Blog Entry

Leaked SEC statement welcomes Missouri to league

Posted on: October 28, 2011 12:03 am
Edited on: October 28, 2011 11:10 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Barring someone having pulled off the new Guinness world's record for Most Convincing April Fool's prank in late October, the SEC is (or was) poised and ready to welcome Missouri to the league this coming (or past) Monday--as an introductory statement dated Oct. 22 leaked on the conference's own website made clear late Thursday night.

The statement includes references to an announcement yet-to-be made by Mike Slive, links to related introductory Missouri content, and July 1, 2012 specified as the date in which the Tigers would officially join the league. As of 11:40 ET Thursday night, the page appeared on the official "SEC Digital Network" site like this:

The page and all associated content had been removed by 11:55 ET.

If it wasn't already safe to assume Missouri was headed to the SEC before, it certainly is now. The July 1 date would also corroborate the news dropped by Slive Thursday that the league was still aiming for the Tigers to join before the 2012 football season.

The questions now are: if the announcement had been planned last Monday, what kept the SEC and Missouri from releasing it? And now that we know Missouri's acceptance is a mere formality, how long until the league (and the Tigers) drop the pretense?

The statement reads in part:
Given the ever-changing conference paradigm over the past year, the Southeastern Conference has continued to demonstrate its commitment to maintaining its stature as one of the nation’s premier conferences by welcoming the University of Missouri as the league’s 14th member, Commissioner Mike Slive announced Monday. 

Missouri joins Texas A&M University as the league’s two new institutions who will begin full membership on July 1, 2012. It is the first expansion of the SEC membership since Arkansas and South Carolina joined the conference in 1992 ... 

Geographically, it is a natural fit as the state of Missouri touches more states (Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee) that currently are home to an SEC institution than any other state that is not in the league’s previous 13-member footprint. Like the majority of the cities in the SEC, Columbia, Mo., is a college-centered town with a metropolitan population of 164,283, making it the fifth-largest city in the state of Missouri ...

Missouri is one of only 35 public U.S. universities invited to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). It will become the fourth SEC school that is part of the AAU, joining Florida, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.

Monday’s announcement marks just the fourth time in the history of the conference that the SEC will expand its membership. In a landscape that has seemed ever-changing in recent years, the SEC has exemplified stability as 10 of its original 13 members remain.
For a look at the full webpage, click here.

UPDATE: An SEC spokesman has described the appearance of the pages as a "web vendor mistake" and stated there is "no agreement" between the league and Missouri.

Since: Apr 1, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2012 9:26 pm

Leaked SEC statement welcomes Missouri to league

Just a few years too early. But dead on.

Since: Nov 11, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 2:41 am

Leaked SEC statement welcomes Missouri to league

So the Big 12 needs to have at least 10 members competing in 2012 in order to honor the mega-$$$ contracts with TV.  With Missouri on the way out and WV coming in, life goes on and everything is kosher.  If WV can't get out of that 27 month clause, Missouri may have to delay their move until 2013.  But then the problem is in the SEC, where they have 13 teams and an unbalanced schedule.  They want the 14th team to be Missouri and they want it effective 2012.  Missouri wants the same (not all of us, but I'm resigned to the fact that it is happening and that we won't be playing in a conference that is forever at the whim of Texas, OU and little sister OSU). 

All 3 of them plus Texas Tech were headed to the Pac 16 on the first bus until the Pac put the kibash on that whole mess.  They realized that they were inviting 4 tough teams in that would immediately dominate football, that they would have to cut up the TV money 16 ways, and that Texas was going to be an unruly neighbor.  Smart move by the Pac.  We have no idea what Texas will do in 3 years.  I'm sure they feel that they could thrive as an independent.

Missouri is making this move so that they are never at Texas' mercy again.  The SEC is respected as the premiere football conference.  When they renew their deals with TV, they will again be at the top of the money list.  Academics is improving.  The weather is great and the recruiting should be fruitful.  An immediate facilities/stadium upgrade will be announced.

I hate to lose that history with the Big 8 schools that have not already left.  I wish it had worked out differently.  I thought Chuck Neinas was going to wheel some sort of deal with Texas involving formation of a B12 Network which would be Tier 2, and a reduction/buyout of the flamingly horrible LHN.

Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 1:33 pm

Leaked SEC statement welcomes Missouri to league

It's pretty well acknowledged, unless you've heard differently today, that Mizzou is going to the East.  Bama didn't want to move and didn't want Auburn to have a recruiting advantage by playing there.

SOUNDS odd but if you look at it on the map at it's not too wierd.

Either TAMU or ARK will be their cross-divisional oppoent.  ARK because of the distance is likely.  ARK would drop USC and TAMU would pick them up.

