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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: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:59 pm

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

I have to agree with some of the other Comments. Oklahoma was out the door and untill Pac 12 put on brakes on. So Mizzouri is doing what is best for them. They were going to be left behind if PAC 12  deal went through. So good for them.

Since: Oct 4, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:59 pm

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Marinatto will be on the phone with KU by morning if not sooner, mark it down

Since: Sep 19, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:58 pm

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

OK lets get this straight, Angela, Oklahoma WOULD NOT be accepted in the Pac 12 without Texas, they did not want Oklahoma by themselves(OSU would have gone too), so you can slam Texas all you want but there are some schools that are grateful that Texas stayed(ISU,Baylor,KSU,KU,).Let Mizzou leave but I hope they were watching on saturday to what happened to the crybabies, Nebraska & A$M, Mizzou will be on the bottom of what ever confeence they go too, they are just not that good, so stay where you will have a chance and don't turn into one of those crybaby universities.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:58 pm

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Raven3legs:  You're all over the map.  Why would Penn St leave The Big Ten?  ND will not join the ACC just like Iowa St won't ever be invited to The Big Ten.  Iowa wouldn't want ISU in the same conference and ISU brings nothing to the table for The Big Ten Network.  If a school doesn't bring something to the table for the conference, then they will not be invited.  Otherwise, that school would simply be taking money away from the other schools.  Kansas, Mizzou, and Notre Dame make sense for The Big Ten geographically, academically, and monetarily. 

Btw, the SEC should make WVU or Louisville it's 14th member and the ACC should nab UConn to get the rest of the New England tv market.

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:57 pm

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Not likely that any ACC school will leave to join SEC..... they just upped the pull out fee to 20 million.

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:55 pm

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

This is the right move for Missouri and it will be the right move for the SEC to extend an invitation.  Missouri is a great fit for the SEC in the following areas:

1.  Geographically - It boards three SEC states.
2.  Academically it adds tremendous value.
3.  Athletically - They will compete immediately in many sports and quickly catch up in the others through recruiting.

For Missouri it is a great move for the following reasons:

1.  Conference has stability
2.  SEC is a true partnership and revenue is shared equally
3.  Revenue will increase dramatically once a new network deal is worked out
4.  Greater national exposure for their programs and university as a whole since more SEC games are shown on a national basis (CBS Package)

I really appreciate the forward thinking Missouri leadership as put forth by starting this process and if they follow through I know they will find it to be a very prosperous one.

Go Tigers! 

Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:54 pm

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Obviously your not very informed on a lot of things. 1. Missouri would be
slightly above middle of the pack in Academics in the SEC with 5 schools (6 if
you want to count Texas A&M) per Us News and World report ranked higher than
Missouri. 2. Yes Missouri is really considered a Midwestern state but actually
borders 3 of the states with schools in the SEC.  3. I dont know if you have looked at a map
lately but Missouri actually only borders 3 states with schools in the Big 10 conference.  Duh.

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:51 pm

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Instead of the never ending discussion on jumping conferences, why can't we copy the NFL's draft?

Every school in Division I interested in changing conferences, enters a DRAFT.

Each conference interested in adding a team, picks from the schools that have submitted their name.

This continues until the AQ conferences are finished, or there are no schools left that are interested in changing.

After 2 years, lets do this again.

Would be just as much fun, and makes just as much sense, as some of the current discussions (TCU to BE - only 900 miles away from nearest BE school)?



Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:46 pm

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Missouri is a divided State.  It has been that way for over 150 years.  One of those brother v. brother states during the War of Northern Aggression.

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:41 pm

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

I hope Mizzou stays in Big 12 or go to B1G.  That could lay groundwork for Kansas and Iowa State, both being AAU members, to be recued by B1G if Mizzou and Neb lobby hard.  I hope Mr. Slive calls Mr. Swofford and arrange for transfer of NC State to SEC.  That would allow ACC to add UConn. When that happens, ND would have to join the ACC. I hope at that point, Penn State has seen enough (no east team added) and leaves for ACC. Then B1G will become a true midwest conference. Sucks to be K-State and Rutgers though.

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