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 @10Vol85 Good stats. This shows why the Big 10/PAC want Conference Champs vs. top ranked teams. I hadn't realized how poorly those conferences had performed under the current BCS system. Wow.

2 years, 4 months ago on Did The SEC-Big 12 Bowl Announcement Backfire?

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Note that the PAC Commissioner made this comment --- not the Big 10 Commissioner. We already know the Big 10 can't compete in the Rose Bowl as it is too hot out in California!

2 years, 4 months ago on Did The SEC-Big 12 Bowl Announcement Backfire?

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 @John at MrSEC No no no -- I wasn't referring to you as saying Mizzou had regrets. I was referring to the KC writer noted in your article. Sorry for the confusion.

2 years, 4 months ago on Will The Circle Be Unbroken: How A Mistake 20 Years Ago Has Nuked Conferences And Rivalries

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Well, hindsight is 20/20 most of the time. Even in hindsight, why would Mizzou want to still be in the Big 12 --- because of Kansas? Sorry, that is not near enough. The Big 12 may now be rich and stable (all because of Missouri as you note). The move to the SEC is a big opportunity for Mizzou to upgrade its programs and get to the next level. That would not have happened with the Big 12 status quo. This is one person who has absolutely no regrets about our move --- even with 20/20 hindsight.

2 years, 4 months ago on Will The Circle Be Unbroken: How A Mistake 20 Years Ago Has Nuked Conferences And Rivalries

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I understand that trying to save the ACC is the idea by giving them some additional credibility. However, I for one would love to see Mizzou/Kansas and Texas/A&M back on the schedule. Looks to me like the ACC needs a richer TV contract to save their league. I assume having an SEC opponent at their home games would help in getting more TV money?

2 years, 4 months ago on Push Begins For Regular-Season Big 12-SEC Games, But SEC-ACC Games May Make More Sense

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Notre Dame gets a huge amount of respect in these discussions. Its like Notre Danme is a power conference all by themselves. The Big 4 plus Notre Dame.

 

Please excuse my ignorance, but what is it that makes Notre Dame so powerful? --- Its own TV deal with NBC, its huge alumni base, something else? Notre Dame hasn;t exactly been a football powerhouse lately. I can only guess that its alumni base and fan following make it a national draw for TV and that is why its such a coveted program

2 years, 4 months ago on Where Are Kennedy and Kruschev When We Need ‘Em? Is The SEC-Big 12 Pact Really “The Big One?”

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Wowsa. I think its a great move by the SEC. I suggest St. Louis as the site for the new bowl game! (just kidding -- I read the whole article).

 

Seriously, this is a smart and essential move to not only block the Big 10/PAC alliance but to trump it in that (as you note) the SEC/Big 12 are much much stronger conferences than the Big 10/PAC 12. The next step is an annual game between SEC and Big 12 teams similar to the Big 10/PAC. This will get the Missouri/Kansas game back and it will be just as nasty as before.

 

The ACC is dead in the water in football. My prediction - Florida State, Georgia State, Clemson, Miami, Virginia and Virginia Tech will bolt to the SEC/Big 12 (not sure which Conference gets which school). Then, Notre Dame goes to the Big 10.

 

Thsi is fun stuff.

2 years, 4 months ago on SEC And Big 12 Agree To New Bowl, But What Else Does It Mean? And For Whom?

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 @JohnVol Hehehehe. Almost 100% correct. However, not ALL the women are ugly.

2 years, 4 months ago on Can We Please Stop The “Big Ten Teams Have To Play In Hot Weather At Bowl Time” Nonsense?

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The Big 10 continually moans and growns and makes excuses. Just because they live in dreary, cloudy and cold places doesn't mean we have to hear about it! Its a choice.

2 years, 4 months ago on Can We Please Stop The “Big Ten Teams Have To Play In Hot Weather At Bowl Time” Nonsense?

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Not a suprise decision to me. The ACC is relatively weak in football. Th echances of that league landing 2 teams in the Top 4 are nil. So, their best chance to participate is the Conference Champion scenario. The SEC's last chance is to get the Big 12 on board here. The BIG 12 MAY still have enough self-confidence and pride to go with the Top 4 teams vs. Conference Champions. It is clear the Big 10 and PAC have thrown in the towel of ever being the best Conference again.

