College Football Super Conference
College football may change the landscape of its conferences and become super conferences by adding more teams.
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The Texas Longhorns playing football in the SEC?
It almost happened once before.. 20 years ago Texas was set to join the SEC but the Texas legislature caught on to the Longhorns plans through the Texas A&M athletic department and demanded that the SEC accept both schools.
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The SEC did not want Texas A&M and the deal for Texas was never consummated. Instead Arkansas and South Carolina joined the SEC. Arkansas ended a 76 year affiliation with the Southwest Conference to join the SEC. South Carolina was formally an independent.
Harvey Schiller was commissioner of the SEC from 1986-89. Schiller wanted to exploit a NCAA rule that a conference with more than 10 affiliated schools could have a championship game. There were some heated discussions with the NCAA. Schiller reported that the NCAA got a bit nasty about a championship game. The NCAA argued that this rule was created for other sports. Schiller argued that the rule did not specify which sport. In 1992, the SEC made history by holding its initial championship game.
Super conferences could be the gateway to a NCAA football championship. If 4 or 8 conferences became established, the champions from each conference could play each other until a Nation Champion is determined on the grid iron. The conferences could make up the regions in the United States creating some bitter rivals for the top spot in college football.
The crown jewel for super conferences would be the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the Texas Longhorns. Simply the revenue and the television audience these schools bring is attractive to any conference. Geographically Texas is suited for the SEC and Notre Dame for the Big 10.
The SEC in establishing a super conference also is interested in Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Miami, and perhaps even Texas Tech. Each of these ACC teams (Texas Tech not included) comes with a hardy fan base and a built in mega rivalry. Clemson and South Carolina play each year for the bragging rights of South Carolina football. An intense rivalry that can separate families during that time of the year.. Georgia Tech and Georgia, Florida State, Miami, and Florida all represent games that would be attractive to the SEC not only as bragging rights for the winning team but from a revenue point these games are going to be sold out and a television base built in to these games. This is the kind of revenue that college football programs will not shy away from.