There’s been no indication from SEC officials that they are planning on expanding, but the folks that run the SEC don’t really care to be outdone, so I am of the mind that it’s just a matter of time. Given that, I have four schools I would like the SEC to consider.
Southern Mississippi – It’s the largest college in the state of Mississippi, and they have a history of upsetting traditional powerhouses.
Louisville – They’ve fielded some outstanding players recently, and how great would it be to have Louisville and Kentucky in the same conference come basketball season?
University of South Florida – It’s an upcoming school in a talent rich state. With Skip Holtz at the helm, they are likely to make some great strides.
Virginia Tech – I know they just joined the ACC, and it’s not really cool to raid another major conference (unless you’re the PAC-10), but how great would the rivalries be? VA-Tech/Bama, VA-Tech/UT, VA-Tech/Florida, VA-Tech/Georgia. I just think it’s a natural fit.
Alternates – I’d take Texas A&M, but the Texas lawmakers won’t let it happen unless Texas comes, too, and the PAC-10 seems to have the inside track. I’d also take Kansas. With Kentucky, Louisville, and Kansas in our conference, you’d be hard pressed to find a better basketball conference. They’re not bad in football, either. I’d consider West Virginia, too. Memphis wouldn’t be a bad basketball add, but the football program is consistently mediocre.