SEC Expansion: Why Adding Texas A&M Would Benefit the SEC
SEC expansion rumors are coming back, and yet again, one of the schools being talked about the most is Texas A&M.
During the fallout from Colorado and Nebraska leaving the Big 12 last year, rumors about which school will go where were everywhere. Even then, Texas A&M was rumored to be interested in the SEC, and now they are rumored to be interested again. But even if Texas A&M is interested in joining the SEC, is SEC expansion a good idea?
First of all, let's backtrack and look at why it might happen. Last year, the Big 12 lost two teams, and rumors of other teams jumping ship came about. But Texas staying on managed to keep it together, and now the Big 12 has 10 teams.
Now there is a second crisis: Texas's Longhorn Network wants to air high school football games, and the other Big 12 teams aren't too happy about it.
If the NCAA decides that airing high school football games gives Texas an unfair advantage, it will probably mean that Longhorn Network will not be allowed to show high school football games, and everything stays as it is.
If, on the other hand, they decide that it isn't an unfair advantage, then the angry Big 12 schools may jump ship. if this happens, and Texas A&M would be knocking on SEC commissioner Mike Slive's door pretty soon.
Would Texas A&M joining the SEC be a good thing?
But is this good for the SEC? Absolutely.
First of all, the SEC already holds bragging rights as the best conference in college football. Adding another top notch program like A&M (who also happen to be hot right now) would strengthen the SEC's position as the top dog. This would be especially true if the other team brought in to balance conferences was a contender as well (like West Virginia, Florida State, or Oklahoma).
Second, it could help everyone in recruiting. Most of the best college recruits come from the South and Texas. Having an SEC school in Texas gives more Texas recruits a chance to look at other SEC schools. Every SEC school would have a foothold in the southwest, and even more talented recruits would be heading toward the SEC.
Last but not least, it would help fix the broken BCS system. Texas A&M leaving for the SEC would probably mean the SEC has to pick up another team to balance that out. You can bet other schools would try to pick up the other pieces of the Big 12 that could be had. Missouri is already chomping at the bit to get to the Big 10, and Texas being independent would suit them just fine anyway.
When the dust settled, the SEC, Big Ten, and Pac 12 would all expand to 14 teams, making them super-conferences. But that wouldn't be all. The Big East is currently the laughing stock of the BCS, and the ACC would be puny too if the other three major conferences expanded. I wouldn't be surprised if expansion fever caught on in the ACC too. Both conferences would have to clean house, kicking out perennial basement dwellers and bringing in small school phenoms like Boise State.
This could leave the BCS picture sorted out pretty clearly. There could be as few as four conferences of fourteen teams (SEC, Big Ten, Pac 14, and the ACC) and then smaller conferences and independents.
A system like this makes for an easy four automatic bid conferences, and more than two undefeated teams would be unheard of. It's sad if you like the small conferences, but for the SEC, dominance would continue, and BCS controversy would be a thing of the past.
Overall, that makes a pretty picture for both the SEC and college football in general if you ask me. No one likes the BCS system as it stands, but it'll take a game changing major event to make the BCS change.
The breakup of the Big 12 and SEC expansion are just that kind of major event, and football fans everywhere should be praying for.
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