Where did any of the SEC Board go to school? Do they know where Missouri is NOT in the SOUTH!! I can not believe the SEC has stooped to the level of whoever wants to come to the SEC come on. Are you kidding? Let's have a geography lesson and have the SOUTH EASTERN CONFERENCE be in the SOUTH!!
As hard as it is to believe, from first mention to official confirmation, this Mizzou process still hasn’t equaled the length of Texas A&M’s waltz with the SEC. It only seems like this has been going forever.
1. As you know by now, Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton delayed a trip to India in order to continue working on more pressing matters for MU. You can guess what those matters are.
2. West Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Big East yesterday in an attempt to gain its immediate freedom from that conference. The suit claims that commissioner John Marinatto didn’t do enough to protect the football-playing members of that league and that, in turn, breached the contract between the Big East and the school. Yesterday afternoon on XM/Sirius Radio, WVU athletic director Oliver Luck flat-out said that the Mountaineers want to fill “Missouri’s slot” in the Big 12 next year.
3. Meanwhile, South Carolina president Harris Pastides said in The State that “There is a prevailing positive viewpoint about (Missouri) becoming the 14th team” in the SEC. ”Our decision on Missouri or any other candidate would depend on not creating a huge problem for the conference they’re leaving.”
For that reason, it’s believed Missouri has not officially asked for admittance into the SEC. Remember that the SEC initially turned down Texas A&M’s bid — though not really — because the Aggies would have to take care of any legal entanglements before being welcomed in Mike Slive’s conference. Eventually, the SEC voted to give A&M “conditional” acceptance and then that was finally changed to “unconditional” acceptance in late-September.
I spoke with a senior administrator at an SEC school this evening and ran the following scenario by him/her: “Is it likely, knowing how things were handled with A&M, that Mizzou and the SEC might have agreed that there is no need to apply right now, before the legal issues are hammered out?”
“You would probably be safe in that assessment,” I was told by the source.
Multiple rumors suggest the Big 12 is playing hardball regarding Mizzou’s exit penalty. That sum is believed to be between $26 and $30 million. Colorado and Nebraska negotiated their fees down last year. It’s expected that Texas A&M has negotiated down its fee as well. But word has it that the Big 12 isn’t interested in negotiating with MU. The league could lose television revenue if it becomes a nine-team league next fall and if it can’t provide its television partners with the previously agreed upon number of games next season.
If WVU can’t extricate itself from the Big East immediately, the Big 12 would stay at 10 teams for 2012 and Missouri would likely face a smaller exit penalty.
In a press release last week, the Big 12 listed the schools it expects to have as members next year and Missouri was not among them. WVU’s AD has publicly said that his school wants to fill Missouri’s slot in the Big 12 next summer. The commissioner of the SEC has said that his league is still working on a 14-team schedule for football. South Carolina president Harris Pastides says that he anticipates a vote on Missouri soon. And MU officials said about 10 days ago that their chancellor has been given full power to hammer out a contract with another league… specifically mentioning the SEC and the fact that MU and the conference have already exchanged information.
As we said last Friday, this thing is as done as it can be. In fact, we’re not sure that Missouri could even return to the Big 12 if it wanted to if West Virginia enters by next summer. In that scenario, the Big 12 would then have to figure out an 11-team schedule and each school would lose money as the league upsized from 10 to 11 schools.
Once the Big 12 and Missouri work out an exit agreement — meaning fee — the SEC and the school will announce MU to the SEC East, likely for 2012. But the longer this drags out — due to WVU’s situation and the Big 12′s refusal to negotiate — the less likely 2012 becomes. If Deaton takes off for India in the next few days before an announcement is made, the odds of a 2013 entry into the SEC go up exponentially.
One last link for kicks — Those of you who think Missouri can’t play football, just check out Jeff Sagarin’s latest computer rankings. Sure the Tigers are just 4-4 this year, but they’re #11 in the nation according to the silicon in his chips. There ya go.