Missouri to SEC?

By: Kim Allen Email
By: Kim Allen Email

With dozens of schools and almost every college conference affected by realignment, rumors, reports and speculation have emerged almost daily.

The Southeastern Conference on Tuesday responded to a report by the Kansas City Star, citing an unidentified booster, that Missouri was on deck to join the conference if the Big 12 fell apart.

"The SEC has not extended an invitation to any school beyond Texas A&M since it extended invitations to Arkansas and South Carolina," SEC associate commissioner Charles Bloom said.

The Missouri Board of Curators has set a public meeting for Thursday morning followed by an executive session.

The school said in a release that the executive session would deal with, among other things, lease, contract, personnel and confidential or privileged communications with university counsel.

As the Big East tries to figure out a survival strategy, the Pac-12 is nearing a decision on whether it wants to stretch farther east.

Big East football school officials were to meet Tuesday night in New York City to discuss the league's future, and a Pac-12 official expects conference presidents in that league to decide by the end of the week if they want to expand again.

The future of the Big East could be tied to the future of the Big 12.

Although Syracuse and Pittsburgh know they're headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference, Texas and Oklahoma both are trying to decide whether to leave the Big 12 for the Pac-12, taking Oklahoma State and Texas Tech with them.

Five Big 12 schools — Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri — might be left if others defect.

Officials from those five schools have been in contact with the remaining Big East members about the possibility of merging to create one conference.

But the Big East might be facing more defections.

UConn President Susan Herbst said no formal application has been filed with any conference, and the school has not ruled out staying in a reconstituted Big East.

ACC Commissioner John Swofford has said his league is comfortable with 14 members, which it will have when Pitt and Syracuse join, but it is not "philosophically" opposed to expanding to 16.

Adding UConn and possibly Rutgers, located in New Jersey, would allow the ACC to further extend its reach into the Northeast and New York City television market.

Read more: http://www.kentucky.com/2011/09/21/1890902/next-sec-target-reported-to-be.html#ixzz1YdzwHoqG

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