Word began coming out Monday afternoon that Missouri’s wheels were starting to turn towards the SEC. It seems as though finally Louisville’s Big 12 dreams will soon be a reality. Here are the next steps: 1) Mizzou’s Board of Curator’s Meet and decide to move to the SEC. 2) They must notify the Big 12 of their intentions to withdraw. 3) The SEC Presidents must vote to accept Missouri (which would be a formality if MU withdraws from the Big 12). Remember how fast that took in regards to adding Texas A&M? It should be just as fast with the SEC’s Presidents with Missouri. Now, on to get your fix….
*Movement with Missouri to the SEC
The newspaper, citing an official familiar with school decisions involving conference affiliation, reported Monday night that Mizzou officials expect to get enough votes among SEC presidents to become a member, although the school would still need to be formally invited to join the conference.
*The Big East is getting
The Big East presidents voted Monday night to double the exit fee for football members to $10 million, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.
Trying to recruit new members has been tricky for the Big East because its remaining members have not committed to stay in the league.
Louisville and West Virginia are two of the top candidates for the Big 12 if it needs to replace Missouri, a source with direct knowledge of the Big 12’s expansion panel’s plans told ESPN.com’s Andy Katz.
*Houston looks to be getting an invite to the Big East
The league is looking to expand to 12 football-playing members. Pittsburgh and Syracuse’s impending departure, which is scheduled for 2014, and TCU’s brushback of the conference after accepting a Big East invitation for 2012 then reneging and accepting an invitation to the Big 12 last week, has left the league with just six long-term football-playing members. The Big East is trying to keep its automatic-qualifying Bowl Championship Series status.
*In other news, OC Mike Sanford was canned
Strong relieved Sanford of play-calling duties after the Marshall game, and the former UNLV head coach did not travel for games at North Carolina and Cincinnati.
*A guest on tomorrow’s radio show, Brett McMurphy discusses the BE’s plan to double the exit fees
Less than an hour before the Big East’s presidents and chancellors held their teleconference Monday night with Commissioner John Marinatto, the New York Times reported Missouri’s departure from the Big 12 to the SEC was “inevitable and imminent.”
That development would have a significant impact on the league, specifically Big East members Louisville and West Virginia, who sources have told CBSSports.com are prime candidates to receive a Big 12 invitation if Missouri left. However, all of the Big East’s 14 members still voted unanimously for the increased exit fee Monday night.
* CBS’ Gary Parrish takes a quick look at the ‘Louisville First’ and ‘Kentucky Effect’ slogans that seem to be the teams’ respective slogans for 2011-2012:
Anyway, besides that it’s been fairly quiet in the Pitino-Calipari War of Words since the Louisville coach, in response to the Kentucky coach, said he planned to “ignore the jealous … ignore the malicious … ignore the ignorant and … ignore the paranoid.” If true, that’s too bad because the Pitino-Calipari rivalry makes the Louisville-Kentucky rivalry tops in college basketball. I personally won’t be satisfied until Calipari brings up Karen Sypher and Pitino spends 20 minutes talking about how much he’d hate it if one of his five Final Fours were ever vacated, much less two. Up to me, that’s where we’re headed.