I'm a bit confused. Doesn't this fall pretty well in line with what you were hoping for?
Fair points, I guess here's what I'd say. In broad strokes my hopes would be:I'm not following, either. How different is this from
1. Above all else kill the concept of the expanded playoff. That is the cancer at the heart of all of this.
2. Make some meaningful attempt to preserve the Shrunken VIII's status as major conference programs
3. Pool TV resources in some way, with the idea of enticing other broadcast entities to battle ESPN hegemony over the sport
4. Think innovatively about how this moment of change (especially NIL) could be leveraged to bring marketable player talent into this alliance beyond football, to compete on terrain that isn't the SEC's core competency.
What I have a sense of what's to come is
1. Strike a fundamentally cosmetic bargaining position in order to gain negotiating leverage in the development of the expanded playoff
2. Cement the death of the Big XII by consolidating the remaining "major conference" contenders into a structure that excludes the Shrunken VIII.
3. Conspicuously leave out anything to do with TV money, preserving the fundamental structure of the game as these mini-gangs of schools in a total war for TV dollars, to the exclusion of any other consideration. Again, that's at the core of the existing problem, and no alliance means anything as long as that structure dictates where money goes.
4. A ton of hot air about student athletes and preserving the cuddly purity of the non-revenue sports and how horrific it is that this gauche SEC has played to win the game that is explicitly and almost solely Jim Delany's personal legacy and a framework imposed on the sport almost entirely by the Big Ten.
I may be completely wrong, but that's my sense. We'll see.