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Official SEC Website Briefly Posts “Missouri Joins The SEC” Story

Late last night, the SEC’s official website briefly posted a page entitled “Tiger Tracks: Missouri Joins The SEC.”  The page was a perfect match to the page posted at SECSports.com when Texas A&M was officially welcomed to the league.

By 11:55 last night, the page and all of the accompanying links had been removed.  Those links were:

* University Of Missouri: What You Need To Know
* Missouri-SEC Connections: A History
* Homecoming Tradition Traced To Missouri
* Missouri To The SEC: The Dortch Report (Basketball)
* Missouri To The SEC: Barnhart’s Take

The page and the links were dated October 22nd, 2011 which was last Saturday.  The opening statement read:

“BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Given the ever-changing conference paradigm over the past year, the Southeastern Conference has continued to demonstrate its commitment to maintaining its stature as one of the nation’s premier conferences by welcoming the University of Missouri as the league’s 14th member, Commissioner Mike Slive announced Monday.”

Now perhaps that announcement is scheduled to really go this coming Monday.  Or, it’s possible it was scheduled to post last Monday… only to be delayed by the Big 12 putting up more legal roadblocks than were expected.

At the SEC’s basketball media day yesterday, Slive acknowledged that his league is working on 13- and 14-team schedules for 2012.  That refutes what Georgia AD Greg McGarity told the press earlier this week.

Regarding the SEC’s size in 2012, Slive even went so far as to say:


“We’ll know when we know.  There’s no timetable for us.  I know everybody is anxious to know where things stand with conference realignment, especially with all this activity out there.  With respect to the SEC, I have really nothing new to add, at least at this time.”

So what does all this tell us?  Well, it tells me personally that I don’t have to start doubting my sources.

Last week we wrote that Missouri would be announced as a member of the SEC this week.  Clearly that was the plan and our sources were correct in telling us that.  Unfortunately, they didn’t foresee the Big 12 putting up as hard a fight as it has.

We also said last week — and have continued to say this week — that Mizzou will land in the SEC for 2012.  As we wrote two days ago, MU and the SEC both want that to happen.  Slive’s statement regarding a 14-team schedule shows that he hasn’t given up hope.  The Tigers might still be forced to make a farewell tour through the Big 12 next year, but one official with an SEC school told us Wednesday:


“The Big 12 isn’t the only group with attorneys reading through contracts.” 

In other words, there’s likely wiggle room to be found and a deal to be cut.  But with Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton heading to India for a 9-day trip next week, time could become an issue.

We are also sticking by the assertion we made last week that Missouri will definitely land in the SEC East because that is the simplest solution available (as we broke down in detail here).  Since we wrote that, several other outlets have gone from calling Mizzou-to-the-East a possibility to calling it a likely scenario.

Last night’s web flub by the SEC — and I’m just glad to know I’m not the only one who hits a wrong key every now and then — shows that Missouri to the SEC is a done deal.  And while no one has said that officially just yet, everyone darn well knows it.

 


31 comments
The Senator
The Senator

Let me speak for most of the MU faithful in saying that we are humbled and excited to become a part of the SEC. MU is a great school and Columbia is an awesome place to come see a game. I do think it will take some time to get our programs competing for SEC titles, but don't overlook us either. I think the comparisons to AR and SC are very spot on. I truly believe this is a win-win scenario for MU and the SEC.

As far as MIzzou's preference for the Big 10, don't believe everything you read.

The Senator
The Senator

The Big XII has dirty hands in this, it will never go to litigation imo. Besides, I am highly skeptical if there are any actual damages, any portion of lost TV revenues will be MU's portion, according to what has been leaked. Also, given the South 4's flirtations with leaving the conference the last two years, MU had a legal responsibility to mitigate their losses by joining another conference. To that end, life in the SEC will be grand. You can only stranded on the short bus of athletic conferences for so long, partiularly when Dumb (TU) and Dumber (OU) are driving the bus. The Big XII is truly a joke, god bless WVU (they were jilted before they were even an official member).

Mike
Mike

Well, I think it was just an honest mistake, I know that, they just have that ready when that happens.

MIZ_SEC
MIZ_SEC

I hope this doesn't give the Big 12 any extra ammo for litigation against the SEC.....that's the last thing we want to give Ken Starr at Baylor.

Hopefully the Big 12 adds West Virginia and both parties move on amicably.

Milo Moon
Milo Moon

If Ken Starr was true to his word, he would be preaching up a storm against the evils of travel that would be brought down on the B12 student athletes by admitting a schools as far away as WVU. He would be preaching the virtues of adding Texas schools like UH or SMU like he was a month ago when A&M was leaving. Nope he is just sitting back and counting the money now that he and Baylor are safe in the B12.

Willie!T
Willie!T

Kenney Starr is a blowhard. He's a failure trying to erase the memory of his biggest debacle

Glenn
Glenn

I still can't get over Missouri in the east instead of Auburn . I will never watch the Alabama - Tennessee game again . ....and now I will let it go . Congrats to Missouri .

