And you realize that Missouri is right at the borders of it? And that during the Civil War, half the state fought for the South and half for the North. General Sterling Price? Quantril? Jesse James? Any of that ring a bell?
While reports from the Show-Me State continue to suggest that Missouri and the Big 12 are finalizing an exit agreement today, South Carolina president Harris Pastides says the SEC has held no vote on MU yet.
“We’ve not even had a phone call scheduled yet. They may call me, and there may be a vote on Sunday, but I’m not aware of one at this second.”
Seeing as how the SEC mistakenly posted a “Missouri joins the SEC” news item last night… and Mike Slive said yesterday that his league is still looking at 14-team schedules for 2012… and the Big 12 didn’t list Missouri as being one of its members when it put out a press release today… the whole vote thing doesn’t appear to be too big of a hurdle.
And do you believe Pastides in the first place? Earlier this week Georgia AD Greg McGarity said the league was looking at 13-team schedules only. Then an ESPN exec and Slive admitted otherwise. So what’s to keep Pastides from fudging the truth a bit?
In fact, USC’s prez said this morning that he was “not aware of that at all” when asked about the SEC’s late night web gaffe. Uh, yeah. I’m sure no one mentioned that to the president of one of the SEC’s 12 current member institutions.
Pastides did tell The Daily Gamecock — hat tip to the student newspaper, by the way — that “there have been discussions” between the league and the school, but that those talks did not involve the presidents.
“There’s no scheduled vote, and they cannot do that (admit Missouri) until we vote. But again, I might go up to my office and there could be an appointment. I just don’t know.”