TCU to the Big 12.
Reds Fan Since 1971
The only way I see 16 team conferences becoming an across the board thing is if the NCAA plans playoffs, which of course will never happen.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Cincinnati Bengals - None
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98
We are all going to have to buy guides to find out what schools play in what conference.
I admit it -- there was about a 15 second window where I allowed myself to dream, and then reality came back and I remembered that I went to a school that's 17th banana in the athletics world. But, this was so cool to read today:
Roll Wave.There were a number of top candidates, the source said, including BYU, Louisville, West Virginia, TCU and previously unmentioned Tulane, of Conference USA. The source said the Big 12 has been contacted by a number of other schools about possible inclusion, as well.
On Thursday, the Big 12 invited TCU, which was supposed to begin membership in the Big East in 2012-13. The TCU board of trustees was scheduled to meet later in the day to discuss the invitation.
The source said that Tulane would become a viable option for the Big 12 if it were to grab four schools to beef up the membership to 12, in a situation where BYU decides it doesn't want to leave its football independence or its new tie to the WCC in all other sports. Tulane is interesting to the Big 12 because of its location in New Orleans and in a state, Louisiana, where the Big 12 is absent, as well as the school's renewed commitment to sports and facilities after Hurricane Katrina.
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Do you think the other Big 12 teams would rather travel to New Orleans, Louisville, or Morgantown? Not to mention with media market New Orleans is a better fit. Tulane is a wildcard, but one that could work.
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?
"This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner
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.