TODAY'S QUESTION: Is Missouri a football or basketball school?

Friday, September 24, 2010 | 10:03 a.m. CDT; updated 10:34 a.m. CDT, Friday, September 24, 2010

It's the age-old question seemingly every major school but Missouri can answer — are you a basketball or football school?

It's a label that is attached to each school's athletics department, telling the nation where each school and its fans' true loyalty lies.

Oklahoma? That's a football school. Duke? Basketball school. It's a fun and easy game that Missouri cannot play.

Missouri is, historically, both a football and basketball school. But as successes have come and gone in both Memorial Stadium and Hearnes Center/Mizzou Arena, so has the label of superiority.

The problem is, in this arbitrary game of labeling, the tag cannot be fleeting. It's easy to say that you are a football school when the football team is No.1 in the nation — it's harder to maintain that label after you lose to Baylor at home.

There has never been a more opportune time to label MU's allegiance. Basketball season is just around the corner, and for the first time in years, there is legitimate national preseason hype surrounding the Tiger hoopsters. The Missouri basketball team will be ranked to start the season.

The Missouri football team is also currently ranked and is 3-0. The success of the football team itself has been relatively sustained with Gary Pinkel as the team's head coach. 

If it were the 60s or 70s, football would be the easy answer. In the 80s or 90s, basketball would be a layup choice. But for the last 10 years the label has been passed back and forth between teams as easily as games have been won or lost. 

The playing field has been leveled — it's time to decide what kind of school Missouri is. 

So, is the University of Missouri a football or basketball school?

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