Gov. Brownback: MU leaving Big 12 bad for Kansas City

TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback said this morning that he is  sorry to see the University of Missouri leave the Big 12 Conference, and he thinks it’s a bad move for Kansas City, which has enjoyed the economic boost that accompanies the annual Border War game at Arrowhead Stadium.

“I think this is bad for them,” he said.

Brownback said he called Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the head of the board of curators for the University of Missouri to say he didn’t think it was a good move, particularly for the Kansas City area. But he welcomed West Virginia University and Texas Christian University to the Big 12. Brownback said that, compared to the situation the Big 12 was in a year ago, things are going better.

“I believe it will ultimately be the strongest conference in the country,” he said. “The level of competition is excellent and growing.”