Report: Missouri closing in on joining the SEC

In midst of another exciting college football season, the conference realignment wheels remain in motion.

Missouri, whose indecision regarding its league residency has prevented the Big 12 from being proactive in the conference arms race, remains on track to leave the Big 12 and become the SEC's 14th member, according to Pete Thamel of The New York Times.

Missouri’s Board of Curators is expected to meet on Thursday and Friday, where the process of withdrawing from the Big 12 and applying to the SEC will commence. Enough votes are expected among SEC presidents to allow Mizzou to become the newest member of the league, along with recent new addition Texas A&M.

Interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas had said that he expected the Tigers to be a member of the league in 2012. Now the question remains whether Mizzou would start SEC play in 2012, which is expected.

With the Big 12, SEC and Big East waiting on Missouri’s decision for nearly a month, expect more action on the realignment front over the next several weeks. The Big 12 still needs to decide if it wants to be a 10 or 12-team league. Losing Missouri would leave the league with nine schools. Meanwhile, the Big East could lose either Louisville or West Virginia — or both — to the Big 12. That could put the Big East's future once again at risk despite its plans of adding Boise State, Air Force and Navy in football and Central Florida, SMU and Houston in all sports. How viable of a BCS league would the Big East be without the Cardinals or Mountaineers, especially after it just lost TCU to the Big 12 as well as Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC?

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