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Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

Posted on: September 12, 2011 6:23 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 6:55 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The SEC may eventually add a 14th team to go with lucky No. 13 Texas A&M, who Mike Slive confirmed Monday has had its application accepted by the league--though thanks to the various legal entanglements thrown in the Aggies' way, is apparently not a full member yet.

But as for team No. 14, it sounds as if Slive is fully prepared to wait at least a year to find it, if not longer. Slive also said in his statement that the league has no "immediate plans for a 14th member. We aren’t thinking in terms of numbers. We think about the strength of the SEC and the attractiveness of Texas A&M as an institution."

To drive that point home, Slive also confirmed the SEC has "started to look at schedules for 2012-13 involving thirteen teams."

But that little factoid also helps drive a second point home: while A&M isn't officially within the league's ranks yet, they might as well be. "We remain optimistic that Texas A&M will be a member of the SEC," Slive said, commissioner-speak for "Trust me, it's happening, don't worry."

Of course, that's been the expectation ever since the SEC confirmed that its presidents had voted to bring the Aggies into the fold the moment they were legally free to do so. But the expectation has also been that the league -- which Slive famously said could expand to 16 within a matter of minutes -- wouldn't bother playing even one season with unbalanced divisions and an unusual odd-numbered membership.

Given that Slive already feels comfortable enough to tell us the SEC's preliminary 2012-2013 schedules will have just 13 teams included, though, the smart money should now overwhelmingly be on A&M coming aboard in the very near future ... and anyone else in 2013 at the earliest.


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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 11:46 am
 

Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

Why wouldn't SEC consider adding Georgia Tech?



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 11:16 am
 

Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

I think East Carolina would be a great fit for the SEC.  For those that are not sure, check out the following video posted by the ECU AD:


Only an ECU fan would think the Pirates have any shot at the SEC.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 10:35 am
 

Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

Dude, Get the Crack pipe out of your nose go outside and get some air. That crack is sure missing with your brain cells.


LMAO!!!  Nasal crack pipe?  If the crack is missing, why did the brain cells go with it?



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Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 10:00 am
 

Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

what makes you think West Virginia will bring in the Western Pennsylvania TV market?  Pittsburgh is in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania next to West Virginia and the natives are Pitt fans and WVa rivals.  They're not going to suddenly become WVa fans.


You forget that Morgantown is on the PA border, and a good portion of WVU's alumni base is from or living in Western PA.  The Pittsburgh media covers Pitt and Penn St primarily, but also covers WVU well.  So WVU does bring access to the WPA media markets. 


Virginia Tech would be the eastern team the SEC would covet because it would bring in a totally new market and a market bigger than South Carolina and West Virginia combined.  The trick will be getting them. 


I agree that VT should bring in a larger media market, but there is a significant political hurdle involved with VT.  The VA Governor & Legislature pressured UVA into campaigning within the ACC to block Syracuse and promote VT.  After pulling strings to get into the ACC, I'm not so sure that VT's administrators would be willing to jump to the SEC.  Not to mention, from an academic-research point of view, the ACC is far more prestigious and likely far more lucrative.  Remember that athletic budgets are counted in $ Millions, but academic research budgets are counted in $ Billions.




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 9:38 am
 

Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

I don't think I've read or heard any statement from West Virginia on the matter.  Are they interested?

There has been very little in the way of commentary from WVU officials on the matter, other than AD Oliver Luck acknowledging that the school is monitoring what is going on and keeping its options open.  He makes it clear that WVU will fight to ultimately remain in an AQ conference if there is a major shake-up.  The WVU related media people do speculate on the possibilities frequently.  They debate the merits of ACC vs SEC regularly.  This debate centers on playing the best possible level of competition (SEC) vs having more frequent opportunities to earn a BCS bowl bid (ACC).  WVU's President has not weighed in on the matter, but one would think the ACC would be more attractive from the academic / research aspect.



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 9:20 am
 

Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

wow, oregon wins back to back pac 10 titles, then spouts off....two others this century are nice, one in 1994....and then 1957....come on, not exactly the historical power?



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 9:12 am
 

Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

I think East Carolina would be a great fit for the SEC.  For those that are not sure, check out the following video posted by the ECU AD:

https://www.ecu.edu/undaunted/ 
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I think it would suprise many to see how large a TV market ECU actually has.  Add to that the ability to sell out 50,000+ every home game and a team that has fans that travel as well.  I could see the SEC and ECU working very well together.



Since: Aug 22, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 8:14 am
 

Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

"With the addition of Texas A&M, the SEC is one step closer to getting all the states that seceded from the US and started the Civil War. "

They will have all the states, because North Carolina and Virginia followed after the war started.  But getting VA Tech will be impossible because they would never see another BCS game again. 


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