Too bad the SEC let in a non-competitive team who they have to share money with. Missouri is clearly a Midwestern state and belongs in the Big 10. I hate to see the SEC resort to taking a program wanting to be in the Big 10.
Quiet before the storm.
That idiom seems to apply to the expected marriage of Missouri and the SEC. Sources close to the Mizzou program began talking to media outlets from Kansas City to New York City earlier this week and the message was the same: Tomorrow’s board of curators meeting could be D-Day for the Tigers.
It’s believed that the board — which gave MU chancellor Brady Deaton the right to explore conference options 15 days ago — will decide tomorrow or Friday to abandon the Big 12 and ask for a membership application from Mike Slive’s league.
After a flurry of information from MU’s side of things, all’s gone quiet of late.
Below are a couple of the headlines that have been posted in the past 24 hours on the subject… in case you want something to break up the silence before tomorrow’s announcem… er… meeting.
1. Missouri’s decision to stay or go will have an impact on three different conferences — the Big 12, the SEC, and the Big East (which stands to be raided by the Big 12 if the Tigers bolt).
2. From Mizzou to the Big East, everyone is looking for stability.
3. This Kansas City writer says he and a lot of Kansas City sports fans will lose interest in Missouri if the school joins the SEC.
4. Next Saturday — October 29th — (“Saturday week” as some of us say down South) Missouri will play at Texas A&M. It would be fitting if Mizzou and the SEC tie the knot prior to next Sunday, turning that contest into an SEC preview.
And one last extra note from last week (just because it’s brought up on a regular basis…
5. While Missouri’s exit fee on paper might be $23-35 million, “no one ever pays” the high end penalty for leaving a conference. Those exit fees are negotiated down, which is why Chuck Neinas said last week that MU would be in the Big 12 through 2012-13. At MrSEC.com, we believe he was simply laying the groundwork for his “high end” starting point in the Big 12′s negotiations with Mizzou.