Former Alabama and Texas A&M coach Gene Stallings said he doesn't know if Missouri will leave the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference.
“If I were them, I would,” Stallings said in an interview with The Oklahoman.
Stallings, who until March was a member of the Texas A&M Board of Regents, was in Oklahoma City for a speaking engagement at Oklahoma Christian University.
He said he thinks that, in the future, there will be four conferences with 18 to 20 teams each.
“There will be a championship game in all of them, and a playoff between the four,” Stallings said, while insisting these are just personal opinions. “I think that's what's gonna happen.”
He added that he thinks the current unrest comes from schools trying to align themselves with conferences that will survive.
“The Southeastern Conference is going to be one of those conferences,” Stallings said.
Will the Big 12 be one of them?
Stallings shook his head, saying no.
“It's just a guess,” he said. “You take Nebraska, A&M, Colorado and then Missouri out of the conference, and that's not the same conference.”
Stallings said he would have prefered things stay the way they were.
“I'm a traditionalist,” he said.
But, he said, things all changed with the University of Texas' Longhorn Network.
“I don't think we'd even be talking about a move if we didn't have the (Longhorn) Network,” he said.
“I couldn't care less what the University of Texas does; that's their business. But the playing field is no longer level. You can turn on the TV 24 hours a day and get something University of Texas. Then they were talking about televising some high school games. I felt like that was to the advantage of the University of Texas, which is the reason they did it. That's their business.
“But then A&M should do what they think is best for A&M, and I think going to the Southeastern Conference (is best).”