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SEC Denies Sending Missouri An Invitation

While every other conference in the country can steal, swipe and abscond with schools from other leagues, the SEC continues to live in fear of Baylor president Kenneth Starr.

Word leaked out today — via a booster who talked to an MU official and then talked to The Kansas City Star — that the SEC had extended an invitation to Missouri.

We believe that makes sense for the following reasons:

1.  The SEC reportedly ix-nayed WVU’s application and it wouldn’t have done so if it didn’t have other, firm options on the table.

2.  Missouri is a good business fit with the SEC as we have attempted to explain for the past 16 months.

But now the SEC is denying that an invitation was ever sent.  Associate commissioner Charles Bloom has now stated that “The SEC has not extended an invitation to any school beyond Texas A&M since it extended invitations to Arkansas and South Carolina.”

As was the case with Texas A&M, the SEC does not want to appear to be breaking up other conferences (nevermind that the ACC, the Big Ten and the Pac-12 have all raided rival leagues in the past 14 months).  The folks in the SEC aren’t happy that this story got out as it did.

That does not, however, threaten the deal.  Mike Slive knows that leaks happen (they just never happen from inside the SEC).

One other note on all of this, the initial story came courtesy of a Missouri booster.  It should surprise no one that it’s spun in a pro-Missouri way.

Paraphrase: “The SEC has invited us and they’ll wait for our Big 12 decision.”

Paraphrase: “The SEC wanted us last year but we weren’t interested.”

Etc, etc, etc.

Our take?  The SEC has an under the table agreement with MU officials that if the Big 12 implodes, explodes or any other kind of plodes, the Tigers will join Slive’s band of 14.

But it’s highly doubtful that the SEC has extended an “official” invitation to Missouri or anyone else.  That’s not done until the process is complete so both parties can save face should something go wrong.

Here’s one last concern on all of this, though.  The SEC is darn good at closing ranks and keeping quiet.  Georgia AD Greg McGarity said yesterday that Slive met with the leagues ADs in a regularly scheduled get-together a few weeks ago and he would not talk expansion with them.  He told them to trust him and trust their presidents.  That’s how you control leaks.

Well Missouri has already sprung a leak in its dealings with the SEC.  More worrisome — Mizzou totally misplayed things last year with regards to the Big Ten.  Tiger brass made no bones about the fact that they wanted out of the Big 12 and into the Big Ten.  When the invite didn’t come, they were left with a full omelette on their face.

This isn’t a dealbreaker by any means, but one has to wonder if Missouri is capable of playing high-stakes poker alongside its potential new leaguemates.

 


14 comments
Clarence
Clarence

Let me explain how this works.

1. All applications for membership that are properly submitted will be approved.

2. All applications must be place in the secure SEC application mailbox.

Slive uses an old school mailbox for SEC applications. It has a lock. You have call and ask him when the lock may be removed. WVU called and asked the other day. Slive told them not any time soon, but check back every now and then. Missouri called and Slive said he was expecting some mail, so the lock might be off this week.

Not sure if Mizzou got their application in the box, or just went bragging to B1G.

Slive might just lock the box.

If their application is already inside, it might just get the "Return to Sender" stamp for not keeping it on the down low.

Micheal Cummings
Micheal Cummings

It looks like that Mizzoui BOC is going to meet on Thrusday, I think that the cat is out of the bag on this.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

If there was an "under the table" offer then one has to wonder why anyone within the MU administration was talking about it to their boosters in the first place. I understand there are people who need to know these things, but you would at least think they would be clear about the fact that leaking it to the media would be a bad idea.

I'm not sure if Mike Slive is going to care if Deaton felt internal pressure to discuss the matter with boosters.

MIZ_SEC
MIZ_SEC

This exact same thing happened on the A&M side just a few weeks ago. Same thing with OU, UT, Tech, OSU to PAC. The fact that it might have been kept under wraps this long is actually impressive, since they had to have been talking since before A&M made their push.

roger
roger

yep, Mike Slive now knows he cant fully trust them the way he wants to

not saying thats a deal breaker, but its something to take note of for sure

Phil
Phil

As a Mizzou alum, I hope this wasn't a ploy by a booster or just piss poor reporting from the KC Star. We had the exact same stuff printed in the Matt Painter to Mizzou deal and the Big X deal, why can't these pen ninja's vet a story??

I hope SEC is in the works for Mizzou.

RattlerGator
RattlerGator

I doubt if they are flirting. This is something of a rogue booster trying to sabotage things and it shouldn't have an effect on anything. Missouri will be a great addition.

HoustonVol
HoustonVol

Who says that it was just a booster working on his/her own accord? Hoping that if he could ramp up the SEC/Mizzou talk that hopefully the B10 would see Mizzou as available before being swept off to the SEC. Mizzou brings the St. Louis and Kansas City markets - two already heavy B10 markets. These would not bring a lot of money to the table or new cable TV sets. The BTN is already on every cable channel in the two state area because of the number of B10 alumni in the area. However these would be two huge new markets for the SEC. This would help the SEC and the future cable network grow in the region. Mizzou to the B10 would be like the SEC adding GT to get the Atlanta TV market. There is no dollar sense in the move, and these moves are all about the dollars. Mizzou needs to quit flirting with the B10 because it is not going to happen.

troy martinez
troy martinez

Big Ten will always be the love of their life. They make accept the SEC in the long run, but we will always be 2nd choice. Even if they join the SEC, I imagine they'll still go to sleep at night hoping that one day the Big Ten will come calling

MIZ_SEC
MIZ_SEC

This is wrong on so many levels.

roger
roger

John-

Wouldn't Missouri have to apply- then the presidents of all 12 schools would have to approve with a 3/4 vote? To your knowledge that hasn't happened has it?

Maybe Slive gave them a nod that if they wanted to join, they'd have the votes to do so. But even then he wouldnt have wanted them to use that information to leak to the media to try and force the Big Ten to give them an invite

Anyone else having second thoughts about Mizzou? I had to talk myself into thinking this was a good move, and I had done so (at least it was better than WVU) but now I'm not so sure I want anything to do with them

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

roger...

Yes. A Mizzou booster -- and that's who everyone is trusting here -- says an offer has been made. That's likely a handshake agreement and nothing more. "If you're league blows up, do you wanna get together?" No official offer has been extended.

John

MIZ_SEC
MIZ_SEC

Actually, hasn't Matt Hayes at Sporting News come out with his own source now? Also who is the source from the Birmingham News?

Not saying it is going to happen at all, but it sure seems like the smoke is from more than one unnamed booster.

roger
roger

Slive has to be fuming at this

If he did give them an "under the table" offer... I wonder if after this stunt its now off the table.

If not, then Missouri was using this bs to try and push the Big Ten to give them an offer (WAKE UP MIZZOU, THEY DONT WANT YOU!!!!)

This morning I felt like Mizzou was a shoe in as team #14, but after this stunt... I think all bets are off. Slive has to be thinking twice about Missouri with they way they are acting... we'll always be second choice for them and I think this stunt demonstrated that



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