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Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

Posted on: October 21, 2011 1:40 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2011 2:27 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton was granted sole authority to negotiate contracts "regarding conference realignment" by the school's board of curators Friday afternoon.

The move seems to be the next incremental step in Missouri removing itself from the Big 12 to go to the SEC. On Oct. 4, the board gave Deaton similar, but narrower authority in seeking a new conference. For the first time on Friday, Deaton did acknowledge communication between Missouri and the SEC. 

Deaton would not put a time frame on Missouri's decision saying only, "we're not putting any immediate timeline on ourselves ... We're not looking at a long time frame."

Meanwhile, a large portion of college football continues to wait on Missouri. The Big East can't move on reconstituting its league until it knows what Missouri is going to do. If Missouri leaves, the Big East may be impacted. Louisville and West Virginia have been mentioned frequently as possible Big 12 replacements. The Big East is also reportedly targeting some Conference USA schools as well.

"The next step will be resolution of the question, final resolution of the question," said curators chair Warren Erdman. "The chancellor has the authority to take all actions necessary to resolve the question."

The board also announced the school would pursue establishing an invitational basketball tournament in Kansas City as well as an annual football game in the city against "a traditional regional rival." The move seems to address concerns over the loss of the Kansas rivalry if Missouri goes to the SEC. Missouri and Kansas have played in football for 119 years and annually at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium since 2007. 

The bitter rivals also participate annually in the Big 12 basketball tournament.

The announcement can be interpreted as Missouri throwing Kansas City a bone as it heads out the door. This city will be particularly impacted by Missouri's departure. The Big 12 basketball tournament has been played here, with few exceptions, back to when the conference was formed in 1996. The annual event has a multi-million dollar impact on the city. Missouri's tournament basketball ties with the city go back to the 1970s when the old Big Eight Holiday Tournament was established.

Missouri is considering severing conference ties that go back to 1907 when it joined the old Missouri Valley Conference. That league eventually morphed into the Big Six, Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12. It has been in the current Big 12 since the conference formed in 1996.

It is known that certain Missouri officials -- and alums and fans -- are tired of the Big 12's instability. Missouri would be the fourth Big 12 school to leave since June 2010. Each had essentially the same reason: Uncertainty about the future. Nebraska was spooked by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s Dec. 2009 comments about the school’s similarities with Big Ten institutions. Colorado AD Mike Bohn said publicly that Missouri’s apparent desire to the be in the Big Ten had caused his school to find a resting place in the Pac-10.

In September, A&M finally ended a contentious relationship with Texas that goes back decades. The flash point was Texas’ launch of the Longhorn Network. But that was merely a symptom, not a cause. If it hadn’t been the LHN, it would have been something else for the Aggies.

The A&M coaches and AD Bill Byrne weren’t necessarily in favor of the move but president R. Bowen Loftin pushed for the migration to the SEC. The SEC wasn’t necessarily looking for expand according to sources but when A&M came calling it was difficult to turn down a brand name in Texas. 

In this case, any negotiation of contracts by Deaton would be subject to review by university counsel. 

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Big 12, Missouri, SEC

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:44 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

I feel confident in saying that "Missouri's tournament basketball ties with the city" of Kansas City predate the 1970's.  I have memories of watching a Big 7 or Big 8 preseason Holiday basketball tournament in the old Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City in the 1960's and maybe even the 1950's.  Also, the faint beginnings of the breakup of the Big 12 go back years to things like Nebraska and Oklahoma being put in different divisions.  This has been brewing for a long time.

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:39 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

OK,  although some will pooh pooh the following statistic, I do believe it indicates that those who believe the Big 10  is far superior academically to the SEC or Big 12 are incorrect;  note I said far superior. 

