Mizzou makes the move to the SEC

Melissa DeCicco
2301 days ago.

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of hearing about Mizzou trying desperately to leave the Big 12.  But, it is finally official.  So congratulations, you have just ended one of the longest running college rivalries with Kansas and are leaving a conference you have been a part of since 1907 to join the SEC on July 1, 2012.  Reason, “stability.” 

I think this is a terrible decision and incredibly unstable.   I am not a huge Mizzou fan and I am not trying to be unkind, but I don’t think they will be competitive in this conference.  Not to mention, they will have to pay a ton of money just to leave the Big 12 and then will have to spend even more money to upgrade their facilities to even come close to the teams in their new conference.  So let me recap, they will spend an estimated $20-30 million in a buyout with the Big 12, spend possibly hundreds of millions to upgrade facilities – which they will have to begin fundraising for, and burn all bridges with former conference-mates in order to make, maybe, $10 million more a year.  Worth it, I think not. 

Lastly, if any Mizzou fans are upset that Kansas is declining further non-conference play, I think this analogy sums it up:

“My feeling is this,” Kim Mulkey (Baylor Womens Basketball Coach) said Wednesday during the Big 12’s media day. “If a man wants to divorce me and says our relationship has no value to him, and then he asks me if he can sleep with me, the answer is, ‘No!’ “

I do wish them luck and certainly hope that this was the right decision.  How do Mizzou fans feel about this move?


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6 thoughts on “Mizzou makes the move to the SEC”

  1. Sad to say; business is alive and well in America. Blame it on whoever and whenever but this comes down to big media and big corps. Love what the Baylor coach said….

  2. Mizzou just built the Yeckel Training Center in 2007 and it’s considered to be one of the best in nation. Mizzou had to leave due to the departure of Oklahoma and Oklahoma St with Texas and Texas Tech soon to follow, once that happens the Big 12 will be considered a lower conference and surely have no automatic BSC qualification which the SEC already has. it’s a great financial move as the additional income gain is overshadowomg the future income decline of TV contracts the Big 12 is likely to see with the departure Oklahoma/Oklahoma St. &  Texas/Texas Tech in the years to follow. I will miss the KU/K-State matchups but the opportunity to play in a bigger/better conference should be exciting!

  3. Sundresses and cowboy boots sums this up.  Tailgating in the South is almost reason enough in itself for the move. In other sports, Mizzou will be competitive and playing this level of competition will be great for our athletes. The softball and baseball in the SEC is some of the best in the nation. Hopefully, Bradley Beal isn’t one-and-done at Florida and we can see him play.  In the East for football, we should be competitive.  I would much rather have a so-so record and play this level of competition than cream puffs to get ten wins a year. With all the money Mizzou has spent in recent years on construction around campus, I am excited to see what will happen.  I predict a lazy river not just in the Rec Center, but all around campus.

  4. Mizzou to the SEC is absolutely perfect!  Their school isn’t good enough to be invited to the Big Ten.  If you think about it, the Big 12 is going to evaporate when Texas and Oklahoma leave for the Pac 12.  Mizzou could sit around and wait and get invited to the WAC.  Good to get out now!

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