Absolutely, SEC03, As has been stated many times:
1. B1G does not want UConn
2. SEC does not want WVA
3. Missouri does not want to join the B1G any longer
4. 16 is not a good number for a conference.
Logical points. However, why not having a maximum number of schools for a conference to have? Like either 12 or 14.
OK, I'll add some comments here. I didn't want to sound too blunt about B10 expansion. These things often unfold over extended time and given results are not always as anticipated.
Agree, the B1G is not wanting UConn, at least not right now. As said, I concur the B1G prefers AAU affiliates. That certainly narrows options, and even among AAU membership in the ACC and the B12, nothing is fluid at this time, and even if it was, there would be limits as to whom was in play and to where interests lie.
If circumstances arose that the SEC expands again, going into the states of North Carolina and Virginia would be a priority. However, that territory is closed for now. ECU, ODU, ASU, are not developed or attractive enough to be considered. Only the ACC has plausible options.
WVU and the B12 had to know the geographical divide when they decided to bond. The B12 passed on any bridge work in that regard. While the ACC can be pointed at as the reason for WVU's isolation, that's too simple in assigning blame. It really goes back to the old BE in not making good proactive decisions in a timely manner. WVU, Pitt, Syracuse, BC, Miami, VPI, ND, etc. were all part of the decision-making that led to the staggered exodus. The ACC just exploited it the most.
The SEC often gets stereotyped about academics when one wants to press for certain negative comparisons. They are who they are---flagships and major land grants plus one major private school in the growing deeper south and a couple of border states. If the SEC somehow did take WVU, it would only embolden SEC detractors and snobbery. That's certainly a degree of unfairness to WVU to be cast in that way, because WVU has some distinguishable athletic accomplishments, shows enthusiastic fan support, and is a flagship school at the crossroads to multiple regions.
WVU hired E. Gordon Gee again as President. During his late tenure as President at Ohio State, he jokingly, but driven with attitude and frustration, implied the SEC was illiterate. He's probably not the guy to be approaching the SEC about near-term membership. He also referred to Louisville in a disparaging way. Louisville is now an ACC member of which WVU would dearly want to belong. Ohio State had quickly came to the conclusion words can lead to strained relationships. On the other hand, Gee was right-on about dealing with Notre Dame and other related factors; he just got careless in where and how he delivered disses.
14 vs 16? For the SEC, 14 took a lot of adaptation. I didn't hear Mizzou complaining, but LSU made a little fuss about the cross-division rivalry set-up. And a couple of others, such as Alabama, were seeking the 9-conference game format. Of course, posturing from somewhere gets involved whenever change is contemplated. 16 may be more appealing for basketball structuring and tournament equity/placements; but for football, it's more addition and time extension for everyone in the conference to get around to playing everyone else. As the number of conference fb games may be increased, there's still the question of incorporated non-conference rivalry games into schedules for certain schools. And to mess with changing divisions, every conference member is going to look at it from how it may impact their individual interests. A selling job is always involved.