January 29th, 2013 10:07 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Big Ten, Florida State, SEC, Virginia Tech
The first day of meetings for the Big XII’s athletic directors came and went with little said about league expansion. In fact, the only official comments on the topic came from commissioner Bob Bowlsby himself:
“I think we did gravitate around some principle that will guide us going forward and I think we created some filters that we all agreed on. I think there was a fair amount of unanimity in the room.”
The Big XII commish also said that everything discussed regarding expansion could be classified as “what-ifs.”
Meanwhile, CBSSports.com reports that behind closed doors, the Big XII’s ADs discussed who might go where if the Big Ten and SEC decide to expand again… and who would be left for the Big XII in such a scenario. Their views should not surprise. According to Jeremy Fowler, the ADs believe the Big Ten would likely chase schools already in the Association of American Universities (Virginia, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech and Duke). They believe the SEC would go after a school or two from what would be new states to the SEC: Virginia and North Carolina (Virginia, Virginia Tech, UNC, Duke, NC State and Wake Forest). The biggest programs left behind (according to what Fowler heard coming out of the meeting): Florida State, Clemson and Louisville.
Bowlsby has made it clear — as has powerful Texas AD DeLoss Dodds — that the 10 Big XII schools make a whole lotta cash as a 10-member league. Adding more teams had better equal more cash. From the comment above, we’ll assume that the league’s ADs agreed on a pair of things.
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