>In the past two days, the Big 12 has lost Nebraska and Colorado and was on the verge of losing Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. That left Missouri, Kansas, Iowa State, Kansas State and Baylor left on the outside. Now in my last blog, I spoke about how everything revolved around Texas. Well it kind of turns out that it may have all revolved around Nebraska. It has been reported that if it had only been Missouri and/or Colorado that left the conference and Nebraska stayed, Texas would stay as well. Well, Nebraska said good-bye to the Big 12 and their interesting way of handling the conference and is now headed over to the Big Ten in 2011.
So now the Pac 10 will have 16 teams, the Big Ten will have 12 and the Big 12 will have 10. But what happens to the rest of the country? One would have to think that the SEC would not be content with having the Pac 10 and Big 10 become stronger. Wouldn’t the SEC, arguably the strongest conference in America, want to become stronger as well? Throughout all of this, it had always been speculated that if the SEC wanted to expand, it would try to go after Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech and Clemson. Well according to ESPN sources, the SEC will not be extending any invitations to those schools, thereby keeping the ACC in tact. For the time being at least.
If this is all about $, and let’s be honest we know it is, then adding those schools will not really add any potentially extra TV revenue because all of those areas/states are already represented in the SEC. The state of Florida is taken care of by the University of Florida, Georgia by UGA, and South Carolina by the Gamecocks. So if they aren’t going to add any of those teams, who do they go to, if anybody?
The dust seems to have settled now and that’s a good thing. The craziness of a conference realignment didn’t happen how everybody thought it would. Somehow Dan Bebee convinced UT, OU and Texas A&M to stay. Probably was the insane amount of money. We’ll see. Who knows what is going to happen.