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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: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

But East Carolina is not anywhere near the competitive stature of even the lowest schools in the SEC—IN ANY SPORT! They would be a perennial doormat. Never happen!



Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 11:33 am
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

I think East Carolina would be a great fit for the SEC

Sorry.  Never going to happen.  As much as ECU folks believe they would be a fit, it's just not going to happen.  The SEC already has a city school (Auburn..lol) and a private school (Vandy).  Every other school will be flagship university of a state or a tradition rich major university of a given state (A&M).  But maybe if we purge WVU, then ECU could get into the Big East?  Not too shabby.



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 11:04 am
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

ECU is a bit further down the pecking order for ideal teams for the SEC, no offense.




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

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

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: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 8:36 am
 

Laughing-what did you want SEC to say

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.



Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 7:10 am
 

Believe statements from the SEC at your own risk

So insightful.  It's hands-down the most informative story I have ever read....


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