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Posted: Monday October 24, 2011 7:42PM ; Updated: Monday October 24, 2011 9:32PM

Big 12 expresses 'strong desire' for Mizzou to remain in conference

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The Big 12's directors met and expressed their desire to for Missouri to stay

Missouri has given its chancellor authority to move the school out of the league

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If Missouri leaves, it would be the fourth school to leave the conference in the past two years, joining Colorado, Nebraska and Texas A&M.
If Missouri leaves, it would be the fourth school to leave the conference in the past two years, joining Colorado, Nebraska and Texas A&M.
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By The Associated Press

The Big 12 board of directors on Monday expressed a "strong desire" for Missouri to remain in the conference.

The Big 12 says in a release that all 10 current members and TCU, which will join next season, participated in the Monday's meeting.

Three days ago the Missouri Board of Curators gave Chancellor Brady Deaton the authority to move the school out of the Big 12. Missouri is considering a move to the Southeastern Conference.

Interim Commissioner Chuck Neinas told The Associated Press that Missouri did not notify the conference that it would be withdrawing at the meeting.

The Big 12 board also reaffirmed its plans to have its members grant their most lucrative television rights to the conference and discussed exploring a conference network.

The conference has lost three members in the last 16 months. Nebraska left for the Big Ten and Colorado headed for the Pac-12 after last season. And this season, Texas A&M announced it would leave for the Southeastern Conference.

The Big 12 diverted TCU from the Big East, and is considering adding Louisville, West Virginia or BYU as possible replacements for Missouri.

Missouri has given no timetable on any move it may make.

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