So, I’m about to report the sort of thing that I’ve previously made fun of in no uncertain terms.
It appears that unless something drastic happens in the coming days or weeks, Mizzou and the Big XII are as good as Splitsville. After a four-hour curator’s meeting on Tuesday, MU chancellor Brady Deaton was given permission by the board to seek conference alignment elsewhere.
While it’s still far from certain, this feels, well, certain. Much more so than any of the previous speculation and rumors that have plagued the internet. Hey, when KC Star Mizzou beat writer Mike DeArmond (@sptwri) is throwing it out there (“My prediction: Missouri is out of the Big 12 Conference and into the SEC by next season.”) in his Tweets, it’s gots to be true, yo.
As Kansas City Star scribe Sam Mellinger astutely responded, “the man is connected.” And he’s right. He’s also right when he said, “if it’s not an official break-up, sure sounds like #Mizzou is asking to see other people.”
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, if you’re a fan of collegiate sports in the greater Kansas City metro, this is a little bit of a blow. The respectable conference that once held court in homes across the land has been fractured into a thousand splinters of confusion and betrayal.
And yet… interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck(les) Neinas is clinging to the delusional fantasy that somehow, someway, something magical will be worked out. From KC star college beat writer Blair Kerkhoff’s Twitter feed: “Neinas statement: “Missouri is a member in good standing in the Big 12, and I anticipate (MU) will continue to be a member of the Big 12.”
I know he’s crazy, you know he’s crazy, but does he know he’s crazy? That’s the question.
In response, 610 AM’s Nick Wright said, “That statement from Neinas is the first of his tenure that I really don’t like. Complete BS. Either make a meaningful statement or stay quiet.”
That begs the question, what ‘meaningful’ statements has Neinas really made in his (most recent round of) days on the job? He was brought in to save the conference—or at least not burn the kitchen down while the parents were away—and losing Mizzou is as good as a three-alarm blaze. I haven’t heard much from him at all, let alone anything inspiring or particularly encouraging.
Yes, it’s a sad day for college athletics in these parts, Virginia. It’s just too bad egos and greed are killing a multi-generational tradition.
As WHB 810’s Nake Bukaty (@nate_bukaty) tweeted, “The KU/MU rivalry is one of the things that makes KC a unique & special sports town. It’s dead if they separate. Thus, a sad day for KC.” And by golly, I think he’s right.
But hey, at least we’ve got the Chiefs, right? Right?