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I just read that article from Dwight Collins of Gator Sports suggesting the SEC move from East and West Divisions to North and South Divisions. John, it all looks good on paper, but I was wondering what you thought about an idea like that. Is it a realistic plan or would it be laughed at before getting out of the gates. I'm just a newbie to the SEC and am trying to get the feel of things.
Also, I noticed in his article that it said that my Missouri Tigers have four trophy games, but won't play any of those his year. When can we expect new rivalry games to begin? For instance, I could see Mizzou forming natural rivalries with Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Could we ever expect to hear about a trophy being added to start a new tradition? Could a neutral site be added for a game like Arkansas v. Mizzou at a place like Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City? I think something like that could really be embraced... By the Mizzou fan base at least and I'd really love to see the Arkansas - Mizzou game be played every Thanksgiving weekend now that the Jayhawks are out of the picture. Thoughts?
2 years, 5 months ago on SEC Headlines 6/24/2012
@deltaboy Like I said below, DGB was actually struggling to decide between Arkansas and Missouri this past spring. Once the highly coveted wide receiver signed with Mizzou, he said that he could see himself playing in those uniforms. He thought they were cool. Now, I'm not saying something like a uniform was the only or main reason why he signed with the Tigers, but it's obviously something he thought about and spent a moment or two considering. You asked for an example and this is the most recent example I can think of. If you want other examples, please read this article from the STL Today:
2 years, 6 months ago on More Photos Of Hogs' New Football Uniforms
@TxRzrbak 17 @JB TexasEx You may be right. Those schools have a classic sense of tradition. However, uniforms are important when building a program. Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma aren't worried about building a program. Schools like Missouri and Arkansas are just trying to replicate the model presented by schools like Oregon, or even Boise State, who's trademark uniforms and field turf helped give them a unique advantage in recruiting. I hate to say it, but DGB recently said that he could see himself playing in Mizzou's new uniforms. It was something he considered when picking a school. Sure, theses uniforms might not be classic, but they could become a trademark for a teams success, similarly to the University of Oregon. I'm just saying that comparing the tradition of Alabama or Oklahoma to Mizzou or Arkansas is like comparing apples to oranges. It's a poor comparison and you probably just need to accept that this is more than likely just the start of even more uniform changes that are sure to come.
You know, it's funny because the Big XII is supposedly doing much better these days. People in Big XII country love to point out that it's a better conference now. Let me just say that Missouri fans aren't thinking about the past. No one here is thinking about not playing Kansas. If they don't want to play us, that's their problem. Instead, we're incredibly excited about playing teams like Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee. Sure, we might suffer our share of losses, but we know that this change helps make us even better than we ever were before. And it's like Coach Pinkel says, recruiting has never been better. If we want to be the best, we have to beat the best and the SEC has the best teams. Sure things will get heated and I'm sure some teams won't like us, but we're excited to be apart of the SEC and hope that our coaches and administrators will do whatever necessary to compete at a high level. M-I-Z-Z-O-U
2 years, 6 months ago on Mizzou And A&M Get An Atlanta Welcome To The SEC
Let me just point out the obvious... Missouri recently lost their Thanksgiving Weekend game with KU and don't seem to have a real rival to play that day. If LSU plays Texas A&M, then I would assume that the new rivalry game between Arkansas and Missouri could be played on Turkey Day. I'm not sure if it would be a home and home or a neutral site like Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City or War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Im sure Arkansas fans feel like they're losing something pretty special if that's the case, just like MU fans were disappointed to lose their 120 year rivalry with Kansas. However, I think adding a marquee matchup between Arkansas and Missouri would be a huge deal for our region and would really allow the fans to the opportunity to grow the rivalry with hateful comments, jeering on blogs, and spiteful jabs on twitter. I'm telling you, if they do this right, the Arkansas and Missouri game could be a lot of fun and would be the biggest game on the schedule (for Mizzou fans at least).
2 years, 6 months ago on Sherrill Says A&M-LSU Thanksgiving Game Is Already On The Table
@GatorBuc - Sad, but true. Pinkel is a good recruiter. Hopefully, he'll be able to work his magic in Georgia and Florida like he did in Texas.
2 years, 6 months ago on MU's Pinkel Waiting For Tigers-Razorbacks To Be Made Official
@GatorBuc I think what happened is that Mizzou's fan base spoke up. Nothing against A&M, but it's been kind of a lack luster series. People in Kansas City and St. Louis don't talk about A&M. If the Tigers got a big win, there's no one in our region that really care enough about A&M to make it fun to throw one liners at. So, if the Tigers going to be in the East, it only makes sense geographically and historically to have Arkansas as our rival. Besides, Arkansas still doesn't like us for exposing McFadden as a fraud in the 2008 Cotton Bowl when the Tigers won 38-7. Lol. But in all seriousness, the two teams are competively similar and I think this rivalry could turn out some extremely heated games in the future. This is gonna be fun!
@AndrewMartin I think you're right. I have a feeling that Big 12 expansion is coming soon and that could eventually lead to other conference picking the best schools away from the ACC and Big East. I get the feeling that everything will even out once expansion is done. The West will be set with Missouri, Arkansas, Texas A&M, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi St, Alabama, and Auburn. The East will have Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina (expansion?), and Virginia Tech (expansion?). That's just what I think will happen. Thoughts?
I can't wait for this rivalry. As a Kansas City guy, my biggest fear was being so far west that road trips and rivalries wouldn't be possible to maintain. However, Arkansas is only a four hour drive (same distance as St. Louis) and there are quite a few Hog fans in our area that will make this rivalry fun. We already have a former basketball coach to root against in Arkansas, so I'm sure this thing will pick up steam when Anderson walks into Columbia for the first time. I alo hope that new rivalries with Tennessee, Georgia, and Kentucky might be formed.
