Mizzou AD Mike Alden releases statement regarding Texas A&M

The following is a statement from University of Missouri athletic director Mike Alden regarding Texas A&M’s decision to withdraw from the Big 12 and the future of the conference:

Dear Tiger Fans:

As you are likely aware, Texas A&M has informed the Big 12 Conference that they will be making application to another league for their future athletic conference affiliation. That announcement was made this morning in a letter to the Big 12 from President R. Bowen Loftin of Texas A&M.

With the impending departure of the Aggies, where does the Big 12 Conference stand on its future? Dan Beebe, as our Commissioner, is focused on maintaining the Big 12 as a strong and viable league in college athletics. Dan and his leadership team at the Conference Office are working to expand the schools in our league and they have taken an aggressive approach in this manner. As you might imagine, those workings by the league offices are highly confidential and require a great amount of research, coordination and focus.

Dr. Brady Deaton, who is our Chancellor at Mizzou, is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Big 12. I know that Dr. Deaton, myself and all of us at Mizzou are committed to working hard to keep the Big 12 a strong and successful conference. We look to Commissioner Beebe and the Big 12 staff to develop and implement the plans necessary for the future.

Rest assured that the Mizzou “brand” is extremely strong nationally. We are the flagship institution of the State of Missouri with over 5.7 million residents who passionately follow our University and the Tigers. As a proud member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, we are equally proud of the national recognition Mizzou Athletics has received for our academic, social and competitive accomplishments. Our success wouldn’t be possible without the great support of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans.

The landscape of college athletics continues to evolve, and we will collaborate with the Big 12 staff leadership to guide that direction of our league. Thanks for your patience, understanding and support.

Go Tigers!

Michael F. Alden Director of Athletics University of Missouri

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It’s Official: Texas A&M planning to withdraw from Big 12

After weeks of speculation and a series of legal moves by both the university and the South Eastern Conference, Texas A&M officially informed the Big 12 that it will end its membership with the conference on June 30, 2012, if it is accepted by another league.

The following is a statement from Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin.

After much thought and consideration, and pursuant to the action of the (Texas A&M University System) Board of Regents authorizing me to take action related to Texas A&M University’s athletic conference alignment, I have determined it is in the best interest of Texas A&M to make application to join another athletic conference.

We appreciate the Big 12’s willingness to engage in a dialogue to end our relationship through a mutually agreeable settlement. We, too, desire that this process be as amicable and prompt as possible and result in a resolution of all outstanding issues, including mutual waivers by Texas A&M and the conference on behalf of all the remaining members.

As I have indicated throughout this process, we are seeking to generate greater visibility nationwide for Texas A&M and our championship-caliber student-athletes, as well as secure the necessary and stable financial resources to support our athletic and academic programs. This is a 100-year decision that we have addressed carefully and methodically.

Texas A&M is an extraordinary institution, and we look forward to what the future may hold for Aggies worldwide.’

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2011 Season Preview: The Final Four

2009 Flashback: Mizzou jumped out to a 27-16 lead at halftime, but collapsed in the second half, allowing Baylor to march back for a 40-32 victory. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert threw for 468 yards, second most in school history, but was only able to find the end zone twice. Baylor's Nick Florence threw for a school record 427 yards and 3 touchdowns.

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Texas A&M informs Big 12 it intends to explore joining another conference

The following is a statement from Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin given to Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe. Full story, including implications on Mizzou and Big 12, will be posted on HSB later today.

As I have indicated previously, we are working very deliberately to act in the best long-term interests of both Texas A&M and the State of Texas. This truly is a 100-year decision.

While we understand the desire of all parties to quickly reach a resolution, these are extremely complex issues that we are addressing methodically. Ultimately, we are seeking to generate greater visibility nationwide for Texas A&M and our championship-caliber student-athletes, as well as secure the necessary and stable financial resources to support our athletic and academic programs.

As a public university, Texas A&M owes it to the state’s taxpayers to maximize our assets and generate additional revenues both now and well into the future.

Haith allegedly involved in NCAA violations while at Miami

On Tuesday afternoon, Yahoo! Sports released a comprehensive report covering their 11-month investigation into the distribution of illegal benefits at the University of Miami. Among those named in the report is current Missouri men’s basketball coach Frank Haith, who allegedly oversaw the payment of $10,000 to a top recruit in 2008. Here is a brief overview of the report followed by details on Frank Haith’s involvement during his time as men’s basketball coach at Miami. 

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From left: Nevin Shapiro, Frank Haith, and Jake Morton, three of the key figures involved in the latest scandal surrounding the University of Miami and the NCAA.-Source: Yahoo! Sports

Nevin Shapiro, a former University of Miami booster who is currently in prison for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme, told Yahoo! Sports that he provided thousands of benefits to at least 72 athletes from 2002 to 2010.

The benefits, estimated to be worth “millions of dollars” according to Shapiro, included cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his mansions and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and clubs, jewelry, “bounties for on-field play (including bounties for injuring opposing players),” travel, and an abortion.

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