UPDATE: Missouri athletics department denies it received Big Ten invite

Monday, May 10, 2010 | 4:16 p.m. CDT; updated 1:11 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Missouri athletics department is denying a report by a Kansas City sports radio station that MU has been extended an offer to join the Big Ten conference.

"No. It's all speculation right now. We're not going to comment on speculation," Dave Reiter, an associate director of media relations in the athletics department, said.

Reiter was adamant that Missouri has not been officially offered an invitation to join the Big Ten, which announced in December that it would look into expanding the 11-team conference.

The report of Missouri's invitation comes from the sports director of WHB-810 AM in Kansas City, Kevin Kietzman.

University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton released a statement regarding Monday's report of Missouri being invited to join the Big Ten conference. Mary Jo Banken, executive director of the MU News Bureau, said Deaton is out of town and unavailable for interviews. She also said the chancellor would not grant interviews on the topic of Missouri and the Big Ten when he returns to Columbia.

"The University of Missouri is receiving numerous inquiries related to public speculation about conference membership. MU is a member of the Big 12 Conference and will not respond to speculation about conference realignment. Mizzou continues to be grateful for all the interest shown in and support for the university," according to the statement.

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