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KC Sports Commission asks Deaton, Mizzou to stay in Big 12

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Although all signs point to the contrary, the Kansas City Sports Commission is imploring Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton to recommend that the school stay in the Big 12.

Earlier this week, Missouri’s Board of Curators gave Deaton the power to explore all conference affiliation options. Deaton also stepped down from his position as chairman of the Big 12 Board of Directors; both signs would lead one to believe that Missouri has enough back channel confidence from another conference, most likely the SEC, that if they left the Big 12, an invitation from the SEC would follow.

At the very least, it appears Missouri has options. Sources have told multiple media outlets that the school’s primary goal is still to join the Big Ten.

But the KC Sports Commission and Convention and Visitor’s Bureau published an open letter to Deaton asking that he consider all variables, such as rivalries and history, before making a decision.

You can read the full letter HERE, but below are some snippets:

“We know that many factors must be considered, including the academic, financial, and alumni relations implications of your decision. And, of course, the history and future of your University’s athletic program.

“That program, as you know, has Midwestern roots more than a century old… We cannot imagine the University of Missouri’s athletics tilting away from this region and the athletic history to which they have contributed so mightily.”

Will it be enough to persuade Missouri to stay? Donors have already reportedly threatened to withhold donations if the school doesn’t leave the Big 12.

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18 Responses to “KC Sports Commission asks Deaton, Mizzou to stay in Big 12”
  1. vols84 says: Oct 7, 2011 4:16 PM

    I don’t want to see mizzou leave but think it would be the ultimate F U 2 to oklahoma and Texas for holding this conference hostage this year and not moving to save this conference last year.

  2. byayard says: Oct 7, 2011 4:18 PM

    With all due respect to the KC Sports Commission, you should be writing your letter to Texas — not Missouri. Texas dealt this mess, and Mizzou is playing out the hand. Now is the time for Mizzou to get out of this dysfunctional Big XII conference and get some stability.

  3. medtxpack says: Oct 7, 2011 4:25 PM

    people donate to Mizzou? ha

    and byayard, you can blame UT all you want. but were back in business in the BIG12, if yall wanna leave the party, be my guest and regret it as soon as yall dont go anywhere but downnnnn…..

  4. burntorangehorn says: Oct 7, 2011 4:39 PM

    byayard, in what way did Texas deal this mess? Missouri, not Texas, lifted its skirt to the Big Ten more than a year ago. Nebraska and Colorado, not Texas, left. Texas and Oklahoma did act to save the conference last year by brokering a deal to keep the media contracts intact and share the exit penalties CU and NU would have to surrender.

  5. byayard says: Oct 7, 2011 4:45 PM

    hey, medtxpack….nobody’s wasting time trying to blame, it’s just a fact UT is the reason Nebraska, Colorado, & Texas A&M left. UT is back in the “party” as you call it because they can’t find any other conference who will put up with their Bevo.

  6. deadeye says: Oct 7, 2011 4:50 PM

    Missouri is leaving the BIG12, the KC Sports Commission is delusional. Either the BIG10 or the SEC would be a huge upgrade in STABILITY.

    If the opportunity presents itself, Mizzou would be crazy to pass up either the BIG or SEC. Their fans are making themselves heard. It’ll happen within the next month.

  7. sportsdrenched.com says: Oct 7, 2011 5:06 PM

    Kansas City will certainly lose a lot of economic activity if Missouri leaves. No More Border War err Showdown at Arrowhead. No more Big 12 Championship Game at Arrowhead. No more Big 12 Hoops Tournament at Sprint Center. They even play the Missouri-Kansas Baseball Series at Kauffman in some years.

    Leaving for the another conference may help Missouri’s pocket book, but it will hurt the State of Missouri’s economy. And in effect transfer those dollars to the states of Texas & Oklahoma, and to the region in which their new conference resides.

  8. Bo Darville says: Oct 7, 2011 5:08 PM

    I kind of wish there was a reset button to all of this nonsense. Let’s go back to the end of the SWC and start over.

  9. srackis says: Oct 7, 2011 5:44 PM

    If Missouri is attempting to force the Big 10’s hand, they may be overplaying! I’m not 100% convinced the Big 10 wants to go to 16 teams. If in fact they will stop at 14, one of those slots is being held for Notre Dame. So the question for Missouri is – are they the 1st choice for the 14th slot? If yes, they are playing their cards well! If not, the Big 10 will sit a watch the drama!

  10. bbeaman78 says: Oct 7, 2011 5:51 PM

    Vols84 is right it would be the ultimate FU to the conference, and if you username is any indication i would want a program I could be like a drum every year in football as well to join.

    Byayard you sound like me when OU was looking like they were headed west without Texas. Trust me I wanted the Sooners to leave and leave this mess that Texas and their fluff man Dan Beebe created.

    Obviously that will not happen and yes I was very confident that OU was leaving no matter what and it look like a done deal, but as you will see the SEC isn’t a done deal for Mizzou.

    Byayard also if you are a Mizzou fan I am sorry OU has pounded the Tigers (except for the fluke last year) and the rest of the Big 12 for 7 conference titles. If you think OU and Texas are bullies wait until you get to the SEC. You will never and I mean never win a conference title let a lone a national championship. Bama, Florida, Auburn, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Georgia, and Kentucky/Ole Miss could annually take it to you and Mizzou could be left with their goal of the Poulan Weedeater bowl at 6-6 on a good year.

    Mizzou and A&M couldn’t win the Big 12 in the last decade, what do you think will happen with the SEC. Enjoy being the Iowa State and Baylor if you do decide to leave.