Baseball is the last sport still playing for the 2011-2012 season. The Big 12 has quite the situation. Mizzou has already secured its place in the Big 12 Championship Game. If Texas A&M can beat Kansas tonight at 7, then there will be a MU - Texas A&M championship game, which guarantee that a new SEC team will win the Big 12 one last time. If KU beats A&M, then KU and MU will meet fot at least one more time since the two teams first met in 1891. KU would need to beat the Mizzou twice to win the conference.
2 years, 6 months ago on Expansion And SEC Headlines - 5/25/12
I remember reading Mellinger's column and just being infuriated by his logic. I love that you voiced what we are really thinking... That Mizzou is still thrilled to be an SEC school, no matter what kind of temporary success the Big 12 is having. Make no mistake, I hope the Big 12 does well, but blaming Mizzou for their instability is a ridiculous notion.
One other thing that made me laugh was listening to 610 KCSP's Danny Parkins explain how the Big 12 should slow play expansion because Florida State will join no matter if it's today or three years from now. I'm sorry John, but am I out of my mind for thinking that the Big 12 should capitalize on their short lived momentum? If they could land Florida State and get a share of the Florida recruiting ground and new television markets, it would be a huge get. They'd be out of their minds to slow play this and to not go all out to land Florida State. Thus, this is just another example of the mindset of the Kansas City media, which is the Big 12 is now a powerhouse conference again and Missouri will be sorry that they didn't stay.
2 years, 7 months ago on Will The Circle Be Unbroken: How A Mistake 20 Years Ago Has Nuked Conferences And Rivalries
I hope ESPN is saving space for more SEC games as John suggested. Personally, I can't wait for Mizzou - Arkansas and Mizzou - Kentucky. I think most Tiger fans are hoping to establish a rivalry with Kentucky that is as competitive as our rivalry with Kansas once was. Of course, to do that means that Mizzou will actually have to beat Kentucky from time to time and the Wildcats are among the best in the nation year after year. Here's hoping that second year coach, Frank Haith, can actually recruit and keep us competitive for years to come!
2 years, 7 months ago on CBS Buys Some ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12 Hoops Games From ESPN
@Scott I agree that San Antonio would be a great destination, but is the Alamo Dome the type of facility needed to compete with the Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl. I would say that yes, the facility is comparable to the Sugar Bowl, but now where near comparison to the Rose Bowl. Last year's attendance numbers speak volumes.
Alamo Dome 65,256 - 100.39% of capacity
Sugar Bowl 64,512 - 88.12 % of capacity
Rose Bowl 91,245 - 100.12% of capacity
I have no doubts that the SEC and Big 12 want a game bigger than the Rose Bowl in every possible way. That means hosing a game in a facility that can hold 90,000 plus fans. In my mind, this would make the Jerry Dome the favorite. They crammed more than 103,219 fans in there for the Super Bowl and it's really the only option when you compare both attendence and luxury options.
2 years, 7 months ago on SEC And Big 12 Agree To New Bowl, But What Else Does It Mean? And For Whom?
Just thinking out loud here, but wouldn't Houston's Reliant Stadium have to be considered? Obviously my vote is for Kansas City, but something tells me that you folks in Florida might not like the weather here in January. We've done a good job of hosting the Big 12 Championship in years past, but our frigid temps are probably more than enough to keep a game like that away from my city.
I read a lot of sports blogs and check out several newspapers. I just want to say that I thoroughly enjoy reading your articles. They are well informed and entertaining. I like how you give us the option to get even more details through cbssports, but also cut through all of the b.s. to tell us what's what. Thanks for all that you do. I've been checking out this site for a little over a year now, since Mizzou first talked about leaving, and I really like what you do. Thanks!
Huge mistake for FSU. Texas is the controlling power in the Big 12. Oklahoma found that out this past year. Nebraska knew that and finally got fed up and left. Colorado, Missouri, and A&M didn't want their future dictated by whatever the Longhorns wanted. KU, Kstate, Baylor, and Iowa State would probably all leave if a different conference came calling because their voice and opinion doesn't matter much in comparison to Texas University.
How is a school with Florida State's prestige and pride going to react when they find out that they are just a small piece in the Big 12 puzzle? Their voice will not carry the same weight as Texas'. They will have an even more diminished role in the power structure of the Big 12 than they currently do with the ACC. They aren't replacing Missouri, they'd be replacing Nebraska in the power structure. Missouri was completely ignored. Nebraska was heard some, but their opinion never mattered in the end. The Big 12 is still divided and Oklahoma, Osu, T-Tech, and Texas would all leave if other PAC 12 would open their doors. Why join that mess? The Big 12 is not FSU's answer.
2 years, 7 months ago on FSU’s Outgoing Top Trustee Makes FSU’s AD, The ACC, Media Everywhere, And Yours Truly Look Bad
St. Louis had a tradition of hosting the Mizzou - Illinois rivalry game for years. So naturally, they're used to hosting a rivalry game between Missouri and the Big 10. Honestly, I love the idea of a SEC-Big 10 match up in St. Louis... I just wish that the Kansas City Sports Commission would get on the ball and put together a similar proposal to host a Big 12 - SEC Bowl Game of their own. That game would be huge in this market. Unfortunately, the Kansas City Sports Commission hasn't been the same since President Kevin Gray passed away last July. My only hope is that local business owners think of the kind of revenue that could be generated with a large scale bowl game. I could just see it now... Kansas City proudly presents the Gates Barbeque Bowl at Arrowhead Stadium. You Florida folks better bring some long johns and really warm coats if you plan to watch an outdoor game in KC during late December.
2 years, 7 months ago on St. Louis Group Talks New SEC-Big Ten Bowl Game