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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 16, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 9:15 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

Interesting note about AAU colleges. Nebraska is the ONLY non AAU college in the Big 10.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 9:10 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

The Punter ... How about naming all those AAU colleges in the SEC.

Here let me help you  ......  Florida and Vanderbilt

Here are the Big 12 AAU colleges ..... Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Texas A&M

Hummm if I am not mistaken 5 is more than 2 unless your counting your chickens before they hatch. Remember that A&M is the only one that has said they are moving so far and as seen with TCU that commitment means little.  Missouri will more than likely not move to the SEC, they are doing a poll of thier alumni and they are opposed to the move.
Basically this just says how stupid the people are who go to SEC schools.

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:28 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

The SEC is just looking for a quickie; Missouri is the whore, and the SEC is the John

And you would be?  ....The porno that will be paying to watch?   SEC is not looking for anything.  Missouri is weighing its options that do not include the Big 10 and the SEC is just the most powerful conference in the land.

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:24 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

Big ten raid the ACC?  Virginia or North Carolina joining a midwestern conference?  Not likely.   They do fit academically, but that's about it.
You do know the ACC raised the exit fee to 20 million?  Makes you think twice about changing conferences.

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:20 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

You noticed that too about Dodds.  I didn't think you could post the truth about his idiotic hypocritical views on his blog? He jumped ALL OVER A&M and then bactracked.  I remember him making fun when SEC said they had not voted to accept A&M.  I bet he is too much ofd a coward to write about what he wants to see on his on editorial.  He will just wait to see what way the wind blows.  I don't acre about Mizzou coming to the SEC, I just hate the story that if it was true about a Mizzou official saying it was their 2nd choice.  It is kind of like saying my wife was my 168th choice.  It just doesn't sound right even if it was true. Cool

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:09 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC


Thats what I am talking about.  Nothing but the facts.  Ask all of the Non Razorback believers who was the last team to beat #1 LSWho? Ask them who was the #1 in SEC football last year.  Ask dem who gon beat dem LSWhos agin this year?


U talk a lot but Mizzou will do just as well in the SEC as Iowa does in Big 10.  The Ohio State will always need some school to pimp.   What is it with this Academic crap? Show me the stats were Big 10 school graduates make more money than SEC school graduates and I might pay attention.  I forgot it is cold, raining and miserable up North about now and you guys are just frustrated.  If it makes you feel better I am a big time Colts fans so I know what it is like to be a loser too!!!

GO Hogs WPS!!!!!!

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:54 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

Mizzou is an AAU school. That makes them elite academically. The SEC has more AAU schools than the Big 12.  Do you homework before you post.

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:48 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

the count as of 2009  was:

SEC     &n
bsp;    95  Rhodes Scholars

Big 10      78

Big 12      78

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:48 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

The SEC is just looking for a quickie; Missouri is the whore, and the SEC is the John.

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:46 pm

Missouri takes the next step toward SEC

OK, obviously I am NOT one of those SEC Rhodes Scholars as I couldn't figure out the font for my comment below. 
Sorry about that everyone; didn't mean to use the shouting font.

Email a second ago should have been as below:




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 


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