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Big 12 commish: Mizzou’s departure ‘disappointing… a mistake’

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As you have no doubt heard by now, the SEC officially consummated its flirtation with Missouri Sunday by announcing that the school would become the conference’s 14th member in 2012.

The Big 12 has responded to the long-rumored marriage and, as expected, the conference is publicly labeling it as a misstep.

“The decision by the University of Missouri to leave the Big 12 Conference is disappointing,” interim commissioner Chuck Neinas said in a statement. “Mizzou has been a valuable member, with a Conference connection to schools in the Big 12 that dates back to 1907. I personally believe this decision is a mistake and that Missouri is a better fit in the Big 12. Once we have received a formal notice of withdrawal from Missouri, we will furnish it to our Board of Directors. The Board will review the situation and take appropriate action.”

The latter two sentences seem to hint that there could be some type of legal scuffle over Mizzou’s flight, although it would go against the SEC’s very staunch expansion stance to invite a new member that didn’t have every legal “i” dotted and “t” crossed.  Of course, the fact that the Big 12, per Neinas’ statement, has not received an official notice of withdrawal tends to raise some red flags in that regard as well.

In Texas A&M’s case, the school gave the Big 12 a formal notice of withdrawal before applying for and receiving an official invitation from the SEC.

While it may be a case of reading too much into a statement, the wording of the Big 12’s official acknowledgement of Mizzou’s impending departure bears noting, if for nothing more than what may or may not happen in the immediate future.

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15 Responses to “Big 12 commish: Mizzou’s departure ‘disappointing… a mistake’”
  1. harleyspoon says: Nov 6, 2011 6:09 PM

    Nienas, let Missouri go…after they pay their full penalties…and grab BYU or Boise State immediately in order to have that 10th team for the 2012 season (per TV contract situations)…and then do what it takes to get Notre Dame..even if it has to be on a non football basis…

  2. Deb says: Nov 6, 2011 6:15 PM

    harleyspoon, why would the Big 12 want Notre Dame on a nonfootball basis? To heck with that …

  3. Deb says: Nov 6, 2011 6:18 PM

    I think the Big 12’s position on Mizzou’s departure may be driven by the Big East’s position on WVU’s departure. The Big 12 must have 10 teams for the 2012 season, and the courts are not known for quick resolutions. But they can’t let A&M go then slam the door on Mizzou’s ambitions. That would be a harder sell than the Big East letting TCU go, then slamming the door on WVU.

  4. honolulublue says: Nov 6, 2011 6:44 PM

    Invite Tulane to the Big 12. On condition they improve their football program. That way they have 10 teams for 2012.

  5. TxGrown says: Nov 6, 2011 7:13 PM

    Disappointing yes, mistake probably not. Good luck to Mizzou. For those who keep posting about the imminent implosion of the Big XII…ain’t going to happen. The Big XII will still be here to annoy and infuriate y’all.

  6. deadeye says: Nov 6, 2011 7:47 PM

    “For those who keep posting about the imminent implosion of the Big XII…ain’t going to happen. The Big XII will still be here to annoy and infuriate y’all.”


    On the contrary, the BIG12 drama is one of the greatest forms of entertainment in college athletics. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to question the BIG12’s health given the fact that 4 average to strong members have left in two years. And on top of that UT, OU, and others have tried twice to bolt for the PAC-10 only to have those plans narrowly averted at the last second. Now the conference is pulling in teams from geographically distant states just to fulfill it’s tv contract. None of that bodes well for the BIG12. Don’t be shocked if OU takes a long hard look at the SEC and decides that it offers the greenest pasture for the Sooners.

    If the BIG12 does survive, more power to them. But if not, no one outside of Texas and Oklahoma will be surprised.

  7. rockiemtnhigh says: Nov 6, 2011 8:14 PM

    As an ND fan I agree. Don’t let them come in on a nonFB basis. They are all in or out. ACC is better for them anyway.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Nov 6, 2011 8:17 PM

    Ok, Neinas, get off the spot and get back to 12. What an idiot?? You should have expected this all along. Have you had your head up your ass the last month or 2? Your surprised about this? Where have you been? Have you been drinking UT and Oklahoma’s cool aid for the last month? Enough already! Waiting for WVA to get through the legal system is stupid. Get on with it.

    The more money you have,the more money you have to split between the 12 members.

    The Big 12 will be in worse shape than the BE is now trying to add a bunch of losers if you don’t get off your ass.

  9. austintexasbroker says: Nov 6, 2011 8:32 PM

    OK, we have all been following this soap opera for weeks now and are well-informed. So, here is a True/False quiz (self-graded, since I don’t know the answers for sure):

    1). Sports Networks are the driving force behind conference realignment to serve their own monetary purposes.
    2). College Presidents driven by ego and supported by questionable judgement and poor communication skills have made decisions that will define their legacy.
    3). Once enough attorneys get involved, the NCAA will insert itself into the ensuing maelstrom to avoid losing control of their “amateur athletic programs”.
    4.) There will eventually be 4 Superconferences of 16 teams each (like March Madness) making up Division 1 football.

  10. lemmam says: Nov 6, 2011 9:36 PM

    the mistake as I see it is the big 12 allowed texas to have the longhorn network. the lhn benefits no one but texas. Why are the SEC, Big 10 and Pac 12 doing well? becaise all schools share the monies. but not the big 12 and therein lies the problem

  11. artisan3m says: Nov 6, 2011 11:13 PM

    Invite Houston. It makes sense as the Coug’s would bring national prominence in two money sports ~ basketball and football ~ plus it would serve to solidify the highly fractured Houston TV market which extends to include Beaumont, Port Arthur, Orange, and Galveston. Houston would be a better fit and a stronger competitor than Midwest and Mideast teams being mentioned. Forget Notre Dame ~ ain’t gonna happen. Now that said, I don’t know if Houston has any such desire. Further, I don’t know if its academics would measure to expectations.

  12. dafool99 says: Nov 7, 2011 12:05 AM

    lemmam, you have no idea!!!

  13. chmba says: Nov 7, 2011 8:28 AM

    Neinas already has a Texas pay-off with Deloss Dodds getting him a sideline job with one of his cronies as a “consultant.” Some of this is really hilarious though – such as listening to the goofy Kansas chancellor who is going to punish Mizzou by not playing them. Kansas, K State, IA State sold out to Texas for the Basketball tournament as did Mizzou so Nebraska goes to Big 10 which did not want Mizzou because of their talking beforehand so SEC is good choice for Mizzou. WVU was wanted by anyone so of course they fit right in with Big 12 (Texas and Lapdog conference). Result is Big 12 will stick around for a few years until Texas finds another way to scam it financially or goes independent.

  14. chmba says: Nov 7, 2011 8:29 AM

    Woops!! previous post should read WVU WASN’T WANTED

  15. norcalirish says: Nov 7, 2011 8:52 AM

    For the life of me I don’t get all this ND to the Big 12 talk. I get that our AD is good friends with the Texas AD, but seriously, Notre Dame does NOT want to be in a conference. It’s not about tv contract money (we’re incredibly rich already) it’s about being able to maintain a national footprint and play who we want when we want. Miami in Chicago? Sounds good. Texas in Austin? Yep. Army at Yankee Stadium? I was there. Oklahoma in Norman? On the way. Navy in Dublin, Ireland? Yessir. How many other teams even have the OPTION of scheduling such games?

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