Friday, October 21, 2011

Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton granted power to decide on conference alignment

image University of Missouri’s Board of Curators punted Friday afternoon, following two days of closed-door meetings. The Board delegated the authority to negotiate and make decisions based on what he thinks is best for the University.

As points out, this should sound familiar. A similar vote and decision were made back on October 4. It doesn’t appear that much has changed with today’s news, other than the fact that Brady Deaton has been given an incremental increase in authority.

Previously, he was delegated the authority to “explore” conference options. According to various media sources on Twitter, today’s decision grants him the authority to negotiate contracts on behalf of the University. One would think that the executive leadership at a major university already had such authority, right? They can always discuss terms and negotiate deals, but the BoC still retains the authority to formally approve entering into the contract.

Unless today’s decision delegates that authority to Deaton as well.

The move to the SEC—described earlier this week as “inevitable and imminent”—now seems to be put on hold for at least another week or so. While most college football fans would simply like to see Mizzou either fish or cut bait, moving deliberately makes sense. Staying in the Big 12 is a decision with temporary commitment. Moving to the Southeastern Conference is probably a lifetime deal.

If I’m a betting man, I’m laying odds that the deal gets done and Mizzou becomes SEC No. 14, and makes the move in time to participate in at least part of the 2012-13 seasons.

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