For the sake of being seen as a troll, I guess I'll throw in my relative sage-like opinion.
Missouri debate in its current form is inevitable because of budgetary issues. Chris hit the nail on the head here. It's just true. Even if some money is being funneled to go to an assistant coach, cutting that coach might only provide enough resources to travel a mid-sized team to one, maybe two large tournaments.
I guess that's just the obvious, but I'll try to throw something else into the mix. As Ben Reid might say, I'm sounding like Cheesewright here, but, oh well.
Why should we prioritize this very specialized, particular form of knowledge? Whats to say that such a form has any more intrinsic value than what Missouri currently has. Yes, there might be more research benefits for competing in what some call the "national circuit", but from my experience, those who do well in Missouri are those who do the research anyways and those would be competitive on the NC anyways. Why make the whole ordeal into some projection of inferiority to "the big boys" at some private school or Chicago suburb?
I lived 4 years envying them and carrying out my college plans accordingly only to determine that it doesn't make a difference. I did the same research as them. I did the same preparation as them. When push came to shove, I ran the same arguments as them. I feel like my experience in Missouri gave me the research skills that I needed to be successful in college, in combination with the often overlooked (and oh god, scoffed at) public speaking and communication benefits. Why do you think the vast majority of collegiate programs are housed in communication departments? Sure, there are some historical factors. The main reason continues, debate is an activity focused on communication in any form. The method of communication may differ, but there is no difference between the the "technical" and the "persuasive" in any substantive way.
I look back at my time in Missouri with favor. I don't think for a moment that I got "screwed over" because some "bus driver" made a "shitty decision". If you think that doesn't happen in the national circuit, you are idealistic. I'm sure you can ask CJ.
Moral of the story - you can't always get what you want, but if you try some times, you might find that you get what you need.
High school is temporary, you shouldn't live it in envy of what others might have - it prevents you from seeing your own privilege. You'll be fine as a collegiate debater if that's something you want to do. Ask any of the Mo State kids. Ask Malcom Gordon (shit, he debated for Ozark). The benefits you learn in Missouri, the ability to communicate in a very basic way, will help you out where it matters. Even if you value the "technical", it will help you there when you get to college in a way that other individuals might not have had the same opportunity.
Just my thoughts. I don't think it's too long not to read. Might be helpful to the discussion.