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SEC website posts Missouri as 14th member

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As of Oct. 22, Missouri has become the 14th member of the SEC.

Apparently. At least according to the SEC’s official site, (the article is now “missing”).

(note: credit needs to be given to Clay Travis of for the heads up) 

In a press release dated last Saturday, the SEC writes “Given the ever-changing conference paradigm over the past year, the Southeastern Conference has continued to demonstrate its commitment to maintaining its stature as one of the nation’s premier conferences by welcoming the University of Missouri as the league’s 14th member, Commissioner Mike Slive announced Monday.

“Missouri joins Texas A&M University as the league’s two new institutions who will begin full membership on July 1, 2012. It is the first expansion of the SEC membership since Arkansas and South Carolina joined the conference in 1992.”

The problem, of course, is that Missouri isn’t a member of the SEC; they haven’t even left the Big 12 (yet). However, on Oct. 21, the day before the press release was supposedly set to go out, Missouri’s Board of Curators gave chancellor Brady Deaton full power to make all decisions related to conference affiliation. It was a move believed to be one of the final steps for Missouri for what appeared to be an inevitable departure from the Big 12.

However, Missouri has yet to notify the Big 12 of their intentions to leave; that was reportedly supposed to have been done during a Board of Directors meeting on Monday. On Tuesday, it was reported that West Virginia was on track to replace Missouri as the Big 12’s 10th team, but an apparent late surge by Louisville now has the two programs in a dead heat for that final spot in the Big 12 (the rumor is that the Big 12 wishes to remain at 10 members).

In any case, the conference shuffling is in limbo, and Missouri remains in the Big 12 (for now), and WVU and UL remain in the Big East (for now). Was the published web page a huge mistake? A hoax? It’s unclear at this point, but someone’s going to have some explaining to do in the morning.

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27 Responses to “SEC website posts Missouri as 14th member”
  1. frug says: Oct 28, 2011 12:20 AM

    Here’s the PDF of the article

    Looks legit. Somebody goofed up big time by posting this.

  2. southernpatriots says: Oct 28, 2011 12:46 AM

    Some of these academic and related institutions are filled with folks (we know by experience) who often do not know what they are doing nor why they are doing it. This likely happened here.

    Too many steps remain for Missouri to make and for the SEC to respond before this develops into something that could correspond to the official SEC website announcement. But to have this appear on the SEC website?!

    Maybe it is the work of a pro-Missouri-in-the-SEC hacker?

  3. frug says: Oct 28, 2011 12:46 AM

    Wow. Turns out there were actually a series of articles. Full text of them all here:

    If this is a hoax someone did a TON of work.

  4. cmack21 says: Oct 28, 2011 3:41 AM

    if they couldnt compete in the big 12 what do they expect to do in the SEC?!?

  5. florida727 says: Oct 28, 2011 7:58 AM

    Hey southernpatroits”, check the post I left for you on the boxing blog article if you get this message.

  6. hrudey says: Oct 28, 2011 8:06 AM

    The original page is still cached on google, so it’s definitely not a hoax.

  7. mydixienormus says: Oct 28, 2011 9:07 AM

    Wow! Missouri will add to the SEC football powerhouse schools of 2011:
    Old Miss
    Mississippi State

    Or will they fall into the mediocre football programs of 2011:
    TX A&M
    South Carolina

  8. volsunghawk says: Oct 28, 2011 9:35 AM

    It’s no surprise that prep work was done in anticipation of Missouri joining the SEC. What’s surprising is that the SEC’s web people allowed the links to go live before anything was official.

  9. jjackwagon says: Oct 28, 2011 9:38 AM

    Missouri in the SEC? Well MIZZOU say goodbye to ever having a chance of playing in a BCS Bowl game. You went from being the 3rd or 4th best team in the Big Twelve to around 6th or 7th in the SEC. I bet your fan is going to LOVE traveling to the east coast…oh wait…he doesn’t travel now so never mind.

  10. mydixienormus says: Oct 28, 2011 9:50 AM

    Dear jjackwagon:

    What is the “travel” thing you are talking about?


    Missouri Fan

  11. mydixienormus says: Oct 28, 2011 9:51 AM

    Who gets last place next year in the SEC? Texas A&M or Missouri?