2 years, 4 months ago on Flip-Flop: Swofford Now Says ACC Prefers Conference Champ Model For Playoff

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Well, I would have to disagree. Arkansas was 11-2 last year (only losses were to Alabama and LSU). I find it quite hard to believe that in 2011 anyone would really say Arkansas was 4th in the SEC. In 2010, Arkansas was 10-3. That is what I meant by upper tier and, to be honest, I would be quite thrilled if Missouri got to that level in the SEC. It is much much better than also-ran.

 

Careful on high expectations right away -- its a good way to be disappointed even if Mizzou does well.

2 years, 4 months ago on Examining The SEC’s Budgets Over A Six-Year Span

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I give Missouri and its Board loads of credit for having the guts to make the move to the SEC. It was a bold and gutsy move - even considering the increased money we are expected to make in the SEC vs. Big 12. Just think of the risk the Board made in moving away from the Conference Missouri had been in forever, the rivalry with Kansas, the possibility of being beat up in a very very strong Conference and the money that will need to be raised to upgrade facilities and budgets to be competitive.

 

However, in my mind, this is the exact challenge and change the school needs at this point. It will make Missouri better and quite possibly move us to the upper tier like Arkansas.

 

 

2 years, 4 months ago on Examining The SEC’s Budgets Over A Six-Year Span

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If Franklin isn't 100% ready for the Georgia game -- well, I don't even want to think about it.

2 years, 4 months ago on Mizzou QB Berkstresser Arrested

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If FSU goes to the Big 12, then it seems to me the SEC and Big 12 would have much in common to band together and vote to block the Conference Champions only scenario. The Big 12 would be clearly the 2nd strongest football conference and would have an excellent chance to have 2 teams ranked in the top 4. This would put the Big 10 even further behind and Delaney would need Notre Dame really bad.

2 years, 4 months ago on Did An FSU Trustee Just Cost The SEC A Playoff Partner?

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Dictionaries are online and free. Not only did Stigma "not quite fit" it was exactly the opposite of what he meant. Too funny.

2 years, 4 months ago on A&M's Sumlin Says SEC Move Has "Separated" His Aggies From The Longhorns

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OK, did the Coach really say "the caliber of players that are in the SEC and the STIGMA of playing in the league has really, really benefited us"? The dictionary defines Stigma as --- "a mark of disgrace or imfamy, a stain or reproach, as on one's reputation". Just a joke. He simply used the wrong word .. but I found it funny.

2 years, 4 months ago on A&M's Sumlin Says SEC Move Has "Separated" His Aggies From The Longhorns

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Sweet. Looks like Coach Pinkel and staff have been working hard. I know its impossible to really know, but I wonder how this chart would look for Mizzou if we were still in the Big 12? Not nearly as good I would guess.

2 years, 4 months ago on SEC Commitment Comparator - 5/10/12

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Delaney is a whinner. He knows the SEC is the superior league and that is why he has consistently beat his drum on Conference winners. He wants to push the point that "all Conferences are equal"  --- so the winner of the Big 10 is automatically better than any SEC team who doesn't win their Conference. He knows that is BS but its his only option. Just look at the recent bowls --- SEC vs. Big 10 --- the SEC went 3-1. The best from the SEC pretty much dominated the best from the Big 10. That's the real story -- not all the Conference Champion's talk.

2 years, 4 months ago on Taking A Shot At SEC's Bama, Big Ten's Delany Hits Nebraska, Too (Oh, And We Told Ya The SEC's Schedule Would Be Questioned)

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If that clause exists, it can be eliminated in any renegotiation of a new or expanded deal. Its all part of the overall negotiation on how much of the HUGE $$$ pie is shared between ESPN and the Conferences.

2 years, 4 months ago on New ACC Deal Should Hush Rumors Of Teams Leaving

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 @Sooner_Stampede OK. If not the ACC then someone. Otherwise, I am concerned the BIG10/PAC will dominate the discussions (like they already are in the media) and push through their agenda at the expense of the SEC. This process is now 100% political vs. on the field. You cannot win political battles by yourself.

2 years, 4 months ago on SEC, ACC, Big 12 And Others Should Push Big Ten, Pac-12 Toward Rose Bowl

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So, why would the Coach make the "strap it up" comment to Mizzou and A&M? Seems out-of-place and somewhat mean-spirited. Obviously, everyone will strap it up and play. Just let the games be played and in the end we will see who is happy and who is not happy. Gosh, I have extra incentive to see Arkansas win over Thanksgiving this year!

