#1 - Tulane leaving the SEC.
#2 - Louisville killing the Metro Conference.
I'd love to see how the conferences would be now if the Metro made the first move to 12 and a football championship instead of the SEC and Big XII.
The Metro was: Cincinnati, Memphis, Louisville, Tulane, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Southern Miss, and South Carolina.
In 1990, with the idea of a football conference, the Metro met with Boston College, East Carolina, Miami, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, West Virginia for two days.
Miami was for it. But Louisville was opposed and killed it.
However, the Big East, Big XII, SEC and ACC realized what was happening.
The ACC scooped up Florida State.
The Big XII crippled the SWC
The SEC picked up South Carolina and Arkansas
Louisville, Memphis and Cincinnati formed the Great Midwest. And the Big East ran with the idea and formed a football conference.
Let's say Louisville went along with the Metro all-sports conference:
NORTH: Cincinnati, Memphis, Louisville, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Virginia Tech
SOUTH: Florida State, Miami, Tulane, Southern Miss, East Carolina, South Carolina.
They go to a championship game, make money and have #1 Miami, #4 Florida, #8 ECU in 1991.
Their basketball conference has six bids in 1992.
Other conferences respond. The SWC acts first, adding LSU, Tulsa (#21 in 1991) and UTEP.
EAST: Arkansas, LSU, Baylor, SMU, TCU, Tulsa
WEST: Texas, Texas A&M, Houston, Rice, Texas Tech, UTEP
The Big 8 adds BYU, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico
The SEC takes Clemson, Georgia Tech from the ACC and adds South Florida.
BLUE: Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Florida, Clemson, South Florida,
YELLOW: Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi St, Mississippi, Georgia, Georgia Tech
The ACC adds Syracuse, Boston College, Penn State, Rutgers, Temple and Buffalo.
NORTH: Virginia, Rutgers, Syracuse, Boston College, Temple, Buffalo
SOUTH: North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, N Carolina St, Maryland
What's left of the Big East adds Marquette, DePaul, Xavier, Dayton, Saint Louis, and St. Bonaventure
EAST: Villanova, Providence, Georgetown, Seton Hall, St. John's, UConn,
WEST: Marquette, DePaul, Xavier, Dayton, Saint Louis, St. Bonaventure
In 2003, the Pac 10 raids the Big XII of BYU and Utah, which in turn takes Tulsa and Colorado State from the WAC.
Penn State leaves the ACC for the Big Ten, Notre Dame finally joins the Big Ten.
After years of dominating the A-10, UMass upgrades to IA football and joins the ACC.
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