Missouri wanted to join Big Ten

Andrew Krammer

The University of Missouri hopes to join the Southeastern Conference, but wanted an offer from the Big Ten that never came.

An official with Missouri announced the news under anonymity on Wednesday because the school has yet to discuss its intentions publicly. The Big Ten added Nebraska last year instead.

Missouri’s board of curators unanimously voted on Tuesday to give Chancellor Brady Deaton authority to look to other conferences, instead of committing to the shaky Big 12.

This news comes just after the Big 12 leaders – including Deaton – decided to lock up top-tier TV rights and share the revenue over the next six years.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive has not ruled out further expansion after adding its 13th member in Big 12’s Texas A&M.