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Missouri Press Conference Update

The University of Missouri board of curators is scheduled to begin a press conference with reporters as soon as their final closed session meeting wraps up.  That meeting has already run longer than expected.

As any SEC-related announcement is made, we’ll let you know right here.

* The presser was tentatively scheduled for 12:30pm ET.  It’s now 1:15pm.  Still we wait.

* And still waiting.  An MU backdrop is not being put up in the media room.

* AD Mike Alden is scheduled to be on hand for the presser.

* Unanimous resolution: Chancellor Brady Deaton has authority to engage in contract talks with other conferences.  

* Missouri also wants to look at continuing to play football and basketball games in Kansas City.  (Why offer to play games in KC if you aren’t leaving that area and those area rivals?)

* 2 + 2 = SEC

* Deaton wouldn’t speak specifically about leaving Big 12 or joining SEC, but things wouldn’t have gotten this far if the SEC and Missouri hadn’t already nailed things down.

* This is almost the exact timeline that Texas A&M followed when entering the SEC.

* MU reps are working hard to not say too much — due to legal concerns — but it certainly looks as though Mizzou and the SEC are going to start speeding up the process.

* “No timeline” set but MU expects things to move “expeditiously.”

* “This is a very complex transaction to consider.”  “We have to exercise our fiduciary duty.”  By giving Deaton the the right to cut a new contract, MU is all but announcing they’re leaving the Big 12.

* Missouri anticipates any move it makes taking place before next season.


1:54 — That’s it for now.  Mizzou is heading toward the SEC and the chancellor now has the ability to act on his own without having to run back and forth for board approval.  The next stop — from what was suggested today — will be an announcement that Missouri has reached an agreement with the SEC or it has decided to stay.  There will be no “What do we need to do to leave the Big 12?” step as there was in Texas A&M’s case.

We continue to believe that Missouri’s move to the SEC will be completed by mid- to late-next week.

We’ll have reaction on the site later this afternoon.

 


72 comments
WarDamEagleTrue2011
WarDamEagleTrue2011

As a 100 percent DIE HARD Auburn fan from day one...native of Mobile Alabama residing in Houston Texas....I would just like to take the time to officially welcome missouri and texas a&m to the best football conference period....i unlike some others i love the move...i think mizzou and the aggies will only help not hurt the conference and contrary to others beliefs they wont be as bad as people think...they will get more money and better recruits because lets just face it athletes wanna play in the s.e.c...not that they dont already have good football players and programs cause they do....Now remember mizzou and aggie fans..this courtesy and kindness i am displaying ENDS on game day 2012 lol because its war at that point.....W.D.E !!!!!!!!!!

JustAnotherBamaFan
JustAnotherBamaFan

Is it possible that by drawing this out Missouri is strengthening the SEC's near-term position?

If the Big 12 is really waiting on Missouri before expanding further then how does it help the SEC for Missouri to apply within the next week or so?

By waiting till the last possible moment before applying and being accepted Mizzou could either force the Big 12 to pull the trigger on WVU, Louisville, BYU, or whoever else further weakening the Big 12"s already precarious legal position. And should the Big 12 act later rather than sooner it would effectively postpone said Big East/Independent programs from joining the Big 12 next year they would have to wait till 2013 (yes I realize Big East bylaws require any exiting school to wait 27 months, but without said schools there is no Big East as a football conference.).

Such a move would give the SEC an extra year to evaluate/decide whether 14 teams is the stopping point or if they should indeed proceed directly to 16 after 2012. This leaves WVU in a similar position to TCU this year. They were committed to join one conference but the delay provided the opening for another conference to swoop in.

buddha22
buddha22

Now that's just downright mega game strategy in action!

Steven
Steven

I think it's basically done and everyone knows it. In his press conference Mr. Deaton said Missuri had sent their information to the SEC and requested the info they needed from the SEC. Also MU talked about setting up a Holiday tourney at the Sprint Center and having a football game at Arrowhead to appease KC.

But one thing I read said the universities who have home games against MU next year are considering suing them for leaving them having to replace them.

James
James

"looks like Baylor and TTU are falling in line with their sugar daddy."

Thats funny.

Am I correct in remembering Texas wants the Big 12 to stay at 10 schools to avoid a conference championship game? They want the easiest path to the BCS title game?

Bob Magee
Bob Magee

To all those who think Texas A&M really expected UT to continue playing our annual contest - Nope, we really did not, but we offered. Knowing them like e do, we knew how vindictive and petty they would be. Looks like Baylor and TTU are falling in line with their sugar daddy.

