Wednesday, October 19, 2011

SEC: More Expansion Talk

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It appears that the Big East is suffering from a severe case of "little man" syndrome. Monday the conference president's voted unanimously to increase the league's withdrawal fee from $5 million to $10 million. It seems schools that are considering joining the Big East have voiced concerns about the possibility of other current members leaving for greener pastures, hence the rise in the exit fee. Fears of further defection after the departure of Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and TCU are not totally unfounded as West Virginia is openly exploring aligning with another conference. I'll just let you read the article HERE.

Sounds like sour grapes to me. The Big East seems to be aiming very low with these reported invites. Boise State would be the exception here of course, but would appear to be a long shot to join. I thought TCU's jump to the Big Least was ridiculous and made very little sense, but the addition of Boise would be ludacris. This is a complete act of desperation and a blatant attempt to retain the conferences automatic qualifier status, which should have been withdrawn years ago.

Also on Monday, the New York Times reported that the University of Missouri's decision to apply for membership to the Southeastern Conference is "imminent". I'm not sure how I feel about the possible addition of the Tigers. The league does need to add a 14th team to balance the divisions, but is Missouri the answer? Obviously the football program is the biggest draw here and Missouri does have a high academic standard. The SEC should take its time and not rush to handout invitations, like the aforementioned Big East.

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