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06 Nov 2011

SEC Officially Accepts Missouri

It's official: the SEC will hit 14 teams in 2012 after stealing Missouri from the Big 12. With this domino out of the way, the SEC should be done making moves for the time being. The Big 12 will probably look to move on by admitting West Virginia and/or Louisville.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 06 Nov 2011

8 comments, Last at 08 Nov 2011, 11:47am by Jericho


by andrew :: Sun, 11/06/2011 - 7:02pm

Welcome to hell, tigers.

by Rikki (not verified) :: Sun, 11/06/2011 - 7:33pm

but we have booze

by zlionsfan :: Mon, 11/07/2011 - 9:28am

um ... your Big 12 thought is about a week late. The Big 12 already accepted West Virginia and passed on Louisville: they'd already made an announcement about their 2012-13 teams that did not include Missouri, so they may not make any more changes for the time being.

It would make sense to grab Louisville and someone else to get back to conference-championship level, especially while the Big East is still vulnerable. (It may be difficult to get decent teams if the Big East does get its numbers up on the football side.)

by justanothersteve :: Mon, 11/07/2011 - 10:09am

Short list - Rutgers, Houston, BYU, Colo State, Memphis. Anyone else?

by Rivers McCown :: Mon, 11/07/2011 - 11:37am

I hadn't heard anything official on that. Just that WVU is suing to attempt to join, that the Big 12 wants them, and other such stuff that makes me about 90% sure that they'll be there. Don't want to speak in absolutes with the gallery of sharpshooters we've got lined up here!

by apk3000 :: Mon, 11/07/2011 - 12:16pm

The lawsuit is about trying to get out of the Big East's 27 month exit period, not the Big 12 invite. That's all done AFAIK.

by Jericho (not verified) :: Tue, 11/08/2011 - 11:47am

Correct. I'm not really sure what the Big 12 is doing, however. Supposedly they need 10 teams in order to not breach their TV contract(s). Hence the reason for WV suing to get out. That said, WV has no real case that I can see. Best case scenario, this is all a negotiation tactic to pay some exit fee to mutually part ways. I've always believed that to be the likely end result. The one question is how quickly teams join the Big East.

Everything I've read points to Boise St. joining in 2013, not next year. This is financially motivated. Not sure the timeline on other possible additions (Central Florida, Houston, etc...). If the Big East cannot have 8 schools for next year w/o West Virginia, then maybe no amount of money will settle this for next year. If that's the case, what does the Big 12 do? Go BYU? Keep Missouri an extra year (or has then been absolutely finalized they are out?)? With the Big East wooing BYU too, it'll be interesting to see what happens and when.

Seems inevitable the Big 12 will actually go back to 12. I know some (rumor - Texas) do not want 12. But many do and Louisville is right at the top of the list. Easier to act now then later. Doesn't mean Lousiville moves right away, but might as well throw the invite when exit fees have not been raised. The Big 12 will always be financially superior to the Big East. But is there any reason to wait? And if the Big 12 has to scramble and find a 2012 replacement for WV, then adding BYU may just force the move to 12.

by andy (not verified) :: Mon, 11/07/2011 - 3:29pm

missouri's going to be a perennial bottom-dweller...