This is going to be a rare editorial comment on the blog. this is what I consider a fairly serious comment. I love the Big 12 and the history behind it, I love Mizzou and it's history with different past configurations with the Big 12 over the last 106 years. I love what the one two punch of Mizzou and Kansas bring economically to the Kansas City Market and I truly respect the SEC and their traditions that they have built over the years.
I want Mizzou to stay in the Big 12. This is where they belong. I hated to see Nebraska and Colorado leave the conference but those decisions were made right after Texas made their big deal with ESPN. I think if Nebraska and Colorado had stayed and helped Mizzou fight the Texas money machine, the Mizzou issue would not even be in question. Mizzou is standing up to the Texas money machine and as of tonight it appears they may be making headway.
Mizzou is a very good acquisition for any conference. They are an AAU school, of which the SEC only has two members right now. Mizzou has shown that they are competitive in a wide range of sports including football, basketball, baseball, softball, and wrestling. I can see where the SEC might be very interested in adding Mizzou as a 14th team to the conference. It would ease the scheduling. Mizzou borders three states with SEC universities in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas.
That being said Mizzou simply belongs in the Big 12. Rivals have been built over the years with Kansas State, Oklahoma, Iowa State and most important the University of Kansas. Missouri and Kansas is one of the longest lasting rivalries in the nation and one of the most intense in all sports. No matter if Mizzou has a great baseball team or football team or if Kansas has a great Basketball team or Track and field, the other school always seems to find the extra oomph that keeps the rivalry alive and intense.
Mizzou has no such partner in crime in the SEC like they do with Kansas in the Big 12. The rivalry alone is worth lots of money to the conference every time they meet on a football field or a basketball court. It is a rivalry worth doing everything you can to keep it going. The border wars is known throughout the country.
Another reason that it is important that Mizzou stays in the Big 12 is the annual economic boost that it brings to the Kansas City metropolitan area each year. The fact that Mizzou and Kansas are in the conference brings the big twelve football championship to Kansas City every other year and brings the Big 12 post season basketball tournament to Kansas City every other year. Not only that but every year the Kansas vs Mizzou football game is held in Kansas city every year bringing in a full house to Arrowhead and an economic boost to the city.
All of that would likely be gone of Mizzou went to the SEC. The governor of the state and the mayor of Kansas City should be pushing hard to convince Mizzou to stay in the Big 12. Mizzou would be on the outside edges of the SEC and likely would not get any of the conference wide tournaments.
A lot of my SEC friends say that Mizzou can not be competitive in the SEC. I don't agree with that. Mizzou has lost four games in football so far this year, all to ranked teams. three of those losses were on the road. One went into overtime against Arizona State, a second one was a ten point loss to then number 1 Oklahoma in Norman, and the third was at Kansas State where mistakes made by a young team lost the game in the final minutes. Even the one game that Missouri really got beat by Oklahoma State, there were plenty of mistakes made by the young team that is still competitive in the toughest conference in the country. I say that and I may be a little bias thinking that the Big 12 is a tougher conference than the SEC.
I believe that Mizzou could go toe to toe in football with most of the SEC. I think they would be a new power house in Basketball n the SEC and Mizzou would add another dimension in presenting yet another threat in Baseball from the SEC. I am not afraid or intimidated by the SEC and Mizzou's ability to compete there. If they move, the will be competitive.
The bottom line as far as I am concerned is the history and tradition of Mizzou playing in Big 12. It is the fact that a Mizzou presence in the Big 12 would keep all of the championship games out of Texas and give the northern teams a chance to play closer to home instead of annual trips to Texas for conference championships. It is the fact that Kansas City would continue it's tradition as being a home to basketball championships and tournaments.
There is much more to be gained by staying in the Big 12 then being a fringe University in the SEC. The SEC can pick up a number of other programs besides Mizzou. The Big 12 could easily get other programs to fill the slot that a Mizzou move would open up. However, I don't think there is a program that could replace Mizzou.
Stay in the Big 12 where you belong Mizzou. For tradition, for the border war, for the conference and for Kansas City.