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College Football Expansion: Teams (or Brands) for the SEC to Consider

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - OCTOBER 03:  Christian Ponder #7 of the Florida State Seminoles calls out the play in the first half against the Boston College Eagles on October 3, 2009 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Gary BrownCorrespondent IIApril 29, 2010

Click here to take College Sports Matchups poll on conference expansion

You are the big guy at a large company and have decided it is time to snap up a few new brands to add to your portfolio.

There are plenty of prospects, but you are looking for something that will “Wow” your current customer base, add value to your current business, meet the common sense test, and be a key contributor to your success for the long haul.

Your decision will impact your company for decades to come, and maybe even change your entire industry. You better be smart as you consider the options in front of you and know the pros and cons of each one.

If you are part of the group making the decisions for the SEC and Big 10 regarding expansion, you also better be doing your homework and know why you are going to invite a particular school to your party. You are going to impact all of the current members and change the landscape of college sports. For all of us that that love the game, please be smart.

Here are some insights from College Sports Matchups to help you know the good and bad for the schools you will be considering.

 

 

Potential SEC Members

 

Florida State

If they bring Miami along too it would give the SEC ownership of the Sunshine State. 

Fan ApprovalExpands the BaseLogicalTest of Time
YesYesYesYes

There would be no better first choice for the SEC.

 

Miami

If Florida State goes they better hope they get an invitation from the SEC. 

Fan ApprovalExpands the BaseLogicalTest of Time
MaybeYesSomewhatNo

They don't get to come without Florida State.

 

Virginia Tech

A new television market and great fan base.

Fan ApprovalExpands the BaseLogicalTest of Time
YesYesYesYes

Tennessee would be a natural rival and takes the SEC further up the Eastern portion of the country.

 

Texas

A better fit than the Big Ten for the Longhorns. 

Fan ApprovalExpands the BaseLogicalTest of Time
Why not?Yes50/50Unknown

If they want to come, you have to bring them. No special deals though.

 

Texas A&M

They can come if Texas does. Hey, it would be an upgrade over Vanderbilt!

Fan ApprovalExpands the BaseLogicalTest of Time
IffyYesOnly with TexasUnknown

Now, can we get Vanderbilt to bolt to the New Big East/ACC?

 

Clemson

Would they be a better choice than Miami?

Fan ApprovalExpands the BaseLogicalTest of Time
YesYesYesYes

One of the first three that should be considered.

 

Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets are the sentimental choice for many.

Fan ApprovalExpands the BaseLogicalTest of Time
YesNoYesUnknown

Hard to see this one happening.

 

Texas Tech

Tommy would love the chance to come back and stick it to Auburn. Sorry, Tommy. It is not going to happen.

Fan ApprovalExpands the BaseLogicalTest of Time
NoNot enoughNoNo

Had to throw them in the discussion with Texas and A&M.

 

South Florida

Nope. They have shown too much arrogance to the SEC at times. 

Fan ApprovalExpands the BaseLogicalTest of Time
NoNoNoNo

Not needed to dominate the state of Florida. No one really cares about South Florida athletics. 

There is our quick look. Who was left off the list or do we have it wrong about?

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