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Denials flowing as ‘Noles, Hokies dismiss SEC talk

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As Ben noted in the post just below this one, Louisville has denied premature speculation connecting them to a move to the Big 12 should Texas A&M decide to leave the conference for the money-green(er) pastures of the SEC.

Now, two other schools that have been connected to the SEC via the ever-churning machinations of the rumor mill have also attempted to toss some cold water on the rampant speculation.

First and foremost, Florida State president Eric Barron told the Associated Press that he has not had any conversations with the SEC about a move from the ACC.  Of course, and I as hear the steady hum of black helicopters hovering overhead, he doesn’t say whether anyone connected to the Tallahassee school has spoken to the conference about a move.  Barron does say that the ACC “is a good conference”, but, as expected, would not comment on what his university would do if presented the opportunity to jump ship for the SEC.

On the other side of the ACC, one of FSU’s conference brethren has brought its own bucket of water to the expansion fire burning on the outskirts of Blacksburg.

Speaking to David Teel of the Newport News Daily Press, Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver attempted to downplay any rumors connecting his school to the SEC, saying their current conference is “the right fit” and, after fighting as hard as they did to get in, it wouldn’t make sense to get out now.

“We always wanted to be in the ACC,” Weaver told the Daily Press, referring to their time in the Big East before jumping to their current conference “Now we’re there. Why would we want to go somewhere else when we finally have what we want?”

Weaver also doesn’t see the ACC being ransacked by the SEC, due in large part to the fact that pilfering the likes of Florida State and Clemson wouldn’t pull in any new television money as the SEC already has a large footprint in the states of Florida and South Carolina.  The same theory would apply to Georgia Tech, another school rumored to be of interest (writer’s note: they’re not; trust me) should the SEC go to 16 teams.  Of course, adding a school like the Hokies would increase the SEC’s geographic footprint, as would adding the Aggies.

So, do all of these “denials” mean FSU or Tech — or both — won’t be jumping to another conference at some point in the future?  Of course not.  But it does tap the brakes ever so slightly on the rampant speculation as far as their schools are concerned.  Texas A&M, on the other hand, is apparently on a train headed east with no brakes and no way to stop until they hit Birmingham…

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9 Responses to “Denials flowing as ‘Noles, Hokies dismiss SEC talk”
  1. Deb says: Aug 12, 2011 5:11 PM

    “Denials flowing” … ROFL … went halfway through the article trying to figure out the method behind the madness of that photo before going back to the headline :)

    Never really thought FSU would be coming into the SEC. They wouldn’t want that kind of competition. Wouldn’t mind getting Ga. Tech back, though … since we mention them in our fight song 😉

  2. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 12, 2011 7:11 PM

    I don’t understand why conferences would want more than 12 teams? Only makes financial sense. The SEC, BigTen, Pac12, and ACC are fine. the big east will eventually get there. If the BigXII added a few teams, went back to the southwest conf. they’d be fine. Add Houston, and TCU. Texas is ruining this for everyone. They aren’t that good. Oklahoma has been the elite team in that conf for years. Texas will fall on their own sword soon enough.

    @deb, in your opinion, do you think 14 team conferences are a good idea and why?

  3. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 12, 2011 7:14 PM

    Also, i think if you add too many traditionally good programs to a conference, it will dilute its value. In my opinion if Georgia Tech and Texas A&M jion the SEC, i think they would just be middle of the road teams. And it would be much more difficult for teams to win out. Could actually hurt the SEC i think.

  4. Deb says: Aug 12, 2011 8:22 PM

    @paulbrownsrevenge …

    No, I like the SEC at 12 teams. We can enjoy the traditional, exciting conference rivalries and still have room in the schedule to play some interesting ooc games. The more teams we add to the conference, the less opportunity you’ll have to play your rivals or outside the conference. The only alternative would be to add more games to the schedule, and I’m vehemently opposed to that.

    I support a 32- or 16-team playoff schedule. That will add more games by itself. These are young players; they don’t need a season comparable to the pros and the health risks that go with it. None of these conferences need to exceed 12 teams. The Aggies should stop whining and stay where they are.

  5. dcroz says: Aug 12, 2011 9:01 PM


    You got the Nile picture but missed the “premature speculation”? Really? :-)

    I don’t know why anyone is thinking the SEC is interested in Georgia Tech. They don’t even bring Atlanta to the table, as a) the SEC already has a considerable presence there with Georgia nearby and the SEC Championship Game played in the Dome, and 2) Tech doesn’t draw much attention even in their home town. Besides, they’re the ones who walked out on the SEC after over thirty years in the league as a charter member, so why would they want to come back now–or why would the SEC even want them back?

  6. Deb says: Aug 12, 2011 10:07 PM

    @dcroz …

    Who said I missed it? :)

    Don’t think we’re interested in Tech or Tech in us. But it would be nice to again sent the Yellow Jackets to a watery grave 😉

  7. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 15, 2011 11:06 AM

    I agree with the first part of your comment. I’m just not sold on that big of a playoff. My fear is a big playoff would render some of the regular season games meaningless. I love college ball because every single game is important. I also love the tradition in the sport. I feel that some good things shouldn’t be messed with. In my opinion CFB has the most exciting regular season in all of team sports.

    I agree with you that A&M needs to suck it up. The BIGXII should go after either SMU or Houston. They missed out on TCU. I think a plus 1 system would work best to crown a true champ. Top 4 BCS teams play it out. Anymore than that and you risk diluting the value of the championship.

    I do think the Big East needs to go after some teams soon. Memphis would be a decent fit (basketball as well) The SEC, B10, ACC, Pac12 are perfectly set up.

    I know you and I have butted heads on here before, I agree with most of everything you post. I’ve been an ass on here before. Keep the good posts coming. The real question McCarron or Sims???

  8. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 15, 2011 11:15 AM

    I guess I don’t like the idea of an 8 or 9 win team getting a few breaks and winning the title in a big tournament. Injuries could hurt the product on the field as it narrows down. At most I’d say 8 teams.

    @Deb…. If you get a chance read Phil Steele’s article on the BCS and playoffs. He brings up some great points the mainstream media never mention. It’s in the beginning of his 17th volume of his annual magazine.

  9. ceruleanplains says: Aug 16, 2011 5:07 PM

    I’d dismiss the fact that good rivalries wouldn’t be possible if VT and FSU would join the SEC.

    There has been talk for decades of a mega rivalry between UT and VT. They’re very close geographically and that the game could be held at Bristol Raceway. There’s no real value to either school holding an out of conference gripe game. Since VT ditched rivals Pitt and WVU, they don’t see each other much.

    Same with “former” rivals Pitt and Penn State. Out of conference, out of mind. The Texas & TAMU rivalry though epic and considering the primary fight song for the Aggies has “sawing off Varsity’s horns” as their primary angst (against all other teams they sing this too). But… it’s not the Red River Rivalry.

    Florida and FSU would have a nice battle in the east of course.

    The question would be who would the Aggies also spawn a rival with? Well, it could be VT. Both are AM schools with strong military traditions. VT’s current rivals of Miami & UVA – well… meh. Somewhat subpar as those things go.

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