SEC ready to accept Missouri

Missouri’s official application to enter the Southeastern Conference is inevitable and imminent, the New York Times reported.

The report cited an unidentified official close to the decision-making process for league affiliation who said Missouri administrators believe they will receive the votes required from SEC school presidents to enter the league.

A formal invitation would follow, the report said. Missouri officials have a meeting in Kansas City later this week.

Last week, Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas said he expected Missouri to stay in the Big 12, which lost Nebraska to the Big Ten and Colorado to the Pac-12 a year ago but added TCU last week.

The SEC added Texas A&M earlier this year, and afterward Commissioner Mike Slive said the league had no plans to add a 14th team.

Earlier this month, Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton was given authority to look for the best deal for the school, including remaining in the Big 12. The school stands to receive an additional $12 million in annual revenue if it jumps to the SEC.

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