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SmashMouth 09-20-2011 11:36 PM

Mizzou has informal offer to join SEC
Source: Mizzou has SEC offer, but SEC willing to wait -

The Southeastern Conference has an informal offer on the table for Missouri to join its league, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Star on Tuesday, and SEC officials are willing to wait for an answer from Missouri until the future of the Big 12 is decided.

Word of the informal agreement came from a key Missouri booster who spoke directly to a Missouri official. Another source told The Star on Tuesday that an Oklahoma official said the SEC is interested in Missouri.

The Birmingham (Ala.) News reported later Tuesday that the SEC and Missouri have informally agreed that, barring new developments, the school will join the league and that Auburn University will move to the SEC East Division. The report cited two people familiar with the discussions, adding that, (a) majority of presidents has endorsed the informal agreement.

The additions of Missouri and Texas A&M, which has already stated its intention to leave for the SEC and been approved by the conference, would bring the number of SEC teams to 14.

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Halo 09-20-2011 11:37 PM


Halo 09-20-2011 11:39 PM

OH, to balance out Texas A&M !!!!!!!!

SmashMouth 09-20-2011 11:45 PM

SEC has informal agreement to add Missouri, according to report - ESPN

The University of Missouri is reportedly headed to the SEC after all.

The SEC has informally agreed to add Missouri to the conference and move Auburn to the SEC East, according to a report in the Birmingham News.

The News, citing two sources familiar with the discussions, said a majority of SEC presidents have endorsed the agreement, though a timetable for the move remains unknown. Missouri would become the conference's 14th member, as the SEC already plans to add Texas A&M as the 13th member.

Earlier Tuesday, the Kansas City Star reported that the SEC was going to offer Missouri a spot in the conference, and would wait until the Big 12 dust settled for an answer. The Star cited a Mizzou booster who spoke directly to a school official. Another source told The Star on Tuesday that an Oklahoma official had said the SEC is interested in Missouri, the Star reported.

But the SEC said Tuesday afternoon that the only invitation it had issued was to Texas A&M.

The Oklahoman, citing a high-ranking Big 12 official, reported Oklahoma president David Boren said Monday the school would decide between applying for the Pac-12 or staying in the Big 12. The source stressed that reforms would be necessary for Oklahoma to remain in the Big 12.

The Pac-12 conference affirmed their decision late Tuesday night against expanding from their 12-team alignment, leaving open the possibility of the Big 12 staying together.

The University of Oklahoma's board of regents and its counterpart at Texas granted their school presidents Monday the authority to take action regarding conference realignment.

Mardigras9 09-21-2011 12:16 PM

SEC is the best conference in college FB, it is a step up for A&M and Mizzou

Ashley 09-21-2011 11:51 PM

Mizzou would LOVE to play in the SEC.

SapperSaint 09-22-2011 10:31 AM

The SEC also didn't offer A&M an invitation.....look how that turned out.

I think it is a good addition to add both A&M and Mizzu. Will they get their butts handed to them? Yes, sure for the first couple of years. Then, watch out. I fully expect both team to do very well in the SEC in the years to come. I wish we could add one of the Virginia teams and maybe Clemson or OK State. Talk about one helluva conference!

RaginCajun83 09-22-2011 12:45 PM

I'd rather Va Tech over Mizzo

SmashMouth 09-22-2011 05:14 PM

We could add OK, OK St, Mizzou in addition to Texas A&M ,,, that'd be the shiznit!

strato 09-22-2011 06:35 PM

Mizzou is staying in the big 12....announced today

neugey 09-22-2011 07:44 PM

Why don't they just split the NCAA into two conferences like the NBA - Eastern and Western - while they're at it?!

Ashley 09-22-2011 09:33 PM

They turned it down?? DAMN I sux at gambling! I thought for sure they would have jumped on that

papz 09-23-2011 03:11 PM

They have a better chance at remaining a successful program over there... with a chance at the BCS. They would be a mid tier program at best in the SEC.

SmashMouth 10-06-2011 10:08 AM


Originally Posted by papz (Post 333306)
They have a better chance at remaining a successful program over there... with a chance at the BCS. They would be a mid tier program at best in the SEC.

Looks like this mid-tier program might be more interested now ...

Source: Missouri wants Big Ten invite more than SEC - NCAA Football -

Missouri curators agreed unanimously Tuesday night to give Chancellor Brady Deaton the authority to look elsewhere rather than immediately commit to the reeling Big 12. Just one day earlier, Deaton and other Big 12 chancellors and presidents agreed to equally share revenue from the conference's most lucrative television deals if member schools agree to give those top-tier rights to the league for at least six years.
The agreement is subject to approval by university governing boards. It was a step Missouri curators don't want to take until the school is able to "fully explore options for conference affiliation ... which best serve the interests of the University of Missouri," board chairman Warren Erdman told The Associated Press.
The Big 12 is down to 10 members and will lose Texas A&M to the SEC next year after the departures of Colorado (to the Pac-12) and Nebraska.
SEC athletic directors and Commissioner Mike Slive met Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala., to discuss the logistics of Texas A&M's arrival. Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin said there were no discussions about a 14th team, though Slive has not ruled out further expansion.
Sticking with the Big 12 remains an option, Deaton said Tuesday, and the costs of leaving could prove troublesome -- Missouri is likely to forfeit most of its annual conference revenues.
The revenue-sharing plan approved Sunday by the Big 12 board of directors - a move designed to keep Missouri and other potential stray members in the fold - would give each school an estimated $20 million in June.
And that figure is expected to grow by 2013 when the league's new 13-year contract with Fox Sports kicks in, according to two people with knowledge of the deal and ties to the Big 12. They spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the revenue-sharing plan.
The Big 12's television contract with ABC/ESPN expires in 2016 and also likely will bring in additional money when renegotiated.
The SEC, by contrast, distributed $18.3 million in revenue to each of its 12 members this year. But that league can also expect more lucrative contracts when the next round of TV rights negotiations occur.
State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, a Republican whose Columbia district includes the Missouri campus, said his constituents are "hands down" in favor of an SEC move. Now that Missouri has made its desire to roam known, he has doubts that a union with the Big 12 can be salvaged.
"It's kind of like a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship," said Schaefer, a Missouri graduate. "Once it's fractured and somebody gets a wandering eye, can you repair that? It's not clear."
While Missouri is a charter member of the Big 12, founded in 1996 when the Big Eight schools added four members of the defunct Southwest Conference, dissatisfaction with the conference has grown. In the early `90s, with the Big Eight on the verge of collapse, Missouri pushed to join the Big Ten and a group of state business leaders even formed a lobbying group.
A year ago, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, an avid sports fan, was an outspoken supporter of a move to the Big Ten, noting that its schools, like Missouri, are members of the invitation-only Association of American Universities.

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