Originally Posted by jojo
This isn't asked out of meanness... Is there any conference that really wants WVU outside of the big east who must be desparate to keep them?
The SEC possibly IF they expand to 16. They don't culturally fit the ACC and academically horrid to be considered for the Big 10.
The reason though is I don't see any other possibility for the SEC:
Teams that likely will be blocked by other members:
Florida State (ACC)
Georgia Tech (ACC)
Louisville (Big East)
Team that makes sense but sold its soul (as Slyder put it) and even then has to deal with a 20 million buyout:
Virginia Tech (ACC)
Which leaves WVU, Cincinnati, and South Florida being the teams making the most geographical sense. UC borders on Kentucky, among other issues. South Florida would be interesting as it would bring Miami, but would UF vote for it?
That leaves WVU who would likely be no 15. The SEC could stay at 15 and go with a 3 pod system as Slyder mentioned, but if they go 16, another wildcard I would throw out is NC State. It would put the SEC into North Carolina and tap into the Raleigh-Durham/Charlotte market. NC State is the redheaded stepchild of the Carolina schools, but it would likely take convincing to get them to leave. It would give them a solid rivalry with South Carolina as well.
Of course, you have to hope they would bite and the exit fee comes up again. Once past WVU, its a guessing game.