Mizzou Links, 5-28-10

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Now that Mizzou has been eliminated from Big 12 title game contention, tomorrow will officially be the last time Aaron Senne and the seniors take the field in a Mizzou uniform.  A tip of the cap to all of them.

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  • Kansas
    Joe Posnanski: A Ticket Scandal
    KC Star: OU's Castiglione aware that Oklahoma was mentioned in KU report
    KC Star: KU officials say new director of ticket operations wasn't involved in scandal
  • Oklahoma
    The Dagger: Oklahoma's Tiny Gallon defends himself against allegations

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  • Mizzou Track & Field
    MUtigers.com: Farmer, Dixon Highlight Day One at NCAA First Round

Expansion

  • KC Star (Campus Corner): Big 12 Playing the Blame Game

    Now, as far as Missouri and/or Nebraska being disloyal to the Big 12 by considering better pay days if invited to and accepted into the Big Ten?

    Well, Castiglione seems to understand that he would do the same thing if OU were presented with a similar opportunity, which the Sooners might well be at some point. What Castiglione sees as a valid objection is the public way that consideration seems to be playing out.

    "It’s all the talking about it that has gotten under the skin of some people," he said. "It seems to some people like they’re trying to play both ends against the middle."

    ...

    Rather than harp about how Missouri and Nebraska seem to be hurting some feelings around the Big 12, the way some Big 12 officials - including Commissioner Dan Beebe - are posturing and posing, they have no one to blame but themselves.

    When all this talk began with Missouri being willing to listen to bettering itself outside the Big 12, Beebe and league athletic directors could have acknowledge that concerns over revenue splits and the Texas-centric bowl process were valid and would be addressed. Instead, what we’ve heard is how wonderful everything is in the Big 12 and a growing chorus of petulant bleating.

    Echoed in some quarters of the media - i.e., highlighting the number of sports championships or titles not won by Missouri as some convoluted sort of reasoning against the value of seeking a better financial package - as evidence that the Big 12 is somehow being wronged.

    Here's my question: is Beebe going to give Texas the same ultimatum he gives Mizzou and (maybe) Nebraska at the Big 12 meetings?  After all, UT's "We're keeping our options open" talk (in regard to independence) is every bit as bad as anything anybody actually associated with Mizzou's athletic department has said.  Plus, how exactly would Texas creating their own TV network help the conference?  Are they going to ask Texas the same stupid "Are you in or out, a**holes??" questions everybody now expects them to ask Mizzou?  I think we know the answer.

    (That, and ... to Mike Dearmond and everybody else in the media: if we end up in the Big Ten one day, it's not because of revenue splits and the bowl process.  Again, those are about Reasons #6 and #10.  They're annoying and frustrating, but ... TV REVENUE AND ACADEMICS.  That's why we would accept a Big Ten bid, and associating anything else to a possible move is just a distraction.  It's like breaking up with a girl who cheated on you twelve times and saying it's because she snores.
    )

    And speaking of Texas...
  • Dawg Sports: "Don't Mess With Texas": Why Snagging the Longhorns is Critical if the SEC is to Survive Big Ten Expansion

And this doesn't necessarily have to do with extinction, but with my love of the What If game, I would be remiss if I didn't pass along a lovely post from SBN's Rutgers site, On the Banks, entitled "What If? Five Big East historical counterfactuals."  Fun.

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