The Playmaker, on 19 January 2013 - 08:56 PM, said:
The two best choices out of this would be UNC (assuming they get away from Duke) and Virginia Tech. Two new market areas that are still southern and have program stability.
Look, researching their athletic programs is great for conversations about what they bring to the conference but this is all about the money and we all know known of these schools we're considering will be competing for national titles in football. UNC is bigger than Duke and Virginia Tech is a solid program. If I could have it my way I wouldn't add anymore but obviously we're headed to the age of the mega conferences. If I could pick any school right now it would be Oklahoma.
Agree with all of this except the expansion. I think 12 was the best, but I think 16 is better than 14. One thing I don't like is what will happen to the teams who don't make it into one of the 16 team super conferences. The small schools will still get paid, but the scheduling of mid level schools will probably drop drastically. Other than that though it probably makes more sense and once we get to that point we can finally be done with expansion.
But I do think unc/duke is a package deal. It wouldn't be worth it for the SEC, but the big 10 probably wouldn't mind taking both of them. They seem to care more about adding teams with academic prestige, and they care more about basketball. Plus unc gives them a lot more of the Charlotte market than any other NC school, so if they had to take duke to pick that up they'd probably say it was worth it. And with the acc and big east falling apart they'd become #1 in basketball.
If they got those two it'd put the big 10 at 16. The SEC would go ahead and get 2. Then the big 12 and pac 12 would be left patching holes with whatever is left.