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What about a trade: NCState to SEC would give SEC a foothold in North Carolina and a media presence there without really eroding the ACC presence. And Vanderbilt to the ACC for a nashville presence for them, but at no cost for the SEC as Tennessee dominates the state.
there's a cost hanging on to these "legacy programs" schools that joined a league under the rules of the old logic, but are redundant under the current logic. That's to say, if you were starting conferences from scratch some of each conference's schools would belong with another group. Tulane has more value for a conference that doesn't already have LSU. economics would say everyone's going to end up in the conference where they add the most value.
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