Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas said today during a conference call with the media that his league will give Missouri all the time it needs to decide whether to stay or go from the league it’s called home since 1995. But the school won’t be going anywhere before 2013.
According to Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com, Neinas said “there’s no timetable,” but he also added Missouri could take up until the end of the current academic year (which seems pretty much like a timetable, though a lengthy one).
Neinas said his league will feature both Missouri and TCU next season. “If Missouri is going to change horses, it won’t be for 2012 anyway.”
* Neinas said that he’s told SEC commish Mike Slive, “if you’re going to extend an invitation to Missouri please let me know.” (Neinas let the Big East know about TCU after he’d called the school to gauge its interest in his conference.)
* Neinas said the Big 12′s plan to reach 10 or 12 teams. “It won’t be 16.”
* Neinas also said the numbers in an AP report last night are incorrect. The report stated that a 45-page research document prepared by MU stated that the Tigers could make up to $12 million per year more in the SEC which would require an awfully big jump in the SEC’s current television contracts. “(A 14-teams SEC) would have to increase their television revenue by $168 million.”
Whether or not Missouri could actually escape in time for the SEC to field a 14-team league next season is anybody’s guess at this point.
The Kansas City Star has a bit more on today’s teleconference right here.