With a mountain of weekend links, I figured I should break things out into two posts: a Hello, SEC post now and your typical Mizzou Links post in a couple of hours.
SEC Digital Network: SEC Welcomes Missouri and Texas A&M
SEC Digital Network: The SEC Tradition Continues
- SEC On Demand: Brady Deaton, Univ. of Missouri Chancellor
Mizzou Network: Proud To Be SEC
Mizzou Network: A New Era Begins
The Trib (Dave Matter): Looking back on Missouri's journey to the SEC
Dec. 19, 2009
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ruffles feathers around the Big 12 when he says MU should listen if the Big Ten is interested. "I’m not going to say anything bad about the Big 12," he told The Associated Press, "but when you compare Oklahoma State to Northwestern, when you compare Texas Tech to Wisconsin, I mean, you begin looking at educational possibilities that are worth looking at." […]
May 10, 2010
Missouri issues a statement declining to respond to a Kansas City radio report that the Big Ten had invited Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Rutgers. […]
June, 14, 2010
Texas and other Big 12 South schools reportedly rebuff offers to join the Pac-12, ensuring the Big 12’s survival. "We are committed to a new long-term 10-team structure," Texas President Bill Powers says in Austin. "We’re excited about the Big 12 Conference and for its continued growth," MU AD Mike Alden responds in a statement. […]
Sept. 20, 2011
Rather than add Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech, the Pac-12 decides against expanding. […]
Oct. 21, 2011
At a closed meeting in Kansas City, the curators grant Deaton authority to handle conference negotiations and direct Deaton to explore hosting a basketball tournament and football game in Kansas City.
Nov. 6, 2011
The SEC officially announces Missouri as its 14th member, effective July 1, 2012. […]
July 1, 2012
Missouri and Texas A&M officially become full-fledged members of the SEC.
- The Trib: John Darkow cartoon
- KC Star: Mizzou wakes up to new life in Southeastern Conference
- College Football Talk: Additions spark celebrations for Big 12, SEC
- Baton Rouge Advocate: Missouri stepping up in class with move to SEC
Team Speed Kills: Welcome Texas A&M and Missouri
Team Speed Kills: Florida's Glad to Never Have to Face Missouri or Texas A&M in a Bowl Again
- Roll Bama Roll: Alabama's All-Time Records Against SEC Opponents
The Big 12 Was Pretty Good To Mizzou
Post-Dispatch: Big 12 played large role in Mizzou's rise
But as the move neared, athletics director Mike Alden found it impossible not to give a final nod of gratitude to a 16-year relationship that crumbled in the last year.
"Where we are today is absolutely a direct result of the competition and type of institutions we were associated with," he said. "We’re better because of that and thankful for that type of opportunity.
"When we went into the Big 12, think about where we were ranking-wise across the board academically, financially, competitively and facility-wise. When we went into the Big 12, we were ill-prepared to compete." [...]
Mizzou started its Big 12 tenure low on funding with an annual budget of about $10 million, stagnant in facilities and surely lacking success.
The athletic department now boasts a budget in the neighborhood of $59 million (2010-11) and last week announced plans for $200 million in improvements with half of the funding ready to roll.
It’s a bold move at a time when increased resources are going to play a role in dictating how competitive Mizzou can be.
"There’s never enough of everything, but I believe we have planned very carefully in all components of the university," Deaton said. "That’s not to say there’s not going to be glitches here and there. There are going to be all kinds of new adjustments. Actually, we see those on a day-to-day basis."