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Mizzou gives chancellor power to explore conference affiliation


It’s officially on.  Again.

Following a Board of Curators meeting that lasted in excess of four hours, Missouri announced Tuesday night that chancellor Brady Deaton has been given the authority to fully explore the school’s options as it pertains to conference affiliation.  The decision to hand Deaton the power to pursue other conferences was a unanimous one.

Deaton gave no timetable as far as a decision from MU is concerned, nor is there a deadline from the Big 12 according to the chancellor.

“Missouri is member in good standing in Big 12 & I anticipate the University will continue to be member of Big 12,” Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas said in a statement.

In the past two months, two members of the Big 12 have given their presidents the same power Deaton’s been given.  Texas A&M ultimately left for the SEC, with the move becoming officially official exactly seven weeks after their Board of Regents gave the approval for conference exploration, while Oklahoma “opted” to remain a part of the Big 12 after being snubbed by the Pac-12.

Mizzou has been connected to SEC chatter that’s grown louder over the past several weeks.  It has been a widely held belief that most officials associated with the school are in favor of a move to the SEC, although the length of the curators meeting would seem to indicate that there maybe  some individuals with a certain degree of concern over taking that conference tack.

In a related move announced tonight, Deaton has decided to step down as the chairman of the Big 12’s board of directors.  Such a move indicates that Mizzou is indeed intent on seriously pursuing all of their conference options, although their options are believed to be just one at this point: the SEC, which currently stands at 13 members for the 2012 season.  While the conference has publicly stated they would be fine with that uneven number for a year or more, it’s well known the conference would prefer to add a 14th member provided it’s the right fit.

Whether or not that right fit is Mizzou remains to be seen, but all signs point to MU at least feeling out the SEC through officials channels in the coming days.

“I have been chair of the board of the Big 12 and doing what we could to establish zones of stability in the Big 12,” Deaton said. “Those discussions continue. We’ve continued, as you know, to have changes occurring from time to time with the departure of Texas A&M and the exploration of the Pac-12 by other institutions. Those discussions are continuing, and it’s a time when we need to explore what options we have. We certainly are not ruling out continuing in the Big 12, but we want to be sure we are doing what’s best for the university.”

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32 Responses to “Mizzou gives chancellor power to explore conference affiliation”
  1. kcrobert10 says: Oct 4, 2011 8:41 PM

    Mr. Slive must be on that porch sipping bourbon and thinking of another one of those silly big 12 teams again. Well good for mizzou more money less hazardous to long term future of the university.

  2. southernpatriots says: Oct 4, 2011 8:45 PM

    The Fonz has given his approval! It’s all good now! Full speed (or maybe not) ahead!

    Will it be Deaton or acting president Owens (also an attorney as is Slive) who will make the call to Slive? Will Slive be in his rocker on his porch sipping some Kentucky sipping whiskey and smoking a big stoggie this time?

    This is the required first step with many steps following for the lengthy process of switching conferences. If Missouri does come to the SEC we hope they also have a 100 year plan, with plans to be part of the SEC for at least the next 100 years, as A & M had/has.

  3. drummerhoff says: Oct 4, 2011 9:01 PM

    When is someone going to point out the obvious: Mizzou athletics is second rate and doesn’t sell locally, regionally or nationally.

    Why would the SEC water down their prime time product with the “Winter’s Bone” of the college football world?

  4. wustlgrad says: Oct 4, 2011 9:11 PM

    Yes!!!! Thank G-d!!!! I hope this finally puts a nail in the Big-12, errrr I mean big-9! However, Mizzou is going to get a beat down from most every team minus Kentucky and Vandy. If I was Mizzou I’d beg and throw money at the BIG. Illinois vs Mizzou is far better than Bama vs Mizzou…
    Just saying.

  5. rubbernilly says: Oct 4, 2011 9:16 PM

    Last year, the Big 10 snatched up a quality program in Nebraska, got themselves to 12 teams and earned the right for a conf. championship game.

