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Missouri AD Mike Alden talks about Big 12 situation

By Missourian staff
September 3, 2011 | 11:34 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden spoke with reporters before the Tigers’ opening football game Saturday morning, saying that University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren’s comments regarding the Big 12 concerned him.

Friday, Boren spoke openly about the fact that his university was exploring all options and had been in contact with other conferences. It is widely believed that if Oklahoma were to leave, the Big 12 would be dead.

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“If you’re not concerned, you’re a little bit shortsighted,” Alden said.  “I think it reinforces instability. … I don’t know how you recover from that.”

Alden would not say whether the Tigers had been in contact with any other conferences.

“I wouldn’t comment on that. I haven’t talked about that before, I won’t talk about that now and I won’t again in the future,” Alden said. “I’ll just tell you, we’ve been consistent about what we’re doing but we understand that we have a good brand with a great institution and we’re making sure we’re moving Missouri forward every day.”

Alden also voiced his support for football coach Gary Pinkel, and his comments Friday on Tim Brando’s Yahoo! Sports radio show regarding the uncertainty in the Big 12.

“I’ve listened to Coach Pinkel and I really applaud Coach because I think he was right on,” Alden said. “He certainly makes his comments about what we’re doing with our football program and also at the same time comments are supportive of us.”

For more of Alden's comments, go to the Missourian's Sports Blog.