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Report: Mizzou’s SEC application ‘inevitable and imminent’

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Go ahead and strap yourselves in.  It’s apparently going to be yet another wild week on the expansion front.

As most of the focus the past couple of weeks has been on the Big East and their plans to add as many as six new members, the Missouri situation has been pushed somewhat to the back-burner.  Based on one report, that could change in very short order.

Pete Thamel of the New York Times, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation, is reporting that a decision from Missouri on submitting an official application for membership in the SEC is “inevitable and imminent“.  The source said the Mizzou is confident they have the votes necessary to gain entry into the SEC; nine of the schools are required to give a thumbs up for membership.

Mizzou’s Board of Curators has a regularly scheduled meeting set for Thursday and Friday.  The board, which earlier this month granted permission to MU chancellor Brady Deaton to pursue the university’s conference affiliation, could announce its intentions to withdraw from the Big 12 following the meeting, which include a closed executive sessions each day.  The agendas for those sessions were not revealed, although it’s believed it will deal with the conference affiliation issue.

The addition of Missouri would give the SEC 14 members, although it’s unclear if MU would join in 2012 or wait until 2013.  If it’s the former, it would alleviate the concern of a 13-team league forcing the SEC’s hand on an unbalanced schedule, which would certainly make Nick Saban a very happy less-grumpy head coach.

If Mizzou does indeed decide to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, it would have a ripple effect on the Big East.

That conference is expected to extend invitations to six schools at some point this week in an attempt to get to a dozen football-playing members.  If Mizzou leaves the Big 12, that conference would be left with nine members; interim commissioner Chuck Neinas said earlier this month that the conference would have 10 members for the 2012 season.  Louisville, a current Big East member, has been mentioned as the top contender to replace Mizzou if they left the conference.

The Big East announced Monday evening that commissioner John Marinatto will conduct a media conference call Tuesday at 1:30 ET to discuss current information on expansion involving his conference.

So, if Missouri leaves the Big 12… if Louisville leaves the Big East for the Big 12… if both of those things were to occur, the Big East could turn to either East Carolina or Temple as their 12th school.  Of course, that’s provided the other six schools — Boise State, Air Force, Navy, UCF, SMU and Houston — accept their invitations.

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13 Responses to “Report: Mizzou’s SEC application ‘inevitable and imminent’”
  1. Deb says: Oct 17, 2011 8:37 PM

    Louisville? Oookay.

    Don’t do it Boise!!! Don’t go near that dysfunctional hoops club!!

    As for Mizzou … good grief, when foreplay gets dragged out this long, you don’t even care about the main event anymore.

  2. sportsinhd says: Oct 17, 2011 8:37 PM

    Why can’t what’s left of the Big East and Big 12 form some sort of super-alliance like C-USA and the Mountain West? It would keep the Big East schools in an AQ Conference and give the Big 12 the title game they so desperately need. If they could get to sixteen teams they could do the “Four Team Conference Playoff” guaranteeing two current Big 12 teams in their championship game.

  3. southernpatriots says: Oct 17, 2011 8:53 PM

    The process is drawn out for a reason, so it is not easy. If you want into the SEC you have to really want in. We hope Missouri is asked if they have a 100 year plan to be part of the SEC like the Texas A & M president said A & M does.

    Hopefully, the Missouri president sent to Slive a bottle of Van Winkle Family Reserve Bourbon and a box of Ramon Allones Gigante Double Corona cigars so he can be in the proper mood to not only receive the application but prepare himself to win over the reluctant 3 members that could put a kibosh on the whole thing.

    We wish the great university of Missouri well and know that this will be a good relationship for years to come, but know Missouri is much better at basketball than football. They are a great AAU school.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Oct 17, 2011 8:55 PM

    @Deb ……

    That’s the funniest thing I’ve seen on here in a long time. Your absolutely right. Get off the spot, Missouri.

    However, Neinas is dragging his feet in going back to 12 members but should ASAP and blow up the little East BBall conference immediately.

