At least somebody out there gives a shit about tradition:
One source said there’s a group of presidents that wants to sit tight, believing the SEC can do better than Missouri and that No. 14 should come from the East. According to both sources, Alabama wants to look East and not risk losing its annual game against Tennessee, while Auburn favors adding Missouri and moving to the Eastern Division. [Emphasis added.]
There’s an easy way out of this, although it’s not geographically correct. If the choice is Missouri, just admit the Tigers into the SEC as a member of the East. This whole thing’s about money, not maps, anyway.