September 22nd, 2011 03:54 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Tags: ATM, Baylor Kenneth Starr, SEC, UT
As expected, there were no bombshell announcements coming out of this morning’s teleconference between University of Missouri curators. The school’s board did discuss the future of the Big 12, but they took no action.
It seems the folks who’d come to believe chancellor Brady Deaton might get the ax and that MU would rush headlong toward the SEC have probably just watched one too many episodes of “The X-Files.” No conspiracies were afoot.
So the Big 12 is fighting to once again save itself. Commissioner Dan Beebe looks to be on his way out with Chuck Neinas already lined up as his probable replacement. Oklahoma and others want more revenue sharing and Texas has said it would be open to that. Still, the ESPN-driven ATM known as the Longhorn Network will continue to drive a wedge between UT and the rest of the conference for the foreseeable future because the Horns have no intention of sharing any of that loot.
The SEC wants no part of undermining another conference, of creating chaos in college athletics, or of being served with a lawsuit by Baylor’s Kenneth Starr… so the Missouri-SEC talks can likely be put to bed until the next Big 12 school has all it can stand of Bill Power, DeLoss Dodds and the Big 12 czars down in Austin.
Even if the Big 12 is saved, we still wouldn’t rule out Baylor filing a lawsuit against the SEC claiming that the league poached Texas A&M and did damage to the Big 12 in the process. Such a lawsuit would be ridiculously difficult to win, but we wouldn’t put it past Starr to continue to put up a legal stink so as to put the fear of God — how very Baptist — into any school that might think of deserting the Big 12 and Baylor next summer. “Try to leave and I’ll hold you up in court, too.”
Stay tuned. This is all sure to change by sundown.
UPDATE – Hmmm. Maybe we need to start watching “The X-Files” ourselves. The folks at PowerMizzou.com — the Rivals site that covers Missouri — claims a source has told them that this morning’s meeting was indeed set up to discuss Deaton’s future at the school. Deaton himself will “provide an update to the media on the Big 12 Conference and Mizzou Athletics” at 7:45 ET tonight, according to an afternoon release.
So it looks like you really, really should stay tuned.
For the record, it still seems rather doubtful that the SEC would yank Mizzou just as the Big 12 is about to save itself. Especially considering how the league slammed on the breaks with Texas A&M due to Baylor’s previous threat to sue. Not saying it couldn’t happen, but it would require a surprising change in attitude for Slive and his league. After all, Starr could claim that the SEC damaged the Big 12 in August, then sat back and allowed the league to pull itself together, only to come back a month later for the final kill.
If we had to put a little money on Deaton’s presser, we’d bet that he’s going to announce Beebe’s resignation. As you know, Deaton is also the chairman of the Big 12′s board of directors in addition to his duties in Columbia.
Our SEC sources have gone stone silent on this one, by the way.
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