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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Mizzou one step closer to leaving Big 12

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— Missouri has taken another step toward leaving the Big 12 Conference and there is interest in the SEC in taking the Tigers.

The governing curators at Missouri unanimously gave Chancellor Brady Deaton the authority Friday to move the school out of the Big 12 if he decides that is in the school’s best interest. Deaton, who had earlier been given the OK to explore options, gave no timeline for a decision but indicated that a move, if it happens, would not take much longer.

“We’re not looking at a long time frame,” Deaton said, adding that any move would anticipate playing in another conference beginning next season — not in 2013 or farther out.

“We’ve provided information to the SEC,” Deaton said at a news conference following a two-day curators’ meeting, accompanied by athletic director Mike Alden and other school officials.

“Missouri has not applied, nor has an invitation been extended,” SEC spokesman Charles Bloom said.

However, SEC school presidents have informally discussed Missouri, and there’s “certainly talk and interest” in adding the school, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Missouri also directed Deaton to try to set up a holiday basketball tournament and annual football game in Kansas City with an unidentified rival — Kansas would fit the bill — moves designed to answer critics who say departing the Big 12 will gut storied traditions that date back decades. Missouri and Kansas have played each other in football for 119 years.

The move also is designed to blunt concerns that the Big 12 won’t have a reason to continue holding its basketball championship tournament in Kansas City or schedule a Kansas-Missouri football game there if Missouri bolts the Big 12.

Ed McKechnie, chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents, which governs Kansas University and Kansas State, said Missouri’s departure from the Big 12 would be “a massive blow” to the area.

Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger didn’t commit to any sort of plan for the future.

“The University of Kansas is a great Midwestern school, loyal to our Midwestern conference and to our Midwestern roots,” Zenger said. “The KU-Missouri rivalry belongs in the Big 12 Conference. Should Missouri decide to leave the Big 12, we would wish them well.”

Comments

minnhawk84 11 years, 1 month ago

Maybe they can get Silo Tech or Iowa State to play them once a year in football and come to a holiday basketball event in KCMO. KU? NEVER!

We should vow to never play them in any sport and never speak their name again. That can be the new tradition between Kansas and Misery. A pox upon your house......

TwistedFish31 11 years, 1 month ago

And take all those National Championships...err, I mean Conference Championships...oops, I mean BCS Bowl victories... Well, just take the inbred fan base and go already!

Phillbert 11 years, 1 month ago

Zenger's statement was the exact right tone, basically telling them not to let the door hit them on the way out.

Not sure why our Regents are trying to inflate Misery's ego by saying losing them would be "a massive blow" however.

Maracas 11 years, 1 month ago

Goodbye, Missouri. Have fun! Be sure to write! Send us a postcard once in a while!

texashawk10 11 years, 1 month ago

Literacy is required to do that, not sure that a school where spelling is grad. school work knows how to do that.

Displayhawk 11 years, 1 month ago

This is one of the biggest mizztakes MU could make! But if we let history be our guide, we can see that they are prone to making mistakes. They were a Confederate state and fought on the losing side in the Civil War, so they are losers from way back! I have new-found respect for Sheahon Zenger! RCJH!

mikehawk 11 years, 1 month ago

Dear Missouri, Be careful what you wish for.

nuleafjhawk 11 years, 1 month ago

texashawk -

There's a 99% chance that I'm the only person on the face of the earth that's never seen that show, but after that clip - I may start watching!

Hilarious.

jrbill67 11 years, 1 month ago

This will be great for A&M; they'll have someone they can beat in the SEC.

tuner 11 years, 1 month ago

The only thing we will miss about mu is beating them senseless in basketball o wait we still have k-state!

David Black 11 years, 1 month ago

Just my opinion..MU goes to SEC..goodbye. The boarder war is over and MU loses again. KU should not schedule them in any sport in the future. You want to play KU, come to Lawrence. No more games in KC. Rock Chalk Jayhawk.

Mike Barnhart 11 years, 1 month ago

SEC will get to 16 teams by adding Clemson & Memphis then change their name to the Tiger conference.

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