Missouri governor Jay Nixon has now officially been on both sides of the conference realignment fence, offending people on both sides. Nixon is a Missouri graduate, a super
obnoxious Tiger fan and unfortunately has been the unofficial spokesperson for the university that he loves to make look bad.
Keep in mind that Missouri is guilty of getting this whole conference realignment mess started. You'll remember last December when Governor Nixon declared Missouri's intellectual superiority over other Big 12 schools and no trouble in even calling some out.
"I'm not going to say anything bad about the Big 12, but when you compare Oklahoma State to Northwestern, when you compare Texas Tech to Wisconsin, I mean, you begin looking at educational possibilities that are worth looking at." - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
Needless to say, that comment didn't settle well in Lubbock and Stillwater. Now that the world knows that the Tigers were pawns in the Big Ten's scheme to lure in the Nebraska Cornhuskers Governor Nixon is taking verbal jabs at the schools leaving.
With Nebraska leaving for the Big Ten in 2011 and Colorado jumping west to the Pac-10 in 2012, Nixon guaranteed that the remaining games against Missouri's old rivals would be some of the most heated yet by stating that they were the weak links in what is now a great basketball conference.
He called those schools the league's "two weakest basketball programs" while noting that the remaining Big 12 schools could have a better shot of making the NCAA basketball tournament. Nixon said poor win-loss records and weaker schedules by Nebraska and Colorado were dragging down the rankings of other Big 12 schools.
He'd also lead you to believe that the Missouri Tigers landed exactly where they wanted to be in the new Big 12. Somehow, someway Missouri became the perfect team in the perfect conference.
"I think a lot of people were nervous about this process," said Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, an avid Tigers fan. "We're in the process of landing in a very comfortable place in which we have traditional rivalries, a lot more money and opportunity for a national stage for our student-athletes."
To claim superior intelligence he's not real smart because that's exactly what Missouri had in the old Big 12 conference. You know, the one you helped destroy. So please, for the love of all things sacred, just shut the ole yapper!