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The Merry-Go-Round Continues To Spin: TCU To Leave Big East Before Ever Actually Entering

CBSSports.com is reporting that TCU is expected to accept an offer to join the Big 12.  The Horned Frogs were scheduled to join the Big East next year, but that became questionable when Pittsburgh and Syracuse fled that league for the ACC last month.

Earlier this week it was reported that officials from TCU had told the Big East at a Sunday meeting that they were still 100% a go for lift-off in that league next summer.  Which just goes to show you can’t trust anyone when dollars are on the table.

With the Big 12 waiting on Missouri to make a decision, TCU is a safe pick-up.  If the Tigers stay in the Big 12, TCU can come in as the 10th team in the league and simply fill Texas A&M’s old slot.

If Missouri goes, then the Big 12 can look outward — BYU, Louisville, Cincinnati, Tulane and West Virginia are the most rumored possibilities — to expand to 12 teams.

As one Big East team after another departs, WVU officials have to be on edge.  Ditto UConn and Rutgers.  The farther east you go, the longer the shot becomes of a partnership with the rebuilt Big 12.

If the Big East bellyflops, UConn and Rutgers would be desperate for a bid to either the Big Ten or the ACC.  Would those leagues snap them up to try and tap into the New York television market?

One other element to pay attention to — Notre Dame.  As the Big East shrinks, the Irish lose one opponent after another in all sports but football.  The Big Ten is being awfully quiet these days.  Texas’ DeLoss Dodds believes the Big 12 can flush Notre Dame out by killing off the Big East.  And the ACC’s John Swofford would love to add the Irish and UConn as the perfect 15th and 16th partners with his league.

And how might all that affect the SEC?  Leagues expanding and contracting around them, schools coming off the board like tight ends in a fantasy draft… as much as I’d love to have Mike Slive’s wallet, I sure wouldn’t want to trade shoes with him right now.

 


51 comments
Vance Ryder
Vance Ryder

It's all about TV sets, $$$ and recruiting territory. If MIZZOU ends up in the SEC and the SEC accepts, that's what it will be mostly about. The AAU thing is a bonus, while STL, KC and even Springfield ad lots of TV sets. I look for MIZZOU to be the 14th team and then we will have to see what the Big 12 does. After TCU, thinking BYU will be the next target, UT covets ND, who doesn't? The only way ND joins is if the Big East folds, either way the BE becomes a lesser conference and may lose their AQ status in the BCS, if the lose any more football schools. In football, think MIZZOU will be middle of the pack, in BB, we could compete for winning it yearly in the SEC.

Karen
Karen

Agree...the WHOLE issue here is this: It's a BIG $$$$$$$$$$$$$ making business, that is dependent upon very lucrative TV network contracts and the negotation for the most money for the longest period of time...thats it.....mind you...the annual $$$$$$$$$$ amount per school can be substantial such as nearly $17M. Just think what a state school could do with that kind of money in their sports program...no brainer there.....so, the REAL game here is not football, but who (which conference) can get the biggest and best TV contract for the most money before the other...2 conferences already lead, but that could change unless some views change...the schools need more money, so they go to who has the best contracts, not for the schools in the conf or its rep..simple as that. Schools suddenly infused with millions of dollars can do wonders..even academics!

Karen
Karen

and another thing, keep in mind the CUSA schools, realtively poor (5M TV contract), MUST play out of conf ranked ACC schools who get
TRIPLE that, like VA Tech, who until they were scooped up by the ACC didn't have a program either...t.they only got about 5-7M, now look what that ACC money did..and ECU beat them anyhow...as a side note ECU recruits kids from Norther VA DC metro area now...what a TV market there.....something to consider...schools get MUCH better with money.

Sense
Sense

Cincinnati and Louisville are a matched set, always have been. Where ever one goes the other goes with it (natural rivals). Both have improved their acedemics and campuses tremedously in the last 10 years (look it up), so that's not a factor. Not that it ever was is in realitly, this is about money period! The Big East in football makes no sense anymore. It most certainly can survive as an all basketball league adding Xaiver, Dayton, St.Joes etc.. The Bearcats & Cardinals should end up in one of 3 places: 1) The ACC (probably best fit geography, adds to football & basketball power) 2) The Big 12 (adds basketball power) or 3) A new conference (Great Midwest?) with the Big 12 schools and Big East football schools. I don't believe the Big 12's issues are over. Nobody in that league is happy with Texas and Oklahoma controlling everything. That usaully ends in a breakup when other options come around.

