Missouri football fans are ready to enter a new realm of excitement in the 2012 season, as the Tigers will be competing in a new conference for the first time since 1907. Major changes are in store for Mizzou, which one can now call "SEC Country."
The idea of tinkering with tradition is never embraced upon first glance. Traditions are points of pride within alumni of any school, and messing with them can cause some serious backlash.
But traditions are a reflection of the culture, and in Columbia, Mo., the culture has already taken a big-time shift. The new traditions will simply reflect this.
Some of these changes will be viewed more severely than others. Not all of these changes will make everyone happy. But as a new generation of students, fans and ultimately prosperity enter Tiger Nation, embracing change will be essential.
Missouri football is ready to shed the stigmas of the past, mostly related to their inability to win the big games.
We'll now examine seven major changes that will help create a new atmosphere, and hopefully a new element to the tradition: winning.