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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Missouri governor takes shot at Tech, OSU

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

There's nothing quite like having a politician stir up some controversy by taking a shot at a current conference rivalry.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon made Missouri's next trip to Stillwater and Lubbock a little bit more eventful when he made derogatory remarks toward Texas Tech and Oklahoma State while saying the Tigers should explore all options in joining the Big Ten Conference.

Nixon, a Missouri alum, said his old school needs to think strongly about switching conferences -- primarily because he believes the Big Ten is a superior academic conference.

"I'm not going to say anything bad about the Big 12, but when you compare Oklahoma State to Northwestern, when you compare Texas Tech to Wisconsin, I mean, you begin looking at educational possibilities that are worth looking at," Nixon said in an interview with The Associated Press.

I thought he wasn't going to say anything bad about the Big 12?

However the conference switch plays out, something tells me that Tech and OSU fans will long remember Nixon's words.