TODAY'S QUESTION: Should Missouri go to the Big Ten Conference?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 | 10:23 a.m. CST; updated 11:57 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 11, 2010

COLUMBIA — The Big Ten Conference is looking for a 12th team, and MU Chancellor Brady Deaton is willing to listen.

Deaton confirmed with The Kansas City Star that MU is willing to listen to the Big Ten Conference if it were willing to seek out Missouri as a candidate to join the league, which mostly represents Midwest teams.

“The University of Missouri has not been contacted by the Big Ten," Deaton told the Star's Campus Corner blog. "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.”

ESPN reported earlier this week that the Big Ten was looking to make a more aggressive push toward getting a 12th team, and the conference released an official statement expressing its intent to expand.

Missouri coaches and players have shown dissatisfaction with the Big 12 bowl selection process in the past few seasons.

In 2007, the Orange Bowl and Rose Bowl passed on Missouri to pick two teams the Tigers beat, Kansas and Illinois, respectively. Last season, the Gator Bowl selected Nebraska despite Missouri's win against the Huskers. And this year, the 8-4 Tigers were passed over by the Insight Bowl, where 6-6 Iowa State landed.

Should Missouri go to the Big Ten Conference?

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Evan Pfaff December 16, 2009 | 11:25 a.m.

Academically, financially and athletically, Mizzou would benefit from the move.

Academically Mizzou would love to jump into the consortium that includes all Big 10 schools, plus the U of Chicago.

Financially, the Big 10 does a profit sharing-type program that the Big 12 doesn’t

Athletically, Mizzou can compete with the second tier of the Big 10, as they do with the second tier of the Big 12. (They wouldn’t compete with Ohio State in football or Michigan State in hoops initially, but could beat a lot of the other schools in both sports)

Recruiting-wise, even though in hoops and football Mizzou has a stranglehold on Texas, moving out to the Midwest will help.

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Ellis Smith December 16, 2009 | 3:04 p.m.

From the standpoint of athletics, the most logical addition to the conference so as to have an even number of teams (12) would be Notre Dame. Yes, Notre Dame is presently in another athletic conference, but then so is Missouri.

Located in northern Indiana, Notre Dame is situated at the geographic heart of the Big 10. Notre Dame is a private university, but then so is Northwestern. The sports "name" recognition Notre Dame would bring with it trumps that of Missouri.

University of Chicago pulled out of big time college athletics years ago. Doing that has hardly diminished their academic and research credentials!

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Rob Weir December 16, 2009 | 3:23 p.m.

Ellis: Notre Dame is an independent in football. They compete otherwise in the Big East.

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Robert Jasso December 17, 2009 | 12:43 p.m.

Now that you have brought it up, this would and should be the ideal scenario. I do believe MU would kick the u know what out of the Big X. I have called that league the Big Pretend for years, very over rated. But who cares if you can whip up on some puck. No, MU needs its family to fight with.

On the other hand, I have never thought Baylor was a good fit for the Big XII. Since we are on the subject maybe we should just send them their walking papers now. Three Texas schools are enough. In replacement of Baylor, I have always thought that Arkansas should have been the 12th school. Who do we contact in order to get this done?

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