TCU, SMU, U of H, and several other D-1 schools in Texas will still play an SEC TAMU, so no real loss on our end. Mizzou, you can expect the same from Kansas, but new rivalries form. And for the record, Arkansas is in no way unhappy they left the old SWC. So just give up that argument.

I was in Philly yesterday and had to keep from laughing at a UT alum. He was telling me that we were going to have to up our game to play there. His next comment was laughable. "Even UT would have problems in the SEC, so I would not want them to go there". UT can spin this any way they want, but they need to man up, admit they made a mistake and move on.

Also, take a look at the Bleacher Report, Prez Lofton finally opened the lid on Pandora's Box and revealed just how underhanded UT has been over the whole issue for the past 2 years. It makes a great read!

July cannot come soon enough for me.

I am surprised at OU and OSU, but their decisions are up to them.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Well said Bob. However, once you start playing an SEC schedule, you'll come to realize that when we refer to UT, we mean Tennessee. They're actually the much older university anyway.

DV80
DV80

Howdy Bob,

I lived in Arkansas when they left the SWC and joined the SEC. When they made the move they were elated! I got the feeling that to say they were tired of the whole state of Texas and the SWC schools would be a gross understatement. As far as I could tell the gladness of making the move and loyalty to the SEC only grew with time. It seemed like all of the Razorback fans I knew were telling me that A&M should make the move too. They're right, and I'm glad we are!

I could only laugh when I read reports of Dan Bebe calling Arkansas to talk with them about joining the Big XII. I'm at a loss to think of a comparative example to illustrate how ridiculous that was.

I totally agree that July can not come soon enough for me either!

Gig'Em!

Rob
Rob

Don't worry... it won't be long until A&M and UT are paired together in the Cotton Bowl and A&M will have it's chance to prove to UT that it's moving up. Arkansas did that very thing in the 2000 Cotton Bowl and I'm sure that Cotton representatives can't wait to pair A&M against UT together.

houstonvol
houstonvol

The SEC does not want both OU and OSU and they are tied at the hip. That is why the SEC is not an option for them at this time.

Big12folks
Big12folks

Well Misery will be gone next week. But hey SEC, Deaton gave you one last weekend to come to your senses and realize that Midwestern Mizery will only water down SEC football and add another tiger to the cage.

Bring on the Southeastern Mountaineers to the Big 12 - a ranked team with a mascot that wears a coonskin hat and packs heat.

Big 12 wins. SEC loses on this deal.

Rob
Rob

I wouldn't be so quick to assume that WVU will accept an invitation to join the Big 12.

StL
StL

What a dumb post. The Big 12 will not be around in the long run. Texas has been looking for their own deal for some time and OU was begging to get in the Pac 12. If the Big 12 continues, it will be ISU, KSU, KU, Baylor, and some mish-mash of former CUSA and Big East teams.

StevenBrew
StevenBrew

I win double. My team is going to the SEC. Go Mizzou!! And my 2nd team in the Mountaineers is maybe going to the BIG12. Its perfect cause they will destroy your jayhockers like a B-24 over Berlin.

bryan
bryan

Yes, the big 12 wins... a non-AAU, couch-burning, no tv set-havin' school that just happens to look good when playing big east competition this year. WVU has an excellent basketball program, and Huggins will keep that going as long as he's there, but their football program will need to step it up a notch in a real conference like the big 12. They are jumping from the 6th/7th best football conference to this year's 1a and most year's #2 ranked conference.

flswampman
flswampman

Every team has crazy fans. I was in Columbus, OH when OSU beat Miami for the national title. The fans there set trash cans and cars on fire. I would much rather see students set couches on fire than cars. Before Tim Teebo played LSU he received death threats from LSU. Last year a Cleveland fan walked into a bar in Pittsburgh and a Steelers fan shot the guy. As far as WVU goes at least they have some national recognition. I travel a good bit and I never see Missouri fans. I see a lot more WVU fans. I live in Tampa and there are more WVU fans here than Miami fans. I would be willing to say they are the 4th most popular team in Tampa.

And what does AAU have to do with anything. There are only three AAU schools in the SEC. does this mean all the other schools should be kicked out?

The SEC is about high caliber football. Missouri is not. I say there is no rush to select number 14 so we should wait until the correct school is available.