    Win for the Big 10.
    Fail for the Big 12 11

    The Pac 12 got Colorado (and Utah), and got themselves to 12 teams, earning the Conf. Championship game. They also got a renegotiated TV contract, and have a conference network in the works.

    Win for the Pac 12.
    Fail for the Big 12 11 10

    This year, the Big 12 11 10 can’t play their Conference Championship game. Fail. This year, they found out that A&M is jumping ship for the SEC. Fail. At least the Oklahoma schools (but more likely a four team block) tried to bolt for the PAC, only to be turned away at the last minute (I’ll get to that in a minute). Now Mizzou is searching out greener pastures. If they lose them?

    Are you kidding? Epic fail… on par with the sort of train wreck the Big East has been lately.

    Yes, A&M and Mizzou may be only middling to lower third in the SEC, but look at what the Big 12 12 11 10 9 8 has become. Sure, go out and poach the Big East. Combine with them even. Maybe you can lure a BYU or an Air Force into the fold, but that will be about the top end of quality. Good luck with that. At least you’ll get your Championship game back.

    But the PAC’s snubbing of the 4 schools is quite instructive. One begins to get an image of the conference as a pot of boiling castor beans. Slowly the other schools have been boiled off. And what is left…? The poison at the heart of it all.

  6. gatorb8 says: Oct 4, 2011 9:28 PM

    Mizzou is going to leave the Big 12* for the same reason the Pac 12 rejected the OU/OSU/UT/TT package…..Texas’ arrogance. Plain and simple. Mizzou is in the same boat as Nebraska was last year.

  7. bender4700 says: Oct 4, 2011 9:29 PM

    Amen Rubber! Well said.

    Take note WV fans, that’s what intelligence gets you.

  8. gatorb8 says: Oct 4, 2011 9:36 PM

    Also, when the hell is Boise St. going to speak up? Screw knocking on the Big East/Big 12*’s door, they need to be using a battering ram on them.

  9. dcroz says: Oct 4, 2011 9:53 PM

    Translation: We’ve got our bags packed for the SEC, we’re just going through the motions of dotting our I’s and crossing our T’s to do so without looking like the SEC is meddling or that we’re clicking our heels on our way out the door.

    Yes, Missouri at this point does not bring an awful lot to the SEC in terms of athletics, but just as with A&M, the lure of playing in the SEC should greatly increase the Tigers’ ability to recruit in football. They’ll be middle-of-the-pack at best for a while, but remember the fantastic job that Slive and his predecessors have done in lining up bowl slots for the league: automatic BCS slot (NC Game or Sugar), usually getting a BCS at-large slot, and four New Year’s Day bowls (Capital One, Outback, Cotton, Gator), plus a New Year’s Eve game (Chik-Fil-A) along with three small ones (Liberty, Music City, Compass-BBVA). Even a relatively-mediocre 8-4 record can have you ringing in the new year in a prominent matchup game that helps with recruiting. The SEC, in turn, gets new markets in St. Louis and Kansas City. All in all, it would be a great union.

  10. wcnine says: Oct 4, 2011 10:11 PM

    The Bevo-12 is almost dead. God rest its soul.

  11. tmb333 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:19 PM

    I love reading the spin. Missouri has two top tier tv markets, MU is ranked in top 30 in football attendance, basketball attendance and merchandise sold. MU is also ranked in top 25 of national fans. So much for no local, regional or national following.

    Folks should quit reading the spin from BEVO and ESPig and research facts. BEVO and ESPig has slammed NU, CU, A&M and MU…and all these schools are in a much better position today. This is longterm planning, not short term.

  12. wustlgrad says: Oct 4, 2011 10:38 PM

    Let me point out I was “NOT” trying to give Mizzou stick for leaving. I actually say, “bravo” to them! Now OU wake up and smell the coffee. Texas wouldn’t be as kind to you…
    Get rid of the dead weight that is Okie state and bolt.

