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Big 12: Don’t blame Missouri for scheduling dilemma

by Berry Tramel Published: January 26, 2012
Big 12 Conference Interim Commissioner Chuck Neinas speaks during a press conference to announce West Virginia's entrance into the conference Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/David Smith)
Big 12 Conference Interim Commissioner Chuck Neinas speaks during a press conference to announce West Virginia's entrance into the conference Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/David Smith)

Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas told the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette on Wednesday that he expects West Virginia to be in the Big 12 this summer and expects to release the 2012 Big 12 football schedule by Feb. 1. Which is Wednesday. Neinas said all kinds of interesting things, which you can read here.

Neinas also said the scheduling dilemma — with the Big 12 needing West Virginia to immediately fill the void left by Missouri’s departure to the Southeastern Conference — can be blamed on Missouri.

“The one thing that gets lost is we’re in this predicament because the SEC invited Missouri,” Neinas said. “But the SEC was willing to play with 13 (rather than 14) next season. We made an offer to Missouri that was financially beneficial to stay for another year. Missouri made the decision not to accept.”

Uh, can the pot stop calling the kettle black and gold? Missouri is not doing anything other than looking out for itself, which is what every other entity has done. Missouri wants to get in its new league as soon as possible. The same way Nebraska and Colorado did, and the same way A&M did, and the same way West Virginia wants to. Lame-duck status doesn’t help anything. And the Big 12 can’t very well rip Missouri for leaving the conference in a bind, when the Big 12 is attempting to do the exact same thing to the Big East.

No one has the high ground here. Everyone is fighting for their own skin. Frankly, that’s what college sports are all about. The quicker we accept that, the better off we’ll all be.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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