MissouriGuy
MissouriGuy

nobody gives a flying crap about West Virginia or the Big 12

trevor
trevor

this is the views of most mizzou fans from kc,,, we want out...
http://www.610sports.com/topic/play_window.php?au...

MissouriGuy
MissouriGuy

exactly, I'm from KC and I actually go to Mizzou and we want SEC, Big 12 will not exist in 5 years

Kevin
Kevin

Everyone needs to listen to this!! Thats the best call-in, in the history of call-ins!!. --I was wishy-washy about Mizzou's fans, but after listening to that, I say, "Welcome aboard!!" --This has to go viral. --Totally hillarious!!

StevenBrew
StevenBrew

Are you referring to a female caller who I believe was named Sherrie or something like that. If so I heard her today on 610 with Carrington and Danny Parkins. It was a beautiful thing even hearing it a 2nd time when they replayed it. Have heard her before and if she was on the Jim Rome show she would be "RACKED" everytime. Awesome, totally awesome. She should have an arena named after her. Paige...err..Sherri Arena.

MIZ_SEC
MIZ_SEC

Guys, it is done. Mizzou is gone. It will be announced in Columbia, MO, but they wanted to make the public concessions at the Kansas City Board meeting to let KC know that Mizzou will take of them.

I'm looking forward to focusing on our game this week against Okie Light and then an SEC game against A&M next week on the Big 12's dime. That will get some GREAT media attention I'm sure, hehe.

DV80
DV80

MIZ_SEC, We can all chant S-E-C, S-E-C, S-E-C in celebration at Kyle Field!

Good luck with Okie Light.

Gig'Em!

John Bragg
John Bragg

Someone asked for the A&M timeline. Here's most of it. Some things might be a day off, if I misread an article. (Tuesday's paper with Monday's news)

August 15. A&M President authorized by Board of Regents to seek new conference affiliation. http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen...

August 31. A&M announces that they want to leave the Big 12 in for the SEC in 2012. http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-college-footb...

September 2. Don Beebe letter agrees that A&M will leave Big 12. http://images.radcity.net/6960/4850286.pdf

September 8. SEC accepts A&M provided that there is no lawsuit. http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/6939...

September 20--Pac-12 rejects expansion for now, removing the threat that the Big 12 would disintegrate. http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/6998...

September 25--SEC officially and unconditionally accepts A&M. I can't find a date for Baylor withdrawing the lawsuit threat. http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/70...

Bob Magee
Bob Magee

They never did withdraw the suit threat (and still have not). SEC graciously extended the invite to us anyway.

Steven
Steven

Actually on October 4th Mr. Deaton was given the order to look into Missuori's otions for other conferences, but was never given the right to actually leave the conference without the boards approval.

Mizzougrad
Mizzougrad

As a Mizzou grad and native Alabamian, Im very flattered and excited that Missouri has been/will be invited to join the best college conference in America.

Looking forward to many new roadtrips to all the awesome SEC campuses.

MIZ!

knoxville622
knoxville622

John: What's the upside to this again for the SEC? It seems like Missouri is mediocre at basketball, worse at football, and is just another mouth to feed. Bigger markets, you say?
SEC (to network): "We now have Missouri and all the eyeballs that come with it. Give us more millions."
Networks: "None of those eyeballs watch Missouri. They watch the Cardinals, Royals, Chiefs and Rams. You have added the Columbia, Missouri market, which has roughly the same value as the Columbia, Tennessee market."
SEC: "Um, yeah, BUT IT'S POTENTIAL EYEBALLS!!! WE NEED MORE MONEY!!!"

DanMinKC
DanMinKC

Missouri is just as good of a program in basketball (men's anyway) as Tennessee.

And where do you get off with your assessment of Missouri football? Long run of bad years, but over the past 5-6 years, it has been:

consistently top 25 at the end of each year
At least 8 wins the past 5 years and 10-win seasons 3 of the last 5 years
In 2007, was #1 in BCS going into the Big XII Championship game, 1 win away from being in BCS NCG
All this in the 2nd toughest football conference in America

Listen, we are not Alabama, but we are not Vandy. We will probably not wind championships, but we will compete and we will beat Tennessee probably 1/2 the time Knoxville.

But thanks for trying.

buddha22
buddha22

And seldom does anyone watch more than 1 sporting event a day/week???

