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Report: Missouri Taking Steps Toward The SEC

The folks at PowerMizzou.com — the Rivals site covering Missouri — have reported this morning that “the ball will be rolling” regarding a Mizzou move to the SEC by the end of the week and that the move should be completed by the end of the month.

According to the site: “The basic thought is that the only way Missouri does NOT move to the SEC at this point is if the SEC pulls the rug out at the last minute.”  Mike Slive isn’t the type of commissioner to do that.  And he wouldn’t have allowed things to progress this far with Mizzou if he didn’t already know he had the votes to get them into the league.

Missouri’s board of curators will meet later this week.

 


187 comments
gregkcmo
gregkcmo

Why would the SEC want Missouri when all Mizzou wants is an invite to the BIG10? They practically begged for an invite to the BIG10.

Ytf
Ytf

Because, according to Missouri leadership, "that's what' left" & the SEC is happy to give them a parking space until the B1G offers them an invite in a few years.

armydawg
armydawg

GA Tech and Tulane are the only schools to ever leave the SEC. How's that working out for them?

armydawg
armydawg

The point is why would any school leave the greatest athletic conference in the country unless they planned to discontinue a credible athletic program. GA Tech roamed the wilderness for years after leaving, Tulane has never recovered. Once Missouri is in, they are in for the duration.

Dtr
Dtr

50/50. What's that got to do with the price of tea in China.

GO HOGS 123
GO HOGS 123

WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN ARKANSAS CAME TO SEC AND WHAT DO YOU THINK NOW COMPARE IT TO MIZZOU

MULBRO
MULBRO

When any confrence wants to add a school,and the main reason is TV sets,or population,this is not good for college football.....Lets say,just for an example,Notre Dame is in a very small TV market as WVa is....Would the SEC or any confrence want them ??? NO,they would not...But that would be wrong....You would want them because they have a great program for ALL the sports being played in college....Not just football.....In Mr Johnny Cochran own words"If it don`t fit,you must equit"...Rest in peace Mr Cochran.....I beleive Mizzu don`t fit in the SEC...There are a dozen other schools that do....

armydawg
armydawg

You wont find many SEC fans who are also Johnny Cochran fans, I have not heard his name mentioned on an SEC board ever. BTW, its aquit, not equit. Kansas grad?

TNGATOR
TNGATOR

All other conferences ARE the minor leagues.

Derrick
Derrick

Saddest day in SEC. Mizzou offers zero. They will be at BEST an OLE MISS, or a Vandy. why bring in a team for the sake of having one? this will be the most historic mistake of our conference. FIRE Mike Slive.

alwaysatiger
alwaysatiger

An area of the counties in central Missouri have been called "Little Dixie" since the Civil War. This includes the area of Columbia, home of our Tigers. Anyone who has ever visited St. Louis and the Bootheel and the Springfield-Branson area knows the Southern influences are extremely stong. You can even order grits at lotsa diners! Seriously, this Mississippi born and bred girl went to Mizzou and loved it. We live in the South, love the South, and love our Mizzou. We predict that we will be like Arkansas when they came to the SEC, we will adjust and get crazier, we promise!!

UofA72
UofA72

I'm in Arkansas and agree with your assessment of Missouri. Also agree with your prediction. Arkansas' stadium is about 44% larger now than when we came in. Missouri has a lot larger population to pull from, as well as a larger alumni base. I think they have the potential to regularly fill a 90,000 seat stadium within the next ten years. I don't know what your visiting team guarantee is, but comparing to the old SWC, Arkansas now has 6,000 to 8,000 more visitors per conference game. It's always good when someone else helps pay for your expansion.

Ldr
Ldr

That's funny, I thought Missouri was the Bellwether state.

armydawg
armydawg

It is and its pointing South.

armydawg
armydawg

You only get one rival to play every year in the other divisions so if Alabama and Auburn are east-west rivals, thats it for them. Then their former rivals, Tennessee and Georgia have to find new western rivals, A&M and Missouri in all likelyhood. Georgia would be extremely unhappy about giving up the rivalry with Auburn, the longest continous rivalry in the deep South. Let Missouri come to the east for a few years until 15 and 16 arrive, likely WVA and maybe VA Tech. Other schools that have been mentioned on the east coast are Maryland, NC State and Clemson although Clemson has been emphatic about not moving to the SEC. GA Tech and FSU would be blocked by UGA and UF. Lets go with Mizzou to get #14 and worry about the rest later.

