What's up party people, we're back for another edition of Fetch Friday! Before we wax all philosophical on this expansion "stuff" we do need to give the Hogs their due. Got a chance to talk a little Arkansas plus twitter, Brad Paisley and SEC football on the TJ Carpenter Show the other day and as always we bring that clip to you folks. You can download the show here or listen below.
Speaking of the Hogs, some not so good news from their first scrimmage of training camp as running back Knile Davis goes down with a left leg injury. This is absolutely terrifying and he was rushed to MRI and X-ray yesterday so we'll be watching this story develop. While Petrino and the players tried to talk up Tyler Wilson and the performance of Davis' replacement all eyes will be on the potential All-SEC running back's diagnosis.
A little Ke$ha who puts on a mighty damn fine show. I found this out by going to her concert on Wednesday. I also learned that LMFAO os absolutely every bit as hype as their songs would indicate. Got asked to buy beer for underage girls, I politiely declined but at least it is good to know I in no way look like any sort of undercover cop or a person capable of getting people in trouble.
Expansion talks after the jump.
So earlier this week I played a little devil's advocate as to all the reasons the Aggies should really stop and think before their rash action, well they're still doing their posturing dance although nothing is official as of yet but it is apparently imminent. Which has led to some interesting talk as the next task is finding a dancing partner and apparently Florida State is the date being courted.
Florida State absolutely is a team that "has" to make the SEC jump, even against their better judgement. Sure, they can stay in the ACC and look to get back to 90's era ball where they lay waste to the rest of the clowns in the league who either just can't seem to get it together or don't really care to excel.
But the issue is their wallet. The Noles aren't flush with cash and in fact what they've accomplished while operating with a middling budget has been down right impressive. A move to the SEC would flood them with money and while the on field competition would increase the amount of money for upgrades, salaries and recruiting would outweigh the possible domination at a lower income.
More cash being brought in through the television deal AND most importantly more cash coming in through selling out games! Scrapping last year's slate of Wake Forest, Boston College, North Carolina and Clemson at home for the likes of UGA, South Carolina, Arkansas and Tennessee. Instant sell outs. Pack Doak Campbell to the brim. The town flourishes, the university benefits and the Noles' shot at keeping Jimbo Fisher for all eternity is improved because they will have the cash to compete in a bidding war.
Around and around we go as we wonder "are they going to 16" now. Is this the domino that makes the Super Conference all happen? Who is the next team to make a move? What should teams be doing?
For all the rumors floating around the SEC is just getting after 14 teams right now if a move is made. But what if? What if the true armageddon is coming? Four 16 team conferences. 64 teams in the BCS plus Notre Dame and possibly an independent Texas?
If you're a school my advice to you as a fan is strap yourself to your institution and look out for your school's own self preservation. There is no sense in tying yourself to a sinking ship, whether it is the ACC, Big Twelve or the Big East. Those three leagues sit on the verge of being cherry picked by the three power leagues in the BCS; the Pac-12, SEC and Big Ten.
The Pac-12 grabs a couple of Big Twelve teams to shore up their southern arm and Texas influence, the Big Ten (assuming they don't land big fish supreme Notre Dame) snatches a couple ACC and/or Big East programs that they deem worthy and then SEC takes what they want from the ACC. What you've got left is a carcass of three leagues that will have to somehow sew itself together to remain intact. A conference that's a hodge podge of names, cultures and academic beliefs that doesn't necessarily have much cohesion and more importantly marketability.
Sure, as we've discussed before the leagues out to get pro-active, not allow Power Three of the Big Six leagues to dictate to them. To borrow from It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, the Not So Power Three could look to be a "power bottom" but the fact is what the Big Ten or SEC want in the Eastern part of the nation they will get. They hold the cards and if you get a chance, tradition be damned, align with the behemoth.
In talking with friends about this I realized not everyone is thinking this way. Many a UNC fan is in favor of "wanting no parts" of the SEC or Big Ten super league. Clearly, I'm no fan of this. All hell appears to be set to break loose and in the end everyone wants to see thir team in a better position, both at the bank and on the field, than the one they're currently in.