The folks at Texas A&M is tired of the University of Texas’ smugness (in their eyes), the smugness being Texas’ Longhorn Network which, partnering with ESPN, is a 20-year deal worth $300 million. While I do get that Texas is being selfish by not allowing any of that money to be shared, it shouldn’t have gotten A&M’s panties in a bunch.
Now A&M is taking its ball to the Southeastern Conference. Now both the SEC and A&M are in mad love with each other (A&M had a chance to join last season, but stuck around last season).
Turns out that yesterday the SEC voted against conference expansion.
All that did was delay the inevitable. There’s a source that says the SEC will announce A&M as its new member within 21 days. All the SEC is waiting on is another school to jump to be its 14th member.
Word on the street is that 14th member may come from the ACC – Florida State, Virginia Tech and Clemson. If not those schools, then perhaps the SEC will consider Missouri.
I believe that there is a dark horse in the running for the 14th team in the SEC: my alma mater NC State.
NC State suffers from the same inferiority complex towards UNC as A&M does with Texas. State just wants to get out of UNC’s shadow, and while we’ll get our heads beaten in for the next three years in SEC football, it would be HUGE for our recruiting. We’d be the only school in North Carolina in the SEC! Besides, The Sporting News mentioned them as a possibility for a reason.
So what do NC State and Texas A&M have in common? Envy.
Couple that with conferences looking to rake in more tens of millions of dollars, and you have all the ingredients of rabid conference expansion. Hell, once those dominoes fall with A&M and another team going to the SEC, you better believe conferences will be scrambling to either replace teams and/or get bigger.
The era of the super conferences (14-16 teams) is upon us. It’s going to be fun and crazy times in college football in the next few weeks.