Courtesy: The Kansas City Star
COLUMBIA | The Southeastern Conference has an offer on the table for Missouri to join its league, and SEC officials are willing to wait for an answer from Missouri until the future of the Big 12 is decided.
That information has come to The Star through a Mizzou booster who spoke directly to a MU official. Another source told The Star on Tuesday that an Oklahoma official had said the SEC is interested in Missouri.
MU chancellor Brady Deaton has gone on record numerous times that, as chairman of the Big 12’s Board of Directors, he is working on keeping the Big 12 together.
But with Texas and Oklahoma regents each authorizing school officials to look elsewhere on Monday, the prospects of a viable Big 12 without either or both of those schools would be in question.
“Apparently they’ve come to us,” the MU booster said of the SEC. “I’ve been told there is an offer on the table.”
That same source said it was the second time the SEC has made an overture to Missouri, the first coming last year.
“After the Big Ten thing started falling apart,” the source said of the summer of 2010, “they wanted to talk to us. We didn’t talk to them.”
The “legitimate interest,” the booster said, came at a point when remaining Big 12 members agreed to stick together in spite of Nebraska going to the Big Ten Conference and Colorado to the Pac-10 last year.
Considering the threat of legal action against Texas A&M and the SEC raised by Baylor, Missouri and the SEC would prefer to keep an offer to MU under wraps until the Big 12 actually ceases to be a viable entity.
It is unclear exactly who would be the person or persons at Missouri to make a decision on the SEC offer.
Some believe Deaton may be the decision maker, or that it could be interim University of Missouri system president Steve Owens. Or, the issue could be brought before the Missouri Board of Curators.
Missouri officials have consistently refused to comment on specific speculation about Missouri’s future, other than to note Deaton was working at trying to keep the Big 12 Conference viable.
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