Fresno St. Alum wrote:
Reading the tea leaves, there is a potential WIN-WIN pattern for the ACC:
If the Big East were to lose WVU and UL to Big 12 or one to SEC, one to Big 12, the Big East is at 5.
Such a move would likely keep TCU in the MWC and pass on moving to the Big East...because there is little the Big East could do with those schools to justify keeping the BCS bid at that point.
It would be hard for Uconn, Rutgers, Cincy, USF to bring in 4-6 schools that would glorify the league.
Meanwhile, we know the ACC is interested in Notre Dame and Uconn seems the #16 pick. But there is also much talk that even if ND passes (expected) that the ACC might still be open to adding Uconn and Rutgers.
BUT....if the Big East is set to fold, then the ACC inviting of Uconn and Rutgers would give them what they want (99% control of the northeast market) AND take away the stigma of the "ACC poaching". Because it would be more of a life vest to 2 schools.
Of course, that would mean Cincy and USF are left out and likely headed to CUSA.
See you know they are still an option, you bust my balls about them yet here you are putting them as an option for the SEC. Because you know and I know the SEC never was the one to say WVU was rejected, it was "insiders", like the ones that said ND, Mizz, Neb, Rutgers to the B1G. The SEC could deny just like B1G did w/ Nebraska until they are at the press conference shaking hands.
Never busted your balls. Just reiterating that in order for WVU to have the opportunity to even accept a future SEC invite, it would have required Missouri rejecting an SEC invite (since despite no official "offer" existing, Missouri does have the SEC as a real option...just would require officially clicking "Send" on the fax application).
SEC has gone on the record saying they have had no applications since TAMU. So WVU (or Missouri) never formally applied...because they SEC likely told them they were not interested in a 14th...which the WVU source took as gospel and told BE officials...which WVU disputed using semantics are argument point (since WVU never officially applied, they were never officially rejected...despite the fact they never formally applied because the SEC said they were not interested).