TSN article with comments from Big Ten Commish who says further Big Ten expansion in the near future is unlikely at http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-footba ... -of-rights
Nice, quick post, Freaked. The SN articles sounds well on target as to much that happened. We may be hearing more on this as to what was really going on behind the scenes.
It sounds consistent with some of the connected chatter in the Carolinas. The ACC came very close to getting gutted. Something happened with the B1G plans, and I expect one or two of the key schools (UVA, UNC) in the ACC balked.
Some of the message was that the SEC was not just speculating about adding UNC & Duke, but had the two lined-up in case the B1G moved with adding UVA successfully. It may also have been an issue of who that second school (GT?) was the B1G could have sought, or that the 4-team addition idea fell through because it became unattainable. The B1G had strong eyes on UNC (without Duke), but the SEC had given UNC a preferred (standing?) counter-offer with Duke; and it was a renewal from work that was done a couple of years back for a 'just in case' scenario.
UNC's priority, with others, was to save the ACC with the new GoR, but if it didn't happen, and a couple of others had left, they would be headed to the SEC with Duke.
Something was really up involving FSU, Clemson, and NC State. Were they in a proposed "package", with VPI (or Louisville as an alternative) to be in some arrangement with the B12? It was more likely that FSU, Clemson, and NC State, have not wanted to close off 'future' possibilities for the SEC in case the GoR was adapted, and thus did not want to sign a GoR early on until they were more certain about potential BIG defections from others and where they would go. VPI did not want to separate from UVA. UVA either did not ultimately cooperate with the B1G's "add two" expansion initiative, or the B1G was set on a particular 4, and UNC, in particular, refused. If UVA, UNC, & GT were 3, would it have been enough to convince Notre Dame to become #4, the thought goes.
Whatever, there was a lot of scrambling going on, and the ACC fended off the pursuit for a new period.