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Report: Mizzou has SEC offer pending B12 breakup

Posted on: September 20, 2011 2:32 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2011 3:40 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

If the version of events provided by a booster who has spoken to the Kansas City Star is accurate, Missouri is likely on its way towards becoming the SEC's 14th school.

According to the Star, that booster has spoken directly to a Mizzou official who has told him (or her) that the SEC "has an offer on the table for Missouri to join its league." That offer would be accepted as soon as the breakup of the Big 12 is finally made official--a fate that as Big 12 Board of Directors chairman, Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton has been working to avoid.

After yesterday's vote by the Oklahoma and Texas Boards of regents to allow their presidents to make their schools' final decisions on conference afficilation -- a move widely seen as a precursor to one or both schools jumping ship for the Pac-12, and effectively dissolving the Big 12 -- it seems highly likely that despite Deaton's efforts, that breakup is at hand.

According to the Star report, the SEC approached Missouri in 2010 but was rebuffed as the Tigers pledged their allegiance to the Big 12 and the Big Ten passed on issuing Mizzou an invitation.

However, SEC associate commissioner Charles Bloom stated Tuesday that no invitation -- official or otherwise -- has been issued to Missouri or any other school, this year or last. "The SEC has not extended an invitation to any school beyond Texas A&M since it extended invitations to Arkansas and South Carolina," Bloom said.

Of course, we're not sure if we'd take that at face value; the legal snafus already surrounding A&M's attempted departure show how carefully the SEC will tread whenever legal interference in the Big 12's contracts might be an issue.

If admitted to the SEC, Missouri would potentially force a realignment of the SEC's two divisions, with eight "West" teams and only six "East" teams. The most popular realignment scenario involves shifting Auburn to the East, a move Auburn president Jay Gogue has already said he would not oppose.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:29 am

Report: Mizzou has SEC offer pending B12 breakup

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 3:10 am
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Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2011 12:14 pm

Report: Mizzou has SEC offer pending B12 breakup

Re: Troy as a better fit than Missouri. 

This is not going to happen.  This is about money.  Troy brings no new markets to the SEC, and hence brings no new money.  That's why teams in states without an SEC team will happen, not teams in states with an SEC team.  Hell, as a Tulane alum, I would note that the SEC West needs a Vanderbilt and we'd fit perfectly (and we were SEC Champions previously).  We also have a big stadium and fans of other teams would love to come here and have fun on Bourbon.  Not going to happen, however.

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 9:56 am

Report: Mizzou has SEC offer pending B12 breakup

Let me toss this into the oven and see what comes out.
Instead of going after some non-Southern school, such as Missouri, to play in
the SEC, why not look into a very good school right here in the middle of SEC territory
that has either shared or won outright 5 straight conference titles in the last
5 years. I am talking about Troy University. They might not have won games
against the likes of LSU, SC, FLA, or GA, but they are known for playing hard
nose football. And by the way, they have beaten Missouri before. Troy would be
a better SEC fit than a Missouri. I’m just sayin’.

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2011 9:25 am

Report: Mizzou has SEC offer pending B12 breakup

Mizzou you may want to leave after the ass whuppin your gonna get on Sat in NormanREVENGE! Anyway I hope you don't leave, because we've had some good games, but we always whupped you, when you thought you had the Big 12 won. BOOMER

Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2011 7:47 am

Report: Mizzou has SEC offer pending B12 breakup

Yes you yanks are so much smarter. Most of your jobs have moved to the South, your big cities are arm pits, and your schools are crime ridden dumps. Congrats!

Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2011 10:57 pm

Report: Mizzou has SEC offer pending B12 breakup

WRONG!  SEC announced today that they have not made any offers beyond A&M, and any speculation otherwise was incorrect.

Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2011 5:30 pm

Report: Mizzou has SEC offer pending B12 breakup

Interesting. I have been preaching that Mizzou would be a natural addition to the SEC. But, I haven't heard any scuttlebutt on it, unlike the A & M situation. I still don't hear anything that makes me think the SEC is actually considering it, or that Mizzou is, for that matter...

Strange days indeed.... 

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 5:01 pm

Report: Mizzou has SEC offer pending B12 breakup

Yeah,, Michigan is the only team to really have any success against the SEC... Now if we are talking academics then it is Big Ten all the way. They will let any retard in an SEC school.Wink

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 3:47 pm

Report: Mizzou has SEC offer pending B12 breakup

Mizzou said the same thing last year when the Big Ten was rumored to be adding two teams.  In reality, the Big Ten flirted with them, as the SEC is doing now, but no offer was ever made or on the table.  Mizzou is desperate to get out of the crumbling Big 12 so they aren't left in shambles like the rest of the Big 12 schools will be if they don't jump ship.  Funny to hear OU President and Bob Stoops flip flop like John Kerry on leaving and staying in the Big 12.  Pac 12 will regret not adding Texas and OU, very dumb. 

If the SEC does end up showing legit interest in Mizzou, look for the Big Ten to block them and add then to their conference.  Also, a reason I don't buy this rumor.  Possible smoke screen from this "booster" to force the Big Ten's hand.  The SEC gains little by adding Mizzou and the acquisition doesn't make a lot of sense for the conference or the school.  The Big 12 will be the Big 8 once again, very soon. 

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