Originally Posted by Spott
I will continue to root against all of SEC schools(especially Florida) like I always have when Mizzou starts up again next year. I actually think that the Big 12 is a better overall basketball conference than the SEC and I was a little surprised that they had had that much success in basketball considering which is why I posted it. Although now it looks like the SEC East is going to be pretty tough for a while.
I honestly think it's pretty silly when fans of other teams start beating their chests because one of their rivals wins a title. It's not like Alabama is going to share their title with Florida or LSU or anyone else in the conference.
Besides the better recruiting possibilities in football will come from joining the SEC, I just wanted to join the conference to screw the Texas schools and so I can see Mizzou play in person since I live about an hour from Gainesville.
The reason to be excited about the success of the conference is that there is a synergistic effect. When you are in a league with great teams and a reputation for winning, players want to play in that league. Look at how many players MU and KU get from Texas because they want to play against Texas. Now, Mizzou gets players who want to play in the same league as Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, and Georgia.
Those are high-profile games. They draw huge crowds. They get on national television, and the kids get massive exposure. This is attractive to kids. It's also attractive to advertisers who pay huge money for television contracts. This money is used to fund the athletic department for facilities, coaching, etc.
Conference affiliation matters. It matters greatly. Anyone who says otherwise isn't in a great conference.