Can The SEC Just Invite Bootheel, Missouri?

The state of Missouri is its own little country. So how could the University of Missouri ever fit into one conference or another?

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Have a pretty good idea where Bootheel belongs, though:

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Jason Chandler stands in the early afternoon sun, cotton lint clinging to his St. Louis Cardinals hat as he watches two industrial cotton pickers cut paths in a 120-acre field. It's harvest time in the western corner of Missouri's Bootheel, where the tea is sweet, the barbecued pork is topped with coleslaw, and the residents speak with a drawl that seems borrowed from the Mississippi Delta.

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"We've got our own language around here," says Chandler, 31.

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ht Dr. Saturday

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