With Texas A&M all but in as the 13th member of the SEC, the rumor mill’s sights have been trained on not only which school will replace the Aggies in the Big 12 — or how many schools — but also which school will become the SEC’s 14th member and how soon.
As has been the case since the Aggies-to-the-SEC speculation first surfaced with a ferocity late last month, Virginia Tech has been rumored by more than one media outlet to be not only a perfect fit for the SEC, but also a school that would be willing to at least think about a move from the ACC.
Tech officials had previously denied the rumors, and did so politely. This time around, though, the school has unleashed some very harsh, pointed and “salty” language in yet another attempt to, once and for all, knock down the speculation.
“Total poppycock,” Tech presidential spokesman Larry Hincke told the Newport News Daily Press, presumably before going to wash out that potty mouth of his with soap. “How many times do we have to say it? If one of these rumormongers, would be willing to cite their ‘multiple sources,’ it might lend some credence. Frankly, we’re tired of other people telling us what our future is.
“We are not interested. Nothing has changed. My president will not dignify wild speculation. Our last statement still stands. Bottom line: this is not on our radar screen.”
Suffice to say, there’s not a whole helluva lot of gray area in Mr. Hincke’s statement; Tech is flat-out stating they have no interest in the SEC. None. Zero. Zip. Nada. Zilch.
Would Tech’s tune change if the SEC came a callin’? Based on that statement, no. But, given how this game of conference dominoes has been played over the past 15 months or so, you just never know what the collegiate landscape will look like a year from now.
(Tip O the Cap: Mr. SEC.com)