College football message boards have been abuzz all week over the speculation that Texas A&M might join the Southeastern Conference. Among the most persistent rumors? That Texas A&M has already sent a letter of intent to the SEC – and that all twelve SEC schools have already voted to accept the Aggies into the fold.
We’ve even received some of these tips directly …
“Texas A&M formal invite to SEC being drafted,” one of our contributors told us this week.
We’re not 100 percent sold on these rumors – in large part because we believe that the SEC would probably need to add more than one team in order to preserve its divisional structure. Obviously we can see Texas A&M going into the SEC West … but who would the conference add to its Eastern Division? And how would that impact the University of South Carolina’s schedules in future years?
Also, all of the conference realignment scenarios we’ve seen involved Texas A&M moving in concert with the University of Texas – which would obviously be predicated upon the complete disintegration of the Big XII conference.
That hasn’t happened … at least not yet.
Frankly, we’d love to see both schools join the SEC – but we’d also love to see Florida State and Miami join the conference, too. Heck – why not have all four schools join? The SEC is obviously the greatest football conference the NCAA has ever seen … why not make it the greatest “super-conference” the NCAA has ever seen?
Such a “restructuring” would clearly guarantee the SEC’s continued dominance (even though some Florida Gator fans might not like the notion of sharing a division with the ‘Noles and Hurricanes).
“Given the success we’ve experienced over the past decade, we are comfortable in the position in which we find ourselves,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a recent statement addressing the expansion rumors. “Having said that, if there’s going to be a significant shift in the conference paradigm, the SEC will be strategic and thoughtful in order to maintain its position as one of the nation’s premier conferences.”