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Despite Lawsuit With Big East, West Virginia Says It Will Play In Big 12 Next Season
Published January 27, 2012
HE SAID, SHE SAID: Neinas said that his conference “offered Missouri concessions to stay in the Big 12 and not move to the SEC until 2013-14.” In K.C., Mike DeArmond wrote Neinas “would not reveal any specifics of that offer and supposed concessions, but did contend that SEC commissioner Mike Slive had told Neinas that Slive would be willing to delay MU’s inclusion in the SEC until 2013-14.” Neinas said Slive “said that he could live with 13 teams (for 2012). He advised Missouri not once, but twice. Mike also advanced our proposal to Missouri as did our (Big 12) chairman, Burns Hargis.” Neinas added, “Missouri declined and said they wanted to go in ’12. They knew full well what would happen if they went in ’12 because it was a domino theory” (K.C STAR, 1/27). But in Oklahoma City, Berry Tramel wrote, "Missouri is not doing anything other than looking out for itself, which is what every other entity has done. Missouri wants to get in its new league as soon as possible. ... Lame-duck status doesn't help anything" (NEWSOK.com, 1/26).