INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: How does Missouri compare to SEC schools?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:32 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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See for yourself how Missouri stacks up against other SEC institutions, including recently accepted Texas A&M. Mouse over the school logos on the map to see each school's credentials.

Although Missouri's conference future remains unclear — Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Silve has denied that his conference offered membership to the Tigers — steps this week have cleared the way for the university's departure from the Big 12.

On Friday, the UM System Board of Curators gave MU Chancellor Brady Deaton the power to make decisions about conference alignment without consulting the board. Then, reports surfaced Tuesday that the Big 12 has decided on a replacement — West Virginia — if Missouri leaves the league.

During a Tuesday morning radio interview with KFRU, Deaton said it would be "days" or "a week or two" before Missouri officially announced its decision. In the meantime, take a look at this interactive graphic to see how Missouri compares to schools in the SEC.

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Richard Saunders October 26, 2011 | 1:04 p.m.

Who cares anymore? College sports are dead now, with practically every traditional rivalry in the country being undone. The universities may come out ahead in the short-run, but the TV contracts might suffer in the intermediate-run (contract renewal time) as they find no one cares to watch the games. Only in the long-run will time be allowed to heal the wounds and create new traditions. By then, the money might all be gone.

At this point I'd prefer NO conferences, as they no longer have any meaning. Even staying in the Big12 blows, as the league is turning into Conference USA 2.0

Brady Deaton needs to go home and mind his own business for once.

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Ryan Gavin October 26, 2011 | 1:26 p.m.

Mizzou's stadium is actually named Memorial Stadium. Faurot Field is the name of the playing surface.

Also, in the same line of thought of including "The Swamp" with Florida, LSU's stadium is often referred to as "Death Valley."

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Ellis Smith October 26, 2011 | 1:51 p.m.

Actually, Curator involvement suggests that none of these situations is true:

1- Faculty of the University of Missouri System - all four campuses - aren't paid commensurately with similar domestic universities.

2- One of the four System campuses is "maxed out" for enrollment. It has plenty of prospective students, but has no place to house more students, on or off campus.

3- The physical condition of Lafferre Hall on the MU campus is an embarrassment to MU, to the System and to Engineering education.

WHY can we conclude that these situations are no longer problems? Because if they were, the Curators wouldn't be putzing around with something as silly as this conference business.

Are we operating university or a laundromat?

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Jimmy Bearfield October 26, 2011 | 3:48 p.m.

What's wrong with Lafferre Hall? It and the rest of the engineering complex have had lots of upgrades over the past 20 years:

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Ellis Smith October 26, 2011 | 4:38 p.m.

From your reference: "Once Phase III is completed," said Akers, "the facilities within the College of Engineering will be on a par with any of the engineering schools in the nation..."
We certainly hope so. (However, we would say the same for anyone's engineering school.)

However, in this very newspaper and not long ago there was an article that said funding (for what we assume is Phase III) has been put on hold (due to the monetary crunch).

Perhaps Phase III could be expedited if we temporarily moved either the School or Journalism or School of Law into Lafferre Hall. :)

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Jimmy Bearfield October 26, 2011 | 5:16 p.m.

As I said, the engineering complex has had extensive remodels and additions over the past 20 years. Even without Phase II, the complex can hold its own against any other schools. I wouldn't expect Akers to say: "With Phase I completed, we're all good. No need to spend any more money here for a while." That's just not what deans say.

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