MissouriGuy
MissouriGuy

Chiefs and Rams don't play on Saturday bro, nice try

Yes
Yes

On 10/4: authority to take any and all actions necessary to fully EXPLORE options

On 10/21: delegated to the chancellor, the authority to MAKE DECISIONS, including entering into contracts on conference alignment.”

Medloh
Medloh

Big change today. He had the authority to explore options. Now he has the authority to actually change conferences.

He wouldn't need the authority to change conferences if the Curators thought we weren't moving. If this doesn't make it clear what comes next, I don't know what does.

Hooray! Go Mizzou.

gator
gator

Seems like they are drawing a very fine distinction.

Before, he had authority to "explore" conference affiliation and contracts.
Now, he has authority to "make" conference decisions and enter into contracts.

Jalex
Jalex

Nope, the previous authority was to INVESTIGATE options. He now has the authority to make a decision. And there's absolutely no chance the board gives that power without the decision already being made.

Mike A
Mike A

Sounds like a great idea, Sarge!!!

Old Sarge
Old Sarge

John, I would like your thoughts on Arkansas and Missouri becoming a Thanksgiving weekend match-up so that LSU and A&M can have the Thanksgiving evening slot left open by the burnt yellow cowardice? There are big dollars in that time slot, do you think Slive would let that go to the horns and the weak opponent of their choice without a fight? Thanks in advance, I always enjoy you insight>

Rob
Rob

I'm an Arkansas fan and would hate to see that game move from Black Friday. It's been a great series right where it is. Rumors are that it would be moved to an early season game, which wouldn't bode well for Arkansas at all, imo. A Missouri and Arkansas series has great potential, but they've only played a few times in the past and it'll take a while to build anything enticing. In contrast, the LSU and Arkansas series has the smallest margin of victory of any series in the SEC over the past 15 years and it's usually one of the most exciting games each year.

deltaboy
deltaboy

Absolutely, leave Ark.-LSU where it is! The Ark.-LSU series has a long pre-SEC history plus a 20 year run of some of the most exciting, dramatic games in recent SEC history. Ark.-Mo. can become a great rivalry, but potential doesn't supersede reality. Ark.-LSU is a great rivalry game in a great place on the schedule. Leave it alone! Remember, the fewer disruptions the better.

StevenBrew
StevenBrew

That would be sweet. Good idea Sarge

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

I'd like to see that happen myself. Those are great games on a great weekend for football.

Racing Hokie
Racing Hokie

SEC! Wake up! The Big 12 doesn't really even want MIzzou....Why do you? It's not like you are taking another powerhouse - oh, and they may be able to compete in way, way, way over in the East.....with Vandy for the bottom.

BamaWahoo
BamaWahoo

Just for the record Racing Hokie, the ACC didn't want VTech. If you'll recall UVA had to be forced (by the Governor) to force the rest of the ACC to take you guys.

Coincidentally, you guys have 0 national championships in any sport ever and if VT was in the SEC its stadium seating capacity would rank 12th (behind Mizzou and TAMU too) - only in front of Vandy and Miss. St. You guys have had a nice 20 year run. When Beamer's gone you'll revert to form.

dcpowergator
dcpowergator

Pssst, unlike most conferences, the SEC does not need another powerhouse. But what's funny to me, given your handle, is that VT begged and pleaded for 50 years to join the ACC and now, with the league's additions of Syracuse and Pitt to go with BC and Miami, VT basically finds itself right back in the Big East circa 2004! All you need now is for the ACC to go to 16 with WVU and Rutgers and you've put the whole (subpar) band back together!

Your main concern should be that, when the ACC redoes the divisions, Tobacco Road will be reunited in a "Real ACC" division made up of UVa, NC, Duke, NCSU, Wake, Maryland and GT and the rest of you will be dumped into a "Big East refugees / SEC wannabees" division consisting of VT, Syracuse, Pitt, scUM, BC, Clemson and fsu. Congratulations, you're right back where you started! But, hey, that's still a lot better than the Metro conference, the Atlantic 10 or being a "football only" Big East member so I guess you're still a little ahead of the game!

flimflamspam
flimflamspam

So true dcgator, so true. Very nice post!!!!

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Sorry Va. Tech, if you wanted in, you should've stepped up earlier. Sour grapes.

DV80
DV80

When I was reading "Deaton wouldn’t speak specifically about leaving Big 12 or joining SEC", the gist of your next line popped in my head. Then I read it. Wow, what a roller coaster the last couple of months have been for A&M. But getting into the SEC is well worth a trip through Hades.

Gig'Em!



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