Conference Realignment: Texas, Oklahoma to the SEC?

#8      
I was thinking KU, OSU - maybe Texas Tech? Then there’s West Virginia too, maybe Baylor? None seem like a great fit - too bad Notre Dame Is off the table.
 
#9      
Cary, IL
Seems really bad for both programs. Oklahoma makes the play off anyway and Texas doesn't need anymore trial by fire aproach.
I agree with this. I don't think either are going to beat Bama on a consistent basis, to even make the SEC title game. Plus, no way the SEC allows Texas to continue to have their own TV station.
 
#10      
Don't think Big Ten would go after anyone in Big 12 if Texas was not included. More likely that Big Ten will go after schools in ACC like Florida State or North Carolina. Academics also play a big factor in conference realignment for Big Ten
 
#12      
Washington, DC
KU and Iowa St
There is a less than zero percent chance of either of these schools joining. They don't have strong enough academics for B1G presidents and they don't have large enough fanbases to justify an equal share of conference revenue. Regional fit hasn't been the justification for conference expansion for a long time.
 
#13      
Washington, DC
Don't think Big Ten would go after anyone in Big 12 if Texas was not included. More likely that Big Ten will go after schools in ACC like Florida State or North Carolina. Academics also play a big factor in conference realignment for Big Ten
Ding ding. If we expand it's either going to be through the ACC or even, frankly, the Pac-12, which is struggling monetarily.
 
#15      
There is a less than zero percent chance of either of these schools joining. They don't have strong enough academics for B1G presidents and they don't have large enough fanbases to justify an equal share of conference revenue. Regional fit hasn't been the justification for conference expansion for a long time.
I agree on ISU, but I have to imagine KU has a pretty big fan base, and while certainly below the majority of Big 10 schools, they wouldn't be the lowest ranked per US News and World Report. That would be Nebraska at #133. KU is #124.
 
#16      
Washington, DC
I agree on ISU, but I have to imagine KU has a pretty big fan base, and while certainly below the majority of Big 10 schools, they wouldn't be the lowest ranked per US News and World Report. That would be Nebraska at #133. KU is #124.
Nebraska barely made it through due to their academics. And, at the time, their football program was still a name brand with national appeal.

Kansas, with an athletic department riddled with scandal, a football program that would immediately become a basement dweller, AND poor academics would be extremely hard to swallow. Ultimately, conference expansion is about football, it's about bringing in more viewers to the BTN, and to some extent in our conference specifically, it's about academics. I doubt KU's basketball program will be enough to justify their inclusion for the B1G presidents.
 
#19      
Paducah, Ky
Nebraska barely made it through due to their academics. And, at the time, their football program was still a name brand with national appeal.

Kansas, with an athletic department riddled with scandal, a football program that would immediately become a basement dweller, AND poor academics would be extremely hard to swallow. Ultimately, conference expansion is about football, it's about bringing in more viewers to the BTN, and to some extent in our conference specifically, it's about academics. I doubt KU's basketball program will be enough to justify their inclusion for the B1G presidents.
bingo
 
#21      
I feel like culturally, academically, money-wise you are really looking at Va Tech, Virginia, and UNC. West Va doesn’t have the academics. Colorado is probably too far west. You aren’t taking ISU, KSU, Kansas, or Okla State. There just isn’t much room to maneuver here.

GT and FSU are probably too far south. ND wants nothing to do with the B10.
 
#22      
One of the big factors not yet mentioned here is TV markets. It's no secret Big Ten acquired Rutgers and Maryland for the TV markets in NYC and DC. That's the big reason Georgia Tech is always brought up (including academics) is the Atlanta TV revenue. Most of the Big 12 names come from absolutely tiny markets.

Priorities for Big Ten expansion:
1) TV markets (location and fanbase)
2) Football success
3) Academics
 
#23      
the ole ball coach
this is all driven by football

we get nothing really with any school from the B12 other than Texas.
why would Texas A&M want UT in their league? I doubt they have veto power, but still
I see GTech and Virginia as the most interesting.

Doubt any of this is on the short term horizon
 
#24      
Washington, DC
One of the big factors not yet mentioned here is TV markets. It's no secret Big Ten acquired Rutgers and Maryland for the TV markets in NYC and DC. That's the big reason Georgia Tech is always brought up (including academics) is the Atlanta TV revenue. Most of the Big 12 names come from absolutely tiny markets.

Priorities for Big Ten expansion:
1) TV markets (location and fanbase)
2) Football success
3) Academics
Nebraska barely made it through due to their academics. And, at the time, their football program was still a name brand with national appeal.

Kansas, with an athletic department riddled with scandal, a football program that would immediately become a basement dweller, AND poor academics would be extremely hard to swallow. Ultimately, conference expansion is about football, it's about bringing in more viewers to the BTN, and to some extent in our conference specifically, it's about academics. I doubt KU's basketball program will be enough to justify their inclusion for the B1G presidents.
Yup.
 
#25      
the ole ball coach
football drives the conference expansion bus. Basketball is a far second
with the B1G, its all about eyeballs they can bring to the B1G Network.

the B1G would love to get into the state of Florida, but :
UF isnt leaving the SEC
Miami has too few eyeballs
FSU is not academically strong enough
UCF is not prestigious enough of an institution - nfw

hence, Gtech and UVa and/or UNC make most sense to us
ND isnt coming, had their chance and blew it. Unless Warren has contacts there and can do this thru back channels, but there is a lot of bad blood from the B1G side on this , that I dont see it.