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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
 
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The Facts
Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:39 pm
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Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:34 pm
 

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Missery what? Whiskey, Tango, Firefox!!! Don't let the door hit your A$$, and good riddance!!! If they don't voluntarily go, throw their sorry Confederate A$$eS out. Maybe hey'll make the announcement from "renouned" Jesse James Hall. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!



Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Typical stupid and biased reporting from Dodds. He was all over A&M and belittling them when they when they were working a deal AND HAD LEVERAGE but now his school is doing the same thing and it is mostly praise and admiration for doing the same thing that A&M did. This just shows that this dumb arse cueball headed bimbo is all about sensationalism and homerism and little to do with qualitty unbiased sports reporting.  


The Facts
Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:23 pm
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Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:18 pm
 

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

oklahoma was gone too until they hooked the conference killing texas to the sooner schooner. Then the pac 12 said thanks but no thanks.  You're poor reporting would indicate that somehow OU found Big 12 religion. They didn't. They got the door slammed in their face. Every team in the Big 12 would run from Texas if they could. Hopefully, Mizzou will find a home away from Bevo and the Longhorn Network.


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Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:16 pm
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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

Nobody in the SEC is in the AAU, unless you count Vandy, Fla, and newly minted Texas A&M. UGA ranks higher than 15 of the 61 AAU members and is involved in the admittance process.

Your admittance into the AAU depends on the amount of research dollars you bring in, it does not guarantee the dollars will come in, ask Nebraska.


The Facts
Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:09 pm
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:03 pm
 

Missouri officially looking (unofficially at SEC)

WoolyBooger:  I agree with some of what you're saying however the SEC does have two AAU members, Vanderbilt and Florida.  A&M is also an AAU member making three as of 2012 and Mizzou would be the 4th member out of 14 in the SEC, if they were to join.  Mizzou makes more sense for The Big Ten than the SEC if they are going to leave the Big 8 but who knows what they'll end up doing.


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