Has anyone made any offer to try to get Kansas? Obviously, they'd have their own drawback because they'd likely bring Kansas State with them, but if they were as popular and profitable in football as say Oklahoma, there'd be a lot more interest.
ESPN's Doug Gottlieb says on Twitter: Source confirms #TexasAM to join #SEC; #Clemson, #FloridaSt, #Missouri also likely to join.
A CBS/ESPN/NBC might pay for the rights, but the colleges and conferences are ultimately looking to pick up their own networks. The Big East may receive a sweet TV deal, but if a team can offer their own conference network with participating revenue sharing such as the B10 Network, I don't see any Big East team saying no to that.
With adding Texas A&M and others for a superconference, I look for a SEC Network to come soon. Same will likely go for the Pac-12 (16?)
The two big draws in all of this is football and media markets. The Big East may survive in all of this because there is such an unstable mix. WVU is probably the only football school in the Big East, but the SEC already has a presence in the state with UK. OTOH, Rutgers, Pitt, and Syracuse offer major media markets, but bring nothing if little to the table in football.
And you should check the attendance numbers before you go riding down the annual support the football team receives no matter how lean the years have been.
Kentucky was 25th in overall Division I FBS attendance for 2010 and Kansas averaged about 22,000 less fans per game over their 7 home games.
The SEC decides not to invite Texas A&M...
... for now.
Most people I'm reading seem to think this is a "not yet" instead of a "no." The SEC obviously wants to make sure they can get the team they want as #14, and consider whether there will be a #15 and a #16. And the #14 needs to start play at the same time as A&M, which would have been problematic for many potential targets if the Aggies were going to join for 2012.
So I guess we get to keep hearing about it for awhile.
Not all who wander are lost
Yeah the lack of a 14 is killing this for now had to
know that when espn talked absurd schools like Clemson or fsu
It's a moot point though, Kentucky is going nowhere.
Stadium size and attendance are huge lynchpins in any school's desire to join/move conferences.
I do agree that your initial point about "Kentucky looking to bolt" was silly.