Missouri Leaves The Big 12 For The SEC
- The SEC hasn't lost a member since Tulane left in 1966. It has no exit fee, because it doesn't need one.
- The Big 12, while it was busy sorting itself out, showed Missouri a terrifying future of constantly shifting leagues and a possible future in the Big East, where three members left in the past month and six more appear to be on the way, each a worse geographical and cultural fit than the other.
- The spread offense was designed as a way to account for disparities in talent, and nowhere would that be more important for Mizzou than in the SEC. It remains to be seen whether that type of game came succeed in the SEC, where letting fast, powerful defenses tee off on the quarterback might be a dicey proposition. SEC speed is not a fabrication, and a schedule featuring Alabama, LSU and Auburn might mean a long wait before Mizzou comes near another big-time bowl (or any sort of bowl).
- Missouri fans have always thought their team should be better than it is, but they're not obsessed about it.
- Whether yesterday was a great day for Mizzou or not (and I say it wasn’t), it’s cornball, juvenile and condescending tocelebrate leaving the only conference you have ever known – the one that made you who you are – whatever that is. The Big 6, 8, 12 has always been home for the Tigers and would always have been home for them. But, they cast that aside for reasons that can be seen as short-sighted and/or vindictive.
- Locally, the most important thing is how this impacts the Missouri-Kansas rivalry. It won’t be played after this academic year, and each school’s leaders have done just enough for their fans to blame the other side.
- The SEC is arguably one of the best football conferences in America. It is home to the last five national champions: Auburn, Alabama, Florida (twice) and LSU. How do you plan on winning games against these teams when you can’t defeat Oklahoma or Oklahoma State?
People in Columbia remain optimistic about the move as ever:
- Deaton, who had previously worked to preserve the Big 12, said he shifted his position after listening to feedback from university leaders, alums and boosters. Missouri’s secession plans became apparent Oct. 4 when he resigned his position as the chairman of the Big 12 board of directors.-
- Missouri wanted to belong to a conference that doesn’t let one university call the shots, a conference with strong leadership, a conference with more TV money. In short, Missouri wanted all the things the Big 12 didn’t offer.
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