Big 12 commish: Mizzou making a mistake

November, 6, 2011
11/06/11
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Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas says Missouri's move to the SEC is the wrong one.

"The decision by the University of Missouri to leave the Big 12 Conference is disappointing," Neinas said in a statement. "Mizzou has been a valuable member, with a Conference connection to schools in the Big 12 that dates back to 1907. I personally believe this decision is a mistake and that Missouri is a better fit in the Big 12. Once we have received a formal notice of withdrawal from Missouri, we will furnish it to our Board of Directors. The Board will review the situation and take appropriate action."

Interesting that Missouri didn't formally withdraw from the conference before announcing the move to the SEC, too.

Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin released a statement Sunday, too.

"We are pleased that Missouri will be joining Texas A&M in the SEC — the nation's preeminent athletic conference — next season," Loftin said in the statement. "Like Texas A&M, Missouri is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is a great addition to the SEC in terms of academics, geography, a passionate fan base, and a well-rounded athletic program. I have had numerous conversations with Chancellor Deaton over the past several months, and I know he approached this decision deliberately and methodically as he acted in the best long-term interests of his fine institution. We are excited about what the future holds for both the Aggies and the Tigers as members of the SEC."

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