Brady Deaton (second from right), Chancellor of the University of Missouri and Mike Alden (far right), Athletic Director at the University of Missouri at the announcement that Mizzou would join the Southeastern Conference on Nov. 6, 2011.
Deaton said Monday that his concern about instability and uncertainty of the Big 12 was enhanced because state funding for higher education has been cut several times in recent years, and still is not at the level originally budgeted in 2001.
The University of Missouri was officially accepted into the Southeastern Conference Sunday. SEC Presidents and Chancellors unanimously voted Missouri into the conference as its 14th member effective July 1, 2012.
A press conference and celebration were held Sunday evening at the MU student center.
Univ. of Missouri football players celebrate after a touchdown during a 2007 game against Texas Tech. The system's Board of Curators on Tuesday authorized Chancellor Brady Deaton to consider moving Mizzou from the Big 12 to another conference.