AJW
AJW

ND will never be "forced" to join a league remember the Big East will not die. It might stop as a football league but Marquete, st johns, seton hall, georgetown, nova, ect don't play FBS football and they will still have a league that ND can be in.

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

It makes me wonder if the SEC presidents think a Virginia Tech or an NC State might come to the SEC still.

Janson Roberts
Janson Roberts

If the conspiracy theorists are correct, that is exactly who the SEC want. If the SEC does select MU it will add the 11th original state from the historic southern states of the CSA. Add 1 Virginia school and 1 North Carolina school and the SEC would have its legacy and the footprint that everyone keeps harping about. But without Mizzou, the conspiracy theory falls apart. Interesting to see what happens.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

I definitely think the SEC wanted VT, but I don't think there was anything to indicate that VT wanted the SEC. I could be wrong and there might be some sort of grand plan going on behind closed doors, but I don't think it's going to happen anytime soon.

Steve Alvarez
Steve Alvarez

Virginia Tech would pay whatever it takes to get into the SEC.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

If we are going to 16 though then Mizzou needs to be a part of that plan. Whether people like it or not they fit into goals of expansion.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

If the dominoes start to fall then I think it's possible that Slive goes ahead and moves to 16. It seems they want to stay at 14, but if their hand is forced then you need to be proactive and do your best to pick who you want rather than having those selections dictated to you.

I think the only reason that the SEC has yet to pursue FSU is because they are interested in an SEC Network. Since adding FSU doesn't add any new TV sets to the SEC footprint then that actually means that FSU could cost you more money than they make you. If the dominoes start to fall though then they may talk to FSU because they want that card in their hand when they go back to the negotiating table to get an upgrade in their 1st and 2nd Tier rights although that is still many years down the road. In the long run it would be better to have FSU than not to have them. According to the statements of the FSU officials I believe they are interested if someone will pick up the phone and call.

jtreehorn
jtreehorn

As others have said, if FSU wants to stay put then this is all moot. That said...

FSU clearly appears to be the only remaining national brand that the SEC could pull on the way to 16. OU, TX, ND are NOT going SEC.

Big money boosters and fans(myself included) will flip out if we find out we turned down an invite. Only thing that keeps us in the ACC is if the domers come. Then all bets are off and we stand to easily compete with SEC money.

FSU fought to keep exit fees down. Many have reported that there is no "gentlemen's agreement"...I think a lot of this is just Gator fear. We are already back to competing on the field and recruiting with them. This is a pride issue for UF, and they only have one vote. I see UGA, USC, etc being fine with UF having additional competition in the east. Lets face it, nobody really cares too much for UF.

If a deal might be in the works, I trust how FSU and Slive handle business. Quietly, unlike MIzzou.

If Slive is as slick as all you SEC guys say then he is going after FSU, I fear his ego is getting in the way.

Mizzou is blah and brings no new excitement or national brand. Seems as if some of the SEC teams are already realizing it with no having the votes.

Slive and FSU, drop the ego's, and get it done!

gatortown
gatortown

UF tried to get FSU into the SEC, and spoke on FSUs behalf, every year for over twenty years. How many times are you gonna mention to your boss that your neighbor is a good guy and a hard worker before you have to tell him he is on his own? UF has no beef with FSU; we divy up the recruits, attempt to kill each other on game day, go to work together on monday and talk trash until we play again. No problem. We already play every year. Together in conference, that means one more out of conference game available.

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

FSU is the one school in the current SEC footprint that can make money for the SEC. Because there is such a big national following for FSU. When FSU is on tv, tv ratings go way up. FSU is the smart choice. The SEC just got Texas and three huge new markets in HOUSTON, DALLAS, and SAN ANTONIO>

WDE>Bammer
WDE>Bammer

Good thing Missouri is not in charge of keeping our national secrets. The SEC doesn't leak information. Everything went according to plan with Texas A&M. The ACC obviously doesn't leak information. No one even had a clue they were adding Pitt and Syracuse till it was done. Missouri on the other hand has shown for multiple years now that their administration has no idea what the hell its doing. I suspect they are leaking info that they still want the Big Ten in hopes that Jim Delany will preemptively take them to prevent the SEC from getting the upper hand. What MU folks fail to understand is that no one really values them enough where they would fight to keep them. The Big Ten said get lost, the Big 12 doesn't care if they leave, and the SEC might take them, but we aren't going out of the way to get them.

