The Bishin Cutter wrote:
Pretty confident in saying this, the University of Texas would be the only additional Texas school the SEC would find valuable and acceptable.
I think that's pretty much a fact. I heard TCU being tossed around there before their fortunes took them back to the Texas core of the Big XII, probably because of the football and baseball thing, but even that sounded a bit out there. Not that TCU wouldn't have added some sort of value...but that TCU would have been taken over any number of bigger schools. If TAMU and UT both went to the PAC, would the SEC have wanted a presence in Texas enough to go to a TCU, Baylor, or Tech?
Probably not in response to the question. I've heard Houston brought up before by pundits during prior expansion activity, and Houston has certainly tried. Their chances would be even less now. Rice is interesting given that they are private-secular with very respectable academics. It's just Rice's fan base would need to be much more enhanced, and they need more sustained success in competitive sports. Frankly, schools such as Miami and WVU would have the better shots for the SEC compared to Baylor, TCU, SMU, or TTU.
What some others have conveyed that's been advanced previously by some bloggers and sports speculators is that UNC and UVA are candidates for the B1G and that VPI and NCSU are candidates for the SEC. That did not happen when those thoughts were batted around prior to the ACC's GoR being enacted and before the ACC-MD lawsuits turned hot. That would not have been the pattern even if a few left. Remember, the alleged offer from the SEC to UNC-Duke as a just in case factor?
Dislodging the North Carolina and Virginia schools for anywhere else would be years away if at all possible. It would take a heck of a lot, and I mean a heck of a lot B1G money for them to even think about it. There's much current resentment toward the B1G from those quarters anyway for coming in and extracting Maryland and being not so subtle about going further.
We need to keep in mind that the schools that left the B12 wanted to go. That's important. If Delany (and/or Slive for that matter) further approaches all this saying "we want you and you and now join", that yields pretty empty results as to schools who really are not interested in moving elsewhere.
FSU and GT are two ACC members that had complaints during the last several years and were willing to listen to offers. At one point, they possibly could have been gotten (if both were wanted) without the Virginia-N. Carolina prerequisites of moving first. It was rumored FSU did not have enough B1G votes a couple or so years back because they were not AAU designated.
NCSU has a little bit of that underappreciated little sister complex as it relates to the UNC-Duke duo within the NC4. Yet, it has not risen outwardly to the level of circumstances that Texas A&M displayed in their initiatives to leave the B12 for the SEC. So, perhaps the SEC may have a slight future window to NCSU that would not necessarily carry anyone such as VPI with it. And, it could be on the heels of schools such as FSU and/or GT moving as opposed to UNC and UVA departing. And comparatively, the B1G, if circumstances allowed, would probably have more success with enticing schools such as Pitt, Syracuse, and BC---schools the B1G dismissed considering before.
The ACC has some vulnerabilities we've all chatted about here and there. But at their core in the Carolinas (which includes Clemson w/o other good options) and Virginia, they are well bonded and seriously ACC committed.