A decade of declining state funding for the University of Missouri enhanced the appeal of switching conference alignments from the Big 12 to the more financially stable and lucrative Southeastern Conference, the university's chancellor said Monday.
Missouri has taken another step toward leaving the Big 12 Conference and there is interest in the SEC in taking the Tigers.
The Southeastern Conference isn't ready to expand yet.
University of Missouri curators voted Tuesday to consider leaving the Big 12 instead of committing to the troubled league for the long term.
After daylong discussions regarding the possible breakup of the Big 12, a scheduled news conference was abruptly canceled, fueling speculation that the 12 schools are far from agreement.
Former Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder was first encouraged by athletic director Mike Alden to consider a midseason resignation more than a year ago.