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Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

Posted on: September 13, 2011 5:55 am
Edited on: September 13, 2011 6:00 am
 
By Gary Parrish

Mike Slive said on Monday that the SEC has "no immediate plans for a 14th member."

And that might be true.

But before we start preparing to watch a 13-school SEC -- i.e., the current members plus Texas A&M -- in 2012-13, I feel compelled to point out what Florida president Bernie Machen said less than a month ago after a meeting with fellow league presidents and chancellors.

"[We] met today and reaffirmed our satisfaction with the present 12 institutional alignment."

Again, Machen said that on Aug. 14.

The SEC voted to add Texas A&M just 23 days later.

The lesson?

We should all be careful about what we believe as this conference realignment story continues to change by the day. Don't forget that there's a reason most have long assumed the SEC would jump from 12 members to 14 members whenever it decided to jump, and a smooth-talking commissioner who specializes in semantics publicly suggesting otherwise isn't really a good reason to believe that still won't be the case.
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Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: September 18, 2011 9:31 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

I would not mind going to the ACC.  At least there, we would have a shot at winning the football title.  As a side, you are correct about the TV market; however, what kind of numbers does ECU pull? 



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 6:38 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

No conference or college's word should be taken to seriously for the next couple of years.  Things are going to shake up quite a bit for the next few months and although things may look one way, i'd be careful believing anything at this point. 



Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

@ kyjustice:  Not that I'm an ECU Pirate fan, but I do know North Carolina.  The Raleigh-Durham metropolitan area is as populous as Lexington and Louisville combined and has a huge Pirate fanbase.  Not as big as that of the local ACC teams, but impressive nonetheless.  You do know money drives this whole process, right?  If you're looking for a basketball superconference, the smart thing would be for UK to leave the SEC and join the ACC.



Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: September 16, 2011 9:48 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

Sorry for typo.  Didn't edit before submitting.



Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: September 16, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

Pirate-

I don't know what's on the ship, but you need to cut back on smoking it.  You may be able to compare UNC to UK, but not ECU.  UK is owns the state of Kentucky.  There is no competition for fans outside of Jefferson County.  It is the Commonwealth's university. 

It is comparable to UGA.  There is a little competition in the state's largest city, but the rest of the state belong's to it. 

Furthermore, ECU doesn't bring TV ratings in anything.  The SEC would bring everything to ECU, but ECU would not add any value. 

No offense.  It is what it is.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 5:14 pm
 

Mizzou and Kansas

These two are caught between a rock and a hard place.  The Big 10 doesn't wantem and I'm guessing neither to the P10 or the SEC.



Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

They should add A&M, Mizzo and Kansas to the West and UNC, Duke and Virginia Tech to the East. They would dominate college basketball and football with those schools.



Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:40 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

MSUSpartan76, props... i guess maybe some people should do a small amount of research before deciding to diss the big 10 on a completely nonfactual basis. well, you learn something new everyday



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:39 am
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

Nobody but maybe the Big 10 would operate with an odd number of teams
Undecided Really? Nobody? Hmmm... Mid American 13, Sun Belt 9, Big Sky 9, Big South 7, Colonial 13, Missouri Valley 9, Great West 5, MEAC 11, Northeast 9, Ohio Valley 9, Southern 9, Southland 9, and the SEC had 13 teams from 1932 to 1940.



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:30 am
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

Given the attached at the hip status of CBS and the SEC, who better would know than Parrish?



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