First, this isn’t about who should be, who I’d like it to be, etc… This is about what realistically makes the most sense. I know a lot of Eers fans that read this blog won’t understand that, or any of you stoned out Gator fans, but fucking deal with it.
You can rule out Va Tech, Clempson, Free Shoes U, Ga Tech or any other ACC school. GET. THIS. THROUGH. YOUR. FUCKING. HEADS. It is not about “socially fitting” the SEC or being a geographically good fit. Colorado isn’t close to the Pacific and TCU isn’t near the East. Geography doesn’t matter at all here. What’s that I hear you saying? “But 3DHB, Boulder Colorado is full of hippies like Eugene and Berkeley so it is socially a good fit!!!” Good point, now how do you explain Utah? STFU. Geography and culture have nothing to do with this.
West Virginia huh? Yeah, sorry… You’re not a winner either. No TV base, no athletic prestige, Z-FUCKING-ERO academic standards. Bottom line, WVU offers nothing that any other Big East school would offer as well. Anyone from the Big East is excluded.
Other than all of this, the SEC doesn’t want to be seen as a destroyer of conferences like the ACC was viewed after they mouth raped the Big East for the only schools that were worth a shit in that league. The Big 12 is dead, it is no longer viewed as a conference.
So who will it be?
It will be a team from the Big 12 (or what’s left of it). It won’t be Texas as they won’t give up the sweetheart TV deal. It won’t be Baylor or Texas Tech. They’re still holding out hope that the Big 12 can morph into a 21st Century Southwest Conference by adding SMU, UTEP, Houston, Rice, or other Texas schools. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State won’t allow the Big 12 to become a new, Texas heavy SWC. They’re fucking out and they’re heading to the PAC12. The Kansas schools and Iowa State don’t fit into the SEC. Period. If you disagree with me, please tell me about your experiences in Manhattan (Little Apple, lol) or Lawrence, Kansas. That leaves Mizzou…
And mark this down, you saw it hear first. I’m calling this, not saying it should be this way or they’re the best fit, blah blah blah. It will be Missouri. Is Mizzou a good “social fit”? Some people say no, some say yes. I am indifferent about it. I have been to a game in Columbia and the tailgating seemed forced, kind of like how it is in Starkghanistan; the fans were good people. Honestly, there wasn’t much of a difference between going to a football game there and one at Mississippi State. Academically they are decent, like MSU too. Plus it brings in the St. Louis and Kansas City TV markets.
This will not be viewed as a conference raid like how the ACC did to the Big East, because everyone knows the Big 12 is done. If Mizzou were to go to the Big 10, they would have gone during the last round of conference reshuffling.
Obviously there will need to be a reshuffling of divisions once this happens. Some have said move the Barn and the Cheaters to the East and move Vandy to the West or just move the Barn to the East. That’s a different discussion for a different time.
Bottom line, add Columbia, MO to your SEC destinations. This will happen, I promise it.
- On Campus: TAMU to SEC Hanging on Litigation (lostlettermen.com)
- Texas A&M and SEC Expansion: The Next Teams to Fall to the SEC (bleacherreport.com)
- TCU AD uneasy due to super-conference idea (espn.go.com)
- Texas A&M and SEC Expansion: You’re Awesome Baylor for Delaying the Move. (bleacherreport.com)
- When A&M move gets done, who’ll be the SEC’s lucky 14? (cbssports.com)
- Texas A&M-SEC Expansion: News, Notes and Analysis (bleacherreport.com)