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Next big rivalry: OSU-Missouri?

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Jay Nixon is no household name to folks in Oklahoma, but he’s doing his darnedest to become public enemy No. 1 to Oklahoma State fans.

The Missouri governor talked recently to the Associated Press about the possibility of the Missouri Tigers leaving the Big 12 and joining the Big Ten.  The powers that be in the Big Ten are looking to add a 12th team to the league. Missouri is among the schools under consideration. Nixon is a Missouri alum, and he believes his school should give a conference switch a good hard look.

His primary reasoning: the Big Ten is academically superior.

“I’m not going to say anything bad about the Big 12,” Nixon told the AP, “but when you compare Oklahoma State to Northwestern, when you compare Texas Tech to Wisconsin, I mean, you begin looking at educational possibilities that are worth looking at.”

First of all, didn’t Nixon say he wasn’t going to say anything bad about the Big 12 right before he said something bad about the Big 12?

Secondly, the Big 12 is the league that can properly count how many teams it has, not the Big Ten/Eleven/Maybe Twelve.

Maybe Nixon isn’t the best person to commenting on academic superiority.

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Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›