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OK -- let's assume the Big Ten takes in Georgia Tech, Virginia and North Carolina. Who gets to be #18?
Delany and athletic directors would probably prefer Florida State.
But the presidents have final say, and they'd almost certainly prefer Duke.
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@farmerl21 Teams that park certain programs in other conferences -- Kentucky and South Carolina in C-USA for men's soccer, West Virginia in the MAC for men's soccer, Missouri in the MAC for wrestling -- are rarely national title contenders in said sports. Putting a team in a different, lower-level conference conveys lower status to potential recruits. North Carolina, Virginia and Duke are more often than not ranked in men's soccer and men's lacrosse, among other sports, and parking it away from its principal conference would probably weaken their programs. (Neither Virginia Tech nor N.C. State field men's lacrosse teams, and neither are ACC men's soccer powers. Put them in the SEC, and VT and NCSU would likely move men's soccer and wrestling to the MAC or C-USA with minimal harm.)
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@local37220 The SEC's chief problem with UNC and Duke is that it lacks several sports for both those schools (and UVa as well) -- men's soccer, wrestling, men's and women's lacrosse. Kentucky and South Carolina can park their men's soccer programs in C-USA (just as WVU is playing men's soccer in the MAC). As UVa, UNC and Duke are regularly in the top 20 of the Directors' Cup, putting those sports in a lower-level conference would not be palatable. NCSU and Virginia Tech field soccer and wrestling, too, but they rank somewhat lower as overall programs. VT and N.C. State would be good, solid adds for the SEC, if they lack the allure of Chapel Hill and Durham.
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Can't see the SEC expanding to 18 -- too difficult for football scheduling. 20 might be a possibility with four pods of 5, but could Slive get there without breaking the notorious "gentlemen's agreement"?
Delany could go to 18 by taking UVa, UNC, Duke and GT. I still maintain in an either-or, Duke definitely chooses the Big Ten over the SEC, regardless of what Chapel Hill does.
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@KyleTaft 18 is far more difficult for the SEC than for the Big Ten, primarily for football scheduling reasons. If UNC, UVa and Duke wish to enter as a three-team unit, the SEC would have some gut-wrenching choices to make over who becomes #18 (VT or NCSU?), divisional setup, etc.
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@edelswick @SouthernBoiSB Syracuse recently lost AAU status for weak research. That probably rules it out as a Big Ten candidate.
This is essentially substituting SU for Georgia Tech (which the SEC has no interest in).