
 

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

I've always hated idiots they act like they know what they are talking about, and they DON'T.  Both Vanderbilt and Florida are in the AAU dumbass.



Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 10:44 am
 

JCfreak, are you joking?


So you think adding Kansas to the Big10 would maybe make them the 2nd best bball conference after the ACC?  Didnt the Big10 win the last two Big10 / ACC challenges?  The Big10 already is AT LEAST the 2nd best bball conference. 

I agree with you though that Kansas Bball would be a good fit for the Big10, the only problem is, this whole conference re-alignment crap is about Football  / Money.  Bball unfortunately has nothing to do with it.

Ryan



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 10:43 am
 

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

The only reason that ANY conference will take Missouri is for the TV market.  Missouri would be another "team" but would bring nothing to the football or basketball portions of the conference.



Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 10:29 am
 

Lets Talk Kansas...

MU is posturing like the other conferences really care. MU Football is mediocre, their Basketball is mediocre so why should any other conference even care?

Lets talk Kansas...Yeah, yeah their footbal program is below the mediocre line but their HOOPS! All you college sport fans know what I am talking about!

The BIG 10 should jump on this like they did Nebraska and stand up MU like a bad date. The BIG 10 football is already Hyped (or over-HYPED as PAC-12 and SEC fans would say) But this would make BIG 10 basketball legitimately a power...maybe Second to the ACC.  Bthe Big East is sometimey like the BIG 10 is currently!

Come on Board JayHawks...You can fill in the void that Indiana created in BIG 10 basketball. Piccture this: KU, OSU, Mich.ST, Purdue Wisc, UMich, and the rest of them...

BIG 10 football got NEB., Let BIG 10 Bball get KU...C'Mon KU!



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 10:25 am
 

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

someone is a little angry.....



Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2011 10:17 am
 

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

some of you people crack me up

1- there are about 7,000 colleges and universities in the US
2- LSU for an example is rated #128 in 2012 by a very popular rating agency
3- that puts LSU among the top 2%

Stanford is the top rated football playing school (among major football teams)
I think they were #5

That is impressive no doubt

but in what world is being in the top 2% not impressive?

What most of you goof balls are looking at is the 120 Div 1 football schools?

how about this?

LSU right now is ranked in the top 1% in national rankings for FOOTBALL

+++

But this isnt about LSU this is perception....

you think the SEC schools are dumb???

example LSU has 85 scholarship football players out of 29,000 students
Assuming all football players are dumb
1/3 of 1% of LSU's students are football players



Since: Dec 9, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 10:15 am
 

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.  I think a move to the Sun-Belt would be better for them...at least then they'd have a shot at a conference championship!  Well, provided they could get by Troy St.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2011 10:11 am
 

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Sorry, but West Virginia would NOT be a good addition for the SEC or ACC for many, many reasons.  WVU needs to remain in the BE and be the football kings there every other year !!



Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 9:59 am
 

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Dippy Slippy wrote:"Dukie fan.... I find it hard that you have a "hot wife" graduating from DUKE?   They have nothing but dogs at DUKE...good lord the women are horrible there, went to the Virginia/Duke game last year.... thank goodness UNC is just down the street for talent.    If you had to pay for a hot wife....maybe you sleep easier knowing that you OUTKICKED your coverage!  HAHA"

Two things: 1)In you, the virginity is strong young Padawan and 2) I probably own part of the shoe store that employs you, so hush!



Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2011 9:48 am
 

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

LSU TIGER fan, did you know that Mizzou is closer to ALL SEC SCHOOLS than Texas A&M.....except for LSU to A&M.    Mizzou borders 3 SEC STATES (Kentucky, Arkansas, and Tennessee).   Not to mention OLE MISS is just a 5 hour drive from Columbia.    Mizzou may be a much better fit for the SEC than your giving them.

Dukie fan.... I find it hard that you have a "hot wife" graduating from DUKE?   They have nothing but dogs at DUKE...good lord the women are horrible there, went to the Virginia/Duke game last year.... thank goodness UNC is just down the street for talent.    If you had to pay for a hot wife....maybe you sleep easier knowing that you OUTKICKED your coverage!  HAHA

As for Mizzou going to the SEC?   I don't think this is going to happen, Mizzou is just positioning themselves for more money from the current BIG12.   Don't be surprised if Texas makes a statement in the next couple of weeks to SHARE some of the BEVO network dollars....this could be a Mizzou move to strengthen the BIG 12.   I just can't see Mizzou leaving .....except for the BIG10.



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