Brian Graham, KC SportsNation Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton will attend the Big 12 Presidents meeting today in Dallas, and is expected to announce Missouri's conditional withdraw (pending acceptance into another conference) from the Big 12, in person. Deaton has a good relationship with the other presidents and wants to personally shake hands with them. Deaton worked hard to save the Big 12 and wants to maintain some of the relationships so that they may have a working relationship down the line. Also, Deaton is a genuinely nice guy and is a class-act and he feels this is something he needs to do face-to-face. If this is the case, kudos to him. I would like to be in that room. While nothing is official, YET, Missouri is expected to be the SEC's 14th team and will be placed in the SEC East with Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and South Carolina and their permanent non-divisional rivalry will be Texas A&M, and not Arkansas as originally thought. [Read more...]
Brian Graham, KC SportsNation The University of Missouri Board of Curators (BoC) didn't say a whole lot today, but they said enough. After three days of meeting on Kansas City for the BoC, it is evident that Missouri has one foot out the door, is stepping out with a second and is ready to shut the door on the Big 12 and open a new door into the SEC. Nothing official came out of Missouri today. Missouri is still, currently a member of the Big 12 Conference. STILL. But the BoC gave Chancellor Brady Deaton a unanimous vote to make decisions regarding conference affiliation, meaning if MU wants to leave, there does not have to be a vote of approval. So, in other words, Missouri is gone. The remaining focus of the presser focused on the importance of Kansas City to the University of Missouri. With Missouri's departure seemingly imminent and inevitable, this has been a hot topic. What is going to happen to Kansas City, the epicenter of the MU-KU rivalry and Big 12 basketball? How [Read more...]
"Bucky," KC SportsNation Any analysis of the resurrection of MU football has to start and end with recruiting. Even MU fans would not laud head coach Gary Pinkel as a great coach, whether it is Xs and Os or schemes. He wants to get as many good athletes as he can and put them in a good position to win and they have steadily become more successful. Since MU is in a large state with relatively little competition, it is easy to see them having a good recruiting base in-state. However, any rise of the local teams can be directly attributed to Texas recruiting. Pinkel, Bill Snyder and former KU coach Mark Mangino have all had their best success when they were pulling quality players out of Texas. Nebraska, as usual, believes because they are Nebraska, that they will continue to recruit Texas even though they have withdrawn from the Big 12. Over time, that will prove to be a fallacy and it might be sooner rather than later. Nebraska believes this even though teams with more national [Read more...]
Brian Graham, KC SportsNation Sophomore quarterback James Franklin threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for 84 yards and two more touchdowns, Henry Josey ran for 129 yards and the Missouri defense forced three turnovers as Missouri won their fifth straight Telephone Trophy in an easy 52-17 win over visiting Iowa State Saturday for Missouri's 100th Homecoming, the first home game in a month. Three Missouri second quarter turnovers kept this game from getting really ugly. Missouri's first pass didn't come till their 11th offensive play, and their second didn't come until the 16th play, as Missouri jumped out to 14-0 and 28-3 leads. Missouri amassed 593 yards and didn't punt until the fourth quarter, when they kicked it three times.
Brian Graham, KC SportsNation A friend and I debated Kansas State's hot start. I said earlier in the week that the close, come-from-behind wins over Miami and Baylor gave Kansas State confidence, and momentum heading into Saturday's showdown with Missouri. He said the law of averages will pan out, and Kansas State will lose. Unfortunately, I was right. Another game, another time I ask myself, "how did Kansas State win that game?" I guess its time to stop asking the question, and just accept it. Bill Snyder is the man. Somehow, someway, the Cats, now undefeated at 5-0 after a 24-17 win over visiting Missouri, win games with less talent -- they have now done it three times this year -- and win it ugly. I don't know how the hell they are 5-0, but they are. I guess its time some credit is given when credit is due. Kansas State is 5-0 after a 24-17 win over visiting Missouri, giving head coach Bill Snyder a win on his 72nd birthday and winning for the first time in six [Read more...]
7:35 am: Bill Self had some strong comments in regards to what could happen to the MU-KU rivalry if MU and KU would no longer be in the same conference. "To me it’s a great rivalry, one of the best in college basketball without question, but I don’t think I would be interested in having a once a year game like I did when I was at Illinois, playing Missouri,” the Kansas basketball coach told the Lawrence Journal-World on Tuesday night. "I could probably change my mind (but) trust me, we would have no trouble finding another nonleague game to play. I love the rivalry. Playing home and home in the league is great and all those things ... (but) I can’t imagine, why would we continue playing? If they choose to be somewhere other than with us and with the other schools that they’ve been a part of and could jeopardize the future of the other schools ... I’m not going to make a commitment now that we’d ever play again. I’m not saying we won’t. I’m certainly not going to pretend that we [Read more...]
10:29 pm: Remember when everyone bashed Nebraska, then Texas A&M for leaving the Big 12, saying they "couldn't compete?" Well Missouri fans, it will be thrust upon you now after the Missouri Board of Curators gave Chancellor Brady Deaton the authority to explore conference affiliation. To me, this is the last major hurdle Missouri has to leap to leave the Big 12. Officially, MU hasn't stated it is leaving the Big 12. But it sure as hell doesn't sound like they're staying. Missouri had two choices today, "We are proud members of the Big 12" or today's result. You tell me, what you think today's decision means. If they are posturing for more leverage, they can't posture any further. But, remember Oklahoma did the same thing and everyone thought they were headed to Pac-12 and didn't leave. This doesn't mean Missouri is gone, but it sure seems that way. I think Missouri is gone. I'd say its about a 80-90% chance. More telling signs: 1) It doesn't take four hours to [Read more...]
2:21 pm: I tried to stay away from realignment/expansion as long as I could and actually enjoy some football this weekend. There is some news to pass along. First off, over the weekend Texas A&M formally joined the SEC. No surprise here. It was all but a formality. With the loss of Texas A&M official, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports all the Focus on Mizzou, who last week didn't necessarily sound like a school that was "all-in" for a reformed Big 12. Things got interesting last night when their reports surfaced that West Virginia was going to be the SEC's 14th team, less than a week after it was said they were declined by both the ACC and SEC. This was started via a tweet from 97.3 FM ESPN radio in New Jersey, hosted by a West Virginia alum, "I'm hearing #WVU will leave Big East, for the SEC. Expect announcement by weekend." Two hours later he added, "Hearing there will be a press conference on Wednesday to announce that #WVU will be a member of the SEC." That [Read more...]
Missouri embarrasses Western Illinois, Kansas defensive futility continues, Tech gun-slinger Doege sets NCAA mark and Wright sets another Baylor record Brian Graham, KC Sports Nation Records are meant to be broken. Plenty were in week three in the Big 12. Most were good, some VERY bad. First, the good. in Columbia, Missouri dominated in historic fashion, racking up a school-record 750 yards in annihilation of Western Illinois 69-0. The FCS Leathernecks (1-2) gained just 44 yards and netted just one first down in the most-dominating effort I have seen in a long time. The Tigers rushed for 428 yards and now lead the Big 12 in rushing at 257 yards per game. Speaking of rushing leaders, Missouri sophomore Henry Josey has made the best of his playing time. Josey was one of a four-man rotation last season, and all returned this season. But because of injuries, Josey is the only one left and one of only two scholarship running backs left active. He rushed for [Read more...]
After taking a few hours to digest Missouri’s 37-30 overtime loss last Friday night, I come away being more encouraged than discouraged. The offense was very encouraging and much improved, looking ten times better than it did a week prior in a lackluster 17-6 win over visiting Miami (OH), mostly because of the play of quarterback James Franklin.