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No love lost between Mizzou and the Big 12

Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:52 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 12:53 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

As we all know at this point, Missouri is leaving the Big 12 after this season to join the SEC just like Texas A&M. Generally, when something like this happens, it's not because both sides get along and are happy with one another.

Well, whatever animosity exists between Missouri and the Big 12, a bit more became evident on Sunday when bowl selections and the final Coaches Poll of the regular season, and the most important, were released. It seems that neither side could resist the urge to get in one last jab.

Despite the fact that Missouri finished fifth in the Big 12 with a 5-4 conference record, it was passed up by Texas, Texas A&M, and Iowa State for the Big 12's bowl bids. This despite the fact that Missouri finished ahead of them in the standings and went 3-0 against those teams this season, winning the games by a combined score of 107-53. Instead Missouri is going to the Independence Bowl, which no longer has a tie to the Big 12. Do you think it's a coincidence that the Tigers were passed up by Big 12 bowls and ended up playing a game in the heart of SEC country?

For their part, Missouri is saying the Big 12 did everything it could for the Tigers, but do you honestly believe that to be the case?

Texas A&M will play in the Texas Bowl, which has the last pick amongst bowls with Big 12 conference ties, and it only had two schools to choose from: A&M and Missouri.

Still, Missouri may have gotten a bit of revenge on the conference. The individual coaches poll ballots were released on Monday, and the Big 12 has five coaches who vote in the poll that is included in the final BCS formula: Bob Stoops, Art Briles, Paul Rhoads, Tommy Tuberville and Missouri's Gary Pinkel.

Every single one of those coaches had Oklahoma State at #2 on their ballots except Pinkel. Pinkel had Alabama ranked second on his ballot, and put Oklahoma State at #4 behind Stanford.

It's safe to say that these two won't miss each other next year.

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:05 pm

No love lost between Mizzou and the Big 12

Mizzery will not be missed in the Big 12.  Plain and simple.  Why else would K-State's A.D. side with Kansas in telling Mizzery "You're leaving, why should we play you"?  It's ironic how many times Mizzery fans try to play the victim card and say that the Big 12 has it in for them.  Stop whining about playing second fiddle to every team in the Big 12 south in football and Kansas in basketball, your suffering is almost over.  Instead, you had better start lobbying the SEC to not add 2 more teams and move you to the SEC west.  If that happens you will just be the SEC version of Kansas in football and be jealous of another team that wears blue and has the letters "K" and "U" in their logo (Kentucky) in hoops.Wink

Since: Jun 25, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:47 pm

No love lost between Mizzou and the Big 12


Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:51 pm

No love lost between Mizzou and the Big 12

The one thing that save Mizzou in my eyes is that I believe they were the only school which voted against unequal revenue sharing at the formation of the conference. If memory is correct, then I applaud them for being consistent with that view over the last 16 years.

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:49 pm

No love lost between Mizzou and the Big 12

You do realize that Missouri WAS committed until Oklahoma decided to flirt with the Pac-12, right? Gary Pinkle does a pretty good job of recanting the timeline, see the link below:

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:55 pm

No love lost between Mizzou and the Big 12

This isn't anything new. You realize that this same thing has happened to Mizzou for each of the last 5 years right? I wonder why they would want to leave the Big 12?

Bob My Burrito
Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:02 pm
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Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:43 pm

No love lost between Mizzou and the Big 12

My comment is more to the effect he had the Cowboys behind Stanford. Stanford didn't even win their conference. However, I think a grudge factor has to be present simply b/c the Cowboys owned Mizzou in Mizzou 45-24. It was the Tigers only home loss for the year and the Cowboys locked the game up midway through the third quarter. When you consider that he voted for a school that is from a conference they are going to, politics were clearly involved there.

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:15 pm

No love lost between Mizzou and the Big 12

Why should he put OK State second? Alabama is a better team, and we see the loyalty the Big XII showed Mizzou when they put them in the Independence Bowl...I'm all for the move, OK State should have beat Iowa State, if they had, we wouldn't have had this debate. Obviously his vote wasn't the decider so get over it....the Cowboys are still going to a BCS Bowl and they deserve it. But they don't deserve to play in the National Championship game.

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:58 pm

No love lost between Mizzou and the Big 12

Totally rank move by Pinkel. Good luck trying to recruit in TX now and enjoy being Ned Beatty in the SEC East.

In terms of the bowls, Mizzou deserved better; but from a bowl organizer standpoint if you're taking a team from the Big XII contractually, I understand why you would want that team in the conference the next year. Fans talk to each other about their experiences in bowl cities. 

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