Evan
Evan

I hate when people on boards talk about "true fans" but here I go...I find it hard to believe a true fan of SEC football would rather give up one of the most played rivalry games in the conference (and country) and one that features the two teams that have won the most SEC titles just so that they can look at a map of SEC schools/divisions and say "now that's some nice symmetry."

And to Missouri fans, welcome to the family. Like any family, you've got some crazies, some pouters (I'm looking at you Glenn), and some you'd wish you didn't have to claim. But we are a family and we fight like dogs against each other but circle together as a pack when an outsider comes around. Good luck to you.

Glenn
Glenn

I let it go Evan ......and I was pouting . The state is bigger than Georgia and sits entirely west of the Mississippi . Columbia is over a hundred miles west of the arches . Ya know the gateway to the west . We all have our pet peeves . Mine is geography . Have a good weekend Evan .

Michael
Michael

I think the major holdup is the fact the Big XII cant get a replacement from the Big east until at least 2013. This causes a major scheduling issue if Mizzou leaves for 2012 and potentially damages revenue streams from media deals. However, compromise could be something to look at.

Suppose the Big XII gets an agreement to replace Mizzou with W.Virginia or Louisville for the 2013 season. For 2012, the SEC would have two former Big XII schools coming in to play an 8 game conference schedule and leaving four non-confoerence games for each. Have both A&M and Mizzou schedule those four games against four of their former Big XII members which would fill the void they have for 2012. Have one of the other 12 SEC members ditch a patsy game and schedule TCU. Although this is a painful schedule for A&M and Mizzou. this fills everyone's plate, so to speak, for 2012 without damaging any TV contracts or revenue concerns which is the core of the issue anyway.

It isnt exactly pretty, but it could be done and would give everyone a little of what they want.

DV80
DV80

Howdy Michael,

I'd be fine with that. After all, the SEC has shown a willingness to mess up their whole schedule just to fit us in (assuming no 14th school) for 2012. I think we should be willing to help y'all out as you suggested.

Gig'Em!

John Bragg
John Bragg

In a murky legal situation, it's useful to look at who wants/needs the item at issue more.

Who benefits more from having Missouri in 2012/who loses more from NOT having Missouri in 2012--the SEC or the Big 12?

That side (the Big 12, IMO), will make the concessions (minimal to no cash exit fee) to make it happen.

Mightymo
Mightymo

MIZZOU donors will cover the exit fee.

Bubba Gump
Bubba Gump

If it is done it is done

Hopefully the MU folks hitting all the SEC boards will stop telling us why they are great and now will settle down and spend the time until July getting to know the folks in the conference before it becomes official about a year from now. Leave the past behind and learn our ways and cultures. Now is the time to stop shouting and start sharing.

Welcome, and good luck.

Gator Fan
Gator Fan

I'm sorry. I can't get excited about Missouri in the SEC. Missouri is NOT a cultural fit in our conference. Why should we take a school that the Big 10 passed over? Missouri hasn't won a conference title outright in football since 1960 and that was due to Kansas having to forfeit a win over Mizzou I think. Mike Slive is making a very poor choice here for the 14th slot.

Milo Moon
Milo Moon

Gator Fan, I will not argue the cultural fit. That can be sliced a dozen different ways and is all subjective. Regardless they will bring a new flavor of BBQ to the conference, and I feel that is a good thing. As for the B10 not selecting Mizzou last year and the SEC taking leftovers, that is not the case. Nebraska was a better fit to what the B10 needed than Mizzou. First it was spreading the BTN. Nebraska is a national brand, and the BTN was not distributed to the 3 million households in the state. So Nebraska would help the BTN grow not only in a state, but nationally. Mizzou did not do that for the B10. The BTN was/is already on every cable system in the state, and Mizzou being added to the conference was not a strong enough draw to extract larger fees from the cable systems. Next was the actual on the field product. Mizzou is stronger in basketball and other sports than football. The SEC does not need another football championship mouth to feed. The SEC needed a quality product, but not a program that was going to sell it's soul to win championships. Mizzou and even A&M fit that bill. It is one reason why OU, TU and even FSU were never in serious discussions. Last - Slive and the other SEC presidents are trying their best to raise the overall academic perception of the conference. That the SEC is not just a jock league. Mizzou and A&M will help out in that regard. This should be important to any Gator fan. UF is one of the best schools in the nation academically (as much as I hate to admit that), but does not receive the respect it deserves because it is in the SEC with a bunch of dumb southern schools. UGA, UT, Bama, and Burn are all in that same boat. They are all fighting for national research dollars and funding. That funding dwarfs anything TV contract that could ever be put together. So while Mizzou might not ever win a football championship, that is not what is important to the guys in the bow ties.

HoustonVol
HoustonVol

It was meant to convey the false perception of the SEC schools. Mizzou's own research showed that academically they will be lower ranked in the SEC than they were in the B12.

Mizzou fan in Texas
Mizzou fan in Texas

Hopefully your reference to the "dumb southern schools" was meant to convey a false perception held by outsiders...and not an actual description or objective assessment. Those institutions are fine institutions - no question about it...and probably have more prestige in many areas compared to Mizzou.

