In today’s SEC, this is what passes for long-term planning.
Apparently there’s only one factor that would trigger expansion in the South, according to the SEC’s chairman of the board of directors.
Florida’s president, Bernie Machen, told CBSSports.com the league will eschew the 16-team superconference model unless “some ace jewel called us and said, ‘Can you help us?’”
“We haven’t had any calls like that,” Machen said. “We haven’t made any calls.”
So, yeah, when Notre Dame comes calling, Mike Slive will probably take the call. Mighty big of him.
Here’s the curious part:
Machen maintains realignment is more media-driven than conferences hungry for change.
“It’s not that simple to assimilate two more teams into the league,” Machen said.
Is that meant to be blame of the media, or blame of Jim Delany for chasing TV markets to build the Big Ten Network’s viewership? I can’t tell. Either way, it hasn’t been that simple for the SEC to assimilate the last two teams into the league, Bernie my man.