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Report: Mizzou to SEC "inevitable and imminent"

Posted on: October 17, 2011 7:23 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2011 10:05 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli

You know, it had just been too long since we heard news about a school leaving or joining the Big 12, so thankfully the New York Times has come along with a report on some new developments.

Pete Thamel is reporting that a move that would see Missouri leave the Big 12 to join Texas A&M in the SEC is "inevitable and imminent."
The person said that Missouri’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 on 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. While expansion is not listed on the agenda, there is an private session scheduled Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

After Missouri applies, the person said that it expects “no problems” with gathering enough votes among SEC presidents to become a member.
As Thamel also says in the report, interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas said he expected Missouri to be a Big 12 member in 2012 and that the league would consist of ten teams now that TCU has joined. Well, if Mizzou does decide to leave for the SEC, it's possible that, like Texas A&M, it could begin play in the conference next season.

Also like the Texas A&M move, the SEC isn't expected to make any formal move on Missouri until it's assured there will be no legal ramifications. So the nation turns its leery eyes to you, Ken Starr.

As for what this move would mean for the rest of college football, if Missouri does leave then odds are that the Big 12 will move to replace the school in time for next season. Neinas has said that if Missouri did leave that the conference would move back to ten teams, and possibly twelve. Which isn't good news for a Big East conference that is currently scrambling to keep itself together.

After all, Louisville and West Virginia have frequently been mentioned as targets for the Big 12, and considering that Louisville is sitting out a Big East call to discuss raising exit fees, I guess we have a good idea of who the Big 12's first target will be.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 8:49 am

Report: Mizzou to SEC "inevitable and imminent"

Agreed. i, for one, cast my mind's eye wistfully back on simpler times, when staunch traditionalists could rely on matchups between the fabled squads of Fielding H. Yost and Amos Alonzo Stagg. 

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 9:35 pm

Report: Mizzou to SEC "inevitable and imminent"

"interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas said he expected Missouri to be a Big 12 member in 2012 and that the league would consist of ten teams now that TCU has joined. Well, if Mizzou does decide to leave for the SEC, it's possible that, like Texas A&M, it could begin play in the conference next season."

I was wondering how Chuck Neinas was able to just declare for Missouri that they would be in the Big 12 next season; it sounded to me like a dare to defect before next season which would fit pretty cleanly with the way Texas and OU have been handling this Big 12 fire from the beginning. The SEC is light years more ahead in terms of stability than any version of the Big 8/9/12 has any chance of being.

Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 8:32 pm

Report: Mizzou to SEC "inevitable and imminent"

This insane conference realignment overlooks one thing:  The fans!  Since they pay the bills, it makes me wonder about whether all of this won't eventually turn into a net sum loss.

So BYU and Louisville will be the options to replace Mizzou.  If it's Louisville, that will be another slap in the face to the Big Least - you know, the football conference controlled by schools that don't play football.  The brain trust over at Providence College will need to look for an all-sports replacement.  Since it can't be Temple (Villanova has sold the Big Least on the idea that you can't have two schools competing in the same market ... shhh, don't tell UNC-Duke, Cal-Stanford, USC-UCLA, Michigan-Michigan St - they might self-destruct if they knew), all I can say is "Welcome East Carolina University" and your 2-4 football record, 100+ basketball ranking and non-existent TV market.

As for Villanova, there is a axiom in personnel management that "A-class people hire other A-class people", and "B-class people hire C-class people."  In other words, if your insecure about your own competency, you surround yourself with inferiors.  Since Temple ain't no "A", and Nova is afraid of them anyway, that must make Villanova a "D".

Then again, the Big Least can always add Hawaii as an all-sports member.  It would be an appropriate level of absurdity. 

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2011 8:02 pm

College football is disgusting now.

old ways are leaving in college football and new ways are coming. I think there should be a moratorium on college football realignment for at least ten years so that existing conferences can build relationships with fellow members. As long as there is not a play off College Football landscape will be fluid.  

If we are not careful will see a conference like the Big East have Boise State and Air Force, the Big XII with West Virginia and Louisville and the Mid-Major "wanna be major"s grow to exesive numbers like Conf. USA and MWC. WEIRD, REALLY WEIRD!

I think Mizzou should have been in the Big Ten oh about 8 or 9 decades ago, and are about a 800% better fit than Nebraska.  But they haven't been and have HISTORIC Rivalries that are in jeopardy Its sad to see the Big 8 Teams split apart. It would have been nice if they had stuck together and had championships in Kansas City.

This is frustrating times.

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