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Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:19 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

According to a report from the Birmingham News, Missouri may not have the support needed to join the SEC after all.

The News's Jon Solomon reported Thursday morning that the "majority" of conference presidents and ADs would support the Tigers' application to become the league's 14th team, but that that majority "falls just short of the nine votes required" to give Missouri final approval.

According to Solomon's sources, those opposed to Missouri's membership have two points of contention. The first is that the SEC can simply "do better" than the Tigers. The other is that adding a team to the SEC West rather than East would disrupt the league's scheduling and rivalries.

The debate has reportedly led to a split between Auburn and Alabama, with the Crimson Tide opposed to Missouri's application and their in-state rivals in favor. Adding Missouri would almost certainly shift Auburn to the East division, restoring the Tigers' traditional annual rivalries with Tennessee and Florida, but potentially scuttling the Tide's yearly "Third Saturday in October" grudge match with the Volunteers. (With only one annual "cross-division" game on the schedule, Alabama couldn't play both Tennessee and Auburn with both in the East, at least not without a nine-game conference schedule.)

As noted by Solomon, Missouri's application won't be helped by an anonymous official telling the Associated Press Wednesday that the SEC would be the Tigers' second choice after the Big Ten. The public admission that Missouri might look elsewhere if the Big Ten asked them to surely won't sit well with a league that -- surely -- can find other partners that would be 100 percent committed.

So a move that looked like all but certain when the Mizzou Board of Curators voted to explore their options Tuesday now has another clear, visible hurdle in front of it. (At minimum, the SEC's plans for a 13-team 2012 season look that much closer to being set in stone.) The guess here remains that in the end, the allure of Missouri's Kansas City/St. Louis television markets will be too much for Mike Slive and the SEC to ignore (especially with the league angling for a new TV contract), and that the SEC's stability and overflowing coffers will be too much for even the Big Ten-focused Missouri officials to turn down.

But at the very least, Mizzou-to-the-SEC appears to be a deal that isn't done just yet.

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 1:08 pm

Misery Tiggers: a Rinky Dink Organization

Let Misery go to the SEC. Nothing like a 3-8 football season to get Tigger fans excited. The big plus is they won't have to lose to KU in basketball anymore. We have enjoyed the hapless Tiggers in basketball for many years- I would think we could arrange to still smoke you once a year in KC, if you're brave enough to play us.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 9:58 am

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

I can understand why 'Bama would not want to be moved to the SEC East, but scheduling is NOT part of the problem.  The SEC could easily schedule the 'Bama-Tennessee game for whenever they want it.  One would think that all of the SEC West Schools would love to see 'Bama out of the West.  That is 5 yes votes right there.  I can also understand why the SEC East would vote against this idea.  Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina have a tough enough time battling for the SEC East Crown on a yearly basis as is.  Then there is Tennessee, who could vote either way.  So it appears that there are 4 votes against.  This will come down to three deciding factors.  First, does the SEC want an unbalanced conference with 13 teams?  Next, does the SEC really want to do battle with the ACC in an attempt to take one of their teams?  Third, and most importantly, will the SEC take Missouri and their St. Louis and Kansas City T.V. market areas?  I think that as usual, the money will win out, and the money will be in the T.V. marketing area.

Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 9:38 am

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

Major enough for you to complain about em!

Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 9:34 am

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

autowin? lol Have you seen th Missouri record against the mighty SEC?

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 9:06 am

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

Can't believe they are getting the votes?

Half of Missouri still believes they should wait for the B1G invite.

SEC has plenty of time to be patient. 

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 12:44 am


Mizzou is perfect for the SEC: they are a tomato can that will add a large market and extend the geography of the SEC. The SEC can't keep adding good teams without adding some "autowins" for the big boys.  Mizzou would definitely qualify as an "autowin" for the top five or six teams in the SEC.  

I can't believe they aren't getting the neccessary votes.   

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 8:40 pm

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

I think that the SEC needs to give up on Mizzou. I think the best fit would be to try and entice NC State or UNC to leave the ACC. Both have fair football programs and the SEC could really use a better basketball school.  I really don't see Florida State joining the SEC, I know Florida wouldn't go for it and I doubt Georgia would either.  If they do add Mizzou the Auburn - Alabama game could go to every other year and the Tennessee - Alabama game could too. That could even strengthen the rivalries because the loser would have to stew on the loss for an extra year. Auburn already has a good rivalry with UGA if they came east. Go Dawgs.

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2011 8:33 pm

Report: Not enough SEC votes to add Missouri yet

Your KState insecurity is noted.  Any fan of a school with absolutely nowhere else to go would have the same reaction.  Your school is a 2nd rate university in the Big 12.  Not likely you'll end up in a BCS conference if Oklahoma and Texas decide to defect, which they undoubtedly will at the first opportunity.

Missouri investigated opportunities last year when it was clear other schools were doing the same.  Colorado bolted.  Nebraska bolted.  Yet Missouri took the brunt of the media backlash.  Why is that?  Because they weren't picked up?

This year Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas OPENLY REQUESTED membership in the PAC in September 2011.  Where's your venom for them?  They were rejected by Scott, and now they're spouting the "we're proud members of the Big 12".  Why?  Because they weren't accepted.  OU's President Boren lyingly held a press conference to say Oklahoma was no longer interested in the PAC coinciding with the PAC's rejection of Oklahoma.  Funny how that works.

Texas has been a cancer to the Big 12 since the Big 8 allowed them to enter when Texas destroyed the SWC.  The idiot Beebe allowed Texas to move the conference headquarters from Kansas City to Dallas.  The Big 12 championship FB game was moved to Dallas.  The Longhorn Network, which allowed Texass to negotiate with the conference have-nots to negotiate away conference revenue to have their games broadcast on the LHN further diminishes conference revenue (distributed to all conference schools).

In short, Texass has bullied its way to enjoy conference independence, all the while enjoying conference membership because most of the other schools in the Big 12 know they have nowher else to go, and Texas is exploiting that dominance.  Now, your schools have signed away any ability to get away from Texas for 6 years.  You know that money wouldn't faze Texas if it has a better deal it wants to explore.

Good luck KState.  You've gone "all in" wiith Texas.  Do you honestly think they're more of a conference player than they have been in the past?  You better hope so.

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