    As the Big 12, it looks like it is here to stay so I hope Mizzou stay in the conference and actually begins participating in the expansion. As much as I can’t stand Texas I absolutely love playing them with conference implications every year. The new Big 12 looks like it is here to stay, I just hope all these regents (not curators mizzou) , presidents, and AD quit the bs games and start inviting schools to get back to 12 or more teams.

    Boomer freakin sooner and go Big 12

  11. tmb333 says: Oct 7, 2011 6:06 PM

    @sportsdrenched.com says:Oct 7, 2011 5:06 PM

    Kansas City will certainly lose a lot of economic activity if Missouri leaves. No More Border War err Showdown at Arrowhead. No more Big 12 Championship Game at Arrowhead. No more Big 12 Hoops Tournament at Sprint Center. They even play the Missouri-Kansas Baseball Series at Kauffman in some years.

    Leaving for the another conference may help Missouri’s pocket book, but it will hurt the State of Missouri’s economy. And in effect transfer those dollars to the states of Texas & Oklahoma, and to the region in which their new conference resides.
    ===========
    Hosting all those games in KC instead of Columbia and Lawrence hurts the economies that support these schools the most. Why is it Mizzou or KU’s responsibility to assist the KC economy?
    If this move is good for Mizzou’s pocket book it is good for the economy of State of Missouri. When Mizzou expands their stadium by 15K and fills it up each home game with out of state fans, that is a huge financial boom for Como.

    The border wars can go on if KU will play. Mizzou will be more than happy to schedule it. The B12 football championship will NEVER be in Arrowhead again. Jerry Jones will pay to have it in his stadium. B12 basketball will not stay in KC forever either.

    In the end, it is not MU’s responsibility to worry about the KC area above any other area in the state. Their first responsibility is to Como. Como businesses and taxpayers pay for all that infrastructure and improvements leading into the campus and the streets on campus.

  12. Deb says: Oct 7, 2011 6:07 PM

    Hey, medtxpack …

    Yeah, people donate to Mizzou. It’s a fine university, oldest school of journalism in the world, and one of the most highly regarded. Do you always have to be such a mouthy, ignorant jackass? Oh well, what a silly question. Apparently it’s a genetic defect and you just can’t help yourself.

  13. Deb says: Oct 7, 2011 6:13 PM

    @srakis …

    The Big 10 isn’t what it used to be, and Missouri would be better off staying in a newly restructured–financially speaking–Big 12 or moving to the SEC. We keep hearing Mizzou wants to go to the Big 10, but we don’t hear those rumors attached to any names. If Delany were thinking about the long-term fortunes of the Big 10, he’d already have issued an invitation to Missouri.

    @Ben …

    I’d like to hear more about these donors threatening to pull their contributions unless Missouri leaves the Big 12. Nothing boosters do surprises me, but how credible are those rumors, and how much do they concern the school’s decisionmakers?

  14. kcrobert10 says: Oct 7, 2011 6:46 PM

    Deb thanks for sticking up for our school sometimes it feels like the whole world thinks this university and state are like a huge pile of dung. Come on people what does Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama have that Missouri doesn’t. I agree the football team has never reached what should of been its potential with all its resources but when the right administration and coaching staff do come along this program could become one of the top ones in the country. As for my home town. Kc thrives and makes a ton of money on the big 12. That being said it has held us back we should be focusing on trying to find a nhl or NBA team to fill Sprint center not concerts or college tournaments. As for boarder war this move could destroy one of the best rivalry games in football and basketball. Oldest rivalry west of the Mississippi. Anyway Mr hunt shells out pretty good money for them to play in arrowhead I don’t see that changing anytime soon and if AEG is smart the would turn the basketball game into the new mizzou v Illinois game. Give cash just like stl does and they will keep playing. Here is to another century of boarder war. M-I-Z-Z-O-U beat KU…..

  15. mldean71 says: Oct 7, 2011 6:54 PM

    Mizz, Nu, CU, or aTm didnt leave because of Texas alone. NU is the only one that was just down right TIRED of OU taking Texas side in all the fight. CU who knows why they left because they never said they were mad at anybody or about anything. Mizz just wants to feel wanted by somebody not name BIG12, so there is a very good possibility they are GONE, if not next year then the year after. aTm is in the same boat as NU. They were so use to helping Texas make descision and are just PISSED that OU is not Texas’ little buddy and not them. If everybody was so UPSET about the Longhorn Network, why not do what KState and KU did and create you on network. Sounds like a bunch of missplace anger when school just need to say, they OFFERRED more money they Texas did. END OF STORY!

  16. Deb says: Oct 7, 2011 10:20 PM

    @kcrobert10 …

    Was born into a Crimson Tide family, raised on the legend of Bear Bryant, and have supported Bama football all my life. But when time came to choose a university, for journalism there was only one choice. I’m still a diehard Bama fan, but Mizzou gave me my career. It’s a great institution, and highly respected in my field. The people mouthing off on here are clueless. Just ignore them. If Mizzou comes into the SEC, it will be awkward when they play Bama. I’ll still support the Crimson Tide–but I’ll still send my checks to Mizzou :)

  17. critter69 says: Oct 8, 2011 12:39 AM

    burntorangehorn wrote:
    “Missouri, not Texas, lifted its skirt to the Big Ten more than a year ago.”

    Yes, MUCH more than a year ago. I was in high school in the late 1960s, and it was soon after I graduaged from high school that Mizzou was rumored to be pressuring the Big 10 for an invite. That was years before Penn State joined the Big 10.

  18. burntorangehorn says: Oct 8, 2011 2:51 AM

    Of course, critter, but their 2010 overtures opened the lid to Pandora’s box a little crack, at which point the various winds blew it wide open.

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