Big 12 commish: Mizzou’s departure ‘disappointing… a mistake’

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As you have no doubt heard by now, the SEC officially consummated its flirtation with Missouri Sunday by announcing that the school would become the conference’s 14th member in 2012.

The Big 12 has responded to the long-rumored marriage and, as expected, the conference is publicly labeling it as a misstep.

“The decision by the University of Missouri to leave the Big 12 Conference is disappointing,” interim commissioner Chuck Neinas said in a statement. “Mizzou has been a valuable member, with a Conference connection to schools in the Big 12 that dates back to 1907. I personally believe this decision is a mistake and that Missouri is a better fit in the Big 12. Once we have received a formal notice of withdrawal from Missouri, we will furnish it to our Board of Directors. The Board will review the situation and take appropriate action.”

The latter two sentences seem to hint that there could be some type of legal scuffle over Mizzou’s flight, although it would go against the SEC’s very staunch expansion stance to invite a new member that didn’t have every legal “i” dotted and “t” crossed.  Of course, the fact that the Big 12, per Neinas’ statement, has not received an official notice of withdrawal tends to raise some red flags in that regard as well.

In Texas A&M’s case, the school gave the Big 12 a formal notice of withdrawal before applying for and receiving an official invitation from the SEC.

While it may be a case of reading too much into a statement, the wording of the Big 12’s official acknowledgement of Mizzou’s impending departure bears noting, if for nothing more than what may or may not happen in the immediate future.

Arizona State hires Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State has hired former Cal Poly head coach Beau Baldwin as its next offensive coordinator.

The school announced Baldwin’s hiring of new coach Kenny Dillingham‘s staff a week after he resigned at Cal Poly.

The 50-year-old Baldwin spent three seasons as the Mustangs’ head coach, going 4-21.

Baldwin previously served as California’s offensive coordinator for three years after a nine-year stint as Eastern Washington’s head coach. He went 85-32 at Eastern Washington and won the 2010 national championship with three trips to the FCS semifinals.

Baldwin also served as Central Washington’s head coach in 2007.

Stanford QB Tanner McKee declares for NFL draft

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STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee is leaving school to enter the NFL draft.

McKee announced his decision on Thursday after a disappointing junior season on an overmatched Stanford team.

McKee completed 62% of his passes for 2,947 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season as Stanford went 3-9 for a second straight year.

Stanford will undergoing an overhaul with coach David Shaw stepping down after 12 seasons and several players expected to transfer.