Better check with Roy F. Kramer, SEC commissioner at the time. After Arkansas was invited, and right before South Carolina was invited in 1990, Kramer did travel to Coral Gables and spoke with Miami. Apparently it did not go well. Among the issues at the time was Miami's commitment to women's sports.
I tried doing a search for Kramer inviting/talking to Miami to find anything on this and did not anything. I would have to think that in 1990 after winning 3 titles Miami's possible entrance into the SEC might have warranted a blip, comment...something. Sure he may have travelled there but how serious was this oveture? It could have been a ploy to pressure FSU whom the SEC did talk to. Do you have any links or sources? You have to admit that Miami would be an interesting if not strange fit in the SEC. Nothing against either the SEC or the University of Miami, but I just can't see it as a serious consideration by the SEC commisioner or the president of Miami.
Pensacane, I will try to see if I can locate some articles on this; it's going back 17 or so years. I do recall, THE STATE newspaper, Columbia, SC, did considerable coverage on the SEC expansion issue because USC was lobbying extremely hard for a SEC invite which was granted.
From what I recall, Kramer did speak with both FSU and Miami. FSU faculty voted in favor of joining the ACC. Miami did have lofty appeal at the time with their huge fb success.
From my recollection, the Kramer discussions with Miami were exploratory. There was probably not a formal invitation. From what I gathered, there was mutual agreement that the SEC and Miami were not the best fit. Certainly, Miami was not begging, at least publicly, for a SEC invite. South Carolina was.
Remember it was 1990, and Penn State was to enter the Big 10. For Miami, football was not the sole factor. Miami bb was a consideration. Women's sports were an issue then. Attitudes differed.
Existing schools in the SEC had their preferences too. Georgia pushed hard for South Carolina SEC membership. Alabama and Auburn were not so happy about it. Florida being in the SEC certainly was a decision-making factor when it came to FSU and Miami. FSU thought they could have more fb success in the ACC, and they certainly dominated for many years.
In the Big Ten, there were some grumblings about taking Penn State. While that seems a bit absurd now, individual schools react in terms of what they see as benefiting themselves.
Things change. Miami is in the ACC now, and in 1990 little was mentioned about Miami going in the ACC after FSU joined. Also, in 1990, Miami knew the Big East option was developing and maybe foresaw it as a better potential to remain dominant. Then, remaining independent was less pressure compared today; but it was also the year all major independents, except Notre Dame, positioned themselves for major conference security.