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The governing board of the University of Missouri unanimously gave its chancellor the authority Friday to move the school out of the Big 12 Conference. [...] Deaton said discussions about realignment are ongoing and a "decision will be undertaken expeditiously." He did not name the SEC or any conference other than the Big 12 during a news conference sitting alongside athletic director Mike Alden and other school officials.
"We've provided information to the SEC," Deaton said. "We would anticipate that any decision we make would be apropos to next season."
The school also decided to explore setting up a holiday basketball tournament and annual football game in Kansas City with an unidentified rival -- Kansas would fit the bill -- moves designed to answer critics who say departing the Big 12 will gut storied traditions that date back decades. Missouri and Kansas have played each other in football for 119 years.
“I don’t feel any obligation to play Missouri,’’ said Self at Thursday’s Big 12 media day in Kansas City. “The Missouri fans want us to play, but I’m not sure Kansas fans care. If they’re not in our league then we should do what’s best for us. If it’s to play them in the Sprint Center, then so be it. But I’m not sure that will be the case.’’