Missouri Making Waves on Leaving Big 12

It has become abundantly clear the Big 12 is a sinking ship.  A conference with no chance of surviving.  Just when you thought it was safe to stay, schools are seeking a life raft elsewhere.  With that we are shown where college football loyalties are derived.  And it’s not with the conference.

Just one week after it appeared the Big 12 had a consortium and was going to stay together, it is becoming fractured once again.  This time it’s Missouri making waves about leaving.

But they aren’t going where they would like.  That avenue has been taken from them.  Missouri is hoping to join the Southeastern Conference but would like an offer from the Big Ten.  That seems out of the question.

The Big Ten expanded last year and chose Nebraska. A university official said the Big Ten remains Missouri’s top choice but that conference hasn’t shown interest and seems happy with their current structure.

Again it’s the piles and piles of money that has Big 12 schools searching.  According to a report on Yahoo Sports, The revenue-sharing plan approved Sunday by the Big 12 board of directors would give each school an estimated $20 million in June.  This plan was set up to keep schools in the conference.  And that figure is expected to grow by 2013 when the league’s new 13-year contract with Fox Sports kicks in.

Then the Big 12’s television contract with ABC/ESPN expires in 2016 and will bring in additional money when renegotiated.

But then comes the SEC.  The SEC will distribute $18.3 million in revenue to each of its 12 members this year. But because they are the best conference in America right now, they can also expect more money when the next round of TV rights negotiations occur.

All this money floated around from conference to conference, school to school.  Yet when an athlete rakes in some cash, the NCAA is there to drop them in a second.   No hearing, no debate.  Just a simple “thank you” from the NCAA and “we don’t need you to make millions” suspension.

Rules need to be changed and the players need to be involved.  When the NCAA can arbitrarily decide the salary a player can receive for a summer job, then the hand of the NCAA has gone too far.  When the school can sell players jersey’s and receive millions, yet that player get’s nothing, something is amiss.

Rivalries were the lifeblood of college football for a century.  Now the allure of a big payday has replaced any rivalry a school might have.  Nebraska no longer plays Oklahoma.  Penn State never plays Pitt.  Texas A & M will no longer play Texas after next year.  It goes on and on.

Missouri is a charter member of the Big 12, founded in 1996 when the Big Eight schools added four members of the defunct Southwest Conference; dissatisfaction with the conference has grown. In the early `90s, with the Big Eight on the verge of collapse, Missouri pushed to join the Big Ten.  They were turned down then too.

Now the dissatisfaction comes from the NCAA allowing Texas to join with ESPN and forming a network, outside the others in the conference.  Again Money ruled.

An exit by Missouri appears to be a done deal.  Will it be the second brick to fall from the wall?

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