Missouri Clears Way to Leave Big 12
The Missouri Board of Curators unanimously gave Chancellor Brady Deaton the power to move the school out of the Big 12 Conference on Friday.
Deaton was given the power following the two-day curators meeting that wrapped up Friday morning. There was no official annoucment after the meeting that Missouri is leaving the Big 12, but its presumed the university is waiting for an invitation join to the Southeastern Conference.
Deaton said discussions about realignment are ongoing and a “decision will be undertaken expeditiously.” He did not name the SEC or any conference other than the Big 12 during a news conference sitting alongside athletic director Mike Alden and other school officials.
The Big 12 has been in a constant state of limbo over the last few years, losing Nebraska and Colorado, to the Big 10 and Pac-12 respectively, while Texas A&M is on their way out to the SEC with the TCU horned frogs slated to join the Big 12 and replace the Aggies.
Missouri also announced the school is exploring setting up a holiday basketball tournament and annual football game in Kansas City with an unidentified rival. It seems to be a move to silence critics who are fearful leaving the Big 12 will kill storied traditions that date back decades. Kansas would fit the bill as a good rival to play in that game, if it happens mind you, as the two universities have played each other in football for 119 years.