wcnine
wcnine

You may be right. Missouri is hurt by their location except in the Big 12 (or whatever it ends up). Can't move to the B10 because they don't wnat a sourthern school, can't go ACC cause they don't want a western school, can't go PAC cause they don't want an eastern school, and can't go SEC because either they don't want a northern school or because you hate them. Guess we'll find out when the music stops.

wcnine
wcnine

B10 is considered a northern conference in MO. Most of of their member states border Canada. Big 12 was the midwest conference with MO, KS, OK, IA, and NE. Since it is in the process of becoming Big Conference USA / SWC reincarnate, MU better check there frequent flier miles and be prepared for several stop overs in TX if they remain in the fold.

jevo
jevo

The B10 is a midwestern conference and Missouri is a midwestern state. It's the perfect fit.

jtreehorn
jtreehorn

Agree, if I'm Mizzou I stay in the Big 12. Really surprised the SEC is even considering them being from the Midwest, pretty poor overall athletics, etc. Don't see it being a recruiting advantage for anyone involved.

If I'm SEC I take FSU, Clemson, and Miami. Put FSU in the west and keep the UF/Mia rivalries. Now that's a super conference!

jtreehorn
jtreehorn

Agree about MIA they are a mess, but if they can get the football program on track it they would still bring more than Mizzou/WVU or any of the other regional teams being mentioned, i.e. Louisville, ECU, etc. SEC money could help them get an on campus stadium. I really only throw them out there because I think they would go, and options are running low. No way any NC teams go and VT looks unlikely. I'd still take Miami over Mizzou, but can understand why others would not.

fsujd
fsujd

I think you need to go back and read John's work. He has touted FSU as the best fit for team #14 yet here you are implying that he has said otherwise. It doesn't matter that there is a team in Florida already, as he points out its about a national brand that brings eyeballs to the TV from all around the country. And FSU is that brand.

WDE>Bammer
WDE>Bammer

Adding Miami would be a total waste of time. Not only are they about to be on NCAA probation for a very long time, but they do not have a strong overall athletics program and their fan attendance is turible, turible, turible. This might be the only school I would rather have less than MU. FSU and Clemson are good, but FSU is the stronger choice.

If MU were so attractive because of the St. Louis and Kansas City markets, then the Big 12 would be terrified of losing them. The Big 12 couldn't care less because they know MU's following is poor and that STL and KC are pro sports towns. Like Finebaum said, adding those markets doesn't mean squat if people aren't watching. How much has BC helped the ACC in Boston? Basically zero.

jtreehorn
jtreehorn

I've already read most of it here and on other sites....

We're not talking adding CA or NY type numbers. Many of us are not buying that KC/St. Louis/WVU are anywhere close to bringing in the type of dollars that national brands will. All this footprint talk is hope and BS in WV and Missouri. UNC and Duke are not leaving the ACC. Nobody in KC/St. Louis cares about Mizzou. SEC is now in Texas which makes a lot of sense...but now they need to focus on brands.

Again.... FSU or MIA vs. ALA, LSU, UF, etc. or Mizzou/WVU vs. ALA, LSU, UF. Is this really debatable? CBS/ESPN would be licking its chops. Go back and see who Gary Danielson or some of the ESPN guys think SEC should bring in.

Lemme guess...your a UF fan right? :)

Scott Reid
Scott Reid

Some of you guys might really benefit in going back and reading some of John's previous articles on conference expansion and the most beneficial endstates of such movement.

It might help you to stop focusing on some of the points that you think are important (recruiting advantage, adding Clem, Mia or FSU when those markets are already locked up by the league, etc) and seeing what the true goal of conference expansion is.

BamaWahoo
BamaWahoo

So Ken Starr just voted to raid the Big East? If so, he now has "unclean hands" and is even less likely to win any tortious interference suit against the SEC. This just eliminated the problem for TAMU and may have helped Mizzou.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

And oh how I would love for someone like Cinncinati to sue Baylor.

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

YOu just wonder if the BIg East dies; does this push things to 16? Does Slive quiet all the issues by taking Mizzou, WVU, and FSU? You would think those three would be the logical choices for the sec at 16. SInce those three are talked about the most. Who knows. I'm sure they would like to stay at 14, but if things get pushed up here by all this; who know what will happen.

