Missouri AD Mike Alden released a statement on Friday evening regarding the departures of Colorado and Nebraska from the Big 12 conference.
Dear Tiger Nation,
By now I'm sure you have learned of the departure of the University of Colorado and the University of Nebraska from the Big 12 Conference. There is no question that these moves are very impactful on our league. These are decisions by individual institutions following invitations and applications with the Pac-10 and the Big 10 Conferences. We've enjoyed longstanding relationships with both schools, and wish them nothing but the best in their future homes.
We are working diligently to maintain the long-term viability of the Big 12 Conference. Our focus has always been on our core values, and it will continue to remain as such. We have been open, honest, accessible and professional throughout these shifting landscapes. We will always handle ourselves in a professional manner. We are a first-class institution and a first-class athletic program.
We certainly understand the angst that this recent news has caused among our supporters. Please be confident that we are working tirelessly for the benefit of the University, for the Tigers and for the state of Missouri. When "the dust settles," Mizzou will be in a strong position nationally. We don't know the timeline of all of these activities, so your patience and commitment is appreciated. Many will look at this time as a challenge, but we will look at it as an unbelievable opportunity.
Thank you for your dedication to Mizzou. We will keep you informed of developments whenever we're able.