Friday, June 11, 2010

NCAA Armaggedon Update (6/11): Texas A&M to SEC?

One of the interesting rumors has Texas A&M not sticking with Texas and instead going to the SEC. This does two things. One, it opens up the opportunity for Baylor or Kansas to join the Pac-16 instead. Two, it cranks up the SEC's expansion worries east of the Mississippi.

That all is good news for the Big Ten and for Missouri. If the SEC starts expanding, it will take from the ACC and Big East. Then the ACC will raid the Big East. That means Notre Dame will be all but resigned to the fact that they have to join the Big Ten. If the Big Ten decides to keep expanding, then they could invite Missouri along with Rutgers and Pitt (though it would almost be beneficial for the Big Ten to add Rutgers and cap out at 14 teams).

This interestingly puts Texas in a very tough spot. They want to go to the Pac-16, they don't see themselves as a fit for the SEC and they know they are the lynchpin for all of this expansion and league destruction.

EAST: Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt*, Purdue, Rutgers*
WEST: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri*, Nebraska*, Northwestern, Wisconsin

EAST: Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor*, Colorado*, Oklahoma*, Oklahoma State*, Texas*, Texas Tech*
WEST: Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State

EAST: Clemson*, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Va Tech*, West Virginia*
WEST: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi, Miss State, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt

NORTH: Boston College, Cincinnati*, Louisville*, Maryland, Syracuse*, Temple*, UConn*, Virginia
SOUTH: Duke, Florida State, Ga Tech, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, So. Florida*, Wake Forest

EAST: Iowa State*, Kansas*, Kansas State*, New Mexico, TCU, Wyoming
WEST: Air Force, Boise State*, BYU, Colorado State, San Diego State, UNLV

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