The Big 12 is determining whether Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton is still a member of the conference's expansion committee despite now being the point man for the school's conference exploration.
Deaton stepped down as chairman of the Big 12 board of directors Monday during an announcement that the school's board of curators had given him permission to explore "all actions necessary to fully explore options for conference affiliation ". Deaton made a point to say he had relinquished his chairman position to remove the appearance of a conflict.
Deaton either is or was chairman of the conference's four-person expansion committee that recently reformed. There seems to be some confusion within the league whether that position is held by Deaton or Kansas State president Kirk Schulz. The league is in the process of deciding how to expand with or without Missouri, which looks like it is headed to the SEC.
It would definitely be a conflict if Deaton was on a committee finding new members for the Big 12 while exploring his school's conference options. A league spokesman said the issue would be clarified later Wednesday.