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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
 
Comments

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:20 pm
 

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

Putting Missouri in the SEC makes about as much sense as putting NHL teams in Miami and Phoenix. When the NHL did that, everyone talked about expanding the TV footprint and the brand, but all the NHL did with its sun belt expansion was remove the game from its core region and dilute the brand. Moving to the sun belt was not a smart move in the long term for the NHL, and MU to the SEC isn't smart long term for Missouri or the SEC. That being said, if Missiori and the SEC want to get together, please do it quickly so that everyone else can move on.  



Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:13 pm
 

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

Arkansas is pretty OK but trying to compare it to the Big Ten schools academically is pretty asinine.



Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:13 pm
 

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

Yes Hog I agree the SEC does have Florida and Vanderbilt as prestigous colleges. Arkansas though just does not make that list.  There is not much you can do or say, the facts are the facts.  People with degrees from a college that has that little AAU membership just happen to be a tad better than ones that do not and a degree from there means more to most people, maybe not to you, but to most people. The Department of Labor clarifies that the huge disparity in wages does come thanks to Harvard, Yale, MIT, Duke, Rice and several other very highly regarded institutions and not from others like Texas and Florida and others, but the educational standards at all AAU univeristies is higher than any non AAU college. There are plenty of great non AAU colleges, and yeah I give Arkansas that credit they are great but they are not as good as the AAU colleges
Finally, I think we agree!!!  Some of those garduates with their inside contacts and afiliations from the school maked $200k out of college.  I say that will skew things a tad and no I have never hired a Harvard grad.  It would depend upon the job as to which I would hire, I have on numerous occasions not hired someone as they were over qualified as they would quickly get restless
But at least we have the salary thing resolved and I do acknowledge schools can hire more attractive professors.

Now can we get back to sports Yell




Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:13 pm
 

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

hummm it did not post this:




Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:11 pm
 

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

HOG ..... Once again please learn to read.  If you read my copy and paste from the NCAA  Iit said "team championships in men's and women's sports" and it puts Texas in 5th with 48. Thanks and please go back to arkansas and take reading and comprehension.



Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

@JLTEXAS

If you go to answers.com it has the below. Texas does not make the top 6 unless you are going by women's sports only?

Arkansas is #5 with LSU for total and Atrkansas is #5 in Men's only. You are welcome to come to the Frank Broyles Athletic Complex and Bud Walton and I will personally arrange a tour for you to show you every trophy.  My favorite was the 1994 NCAA Championship over Duke in Charlotte North Carolina!!!

Answer


1. UCLA (101 titles) 2. Stanford (94 titles) 3. USC (84 titles) 4. (45 titles) 5 Arkansas (40 titles) 5. LSU (40 titles) 6. Old Dominion University (32 titles)

In all of men's sports 1. USC (72 titles) 2. UCLA (68 titles) 3. Stanford (57 titles) 4 Oklahoma State (45 titles) 5. Arkansas (40 titles)
In all of women's sports 1. Stanford (31 titles) 2. UCLA (28 titles) 3. LSU (24 titles) 4. North Carolina (22 titles) 5. Texas (20 titles) 6. Old Dominion University (14 titles)



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Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

PERDUE???? You passed up a chance to go to Perdue???? Now I know your nuts. Man, Perdue is a college you go to no matter the costs if you have a chance. Well I am telling you that and I did pass on doing my post grad work at Harvard for the same reason, money. Its the biggest mistake I ever made too.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:00 pm
 

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

Hog, your intelligence is showing again, I have said all along AAU colleges, not Big 10 or Big 12 or any conference. I did give mention to the Big 10 because all members in the Big 10 are AAU members with the exception of Nebraska, which lost thier membership after they joined the Big 10. Had Nebraska been non AAU they would never have been allowed in the Big 10.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:54 pm
 

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

Yes Hog I agree the SEC does have Florida and Vanderbilt as prestigous colleges. Arkansas though just does not make that list.  There is not much you can do or say, the facts are the facts.  People with degrees from a college that has that little AAU membership just happen to be a tad better than ones that do not and a degree from there means more to most people, maybe not to you, but to most people. The Department of Labor clarifies that the huge disparity in wages does come thanks to Harvard, Yale, MIT, Duke, Rice and several other very highly regarded institutions and not from others like Texas and Florida and others, but the educational standards at all AAU univeristies is higher than any non AAU college. There are plenty of great non AAU colleges, and yeah I give Arkansas that credit they are great but they are not as good as the AAU colleges.



Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:47 pm
 

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

HOG ..... Whatever I am sure the Department of Labor just makes up those stats huh.  Now you tell me you would hire someone from Arkansas over a Harvard grad and actually think you could pay a Harvard grad the same as an Arkansas grad when they paid 3 times more for thier degree????  ARE YOU NUTS???????



@JLtexas,

You are right I guess I  don't know what I am talking about?  I did not know Harvard was a Big 10 school!!! Worse; I did not have to pay for my education due to academic scholarship to the University of Arkansas.  Ironnically, I was accepted to go to Purdue; but my out of pocket was more than my family needed especially since I had a full ride at my in State University.

But to your point too which I get, a Harvard graduate would have a different curriculum than most Universities and their salaries would be based on market demand like every one else.  Whether it is Nuclear Physics or Senior Business Executive on Wall Street.


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