Report: Missouri To Be Announced As SEC’s 14th Team Next Week

Sunday November 6th, 2011

The University of Missouri will be announced as the Southeastern Conference’s 14th team early next week, according to the Sporting News.

An SEC source also told the Sporting News that Missouri would be placed in the East Division of the conference to avoid any potential scheduling conflicts with longstanding conference rivalries.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive declined to comment about a pending Missouri announcement, according to the Sporting News.

It was reported in October that Missouri's move to the SEC was "imminent and inevitable." But at last week’s meeting of the Big 12 board of directors, Missouri did not submit a letter of conditional withdrawal or notify the Big 12 that it planned to leave. The conference “encouraged Missouri to stay in the Big 12,” according to ESPN, but Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton told KOMU-TV in Columbia, Mo., that he wished the Big 12 "the best and all of that."

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