If Big 10 calls, Missouri will listen hard

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri isn't waiting idly for the Big Ten Conference to make up its mind on a possible conference expansion that could dramatically alter the college sports landscape.

The Kansas City Star reported that athletics director Mike Alden, Missouri system president Gary Forsee and Columbia campus chancellor Brady Deaton met last week to discuss the school's potential interest in the Big 10.

A school spokeswoman did not respond to an Associated Press request for comment. But Deaton told the AP that Missouri will "always do what is best for the university."

Big 10 athletic directors meet next week in Chicago. The conference announced last year it is considering adding at least one school, and possibly more, to add a league championship game in football and broaden the reach of its cable television network.

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