  5. dmcgrann says: Oct 17, 2011 9:13 PM

    @southernpatriots, a “100 year plan”? The SEC is 79 years old. I doubt if ANY of the SEC schools has a “21 year plan” that would get them to a “100 year plan” in the SEC. Hell, if you look back 21 years ago to 1980, who was in the final AP top 20? Sure, it was the SEC’s Georgia at number one, but it was independent Pitt (later of the Big East/ACC) at two, OK at 3, MI at 4, and so on. Stuff changes. Back then, the SEC had three teams in the top 20 (in order, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi State). Stuff happens and things change.

  6. Deb says: Oct 17, 2011 9:27 PM

    @southernpatriots …

    I’m not talking about the SEC taking time to make wise decisions. I’m talking about my alma mater continually playing the coquette.

    I’m still not convinced Missouri isn’t flirting, flirting, flirting with the SEC while desperately hoping all the wiggling will attract the Big 10. Mizzou has been talking conference moves and for a couple of years now. And this isn’t the first time in recent months they’ve planned a Board of Curators meeting that was supposed to settle the whole thing. Well, maybe they will … finally … do make that bid. But at this point, think I’ll just rent a movie 😉

  7. deucez2 says: Oct 17, 2011 9:31 PM


    The A&M president also said in June of 2010 they were committed to the future and success of the Big 12 and even voted for the current revenue sharing arrangement. Then a month ago the stated that they had been looking towards the SEC for over a year. Byrne talks out of both sides of his mouth. So I’d take that “100 plan” with a grain of salt. Aggies used to stand for honor, but now they seem to be thin skinned, emotional, and insecure. Have fun with that.

  8. southernpatriots says: Oct 17, 2011 9:52 PM

    dncgrann: Just quoted what the A & M president said. Maybe he and A & M quickly developed a 100 year plan to be part of the SEC? smile.

    Deb: Maybe we should all just pop some popcorn and sit back, relax, and observe. Sort of what Coach Miles told some Baton Rouge sports talking heads today…when they inquired about the emergency in the SEC and how would they react to having their games with Florida, Auburn, etc. disrupted. None of that was in his control, it was not something he thought about. He trusts those whose job it is to make those decisions in the best interest of LSU and the SEC. Then he told them to relax. ha. relax….that is good advice from Coach Les Miles to us all….relax.

    Slive with his glass of Van Winkle Family Reserve Bourbon and a box of Ramon Allones Gigante Double Corona cigars sitting on his front porch rocker…relaxing. Deb with her movie…relaxing. My family and I eating popcorn sitting out on our wrap around porch in the cool evening air of South Louisiana…relaxing…that is what we all should do.

  9. deadeye says: Oct 17, 2011 11:33 PM

    Anything can still happen, this is over just yet.

    However, if it does finally go down the SEC gets a gem in Missouri. I’m sure they really would prefer the BIG10, but I’m sure they’ll enjoy the SEC experience.

  10. atl14dat says: Oct 17, 2011 11:56 PM

    Proper Perspective throughout Southernpatriots.

    I think you raise several cogent points.

    I’ m glad to see Missouri coming aboard.

    They help with academic prestige and TV Markets.

    Eventually the latter will be hugely important when Slive looks to put together the SEC Network from Tier three media rights.

    13 was/is just a bit too unwieldy for fair proper scheduling within a divison format.

  11. TxGrown says: Oct 18, 2011 12:31 AM

    “As for Mizzou … good grief, when foreplay gets dragged out this long” ————————————————————————–
    It passed “foreplay” a long time ago, it’s more like…self abuse. Mizzou just do it already you know you want to…ask SEC to marry. Before you go blind.

  12. southernpatriots says: Oct 18, 2011 2:48 AM

    JT: My extended family and I love you writing, humor, and your moderation of CFT. A case in point: “Nick Saban a very happy less-grumpy head coach.” (we don’t know how to do what you did with the cross out), but funny! All our years of knowing Saban, “happy” is not a word we would almost ever use to describe him. ha.

  13. lakesidegator says: Oct 18, 2011 5:02 AM

    @dncgrann: when you go back 21 years, from now, you wind up at 1990, not 1980.

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