St. Louis Public Radio News
8:29 am
Mon June 14, 2010

Mizzou seeks to strengthen Big 12

Columbia, Mo. – University of Missouri curators met behind closed doors Sunday night for the fourth time in as many days as the school turns its attention to saving the Big 12 Conference.

The meeting followed two days of discussions in Columbia amid a shifting conference landscape that saw fellow Big 12 members Colorado and Nebraska leave.

Missouri was considered one of the top prospects for an expanded Big Ten, and the school could still wind up there as conference realignment continues to unfold.

But with no invitation in hand, school officials are publicly pledging their loyalty to the Big 12, even though it now includes just 10 teams.

In an e-mail to alumni, Chancellor Brady Deaton said he'll "do everything possible to assure the success of the conference."