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.
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