Vandy and Kentucky to the ACC for Clemson and FSU.
One big basketball program and another Nerd school for 2 big football schools. I know FSU has been down for a while, but that won’t last forever. The rivalries will stay in tact, with more on the line for conference standings, we get more money, and recruits can’t say anything about wanting to play in the SEC.
Let’s be real: academics haven’t mattered to football players’ decisions for a looooong time. Also it’s not like because we leave an academic/basketball conference that our academic standings are going to go down.
The SEC wanted in the state of Texas and they really wanted Texas, not A$M. But, Texas was poorly led and didn’t listen, so they went after Aggy. What the Sec wanted was Texas recruits and the tv markets of Houston and Dallas, but also Austin and San Antonio. In the end, they’ll get both schools so it worked out great for them
"exits fee" is pretty stiff. Now, I believe Clemson would ante up that money were an invite to be extended. But, like another reply said, I don't see the Coots OR the Gaytors voting to extend an invite, unless the SEC applied some internal strong arm tactics.
From a football standpoint, the SEC don't want no part of us. We already compete and hold our own, with the SEC recruiting AGAINST our conference affiliation. If that stumbling block were to be removed, we would dominate recruiting in the area.