This is nothing new even the B1G office publically stated they did homework on something like 20 schools during the time they added Nebraska. Vandy was one of the schools leaked before the Nebraska add. I am sure that there are a few other schools the B1G looked at in the SEC too namely UF. Just because they did their homework does not mean that either side was every close to thinking it was a possibility. But if UF was willing of course the B1G or any other conference would listen.
When the smoke cleared following the ACC’s announcement of its new grant of rights agreement, we mentioned that there still be some talk of the Big Ten chasing an SEC team like Kentucky, Missouri or Vanderbilt. According to The Omaha World-Herald, at least one of those schools was researched by Jim Delany and crew.
Citing sources “from conference offices and major college athletic departments,” The World-Herald’s Lee Barkfknecht says there are a lot of folks who still don’t believe a grant of rights is any more powerful than a regular ol’ exit fee. He also wrote:
“As a sidenote, two sources have told The World-Herald that the Big Ten has done prior ‘homework’ on Oklahoma, Kansas and Vanderbilt among other schools who might some day be expansion targets. The Big 12 grant-of-rights deal didn’t stop a look-see for OU and KU.”
MrSEC.com prediction: The big story that will be written and re-written about all summer long — how ironclad are grants of rights?
For those worried about an SEC defection, don’t bet on one. The league has no official grant-of-rights contract and it also has no exit fee, but there’s a reason. No school will walk away from the millions upon millions of dollars the conference’s members stand to make with the new SEC Network and the bundling of the league’s television and digital rights with ESPN.