Last year, the Tigers went 5-7 and failed to qualify for a bowl for the first time since 2004.
Matter, who covered lots of Missouri's Big 12 road games and spent last fall visiting South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida, said the city of Columbia has embraced its new SEC identity, and that he doesn't think the athletic department regrets the move.
“I think everything is seen through the prism of football, and that was a disappointing season,” Matter said. “I don't really sense regret. I think they knew it'd be pretty tough. But they'd gotten so used to winning in the Big 12 that it was just kinda hard to swallow a losing season after getting to a point where they were winning at least eight games a year.
“I think it's gonna take a couple years just to see how the program adjusts to the new league.”