Mizzou meeting likely will include SEC talk
Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 7:01 pm
By JOHN HANNA
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri’s governing board opened a two-day meeting Thursday amid speculation that the university is close to leaving the Big 12 Conference for the SEC.
Conference affiliation wasn’t listed on the agenda, which includes closed sessions Thursday and today. University spokeswoman Jennifer Hollingshead said the curators do not plan to discuss the topic until at least today.
Steve Owens, acting president of the four-campus Missouri system, declined to comment about the curators’ possible discussions, and board Chairman Warren Erdman added: “I’m not going to talk about that.”
Earlier this month, the curators gave Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton authority to explore leaving the Big 12. Missouri officials are considering a move to the Southeastern Conference in hopes of getting greater television revenue.
An internal university document obtained recently by The Associated Press showed Missouri hopes to gain as much as $12 million annually in additional television and cable revenue in the SEC if other factors fall into place. But the school could also face a hefty exit fee from the Big 12.
The SEC has not commented publicly on Missouri’s interest. Adding a team would require approval by each member, which currently stands at 12 schools.
Missouri would be the fourth school to abandon the Big 12. Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-12) left over the summer and Texas A&M will join the SEC next year.
Published in The Messenger 10.21.11