Timeline for conferences (my guess):
- The SEC will announce that the SEC-N will be launched in June/July 2013 with financial details undisclosed (ie not the millions / school). Due to the low amount the SECN will generate, the SEC must slowly accumulate the funds (ie buyout costs) for additional members. This will place some current SEC members at risk, like Kentucky and Mizzu (they won't move, but eyes be shifting all over). It'll also mean UNC, NCSt, VT, basically anyone who's affiliated with the ACC, gets at least a 3 year breather knowing the SEC is financially strapped. Don't look for any movement by the SEC until 2017-18 <strong>MINIMUM<strong>.
- The Big12... Currently they're happy that Texas is sleeping. If Texas continues to slumber, the Big12 won't do anything, and it'll survive... although severely weakened and acting like a CUSA-WAC affilate. Their GOR won't stop others from looking, but it will make poaching from PAC12 or Big10 harder. Timing for ISU, KU or OU will be "top secret". Don't expect any news from any of those 3... Only hope for insider new is Oky State, where Boon might let something slip? Big12 may alliance itself with a scared ACC to bolster itself over the next 3-5 years, since it too is weak.
- Big10... It just finished eating MD & Rutgers... All conferences should be safe until 2015-16 and possibly longer? Guessing 2017-18, Big10 will have <strong>MONSTER<strong> TV deal for Tier 1 rights. With coffers overflowing, expect the Big10 to be on the hunt. My guesses are UVA, KU, ISU, UK, Pitt, Mizzu, Cuse, with slim possibilities of UNC, GT, FSU, Navy & Dook... Huge long shots are Tx, Domers, TN & FSU, but most are too far south and everyone knows Domers would rather commit mass suicide than join the Big10. The real question will be how big does the Big10 really want to go?
- Pac12... They're the true "unknown". More & more pressure will be put on the Pac12 to do something, and I'm betting they won't do anything? Not because they can't, or won't... But because of public perception. Since few fans are voicing <strong>ANYTHING<strong> at all, the Pac12 will "monitor" and watch everything from afar. If they can be sorta relevant come playoff time, they'll be happy enough. No need to upset the apple cart, or even jiggle it. The Pac12 will become CFB's largest savings bank that side of the Mississippi river, flush with cash, buying power galore. Yet no ka-honas to do anything, until it's too late?
- Finally the ACC... Who's that? You know, the formerly known as Big East? Yeah them. Anyways, they will hunker down, cursing god for leaving them in their time of need. Slowly they'll feel secure as the techtonics cool over time, but dought will always be there. Swafford will hope no ACC president will pay attention to the future payouts of the SEC, Big12, Big10 & Pac12. When the ACC Presidents do question the conference's leadership... the ACC Network will "pop" out of nowhere to smother the antagonists (pollitical postering which every US citizen has seen time & time again). The ACC-N will be even less successful than the SECN, but Swafford (if still in charge) can point to it, saying "We have one too, its not his fault?" My guess is that by <strong>2018<strong> the ACC Presidents will be fed up with the 10, 20 or 30 Mill difference... Getchya popcorn ready, cause the show will begin right around then. Don't be late.