October 24th, 2011 10:35 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink ║ Tags: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton is planning to personally attend a Big 12 board of directors meeting today in Dallas. There’s a growing belief in the Show-Me State that Deaton did not announce a full split with the Big 12 last weekend because he wanted to handle the breakup in person. (Considering the back door deals and double-crosses of the expansion/realignment game, it’s almost shocking to see such a display of principles.)
PowerMizzou.com — the Rivals site covering the Tigers — reports that “the expectation is that Missouri will withdraw from the Big 12 at that time.” (For the record, Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou is the son of Mike DeArmond of The Kansas City Star.)
Both sites believe Missouri will be welcomed into the SEC by the end of the week. The Rivals site also includes the following in its report: “Multiple sources have indicated that Missouri is likely to be placed in the Eastern Division of the SEC.”
On Saturday morning, we reiterated our previously-stated conclusions – based on what we’ve heard from sources at multiple SEC schools:
1. Missouri will be in the SEC by the end of the week (with an announcement likely coming Wednesday, Thursday or Friday).
2. The Tigers will be slotted in the SEC East. (The why is something we also covered here on Friday.)
3. And we stand by our view that the SEC will eventually go to a nine-game league schedule.
Nothing’s happened since Saturday to change our opinions. In fact, what’s being reported in Missouri seems to confirm what you read here first.
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