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

John(Mr.SEC) Can you believe all this is going on in the heart of the football season? I mean it's crazy. I don't ever remember a time like this. Let me know if I'm wrong. BUt I don't think we're even close to being done now. The Big East is probably going to break up and all those schools are going to look somewhere.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Jamie Thornton...

No, I can't remember anything like it. Instead of covering football news here everyday we're having to spend time and space on expansion stuff. It's obviously the bigger story because it can have an impact for decades to come.

But personally, I'm ready for it to slow back down for a while. And I think we are cycling down. The SEC will likely add Missouri. The Big 12 will grab another couple of Big East schools. That league will grab some C-USA-level schools. And then we'll start this all up again next spring.

At least that's what I hope happens.

Thanks for reading,
John

HoustonVol
HoustonVol

Here is what I think happens;
1: Mizzou lands in the SEC - and the SEC stays at 14 for now.
2: Mizzou ends up being placed in the east for football (there are no divisions in other sports). This maintains the rivalries of the SEC.
3: The B12 adds either TCU or UH - Done - TCU announced today.
4: BYU joins the B12 football only
5: The B12 grabs L'ville and WVU.
6: The B12 offers non-football membership, bowl and BCS tie-in to Notre Dame.
7: ND stays independent in football, but is part of the B12 for bowl tie-ins and BCS bid, and non-football sports (which balances those out at 12 with BYU being football only)
8: UConn and Rutgers join either the ACC or B10. My guess is ACC.

Scott Reid
Scott Reid

How does the Big 12 offer a bowl and BCS tie-in to Notre Dame (#6&7) who would be playing football as an independent. ND has their own BCS bowl tie in and it's much better than the Conference tie ins. What, if ND isn't ranked high enough to get a BCS bowl on their own merit the Big 12 will give them theirs??? I don't get it.

John Bragg
John Bragg

I think he meant non-BCS bowl tie-ins. Concievably, the Big 12 and the bowls could re-write the contracts so that the bowls would be allowed to pick Notre Dame as if they were a Big 12 team. The Big East and Notre Dame have a deal like this at least for the Champ Sports Bowl, maybe for all the Big East bowls.

Take the Cotton Bowl for an example. Contractually, the Cotton Bowl matches the #2 pick from the Big 12 with the #3 or 4 pick from the SEC. Say that contract gets re-written so that the Cotton Bowl can take Notre Dame instead of a Big 12 team once every four years. You'd probably have to get the SEC to agree, but I think they'd sign.

That said, I don't think that that deal is super attractive to Notre Dame. Bowl tie-ins are a big downside to independence, but Notre Dame should be able to negotiate decent placement, especially with the Big East dissolving and the quality of the Big 12 dropping. HAving the No. 5 team from the Big 12 gets a lot less attractive when you trade Nebraska, A&M, Colorado and Missouri for BYU, TCU, Louisville and West Virginia.

HoustonVol
HoustonVol

ND has a bowl agreement currently with the Big East, but has a seperate deal with the BCS. Currently the Big East bowls can take ND X times during the agreements. The BCS has been looking for a way to end the special deal with ND - it causes issues. ND is being boxed into a corner. They will either have to give up independence and join the ACC or B10, or make a deal with the B12. Notre Dame still prefers independence, and the B12 will give them that option. Having ND as part of the conference bowl package will allow the B12 to sign up with better bowls when this whole mess settles down. It also gives ND safe passage in the bowl season. We know how often they have been getting BCS bids.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

I don't see how the Big 12 allowing ND to have partial membership benefits them in any way. The only leverage that anyone ever has in getting ND to join their football conference is making sure that ND joins fully and not partially. There was never a chance that ND would join the BE in football so they were ok with it. I guess what I'm saying is that if you don't have ND football then you don't have anything.

ND would rather join the ACC first and then the Big Ten. Either of those conferences will make room for ND so I don't see any chance that ND joins any other league.

There is a BE guy on some other forums that says he believes ND would form some sort of Catholic league with some current BE members and a couple of others in order to have a conference for their other sports. They could then remain independent in football.

BamaWahoo
BamaWahoo

This is what they're presently doing with the Big East. Conferences negotiate bowl bids and several of the BE's bids are for the BE OR ND. Just a contractual thing.

