Missouri curators talk Big 12, but no vote likely

Thursday, September 22, 2011 | 10:37 a.m. CDT; updated 11:12 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 22, 2011

COLUMBIA — University of Missouri curators are holding a closed meeting via telephone and will discuss the fate of the Big 12 Conference.

No curators attended Thursday's teleconference in person, nor were Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton or athletic director Mike Alden in the room.

University spokeswoman Jennifer Hollingshead confirmed that conference realignment was on the agenda but said it was not the primary reason for the meeting.

The meeting was scheduled Tuesday amid reports that Missouri was considering a move to the Southeastern Conference. Later Tuesday, the Pac-12 announced it was not expanding, which would appear to keep the Big 12 intact — at least for now.

Curator chairman Warren Erdman said he didn't expect any action to be taken on conference realignment.

Hollingshead said Thursday morning she did not expect an announcement from the meeting.

— Missourian reporter Abby Eisenberg contributed to this report.

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Hank Koebler September 22, 2011 | 11:24 a.m.

After the Board of Curators meeting, spokesperson Jennifer Hollingshead declined to offer details of the meeting, but confirmed the Big 12 was discussed.


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