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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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Comments

Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

I guess when I really look at the overall picture; I honestly hope the Big 12 doesn't fold. Look at the WAC and everything that's going on with college football. The SEC can just add Tex AM and ECU for example and move on. I wouldn't want Super Conferences destroying what has made college sports so special.





Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:19 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

For now add A&M and Mizzou... why Mizzou simply because they will most likely agree to anything offered them.  I am not talking about cutting them short, I am saying that they, like A&M, want into the SEC.  The why is simply their Texas pipeline recruiting.  Many if not most kids want to play in their own backyards so freinds and family can see them.  If not in person, potentially on a network/cable channel that carries its games.  The exceptions of course are those who go to high powered teams. With the "potential" inclusion of A&M, the SEC will be more "visible" in the Texas market so why risk cutting that off if you do not have to? 



Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 6:52 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

Why not dream BIG!  Bring in A&M, Florida State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma Tech  Put OK, Tech, and A&M in the West.  Then move Alabama to the East and add FSU.



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

Neither does the Big 12 (aka the Bevo-10).



Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

Anybody with any common sense knws what the SEC has in mind! Nobody but maybe the Big 10 would operate with an odd number of teams so suffice it to say they will definitely have their 14 by next year. Slive plays it close to the vest to try not to ruffle feathers and create any animosity between conferences. It is a smart move and one that I say will definitely happen before the year is over!



Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:21 am
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

Seems to me we are moving toward Texas A&M and Missouri joining the SEC, with Auburn moving to the SEC East. I personally do not want a 16-team league. Our schedules are tough enough as they are. I do fear, however, that if Virginia Tech ever decides to join, that will open the door to West Virginia and a 16-team league. I now think that Va Tech may be giving the SEC some thought because of reports that Texas could join the ACC. Presumably, the Longhorns would take the place of an SEC-bound VT. West Virgnia is an open market and has a culture that makes sense for the SEC. If VT and West Va were to join, then Auburn would stay in the West.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 5:29 am
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

C'mon SEC ... bring in WVU and get it over with.  West Virginia fits the SEC mold better than any other team out there, except for Oklahoma.  WVU is a State institution with a big fan base that travels as well as any school in the country.  It's below the Mason-Dixon Line too.  The football program is on its way back to being a perrennial top 10 and the basketball team would be one of the best in the SEC.  In fact, the 2012-2013 Mountaineers will be one of the basketball favorites to get to the Final 4 and the 2013-2014 will win it.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:46 am
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

The SEC doesn't want or need Texas!



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:44 am
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

But see the problem with your reasoning is...If they didn't have 5 red zone turnovers....Guess what?  As a former high school coach of mine used to say, "If if and buts were candy and nuts, then we'd all have a merry christmas." They had 5 turnovers.  Turnovers are caused by your opponent.  I guess if USC didn't force the 5 turnovers, then ECU would not have committed the 5 turnovers huh?  But wait a minute, oops USC did force the 5 turnovers.....LOL



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 9:27 pm
 

Lying SEC commissioner

Hell, Gary. Mike Slime has always been an immoral, lying a$$hole. No one's buying his shinola about an unbalanced 13-team SEC anyway.


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