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Hey instead of creating a bunch of threads on each move let's put it all in here if you guys don't mind. Is that cool guys?

WVU going to SEC is now the rumor and it's coming from WVU guys.

Texas to the Pac-12 - Sources say Texas to the Pac-12 is going to happen which means okie state, ou, and texas tech will join as well.

Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC.

Being reported that Baylor, ISU, KU, KSU, and Mizzou to the Big East now

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Have heard rumors that the ACC would love to add UConn and Kansas to the mix to have the basketball super conference.

the acc commish did a great job leveraging their basketball to get a bigger deal than many expected and it's clear they are going to use that as their way to dominance in at least one sport because they won't be doing it in football.

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the acc commish did a great job leveraging their basketball to get a bigger deal than many expected and it's clear they are going to use that as their way to dominance in at least one sport because they won't be doing it in football.

not with adding Pitt and Syracuse. i would have much preferred WVU and then either Pitt/USF

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Why TAMU is SEC-Bound: Part 1 of 2

Eyeballs and expansion

This post from Nate Silver which explores the size of the fan bases for every D-1 college football program is fascinating. For example, have a look at his list of the top ten television markets for the sport:

… New York, because of its very large population, is still the largest market in the country for college football. But only barely: Atlanta has nearly as many college football fans, for instance, based on an extrapolation from the Google data, while Dallas (and even Birmingham) aren’t far behind.

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Why TAMU is SEC-Bound: Part 2 of 2

The Atlanta number is impressive, but the Birmingham number is insane.

Second list to note:

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That’s right – upon admission to the SEC, Texas A&M will have the largest fan base of any school in the conference.

As you follow the conference realignment follies, keep this bit of wisdom in mind:

… The S.E.C.’s interest in Texas A&M becomes easier to understand once you recognize that the Aggies have among the largest fan bases in the country. The fact that Notre Dame’s fans are dispersed throughout the country explains why they’ve been loathe to join a conference. And that the West Coast is less enthusiastic about football than other parts of the country, making the Pacific-12 a harder sale to the television networks, explains why the conference is going to great lengths to expand into football-crazy states like Texas.

Silver’s last point is a good one. If the Big Ten and SEC seem to be approaching expansion more conservatively than their peers are, it’s because they can afford to.

… Of course, the question that an analysis cannot address is whether through expansion a conference can become more than the sum of its parts — or if it instead risks becoming less.

The only two conferences that can feel completely secure right now are the Big Ten and the S.E.C..

They’re the two that have taken the most conservative attitude toward expansion over the past decade or two, waiting for programs of the caliber of Penn State, Nebraska and Texas A&M to become interested before increasing their ranks. They’ve been rewarded with extreme loyalty among their fan bases. In a sport where rooting interests are so highly localized, that goes a long way toward explaining their success.

It should go without saying, but you need to read the whole thing.

http://blutarsky.wor...-and-expansion/

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