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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: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:49 am

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC



Hog Authority, sorry but you have NO SHOT at the National Championship....NONE. First and foremost there is the Thanksgiving payback you will receive in Baton Rouge, second, you were EMBARASSED in Tuscaloosa, third OU and Ok St, fourth Wisconsin and Stanford. fifth Boise State and Clemson, and sixth...Arkansas will find away to lose one or two more games...they always do. 

Your post is without merit.  #1 Any team that wins SEC Championship has solid chance for National Championship.  Last I checked we are 1 game out of winning SEC West.

#2 If Arkansas win out, which they do have that chance at beating LSU etc, then they will leapfrog Clemson, Stanford and Boise State based on SOS. Arkansas fate would then come to hoping Wisconsin lose today and the winner of OU/OSU slip up.  A Missouri victory today over OSU will help Arkansas cause.

It was stated last years Arkansas had no chance in beating LSU but who won?  We gave the Sugar Bowl game to the Tattoo Bandits but the program is still rising.  It is bitter for us as we let the SEC down.

U just need to take of yourself and beat Bama for us.  A 3 way tie at the end in that scenario would have Bama in SEC champ game while we are in Sugar Bowl.  When I am in New Orleans on Bourbon Street I will buy a Tiger T Shirts for the gratuity.  Now what is far fetched but possible is a Bama / Arkansas rematch in National Champion game.  It is all a matter of prospective my friend.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:34 am

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

They are tired of the big 12's instability? That's funny since they caused it when they begged to be in the big ten (who didn't want them). Say goodbye to those texas recruits who made you competitive these last few years when you go sec and don't let the door hit you in the ass. The big12 will be better without these crybabies, they are just upset cause texas and oklahoma have dominated the conference!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:14 am

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

Perdue Farms is a prominent chicken processor in Texas.  Just FYI -

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:00 am

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

According to sources close to the matter, that wish to remain anonymous. Mizzou coming into the SEC is not that bad of a move for the SEC, nor Mizzou. Mizzou brings academic credentials (AAU), and TV markets that the SEC should find attractive. The SEC offers potential to Mizzou that they do not currently possess. Attendance potential- with schools like LSU, Bama, Fla., Georgia, Auburn, and Tennesse coming to town, attendance may see a spike. Recruiting- even a state the size of Louisiana is ranked with the big boys talent wise, and LSU can't sign all of them. The south in general is talent rich. National exposure- It's the SEC, like it, or not. The potential is there, if you want to look past your nose, for the SEC, and Mizzou to grow from this union. If it happens, yes, some things will be lost, but much is there much to be gained.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 8:48 am

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC not drink and post.

A three BILLION dollar research grant to one person?

1/100,000 get YOUR high-end degree?

I don't which is bigger, your ego or your alcoholism?

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 8:28 am

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

Hog Authority, sorry but you have NO SHOT at the National Championship....NONE. First and foremost there is the Thanksgiving payback you will receive in Baton Rouge, second, you were EMBARASSED in Tuscaloosa, third OU and Ok St, fourth Wisconsin and Stanford. fifth Boise State and Clemson, and sixth...Arkansas will find away to lose one or two more games...they always do. 

Hawgs are notorious for not knowing their place. Proving my point, ESPN calls it "SW Conference Syndrome". Arkansas and aTm were named the two schools whose fans desperately need a reality check. Their perception of their status is light years greater than their actual standing. aTm last won a NC pre was in the old saying, "Even a blind Hawg can find an acorn every now and then".   

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 4:57 am

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

jjtexas, where did you got to school, you missspelled Purdue twice in your post

Since: Mar 12, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2011 1:39 am

Texas A&M and Missouri

Go West for TV markets and academic credentials seems to be the new mantra of the SEC.  I guess that this is further proof that people are more transiant now and can't rely on Dad's connections at Mississippi State as much.

Texas A&M is instantly competative for the long and short term in sports.  While College Station isn't a great TV market, its a good disbursed TV following similar to a VA Tech (Richmond based with lots of people in big markets like DC).  They also help the SEC academicaly who has Vanderbuilt, Florida and maybe Georgia as decent schools (when I say decent schools its my perception, and its based on out of state view of schools; I'm sure that LSU will get you respect in Louisianna, but if you want to move out of the region, go to Tulane at least).

Missouri is a great market, but they really want to be in the Big 10(12? now, they want to be in the Ohio State/Michigan conference).  It's certainly perceived better academicly outside of the state as most of the SEC.  The problem is that it is inconsistant with its sports program and, beside Arkansas, who would be real excited to play them?  In terms of football, people in the South can get excited about going to Texas for a game.  St Louis is a great town, but its a baseball town.  Personally, I love KC/St Louis, but I'm not sure that if I'm a dedicated alumni into tailgating and traveling where a Missouri trip would rank.

Think of it in terms of demand,  Texas A&M  has 82,000 seats, that's 14th in the nation but will be only 7th in the SEC.  Missouri will be near the bottom of attendence and capacity, near Kentucky (at least they have some Basketball) in the SEC.  In short, it just feels like filling out the team with Missouri.

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:21 am

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

What you describe is really about all in who you know.  It is the Country Club syndrome. Sure we all know what and where the prestigious schools are.  I can be in the middle of Idaho with a Bosie State or University of Idaho degree and be a top dog.  What you describe is free enterrprise nothing special or specific to AAU although if you are from the normal AAU schools you can always show favoritism but unless they are truly more qualified, it is a form of discrimation.  Some of those schools are all about money to get in.  Good luck with your research, but when you hit something you will get the billions like anyone else.

Put this back to the subject, it makes no difference conference wise where Missouri goes with respect to AAU.  I don't think ANY body in the SEC is feeling great about the prospect of having another AAU school.  You know what the Ole Miss fans tells the Alabama fans every other year when they invade Oxford MS.  "We may not win the game but we win the party"  In fact Razorbacks are in Oxford right now and we are playing to get back in NC picture despite LSU / Alabama.   In short we are proud to be from and of Arkansas. With a lot less resources we always run with the big dogs.  You like stats, check out which school receives the most private donations year after year.  Check out per capita income of Bella Vista AR (just North of Fayetteville) to Beverly Hills CA.


Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:14 am

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

Jack, you should be proud of Missouri and its achievements in its research. Missouri has allways had high marks in engineering achievements. In fact some of the equipment I use was developed by Missouri. Of course after you leave the Big 12 i will have to find someone else,  lol.

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