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It has been so fulfilling for all of us associated with Mizzou Athletics to see the overall improvements academically, socially and competitively over the past 14-plus years. We hope all of these improvements have added value to the overall Mizzou experience.
Many people might think there’s a down time in Division I athletics; that’s certainly not the case at the BCS level or specifically at Mizzou. As we remind ourselves: You’re always on, and the logo never comes off.
There is no instructional booklet to assist in navigating conference expansion/changes. You have to be as proactive as you can in talking with the very few who have experienced this process.
We have seen a terrific increase in season ticket sales and members of the Tiger Scholarship Fund. It’s really exciting.
Why is it important for fans to be patient? Every single day is a new experience when learning and teaching about the SEC. We believe it will take us two competitive seasonal cycles for our fans, alums, students, faculty, staff, etc. to feel integrated into the processes, challenges, enthusiasm and passion of the SEC.
The rivalries, the great communities of the Big 12, the traditions of competition: These are just a few of the things we’ll miss about the Big 12.
Facility improvements are a constant need in college athletics. Although we have seen significant improvement in the sports park at Mizzou, we have to continue that momentum. This will further enhance our athletic facilities for many years.
Our coaches, staff and student athletes are excited about the challenges. We’re competitors; we want to measure ourselves every day against the best, and the SEC gives us that opportunity.
I would want to see improvements in sportsmanship and respect for opponents throughout all of sports, not just college athletics. This is an area of the culture of our industry that we must continually address.
The financial model is one that I don’t believe is sustainable. How can we limit the scope of our industry, focus on the basic premise of our academic mission and provide increased understanding of the limits of our respective programs?
The most exciting part has been the enthusiastic response from our students, the members of our university community, the communities throughout the state of Missouri, our alums, fans and friends.