Steve
Steve

Wife wants to know if Mizzou has womens gymnastics? She was on Alabamas team in 90's.

Kirk
Kirk

Yes they do and have done decent nationally.

Jeff Elsworth
Jeff Elsworth

I am confused here. If Auburn moves to the East doesn't Alabama and Auburn get to pick who their cross division rivalry game will be?? Can't Auburn pick Alabama and Bama pick Tennessee? Put Mizzou in the East for one or two years, when the SEC expand again pick your two schools out east. Move Mizzou back to the West everything is taking care of. Mizzou will pick from one of the two schools that are added to the east as it's East Division rival game.
"Indians Endeavor to Persevere"

aggiefan
aggiefan

1. There going to a 6-2-1 schedule meaning they'll play 6 divisional games 2 teams from the other side which they will play every year and with 1 rotating school every year. Alabama will still play Auburn and Tennesse every year. 2. They are not expanding to 16 teams any time soon. They didn't want to expand to 14 but A&M threw them into it expansion.

Richie
Richie

welcome too the sec. misourri,and a&m the best confrence in the coun try.

Olathetigger
Olathetigger

I'm a KC-based Mizzou fan. Rememver, we border Arkansas, aTennessee, and Kentucky. There's Southern influences in various parts of Missouri. I'm originally from the St. Louis area, and there are Southern influences there. SE Mo is particularly that way. I'm excited as the son of a South Carolina dad, and a mother from Western Virginia. As far as FB, We have won 40 games in the last 4 years. There are tentative plans of expanding the stadium to 80,000 capacity, and playing in the SEC can only enhance fan excitement, which has already greatly increased in the Pinkel era. Don't forget the St Louis, Kansas city, and Springfield-Branson markets, which can only enhance a future SEC Network!

Berle Grant Johnson, see, even a Southern name.

armydawg
armydawg

While the SEC welcomes Missouri, Kansas will still be the place you go when you click your heels together and have nightmares. So long Jayhawks!

ncaafootballfan
ncaafootballfan

I really thought the SEC had more leverage to go out there and get a Southeastern team.

StevenBrew
StevenBrew

Who knows at this point ncaafootballfan, maybe it will end up that way but any team that is happy where they are and their conference is stable I cant imagine a top notch football program wanting to leave to the SEC to make things tougher for themselves. Mizzou fits the situation perfectly at this time. Sorry haters but thats just the way it is.

Brad
Brad

I agree. Plus, GT, Clemson and FSU are apparently off limits since FA, FL and SC would block admission. No way the three Research Triangle schools will ever leave the ACC. That just leaves WVa and VT as alternatives to Mizzou. I agree Mizzou is better choice than WVa. Having said that, I'd prefer VT. But since VT isn't interested, that leaves us with MU which I feel is still a great choice. The school is rich in tradition and supports its athletics. BTW -- I am an independent observer here -- a life-long SEC fan who grew up in SEC country, but a grad of a non-SEC school (Emory '78).

Racing Hokie
Racing Hokie

VT may not be able to come out and say they are interested.....just send the invite....forget the ACC

MULBRO
MULBRO

Mizzu....1-2 and 3-3 overall record.....They would be lucky to Beat Kentucky,Miss St,and Old Miss...Forget about ALL the other SEC teams....Bottom feeders in the SEC....There better off in ConfUSA.....

Keith
Keith

Go to the East. Win immediately. Thank you.

Ludicous
Ludicous

The NIH has headquarters in the vicinity of Washington D.C. True. What does that have to do with the NIH funding athletic conferences? Your argument seems to be that administrators at the NIH gives grants to ACC schools preferentially based just on conference affiliation (ludicrous and would be illegal)? I'm sure the ACC schools on average DO get more research funding than the SEC schools on average. On average, they are better research universities (Duke, Ga. Tech, Maryland, UNCCH, Virginia, now Pitt), That has nothing to do with conference affiliation.

