Missouri Gov. Speaks on New Big XII
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says the Big
12 will be a stronger basketball conference without Colorado and
Nixon on Tuesday called the departing universities “the two
weakest basketball programs'' in the Big 12. Colorado is leaving
for the Pac-10 in 2012 while Nebraska is joining the Big Ten next
The Missouri governor says the remaining Big 12 schools could
have a better shot of making the NCAA tournament. He said poor
win-loss records and weaker schedules by Nebraska and Colorado were
dragging down the rankings of other Big 12 schools.
Last December, Nixon suggested Missouri should consider joining
the Big Ten because it had stronger academics than some Big 12
schools. That invitation never came.