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Mizzou to the Big Ten?  Really?

This seems to be a hot topic lately...I'm curious to know what everyone thinks.  There's an article on ESPN about it you can find on the links for December 15th.


I guess I'm of the opinion that it would hamper our development in a lot of sports.  Having the Tejas schools around may be a pain in a lot of ways, but I think the benefit of being able to play many sporting events in favorable venues/weather in front of big crowds (and being able to sell that to recruits not just from Texas but all over the country) really helps us out.

If we're concerned about being outclassed by our current competition, I recall the Texas schools not really being juggernauts when they came over to the Big XII.  For a number of years Nebraska, K-State and Colo. ruled the midway as much as anyone except maybe A&M.  Maybe the cycle will die down again...especially maybe for Oklahoma.

Still, I know many are upset about us getting passed over for bowls.  That's a legitimate complaint, but why not see about creating a band of down-trodden Big XII AD's to stand up and rally for change?  Maybe we get the short end of the stick frequently on things like bowl selection, but half the other schools have to know they'd be getting it just as bad in many cases when they have a surprise season only to get schlepped to San Antonio while Nebraska or a Texas school heads off to the Gator Bowl.  Still, getting snubbed for Iowa State hurts (although I think we got screwed on that one because they NEVER get to go to bowls, so their fans are guaranteed to travel for the end of a season when the team knocks off Nebraska and is bowl-eligible).

Ultimately, I think it would be beneficial in a lot of ways for Mizzou to leave for the Big Ten (TV contract, favorable bowl opportunities, regional rivalries, and likely a serious boost to academics, which may wind up being the deciding factors), but heck, what kind of school are we if we can't accomplish those things in the better conference?  If anything, we should stay in the Big XII since it really is the way of the future, I believe.  The upgrades and progress Missouri has made in athletics over the last few years are encouraging to me as well.

Bottom line, Mizzou has no excuse not to be the best school in the Big XII North, and a top four school in the conference overall.  It's the flagship university for the second most populous state in the conference, it's book-ended by two of the three largest TV markets in the North, and HAS NO SIGNIFICANT IN STATE RIVAL for recruits.  We have no excuses not to be better, but it seems to me we are on the way to realizing our potential already.  Why move?  With success, things will get better.

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