Mizzou Board to meet this week

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ The University of Missouri says its Board

of Curators won't comment publicly this week on the school's

possible interest in joining an expanded Big Ten Conference.

The 10-member board meets Thursday and Friday in Columbia. An

agenda released Tuesday afternoon says the curators and system

president Gary Forsee won't comment on Big Ten or Big 12 athletics

matters at the sessions.

But the agenda also shows curators will take the unusual step of

meeting in a closed session as soon as they arrive on Thursday

morning.

The Big 12 Conference has imposed a Friday deadline for Missouri

and Nebraska to affirm their commitment to the league. They're

among the leading candidates to join the Big Ten if that conference

decides to broaden its membership.