Let's see, the B1G wants 3 or 4 southern schools to extend their AAU domain. They don't want AAU schools in their backyard---Pitt and Iowa State; rather break further into the ACC with UNC, UVA, & GT.
Suggestions are that UVA and GT shall be amiable to it if Maryland does not have to pay a real hefty exit fee, though UVA and GT are part of demanding the hefty exit fee. FSU, Miami, and Clemson (maybe Louisville) are already picked for the B12, though the B12 did not take L'ville when they had the opportunity; & FSU and Clemson both stated last year and afterwards, they were not pursing the B12 whatsoever. The SEC will settle for NCSU & VPI, where their state flagships become Delany darlings.
The above scenario, or something like it, is being advocated by certain B1G & B12 advocates and ACC detractors and revengers of the old BE.
If the ACC is so full of outstanding picks, then why would the conference be breaking-up anyway? The ACC lost Maryland, that's one, and it didn't come with anyone else except Rutugers. The B12 lost 4, and now they are the secure one because Texas remained and they have a GoR?
The SEC is to take NCSU & VPI to help the B1G and B12 to strip the ACC of it's southern schools? The UF President referred to "aces", and he's been a leader on this this. Slive and the SEC are not stupid or powerless. It's clear the SEC is not seeking to expand right now, but shall pounce as needed. They certainly have a plan, just in case, and would have had discussions or even offers to select schools in case defections became a must. The rumor (from Mr. SEC and others) that the SEC has been conversing with UNC and Duke for a few years may have merit to it. Seanbo talked about this. UNC & Duke would give the SEC "North Carolina" essentially, maybe a better arrangement tham a piece of the action from two states.
The SEC is not going to do Delany favors on this. The SEC has no control on what GT does, nor would really care. But when it comes to breaking-up North Carolina & Virginia schools, let's see what Delany really has. He can flash AAU & the BTN all he wants, UNC ain't buying, & UVA may not either.
That said, these conferences shall go to 16 at some point. The ACC may be the vulnerable one, initially on the perimeters. If they confuse being stubborn for being smart, it shall happen.
First off B12 advocates don't give two flying ducks who the SEC/B1G take. They'll take just about whatever is leftover from the ACC...basically any current ACC teams not named Wake Forest or North of Pitt so your B12 generalizations are just plain wrong. The only conference that should care about the B12's plan's are the ACC and only Wake, BC and Cuse along with UConn, Cincy, USF, Temple should possibly be worried. And the Big 12 passed on Lville because they didn't think their was a solid option for #12, they'd rather keep their options open for any possible ACC defectors.
B1G advocates think their conference is best and SEC thinks its conference is best. SEC clearly wins on the field and in ratings but the Big Ten clearly wins in academics and money. If realignment was run by the fans I'm sure UNC would end up in the SEC, but its run by presidents and BORs who care most about academics and money. That's why most see UNC eventually moving to the B1G though if the SEC grabs both UNC and Duke that could make things interesting as they'd like to keep that rivalry going but they also care about UVA too.
Virginia isn't the be all end all that some others seem to think. Don't get me wrong they are a great school but why would the SEC want them when they could take VPI whose been better in most sports the SEC cares about especially in fb and their academics would still be in the top half of the conference. Also the Virginia demographics aren't nearly as 'Northern' as Maryland but they are close and would fit in the B1G better than the SEC IMO.
I've said on this very thread that I think the Big Ten will get Virginia and the SEC wil get Virginia Tech, but both will fight tooth and nail to land UNC. If the SEC gets them the B1G may just grab Duke as their NC school or jump to GT and if the B1G grabs them the SEC would probably grab NCSU.
The others (FSU, Clem, Mia, GT/Duke) could go to the Big 12 or may get picked up in the process of both conferences going to 18 or 20 in an attempt to destroy the ACC (possibly in an attempt to force UNC/ND to move) and to keep the Big 12 out.
As far as "If the ACC is so full of outstanding picks, then why would the conference be breaking-up anyway?" isn't it obvious. Money and respect. The football schools (FSU, Clem, Mia, GT, VPI) get no respect because the rest of the conference sucks and they always seem to get beat in high profile games. They couldn't even secure a BCS bowl game without making a deal with ND, the SEC, and the Big Ten. Clearly they are in last place regardless of the realignment status/rankings of their schools. Also they receive the least amount of money, and ESPN owns all their rights so the prospect of getting a network is slim, plus theirs a lot of tension between the fb schools, the CORE schools (NC/UVA) and the Northern schools as they all have vastly different idea on what/how to do things. MD was the crack in the armor. They forced a fee raise of 50 million only because they couldn't get them to sign a GOR. The ACC is just in a bad location like the Big 12 but they have more desirable schools so unlike the Big 12 who only really had to convince Texas to stay put (I would have said OU but they were shot down by the PAC12 so really just Texas) the ACC has to convince over half of their schools that the grass is NOT greener on the other side.
Which is hard to do when the Big Ten could possibly double their current conference payout and offers more access to grants to share with higher academic peers, while the SEC could still substantially increase their payout too but offers more pride in 7 straight fb national titles and just as many bball titles as the ACC over the last 20 years.
If the Maryland fee gets over turned or extremely reduced I expect the Big Ten to make a quick run around UNC and add UVA and either GT or FSU and then try to force UNC's hand while also re-courting ND. The SEC would have to jump in quick and offer both UNC and Duke and then wait for UNC to make a decision as they could conceivably keep the shell of the conference together like Texas did but then SEC would make sure to grab its 15/16 who at worst would be VPI/Clemson before any grant of right were signed.
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