Twitter is a very funny thing. Conventional wisdom travels like a cloud; you can never quite tell why people are suddenly assuming what they are assuming -- whether there is any basis in fact behind it, or whether it is just a sudden game of Telephone. Where there is smoke, there is only sometimes fire (Mizzou fans should know that better than any) ... but there is suddenly quite a bit of smoke. Nothing actually happened last night in terms of MIZZOUEXPANSIONAPALOOZA™ 2011 ... but it sure seemed like something was happening. We've been here plenty of times before with Twitter, of course, and people should manage their expectations accordingly. But it's impossible not to get sucked in a little bit; even Dave Matter allowed himself to get sucked in a bit.
(Strangely enough, the only thing that did happen list night was a positive for Missouri: the basketball team got another commitment. But because of MIZZOUEXPANSIONAPALOOZA™ 2011, you'll have to wait until after the jump to find out about that one.)
(And no, the last tweet in this list really doesn't have anything to do with the others. I just couldn't not share it--the Twittersphere's reaction to it was quite amusing.)
Where There's Smoke, There's Not Always Fire, But There's Suddenly A Lot Of Smoke
SB Nation: Conference Realignment: John Calipari Wants Virginia Tech, Maryland, Missouri In SEC
Mercury News: Big 12 expansion options (Boise State, BYU), Missouri to the SEC (?) and more on realignment
*** Why would Missouri want to join the SEC?
Because of the long-term stability and because when the SEC signs a new TV deal — which cannot happen without expansion — then each school will likely receive $25 million-plus per year for TV rights.
*** Why would the SEC want Missouri?
Because it’s an Association of American Universities member and because there are 2 million TV homes in the state.
Mizzou would be the SEC’s fourth AAU school, in addition to Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Florida.
(And don’t forget: UF president Bernie Machen chairs the SEC’s executive board.)
*** If SEC commish Mike Slive is considering a dedicated network comparable to what the Pac-12 has created, then Missouri and Texas A&M are smart additions: The schools add 11 million TV homes to the league’s footprint.
At $1 per in-market subscriber per month … and this is all back-of-the-napkin conjecture … that would be more than $100 million per year — just from Mizzou and A&M.
Reaction To Smoke In Big 12 Country
Daily Oklahoman: Boone Pickens: Big 12's 'got a problem' if Missouri leaves
Daily Oklahoman (Berry Tramel, Of All People): Missouri should follow its heart in conference realignment
Your turn, Missouri.
Your turn to decide whether this Dark Shadows league that can't be killed is the best place for you.
I don't know if the SEC wants Missouri, and I don't know if Missouri wants to go. But this I know. The SEC should want Mizzou, and Mizzou should want the SEC.
The Big 12 will survive without Missouri. I said something off hand 18 months ago, not sure even if I really believed it, but danged if it hasn't come to pass. […]
Mizzou brings much better markets for television contracts, thanks to Kansas City and St. Louis; much better academic reputation, which could start to appeal to the SEC with the addition of another stellar school in Texas A&M; and, don't forget, good football.
Maybe you could argue West Virginia trumps Missouri on the gridiron. But I would argue otherwise, that if you put Mizzou in the Big East the last several years, the BCS bowls would have rolled into Columbia.
Big East Goings-On
SB Nation: Big East Expansion: Temple, UCF Might Not Have Chance, Based On Report
College Football Talk: Big East not looking to expand into footprint states right away
ZagsBlog: Pitino: UConn to ACC 'Dumbest Thing' He's Ever Heard
Big 12 Still Active
The Missourian: Big 12 athletics directors put focus on league solidarity
College Football Talk: Big 12 AD's meeting in Dallas: Mizzou a wild card
The Upset Blog: Brigham Young has Big 12 offer
Dave Matter Gets Sucked In
The Trib (Dave Matter): Comparing Big 12 & SEC bowl lineups
Mizzou Football Links
PowerMizzou: Tuesday's Top Tigers
SB Nation (Self-Share!): Week 4's Overachievers, Underachievers
The Trib: John Kadlec to receive Missouri Sports Legend award
The Missourian: Tight end Michael Egnew noticeably absent from Missouri offense
We Are Mizzou: KOMU Story on Marcus Lucas
Other Football Links
SB Nation: College Football Rankings: LSU Leads The Pack Again In Week 5 BlogPoll
This Is (Sort Of) Funny
Dr. Saturday: Aggie-baiting t-shirts flaunt Baylor's misguided feeling of self-importance
Oh, Coach Gundy
YouTube: #7 Oklahoma State at #8 Texas A&M - Postgame Celebration
Mizzou Basketball Links
So Tony Criswell becomes the fourth member of Missouri's 2012 recruiting class (including Quantel Denson, whose status is still very, very much up in the air), sixth if you count transfers Keion Bell and Earnest Ross, who can't play until next year. Including all six of these players, here's the current 2012-13 roster:
Backcourt: Phil Pressey (Jr.), Mike Dixon, Jr. (Sr.), Keion Bell (Sr.), Shawn Smith (Fr.)
Frontcourt: Earnest Ross (Jr.), Kadeem Green (So.), Tony Criswell (Jr.), Quantel Denson (Jr.), Aaron Scales (Fr.)
That's nine spots, with up to four more to fill (five if Denson doesn't make it).
PowerMizzou: Tigers nab juco big man
"I was going to make my decision on October 1st," Criswell said on Tuesday night. "But I felt like there wasn't no reason to wait because I knew where I wanted to go."
The Trib: Junior college forward commits to Tigers
KC Star (Campus Corner): Mizzou hoops gets nod from juco big man
MUtigers.com: Hoops Season Tickets On Sale Wednesday
MUtigers.com: CBE Tickets Available To Public
Rush The Court: Class Schedule: Missouri Tigers