The SEC is feinting at Va Tech/NC State. UNC is the prize. We may end up w/ the former, but we want the latter.
UNC + Duke would be perfect.
And let the B1G or Big 12 overextend themselves by reaching into Georgia, NC or Florida. It will cost them brand identity in the long run.
Yes. I think Slive's bowl agreement with the Big 12 was actually a game changer. It gave them some credibility and stability, and gave them a leg up on the ACC. If that $50mil buyout doesn't stand up, I look for the ACC to be raided - that's where Slive wants the rest of his teams from, after all.
Having the Big 12 as the 4th major conference instead of the ACC puts the SEC in the strongest position, long term. That way, the B1G and Big 12 both become geographically split, and the PAC has to take some lesser teams to reach their magic number. That hurts all of them, and strengthens us.
Now, we just have to see where the pieces fall. I'd love to see NC and Virginia to the SEC, personally. UNC and Duke would be great as well. UNC and Virginia are solid to good in sports, great in academics, and the flagship schools of their states. It would bring more strength to basketball, the #2 revenue producer.
I don't see that there is any team we could add that would match the football schools we have now in terms of winning, tradition or revenues. And having ALL the best teams in the same conference cannibalizes us rather than helps us. JMO, of course. For these reasons, VT and NCST would be lower on my preference list.