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Source says Mizzou primed to join 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.

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.

October 18, 2011


The University of Missouri appears primed to leave the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference, a university official with direct knowledge of the situation told the New York Times on Monday night.

The person told the Times that MU’s decision to apply for membership to the SEC was “inevitable and imminent,” although a specific timeframe has yet to be set.

Missouri’s Board of Curators will meet Thursday and Friday at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where the process of withdrawing from the Big 12 and applying to the SEC is expected to begin. Expansion is not listed on the agenda, but there is a private session scheduled Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

After it applies, the person said that Missouri expected “no problems” with gathering enough votes among SEC presidents for it to become a member.

Two sources indicated to on Monday morning that “everything was on track” for a move by Mizzou to the SEC.

One source said: “I’m 100 percent sure we’re going to the SEC.” reports that MU’s next step is likely to soon announce a “conditional withdrawal” from the Big 12 Conference. The withdrawal would be conditional in that it would depend upon the Tigers’ acceptance into the SEC.

It is believed that contrary to what Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas said last week, Missouri could start SEC play as early as next season. Missouri would become the SEC’s 14th member. The league added Texas A&M; in September. The SEC would prefer 14 members, as scheduling is a much simpler process with two seven-team divisions.

The Big 12 is expected to add either one or three universities once Missouri announces it is leaving, the Times indicated. That could again affect the Big East Conference, with the Big 12’s targets likely to include Louisville and West Virginia, with independent BYU also a possibility to account for 12 teams. Big 12 expansion committee chairman Burns Hargis, the president of Oklahoma State, said Saturday that he would prefer a 12-team league, but acknowledged his preference might not matter.


cato_the_elder 6 years, 5 months ago

It's a stupid move for Missouri to do this, but if they leave then good riddance. Many of us will enjoy watching them win at most 2 or 3 football games a year in the SEC. Since Mizzou's basketball program is in such disarray, that could prove even worse for them.

Does Mizzou have a badminton team? Perhaps it would fare better in the SEC.

pinecreek 6 years, 5 months ago

Absolutely agree--they just don't understand what they're in for once they get there. I have spoken to numerous MU alums in KC, they seem to think that the SEC will be their happy land and completely discount the football irrelevance that they will soon exist in. Basketball won't be much better...and their appeal and power in KC will decline as well. Fools.

CardHawkFan 6 years, 5 months ago

I think I just heard Gary Pinkel vomit because he just realized that his time in Columbia just came to a screeching halt when he doesn't return to a bowl for the next 10 years (and I actually think he's a good coach, believe it or not). The bad thing is they might have a shot at consistently returning to the NCAA Tournament because SEC basketball is garbage minus Kentucky and the occasional Florida or Vanderbilt run. Missouri recruit...hmmm, should I go play football up in north in a state where it might snow and I might win five or six games or go play for a team close to home with championship pedigree. Seems this young athlete's decision just got easier. Not smart, but I guess all of those drubbings in basketball finally pushed them over the edge. Goodbye and good riddance!

Richard Payton 6 years, 5 months ago

Southern Methodist could be another good school. This year they beat TCU in football. The one loss is against Texas A&M in their first game of the season. Having TCU and SMU might be what's needed to attract BYU.

Gregory Newman 6 years, 5 months ago

HAHAHAHAHA by by. no team will ever supplant LSU or Alabama for champs ever. They have the biggest kids in the world in state, What does Columbia has to offer? Mizzou is seeking prestige without having substance to back it. Oh! we're in the SEC! How many games have you won? Hello hello hello are you still there?

newmedia 6 years, 5 months ago

Just leave and get it over with! Mizzou is nothing but a laughing stock the longer this saga continues. Pay your millions in exit money and don't let the door hit you in.............You have reduced yourself to nothing more than fodder for talking heads on sports talk shows. Can't get much lower than that...

blindrabbit 6 years, 5 months ago

How can I contribute to the exit fee, I've got an extra $5 to help get rid of them. Good riddance; they can write off the Kansas City recruiting market if this happens.

William Weissbeck 6 years, 5 months ago

I wonder if anyone is really paying the exit fees or whether this will be tied up in litigation until Iowa State wins the Rose Bowl. On another note, are we so sure about West VA and Louisville? Big East just increased their exit fee. Don't know if each of the schools has or needs to approve. They would be a good pick-up. Louisville might even be able to capture some of the St. Louis recruits.

fu7il3 6 years, 5 months ago

KU fans shouldn't be happy if they go. It will likely result in a non-conference game between KU and Mizzou to keep the rivalry. There is too much money at stake on that game to pass up. That means one less fluff team each season, and possibly one less win. Some years, that will be enough to keep the football team out of bowl contention. Mizzou would be a big loss to the conference. Any team we get to replace them will likely be a downgrade, decreasing the power of the conference.

You are all letting your blind hatred for Mizzou affect your judgement. This would be a bad thing for KU.

supersonicf111 6 years, 5 months ago

Who cares?

I've been a KU fan for 35+ years, and I am so done with them!

They should just move on and we'll end the lousy rivalry. I don’t think we should schedule any games with them if they leave.

They get their just deserts in the SEC! Go Bama, LSU, and Auburn!

CloveK 6 years, 5 months ago

I really don't want the rivalry to go, but if they leave then screw them. They helped cause this mess to begin with. Self has already said that he wouldn't help them out by strengthening their RPI and why should we?

We won't chase them. They are the ones giving the big FU to KC.

BruceWayne 6 years, 5 months ago

If a Mizzou fan heads to the SEC and no one is there to see it, is he still married to his sister?

DaBellaDaBall 6 years, 5 months ago

I'm sorry to see the vermin leave. Oldest rivalry west of the Mississippi; 2nd oldest in the nation. Owning them in basketball is as fun as it gets. Beating them every other year (on average) in football is almost as much fun. But I can't blame them. Why would anyone with a choice put their future in the hands of UT? We did because we had no choice. If you believe the Big 12 will stabilize by bringing in more Texas schools or the girls that have no prom dates (L-ville, Cincy), you have the vision of a mole.

anon1958 6 years, 5 months ago

I do not understand why any KU fan would be glad that MU is leaving the conference. The Big 12 is already a zombie compared to its former self. The conference has pretty much dwindled into insignificance and recent history has shown that the KU basketball program will not gain KU entree into a conference that matters, once the Big 12 finally dies,

I am very happy to see MU go but I hate the University of Kansas as much as peanut butter loves jelly because of the corruption and filth of the middle management. I was kind of bummed when the Big 12 failed to implode when NU and CU left. However, I am quite cheered up now that A&M has left and MU is on the way out.

MU is football going to be dominated by many SEC teams and a few people here underestimate the quality of SEC basketball. MU is crazy for going into the SEC instead of staying in the Big 12 or getting into the Big 10.

CHEEZIT 6 years, 5 months ago

Annnnnnnnd we won't have to play that stupid game at Arrowhead which by the way is in Missouri!!!!

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