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Mizzou introduced as 14th member of SEC

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Hours after it was officially announced that Missouri would become the 14th member of the SECa mistake in Chuck Neinas‘ humble opinion — representatives from Mizzou and the SEC held a press conference to go over some of the specifics of the new marriage.

According to Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton, that marriage will start on July 1, 2012 and the school will be integrated fully — meaning financially as well — right away.

“We’re not abandoning our past at all; we’re building upon it,” Deaton said. “We’re building a new future… with the spirit of inclusivity.”

“We clearly don’t do this every year.”

But it looks like Mizzou will in fact be playing in the SEC East every year from now on. “[It] serves us very, very well with the least amount of disruption,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said about Mizzou playing in the East.

“It looks like we could be playing you next year… not sure if it’s here or there,” added Florida president and SEC board chairman Bernie Machen.

Among the other details discussed:

  • Neither Mizzou nor Slive would go into any details about the process of bringing in the Tigers. Mizzou AD Mike Alden said he “looked at all [conference] options”; Slive declined comment when asked if the SEC had been in conversations with any other school
  • Slive did note, however, that Texas A&M and Missouri approached him about joining. “We were fine at 12” Slive said.
  • Missouri said they hope to continue to compete with Kansas in all sports. “It’s very important to us” Alden said.
  • It’s still unclear how the lawsuits between West Virginia and the Big East will impact Missouri’s move to the SEC. “We’ve been given assurances [on the WVU issue]” Deaton said. “We are confident we will be able to erase any issues”
  • Missouri did make it known that the six-year grant of rights agreed upon by the Big 12 for equal revenue sharing left the school uneasy. “When people start talking about limits, that doesn’t indicate something that’s really strong,” Alden said, referring to a timeline for equal revenue sharing; Slive acted like he didn’t know what grant of rights meant.
  • Alden added that there were no threats of withdrawing donations from boosters if the school didn’t go to the SEC.
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14 Responses to “Mizzou introduced as 14th member of SEC”
  1. southernpatriots says: Nov 6, 2011 8:43 PM

    It appears that Texas A&M and Missouri will both officially enter the SEC on July 1, 2012. The scheduling nightmare presented by 13 teams is averted. Both A&M and Mizzou are AAU members and that is a very good. Athletic programs may need some improvements, especially the football programs to compete weekly with other SEC teams, but Mizzou will learn this expectation and schedule best by being part of it. Nothing quite takes the place of experience.

    Welcome Mizzou and all the Mizzou fans. We look forward to Mizzou (and A&M) coming into Baton Rouge and playing our Fighting Tigers.

  2. deadeye says: Nov 6, 2011 9:09 PM

    Mizzou is a real gem. Welcome to the SEC!

  3. wethog66 says: Nov 6, 2011 10:20 PM

    Mizzou in the SEC East is a joke. The SEC is the class of the BCS conferences, but even the mighty SEC lets petty politics get in the way of having divisions that at least make sense geographically.

    Moving Auburn to the East would of brought even more awsomeness to the best Conference in the land. Should of known stupid **** like a Bama fan poisoning Auburn’s precious trees was the rule, and not the exception. Yeah even the mighty SEC is prone to its share of stupidity.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Nov 6, 2011 10:54 PM

    Slive was fine at 12? Then why take Mizzou and A&M? The SEC just needed a couple more whipping boys in the guise of easier scheduling. Watered down a great conference.

  5. deadeye says: Nov 6, 2011 11:08 PM

    “Slive was fine at 12? Then why take Mizzou and A&M? The SEC just needed a couple more whipping boys in the guise of easier scheduling. Watered down a great conference.”


    That’s what people said about Arkansas and South Carolina, now look at those teams.

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

    “Mizzou in the SEC East is a joke. The SEC is the class of the BCS conferences, but even the mighty SEC lets petty politics get in the way of having divisions that at least make sense geographically.”


    This arrangement is temporary. The SEC will likely look at adding a couple of east coast teams a year or two from now. And if/when that happens Mizzou will go into the west where they naturally belong. At any rate, I think they prefer the east at this point in time. Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee are all down from where they were ten years ago while Bama, LSU, and Arkansas all would win the east if they were there now. I feel worse for TAMU as far as their division goes.

  7. bunyanj says: Nov 7, 2011 12:39 PM

    Mizzou does not belong in the SEC. They will have the fourth smallest stadium in the conference ahead of Mississippi State, Ole Miss and a shade ahead of Kentucky (409 seats).

    I know Mike Slive wants to get access to the St. Louis and Kansas City media markets; but I have news for him. These are Pro Sports towns and Mizzou is far behind the Cardinals, the Rams, the Chiefs and the Royals in fan support. And how about tradition? Mizzou’s biggest football rivalry game is Kansas. That kind of pales in comparison to the great SEC rivalries.

    Finally, geographic location does not seem to matter to the SEC leaders. Columbia Missouri is in the middle of nowhere; and SEC fans (especially Eastern Division foes) will have some tough road trips. Bad decision.

  8. drtgale says: Nov 7, 2011 1:00 PM

    Those who are saying Mizzou doesn’t belong in the SEC should get their facts straight, since 2005, record of 55-24 in football, and basketball program has been excellent also. 16 present NFL players and as I recall, had the most players last year going than any other big 12 school. And 4 teams in the Big 12 were trying to jump ship to go west, but weren’t accepted, they are getting out while the going is good and will do fine in the SEC.

  9. southernpatriots says: Nov 7, 2011 1:28 PM

    drtgale: Good points! Keep making them. Truth can refute opinion anytime to those who think.

  10. AU6 says: Nov 7, 2011 1:47 PM

    WAR DAMN EAGLE, Mo. Auburn is glad to have you in the conference. We look forward to playing ball with you soon. As you know, we are the reigning National Champions for 2011 and looking to repeat in a year or so. We are happy to have a quality program like Missouri in the SEC.



  11. vtsquirm says: Nov 7, 2011 4:22 PM

    i guess it all depends on your definition of whether or not Mizzou deserves to be in the SEC. Are they a powerhouse program or a recruiting hotbed? Hahaha, no. Have they won any conference championships in that time frame? I don’t remember any, but i could be wrong. I don’t think anyone has a problem with the SEC taking Mizzou. They had to take somebody as the 14th team. I don’t see how they deserve to be invited though. The SEC can certainly do fine without a team that will end up in the lower tier of the conference.

  12. LSU4EVER says: Nov 7, 2011 5:20 PM

    We very cordially welcome both Mizzou and the Aggies to our great SEC conference. I am excited about having an expanded conference and about having the states of Texas and Missouri within the SEC. A great day for all of us! Might get a little confusing having three “Tiger teams” within the same conference, but here is only one Bayou Bengals! Geaux Tigers!

  13. southernpatriots says: Nov 7, 2011 6:01 PM

    LSU4EVER: ditto! LSU will be the only Tiger team with a live Bengal Tiger as mascot! He likes the taste of fake tiger costumes! ha. Best to A&M and Mizzou and looking forward to the games and tailgatings!

  14. jjdstl01 says: Nov 8, 2011 6:30 AM

    There goes the neighborhood

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