The Bishin Cutter wrote:
Mizzou isn't leaving the SEC. The Big Ten, once having a perfect opportunity, burned that bridge for a long time; and as long as Delany & many of those B1G Presidents are around, it will not be considered.
I think Missouri would come to the table if the B1G called.
Missouri is NOT leaving the SEC for the B1G. The B1G had their chance with the Tigers and blew it by choosing Nebraska. Mizzou Nation is all SEC all the time an is reasonably happy with it.
I think the faculty, administration, and board of trustees would say otherwise. And if Maryland could walk from the ACC, Missouri can walk from a conference it hardly knows. Mind you, it's not that I think they should come to the table if called, because I think they have a great reason to be pissed about being stiff-armed from the conference. Why Rutgers ahead of them? A television market? Really?! New Brunswick is a dump, and Rutgers is Fallback U.
But I do think Missouri still fits the mold of what the B1G tends to target: low-baggage schools from conferences with swelling demand. If we look at the "pattern:"
Penn State: independent, A10
Nebraska: ultimatum, separated from Oklahoma in Big XII, culturally split from Colorado
Maryland: ACC outlier, no historic rival
Rutgers: 30 years ago played a Patriot League-like schedule, no historic rival in Big East, passed over by ACC
...a school like Missouri is relatively easy to acquire. Far easier to pluck than, say, ACC and B12 schools.
But, ultimately, I think the Big Ten, by taking Rutgers and Maryland, shot themselves logistically in the foot. Neither school gets them into the "core" of the ACC or any closer to Notre Dame, which are the supposed endgames. It opens the door for the likes of the Service Academies (Air Force and Navy), Pitt (until it officially joins the ACC in June/July), Syracuse (same as Pitt), UConn (probably the rejected applicant from the Fall), Rice, and Tulane. Those are the schools that can readily join if the move to 16 is, in fact, on. So, if those above are on the board, and Missouri's only not because of this perceived "happiness with the SEC," who are the ideal candidates?
I don't know...maybe Pitt and Missouri are the best this conference can do from here on out?