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Report: Missouri’s SEC plan ready to move forward

Missouri ready to apply to SEC soon

Missouri applying to the SEC is “inevitable and imminent” according to a report by Pete Thamel, of the New York Times.

A source with direct knowledge of Missouri’s plans informed Thamel that the university is in the process of applying for membership to the SEC, saying that the decision to apply is “inevitable and imminent,” but did not have an exact timeframe to share. Thamel reports that Missouri’s Board of Curators will meet at the end of the week and it is expected they will discuss the procedure to leave the Big 12 and apply to the SEC.

According to the report, Missouri expects there to be little standing in the way of securing enough votes from SEC presidents to join the conference. Previous reports have suggested that Missouri may not have the support needed to be accepted in to the conference. Missouri would be the SEC’s 14th member.

The possibility of losing Missouri may come as news to Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas, who has said recently that he intends on Missouri being a part of the Big 12 in 2012 regardless of their decision. Neinas has gone on record suggesting that he believes Missouri will remain in the Big 12, although it seemed as though he was trying to convince everyone that everything was fine, even those representing Missouri.

Missouri has been the latest gear in the realignment process. If Missouri does end up leaving the Big 12, the conference will be faced with having nine members in 2012, with the departures of Missouri and Texas A&M and addition of TCU. If the conference wishes to get back to 12 schools the most likely candidates seem to be LouisvilleWest Virginia and maybeCincinnatiBYU has already turned down the idea of joining the Big 12 and Air Force has said they turned down the possibility as well. Air Force is a likely candidate to join the Big East, who may also be seeking the addition of Boise State in a desperate attempt to stay afloat and try to cling on to at BCS at-large.

Big East commissioner John Marinatto has a conference call scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday to discuss “current information on conference realignment.” On Friday the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA announced a plan to unite their conferences, in which MWC commissioner Craig Thompson said that any school potentially leaving the conference would not be allowed to keep their non-football programs in their conference.

This looks to be a messy week for realignment to say the least.

Originally posted on Examiner.com.

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6 comments
Claw
Claw

The SEC doesn't care about whether or not Missouri or A&M can compete athletically. They only care about the money from the television markets in Houston, St. Louis, and Kansas City, that both teams would bring.

Robert
Robert

I think Virginia Tech......Clemson or Georgia Tech would be better than Missouri ( even tho Clemson and GT probably wouldn't move to the SEC)

3ring believer
3ring believer

With all this moving around in conferences, I believe something is being forgotten. Just because you're sitting in the hen-house, that doesn't automatically make you a chicken.

Scott
Scott

Missouri will be a nice addition to a conference full of hillbillies (Except Vandy). I hope they enjoy getting beat down every week, it'll be fun to see.

the Tónster
the Tónster

Missouri. Too many Tigers in SEC already. LSU and Auburn. Think you can whip either one of those? Or roll back the Tide? You’ll be lucky to go 7-7 next year. Big East: I propose a new name if AFA and BSU sign up. The Wherever Conference</>.

williered
williered

Missouri is just making alot of noise. There is no reason to believe the SEC would have any interest in yet another mediocre sports program, as they just got TAM. Wishful thinking on the part of Missouri.