Originally Posted by Saul Good
I don't think the SEC is in a position where they need to settle for fallback options. If UNC and Virginia aren't moving, the SEC likely stays at 14. I used to be convinced that State and Tech made sense, but the more I think about it, the less sense they make.
Well, from what I've been reading, nobody in the SEC likes 14, it segregates the conference even more than either a 12 or 16 team conference does. Add on to the fact CBS, allegedly, won't readjust their contract portion unless the SEC has semi-finals. Then, the final straw, is that SEC network. Nobody has the actual figures, but the feeling is the SEC needs more TV markets to make the network viable. I don't mean just survive, but where it prints its own money like the BTN does.
So, sure, the SEC could stand pat, but nobody seems happy with that. The teams aren't as important as the markets, right now, to the SEC. So, NC St and VPI aren't "fallbacks" in their eyes, they are strategies. They are multiple options to get what they really want.