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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: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:40 am

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)


.php Above article is why you are part right and part wrong.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:38 am

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

You are true that the SEC does not share it's tier three rights but the long term plans are for them to combine those rights and for the much more profitable SEC Network with ESPN(link to article below). The SEC presidents understand that the sum is greater than the parts. They will make much more money together than they will apart. This is something Tx doesn't believe, and will ultimately cause the break-up of the Big 12.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:35 am

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Texas generates 70% of e conference revenue, yet you want them to share equally......

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:28 am

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

@Wild Turkey

Actually, you forgot a couple of steps in A$M's move to the SEC.

Step 1 - Make a phony commitment to the Big 12 proclaiming your loyalty. (Bill Byrne: June 16, 2010)
"We have said from day one our goal was to stay in the Big 12, and we are doing that minus two. We were asked to provide conference realignment options for our University leadership to consider, and we did. With all the information available, I believe they made the right decision."


Step 2 - Attempt to extort $20MM from the Big 12 by holding the "SEC gun" to their heads.  (R. Bowen Loftin: July 28, 2010)
“A key part of Texas A&M’s decision to remain in the Big 12 earlier this summer was the commissioner’s commitment that Texas A&M would receive a minimum of $20 million annually in future conference distributions.  We remain committed to the conference and fully anticipate that the Big 12 will honor its commitment to Texas A&M.”



You've summarized steps 3-6 adequately, so I'll give you kudos for that.  Congratulations, SEC, on gaining a "great partner".  But, I strongly recommend that you keep a close eye on them.  I mean, when you're not beating the hell out of the Aggies on Saturdays.

just look at the process Texas AM took (correctly I may add):

1.  Get bd approval within school to explore options.
2.  Officially ask to withdrawal from the BIG 12.
3.  Apply to the SEC.
4.  SEC takes vote of members to accept application.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:25 am

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

The Big 12 conference should team up with the MWC since those teams are closer in proximity than to those in the south eastern states.

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:13 am

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Since there's a lot of ignorance posted on this blog, I thought I'd take a moment to educate y'all.

The SEC does not share Tier 3 media rights equally.  Tier 3 encompasses PPV, Internet, local programming, etc.  Please see the link below for last year's rankings by school.


As you can see, 6 of the top 10 revenue producers hail from the SEC.  Florida has a great partnership with Fox's "Sun Sports" Network in FL netting them $7.5MM per year.  It's not a "university dedicated" channel like The Longhorn Network, but it's the next best thing.  UT was actually late to the party, netting only $338K.  Mizzou did pretty well for themselves at just over $4 MM.  Surprisingly, A$M earned $0 marketing their Tier 3 rights.  Personally, I don't see how that's possible given A$M's "great brand" and fan base in TX, but I digress.

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:09 am

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Yup, and when I saw Auburn at #82, figgered there was sure some thing strange about those rankings! Auburn??

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:07 am

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Joe B.

Actually it wouldn't be prudent for Missouri to apply today just look at the process Texas AM took (correctly I may add):

1.  Get bd approval within school to explore options.
2.  Officially ask to withdrawal from the BIG 12.
3.  Apply to the SEC.
4.  SEC takes vote of members to accept application.

Of course it is a done deal behind closed doors but you have to avoid any public perception of tampering on the part of the SEC in order to limit possible legal action as much as possible.  Since Missouri has been extremely cautious during all the realignment movements this is a pretty strong signal on their end and there are really only three realistic outcomes:

1.  They are posturing for specific concessions from the BIG 12 - highly unlikely because Texas isn't going to give in to anyone else's demands.
2.  They are signaling the B1G that they are open to an invitation - also highly unlikely in that the B1G position was pretty clear last year.
3.  They are ready to make a move to the SEC - My money is betting on this and the SEC will accept their application once presented.

The ACC was reckless in the way they went about their process but the lack of a new TV deal automatically made the threat of litigation less expense should it occur.  What I love about this move is that the ACC has had to look to a lesser conference in the BIG EAST to expand but the SEC has gutted the Southwestern/BIG 12 to do it.  Now I ask you what is more impressive?

Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:06 am

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

So where does your data come from? I personally review academic ratings
quite frequently and really haven't found Missouri to be a highly rated
institution from multiple ranking sources. Just curious how you are an authority.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:51 pm

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

LawDawg86:  Your rankings come from which is an unofficial ranking system.  In fact, 25% of the rankings are based on "peer assessment", some of which come from surveys filled out by high school counselors.  Haha, nice source dumb dumb. 

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