  13. cygnusx3 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:51 PM

    LOL no one seems to get it. It doesnt matter if it was the Big 2 (OU and UT). The truth will still remain that if either of those teams runs the tables, which they often did this past decade, then they will play for the NC. It doesnt matter if they have a line up of Div II foes. The media and national viewership love these two teams, and they have national followings like ND. Independent or affiliated, they’re still going to come out on top and make more money that 12 Mizzous or A&M’s combined. Neither of these two will ever be left out of a NC game if there was a 3 way undefeated tie. Get use to it. Stop being jealous. I laugh that SEC fans even care and see MIzzou and A&M as wins for them, when the conference just got majorly watered down. No amount of jealousy, envy, or teams in your conference can change the fact that Texas and OU can make the NC without playing anyone, while SEC teams have to bruise themselves every week just to get out of a division. SEC has the best teams as the NC’s have proven out the last decade, but don’t think you’ll ever get 2 teams in the NC game. THat’s a pipe dream the BCS will never let happen. So, get use to OU or Texas being there most years, and stop being jealous that they can make more money individually than the SEC can as a combined conference.

  14. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 4, 2011 11:13 PM

    You are in a fantasy world if you think that any schedule of cupcakes with get UT and OK into the BCS NC game. Strength of schedule, though no longer a stand alone factor, as southernpatriots taught us in past topic threads, it is still a consideration of the writers and coaches. It is still a major factor in the computer portion of the BCS standings. You also are dreaming and putting out fantasies when you think that OK or TX “make more money individually than the SEC can as a combined conference.” Keep living in your false fantasy world. I could give the figures for TX and OK and for the combined schools of the SEC and show how very wrong you are, but apparently being wrong doesn’t matter to you, just the freedom to say it…maybe some fool will believe you.

  15. tmb333 says: Oct 4, 2011 11:29 PM

    I guess time will tell. Playing cupcakes will hurt you in the end. You talk down about the schools that left but take none of the blame. It is okay for you to take your ball and go home but no one else should. OU is next. They know UT is poison. OU should go to the SEC but they are afraid of competition.

  16. wcnine says: Oct 4, 2011 11:43 PM

    Ummm. Didn’t Bevo and Boomer try to bolt the conference twice? Time for Mizzou to go for the good of the school going forward.

  17. Deb says: Oct 4, 2011 11:52 PM

    @cygnusx3 …

    Did you just tell SEC fans to stop being jealous of Texas and Oklahoma?

    Awww … bless your heart! All this carryon about conferences has addled your brain. Darlin’, we have won the last five national championships. My team alone has won 13 national championships all by itself. For most of us, winning the SEC Championship trumps anything but the national championship. I’m about as jealous of Texas and Oklahoma as I am of a fella who accidentally steps in horse poop.

    We care who comes into the SEC because … well, I can’t possibly explain conference loyalty to a Texas or Oklahoma fan. If you people understood anything about conference-building you wouldn’t be in this fix. And although I’m a lifelong Bama fan, I’m also a Mizzou grad, so I want whats best for my alma mater. If they can’t get respect from the Big (how many teams do y’all have left anyway?), they can get it from the SEC … along with shared revenue and a shot at better BCS opportunities. Keep on and Texas/Oklahoma will be lucky if to have anything more than prairie dogs in their TV markets.

  18. southernpatriots says: Oct 4, 2011 11:58 PM

    Deb: We are reading your posting over and over again, laughing at new parts each time. Between you and alligatorsnapper, cygnusx3 probably wonders what hit him/her. Oh, that is funny!

  19. drummerhoff says: Oct 5, 2011 12:20 AM


    The spin is coming from MU!

    (1) The state of Missouri has “two top tier tv markets”. Yes and neither tv markets cares for the University’s athletic programs. No one outside of the state cares about MU athletics. People nationally mocked the old Big 12 North because it was so weak and MU was a part of that.

    (2) “MU is ranked in top 30 in football attendance, basketball attendance and merchandise sold. MU is also ranked in top 25 of national fans.” Your statements make my point. This is, by definition, second-rate. The SEC doesn’t need the 25th or 30th best … the SEC deserves so much more than the University and state of Missouri have to offer when it comes to college athletics.

    btw, I am not a Texas fan. I just don’t believe the Mizzou hype and clearly, neither does Jim Delany.

