The Southeastern Conference has 13 teams set to compete in athletics next season with the addition of Texas A&M. In the Aggies’ press conference (watch video clips), SEC Commissioner Mike Slive seemed content to stay at that number. Here’s what he said:
Slive said he anticipates the SEC being a 13-team league in 2012 and that the league will be “thoughtful and very strategic” about looking at any possible 14th team. He said a transition team of 16 staff members has been established to study scheduling options with 13 teams.
“When Texas A&M came to us and indicated their interest in joining the SEC, we said to ourselves, ‘That is a great institution academically, athletically, culturally, in every way, and a real fit,'” Slive said. “So we decided, even though we were content at 12, that to have the opportunity to have Texas A&M as part of the SEC was something that we just did not want to give up.”
I imagine we won’t see any changes soon, but it’s always fun to speculate. Here is a map from Richard Howk on conference expansion and you can read his argument here.
I completely disagree with this division lineup, but it’s fun to argue. I don’t think Texas will ever join the Southeastern Conference. I also think the only point of going to 16 team conference is that you can do a 4 division style of play like the NFL does. That would still allow a SEC Championship game or you could have the winners of the 4 divisions play each other in a SEC Final Four playoff format with the winner playing in the National Championship game. I think that’s why the 16 team super conference has so much support from people that hate the BCS. I personally like the BCS and don’t care about the complaints against it, but would enjoy more variety in the schedules of SEC football teams each year.
But the real reason for this article is that we want your opinion on the future of the Southeastern Conference and how you would like for it be aligned if the SEC adds a 14th team or if it goes to a 16 team Super Conference. So, share your thoughts and state your opinions here: