Alvarez: Big Ten to push for 12th team
Notre Dame is the coveted school, but they still seem resistant. Mizzou and Pitt have been mentioned with Vanderbilt and Rutgers as dark horses.
If Big Ten Called, Missouri Would Listen
If the Big Ten calls, Missouri WILL listen and with an enthusiastic ear.
I've been told exactly that by numerous sources close to and within Mizzou.
Missouri officials - although they have not yet openly gone beyond admitting they are frustrated by the Big 12 Conference bowl selection process - know the school is a second-class citizen in the monster that gobbled up the old Big Eight.
Missouri Confirms Stance on Big 10
"The University of Missouri has not been contacted by the Big 10. Should there be an official inquiry or invitation, we would evaluate it based upon what would be in the best interest of MU athletically and academically."
Here's a blog advocating for Mizzou to move to the Big Ten.
Thoughts? I like the old Big 8 schools and I'd really like to see Mizzou stay, but I understand their frustration. OTOH, I don't think they're exactly going to be a big dog in the Big Ten. That conference is run by Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. The grass may not necessarily be greener on the other side.
There have also been grumblings Texas is dissatisfied with the Big 12 which seems kinda crazy. Is there a possibility of entire conference breaking up?