TWO BITS: soccer’s title shot, SEC-Missouri fail

By Adam Silverstein
October 28, 2011

1 » No. 18 Florida Gators soccer (14-5, 7-3 SEC) will compete against the No. 22 South Carolina Gamecocks (14-5, 8-2 SEC) for the Southeastern Conference regular season title for the third-straight year when the two square off in their regular season finale on Friday. This time around, South Carolina holds a lead on Florida and is guaranteed at least a share of the title. A victory by the Gators would force the Gamecocks to split the title at least two ways. LSU could win their match against Arkansas, giving all three teams a share of the regular season championship. The contest will air live on FOX Sports Florida at 7 p.m., so be sure to check your local listings for availability. Admission at James G. Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, FL is free and open to students as well as the general public.

2 » The prevailing sentiment for quite some time has been that the Missouri Tigers would become the 14th member beginning in the 2012-13 athletic year. That eventuality took a step closer to becoming reality this week when Missouri gave their chancellor permission to seek out options and the authority to make a decision regarding conference alignment. With only formalities seemingly standing in the way between the Tigers joining the SEC, college football fans have simply been waiting on an official announcement by the two parties. Thursday evening, the SEC mistakenly published a number of stories on its official website announcing that Missouri has joined the conference and took them all down as soon as possible. However, the remnants of the postings are available in the website’s search history and screen captures of some of the stories have made their way around the internet. In the end, it all just went to confirm even further that the SEC will have 14 teams in 2012 and the East division will gain a new member – likely Mizzou but potentially Auburn.

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