IT is changing by the minute and by tomorrow, it could all be different. But for right now, the Conference Realignment situation has changed after a busy day. The Kansas City Star reported this afternoon that the SEC has offered Missouri a place as the 14th member of the SEC. According to the paper, the invite is precipitated on the destruction of the Big 12 and the league is willing to wait and see what happens with the league before withdrawing the invite. This evening the SEC denied that report, but did not say the league had no interest in Missouri and the denial probably has more to do with potential litigation than the actual reality of the situation. The Missouri news comes on the heels of a report earlier this morning that West Virginia had its application for the SEC turned down, meaning that at least for the moment, the league is not looking past 14.
In the middle of America, some reports suggest that Oklahoma could potentially stay in the Big 12 after talks hit a rough spot with the Pac 12. According to the reports, Oklahoma has offered to stay in the Big 12 if the current commissioner of the league steps down, a request that seems reasonable following his mis-management of much of the situation. Keeping the Big 12 together could be the linchpin of stopping a massive realignment move, as a Big 12 with the current set of teams, plus another add (many believe Louisville would get the first invite), could stop the madness from going a great deal further. However that is in Oklahoma’s hands as Texas and others wait for its decision.
Meanwhile, the Big East is meeting in a not-so-secret location tonight to determine its future as well. It was reported today that the league might try to stay together and had been on the verge of inviting Navy to join the league prior to Syracuse and Pittsburgh bolting. A new Big East might include Navy, Air Force and East Carolina, the latter of which apparently has actually applied officially to the league. If the Big East can stay together, it will it be a much weaker league in both sports, but it would ensure a major spot for its remaining teams.
A lot still to be decided and I am sure that by tomorrow, all will change again.