“I am not big on looking to other reporters to re-confirm what I have already reported as true. But for all those who insist that the Missouri-SEC connection is a fabrication. Tony Barnhart of CBS (and Mr. SEC to most folk) just said on national TV that Missouri needed to make up its mind about the SEC. You cannot make up your mind on a offer that has not
been made, informal or otherwise. The interest from the SEC to make Missouri SEC No. 14 is there.”
Mike DeArmond, KansasCity.com
GH: This appears to be the week for Mizzou to decide if they are going to remain tethered to their Big 12 roots or break those ties from the past century and forge on into the richest, most heralded football conference in the land. It is the Tigers turn to be front and
center in the Big 12 melodrama know as Conference Realignment.
“For those of you into stalking flights, a plane went from Columbia to Birmingham
(SEC HQ), stayed 4 ½ hrs, and returned (Tuesday).”
Gabe DeArmond, of PowerMizzou.com, Twitter
“It’s really interesting that (Chris Brown of Orangebloods.com) said that he thinks the Big 12 needs Missouri to stay alive. I wasn’t aware that the Big 12 needed Missouri to stay relevant.”
Bob Fescoe, after his interview with the Longhorn webmaster who became famous almost overnight last summer when news first broke that some Big 12 member schools were contemplating bolting, 610 AM
GH: Will Missouri leaving be the final blow to the shaky Big 12? We have heard that prediction before and every time Texas breathes new life back into the deflated conference. OSU’s T. Boone Pickens isn’t as hopeful. Read on.
“Tuesday, (T. Boone) Pickens said ‘we got a real problem’ if Missouri doesn’t stay in the Big 12. … Five Big 12 teams are ranked in the Top 25 — which Pickens says makes it unusual that the conference is ‘falling apart.’ ”
GH: If Mizzou takes off for the SEC it is not a good sign for KU, KSU and ISU. The Big 12 can still survive but the northern schools will have lost even more swagger to the Texas/Oklahoma juggernaut. Mizzou has options, while it appears the other three schools do not.
“I think it’s Missouri thinking we’re better than them. There’s no way if Missouri leaves the Big 12 is going down!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman has repeated the same negative diatribe about every Big 12 team that has chosen to leave the Big 12 – they think they’re better than the schools forced to remain. But here is the truth – Missouri (along with Colorado, Nebraska and A&M) has been perceived by other conferences to be better than Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State. It
is not MU thinking they’re better, it’s the SEC who thinks so highly of the Tigers.
“I asked those in attendance (at Tuesday’s Tiger Club luncheon) to raise their hands if they were in favor of Missouri staying in the Big 12 Conference. About half raised a hand. Next, I asked for a show of hands in favor of Missouri leaving for the SEC, or some other conference. Not surprisingly, about half raised a hand. Not many undecideds as far as I could tell. Lastly, I asked for a show of hands from anyone who thought Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel should shut up about criticizing the way the Big 12 Conference is run.”
Mike DeArmond, KansasCity.com
GH: I am guessing the show of hands would have been much smaller last summer from these Tiger Club members had Mike queried them on shutting up Tom Osborne and his criticisms of the Big 12. I think more people are starting to understand that while Nebraska might be a hated foe, they weren’t the enemy in the demise of the old Big 12.
“It doesn’t look like the Big East is all that stable. So do you think Notre Dame is a better option (to join the Big 12) than it was a couple of weeks ago?”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: For anyone associated with the Big 12 to be casting stones at the Big East for being unstable is just goofy. The Big 12 is on the verge of losing their fourth school to four different conferences. What in Touchdown Jesus’ name is attractive about that?
“In no way shape or form is the Big 12 a stable conference. (Moving to the SEC) is just a chance (for Mizzou) to say, ‘We’re never going to go through this garbage again.’ Logically, I think it makes a lot more sense (for Mizzou to go to the SEC).”
Joe Walljasper, writer, Columbia Tribune
GH: As do I. I think the Tigers will make it official this week. Oklahoma; you are once again center stage…
Potential SEC Divisions w/ 14 members
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