VTmarty
VTmarty

Actually the ACC and B1G both have academic consortiums of sorts built into the conference. They are the only 2 athletic conferences with any academic tie in. So yes in essences the NIH could give a grant to an ACC school because of the conference that school is in. Why not give a grant to Duke Med that involves something robotic when you know they can call GT and VT to discuss robotics, and get the full assistance of that faculty and its resources without having to jump through any additional hoops.

This is a major reason why the ACC schools aren't going anywhere. The SEC right now has a total of 4 schools, 5 when MO joins, that are decent academic institutions, UF, UGA, VANDY, A&M, and MO one day. The rest of the league still leaves a lot to be desired when speaking of research and academics.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

Virginia Tech is at about the same level as most SEC schools when it comes to academics. I really wish all the elitists at least based their opinions on facts rather than hearsay and preconceived notions.

VTmarty
VTmarty

Really? VT undergarduate engineering programs and acrchitecture programs are miles ahead of 90% of the SEC. ITs graduate programs are some of the best in the nation. On the liberal arts side it leaves a lot to be desired but its first and foremost a POLYTECHNIC Institute.

If VT joined the SEC today it would be the 4th best ranked Academic school by USNews. With A&M its the 5th. The ACC has no school in the rankings that falls below tier 1 in the old system. The SEC has 2 and half the conference is ranked lower than the top 100 with bama a barely sliding above it at 98.

The ACC on the other hand except one are ranked in the top 100 (FSU is 102), and VT falls in at 10th in the conference. When looking at individual programs Tech's engineering school would be the top in the SEC, and its architecture program would also be within the top 2. From a liberal stand point it is probably on bar with the upper 5 of the conference (FL, UGA, VANDY, and the Alabamas)

There are your facts.

@brooksbs
@brooksbs

Grew up in the South, so this MU Tiger fan is definitely looking forward to the move. Joining the best football conference in America is a great thing for us. Getting away from the dysfunctional Big 12 should help us in all sorts of ways. We know it will be a challenge athletically, but our coaching staffs have really embraced the idea of the SEC. Look forward to some great trips to see some great SEC schools. And we look forward to welcoming you to Columbia soon. BTW, we are already planning to expand the stadium.

Old Sarge
Old Sarge

John, if it happens in the next week to or so, do you feel that this would be for the 2012 season? Big 12 has been very vocal that Mizzou would not be allowed to leave until 2013.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Old Sarge...

I'm pretty sure that's just posturing. The Big 12 wants to give the appearance that a 2012 departure -- a full month after A&M's departure! -- would be devastating to the league. If Missouri leaves, the Big 12 wants to drive up their exit fee.

I could be wrong, of course, but I've not talked to a soul in the SEC who thinks Mizzou would be stuck in the Big 12 til 2013.

We'll see.

Thanks for reading,
John

Red Thompson
Red Thompson

SEC should rescind the offer and not take on a team who brings nothing to the league. Maybe that is what they want just another Mississippi or Mississippi state or south carolina to beat up on. On the other hand, WVU brings a great deal more the table including the Penn. recruiting grounds. SEC should really invite WVU instead.

Shawn63200
Shawn63200

This from a MU newspaper regarding their Homecoming crowd this past weekend. Dave Matter of the Columbia Daily Tribune.
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Great crowd, great weather and great atmosphere around downtown, campus and the stadium Saturday. Columbia can make for a heck of a game-day atmosphere when all those forces align. The crowd was late arriving and early to leave, but credit to MU fans for packing the house on a day when the opponent was blah and the home team was coming off a two-game losing streak. Considering only three opponents have drawn crowds of 70,000-plus at Memorial Stadium during the Gary Pinkel era — Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas — the scene Saturday made a statement about the program and the fan base.

