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Mizzou Curators To Meet Next Week

The University of Missouri board of curators will meet next week in what is believed to be a previously unscheduled get-together.  Since we live in an expansion-crazed world where every board meeting means the potential for decisions and announcements on realignment, this particular meeting is getting play from Mizzou-specific websites and messageboads — such as PowerMizzou.com which is the Rivals site covering the Tigers.

According to that site — behind a paywall, subscribe above — they believe no meeting would have been called if the curators were fully onboard with the chancellor Brady Deaton’s decision to stay in the Big 12.  In the site’s view, the meeting could be a sort of “here’s where we stand” update for the curators.

Also, in the site’s words, “there is no question that the majority of the fanbase and the majority of the on-campus leaders want to go (to the SEC) at this point.”

That much is debatable.  One Missouri-based writer recently posted a poll on Twitter and the vast majority of respondents said they preferred the Big Ten to the SEC.  (And, yes, realize that if there’s anything less accurate than Twitter it’s likely a Twitter poll.  But hey, it’s something.)

While rumors have heated up regarding Louisville — spoke with a source last night who said that’s gained steam for no reason — and West Virginia — if the SEC hasn’t jumped at the Mountaineers, why would they jump at Louisville? — we believe Missouri is currently in the driver’s seat.

If the Big 12 cannot save itself, Mizzou will need a landing spot.  They would appear to have one in the SEC.  Fourteen schools beats 13.  Aside from the regular season scheduling nightmares, just how will postseason tournaments — with 13 teams — be handled?  No, if the SEC could get to 14 and land an AAU university that happens to be a land-grant institution in a state with two Top 40 TV markets and a population of 6 million… yeah, the SEC would do that deal.

But this one sits with the Tigers.  Can Deaton be persuaded by curators and a football coach who clearly want change?  And can Missouri pull out with making it look like the SEC was behind said pull-out… in order to keep Kenneth Starr at bay?

Perhaps we’ll know more after next Tuesday.  But I wouldn’t hold my breath.

 


18 comments
Jeff
Jeff

I think there's a lot more fan sentiment for the SEC than the B1G. One of the curators mentioned in a reply to a fan's email that 90% of his emails were to get out of the Big 12 and that the SEC was the big favorite.

BTW, For another Mizzou message board you might try Tigerboard: http://www.tigerboard.com/boards/list.php?board=2
It's a bit more of a free for all and the posters are a bit wilder than the Rivals board. It's also free.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

I have no problem with West Virginia, but this guy doesn't really have any idea what these decisions are being based on. Actually, even if this was just a fan centered issue of "who do you want in the conference more because of how they line up with the rest of us" then you'd be going for Clemson or FSU before WVU.

Red Thompson
Red Thompson

Hope they pull out!!! Then, I hope the SEC will wise up and bring on the MOUNTAINEERS--- A much better natural fit. Again, lots of WVU supporters and tourists in Knoxville (Smoky Mountains, just ask Dollywood gang), Nashville (ask the Opry staff) and Columbia (just ask Myrtle Beach business owners) and they would fill UK's stadium themselves. All this and the Pittsburgh and Washington DC Television Markets thrown in as well. Saying WVU is not a good academic school is just a myth, your own poll puts it just below Vandy. SEC expansion is about making money and WVU is in the best position to help the conference do just that in a big way. Again, SEC welcome to Morgantown!!!

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

How about we grow a pair in the SEC and go after Virginia Tech. It's clearly a better football/basketball school then Missouri. It's in the south. It brings new markets. You can't tell me Virginia Tech wouldn't be interested. Their president saying it's poppycock is like Mike SLive saying we're cool with 13 teams.

rmft
rmft

they are handcuffed to UVA who had to fight to get them into the ACC in the first place

JarrenBlake
JarrenBlake

I am sure that they have made a few quiet runs at Virginia Tech. Problem is that VTech does not seem to want to leave the ACC and they would have political issues if they tried. But moreso its a matter of them not wanting to budge from what they have in the ACC right now.

Kpembo
Kpembo

MU is gone. They moved a board of curators meeting up from Friday to today after Silve's comments yesterday. Basically hinting they better apply and do it fast or wait and chance it. All Silve did was legal posturing. I wouldn't be surprised to hear something by tomorrow morning with all the leaks of info that has been going on. To be continued.............

Big Ten Networl
Big Ten Networl

Dear SEC,

lol @ Missouri

signed,

Big Ten

rmft
rmft

come on guys, that was kind of funny

deep down in your heart you dont really want Mizzou either

you've talked yourself into them being a "fit" just like I did... but deep down you know this is slightly embarrassing for our conference

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

I don't think it is embarrassing. I just think people are weary about it because we are afraid that Mizzou is not quite Southern enough to fit in and also that they might bolt one day if offered by the Big Ten.

TigerDean
TigerDean

Yea big10 , and you don't have a agenda LoL .. I think you don't want the SEC in your area stealing eyeballs and your slice of the pie.

You make me Laugh!!

Tyler B
Tyler B

Dear Big Ten,

lol @ BIG 10

Singed,

SEC

Martes Stewart
Martes Stewart

For what the SEC is looking for Mizzou is a good fit. Does the B1G need them? Not really, the B1G needs to move east or south as their recruiting wells are running a bit arid. However rumored B1G targets such as Maryland, Rutgers, and Georgia Tech will not get the job done.

Brian
Brian

I'd prefer the B1G if I were a Mizzou fan, too, but it's not realistic right now. The B1G is not expanding right now, and may or may not ever go after Mizzou.

The SEC wants Mizzou now (despite what Slive says pubilcly, to protect his league from legal action).

HoustonVol
HoustonVol

The b10 will never expand with Mizzou unless they had no choice. It is like the SEC and WVU. Yes WVU would fit culturally into the conference and bring a rabid fan base. However - WVU really does not bring anything market wise to the conference. Just like Mizzou does not bring anything market wise to the B10. The BTN is already on every cable system in the state. Adding Mzzou to the B10, is not going to change that fact, or change the tier that the BTN is sold under. However it would give the future SEC network access to the cable TV systems in the state. There are a lot of B10 alumni and fans in Missouri, not as much SEC alumni and fans. So if I was Mizzou, I would jump off the B12 crazy train while I had the change. The B10 will never come calling because they do not need you to expand the BTN footprint. They will only call if they had to have an extra team and no one else was available.

JEH
JEH

So its either handcuff yourself to the B12 for 5-6 yrs. Then, once UT has established the LHN and really could go indy, hope like hell the SEC still wants you or Big Ten is willing to ride in on a white horse to save you as the league collapses. OR, you can take the SEC's golden parachute now, dripping with security, money, better academic prestige than our diluted B12, and the highest possible upside for Mizzou athletics.
If our admin passes on the SEC they are going to have some serious explaining to do.



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