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Missouri SEC Application 'Inevitable And Imminent,' According To Report

The New York Times' Pete Thamel is reporting that Missouri’s decision to apply for membership to the SEC was "inevitable and imminent." This was according to a source who does not know a specific timetable for the application.

Missouri’s Board of Curators, who signed off on the school's official exploration of conference realignment, will meet on Thursday and Friday at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. It is thought that the process of withdrawing from the Big 12 Conference and applying to the SEC will begin then.

According to Thamel's source, Missouri is confident they have enough votes from SEC schools to join the conference.

If they do, then they will become the 14th member of the SEC, joining Texas A&M, who just left the Big 12 for the SEC.

The move could also set off a chain reaction in the Big East, where schools such as Louisville and West Virginia are considered candidates for expansion. The loss of Missouri would leave the Big 12 with 9 members for 2012. They could choose to replace Missouri with one school or they could bring on three to return to the number in the conference name.

BYU has also been mentioned as a candidate for Big 12 expansion.

For more, keep checking Mizzou blog Rock M Nation. And stay tuned here for more conference realignment news.