Also, MU officials expect another sellout this Saturday when No. 6 Oklahoma State visits for an 11 a.m. kickoff. Another massive game for this program.
***
I don't see the fan support for when they are not good in the SEC. South Carolina and Arkansas have true SEC fan passion and even in bad years, they show up. The article says it, MU fans come for some big games and that is about it.

Remember, the SEC is their back up choice

Guest
Guest

It was a bitch slapping of Little Sisters of the Poor er i mean Iowa State. Even a car accident gets boring after a while.

ZouGuy3
ZouGuy3

Mizzou has great fan support. Especially when you consider they still draw these crowds after fielding such bad teams from about 1970-2004. You clearly know little about the program and certainly have never been to Columbia for a game.

GoCougars!
GoCougars!

Mizzou is on the hook for 2012 in the Big XII. If the SEC wants to be at 14 teams and have Mizzou in for 2012, that means someone is going to have to take Mizzou's place in the Big XII.

ncaafootballfan
ncaafootballfan

I'm sure the SEC will get Mizzou (more tv sets) for 2012 and the Big XII will get WVU (ranked f-ball program) for 2012.

Racing Hokie
Racing Hokie

Why dilute a great product like SEC Football...yes I am a Hokie, but was raised on SEC Football and a team and fan base like Mizzou is like one from another planet...bet y'all can't wait for the Bama-Mizzou game! Yippee

Statesman
Statesman

Mizzou grad living in ACC/Big East country. The Hokies have made a name beating up on inferior ACC teams. Everytime they play a real team out of conference they get it handed to them. I saw Boise St. manhandle them, and it appeared that they quit. They soften the schedule this year, but if they get to a decent bowl they will be exposed. Stay in the ACC to keep your rep!!

Racing Hokie
Racing Hokie

Besides Oklahoma who do you play? Oh and who do you beat? Thats right don't give me the exposed stuff.....you are about to learn how good you had it losing to Kansas and Iowa.....you will get abused in the SEC.

GoCougars!
GoCougars!

Mizzou is on the hook for 2012 in the Big XII. If the SEC wants to be at 14 teams and have Mizzou in for 2012, that means someone is going to have to take Mizzou's place in the Big XII.

The only team that can take Mizzou's place in the Big XII for 2012 is BYU. If the Big XII invites BYU, then Mizzou can ask for a waiver to be allowed to leave the conference and join the SEC for the 2012 season.

Basically it's in Mizzou's and the SEC's best interests for BYU to be invited to the Big XII.

UofA72
UofA72

Didn't you already post this? It's still wrong.

Jimmy
Jimmy

They are absolutely not on the hook for 2012. They will face exit penalties, which will probably be negotiated to an amount synonymous with A&M's penalties, as long as they announce their exit before December. I know you want to lobby for your team, but stating your opinion as fact is a dangerous thing to do!

You need to get yourself a cup of coffee, perk up, and get on your game! Oh, wait, sorry... awkward...

Statesman
Statesman

Interesting hearing the anti-Mizzou post. As I recall when Arkansas & S.Carolina entered the SEC neither were coming off very strong periods in their football history. After adjusting to the SEC and the intensity w/ the league both programs are contributing. South Carolina appears to be benefiting from the East's slide. Mizzou has a great foundation, & other than your two top teams(LSU & Bama) Mizzou can compete w/ any teams in your conference. We will be a fine addition to a great league.

Redhelmet96
Redhelmet96

This is true but Arkansas- SC brought the SEC Championship game. That was all anyone talked about. This Mizzou team doesn't bring anything to the table other than a balanced schedule. I would rather have Memphis, SMU, Houston, UCF, WV, UNC, Duke, Army, Navy, VMI, East Mississippi C.C. or Hoover High School (Hoover, Alabama) than Mizzou. BTW, Arkansas would beat Mizzou by 40 this year. I also assume that your definition of compete is losing by less than 21 points, if so then yes Mizzou can compete with some teams in the SEC!

Steven
Steven

"South Carolina appears to be benefiting fron the East's slide"

Thats hitting the nail on head. If they somehow by default get back to the championship game, it will be another blowout.

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