The University of Missouri board of curators will meet next week in what is believed to be a previously unscheduled get-together. Since we live in an expansion-crazed world where every board meeting means the potential for decisions and announcements on realignment, this particular meeting is getting play from Mizzou-specific websites and messageboads — such as PowerMizzou.com which is the Rivals site covering the Tigers.
According to that site — behind a paywall, subscribe above — they believe no meeting would have been called if the curators were fully onboard with the chancellor Brady Deaton’s decision to stay in the Big 12. In the site’s view, the meeting could be a sort of “here’s where we stand” update for the curators.
Also, in the site’s words, “there is no question that the majority of the fanbase and the majority of the on-campus leaders want to go (to the SEC) at this point.”
That much is debatable. One Missouri-based writer recently posted a poll on Twitter and the vast majority of respondents said they preferred the Big Ten to the SEC. (And, yes, realize that if there’s anything less accurate than Twitter it’s likely a Twitter poll. But hey, it’s something.)
While rumors have heated up regarding Louisville — spoke with a source last night who said that’s gained steam for no reason — and West Virginia — if the SEC hasn’t jumped at the Mountaineers, why would they jump at Louisville? — we believe Missouri is currently in the driver’s seat.
If the Big 12 cannot save itself, Mizzou will need a landing spot. They would appear to have one in the SEC. Fourteen schools beats 13. Aside from the regular season scheduling nightmares, just how will postseason tournaments — with 13 teams — be handled? No, if the SEC could get to 14 and land an AAU university that happens to be a land-grant institution in a state with two Top 40 TV markets and a population of 6 million… yeah, the SEC would do that deal.
But this one sits with the Tigers. Can Deaton be persuaded by curators and a football coach who clearly want change? And can Missouri pull out with making it look like the SEC was behind said pull-out… in order to keep Kenneth Starr at bay?
Perhaps we’ll know more after next Tuesday. But I wouldn’t hold my breath.