Willie!T
Willie!T

Mike Slive does have a difficult job on his hands. The think is, I'm not so sure he's up to it. This "We're not going to raid a stable league and prefer for interested parties to approach us first" stance is hand-cuffing the league. Maybe Slive is a better poker player than I give him credit for. Maybe the back-channel negotiations going on are going on that will get the SEC to 14, or even 16/18/24 schools (what ever the grand design actually is). Perhaps when the dust settles we'll be able to look at the finished product and say, wow.

Steve
Steve

As things look now, I would give Swofford an A. He aggressively went and got Pitt and Syracuse without a long drawn out slow dance and without fear of lawsuits. The ACC is now positioned to get UConn and possibly ND.

If Missouri stays I fear the SEC will get nothing more than a mid major. Maybe Slive can get Rutgers and claim the New York market...

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

I wouldn't be shocked if he fools us all. He does a good job at keeping things quiet. It will be fun to watch. If the Big East breaks up( that looks certain now) he might move on more than 14. Not saying he will for sure, but I wouldn't put it past him. You can clearly see why the ACC added Pitt and Syracuse. The Big East is about to become toast.

MIZ_SEC
MIZ_SEC

Once Mizzou leaves, BYU will be the Big 12's #10 team. They will probably go up to 12 with Louisville and either Cincinnati or West Virginia.

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

Wow! The Big East is dead people. IN football anyway. With TCU gone, the next move is upto the SEC and MIssouri. If Missouri leaves. Louisville and WVU end up in the Big 12. If Missouri stays, WVU probably ends up in the SEC. UConn is on the phone right now begging for the ACC to take them.

fsujd
fsujd

I agree with your first paragraph, that could certainly happen if ACC can get ND. I hope it never takes Rutgers. FSU isn't coming to the SEC. If there was real interest on both sides that deal would already be done. As MrSEC has pointed out academics play a role in this process and the FSU brass like associating with the ACC schools.

WDE>Bammer
WDE>Bammer

The ACC doesn't share academic revenue. There is no CIC in place. The SEC already pays out $5 million more per team than the ACC. With renegotiated television contracts, it is likely to be higher. I severely doubt FSU would turn down $10-$15 million more per year in the SEC. From what my neighbor tells me, sounds like the latter Bowden years really killed y'alls booster base. Extra guaranteed revenue would certainly help that.

fsujd
fsujd

You are forgetting that the ACC will be rengotiating too so I don't look for the differential to be that great and if your own ND scenario plays out you can bet FSU would have no interest in leaving. FSU joined the ACC for a lot of different reasons, most of whch are still true today.

Scott Reid
Scott Reid

What does ACC expansion have to do with anything?

FSU in the ACC prior to 12 team expansion (12 years) - FSU is a football powerhouse, the ONLY legitimate football program in the conference, 11 BCS* bowls and 2 National Titles. Basketball program not very good though.

Since ACC Expansion (8 years) - Not a football powerhouse, 1 BCS bowl, No National Titles. Basketball program is respectable.

Chairman of your Board of Trustees (Haggard) tells everyone how FSU fought to keep the buyout low. He says that the SEC has not contacted FSU but never denies that FSU has contacted the SEC. So they are keeping the buyout low because . . . . (you fill in the blank).

Since 2004 FSU is 59-36 in football (47-36 if you don't include the vacated wins) with once ACC Title and a loss to Penn State in the Orange Bowl. How relevant is that?

But I didn't say that FSU was IRRELEVANT! I said they were growing less relevant why they remain mired in mediocrity. The same goes for Miami. FSU is a big name only as long as they are good. Texas, Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State, etc, can pull in a lot of attention even when they are bad. The CAUSE of FSU's decline is debatable but they are not the draw they once were in stadiums nor on TV. They still bring in very solid to good numbers but they pale in comparison to the attention they brought in a decade prior. Losing does that to programs, especially new money programs without an established fanbase.

Texas would run the ACC, that's what FSU is/was afraid of. The Noles would lose whatever clout they currently have and they know Texas cares little about the best interest of a school in Tallahassee.

fsujd
fsujd

What does what has happened since ACC expansion have to do with anything? FSU joined the ACC in 1991. It is well documented why FSU declined in football the past few years. Even given that down turn we still have the longest bowl streak in the country and the longest streak of winning seasons going. The expansion committee was never formed. The very next day, reported on this site, the trustee who said that came back and said it was up to the president to form such a committee. He never did. Apparently the very site you are writing on thinks FSU should be team # 14. Maybe you should look more at the info MrSEC has put together on the different schools and you will see just how "irrelevant" FSU is in college athletics. To say no one is interested is pretty silly. But the fact is FSU brass likes the ACC and that is where we are staying and it is where I prefer to be for a lot of reasons besides football. As far as Texas goes at least they considered the ACC and I hardly think that would be a reason for FSU to jump. More of a reason to stay.

