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Friday, October 28, 2011

Big 12 lists 2012 teams; Missouri not among them


— The Big 12 appears to be resigned to losing Missouri.

The league issued a statement Friday announcing unanimous approval to accept West Virginia effective July 1. The Mountaineers become the second program to join the Big 12 this month, following TCU.

The Big 12 then listed its expected membership for next season and Missouri was nowhere to be found.

"Beginning with the 2012-13 season it is expected that the Big 12 Conference will be comprised of 10 universities — Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech and West Virginia," the statement said. "The Big 12's footprint will encompass five states with over 36 million people. More than 4,100 student-athletes from across the United States and around the World compete annually in the 23 sports sponsored by the Conference."

Missouri is weighing a move to the Southeastern Conference. Earlier this month, Missouri curators gave Chancellor Brady Deaton authority to explore leaving the Big 12 and strike a deal with another conference if he determines it is the school's best interest. No final decision has been announced.

A woman answering phones in Deaton's office said he was unavailable and referred calls to university spokeswoman Mary Jo Banken, who did not immediately respond to an interview request. The Big 12 did not return messages seeking additional comment.

Deaton is scheduled to leave next week for a scientific conference in India, and will be gone Nov. 1-9. His assistant, Ann McGruder, has said his departure date isn't likely to drive a decision on conference realignment.

Missouri officials are considering the conference switch in hopes of getting greater television revenue. An internal university document recently obtained by The Associated Press shows Missouri hopes to gain as much as $12 million annually in additional television and cable revenue in the SEC if other factors fall into place.

The SEC has not commented publicly on Missouri's interest, though the SEC website on Thursday mistakenly posted an announcement that Missouri was joining the league. The web page, dated an unspecified "Monday," even included details on Missouri-SEC connections, the university's athletic history and natural geographic fit.

"Culturally, Missouri is as well known for its barbecue, country music, history and rich tradition as the majority of the current states of the SEC," the announcement said, then noted a detail Missouri is particularly proud of. "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."

SEC spokesman Charles Bloom posted on Twitter that a Web vendor made a mistake and that the league and Missouri do not have an agreement. The announcement was pulled from the site.

Missouri would be the fourth school to abandon the Big 12. Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-12) left over the summer and Texas A&M; will join the SEC next year. Missouri is a charter member of the Big 12, founded in 1996 when the Big Eight schools added four members of the defunct Southwest Conference.


gorilla10 6 years, 8 months ago

If you took all of the football programs that have left the Big12 I would rank Mizzou 3rd out of the 4.....It will be funny watching Mizzouwho get smoked every weekend in the SEC.....but hey, at least they will have more money! dummies

Dyrk Dugan 6 years, 8 months ago

they shouldn't leave them off the list if it's not official.

the gang that couldn't shoot straight....the Big 12 conference.

congrats on landing WVU though.

ebizzle 6 years, 8 months ago

"Culturally, Missouri is as well known for its barbecue, country music, history and rich tradition."

That is what they want SEC fans to know?

I guess rich tradition means 0 BCS games and 0 Final Fours.

Sam Constance 6 years, 8 months ago

Rich Tradition = Former Slavers.

It's a euphemism, similar to the way the Confederate flag is flown under the guise of "Southern Pride", when in fact it's simply glorifying a group of violent, malcontent traitors that tried to secede from the United States so they could keep their slaves.

They will fit in juuuuuust fine in the SEC(ede).

Good riddance.

Rob Keeney 6 years, 8 months ago

A little more positive than saying "Missouri is as well known for its squirrel brains, interstate porn shops and a rich tradition of meth cooks."

xanto 6 years, 8 months ago

KC is known for it's barbecue....I don't think of Missouri when I think of Barbecue. I'm skeptical the SEC has any idea of what they are getting with their 3rd Tiger team. I imagine they even think MissWho? will bring the KC TV sets with them LOL

coolhand357 6 years, 8 months ago

Sports fans in Missouri consist mostly of MLB and the NFL kind. Not much of a following for Tigger fans. Misery obviously doesn't have consensus in the SEC for an invite, hence the "SEC and Missouri do not have an agreement" comment.

Dennis Mahorney 6 years, 8 months ago

Kinda sends a message to Missouri, that the better place they have been courting had better work out.....Its "Talk to the hand" now.

Mo Mosallaei 6 years, 8 months ago

It's interesting that they are going to do a scientific study on Deaton in India. I think it has something to do with survival of less intelligent species in the wild and then correlate that to Missouri's survival in the SEC.

danmoore 6 years, 8 months ago

Make sure we get their exit fee in US currency. None of that confederate s##t.

Jacobpaul81 6 years, 8 months ago

So their basis for moving is BBQ and AAU involvement?

I believe both Kansas and Texas are also in the AAU... and they both have BBQ.

Jhawksrule 6 years, 8 months ago

I have a feeling that once we get a chance to encounter WVU teams and fans, we will miss MU. We got rid of meth for the oxyicotin express.

Jhawksrule 6 years, 8 months ago

WV- 4 million people, 5000 sets of teeth.

Jhawksrule 6 years, 8 months ago

WVU: ACC didn't want em SEC didn't want em B1G didn't want em Texas wanted them. Texas gets what they wamt again! And now Texas wants to stay at 10. I guess we are okay with it.

xanto 6 years, 8 months ago

So what if the "Hillbilly Conference," the "Society of Ex-Confederates," and the"Rust Belt Conference" didn't want the Mountaineers...this is all about Football, and the Mountaineers have 2 BCS wins in recent history...and a Final Four. Much better than MissWho. I think it's an upgrade...just my opinion...

Jhawksrule 6 years, 8 months ago

I hope you are right and WVU stays a strong team. We will need them when OU and Texas choose to leave.

Gregor Southard 6 years, 8 months ago

Going to miss Mizzery (insert laughter here). One last parting thought for the MU trolls. What does it feel like to share a mascot with Frosted Flakes cereal? Let's go tigers, their grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreaat!

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