The writing was on the wall for some time despite what anyone wanted to believe and news that Missouri and Texas A&M have left the Big 12 for the SEC is now water under the bridge. At least, it's old news for most people. But a conversation with Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas brings up the opposite -- showing that emotions still linger for some about Missouri's decision to depart and leave the Big 12 hanging in the process.
Fox Sports Midwest has the word that Neinas was still inflamed in a recent interview:
The firestorm Missouri created by opting to accept an invitation to the SEC is not going to be doused anytime soon, at least not when Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas fires away. "Missouri made a very selfish decision," Neinas told the Charleston Gazette. "It's been very disruptive. Missouri gave us notice in November, and it's pretty difficult to move forward then." The context of Neinas' comments was based on a look ahead to football scheduling for the 2012 Big 12 season. Negotiations between Missouri and the Big 12 over a withdrawal fee continue.
While local fans have reason to be frustrated over the move, the sooner everyone can move on and deal with the changes, the better. The Big 12 will still be fine and the introduction to the SEC will also bring even more great football match-ups to watch. While some local rivalries will be missed, the reality is the region has more access to better football now than ever before.