MIZ_SEC
MIZ_SEC

Oh please, Mizzou fans are just defending their university from a vocal minority of SEC fans that bash without really knowing anything about us. Hopefully we can all move on now and focus on football!

ShabFla
ShabFla

And Basketball!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mightymo
Mightymo

I know I'm one of those "shouters"! But I think you give excellent advice!

Steven
Steven

Thanks Bubba:

Missouri fan here and I'm here to say we're going to Rule.. Oh wait, I'm just kidding. What I've said on many occasions is Missouri is the new kids on the block and yes we've had a good run lately in the Big 12 under Pinkel and are proud if what they've done. I wont try and tell anyone we are the best and that the SEC better beware because Mizzou is coming because I know there is going to be an adjustment period and I just hope that Mr. Pinkel and Mizzou are up for the task ahead and can in a few years prove themselves and earn the respect of the SEC fans and schools. .. Myself I'm happy Missouri is coming to the best conference and leaving the dysfunction of the Big 12 behind and looking forward to finding new rivalries. Since we don't have a lot of history against the SEC it's going to take some time but it's going to be fun.

KC Guy
KC Guy

Hi Guys, As a Mizzou fan, I find myself getting more and more excited to join the SEC everyday. I think I was reluctant at first because it meant the end of a great rivalry with KU and it also means stiffer competition. The Tigers are finally having success and I wanted a clearer path to a BCS bowl and not a path that included Alabama, LSU, Florida, Auburn, or Georgia. That being said, the Big 12 continue to prove how dysfunctional it really is, while the SEC continues to display it's dominance.

So help me get to know the SEC... What are some of the best websites and message boards to follow? Which stadium should I visit first? What's on thing an SEC fan should experience? Thanks again for all of the hospitality. We're looking forward to becoming apart of the best conference in college football.

Evan
Evan

Hi John,

I found your site a few months ago googling aroung for realignment news. You have by far the best coverage of the subject, hands down, no questions asked.

With that said, can I make one small (hopefully constructive) criticism? You can come across a bit touchy / defensive in your articles and comments. As I said, you have the best coverage out there. Let that stand on its own. Don't let other people bait you into exchanges that lower you / elevate them. I love your site so I am rooting for you to succeed. I've started reading regularly for all things SEC, not just realignment. So keep up the high-quality reporting/journalism and leave the squawking to the spectators. Just one reader's opinion.

Evan

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

KC Guy...

First, welcome to the SEC. Second, it's probably not the best etiquette to come onto one site and then solicit names of copying/competitor sites.

We were the first to do what we do. Other sites are manned by fans so objectivity is always a question... and most don't attempt to cover all 12 schools everyday.

We try to be ProFootballTalk.com in terms of keeping you up on the big stories, but we also provide headline links a couple of times a day to get you even more info, and we write more and longer exclusive content than than PFT site. We focus on wide coverage rather than in-depth stories that go up once or twice a week.

We're not perfect, but in terms of day-in, day-out, knowing-what-you-need-to-know, we're happy with how things are progressing.

As the folks at CollegeFootballTalk.com kindly said of us in August: "According to MrSEC.com, as rock-solid a source for football news in that conference you'll find anywhere..."

We do our best. And when we screw up, we're held accountable by the folks here in the comment sections.

Thanks again for visiting.

John

NationalTitles13
NationalTitles13

No better message board than TideFans. Of course this is a great website. There are a number of great stadiums in the SEC, each with its own unique character. There is the Grove at Ole Miss, the riverboats at Tenn and seating for 102k, the Swamp at UF, AU has a beautiful campus and the eagle flying over the stadium before kickoff, no atmosphere like Death Valley at night, UGA plays between the hedges, and Bryant-Denny now seats101k, is perhaps the most up-to-date stadium in the conference, and there is also the Quad before the game and the Bryant Museum anytime (yup, Bama fan here - Roll Tide!). Tailgating is a must at just about every campus. Fans begin showing up Wed or Thursday for games - sometimes sooner. There's no "one" experience to be had. The SEC is an experience unto itself. Welcome aboard (if we can ever get the official stuff out of the way) and enjoy.

Chris
Chris

Steven,

I welcome Mizzou to the S.E.C with open arms, assuming it does happen. ;) Best of luck to the Tigers. I hope you find our fans and traditions entertaining. Hope to see you in Knoxville some day taking on my Volunteers.

John Holloway
John Holloway

I can't wait for all the SEC road trips. I was at the first Big 12 game - Missouri v. Texas, (first day, anyway) in Austin, and have enjoyed visiting all the schools. Nothing like college game day. Excited to go to Knoxville, Oxford, Tuscaloosa, etc.

Milo Moon
Milo Moon

We can call the future Mizzou/Tenn game - the TradeMark game. because of the T's and M's on the helmets.

MissouriGuy
MissouriGuy

knowing Missouri, something bad will happen, at this point I'll believe it when I see it.

@JMoney1536
@JMoney1536

Just keep calm, there is no sign of chains with a '5', soccer shoes on opposing receivers, Orange Bowl selection committee members, or Tyus Edney anywhere. M-I-Z...S-E-C

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