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Mizzou Links, 9-28-11

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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.)

Until Missouri comes out and publicly states it is staying in the Big 12, I'm not buying the SEC at 13 in 2012.
Sep 27 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

Missouri fans, it looks like your campaign to join the SEC is working. Well played.
Sep 28 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

When Mizzou makes it official, the Big 12 will be down to Texas and 7 schools with no other place to go. Nice going, DeLoss. Happy now?
Sep 28 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

B12 bracing for Mizzou to leave, considering a plan to add 4 schools: BYU, Boise, WVU and Ville. Many steps btwn here and there, of course
Sep 28 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

Just now seeing this: AP reports that Big 12's "special working group" will be president/chancellors from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas & Iowa St
Sep 28 via HootSuiteFavoriteRetweetReply

#Big12 - if you want to talk expansion you have to think TCU. If you want to talk bigger, Houston makes sense. Even bigger? Rice and SMU.
Sep 27 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

  • 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

Other Football Links

  • BlogPoll
    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).

Other Mizzou Links

  • Student-Athletes Raise Money for Joplin
  • Mizzou Volleyball
    The Missourian: Texans on MU volleyball team show love for home state
  • Mizzou Men's Golf Freshman Zech Leads Tiger Golfers at Notre Dame