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Mizzourah just doesn't seem like a fit to me.
I would welcome Mizzou into the SEC West -- and move 'Bama and Auburn into the SEC East, which would strengthen our position in the West.With Missouri's larger population, they're bound to have a lot of good recruits who would logically look favorably at Arkansas if they want to be on a competitive SEC team close to home.
Strengthen our position in the West? Who is CBS going to pick up for the game of the week, Arkansas - Missouri, or Bama - Georgia? Tennessee - Auburn, or Arkansas - A&M?We run serious risk here of only being the premier game on Thanksgiving. This weakens our position. frick Mizzou.
Winning solves everything. The more you win, the more you will be televised and the more you will be associated with "big games" of national importance. The problem with the SEC West, for example last year, we had 5 top 25 teams in the West (3 Top 5) beating the Starkville out of each other. The SEC West is a perennial murderers row, whereas the East is weaker (the West only had one patsy last year, LOL Miss. The East had Vandy, KY and TN). Why not move Bama and Auburn over there to bloody more noses in the East? We play 2 SEC East teams every year, plus Carolina. With 14 SEC teams, we'd play 4 SEC East teams every year and 6 SEC West teams every year. Odds are, we'd have as many "big games" televised, including an easier route to the SEC Championship (another "big game") if we have aTm and Mizzou in our division and only LSU as the perennial power.
Because 5-10 years ago the East was murderers row with TN, FL, and GA .. and they consistently beat the West teams. It's on a cycle, and in a few more years, the East will be stronger than the West.
We play 2 SEC East teams every year, plus Carolina. With 14 SEC teams, we'd play 4 SEC East teams every year and 6 SEC West teams every year. Odds are, we'd have as many "big games" televised, including an easier route to the SEC Championship (another "big game") if we have aTm and Mizzou in our division and only LSU as the perennial power.
I've heard at least one AD say they thought it would stay at 8 even with expansion.
One of my shortwhorn friends said that Slive is in Ft. Worth yesterday. TCU to the SEC maybe?
You need to rethink your choice of friends.
The big east is going to implode. The ACC will expand eventually, as will the Big 10. My guess is that no one is in a hurry to "fill spots" just because there's a perceived need for one. I'm up for fending off bottom feeders like Mizzurrah to keep the conference integrity in place, and get the right school that fits ... not because we "need a 14th team".
I am not claiming I am right, I am saying I don't get it.
http://www.the-mainboard.com/index.php?threads/sec-west-alabama-being-turd ranchers.99945/Multiple sources tell Auburn Undercover that Alabama is demanding Missouri be placed in the Eastern division in order to preserve its longstanding rivalry with Tennessee. Alabama is also adamant that Auburn NOT be placed in the East. The Tide is said to be strongly opposed to potentially playing Auburn on back-to-back weekends (Iron Bowl + SECCG). They are also opposed to moving the Iron Bowl to earlier in the year. That means Auburn could stay put in the West. Apparently, Mizzou does not currently have the votes to be admitted in the West. We're told Alabama plus at least three other schools are opposed to either adding Mizzou OR adding them to the West. That means, the way things currently stand, the only way Missouri gets admitted as a member of the SEC is in the East. I'm told they would have the votes to be admitted as an East member. It's not clear if the vote would be unanimous. If the above scenario plays out, Missouri would play Arkansas each year as its permanent opponent from the East. Texas A&M and South Carolina would also play each other annually. We are told the SEC presidents will meet this weekend to hash out all of the details. Keep in mind nothing is final and everything can change.
Good grief. I guess Bama, Saban and Jimmy Sexton dictate what the SEC does.The solution is simple enough then: move 'Bama and Auburn to the East and Mizzou and A&M to the West. 'Bama and Auburn end up in the same division (w/ TN) and of course Bama gets to play fellow East division TN every year. Me thinks Bama is being disingenuous -- in reality they just don't want Arkansas and LSU to have easier schedules to get to the Championship Game.
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