The SEC has joined the "Grand Conference Realignment." In this football equivalent of the Cold War, drastic measures soon will be taken. Enter College Station, Texas. While Texas A&M might or might not join (depending on legal ramifications), Mike Slive has to keep the future of the SEC in mind.
There is no doubt that this conference is the best in college football. How can it be made better?
Some say, "If it ain't broken, don't fix it."
Yes, but there is a ton of money to be gained from Texas, and—let's face it—all sports are about making money. Conference expansion needs to make sense to SEC fans, though. Are you a fan of letting Texas A&M in a conference that it has nearly no relation to? Permitting Mike Sherman's A&M squad to join the cadre of good ole' Southern football would disrupt the balance of power in the SEC.
What happens after that. Do we try to become the Pac-16?
It's our only choice. Conference realignment demands it. Mike Slive and company won't randomly pick new members. The process will involve much maneuvering. If the SEC is smart, it will take the chance to knock out each of its neighboring conferences from threatening their dominion.
Here's how the SEC can—and soon will—achieve total control of football's southern kingdom.