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Missouri closer to exiting Big 12

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri has taken another step toward leaving the Big 12, and there is interest in the SEC in taking the Tigers.

The governing curators unanimously gave chancellor Brady Deaton the authority Friday to move the school out of the Big 12 if he decides that is in the school's best interest.

The Kansas City Star reported that the SEC expects to invite Missouri by the middle of next week, supporting a New York Times report earlier this week saying the move was "inevitable and imminent."

Deaton, who had earlier been given the okay to explore options, gave no timeline but indicated a move, if it happens, would not take long.

"We're not looking at a long time frame," Deaton said, adding any move would anticipate playing in another conference beginning next season.

While Deaton avoided saying he favors leaving the Big 12 or identifying the SEC as a landing spot, he did say, "We've provided information to the SEC."

"Missouri has not applied, nor has an invitation been extended," SEC spokesman Charles Bloom said.

However, SEC school presidents have informally discussed Missouri, and there's interest in adding the school, though no votes were taken, the Associated Press reported.

Syracuse throttles No. 11 Mountaineers

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Ryan Nassib passed for three touchdowns to tight end Nick Provo, Dorian Graham returned a kickoff 98 yards for another score, and Syracuse stunned No. 11 West Virginia 49-23 Friday night.

Syracuse (5-2, 1-1 Big East) hadn't beaten West Virginia (5-2, 1-1) in the Carrier Dome in a decade, and the Orange played a near flawless game to break the streak just as they did last year in a 19-14 upset of the Mountaineers in Morgantown. That victory stopped an eight-game losing streak to West Virginia, and this one was even more impressive as the Orange hadn't scored that many points in the series since a 45-0 win in 1960.

The high-powered West Virginia offense was kept in check most of the game. Quarterback Geno Smith was 24-of-41 for 338 yards and two touchdowns, and his interceptions came at critical junctures — the first at the Orange goal line and the second on the final play of the third quarter when the game was still within reach.

L'ville 16, Rutgers 14: Chris Philpott tied a school record with a 52-yard field goal, and Teddy Bridgewater threw a touchdown pass in the third quarter as the host Cardinals (3-4, 1-1 Big East) beat the Scarlet Knights (5-2, 2-1) to end a three-game skid. Louisville coach Charlie Strong said cornerback Anthony Conner broke his neck when his head hit the knee of a Rutgers receiver. After few minutes after going off, Conner was conscious with feeling in his extremities.

Indiana: Gunner Kiel, one of the nation's top high school quarterbacks, told Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson that he was rescinding his commitment to Indiana and would visit other schools.

Late Thursday

B-CU 14, Norfolk St. 6: Jackie Wilson threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Keith Stroud in the third quarter and visiting Bethune-Cookman (4-3, 2-2 MEAC) held the Spartans without an offensive touchdown for the first time in 70 games against a Division I-AA opponent.

Missouri closer to exiting Big 12 10/21/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 22, 2011 1:19am]
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