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Might the SEC 24-team end game be this....
Cut Missouri (13)
Add NC Triangle (16)
With Triangle as bait, add VA brothers (18)
May as well triple scoop state of Florida at this point to stop a Big 12 double dip there. (20... FSU, Miami)
At 20, why not finish off the American South for life with: Clemson, GT, Tulane and Louisville? (24)
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With Missouri gone, that does give the SEC an extra spot for the entire NC Triangle. Hmmm, maybe cut Missouri loose?
Gotta figure the Virginia Brothers will follow the NC triangle, right?
Maybe a win-win for Big Ten and SEC. Cut Missouri loose, free a spot for Triangle. Lure VA brothers with triangle. Reach 18. Big Ten left with small/private schools for 18. GT and ND in play though.
Big Ten West: Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois
Big Ten East: Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana, Purdue, Northwestern, Connecticut, Rutgers, Maryland
Come to think of it, if the Missouri A.D. is so sure does that mean Missouri is involved?
Might they exit (for free) to the Big Ten if offered?
Seems evil on Big Ten's part. Uh, yeah join the SEC for a while and since they have no exit fee, you don't have to pay when we ask you in Winter 2013. But, yeah join us.
Missouri and Connecticut could join (for free) the Big Ten soon. It is two new states for BTN.
Would Notre Dame (as conference Lord) be okay with this...
Duke, Wake, Notre Dame, Clemson, Miami, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Boston College...
Then add maybe the C7 in Olympics or perhaps: Navy/Army/Temple/Cincy/UL/Memphis etc.
In the 1970's there was talks of a "Marigold Conference" as the South's version of the Ivy League. It would have been pretty cool, but only a few projected members wanted to do it...
Rice, Tulane, Miami, Duke, Clemson, Baylor, SMU, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest
I do see some of the smaller/private schools in the ACC finding homes in the SEC or B1G eventually. A school like Clemson is too valuable to just let die on the vine. Ditto BC, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.
But a certain Northern Indiana school could always change everything and invite all those schools: Wake, Duke, Cuse, BC, etc. and make a brand new conference.
If he's certain enough to make these kind of statements in the wake of Missouri's botched B1G entry where he basically got on his knees and groveled, then there must be at least more than a shred of proof to go on now.
Knowing the SEC will expand very soon and assuming the Big 12's Grant of Rights lives up to the hype, I'll say Florida State and Virginia Tech make the upgrade. I could come up with all sort of reasons for other schools, but VT and FSU drive up the value of the SEC Network by increasing the quality of Tier 3 programming. Games that were normally Tier 3 (say Vandy vs. Arkansas) now might not even make the SEC Network because (say VT vs. Mississippi State) now qualifies as one heck of a Tier 3 matchup.
Big Ten guy here, love the BTN. The best football matchup the BTN ever staged was Rich Rod Era Michigan vs. Michigan State. After that, you're looking at a few Ohio State-Purdue games with 10-12 future pros involved and then probably like a Penn State vs. X in Joe Pa's swan song before the controversy at PSU.
My point is, SEC Network will own BTN if it can offer quality like FSU-Ole Miss against Maryland-Illinois (in football, mind you). As far as hoops, BTN is just really good. No way to spin it. BTN gets ranked vs. ranked Big Ten hoops pretty much once or twice a week once conference play starts. Then again, SEC baseball is a draw so that would be the counter to Big Ten hoops.
Long story short, take the quality upgrade instead of the "footprint" upgrade if you are starting up a new network from ground zero. The Big Ten could only air the really bottom conference football games (think Tier 6) and the FCS games the very first year. NOTE - NC State and VT would obviously be good and would probably beef up hoops programming considerably over VT and FSU. Tons of NC State fans who long for the "good old days" and the BTN caters to that crowd constantly on the BTN year-round.
Only way he makes this kind of bold statement is with an approval from his conference commissioner. I think this means the SEC is going to expand (again) by 2014. Plus, the SEC has responded to every B1G move with an SEC move(s) since 1991 (year Penn State signed their papers). So, in keeping with the pattern, why would they not respond to Maryland & Rutgers?