Columbia residents speak out about Missouri joining SEC

Sunday, November 6, 2011 | 12:54 p.m. CST; updated 4:09 p.m. CST, Sunday, November 6, 2011

MU students and Columbia residents share their thoughts on the news that Missouri will join the Southeastern Conference in 2012.

  • "We will be a good warm-up team for the other teams. We are now a small fish in a big pond." — Steve Reeves
  • "The SEC is a great league, but I wanted us to join the Big 10. I think we will get stomped in most games." — Merritt Moll
  • "I think it's good for our sports in the long run because we will get better recruits. But my two gripes are that I still want to play Kansas and we will now have to adjust to be in a different culture." — Mark White
  • "It's kind of stupid. We are definitely not ready to join the SEC." — John Tenny
  • "I don't know much about it, but I think it's the wisest decision we could have made at the time. But we are going to face a lot of uproar at the beginning." — Jaime Henry-White
  • "I would have preferred to have joined the Big 10, but I understand that we wanted the stability of a conference like the SEC. I thought we would have stayed for the history of the Big 12, but I do believe we will be better off long term." — Brian Bourne
  • "I don't think this move improves academics, books or overall balance. It will cost us more money with no return." — James Stilwell
  • "I have mixed feelings. I believe the tradition will go away, but I understand why we left the conference because of Texas and Oklahoma." — Joe Burger

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Ellis Smith November 6, 2011 | 4:01 p.m.

And it's still only about money. Anything else is just window dressing.

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bruce lauriault November 6, 2011 | 4:11 p.m.

I would like to give a warm welcome to the Missouri Tigers. Competition is tough but your fans are in for a real treat. Going on roadtrips to all the venues in the SEC is a great time-While we have our rivals and our share of obnoxious fans--For the most part you will be welcomed like family-I am a Georgia Bulldog-but I can assure you folks will go out of their way to see that you have a good time at all schools. Once you have been to Athens or Oxford Life will never be the same--WELCOME TIGERS !!

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Jimmy Bearfield November 7, 2011 | 8:15 a.m.

Sorry, Bruce, but I doubt that you'll see many MU fans. Even when we're fielding a competitive football team, MU is a second or third choice for most bowls because history shows we struggle to sell our ticket allotment, let alone sell it out. They prefer schools that have a history of selling out their bowl allotments. If we won't travel to a bowl game -- and that includes alumni in nearby cities -- why would you assume that we'll show up en masse for regular-season road games?

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Corey Parks November 7, 2011 | 8:34 a.m.

Agreed Jimmy. Though crappy far away bowl games that Missouri usually attends could be the reason. I know if the bowl game was in STL or KC I would surely go. Anything over 4 hours and I am out.

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mike mentor November 7, 2011 | 10:18 a.m.

Thanks for the welcome. I am sorry that your politeness was not matched by the posters above. As you get to know us you will find that some of our folks are much more direct than what would be considered polite in the south. Not bad folks though... I will surely by you a cold one if you make it up here anytime. To me a fall trip to Georgia sounds better than one to Ames IA or Manhattan KS even if I do spend a little more time in the car.

P.S. Ellis, I can't disagree that the money is the foremost consideration, but we also have to think about stability. When all this process started, we didn't know what was going on in the big 12. Other schools had pledged their committment to the big 12 and then days or weeks later admitted that they are looking at other options... If we had sat on the fence and ended up in a conference with some of the old big 8 schools and some transfers from smaller conferences people would have been screaming for heads to roll. I think we took the most prudent avenue to ensure our future is the best it can be.

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Ellis Smith November 7, 2011 | 11:14 a.m.

mike mentor:

I'm cool, Mike. Have some boiled peanuts. I've even got napkins, so you won't have to wipe your chin with your shirt collar.

MU should fit into their new athletic conference like Custer fit in at the Little Bighorn. :)

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