Mizzou is a nice state.  Any of you going there for games will love it.

Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 1:27 pm

Leaked SEC statement welcomes Missouri to league

Hey Gus!

Ever here of Peyton Manning?

I am in favor of Mizzou coming in to the SEC, hope they become Arkansas's permenant cross division opponent and I think they will do well but remember.  You are new.  You are entereing the biggest, baddest football league.

When Arkansas accepted the invite to join the SEC they were coming off 2 consecutive SWC championships.  It still took 3 years before they won the division and STILL haven't won it all.

You really don't have a concept YET, of how tough it's going to be.  But you will soon.  It will be a shock to you, as there are no Kansas teams here.  NO Baylors either. 

Enjoy the ride.  Once it happens you are going to be a part of the best.

Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 6:48 pm

Leaked SEC statement welcomes Missouri to league

Hey Elvis, when was the last time Ole Miss was #1 in the country and a game away from the BCS Championship? Oh yeah right NEVER. If Mizzou beats OU in the BIG 12 title game 3 years ago we are playing LSU in Nawlins for the championship. How many Ole Miss QB's are in the NFL?  Oh yeah right NONE. The last 3 Mizzou QB's are Brad Smith, Chase Daniel and Blaine Gabbert. How many NFL Hall of famers went to Ole Miss? Ok we are tied with two but Roger Werhis and Kellen Winslow kick Gene Hickerson and Frank Kinnards butt all day, so BRING IT!

Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 2:22 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 1:22 pm

Leaked SEC statement welcomes Missouri to league

So the West would have to be:

Miss St

then either Tenn, Kentucky, or Vandy

that sets up well for LSU and Ark to be dominant the next few years BUT think everyone would have a pretty decent shot over the years to win the West.    Any other combination doesn't make sense but right now, does make the EAST very power heavy.

Not a lot different than the first few years of the Big12 when the only powers were Nebraska, K-State, and Colorado as OU and Texas had a decade of mediocre years.   But once that power shifted to the South (Texas, Texas A&M, and OU), then all of sudden the North power teams didn't like it and took their football to "greener" pastures (yes, that's a direct slam to Nebraska, Colorado, and now Missouri).   Mainly citing Revenue sharing as the reason they were leaving but had no issue with the set up WHEN THEY WERE THE TEAM ON TOP.

Best of luck to Missouri.   Maybe you'll be more than a middle of the road program in the SEC, you'll definitely get a little bump in revenue since right now the SEC is definitely on top; but things change.   Just ask the BIG10 when in 2006 they had the #1, #2, and #3 teams in Ohio St, Michigan, and Wisconsin - a half dozen years later and the Big 10 hardly has the status of an undefeated team "must" be in the BCS NC.  

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:53 am

Leaked SEC statement welcomes Missouri to league

ha ebonyrod, your comment indicates you have no idea what you are talking about.  Noone in the SEC gets to play all of those teams in a year and TN is a traditional powerhouse.  It is very shortsighted to assume they will be weak for too much longer 

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:43 pm

Leaked SEC statement welcomes Missouri to league

Great, the Ole Miss of the Big 12 is comig to the SEC. Just what we need. It's been a great run, but, it's not going to last much longer. There is not another conference that will knock the SEC from domination, but, there's not one that needs too. The SEC is doing a fine job taking care of that themselves. This is crazy, the SEC has the most loyal fans. Conference loyalty started with the "SEC Homers". now, when they want to start expanding do they listen to these fans, why hell no. Sorry Mizzou, I respect your team (not really), but, you don't belong. We already have a Mizzou and we call them Ole Miss.

Since: Apr 1, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2011 9:40 pm

BREAKING NEWS: Notre Dame to the ACC

In a forecast of things to come, rshoots has seen the future and ND is the 15th member of the ACC. Oh, and in the academically significant and athletically insignificant department, Rutgers will join as the 16th member. When asked "Why the ACC", ND replied: "Notre Dame is a school of history and national heritage. When ND looked at that history they decided that the past prejudice and ignorance of the Big 10 members (when ND wanted bady to join but the other schools snubbed their noses at the Catholics) made the Big 10 a NO-GO. (Although it is otherwise the logical choice.) The SEC is not a fit. ND is an academic and research university first - and the real money is in academics and research. Compared to $20 M a year for football, research grants, gifts and endowments can easily be 5x or 10x that amount. Yes, annually. The Big 12? What Big 12? The Big East? What Big East? I think we all agree that the PAC X is not for us. We welcome many, many years in the multi-dominant ACC. (Sure, the football is not much better than above average most years, but our basketball, baseball, golf, research, lacrosse, and academics are the envy of the nation. And with our academic standards, our football program is doomed to mediocrity anyway. Of course, screw you if you only think football is important.)" You heard it here first.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or