Missouri officials have begun internal discussions about the Big Ten Conference, The Kansas City Star has learned, although MU has not received an offer to join the Big Ten.
An Internet report Monday said the Big Ten has extended initial offers to four schools, including Missouri and Nebraska, to join the conference. But a source long involved in Missouri athletics told The Star that the Big Ten has made no such offer.
“There’s nothing there at all,” said the source, who said he had spoken with MU athletic director Mike Alden on Monday. “Not yet. nothing has changed.”
Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman replied "none whatsoever" when asked by the Lincoln Journal-Star whether the report had any validity concerning his school.
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Although Missouri has not been offered to join the Big Ten, sources told The Star that Alden, MU chancellor Brady Deaton, MU system president Gary Forsee and other Missouri officials held a two-hour conference call Thursday to discuss conference realignment.
The call did not include any Big Ten officials, but Missouri officials are interested in how much its program is worth to the Big Ten and how much it would benefit from joining the Big Ten.
MU director of media relations Chad Moller declined to comment. The University News Bureau also released a similar statement.
“The University of Missouri is receiving numerous inquiries related to public speculation about conference membership,” the statement read. “MU is a member of the Big 12 Conference and will not respond to speculation about conference realignment.”