As of 2009 awards, the number of all time recipients of Rhode Scholars by conference among the Big 10 , SEC, and Big 12:

SEC     &n
bsp;   95 recipients

Big 10     78 recipients

Big 12     78 recipients 


Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:30 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

Kils08 is exactly correct ~ the B1G has many schools far superior to Mizzou in both academics and athletics (taken together) to choose from.  Missouri athletics (all sports, including football) are good.  Not very good, not outstanding; just good.  Academically they're average, but inferior to almost every B1G school.  On the other hand, Mizzou is a perfect academic fit for the SEC, and a fair athletic fit.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:23 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

his beloved alma mater
Dodd went to college?  He had me fooled.

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:22 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

I understand your frustration with Mizzou not getting into the Big Ten but they weren't blackballed.
With Illinois having a fan base in the St Louis market the Big Ten simply determined that Nebraska would add more TV sets for the Big Ten Network with the first round of expansion
I still firmly believe that Missouri would have recieved consideration in the next round of Big Ten expansion--unfortunately for Mizzou that won't happen until ND or Texas wants to join the Big Ten or until the Big Ten feels pressured to make their next move
The Big Ten have a ton of options:
First Tier:  Notre Dame & Texas
Second Tier:  Rutgers, Maryland, Virginia, Missouri, Connecticut, Kansas, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Florida State (those were the teams that the Big Ten did two rounds of research on)
The issue with Missouri (and for the record I would have liked to see them) is that they just don't greatly expand the region or bring a huge fan base.
If Missouri was patient I think by 2016 they would have joined along with Notre Dame, Maryland and Connecticut.  But now I think the Big Ten will wait on ND--once ND joins they'll try to raid the ACC.  Maryland, Virginia and Georgia Tech or UNC.
Missouri is joining the Southeastern Conference--there's no reason to be upset with the Big Ten.

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:13 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

Much like your pig friend you forgot the second part of the B1G equation:  academics!

Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:10 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

I find it funny that this pitiful excuse for a sports writer laid the verbal wood to the Aggies when they left the B12 and still makes snide comments about them in this article and how evil they were for leaving as well as accusing them of being crybabies running from Texas, but when his beloved alma mater decides to do the same exact thing A&M did, his sarcasm and attacks at the integrity of Mizzou aren't there like they were for A&M. You have to wonder if there really is a brain in that cueball head of his or if he just realizes that all the stuff he writes is wothless crap and lets it go at that. Not only is this pin head a hypocrite, he is also a biased homer who wouldn't know the first thing about integrity or impartiality when it comes to reporting sports news.

Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:06 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

When Indiana gets into the top 10 for National Championships we'll compare schools, until then enjoy your handfull of National Championships.

Division I Championship Leaders


  1. UCLA: 100
  2. Stanford: 94
  3. Southern California: 84
  4. Oklahoma State: 48
  5. Arkansas: 41
  6. LSU: 40
  7. Texas: 39
  8. Michigan: 32
  9. North Carolina: 32
  10. Penn State: 32


Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 6:37 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

So "you ain't buying that Indiana play basketball" crap, Hog?  Well, when your Razorbacks get 4 more National Championships in basketball, you'll be tied with Indiana's 5 National Championships; they're a basketball school.

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 6:18 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC


My apologies.  Iowa is a very good school academically and athletically.  In haste; I missed them as well as Penn State (even with Joe Pa)  that would give Mizzou a good game on a regular ongoing basis.

I ain't buying that Indiana play Basketball crap though... 

I don't the know the real reason, but I suspect certain schools blackballed Mizzou from Big 10 as certain schools in the SEC blackballs Clemson, Georgia Tech,  Florida State & Miami from entering SEC.

I think it is admirable that Slippy and friends from Mizzou our wiilling to go South for but whippins.  We have been doing a few yaers now and we are holding our own with the big boys.  Every year the same schools get the best players, we always end up with like the 30th recruiting class but we manage to have top ten program.

i.e schools consistently with best recruits

Ohio State
Notre Dame

We can beat them all except for Alabama.

Let see Mizzou beat OSU !!!

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