For each member of the Missouri football team, the start of preseason camp Thursday afternoon meant something different.
Sean Weatherspoon, a second-team All-American last season on the Missouri football team, is impressing his new teammates and coaches as a rookie linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons.
Come October, the classic standard "I'm A Jayhawk" will be revised to account for Nebraska's move to the Big Ten next year and Colorado's move to the Pac-10 next year or in 2012.
The Missouri football team opens preseason camp on Thursday. With the Tigers' first practice comes the first opportunity to begin answering questions about the new season.
Conference realignment dominated college football conversations this summer, but there's plenty of intrigue on the field, too, starting with the Cornhuskers' bid to go out on top in the Big 12's final season before shrinking to 10 teams.
Commissioner Jim Delany expects the Big Ten to hold a championship game next season, when Nebraska joins and brings the league to 12 members.
MU football coach Pinkel addressed several subjects at the Big 12 Media Days on Tuesday in Irving Texas, but did his best to side-step the topic of the 10-team Big 12 and conference realignment.
Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini said the Cornhuskers upcoming move to the Big Ten is a non-issue right now and it's been business as usual for his team. "All I'm concerned about is this fall," he said. "I haven't thought much about the Big Ten to be honest with you."
Nebraska's Tom Osborne will go to the Big Ten athletic directors' meetings next week in Chicago, where divisional alignment and a possible conference championship football game will be among the issues discussed.
"My biggest goal is just to leave a winning legacy," Aggies quarterback Jerrod Johnson said Monday at the Big 12 media days.
Dan Beebe sat down last week for his first in-depth interview since the breakup of the Big 12 Conference was averted.
A limited number of tickets are available to the Missouri football team's 2010 season opener against Illinois on Sept. 4 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis and will go on sale starting at 6 p.m. Friday.
The Missouri football team is predicted to finish second in the North Division of the Big 12 Conference in the league's preseason media poll.
A spokesman for the Missouri football team said reserve linebacker Tyler Crane was not in legal trouble but declined to elaborate on the reasons for his departure.
Colorado is still unsure how much it will cost to leave the Big 12 Conference and join the Pac-10.
The University of Oklahoma president said Wednesday that the SEC made an offer to the school as a reaction to the possible breakup of the Big 12.
Big 12 leaders held a board of directors meeting by phone Thursday to move forward with plans for a beefed-up television contract, to reassign some leadership duties and to restore unity. Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton was chosen as the groups' new chairman in the meeting, replacing Texas president Bill Powers for a one-year term.
Texas Rep. Joe Barton, who has introduced anti-BCS legislation in Congress, says the television money that persuaded Big 12 members to reject Pac-10 overtures shows the financial jackpot awaiting a college football playoff.
Texas lawmakers wrote a letter Thursday asking Big 12 officials to consider adding the University of Houston to the conference.
In a press conference on Tuesday, MU leadership reaffirmed the school's committment to the Big 12 and announced expectations for the conference to return on the promise of more lucrative revenues.