TODAY'S QUESTION: Will you miss the traditional conference opponents if Missouri goes to the Big Ten?

Friday, May 21, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 2:36 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 21, 2010

Did you hear that the Big Ten conference is looking to expand sometime in the next year or two?

That's the only thing we truly know about expansion plans for the Big Ten. According to commissioner Jim Delaney, the Big Ten is on the same 12 to 18-month timetable that he first announced back in December, he said earlier this week.

In other words, don't look for an official announcement anytime soon. And until that official announcement is made, fans and bloggers will continue discussing the pros and cons of seeing Missouri make the jump from the Big 12.

So, for the sake of conversation while we wait for that official decision, let's take a look at what Missouri would leave behind if it does make the jump.

Missouri, along with Kansas and Nebraska, were charter members of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (not to be confused with the present-day Missouri Valley College), which eventually evolved into the old Big 8 conference. Kansas State joined the conference in 1913, Oklahoma came on board in 1920, and Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) joined in 1925, left three years later, and then came back in 1958. Colorado joined the conference in 1948. 

That's a lot of history. And while it's a safe bet that Kansas and Missouri would continue as an annual nonconference rivalry, a jump to the Big Ten could mean no longer seeing the Huskers, Buffaloes, Wildcats, Sooners or Cowboys on a regular basis (although the Nebraska rivalry could be preserved if the Huskers also make the jump to the Big Ten, which has also been rumored).

In their place, Missouri would look to build rivalries with the likes of Illinois (already a nonconference rival), Northwestern, Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State.

Will you miss the traditional conference opponents if Missouri goes to the Big Ten? What are your favorite memories from years past involving the longtime rivals?

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Ellis Smith May 21, 2010 | 5:17 a.m.

Where, in your above "history," does Iowa State University (formerly Iowa State College) fit in? Obviously it must fit in somewhere.

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Laura Herring May 21, 2010 | 10:04 a.m.

As a recent graduate of Mizzou and a 3rd generation MU alumnae, I would hate to see MU move conferences. Yes, KU is the big rival but growing up the games against Nebraska and K-State were almost as big of a deal in my Black & Gold family. My other concern is that, yes, it has been said the football team and men's basketball team would still get to play KU in non-conference games, but what about all our other teams? Would baseball still play KU? What about women's basketball or soccer? These teams are important too and they all look forward to the opportunity to play their arch-rival too. MU has a rich history in the Big XII and I sincerely hope that doesn't change anytime soon.

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C.T. Hy May 22, 2010 | 9:53 a.m.
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