So everyone is aware of the Texas A&M debacle and their fights with the mighty Longhorns and their fancy network… Apparently they came to the SEC looking to be added [as in, the SEC did not go knocking on their door]. Now all the talk (at least here in Knoxville) is of if this happens, who else will the SEC take? Along with what will come of the NCAA if the ‘superconferences’ start to form.
Conventional wisdom has said they would target Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, then target Florida State or Clemson.
The following article reports differently. It’s written by an SEC writer (among other things) out of Nashville. Seems pretty respected (wrote the books Dixieland Delight and On Rocky Top, the later of which I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed).
He has stated that the SEC will not go for programs in states that it already has a presence in (sorry FSU and Clemson) and that target states would be Virginia and North Carolina.
Virginia Tech is the no-brainer in this convo, and is believed by many to be the next one to come along if everything gets going. Then there is the big question of which NC school would go, if any. The major argument is that the “big 4” will stick together due to basketball tradition. Duke seems to be desired (in this article at least) because of their academic statue (Vanderbilt and Duke in the SEC would obviously be good for the SEC perception). The other one mentioned is NCSU.
I dont see Duke leaving UNCCH… way to much power, money, and tradition to be made between the two. Plus (as it currently is) the ACC is a superior academic conference to the SEC with the likes of major technical schools and highly ranked public universities. This seems to be important to the smaller private institution [Duke]. Meanwhile, NCSU struggles (in my opinion) to find a place in the basketball landscape. They also try hard to be a football school, with some success in the past. I could see them having less to lose and more to gain by jumping over. They would also get rid of any shadow that they live in due to UNCCH and Duke and their basketball-power.
An interesting situation overall. I’m concerned about where this would leave us. If these “super-conferences” form, I don’t think we have much place to go football wise. They say that the ‘super-conferences’ could ultimately toss the NCAA and create their own money making machine. And for the record, I don’t think ECU with a very established football program has much of a place to go either. Charlotte adding football 10 years ago would have obviously given us a better shot if this takes place, but I still think it would have taken a major stroke of luck. We would have had no choice but to become as successful [as quickly] as USF.
Perhaps the BE basketball conference split up really would be best? Thoughts…?