We start with ... Tyler Gabbert? Mark Turgeon? No. Jay Nixon. After this David Ubben piece, I have no choice.
After the Big Ten announced in December of 2009 that it planned to explore expanding the league's membership, Missouri governor Jay Nixon was outspoken in support of Missouri exploring the possibilities of a move to the Big Ten.
His comments, though, caused Bohn to assess what lied ahead in Colorado's future.
""The governor's remarks got me going. We had to do something, and fast," Bohn told the Denver Post's Woody Paige.
The Pac-10 had hired former Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg as chief operating officer. Bohn and Weiberg fast-tracked private talks, and the Buffaloes announced intentions in mid-June to join the Pac-10. The next day, Nebraska turned to the Big Ten. Missouri was left behind.
Nixon's hilariously ineffective, misguided clarifier that preceded his inflammatory comments didn't earn Missouri any friends across the conference, but I doubt anyone thought it could have accelerated the process of expansion during the summer. Nevermind that his comments were dealing with Big Ten expansion. His comments appeared to have the biggest effect on Pac-10 expansion.
With half the Big 12 still mulling a move to the Pac-10, Colorado booked its ticket west to try and connect with its large alumni base in California, leaving Baylor likely without a home and the Big 12 South's other five teams with a decision to make.
Ultimately, they decided to stay in the Big 12, which is why you aren't reading this post on the Pac-16 blog.
Had Nixon kept quiet, who knows what would have happened. But at the very least, it seems Colorado's move to the Pac-10 might have come a bit later, if at all.
I'm sorry, but this is absolutely ridiculous. No, it didn't have anything to do with money or opportunity ... it was that darn Missouri governor opening his big mouth (almost six months before invitations went out) that caused Colorado to leave. "Had Nixon kept quiet" ... Larry Scott still would have attempted to hit a home run, and Colorado still would have probably ended up in the Pac-12, thinking that 4-5 other Big 12 schools might be soon to follow.
If I could create a time machine to go back and get Nixon to shut the hell up, I would. Not only did it do no good to completely alienate Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, but it created the "Mizzou's opening up its blouse and throwing itself at the Big Ten!" perception ... which also obviously did Mizzou no good. But ... please. If this honestly affected Bohn's decision -- if this was Bohn's first hint that things were a bit dysfunctional in the Big 12 -- that's on Bohn, not on Nixon. I love the thought that one comment a Mizzou alum makes impacts the rest of the BCS universe, but ... please.
Just emailed the editor at Lindy's preview mag. "Remember that Gabbert-Franklin QB battle I wrote about? Has your deadline passed?"
Mizzou Football Links
MUtigers.com: Tyler Gabbert Will Transfer From Mizzou
The Trib: Missouri quarterback Tyler Gabbert to transfer
KC Star: Tyler Gabbert leaving Mizzou
Post-Dispatch: Tyler Gabbert decides to leave Mizzou
Fox Sports MW: Younger Gabbert to transfer from Mizzou
ESPN.com (David Ubben): Transfer could fare well for Mizzou, Gabbert
SB Nation KC: What Went Into Tyler Gabbert's Decision To Transfer?
Dr. Saturday (Graham Watson): Gabbert's transfer a stunning outcome after strong spring (The timing caught us a bit off-guard, yes, but ... 'stunning,' Graham?)
PowerMizzou: 2012 Football Hot Board: Offense
Big 12 Basketball Links
Testudo Times: Maryland Hires Mark Turgeon to Replace Gary Williams as Head Men's Basketball Coach
Houston Chronicle: Turgeon leaves A&M to take coaching job at Maryland
Rush the Court: Mark Turgeon Heads To Maryland
The Dagger: Texas A&M's Mark Turgeon would be a savvy hire for Maryland
Dallas Morning News: Too many differences for Turgeon, A&M to work
Other Mizzou Links
- We Are Mizzou: 2011 Senior Sendoff
MUtigers.com: Makeup Game with Cowgirls Pushed Back
MUtigers.com: Schmidt Named Big 12 Player of the Week
SimmonsField.com: Mizzou Baseball Quotes & Notes
Mizzou Men's Golf
MUtigers.com: Men's Golf Qualifies For NCAA Regionals
The Trib: MU men's golf team headed to Southeast Regional
MUtigers.com: Marable Wins Gold at Pan-Ams
Mizzou Track & Field
MUtigers.com: Leslie Farmer to Appear on ESPNU