Missouri move to SEC: more money, more expenses

Missouri move to SEC: more money, more expenses

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Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive, left, and University of Missouri Chancellor Brady J. Deaton smile as confetti flies during an announcement that Missouri will join the SEC, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, in Columbia, Mo. Missouri will join the conference effective July 1, 2012, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2012-13 academic year. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER

AP

Posted on November 27, 2011 at 2:17 PM

  COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri hopes its planned move to the SEC will quickly pay for itself with fatter TV contracts and more generous gifts from donors. The school also can expect to spend significantly more to keep pace.

   U.S. Department of Education financial reports show 10 other schools in what eventually will be a 14-team Southeastern Conference spend more on intercollegiate athletics than Missouri does.
Florida tops the SEC, spending nearly $113 million in the most recent academic year. That's nearly double Missouri's $58.9 million athletics budget.

   Missouri also ranks 11th among current and future SEC schools in overall athletics revenue, bringing in $59 million in the 2010-11 academic year. Only Mississippi, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt earned less.

   Missouri's $861,859 annual recruiting budget is 12th among the 14 SEC schools. Tennessee tops that list at more than $2.29 million
 

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