Scott Reid
Scott Reid

FSUJD,

What is the time between Sweet 16 and the previous Elite 8? 18 years? Was that your plan? "Hey, we have a program that has been in the NCAA for 3 of the past 4 years. Now lets join the ACC and as soon as this core group graduates we'll have 4 NCAA appearances in the next in the next 18 years." Seriously? From your 3rd year in the ACC to your 17th you made exactly 1 appearance.

How many National Titles has FSU won since the league expanded? Zero.
How many BCS games has FSU been to since the league expanded? One.
How many BCS games has FSU won since the league expanded? Zero.

That's the point. You were relevant to the ACC prior to the expansion with BC, Va Tech and Miami.

FSU puts together a committee to examine expansion. FSU is one of a handful of schools that hold down the buyout amount for leaving the conference. Hmmmm . . . yeah . . . they should like die hard members. Since the other known school to oppose a high buyout was what . . . Maryland? A school long rumored to want to jump to the Big 10.

FSU knew that if Texas joined the league their football irrelevance would be complete. And since they are not relevant in the other areas (basketball - only because the ACC is a basketball conference first does this matter- and academics). The best thing to happen to the Noles recently is Miami's NCAA troubles which guarantee that the Canes cannot return to football glory in the near future. Thus the Noles stay near the top on the gridiron by default.

FSU has no interest? You mean no one "interested".

fsujd
fsujd

Basketball was in Sweet 16 last year. FSU was 101 in USNWR so I'd say we will break into Top 100 in the next few years. FSU has won 2 NC in the ACC. The ACC has nothing to do with the drop off the football program had. How do you know what the ACC will get when the TV contract is renegotiated? That remains to be seen, and basketball in the ACC is worth more than many believe. Those NE TV markets have a big interest in basketball. FSU is in the ACC and despite all the predictions of a move, why hasn't it happened? What is the hold up? The hold up is they have no interest in leaving.

Scott Reid
Scott Reid

They joined for a lot of reasons, none of which have proven true today. Their basketball program has not improved (they were an elite 8 team in their first couple years in the league), their academics have yet to crack the top 100 (although have gotten better) and their football team does not have an easy path to the national championship (that darn Va Tech and drop in talent for the Noles).

The ACC is not making SEC money. Their contract is behind now and adding Pitt and Syracuse is not going to start the avalanche of cash rolling. There is always the potential for an ACC network of course. FSU just has very little voice in the direction of the conference. They lost their major advantage after expansion (being the only legitimate football power and bringing the biggest state in the conference). Even losing FSU wouldn't lose the Florida market for the ACC, they still have Miami.

WDE>Bammer
WDE>Bammer

Here's what I would expect:

If MU ends up here in the SEC (shudders), then the Big 12 will take Louisville, WVU, and either BYU or Cincinnati. This will cause the collapse of the Big East. The ACC will then invite UConn and Notre Dame to join, bringing the league to 16 teams. ND can talk all they want about independence, but they can't do it without the Big East. If this happens, it will be bad news for the SEC because the ACC will be able to command a bigger television contract.

If MU stays in the Big 12, then FSU will move to the SEC and the ACC will add UConn to fill their place. Super conferences will be delayed a few more years.

Janson Roberts
Janson Roberts

ND won't go into any conference until 2015 when their current TV contract with NBC is up. heir are plenty of other options for the Damers to use for their "other sports if the Big East does collapse which is yet to be seen. But regardless, every AQ conference that expands will be able to command a larger tv contract. Its not bad news for the SEC, its economics 101. Sec has nothing to worry about from the ACC or ND s they irrelivant from a football standpoint. What the tv execs want to see in the SEC expansion is adding tv markets and tv eyeballs to the currnet foot print. FSU while a great fit, does not give the SEC what the TV execs have said is needed for the SEC to continue to get the highest consideration in televsion contracts. Slive and Company are not looking at this expansion from a football elitist view. Its about money and ensuring that the SEC will continue to be the premier league.



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