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Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

Posted on: September 12, 2011 6:23 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 6:55 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The SEC may eventually add a 14th team to go with lucky No. 13 Texas A&M, who Mike Slive confirmed Monday has had its application accepted by the league--though thanks to the various legal entanglements thrown in the Aggies' way, is apparently not a full member yet.

But as for team No. 14, it sounds as if Slive is fully prepared to wait at least a year to find it, if not longer. Slive also said in his statement that the league has no "immediate plans for a 14th member. We aren’t thinking in terms of numbers. We think about the strength of the SEC and the attractiveness of Texas A&M as an institution."

To drive that point home, Slive also confirmed the SEC has "started to look at schedules for 2012-13 involving thirteen teams."

But that little factoid also helps drive a second point home: while A&M isn't officially within the league's ranks yet, they might as well be. "We remain optimistic that Texas A&M will be a member of the SEC," Slive said, commissioner-speak for "Trust me, it's happening, don't worry."

Of course, that's been the expectation ever since the SEC confirmed that its presidents had voted to bring the Aggies into the fold the moment they were legally free to do so. But the expectation has also been that the league -- which Slive famously said could expand to 16 within a matter of minutes -- wouldn't bother playing even one season with unbalanced divisions and an unusual odd-numbered membership.

Given that Slive already feels comfortable enough to tell us the SEC's preliminary 2012-2013 schedules will have just 13 teams included, though, the smart money should now overwhelmingly be on A&M coming aboard in the very near future ... and anyone else in 2013 at the earliest.

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Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 6:33 pm

Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

I guess we'll find out now, secrocks.

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:54 am

Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

Why wouldn't SEC consider adding Georgia Tech?

Several reasons.  First, Georgia Tech left the SEC years ago and there were very hard feelings on both sides.  Some people still haven't forgotten on both sides.  They bring no new market at all and that IS likely to be important to CBS and ESPN.  Last and maybe most important, Georgia is struggling of late.  If Tech jumps to the SEC Goergia loses a recruiting advantage over Tech.  Georgia will fight it tooth and toenail and the conference isn't likely to go against them.

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:37 am

Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

The VA Governor & Legislature pressured UVA into campaigning within the ACC to block Syracuse and promote VT.
    NitroBucks, I'm absolutely stunned that a non-ACC fan would know this when most of the ACC fans I know don't know it!  You're absolutely right!  The Virginia legislature told Virginia they had to vote no on expansion unless Virginia Tech was one of the inductees.  Duke and North Carolina, apparently wanting to keep the ACC focused on basketball, didn't hide the fact they were going to vote against expansion.  If any other school voted against expansion it wouldn't pass.  This force the ACC to drop Syracuse and add Virginia Tech.  Since the Virginia legislature isn't an ACC member I thought Virginia's vote shouldn't be counted.  It was an attempt by an outside entity to force it's will on the conference and the vote was tainted.  The conference should have defended it's right to determine it's own make-up. 

  Syracuse would've added a huge New York market while Virginia Tech added nothing but a twelfth member to have a conference championship game.  How much bigger would the ACC's TV contract be if it included the New York market?

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 11:47 pm

Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

Hey Aggie bund; you're right on target bro! I was dancing in the aisles when those horse-women from A&M captured the national title. I believe they're still riding off to the sunset or the plains of west Texas as we speak. Bro; nobody cares about anything but football, and the Aggies are mediocre at best. However; for all CBS SportsNation fans that love to visit different venues, College Station has to be in the Top 5.

Since: Nov 10, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 1:03 pm

Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

A&M benefits because their recruiting position is improved now that they are a part of a powerful conference, and won't be disadvantaged by Texas and its LHN highschool recruit horseshite.

The SEC benefits because A&M has a large, affluent fan base, and brings a good part of Texas into the SEC sphere of influence.

As for a 14th member, it may not happen tomorrow, but I suspect it will within reasonable time.  Again, I suspect it won't be a stocking stuffer, but an institution that like A&M, is carried by a large, affluent fan base and is geographically positioned in a region with little or no present SEC influence.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 1:01 pm

Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

Just a thought....

Why does a 10 team league insist on calling itself the "BIG 12" and a 12 team league calls itself the "BIG 10"? Just something not right about any of that considering these are groups of higher education institutions. At least the PAC 12 makes sense.

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 12:16 pm

14th Member More than just football

School better have good all sports programs-men and women. VT-football-good,all other sports-fair at best! Wet Va-better fit-basketball programs better than VT! GT-Atlanta market wrapped up! Only FSU has what SEC wants-good all around sports programs. New markets are secondary. SEC is already across the country-can watch games on ESPN3 and haters watch SEC hope they lose.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 12:09 pm

Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

I guess if the Big 10 could adjust to 11 schools, the SEC can adjust to 13.

As for a 14th team, Virginia Tech makes the most sense or adding three more Big XII schools, including Oklahoma and Oklahoma St.

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