All I'm going to say is Mizzou got what they wanted...now they have to sleep in the bed they made
Money and prestige. The big dogs at Mizzou always think that they are a big time program and want to be affiliated with a "more prestigious" conference, e.g. Big Ten. During the first alignment, they openly flaunted their desire to go to Big Ten and it backfired on them, as Big Ten actually didn't want them LOL
So the reason becomes: Face Saving. They need to leave Big 12 to save their faces and to show that they are wanted by someone else
We had a 24 y.o. Mizzou grad on staff he was all for the move. I think it was partly generational, he is about 8 years younger than me he doesn't remember when Mizzou was one of the group that is now ISU, KSU, and KU in football. Between the younger kids then a few people with money I think the school made a bad decision. Hey they are the ones that have to lay in their own bed.
He also said it was pretty split between KC mizzou fans wanting to stay in the B12 and StL Mizzou fans wanting to go to the SEC.
I thought it was a horrible move then, and I think it is horrible move now. Especially now that we have a 20 mil + tv deal per year. The money isn't enough to make up for the last rivalries and getting your head pounded in. Plus losing your recruiting pipeline. Look at Nebraska, I believe their latest recruiting class only had 2 TX players in it. Pretty sure their talent level is going to drop.
Oh well B12 ended up stronger for it and we get more money now! Wooohoooo!
Ya they left to save face. Most of my friends that are MU people were not happy about the move. The ones that were happy about it just tried to yell louder than the ones that weren't.
I hope Bama hangs 60 on mizzou.
Maybe they will end up in the MAC.
It pains me to stick up for Missery after the shaft they gave the Big 12 last year, but I really think it's too soon to start ringing the death knell. They've played all of 3 SEC games, and even if they don't win a single conference game this year (very plausible), I think it will be a good decade before anyone can tell whether the "SEC experiment" paid off. The whole justification for their move was built upon a long-term strategy...they thought it would bring more revenue, more exposure, better recruits, and better competition. If they get get those things, it's not going to happen overnight, and the dividends won't become evident for a few more seasons.
If I had to put money on it, I'd guess that they'll be regretting their decision in a decade; simply put, they don't have the potential or the capacity to become a marquee program in a conference like the SEC. This is not a case of a school "outgrowing" their conference peers; Missery has a relatively small and lackadaisical fanbase, sub-par facilities, and is not a destination program by any means...and they still were only recently competitive in the Big 12.
Ahh, Missouri....Northern hospitality and Southern efficiency. Eff 'em
The push to go SEC came from south of the border in Arkansas: Just google: Kroenke, Walton, Laurie