COLUMBIA — Whistles, clapping and loud cheers of "MIZ-ZOU" resounded through a crowd of people wearing black and gold Sunday night at the MU Student Center, as Missouri made its official move from the Big 12 to the SEC.
Cameras and cell phones out, students, alumni and fans crowded closely toward the makeshift stage or stood on tables and chairs. Others overlooked from the third floor as the celebration took place. The excitement throughout the room never wavered. Claps and cheers followed each address to the crowd of supporters.
Families and friends seemed excited about the move and hope for a bright future in the SEC.
"The move to the SEC will bring stability and the celebration was pretty awesome. That's the only way to describe it," said Willie Hamm, an MU fan.
Not only were supporters excited for the transition of athletics but also for the university as a whole.
"It's a very exciting day," said Katie Bradley, an MU alumnus. "The ceremony was really great and as for the move from an institutional standpoint, I think Commissioner Slive really welcomed us and appreciates what the institution brings not only in athletics but as a land grant university that we are."
The exciting and hopeful atmosphere was constant, even as the celebration ended. The room echoed with MU's fight song. As the band played and the enthusiastic crowd participated, a small cannon burst showering them with black and gold confetti.
"I think it's special how they implemented the traditions of the SEC and Mizzou," said Corinne Dunn, an MU student. "It will be a great move in general."