I put up with the constant posts of how all these teams were going to leave the ACC for the B1G. I am not interested in seeing nonsense about how the B1G is going to raid the SEC now. Moderators please make sure this is contained in the dream thread unless you believe it is a realistic possibility. And if you do I think it's time to find a new forum for me.
You may be saying certain posts get away from realism. Certainly am in agreement with that. There have been posts expressing the B1G can take whomever they want. There's a mix of wishful thinking, B1G (and other) partisans, agitation, flawed perception, and ignorance of the facts. That said, there's some very good posters, very much including yourself, in this forum. (I've learned not to post when too tired or out of sorts
. Some I don't agree with, but I respect those on the informed side. There's about a dozen or so that post regularly in this forum, that are darn well on top of it all. I look at some of the details some post about the mid-major and lower-grade conferences and get amazed at the deepness of speculation and analysis.
One can spend a lot of time showing why something is not going to happen. It doesn't stop others intent on sticking to a contrary line or a desire to inflame. We usually can get a bit reactionary at insults flung at a school and.or conference we support.
Vanderbilt is very secure in the SEC. They are not hurting being a member of the SEC. For what they contribute, they ride it nicely. Their prime rivalries are in the SEC,; and geographically, they are basically central to the conference. Playing Tenn., Ole Miss, Kentucky, Georgia, etc., is well-ingrained. Vandy has repeatedly denied interest in going elsewhere, including the long period they were so out-matched, particularly in fb. Talk of Vandy being a candidate for elsewhere has been chatted about for years without substance.
As to the B1G, I hope they don't lose their strong midwest identity by over-reaching and diluting the product. And there are limits as to whom they can over-reach with.
Not to deny the B1G values AAU and wants/requires all their members/new members to belong (recognizing also the situation with Nebraska). But it is not a monopoly, and certainly not the only factor each school and conference ponders when such decisions may be involved. The AAU is not an athletic organization either. McGill is Canadian, and some AAU members are null with athletics. If the B1G becomes 100% AAU, grand for them. But to carry the thought that every AAU school prefers to jump conferences and become a B1G member is not so. The ACC proved that. The B1G could certainly go for Rice and Tulane if that was the overwhelming criteria. The B1G has long sought ND who is not an AAU member; so the B1G itself is not so absolute on the issue. Interest in Notre Dame may be pointed to as the exception, but it is still makes an exception.