Brian Graham, KC SportsNation
8:30 pm: More answers about why Missouri did not withdraw from the Big 12 today. A university source indicated today was too soon for Chancellor Brady Deaton to work out details with both the Big 12 and SEC.
Then why all the indications that today was the day?
It is possible that some new stuff was added to the table today, that Deaton and Missouri are now considering. It appears the Big 12 presidents discussed a league-wide network, something Missouri has been a proponent of, at the Big 12 Board of Directors Meeting today. This could be another reason Deaton didn’t present the withdraw papers to the Big 12. Would a Big 12 Network be enough to get Missouri to stay?
Perhaps. But I think Missouri is at the point of no return. They have gone too far to return.
5:40 pm: The regularly scheduled Big 12 Conference Board of Directors meeting has concluded from Dallas, and Missouri is still in the Big 12.
The Big 12 released the following statement: “In a regularly-scheduled meeting today at an undisclosed Dallas area location, the Big 12 Conference Board of Directors reaffirmed previous action to execute institutional grants of Tier 1 (over-the-air) and Tier 2 (cable) television rights to the Conference.
The Board also discussed a wide range of topics including NCAA legislation, the Bowl Championship Series, and exploration of a Conference dedicated TV network. Additionally, a strong desire for the University of Missouri to maintain its Big 12 affiliation was expressed. All 10 member institutions and TCU participated in the meeting.”
Interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas told the KC Star that Missouri has not withdrew from the Big 12, nor did they inform the conference on plans to do so. This comes three hours after it was considered a done deal that Missouri would withdraw today.
I am absolutely shocked that nothing came out of this. All sources indicated that Chancellor Brady Deaton’s one reason for attending the meeting was to meet with all the presidents face to face and withdraw from the Big 12. So now, one must wonder why didn’t he?
Maybe Deaton wanted to hear the from the Big 12 one last time? Maybe the Big 12 gave Missouri an ultimatum. Maybe Missouri has withdrew from the conference, but we may not know until tonight or tomorrow. The Big 12 would not make the announcement, Missouri would.
Maybe we don’t know the full details yet.
Maybe what Big 12 interim Commissioner Chuck Neinas didn’t say may be just as important as what he did say. Is the statement about a strong desire to keep Missouri in the conference strategically worded to show the Big 12 tried their ass off to keep the Tigers?
This is just getting ridiculous. Seriously Missouri. Just get it over with. I am sick of waiting. I know everyone else is, too. Just do what you are going to do already. The whole nation is waiting. Not only does the Big 12 depend on your decision, so does the SEC and Big East.
There has been no word from Missouri. If they are in fact leaving, we will know soon. Probably the second that Chip Brown writes an article declaring that Texas and the Big 12 bent over backwards for Missouri.
Powermizzou.com’s Gabe DeArmond says that just because it does NOT happen (or does not go public) today is not a reason to think anything is put off. He went as far as to say, “Missouri is going to be the in the SEC. Too many people have told me that’s the case for me not to believe it’s true. People at EVERY level of this thing. I truly believed today was the day. Today’s not over, so maybe it still is.”
As always, stay tuned…
1:45 pm: PowerMizzou’s Gabe DeArmond says via twitter that today is the day MU withdraws from the Big 12 and he’s “confident it happens.”
Whether its reported today, tonight or tomorrow, its happening.