    Just asking Colorado and Utah how that new confernece thing works out the first year…

  12. Derty Ernie says: Oct 28, 2011 10:27 AM

    I wonder if Louisville called Missouri and offered big money or favors for them to delay the announcement so they could have time to move on the big 12 and usurp W VA?

  13. deadeye says: Oct 28, 2011 10:53 AM

    I find it amusing that the majority of non-Mizzou fans are insisting that Missouri will fail miserably in the SEC, with the result being that Missouri fans will regret the move. And on the other hand, the majority of Missouri fans themselves don’t have expectations of winning the SEC, and yet are happy with the move anyway. To me it looks like a bad case of conference-envy.

  14. mydixienormus says: Oct 28, 2011 11:10 AM

    Conference Envy? Ya, super envious of Vandy. Funny.

    What has 2000 legs and 14 teeth?

    The front row of a SEC football game.

  15. florida727 says: Oct 28, 2011 11:25 AM

    Hey “dickheadnormous”. Good for you to give yourself a thumbs-up. It’ll probably be the only one you get.

    How’d you like that Stanford game? 65 points. 615 yards of total offense. 446 yards rushing. Translation: your team SUCKS. Come back and post when you’re relevant.

    Gosh, I wish the SEC would extend an invite to the Washington Huskies to join the league. We could all use another bye week in our schedules.

  16. steelerchicken says: Oct 28, 2011 11:44 AM

    Their basketball program should do well in the SEC. Then again all they care about in the SEC is football.

  17. southernpatriots says: Oct 28, 2011 11:57 AM

    dixie: Now we would take money on the fact that neither Texas A&M nor Missouri would finish last in any division in the SEC next year or in 2013, whenever MO joins. Neither team will finish last in either division. From the first year each team plays they will be a thorn in the side of some good teams and will adjust to the brutal SEC schedules by the third year and will beat many teams in the SEC by that time and fit right in.

    We play Washington near the beginning of next season and we should have a great time in that game. Hopefully, we will have it at Jerry’s World (if they quit subbing out contract work there to Yankee companies and expect it be completed properly and on time. When they finally contracted with a Texas/Louisiana company the work was completed on time and exceeding specs, pleasing Jerry’s stadium managers, the NCAA and the NFL. Just goes to show if you want a job done right get some workers from the South.

    It was similar when McArthur needed landing strips and facilities built in the Philippines during WWII. Several Navy Seabee groups from the North began the job and were sent packing after the work was inferior to what was needed and they fell behind schedule. The Navy then moved in some boys from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, with several each from other scattered Southern states. These men did exemplary and timely work, contructing the runways and facilities for McArthur and landing strips for fighter planes in the soft soil.

  18. southernpatriots says: Oct 28, 2011 12:04 PM


    No, that is why the SEC has won so many national championships in track (LSU) and more with A&M coming July 2012; baseball (LSU); basketball (women’s)–TN; basketball–Men’s–Florida, Kentucky, Arkansas; and other sports in addition to the complete domination of the BCS NC in football.

    It would be better to know before you post, instead of demonstrating your ignorance.

  19. thefiesty1 says: Oct 28, 2011 12:44 PM

    Is this the official site for the SEC? If it is, somebody has some ‘splain to do.

  20. southernpatriots says: Oct 28, 2011 1:49 PM

    thefiesty1: Yes, some ‘splaining to do is right. Maybe some exit papers as well.

  21. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Oct 28, 2011 1:59 PM

    @ southernpatriots:
    Not that my post has anything to do with this article, but I found a website you may want to visit. Normally, I’d be upset that my tOSU is only ranked #6 while LSU is #1; however, in this case I’m not. Check this out:

  22. southernpatriots says: Oct 28, 2011 2:46 PM

    brutusbuckey2011: Bleacher Report is written by writers who often never attend the events they write about, write from third person sources, restate urban legends, etc. Even the featured writers have often done this befire and we have caught them at it–completely misidentifying major aspects of a game or stadium or city and misrepresenting situations which happened there and to which we were eye and earwitnesses. That aside…

    These accusations started coming at LSU first from GQ magazine. When GQ was called to answer for their evidence, they mentioned alot of popular rumor and unverified information. When other writers asked them for verifications on their assertions, GQ mentions only that Tiger fans shouted, “Tiger Bait!”…really? Tiger bait? Not “Go to ……. Ole Miss!” or “West f……Virginia!” We know there are groups of fans which arrive to the game with more to drink than they should. We know these and other fans often speak and act beligerently.

