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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