With the dual announcements that TAMU is exploring its options for departing the Big 12 and that the conference has formed an expansion committee, it would seem that the Aggies’ move to the SEC is now more a matter of when than if.
Okay, fine. Except I can’t see the conference sitting at an unbalanced thirteen and there doesn’t seem to be a fourteenth partner in the works.
… As for the identity of the 14th team, Williams said the topic barely came up at a meeting of SEC athletic directors last week. He did say that he joked with another athletic director that the SEC should bring in Yale.
“There was little discussion about who that fit would be, even if there was that fit,” he said.
But he did agree that for logistical purposes a 14th team would be ideal. “If you’re asking the question of how important it would be to balance out, you certainly would always want to have an even number based on the divisions you would have,” he said. “If there’s ever 13, 14 becomes an issue you really talk about.”
Maybe Slive is holding his expansion plan cards extremely close to his vest. But right now this still smacks more of TAMU’s earnest wish to move east driving things than anything else. And if that’s the case, Slive has some rather large loose ends he’ll have to gather up to make it all work – really, work better, because with more teams in the conference, there will have to be more money coming up to keep the existing members at the level they’re enjoying now.