    Bear Bryant, not one to exaggerate or to put up with abusive behavior, commended LSU Tiger Stadium as the hardest place to play for an opposing team. He stated many times that the LSU fans and players were never abusive.

    We don’t doubt that some LSU fans act improperly at football games. We have seen some, and have seen security remove them. When some things were written very similarly a few years ago, we asked the writer to go to a Notre Dame football game at South Bend dressed in the opponent’s colors and then let us know. We did not hear back from this writer but we did from another writer who was astounded with the abuse and items thrown at him. A good source to go to are the broadcast team for tOSU or anyone’s favorite team. These men and ladies and their crews have the best and ongoing seats to experience the abuse and conditions.

    The voice of WVU Mountaineer radio, Tony Caridi, said visiting LSU was one of the very best experiences in his 30 year career in broadcasting. The Oregon Duck fans related the same experience of their game. The intense rivalries in the SEC will bring out great emotions. SEC teams visiting LSU experience great fan support as we do when we arrive in Tuscaloosa, Starkville, Oxford, Athens, Knoxville, etc.

    We know of others and we ourselves have experienced abusive behavior from opposing fans but that is the exception and not the rule. Poll all LSU fans attending the defacto national championship game (as many are calling it) this weekend in Tuscaloosa, AL. Ask them after the game how Crimson Tide fans treated them before, during, and after the game. We are sure y0u will find some who will relate very negative experiences.

    If they posted their experience on Bleacher Report, Alabama would be the worse. The extremely subjective perceptions of a minority of fans could result in just about any opposing team fans being labeled as the worse dependent upon when you poll them (during and/or after which game)

  23. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Oct 28, 2011 3:17 PM

    My post was not intended to demean LSU. The Buckeye Nation was listed at #6 (I actually expected us to be higher). I thought you would find it to amusing that LSU was #1. Sorry if I offended you. The Big 10 and SEC dominated the rankings. I attribute this to having loyal fan bases that fill their stadiums regardless of the team’s record.

    People wonder why so many Big 10 and SEC teams go to bowl games. The reason is simple. They buy tickets and travel half way across the country to support their team. Call us rude? I call us loyal! When you have 100,000 plus show up every week (not to mention the 1000’s of tailgaters who can’t get tickets and party in the parking lot) you are bound to have a few idiots who were not raised to appreciate the spirit of good sportsmanship.

    Again, no offense intended!

  24. southernpatriots says: Oct 28, 2011 3:26 PM

    brutusbuckeye2011: Noooo. No offense with you at all. none. No offense taken.

    Our offense is with “writers” at GQ and Bleacher Report that don’t go and experience things themselves but take a very small slice (sometimes just a couple of friends or family members of an opposing team) or not even that…just rumors or urban legends and write a story about it.

    You are correct about our fellow tailgaters. They are astounded that we tailgate WITH TICKETS. We have given our tickets away to fellow tailgaters a few times over the years when we heard of their incredible loyalty and how long they tried unsuccessfully to obtain tickets.

    Already tickets to the LSU v. Alabama game are going at premiums several times over cost. Some are saying some will be up to $5000 by the start of the game for “perfect seats.”

  25. mydixienormus says: Oct 28, 2011 3:46 PM


    I’m really glad to hear you are following Husky Football.

    Wicked D they do not have…

    Their loss was almost as bad as Florida’s losses against LSU and Alabama.

    4th loss in a row coming tomorrow. Enjoy.

  26. southernpatriots says: Oct 28, 2011 4:08 PM


    The Huskies need to return to Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and the South and pick up some huge but quick defensive linemen, some strong and fast linebackers and some speedy secondary. We get most of ours out of Louisiana, from some of the same schools that we had such rivalries statewide with back more than 50 years ago.

  27. rtratlsports says: Oct 28, 2011 6:17 PM

    Both a&m and mizzou will blow in th SEC

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