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SEC secret meeting set for Sunday

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WARNING: I’m going to link a Pete Thamel article and then tell you everything that it says. You can click on the link if you want, though.

Pete Thamel: SEC Presidents to discuss adding Texas A&M in secret meeting

We all know how Thamel is with “sources” but he says that a high ranking SEC official told him that 11 of the 12 current SEC presidents would meet Sunday at a secret location to discuss the addition of Texas A&M to the league. There will also be discussion about which school should be the 14th member to join the SEC. The presidents have acknowledged that if TAMU is added, a 14th school will also have to be added to maintain even numbers. The official also said that there’s still a 30 to 40 percent chance that TAMU is blocked from league membership and one bit of negotiation among the schools, that may come up, would be that no school from a state that already has an SEC school (Florida State, Georgia Tech, Clemson) be added.

So that’s it. There’s a meeting at a secret location tomorrow and we should get some answers after that. If the bit about not allowing schools in if there’s already an SEC school in their state holds up, then look for a school like Virgina Tech to get some serious consideration. Regardless, we should know a lot more than we do now, tomorrow.

Article written by Matthew Hays

19 Comments for SEC secret meeting set for Sunday

  1. Big Blue 66
    12:41 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    so if the piece of sh*t thamel says it, then theres not way any discussion is going on, after last year, KSR should never, NEVER post anything from that lying sack of numbnuts

  2. PatPattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor
    12:42 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    did he actually manage to write an article about the SEC without taking a cheap shot at Calipari? that’s pretty impressive, and i’m not being sarcastic

  3. john
    12:50 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Mr. Hays-

    I don’t think the article states or implies that “The President have acknowledged…” that if TAMU is added a 14th school will also have to be added. That is just speculation from the sourced official. Minor point- but when your dealing with Thamel sources we should probably be careful how we summarize his story.

  4. Dude
    12:52 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Am I the only one that thinks virginia tech would be making a huge mistake to switch conferences? Football is all they got and they would be pummelled in the SEC every year. 11 wins a year is easy when you have Boston college, east Carolina, and Marshall on your schedule along with the several punching bag teams the acc offers up.

  5. Poco Chang
    1:06 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    @4 Sounds good to me. VT is only marginally better than UK in fb right now, and that’s after several years of recruiting while being highly ranked. Likely their recruiting would improve if they were in the SEC, but I don’t see them being better than say USC or Arky long term.

    I think I would rather have WVU and Pitt. At least they have basketball history. Plus Pitt is a highly regarded school. An added bonus is that snatching Pitt and WVU would doom the Big East.

    VT is awful at bball, so that’s probably the school that the SEC will pursue.

  6. Blue Virus
    1:17 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    I vote for no change. If there is change, I dont want 4 new teams. Just 2. Hard enough to get good seats at the SEC basketball tournament as it is.

  7. wink
    1:29 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Poco you have no credibility if you conclude that VT is only marginally better than UK in football right now. Redgardless VT would deliver the 9th largest tv market and access to the 9th richest HS football state in the country. Not too bad for the SEC.

  8. Mr Schwump
    1:35 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink


  9. Han
    1:48 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Why the objection over having schools in states where there already is one? Yeah, it doesn’t increase the television market, really, but we’ve already got multiple teams in Tennessee and Alabama. If they ever intend to go to 16, what do they expect to do? Get Mizzou, VTech and WVU?

    4) Yeah, seems like they’d lose revenue by becoming a punching bag for a better conference. But maybe they’re worried about the domino effect and want to get into a strong SEC while they can.

    5) If we get Pitt, I think we really have to change the name of the conference. You can argue that Texas is still eastish, and it is South, but Pitt? Could call it the South and Eastern Conference, I guess.

  10. Holden McGroin
    1:52 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Thamel doesn’t know squat. If that’s not obvious by now, it never will be.

  11. tavius the unworldly
    2:09 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Add WVU good for football and basketball

  12. John W.
    2:10 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    I can’t believe WVU hasn’t been talked about more. They have a great football program and tradition and currently a really good basketball program as well, plus they are border states with KY and it would be a great rivalry.

    Even though Pitt and WVU’s campuses are very close, it just doesn’t seem right having a team in Pennsylvania in the SEC. The state of West Virginia as a whole, however, would definitely fit into the SEC region. The Huntington/Ashland area would be abuzz with WVU and UK in the same conference in football and basketball. This would be huge.

    Plus, it could very likely break up the entire Big East Conference, at least as a football league. Could you really see the 8 team league surviving in football without West Virginia? My guess is that this would cause the Big East basketball schools to form a basketball only conference and maybe adding other basketball only schools like Xavier and Butler, with the football programs spreading throughout the rest of the leagues and maybe forming the 4 superconferences.

  13. John W.
    2:18 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    I’d argue that by adding WVU, you can actually add a pretty good market as well in the Pittsburgh area which isn’t too far from their campus. I’m not sure how close VT is to Washington D.C., but not close enough that it would make a significant impact I don’t think.

  14. Holden McGroin
    2:20 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Thamel is safe making this statement, and nobody will ever know the difference whether he’s right or wrong. Just a coward’s way of trying to make a name for himself. Go back and suck on Forde’s nutsack.

  15. UK rifle > WVU rifle
    3:05 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    John W.

    WVU is on double secret probation, no way they get an invite

  16. uklaw95
    4:24 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with #9. If it’s true, then GA, FL, and SC need to grow a pair. TN, MS, and AL all have multiple teams. If those three can’t hack it, maybe they need to find a different conference.

  17. Holden McGroin
    5:17 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink


  18. kyjim
    5:38 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Add TA&M, OU or Missouri, UVA, and NC and you would have 13 states’ flagship universities. Big money markets which increase TV, apparel,and logo items revenues through the roof. Within five years the SEC would be the best football and basketball conference in the nation with enough money to grow astronomicaly. Go SEC!

  19. RealTalk
    11:22 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Secrets secrets are no fun…