  20. kcrobert10 says: Oct 5, 2011 12:35 AM

    Drummer my friend the sec wants Missouri for the tv markets they don’t care if they can’t compete in fact the would rather us to keep doing what we have all ways done. Mean while they will cash in on the largest tv deal ever seen. Oh and why would we complain we will be cashing just like everyone else.

  21. thefiesty1 says: Oct 5, 2011 12:36 AM

    Well, it’s looking like it’s now going to be the Big 2 and TT-Ok State and whoever they can trick into joining the dysfunctional conference. These four deserve each other and pity whoever they can convince to tag along.

    The new commissioner just stepped into a pile of it. HA!

  22. kcrobert10 says: Oct 5, 2011 12:38 AM

    By the way drummer I don’t know where u live but I live in kc and there is a large following and support for the tigers.

  23. drummerhoff says: Oct 5, 2011 1:00 AM


    you’re drinking the kool-aid.

    I ask you, if the Missouri tv markets are so grand, why did Jim Delany reject Mizzou in favor of Nebraska (state population 2 mil) and no major tv market?

    I’ve been to KC … they are Chiefs fans. I’ve been to Birmingham … they are college football fan(atics)!

  24. wcnine says: Oct 5, 2011 1:05 AM

    I think last year OU and OSU pledged to stick with Texas no matter what. This year a different story. Whatever….The Bevo12(?) Is doomed. Run Tigers, run.

  25. burntorangehorn says: Oct 5, 2011 9:54 AM

    It’s obvious a lot of people don’t understand the issue, which is conference stability, not revenue sharing, the LHN, or anything like that. The Big 12 is prime poaching ground for any conference to expand, and Missouri knows it.

  26. tgaustin says: Oct 5, 2011 9:56 AM

    So I’m confused…is this about having a winning program or money??? Missouri is irrelevant when it comes to Football anyway…they do have a good Baseball and Basketball program, but not football. So then it must be about money…peace out Mizzou, nobody is trying to stop you anyway, so the quicker the better!! I don’t care who your team is and what conference your team plays in, everyone /school/presdient/chancelor/AD is greedy whether you like it or not!!! So stop the lame-ass excuse of “sharing”…that is the most pathetic excuse!!! Whether it’s A&M, Mizzou or France…you are all quitters!! Deb, think it’s about time to change your depends!!

  27. Deb says: Oct 5, 2011 10:55 AM

    @tgaustin …

    It’s about time to change my depends on what? Oh, wait, are you talking about Depends, the product? It’s hard to catch your little jokes when you’re so cap-challenged in your ramblings about Football and football. Perhaps you could just lend me a Pampers. In the grown-up world, we understand that it’s about winning programs and money. And the rest of what’s left of the Big 12 want to stop them … or aren’t you listening to their new commish?

  28. Deb says: Oct 5, 2011 10:59 AM

    drummerhoff says:

    I ask you, if the Missouri tv markets are so grand, why did Jim Delany reject Mizzou in favor of Nebraska (state population 2 mil) and no major tv market?
    Excuse me, but is that the same Jim Delany who came up with “Leaders” and “Legends”? Well, gee whiz, no one could question his decision-making.

  29. Deb says: Oct 5, 2011 11:00 AM

    @southernpatriots …

  30. atl14dat says: Oct 5, 2011 2:09 PM

    Typical delusional rant from Texas fans.

    Your shortsighted selfishness has taken down two conferences to wit.

    And no going Indy assures you of nothing other than standing on the outsie looking in when the BCS invites are extended.

    Vince young was a wondrosuls talent CFB QB his talents carried you to a BCS Championship.

    You won’t see one again. Your football program is vastly overrated.

    You’re fifth place or lower in the SEC. Live with it.

  31. atl14dat says: Oct 5, 2011 2:54 PM

    Glad to see Missouri coming aboard.

    Both them and A&M are Nice adds for Slive and Co.

  32. kcrobert10 says: Oct 5, 2011 5:11 PM

    Drummer, Mr Slive is apparently drinking the kool-aid to he is the one who has been openly courting mizzou remember.

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