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Deaton cancels trips; SEC timetable unknown

Deaton cancels trips; SEC timetable unknown

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Further clouding the timetable for resolution of Mizzou's future conference affiliation, MU chancellor Brady Deaton has canceled a business trip to India that had been scheduled to begin Tuesday, Missouri spokespersons said by text message.

Since Deaton is the pivotal figure in Missouri's deliberations with the Big 12 and the Southeastern Conference, logic suggested any final announcement would have had to come today or wait until after his return.

Now the timing is even more uncertain as Mizzou continues to negotiate with the Big 12 and SEC on various issues, including whether Missouri would leave in 2012 or 2013.

As of late Monday morning, MU had given no indication of an announcement pending today.

On Thursday, the SEC briefly and inadvertently posted on its website an announcement that Mizzou had joined the conference. The SEC later attributed it to a mistake by the web vendor, which in turn said it had been written hypothetically.

On Friday as it announced West Virginia's admission to the league, the Big 12 left MU off a news release list of 10 schools it anticipates being in the conference next year.

In other Mizzou-related news, sophomore cornerback E.J. Gaines was named Big 12 defensive player of the week. He had 10 tackles and four pass break-ups in the Tigers' 38-31 overtime win at Texas A&M.

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