2 years, 4 months ago on Miles Backs Spurrier: Only Division Games Should Count

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First of all, I find it curious that Nebraska is the school making the case to save the Rose Bowl. Nebraska? There is zero history between Nebraska and the Rose Bowl. That seems wierd to me.

 

Second, the SEC should learn from this comment. The Big 10 and Pac are aligned in many ways and it looks to me they are a voting block. The SEC should lok to getting in with another Conferebce (most likely ACC) and start acting like a voting block as well. It is obvious the Big 10 and PAC care only about themselves (and weakening the SEC). So, we need to be able to block them via a similar alliance.

 

I would liove it if the Big 10/PAC's bluff was called but just don't see that as happening.

2 years, 4 months ago on SEC, ACC, Big 12 And Others Should Push Big Ten, Pac-12 Toward Rose Bowl

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 @John at MrSEC You got it right --- that is exactly what I was thinking. Perhaps my ADD got in the way. :)

2 years, 4 months ago on Carolina-Mizzou To Become A Trophy Game

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Thanks for the recognition of coach Pinkel. I am suprised you ranked him above Gene Chizik (since he won a title). I have high hopes MIzzou will prove itself in the SEC right off the bat with a winning record in Conference this year.

2 years, 4 months ago on The Sporting News Ranks The SEC’s Football Coaches (And Suddenly The List Doesn’t Look Too Impressive)

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 @John at MrSEC Thank you for the answer. I understand.

2 years, 4 months ago on Carolina-Mizzou To Become A Trophy Game

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This is fine and good. But, whatever happened to the talk a little while ago of Missouri and Arkansas becoming permanent rivals? I am getting old and my memory is fading --- but did that all just die?

2 years, 4 months ago on Carolina-Mizzou To Become A Trophy Game

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I am clearly no expert, but I can't imagine Notre Dame going to the Big 12. I don't see the appeal whatsoever. Big 10 --- OK --- I can get that one.

2 years, 4 months ago on Stanford AD To Take Over As Big 12 Commish; What's He Gonna Do?

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No way Missouri leaves the SEC for the Big 10. No freakin way.

2 years, 4 months ago on Stanford AD To Take Over As Big 12 Commish; What's He Gonna Do?

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Keep yelling this as often and as loud as possible. You are 1000% correct. The Big 10 is desperate to have ANYTHING that guarantees their champion to be in the mix. The Conference Champ proposal is being pushed to make the case "all Conferences are equal". The SEC success has made all other Conferences upset/mad/jealous that it is consensus that the SEC is #1 and everyone is behind. This Conference Champ proposal is pure and simple a way to say all Conferences are equal.

 

How can anyone believe Conference Champs deserve speacial treatment over a higher ranked team????

2 years, 4 months ago on Commissioners Concerned With Self-Interests, Not Best Interests Of College Football With New Playoff Proposal

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These have been fascinating articles. Very very good. Thanks.

2 years, 4 months ago on Part Three: A School-By-School Comparison Of The SEC’s NFL Pipelines

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That is why Missouri belongs in the SEC. :)

2 years, 4 months ago on “How Do We Know The SEC Is So Good?” Check The NFL Draft Board

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Look at Bowl game results. That is an independent measure. The SEC's record vs. anyone is spectacular.

2 years, 4 months ago on “How Do We Know The SEC Is So Good?” Check The NFL Draft Board

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Sink to the bottom of what? Their Conference standings? They are still better than most teams in the Country. Iowa State beat Oklahoma State last year and ruined OSU's chance at a National Championship. Not too shabby in my opinion.

2 years, 4 months ago on “How Do We Know The SEC Is So Good?” Check The NFL Draft Board

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I understand what you are saying. Conferences are made-up of individual teams. However, I believe the strength of the overall Conference has a big influence on the strength of the individual school. The Conference reputation is a big help in recruiting the best players. It is a big help in the rankings. It is a big help in getting better throught the year such that you can beat whoever is the opponent in the Championship game.

 

Teams win championships. But, Conferences help the teams to both get to the Championship Game and win the Championship Game.

 

Had Alabama been in the Big East last year, do you really think they would have been ranked #2 and had a shot at LSU again in the Championship Game? Also, Iowa State may not get credit when Oklahoma wins the Fiesta Bowl, but they sure get lots of credit for Alabama winning last year!

2 years, 4 months ago on “How Do We Know The SEC Is So Good?” Check The NFL Draft Board

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Hey -- you added Missouri and A&M to the SEC flag pinwheel. Good job!

