Missouri is firm on joining SEC

Some exit fees and a time frame on leaving the Big 12 apparently aren't going to stop Missouri from joining the SEC in 2012.

In a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story, Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton said that Missouri is very firm on its plan to join the SEC next year, despite the Big 12's concerns about whether West Virginia can replace Missouri in time.

"We're going to the SEC (next year) regardless," Deaton said.

Deaton also said that he gained assurance from the Big 12 commissioner and the chairman of the board that such a move was "OK."

The SEC plans to announces its 2012 football schedule next week and Missouri is expected to be on it.

Deaton also talked about the steps Missouri took to applying for membership into the SEC. There were moments where representatives from the school thought they could help save the Big 12, but even after the Pac-12 expansion that involved four Big 12 teams, most notably Texas and Oklahoma, fell through, Deaton said Missouri became too worried about the future of the Big 12.

"It was clear that every move we were making was a struggle, and an uncertain one, that was sowing potential seeds of dissension from school to school," Deaton said. "It was sort of like you were sitting there saying, 'OK, who's going to be the next one to say they're going here, there or elsewhere because of one of these little glitches that are occurring in the discussion process?'"