Sunday, November 06, 2011

Mizzou is No. 14

The Sporting News reported on Saturday that the University of Missouri will be introduced as the SEC's 14th school in just a few days.
Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton canceled a business trip to India scheduled to run through the second week of this month. A high-placed SEC source also said Missouri would be placed in the East Division to avoid any potential scheduling conflicts with longstanding conference rivalries.
There are numerous reasons the SEC and Missouri held off on announcing the news sooner, including Missouri’s negotiations with the Big 12 on exit fees. Another reason the SEC held off: Administrators wanted the league’s marquee game—Saturday’s LSU at Alabama, No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup—to be the focus of the news cycle over the last two weeks.
Missouri, like Texas A&M, will be a complete conference member from the day it is officially announced and will share equally in the league’s revenue.
Missouri's purported placement in the East would set up the SEC this way:
EAST
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
Missouri
South Carolina
Tennessee
Vanderbilt

WEST
Alabama
Arkansas
Auburn
LSU
Mississippi
Mississippi State
Texas A&M

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