14th team holdup: SEC presidents have "gentlemen's agreement" not to expand to states w/existing SEC program— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 14, 2011
It seems that any time conference re-alignment talks come up, every other state legislature acts to protect the interests of its public institutions. The Virginia legislature worked to get Va Tech into the ACC. Conventional wisdom is that Oklahoma can't do anything without Oklahoma State. The Texas legislature is at least working with TAMU/UT/Texas Tech to make sure that all parties are protected, and they still may scuttle the deal. So is it really true that the Florida legislature would allow UF to block FSU to the SEC? Once you strip the Gators and the Seminoles out of this, it really boils down to one public institution preventing another public institution from maximizing its revenue. Especially in this era of state budgetary constraints, this seems like an incredibly bad deal for the taxpayers.