The dust still hasn’t quite settled from Missouri’s weekend move to the Southeastern Conference. Below are some of the issues still playing out:
A Missouri associate AD said yesterday that the school’s cross-divisional rival is “more than likely to be Texas A&M.” No newsflash there.
And with an eight-game schedule, that means Arkansas will travel to Columbia — and vice versa — about once every 12 years.
And that’s one of many reasons we continue to tell you what we’ve been saying since last month — The SEC will adopt a nine-game schedule at some point. It must.
Aside from its schedule, MU will have to make a few other adjustments when it arrives in the SEC.
The Border War
Missouri’s departure from the Big 12 has upset Kansas officials, the other party in the more than a century old Border War rivalry. On Sunday, the school’s public affairs office tweeted this childish response to MU’s decision: “Missouri forfeits a century-old rivalry. We win.”
Well, not in the court of public opinion. As has been said of Texas regarding their refusal to play Texas A&M post-move, the Jayhawks are not taking heat from outsiders who realize KU and MU could easily keep their rivalry alive. MU is being blasted for departing Kansas City, but it’s Kansas that actually seems intent upon ending the annual showdown which has most recently been played in that city.
Many Kansas fans say — like basketball coach Bill Self – that they “don’t give a flip” about playing Missouri now. If that’s the case, then Missouri — like A&M — should continue to make themselves available for the game which should continue to make KU — like Texas — look pretty childish.
And for a man who doesn’t give a flip, Self sounds like a man whose been scorned as he takes shots at Mizzou. “There’s no ill feeling about them leaving but this isn’t Oklahoma or Texas leaving either, a school that could break the league up. I’m happy with our league.”
Perhaps it’s time for MU officials to send their own childish tweet towards Lawrence, Kansas: “Glad you’re happy. Enjoy the Big 12 (until the new media right deal runs out).”
Regarding the speed of Missouri’s departure from the Big 12, there’s a belief that West Virginia could help matters by escaping the Big East pronto.
But the Big East — which filed a countersuit against WVU last week — says that the withdrawal letter sent by the school to the league was not a proper withdrawal method.
In other words, WVU’s battle to leave the Big East might rage on for a while.
Missouri’s head coach isn’t talking much about his school’s move to the SEC. Instead, he’s keeping his eye on Texas and his Tigers’ last go-round with the Longhorns this weekend.
But he did make one comment: “Our administration has made a decision based on what’s best for the future of the University of Missouri and the state of Missouri to go to the Southeastern Conference. I fully support it. It was certainly based on a long-term decision. As it sorts itself out, we expect it to be a tremendous plus for this university and the state. We’re excited about that.”
The Kansas City Star seems to be searching more than other Missouri newspapers for Tiger fans angry over the move and for numbers that show MU really wasn’t all that in the first place.
(An unscientific poll at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s website shows that 65% of 1600+ respondents like Missouri’s move, while 19% don’t and 16% aren’t sure.)