It seems that anytime Mizzou fans feel a little pride in their team, their school, or themselves, somebody (the media, fans of another school, the football gods) have to come in and make sure we don't get our hopes up too much. They promise to always be there when something starts to go our way to remind us that we aren't as good as we think we are, that our University has nothing to be proud of.
Mizzou nation is at an extremely pivotal moment in its long, storied history. We are waiting not-so-patiently to see if we'll be spending our next Fall in the warmth of the Florida sun, or in the bitter winds of the Iowa plains. It's extremely easy to get caught up in the excitement, as I myself have spent countless hours on this very website to see if there were any more clues to tell me what my school's landing place will be. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the opinions of other Mizzou fans, both for and against leaving the Big 12, but as you all know it's not always Mizzou fans that have their opinions on this move.
Most recently, we have been caught up in more expansion talk, and are possibly going to either the best football conference in the country, or staying in the second best football conference in the country. It's an extremely exciting time for Mizzou fans, as drawn out as it may be. But it's not only excitement for us, there seems to be a constant battle to "defend our honor" against opposing fanbases who refuse to admit the fact that Mizzou has ANY kind of draw outside of the large TV markets located near Columbia (and even those aren't Mizzou markets, they're saturated with other fans because it's IMPOSSIBLE that anyone outside of Columbia likes Mizzou athletics.) It's very easy to get angry and lash back, I'm guilty of venturing over to RCT and arguing with some of the ridiculous comments fans have made over there. Many SEC fans (not all, some have been GREAT over here at RMN) seem to think Mizzou is no more than a college with high school athletics, and refuse to lower their "standards" to let a school into their conference that has 40 wins in 4 years against a conference (in their eyes) that's apparently the equivalent to C-USA. When we as Mizzou fans try to defend our school, we are then alienated by the fanbases we are arguing with because we disagree with their opinions. Other Big 12 fanbases outside of Missouri are upset with Mizzou because we are "contributing further" to the instability we "caused" two years ago by "flirting" with the Big Ten. (Full disclaimer... Mizzou NEVER went on the record about that...) We're the bad guys for wanting to leave a conference that has four other members that would leave for the PAC-12 in a heartbeat, we're the bad guys for wanting to join a conference we apparently aren't good enough to join, we're the bad guys for wanting what's best for our University. When does it change? When does the media stop putting our University in a bad light, even though other Universities have been in the exact same position as us? If we leave, it's our fault the Big 12 has problems, it's our fault the KC economy suffers, it's our fault college athletics will never be the same. Mizzou is one of many schools that has considered switching conferences to benefit itself. Look at TCU. They pledged to join the Big East, and bailed (allegedly) the year before they would begin Big East play to join the Big 12. They are seen as making a SMART move, to leave an unstable conference and upgrade its status in the college football world. Nebraska leaves the Big 12 to join the Big 10, and they are praised for their smart decision. Same with Colorado. Same with Utah. I can NOT figure out where the bias against Mizzou originated.
Personally, I would be happy if Mizzou joined the SEC, or stayed in the Big 12. There is GREAT new competition in the SEC and great money waiting for us. In the Big 12, we have ancient rivalries and a new revenue system available. I just wish wherever we end up, this "pointing the finger at Mizzou for all of our problems" thing would end.