Big Shakeup Ahead in College Sports World?
SEC leaves door open for future expansion
- Duration 5:22
- Date Aug 15, 2011
SEC leaves door open for future expansion
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-- before the hour now Texas say -- -- is not bolting college sports big twelve conference for the Southeastern Conference at least not right now but what about now.
In a statement put out yesterday the University of Florida president and the chairman of the SEC presidents chancellors -- makes it.
Said that the SEC is satisfied with its current twelve school format there's a ringing endorsement isn't satisfied but significantly He went on to say.
But He left open the possibility -- the presidents and chancellors do for changes down the road.
Think conditions could make expanding advantageous so how long the road is the demeanor or -- mountain.
The big shake -- -- -- head the world of college sports potentially Stewart Mandell as a senior writer for Sports Illustrated wrote about this in a column over the weekend and He joins us live now.
I guess a and M approached the SEC.
With a little bit -- remorse for not having done this last time and other trying to figure things out.
Yeah I think when Texas launch the longhorn network this summer the SPN.
And and -- -- saw just how influential I could become a -- high school games turn air Big 12 Conference game.
That -- have been the straw that broke the camel's back so now they're coming back to the SEC they almost -- last summer.
Saying you know we regret the decision we like it back in.
And that's statement you saw yesterday I think was a little legal posturing enthusiasts a mixture that it looks like they're not coaching a team -- another conference asked me the other way around.
When I read it I thought the exact same thing -- EC first pointed out that a dominate him -- them first fair and -- and said so to and then the SEC said nothing right now but the problem be similar to the one the Big Ten head.
When it added Penn State I guess back in the nineties and that would be do you have an uneven -- -- -- is even bigger in the SEC because they're two different divisions.
The west has six teams the east test -- so what we do Texas in -- got to look for somebody else.
And I think that's one of the huge issues -- holding this up there's -- from from what we understand.
They're they're having reached the point yet the SEC discussing who step fourteenth -- sure there's been debate about it.
That a school like Florida doesn't want Florida -- command and share that market went down.
The SEC is looking for school maybe a former new market -- -- yes Virginia Tech -- can bring in Virginia and maybe that Washington DC area.
But in the meantime how badly do they want Texas they have badly enough like you said to have.
Uneven divisions and and make -- -- SEC west a little more stacked in the SEC east that messes with you know.
What's been the premier product in college football for the past two years.
Admitted last many years -- and US a question your column from Saturday at SI dot com.
-- and that is is this really all about television let's put the facts together.
The first time this became a really big issue was when the longhorns network when it went in there and people from -- nation just like stop -- I'm done with you can't just get out of my face get away from me now had.
Hundred years -- you stop it so that was all about television and then.
Then the SEC goes wild look at these Houston and Dallas markets when we love the breaking so doesn't Virginia Tech under that logic make the most sense -- that Washington just as you point out here in your column.
Absolutely it's not quite as big a market is going out getting Houston in doubt keep in mind that since the SEC last negotiated their TV contract.
The dollars in in college sports have gone up tremendous track pack is while -- -- backed up Mario you're getting more money than the SEC and nobody would say that they have a superior football conference the SEC so they want.
You know they -- be the big -- -- in terms of who makes the most money talks.
That did that this is the last byte you're gonna get it and SEC apple why.
They put themselves so far out there you know it there's and we don't see any of the usual denials are trying to hide then there's no question.
That they want out of the big twelve they want and the SEC if they it turned down it's if if whatever the obstacles are hindering this move from going forward I end up causing enough to come.
It's gonna be so awkward in the big twelve because it's clear to the other nine schools that they tried to run out on them are trying around on -- right now so it's it's now are never they wanna billion.
He's SEC well you know the SEC's won the last five and He and if the SEC gets a foothold in recruiting in that Dallas Houston and all that huge area there.
That's not real good for Texas and if I'm Texas and Texas a and -- leaves a big twelve.
Why the hell would I ever play Texas a and M and anything ever again I know there's a storied rivalry -- and -- hated to power mate I'd hate -- period.
But why would that.
It's amazing it's such a storied rivalry is such a big deal of those two schools I mean Texas is mentioned in the Texas -- and -- fight -- But it's true if they do this Texas -- at least for the foreseeable feature -- -- on -- interest in Texas a and M fans feel like this is their way.
To get it to to get back to Texas like you said.
Use that SEC.
Chipped in recruiting the same time you're opening Houston.
And other parts of Texas to LSU you Alabama to Ole miss Ole miss the owners can start -- Texas for preserving and am I normally gets out.
I don't know which which party at work out better for.
I don't know either but -- -- space and be a fascinating thing but as for the fight song Alabama still has Georgia Tech and it's by its holster so it's not much -- -- forever with a whacked out that -- -- I can't wait to find out what happens.
I mean that we it could play out next point fires could play out in the next few weeks and they're gonna either do it or end it quickly because they got to move on opening week -- -- memorial I mean labor is right area they don't want this hanging or.
One thing I should remind our viewers of the college football preview edition of Sports -- will be on the newsstands beginning on Wednesday we'll watch for you and your article thanks a lot to him and they'll appreciate it -- -- have bigs.