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Statement from MU Chancellor Brady Deaton

June 15th, 2010

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430,

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— We are pleased that the Big 12 Conference will continue as one of the most competitive forces in intercollegiate athletics in our nation today.  The heads of the institutions that make up the Big 12 Conference, along with our athletic directors and Commissioner Dan Beebe, have worked hard during the past several days to preserve a conference that is rich with tradition and even greater promise.

The universities that compose the Big 12 are outstanding institutions, both academically and athletically. They offer our student-athletes a top quality academic environment and a competitive athletic experience.  The University of Missouri looks forward to continuing its association with the Big 12 Conference.

 I also wish to thank colleagues at the University, our Board of Curators, MU alumni and Tiger fans everywhere for the expressions of interest and support during this time.