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Missouri to SEC a done deal

University of Missouri Interim President Steve Owens, left, and Chancellor Brady Deaton leave a news conference following a meeting of the Board of Curators, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, in St. Louis. Missouri will leave the Big 12 for the SEC.

University of Missouri Interim President Steve Owens, left, and Chancellor Brady Deaton leave a news conference following a meeting of the Board of Curators, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, in St. Louis. Missouri will leave the Big 12 for the SEC.

November 6, 2011, 10:21 a.m. Updated November 7, 2011, 12:46 a.m.

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Bye-bye Big 12, hello SEC.

After weeks of private flirtations and the college sports’ equivalent of prenuptial negotiations with their respective lawyers, Missouri and the Southeastern Conference took their mutual attraction public Sunday.

First the SEC released a statement welcoming Missouri as its newest member. Later there was a campus pep rally in Columbia, replete with a new SEC banner, the school’s marching band and exploding confetti.

“We are pleased, and we are proud to welcome you to the family of the Southeastern Conference,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive told hundreds of students and alumni packed into the campus union. “We know that homecoming is a special tradition here at Missouri. So let me say to the entire Missouri nation, ‘Welcome to your new home.’”

Missouri will join the league effective July 1, 2012 by unanimous agreement of the SEC’s presidents and chancellors, including Bernie Machen of Florida, who joined Slive at Sunday’s announcement in Columbia.

Missouri will be leaving the Big 12, a conference it has been a part of since 1907, including its days as the Big Eight and earlier incarnations such as the Big Six.

The school could also face the end of annual athletic contests with neighboring Big 12 survivor Kansas, a rivalry with roots in the Civil War. The teams first met on the football field in 1891, the sport’s oldest traditional matchup west of the Mississippi River. Their college basketball battles also began in the 19th century.

The Big 12’s uncertain future drove the move, said Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton, who until last month was the conference’s board chairman — and public face of the league’s fight for survival after losing Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-12) last year and later Texas A&M, which will join Missouri next year in a 14-team SEC.

The announcement came as no surprise after Missouri’s governing board gave Deaton the permission to change leagues in early October and then granted him broad authority two weeks later to negotiate directly with the SEC.

The delay was likely to due to concerns over the timing of Missouri’s departure as well as the amount of the financial penalty the school must pay the Big 12 for breaking its contract.

A confidential report provided to The Associated Press suggested the school could owe the Big 12 as much as $26 million, though both Nebraska and Colorado negotiated significantly lower exit fees than what they were legally obligated to return. Deaton said Missouri and the Big 12 have not determined amounts.

Comments

jhawkinsf 3 years, 1 month ago

I just became a big, big Tigers fan. Auburn and L.S.U.

puddleglum 3 years, 1 month ago

bye bye dirtballs. guess they got tired of losing to KU at allen fieldhouse east.
and football? ya gotta be kidding me, alabama arkansas LSU Ole miss Auburn Florida south carolina Georgia will punish mizzou every fall! basketball offers only one challenge: kentucky, quite possibly the only other 'skool' where proper footwear required means you have to bring your tire-tread sandals.

RBLucky1331 3 years, 1 month ago

Speaking for all Mizzou fans, we sure will miss setting your town on fire and laughing at your fat-cow cheerleaders. Good riddance, Chickenhawks!

Jayhawk1963 3 years, 1 month ago

Not sure about sodomy but I've heard that when Miseryians divorce they can still be brother and sister....

Mizzoufan 3 years, 1 month ago

Speaking for all the classy Mizzou fans, which believe it or not is most of us, I'm going to miss the intense rivalry with KU. I didn't support the move in the first place, but what's done is done and I am looking forward to playing in the SEC next year. Good luck in the Big 12.

Dan Blomgren 3 years, 1 month ago

Mizzzou fans wil not travel, and so the seats will set empty while MIzzou gets pummeled week after week on the road. Home stadium will sit empty in a few years when they have become the laughing stock of SEC. There is NO upside for MIzzou for this move!

Dan Blomgren 3 years, 1 month ago

Owens and Deaton just signed MIzzou's 'death certificate'

slaughter9 3 years, 1 month ago

KU fans have fun being an also ran in footbal in the MAC or the Mountain West when Tejas and Oklahoma bolt the Big XII for the Pac 12 in six months and the Little 10 left self empload. At least MIZZOU was smart enough to get out while the getting was good and landed on their feet in the mighty SEC!!! In 2 to 4 years at least we'll be playing for a national championship, what are you guys going to be doing.....oh, that's right, losing to the likes of Miami (Ohio) and Bowling Green! Have fun Chickenhawks!

Jayhawk1963 3 years, 1 month ago

Only in your dreams, you ignorant inbred refugee from Deliverance !!! Take your garbage over to the KC Star blog where you belong ! There in NO WAY KU (or KSU) will NOT land in a BCS conference even if the BIG 12 DOES implode. The more likely scenario would be: in 5 years or so UT goes independent after their LHN becomes viable. Conference realignment starts up again. With UT out of the picture, KU and KSU join OU and OSU in the PAC 16 or even in an expanded BIG 10, either of which are much more prestigious than your vaunted SEC ! Meanwhile, you will be wallowing around in last place in your "stable" new conference, with even less influence than you had in the BIG 12 !! Oh well, at least you will be with your own kind, other Confederate states....

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