... I wish someone could explain to me: accademically without Vandy, what would be the difference between the SEC and the NFL?
I was looking for something funny here, but the more you think about it... The SEC draws about the same attendance and TV ratings, the coaching is pretty equal, and obviously a lot of NFL players come from the SEC. So, no funnin', the answer may indeed be "just the names."
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WVU to SEC? Possible, but it will take some time and odd circumstances. For Vandy to play dead is one thing, for it to risk losing the money needed to fund it's athletics is another, and a drop from the SEC would likely cost them (I beleive) $5 million per year or more. If they really wanted to out of the SEC, would'nt they have asked to be ACC #12 and at least maintain some semblence of their current fiscal fortunes? Plus, as many die-hard SEC fans have pointed out, the conference won't be kicking anyone out, least of all it's most respected member and a gauranteed "W" on the fb schedule.
As for WVU, such a move would be for them some form of "homecoming" like VT's move to the ACC, but several factors lie in the way (Beyond the fact the SEC isn't expanding):
1. The conditions for leaving the BE just grew tougher;
2. They have a chance to increase their BCS bowl opportunities in the BE, and be king of the hill for a while;
3. They be privvy to some hefty basketball money;
4. Should a split ever occur, the BE-fb faction will add more schools and likely have a championship game.
Thus, a move may yet be in the cards, but will be more neutral (not entirely, but moreso) than it was before, IMO.