I have said it before on here, all of the major conference presidents are seeking the same things from new member institutions to add to their conference. Stereotypes of conferences and schools are out the window. Fit is very important but it is fit of mutual missions/purpose, not who you sleep with every night and spend Thanksgiving with. Stick a researcher from Indianapolis with another from Birmingham to complete a project to cure some disease for society and those two will become friends for life by the time they are done.
LSU chancellor has told The Baton Rouge Advocate that there is no rush inside the SEC to reach “super-conference” status because every decision made on that front so far has been “reactive” and not based on a master vision.
“In some ways the SEC is in the driver’s seat, but we’re not necessarily comfortable, because we’re not sure where we’re driving.”
That statement sums up what we have been hearing — and reporting — from numerous sources across the conference.
Texas A&M forced the issue this summer by knocking on the SEC’s door. The SEC saw good value in A&M and grabbed the Aggies. That created a need for a 14th school regardless of what league officials say on the record. But because no major conference has come close to reaching 16 teams to date, the SEC has no desire to become the guinea pig in that experiment. If forced, yes… by choice, no. So 14 is the goal, no more.
So who’s might be the next school into the SEC?
“I don’t see Texas following Texas A&M. I don’t see Oklahoma going anywhere without Oklahoma State.”
Martin — asked specifically about Missouri — said that he could “safely say” that MU would be — as Jordan Blum of The Advocate puts it — “a good fit as a land-grant university near a large media market that would add prestige as an Association of American Universities member.