It's all about TV sets, $$$ and recruiting territory. If MIZZOU ends up in the SEC and the SEC accepts, that's what it will be mostly about. The AAU thing is a bonus, while STL, KC and even Springfield ad lots of TV sets. I look for MIZZOU to be the 14th team and then we will have to see what the Big 12 does. After TCU, thinking BYU will be the next target, UT covets ND, who doesn't? The only way ND joins is if the Big East folds, either way the BE becomes a lesser conference and may lose their AQ status in the BCS, if the lose any more football schools. In football, think MIZZOU will be middle of the pack, in BB, we could compete for winning it yearly in the SEC.
Agree...the WHOLE issue here is this: It's a BIG $$$$$$$$$$$$$ making business, that is dependent upon very lucrative TV network contracts and the negotation for the most money for the longest period of time...thats it.....mind you...the annual $$$$$$$$$$ 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!
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.