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Gov.: Mizzou should consider Big Ten

December 19, 2009

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— The University of Missouri should consider leaving the Big 12 and joining the Big Ten Conference if it gets an offer to do so, Gov. Jay Nixon said Friday.

The Big Ten said this week that it will be exploring over the next 12-18 months whether to expand its membership. It did not mention which schools it might add, if it decided to do so.

Missouri currently is part of the Big 12 Conference, which was formed in the mid-1990s when the Big 8 added four Texas universities.

Nixon said his alma mater should be open to the possibility of switching, primarily because he says the Big Ten has some excellent academic programs.

“I’m not going to say anything bad about the Big 12, but when you compare Oklahoma State to Northwestern, when you compare Texas Tech to Wisconsin, I mean, you begin looking at educational possibilities that are worth looking at,” Nixon said in an interview with The Associated Press.

“If a significant conference with a long history of academic and athletic excellence talks about you joining them, you shouldn’t just say, ‘We’re from the old Big 8 and I remember when ...

“If they want to talk, we should talk, and we should listen,” Nixon added.

Missouri currently has a reciprocal tuition agreement with Kansas for several degree programs.

Those deals allow Missouri residents to study architecture at in-state tuition rates at Kansas University or Kansas State University. In exchange, Kansas residents can study dentistry or optometry at in-state tuition rates in the University of Missouri system.

Nixon suggested Missouri could develop similar academic arrangements with Big Ten universities.

He acknowledged that sports — and the revenues they generate — also would be a factor in any conference switch. But Nixon noted Missouri already regularly plays Illinois in sports and added that Missouri could continue to play archrival Kansas each year, even if it changed conferences.

Comments

anon1958 4 years, 12 months ago

Well I guess there aren't any pressing economic or social issues in the hillbilly state since the governor has time to waste on trivial matters like the composition of college football conferences.

riverdrifter 4 years, 12 months ago

Kansas would bring more to the table than Misery with one of the best basketball programs and an up-and-coming football program. If asked, KU should go for it and don't let the Big 12 door hit us on the arse on our way out.

Boston_Corbett 4 years, 12 months ago

Touche anon. And I am sure Wisconsin and Northwestern would be oh, so excited. Ha.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 12 months ago

I would think that Pitt or Notre Dame would be the more likely candidates. Maybe even Iowa State.

anon1958 4 years, 12 months ago

Just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (Anonymous) says…

I would think that Pitt or Notre Dame would be the more likely candidates. Maybe even Iowa State.

They were spurned by Notre Dame last attempt at expansion. Iowa State is too weak to be worthwhile.

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