The Missouri Tigers are going to leave the Big 12 aaany minute now, so of course it's important for Big 12 suits to talk up how much better off they'll be without you in their lives anymore, girl:
"I think that's accurate," one school official told the American-Statesman. "I'd say West Virginia is the leader in the clubhouse. I think we'll come out better than before. I'd rather be with someone who wants to be with our conference than anybody who doesn't."
If you've been unlucky enough to pay lots and lots of attention to conference realignment, that should remind you of this quote by ... hey, it's West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck on the Big East losing Syracuse:
"In fact, I would trade Air Force or Navy for Syracuse every day of the week in terms of the quality of the football program. No disrespect, but that's just an observation I think most would agree with who understand football."
(No wonder he wants rid of Syracuse, of course.)
What does it all mean? It means every conference realignment discussion must center on West Virginia is what it means.