The 14 team super conference idea probably got started from the SEC original idea of adding TX and TAM (or maybe TTU instead of TAM?). When the TX legislature killed that idea the SEC went with AR and SC. Some people probably never gave up on the TX angle. IMHO the SEC will NOT expand unless: 1. The NCAA makes them. (You would see a law suit if the NCAA tried.) or 2. They can get a major market that will increase the money per school. TX and TAM or TX and TTU could do that. I cannot think of any other schools that would.
There were also 'rumors' publised in a newspaper that if the ACC did not take VT that the SEC was 'considering' VT and WVu for 14 members. I am not sure how true they were but it the article was from August, 1999. Again, I don't know whether the money would be there for this but VT and WVu are SEC like schools. It would give the SEC inroads into the ferile recruiting areas of NC, VA, and DC. It would also make another ACC area an SEC/ACC split area just like Florida, Georgia, SC. The ACC would only have 'NC' and 'parts of NE' to call their own.
Can you imagine what the college FB landscape would be like if the SEC had gotten TX and TAM instead of AR and SC? Would the BIG 8 have expanded? If so; with whom? Interesting.
Yeah.. there are many different scenerios that you could come up with if certain expansions or scenerios did or didn't happen.
1) PSU to BE and BE becomes all sports
2) FSU to SEC when SEC considered expansion in 1990
3) Colorado and Texas to Pac10
4) Texas and PSU to Big10
5) Texas and TA&M to SEC
6) Miami and FSU to ACC
7) WAC-16 stays together
8) ND joins Big10 with PSU
9) SU instead of VT to ACC in 2003
I am sure others can think of more........