LOL @ TexasSECPride...when you say 'we' I am going to guess that you are a TAMU fan. You jump to the false assumption that I am a UNC fan, just because I live in NC, and, accuse NCSU of having 'little brother syndrome,' a la TAMU and Auburn. Fact is, I am a USC fan. I have no dog in this fight. I simply called it as I saw it. I've lived here for 30+ years, and, I see the two fanbases up close and personal every single day. What research I have done has shown that few teams have contributed LESS to a major conference in the past quarter century than NCSU has to their league. One measley ACC title in hoops in '87, and, nothing else. No BCS bowls, no Final Fours, no trips to Omaha. From my own observations, they seem more happy when UNC loses, than when their own team wins. That is very sad, and, very telling. Your assertion that NCSU is an SEC school at heart could not be more wrong. They are a founding member of the ACC, and, simply being a land grant school does not make them SEC material. It might be a big deal to you, but, when/if the SEC expands again, believe me, that fact will have little to zero importance. Its all about the eyeballs and the money a school could help the league generate. And, by that measure, its not even close which NC school your league should/would take. Had you bothered to read my post in its entirety, you would have seen plainly that I believe both schools to be a package deal. For either the SEC, or, the B1G. I could be wrong, but, I don't believe that the NC Gen Assy will not allow them to be separated. JMHO. But, you did not do that. You got as far as 'little brother syndrome,' got an uber-serious case of the butthurt, and, that was it. Carolina may very well be 'elitist east coast pigs.' But, those swine have considerably more successful than the Wolfpack, and, in my personal view, would deliver more...MUCH MORE...to the SEC than NCSU would. NCSU is a fine university in its own right, but, in purely athletic terms, they're not in UNC's league, and, haven't been for a long, long time. That may very well change, but, it hasn't yet. Next time, please, save the namecalling, and, try to communicate at an adult level.
In the last hour a pair of emails have dropped into the MrSEC.com inbox asking if NC State and Virginia Tech are “really” going to join the SEC. After a little digging I found that the folks over at OutkickTheCoverage.com have posted a story today predicting a 16-team SEC with four divisions, semifinals for football, and the Hokies and Wolfpack as the most likely entrants into the league.
Now, we first wrote about the possibility of SEC football semifinals back in August of 2009. And we still believe that the SEC could someday end up with 16 schools, but only if the landscape changes elsewhere. After speaking to people at schools across the conference, we do not believe the SEC is fishing for new members at the current time. In any way.
In our view, if a 16-school is being discussed in the press, that’s a long-range discussion. Especially with the BCS system sitting on the verge of change that might slow the current realignment push to a halt.
That said, if the SEC expands again, stretching into new markets and new territories is clearly the goal. That was the goal when Arkansas and South Carolina were added. It was the goal when Missouri and Texas A&M were annexed. It’s been the goal of every league throughout the expansion/realignment process. Our readers know we’ve been beating that drum for two years now. (Only Florida State — in our opinion — would offer enough name brand value to make them a viable option from inside the existing SEC footprint.)
Looking outside the league, Virginia Tech does make a great deal of sense for the SEC. But the Hokies used up a lot of political capital to gain an invite into the ACC. It’s hard to imagine them having the clout or the intestinal fortitude to jump leagues again anytime soon. Especially after Tech officials made it very clear this summer that their school is better off in the ACC from a travel perspective and an academic perspective.
As for NC State — a school oft-mentioned because no one believes North Carolina and/or Duke would move to the SEC — there would be some serious political issues to work out as well. NCSU is a “constituent institution” of the University of North Carolina system. In other words, the schools have a connection. We’re not talking Texas and Texas A&M, here.
State has a 13-person board of trustees. One member is the president of the student government. Four trustees are appointed by the governor. The remaining eight NCSU trustees are elected by the UNC board of governors.
If State’s administration decided that their school would be better off in the SEC, it appears from afar that at least two of the eight trustees put in place by UNC’s board would have to okay the move. And that’s if all the other non-UNC-elected trustees favored the move. And that’s if a vote to switch conferences only requires a 7-6 majority.
Is it possible that State would move from the ACC to the SEC? Sure, anything’s possible. Especially when millions of dollars are on the table.
But it would appear Virginia Tech and especially NC State would have to wage some large-scale political battles to exit their current league.
If they even wanted to switch leagues.
If the SEC decides to expand again.
The talk of 16 schools is fun and it’s always good for pageviews. Trust us, we know. But for now, there’s nothing to suggest that the league will be expanding again in the short-term.
(Usual caveat: Never say never.)