Super conference coming

Chris Dufresne

Los Angeles Times

Texas A&M is not going to the Southeastern Conference anytime soon, if you think soon is the next week.


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But it's likely to happen, the SEC's weekend decision not to invite A&M only a stall tactic. The big holdup is the SEC taking a 13th team without identifying a 14th. There's politics down south too, so plucking Florida State or Clemson from the ACC isn't going to work with rivals Florida and South Carolina.

Virginia Tech would be a solid pick, but Virginia bent over backward to get Tech to the ACC. A good alternative might be North Carolina, with no SEC blood enemies. The Big 12 has to fear the SEC pursuing Missouri, which might start a chain reaction leading to the inevitable 16-school super conferences.

cdufresne@tribune.com

Student-athletes lose

Jeff Barker

Baltimore Sun

Are conference shifts what pass for moving forward in college football?

The problem with the SEC fattening up at others' expense is collateral damage. Such moves can produce a ricochet effect as the raided conference moves to restock. The rich get richer, but when does it stop?

Here's what can get trampled:

•Traditional conference rivalries such as Texas-Texas A&M, bursting in meaning and storylines.

•Academic sensibilities. The farther a conference reaches across the country for new members, the longer the road trips for fans and student-athletes.

Ah, the student-athletes. Anybody remember them?

jbarker@tribune.com

Give Oklahoma a look

Brian Hamilton

Chicago Tribune