Late this past season, West Virginia University saw the peeling paint on the walls that were crumbling around them. They wanted out of the Big East Conference, and out as fast as possible. The Big 12 was their requested destination, a conference with their own problems of late (see exits of Nebraska a year ago, TA&M and Mizzou this year, and an almost greater exodus of some members to the Pac-12). The problem for WVU was the conference bylaws — the 27-month exit period, an impediment to a fast getaway.
With Sunday’s announcement that Texas A&M is officially joining the Southeastern Conference, it made me think ahead. Eventually, my inkling is that the conference will go to 16 schools. That means three more universities would be added.
With a sweet-16 sized conference, how will the SEC continue to partition itself for the purpose of deciding its champion? Will it be two divisions of eight? Or will they go to a radical four divisions of four to add two more post-regular season games? If they go to the four divisions of four, I see Tennessee being grouped with Georgia, Mississippi State, and newcomer A&M. Why?
Ike was right about the military-industrial complex. Fortunately, he was wrong when he (somewhat) argued that Southeast Asia nations such as Burma, Thailand and Indonesia would fall into the hands of the communists if Indochina went the way of Karl Marx (only in theory, mind you).
Fast-forward to this week and something (more?) important…