Conflicting Reports Surface on Missouri's Conference Future


Tuesday, September 20th 2011, 11:27 pm
By: News 9


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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Two sources have indicated to the Birmingham (Ala.) News that the SEC has a tentative plan in place for the University of Missouri to join the conference.

The report indicates that a majority of presidents of the SEC schools have endorsed the formal agreement.

According to the sources, the new conference realignment would have Auburn moving to the East Division of the conference.

The SEC, however, is currently denying the report, issuing the following statement:

"The Southeastern Conference has not agreed formally or informally to accept any institution other than Texas A&M and there have not been conference discussions regarding changes in divisional alignment."

The Missouri Board of Curators has already set a public meeting for Thursday, followed after by an executive session for the board.

The state of the Big 12 conference is to be among the topics discussed, but board spokespeople said there will be no action taken in relation to athletics.

Missouri will be the fourth Big 12 school to have held a board meeting this week. Texas and Oklahoma held Board of Regents meetings on Monday, while OSU's will meet Wednesday.

News9.com will update this story as more details become available.