2 years, 4 months ago on “How Do We Know The SEC Is So Good?” Check The NFL Draft Board

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As you imply --- the devil is always in the details. However, I was glad to see that the only Conference Champion idea is fading. I assume the decision-makers (and TV who always has a voice) will be influenced by wanting to be seen as fair to the fan base. As you have pointed out many times, there is no greater (in both numbers watching and passion) fan base than the SEC. Any format that appears to be based solely on minimizing the SEC's representation will not be taken well by the fan base and, hopefully, not allowed to be adopted.

2 years, 4 months ago on The BCS Status Quo Is "Off The Table," But SEC Fans Should Hold Their Applause

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That took some effort and is just fine. There are worse things college kids could do these days.

2 years, 4 months ago on A&M Joins Mizzou With Bad Rap Video

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How ya doin? That sounds like a Suprano"s New Jersey saying. The Mason-Dixon line is also above St. Louis by the way. That is why we say Missoura and the folks in Kansas City say Missouree.

2 years, 4 months ago on SEC Headlines - 4/25/12

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Good news indeed. We need Franklin at QB to be successful.

2 years, 4 months ago on Mizzou's Pinkel Pleased With Franklin's Recovery

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Quite interesting. Th ebiggest suprise for me is Arkansas. I wiuld have guessed they were ranked higher --- at least based on what I have heard from family living in Little Rock!

2 years, 5 months ago on MrSEC.com's Brag-O-Meter: The Best FB/BB Programs Of The Last 4 Years

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Thanks for the last sentence. It is a very nice compliment given what the Razorbacks have accomplished.

2 years, 5 months ago on Mizzou Targets The South With Billboard Campaign

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Hold the presses! I noticed the change this morning and wasn't sure how to send you my thanks. So, I posted in the Missouri Season Ticket change thread. Check that time and, perhaps, the first response was A!. In any event, thanks much.

2 years, 5 months ago on New Tabs And Pages For Missouri And Texas A&M Are Up

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Hey --- the site just added Mizzou and A&M to the teams in the Header!!! Thanks.

2 years, 5 months ago on Mizzou Unveils New Ticket Policy

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OK. I can accept someone predicting which teams may make the NCAA's next year. But to predict the seed and the location --- well, that does get into the nonsense arena.

2 years, 5 months ago on Nonsense Alert: Five SEC Teams Picked For 2013 NCAA Tourney Field

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OK --- I am fine with the new uniforms. I was never in love with the block M and the tiger is fine. Now, if the Cardinals ever messed with the STL on the hat or the birds on the bat --- then you would see angst never seen anywhere!

2 years, 5 months ago on Mizzou’s New Nike Duds Not As Bad As they Might Have Been

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Well -- if it were me, I wouldn't be broadcasting what we are planning to do on offense. I'd be saying things like "yea, its going to be a real struggle" and things like that to the press. Then, do what you feel will work and see what happens. But don't tell your opponents what your strategy is going to be before you play the first game.

2 years, 5 months ago on Mizzou OC Yost Ready To Challenge SEC Defenses

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Sept. still seems like a loooong way off and lots can happen before game day. Nevertheless, how sweet would it be to win the first game played in the SEC? Hopefully, Mizzou will have its QB ready and 100% healthy. If that happens, I do like our chances --- at HOME.

2 years, 5 months ago on Report: Two More UGA Defenders Suspended

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Maybe Mizzou is counting on the transfer happening before July 1 and its official date to join the SEC. Would that loophole work? Would the other SEC schools be a tad upset?

2 years, 5 months ago on UK, UF, MU Reportedly Chasing UConn Transfer Oriakhi

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It is true that Missouri (and especially STL) love the Cardinals more than anyother sports franchise. The Cardinals will always generate more interest than Mizzou. The Cardinals, after all, are the 2nd most significant and successful baseball team in Major League history and the single most successful baseball team in the history of the National League. That is tough to overcome. However, there is room for BOTH the Cardinals and Mizzou and BOTH can have extremely successful fan followings. MIzzou will rachet up even another notch once the Rams leave STL.

2 years, 5 months ago on A&M Sells Out Season Tickets

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Yes - I agree that Coach Smart may not look too smart a few years down the road on this decision. What happened to Illinois - I thought they were considered a premier school in a premier basketball conference? That is at least 2 official rejections for their head coach job. Not good.

2 years, 6 months ago on Illinois Could Target Bama's Grant After Smart Says No

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