One new schedule will feature five 1,000 mile road trips
- Published: Wednesday, 22 August 2012 07:33
- by Doug Samuels
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri's move to the SEC is expected to cost the school an extra $750,000 in travel costs.
Missouri's senior associate athletic director, Tim Hickman confirmed that the travel costs will be at least that.
"I think it will be at least that. It's a moving target. We're still evaluating and the feeling is that it's a little higher."
Trips to nearby states Iowa and Kansas will be replaced with trips east to South Carolina and Florida. Only games at Arkansas, Kentucky and Vanderbilt are expected to be trips taken via a bus.
According to the Post-Dispatch, the average roundtrip flight during their time in the Big 12 was 850 miles. In the SEC, their average trip will increase to 1,020 miles. The Tigers longest trip will be the 1,694 trek to Gainesville, and five other trips will crack the 1,000 mile mark.
Getting a feel for the new travel specs is expected to take about two cycles before they iron out all the kinks.
"This is a great example of needing to go through two cycles. We think we can predict the time of how long it will take to get to Gainesville (Florida) and all that stuff, but until you actually do it in all sports for two years, we won't have a good feel for that."