I still think the SEC's main interests are Virginia Tech and North Carolina State. Everyone of these expansion articles you read the last few months has the B1G only interested in the AAU schools. I guess you must accept that as fact?
I hope the SEC does not go beyond 16 schools. I feel one of those larger conferences are going to be condemned from birth. To be broken up by not enough rivalry and too many different interests that can not possibly be properly addressed. Simply too many hogs at the trough.
@WarHog38 In the past, I would have agreed with 100% of this. The very thought of 18 and 20 team conferences scared the heck out of me. Look at what happened to the old 16 team WAC, for example.
Now I think differently because the nature of collegiate athletic conferences has evolved so rapidly since the NCAA/Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling. That started the process, and technology expedited it.
Conference networks, so long as they prove to be as successful as the BTN, will keep the schools together. They simply won't be able to afford to leave.
@Roggespierre If the SEC goes past 16? I hope you are right! I just remember the close rivalries and all the yearly games with all or most all the conference opponents. I hate to see a lot of that go.
@WarHog38 No doubt. I'll admit that I miss the old Big Ten. It stinks that Purdue is likely to be put in the Western division, where it will not see Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State more than once every three years or so. Nebraska is good, but it isn't the same. I guess I'll get used to it.
If I were a lifelong SEC fan, then I would feel the same way about that conference. But I tend to be a "big game" fan of the SEC. So long as I get to see the Iron Bowl, Third Saturday in October, the game formerly known as the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, and even the Egg Bowl, then I'm happy.