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The Southeastern Conference is a calculated bunch. If the league stayed at 14 teams in the coming years, even if future conference expansion swirled around it, that wouldn't exactly shock.
If the allure of more inventory for the looming SEC channel or the clumsiness of scheduling for 14 teams pushed the league to increase, perhaps that shouldn't surprise either. Whatever happens, the league will consider options in a thoughtful manner.
Apparently there's only one factor that would trigger expansion in the South, according to the SEC's chairman of the board of directors.
If the Southeastern Conference stayed at 14 teams in the coming years, even if future conference expansion swirled around it, that wouldn't exactly shock. But one thing could force a change, Florida's president said: An 'ace jewel' calling for help.
That article had literally no new information.
I thought it interesting that Machen would talk about it, but I don't believe that a phone call would be the only thing to prompt action by the SEC. I have to think that Slive is keeping an eye on the Big Ten.
In the next five years I would be shocked if we didn't have major changes, which will likely include the death of the ACC and whatever the old Big East decides to call itself. The major domino will be North Carolina, its the "ace jewel."
yeah, considering going to 16 teams would demand a 9 game sec football schedule which the majority of the conference doesn't want, I don't see us expanding again unless we get at least one a great member in return. I agree with the above poster, that potential member would almost have to be North Carolina. The only other school that may give us a reason to expand would be if Oklahoma called to ask in.
But it wouldn't demand a nine game schedule. It would probably call for the elimination of cross division rivals though. SEC would expand if Va Tech wanted in as well imo.
That dude had a column quota to meet and nothing else for it.
I dont' see us elimating the cross division permanent rivals, that would kill the AU/Georgia and the Bama/tenn games.
If it comes to a vote and those schools are overruled 12-4, we would.
Not just the 4 or us I think, I would think Texas A&M and Mizzo would want to keep their game also, that gets us to a 6-6 tie to expand, because no way 6 schools lets in 2 schools that would immediately get rid of what they consider to be great rivalry games. And isn't Ole Miss and Vandy permanent rivals? I doubt either would want to give up one of their easier games only to have it replaced by a tougher game in division.
1. A&M and Mizzou aren't a permanent game. Mizzou is with Arky and ATM is with USC starting in either '13 or '14.
2. That wouldn't be a 6-6 tie anyway. That would be 6-8 in favor of eliminating the games.
Your right. I really shouldn't have tried to comment on this while watching bball lol. To distracted to research.
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