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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: Nov 22, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

I don't see any way the SEC sticks with 13 teams, could they do it for a year while they find a 14th (and possibly 15th and 16th)?  Absolutely, but when we start hearing about who the 14th team could be, that's when we'll know if the SEC is more concerned about adding TV sets or athletic competition for football.  If the SEC wants to add TV sets outside of their current footprint, they would be wise to add NC State.  NC State adds the Raleigh-Durham area which is a top 30 media market and they would be more likely to come than UNC and Duke because NC State doesn't break up those two schools.  If a good football program is the SEC's priority, they will probably look towards VT or WVU.  While neither would come in a dominate the conferene, either one of those schools would at least be competitive in the eastern division most seasons.  I would almost be willing put money on it that one of those three schools ends up being the 14th SEC member in the next couple of years.



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

I would be down for ECU to SEC!  Similar fans and attendance better than UK
Ummmm....no?



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

When discussing Baylor, you might insert led by the idiotic waster of taxpayer dollars, current prez Judge Ken Starr to any references to blocking the aggies, litigation, etc related to the Baptists in Waco.  He's the pain and road block the Big 12 has to shove out of the way.



Since: Apr 8, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

ECU has had a good program for a while now.  However they would not beat Miss. St. UT or Georgia this year.  Also, it doesn't matter if you could spring up and win a game or two in conference.  Playing a full SEC schedule, ECU would do well to win 6 games (one or two in conference). I'm not trying to hate or anything but the SEC is a big step up from almost any conference.



Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

ECU could beat Vandy, Miss St, UK, UT, and prob UGA right now.  They almost beat VT last weekend.  If they had not of turned the ball over 5 times inside the redzone, they would have beaten USC.  Bottom feeders huh, looks more like middle of the pack.  You scared?  then play them!  Anyone, any place!



Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 2:00 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

Uh, if ECU did not turn the ball over 5 times inside USC redzone, then it would have been a different game in the 2nd half.  They also almost beat VT this past weekend.  17-10.  Doormat huh?  I wouldn't say that they would win in the SEC right away, but they could beat some teams and finish closer to bottom middle, and with a few years recruiting with a SEC affiliation, watch out!



Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

I would be down for ECU to SEC!  Similar fans and attendance better than UK, Vansy, and Miss St.  Someone will pick them up!  Why not SEC?  Go Pirates! 



Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 1:25 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

TAKE TEXAS ALSO. THAT WAY THEY CAN BALANCE THAT CONFERENCE OUT,



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

Is Mr. Parrish trying to suggest that the officials and school presidents in the SEC are not being forthright in their words and actions?!?!? Oh my, there is a scoop!!! In other breaking news... the SEC and the south in general is a tad bit racist (except when the kid can run fast).

I actually feel sorry for Parrish, Doyle, etc. These guys - because they work for CBS and air their games - have to stir and brew this SEC swill 12 months out of the year. It’s like working PR for the big banks and/or Wall St. The only people who want to listen or let alone believe this crap are the actual Wall St players or those who want to be one - i.e. the criminals and wannabe criminals. You can say the same thing about the justification for gang-bangers along with their hangers-on.

For the rest of us, it’s just idiots following idiots.  

PS - Sadly, the NCAA is whore for money so they are classified as a "hanger-on" as well.   




Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 12:37 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

We will extend Texas A&M an invite and have Baylor,Iowa State,Kansas,etc sue to block them from leaving. One of the more idiotic articles I have seen here.

KU has retained its legal right to pursue a lawsuit but has also stated they had no intentions of doing so.

Just saying. Baylor is really the only one making a big fuss about it.


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