Below is a blog from Missourinet affiliate KTGR/Columbia-Matt Michaels.
Mizzou’s membership in the SEC would have been a fantasy if the Tigers’ old rivals had jumped ship first… and it may have had a chance of happening.
A report in the Omaha World-Herald says an unnamed Big 12 athletic director pitched some Big 10 athletic directors on a potential expansion plan in June 2010. The plan would have seen five Big 12 members jump ship: Oklahoma, Iowa State, Texas A&M, Nebraska… and Kansas.
The idea got a good reception from the Big 10, but got hung up on a revenue-sharing plan that would satisfy everyone. Reportedly, it would take three to four years for all the schools to reap the financial benefits, and when Nebraska and Colorado left the conference on their own, the five-team deal was dead on the vine.
Never mind who orchestrated the “Big 16″ plan – Oklahoma’s Joe Castiglione and Iowa State’s Jamie Pollard are the only AD’s in that group of five still in the Big 12 now – but it would make the most sense to be someone in that pack of teams. The deal also would have broken up the oldest college rivalry west of the Mississippi.
You know, the same MU-KU rivalry the folks in Lawrence refuse to reignite because the Tigers “ditched them” for the SEC. The rivalry the Jayhawks apparently were ready to abandon long before Missouri’s move down south.