By KBIA/St. Louis Public Radio
Columbia, MO – The University of Missouri has decided to remain in the Big 12 Conference - for now.
The Board of Curators wrapped up a two-day meeting Friday without taking any action to leave the conference. System president Gary Forsee repeated a commitment to the Big 12, but also for the first time mentioned future steps the university could take.
"Rest assured, the University of Missouri has been on top of this discussion, has prepared ourselves and prepared our board of curators with knowledge and information that will allow us to continue to be sure we reinforce our role in the Big 12 but be prepared as University of Missouri to take steps necessary to be sure that we do what's in our interest over time," he said.
Speculation is swirling that the Big 12 could collapse amid a wave of defections. Colorado will play in the Pac-10 next year, and the Big Ten has accepted Nebraska's request for membership.