Yesterday from foxsports.com:http://msn.foxsports.com/college-footba ... ina-012314
The article discusses SEC future expansion interests, recruitment locales, and media markets.
The Virginia--North Carolina implications continue to receive speculation.
I'll reply to the post submitted above. The SEC moving into the states of North Carolina and Virginia is certainly not on the immediate horizon. Having the markets of the Charlotte (where the SEC has been cultivating through various means) and Raleigh-Durham metro areas plus a footprint that reaches into the Roanoke Valley to the Tidewater region and north to Richmond and the DC metro suburbs would be huge for marketing coverage and recruitment. With the GoRs' as is, expansion for the SEC is very limited in real possibilites. The SEC is not going to take lower profile, directional, and/or athletically unprepared schools among those such as ECU, UNCC, Appy State, or VCU. Extracting ACC schools such as NCSU and VPI would have all kinds of near insurmountable issues to address. On the west end of the SEC, a school such as Oklahoma is not currently attainable and without conditions.
The B1G allegedly has also been interested in UNC, UVA, GT, etc. If they ever attempt to reach 16 or beyond, it is doubful they have given up on future pursuits of mid-Atlantic possibilities.
And if the Virginia--North Carolina region ultimately became a shared domain of the SEC, B1G, and the remaining ACC, the market, while still valuable, would be splintered to a significant degree.
Internally, changing the SEC divisional line-ups can be a major political and strategic challenge. Alabama and Auburn are adament about not splitting divisions or shifting to the east. If two additions were added to the SEC east, and Mizzou shifts to the west, that may work in a future scenario. Adding two from the west would be more complicated. Adding one to the west and one to the east could be another future option, but it could still keep Mizzou in the east, and maybe the school would even prefer that.
Anyway, among the 'power five' conferences, it looks as if Virginia and North Carolina will remain "all ACC" states for the near future; and not be in shared states as evident in SC, GA, Fla, and Ky.
If the new super-division develops with the autonomy some may anticipate, it could make the ACC and B12, even as included, more susceptible to what could become even more powerful conferences of the B1G, SEC, and PAC12. Divisional rules and pressures, along with increasing network influences, could potentially tear into GoR structures. If the desire is high enough, somebody shall find the methodology.