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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: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:46 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

Funny....a freaking Florida fan making jokes about basketball.... YOU HAVE NO HISTORY of basketball except for the last 10 years and Mr. Billy Donovan.    I suggest you ask David Lee and Brad Beal how they would feel about your Missouri comments, considering they're from St. Louis, MO you idiot.

Don't you have TEBOWS nutz to go suck on this weekend?   I'm surprised you're even paying attention to college football with Jesus returning to his home state.

Can't wait to beat that watered down/overated Florida program in the next couple of years.  

Gosh, I didn't realize Florida even had football fans...considering their population continues to fall into the ocean?   Even the retirees are getting the heck out of Florida.

Hillbillies????   I guess Florida people is rather just the KLAN????   You probably have ancestors who participated in the ROSEWOOD murders 100 years ago....go crawl back into your Swamp ...

All other FLorida/SEC fans...only taking shots at gatorfan2212..... no offense to you.

M-I-Z...... S-E-C

Since: Nov 28, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:44 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

Wasn't chancellor Deaton given authority to make this decision weeks ago??!

Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:30 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

I hope they are put in the West so the ignorant Ozark Hillbillies do not come to Florida and we dont have to go there.   Great halftime show featuring the Missouri Ozark BANJO BAND!!!!!!
Not to mention an equivalent football program to that of Toledo and the basketball is terrible too. 
Thanks for watering down the SEC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:25 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

I just don't understand why it is taking them so long to make this decision.  Could it be that the report from last week that Mizzou doesn't have enough votes to get into the SEC is true?  Are the people within the Athletic Department split on what to do?  Say what you want about the  Notre Dame - Big East situation, at least you know where the Irish stand when it comes to being or not being in a football conference.  In my opinion what Missouri is doing here is far worse.

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:18 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

I would much rather have Clemson.  They are more like an SEC team.  Even when they are struggling they are nobody to play around with.  Missouri Won't hold up, just make the conference look weaker. 

Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:08 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

Way to take the Big 10's sloppy seconds Slive.  Mizzou will never be accepted by the fans of the SEC.

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