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Missouri in the SEC is a mystery unless you look at the academics. Which would explain UNC and Duke if they join as well.
In economic terms, bubbles inflate until they burst. Dot.Com bubble, tech bubble, housing bubble, Higher education, and now...sports. I believe that the higher education bubble and the sports bubble are close to going kaboom and shifting the market back to a much lower level.
For the ACC to give a haircut on the exit fee is a relaxing of the spine that the other, stronger conference members will recognize and act upon. And why did Maryland even decide to go? Because a) Maryland is in an enormous debt hole and b) The Big Ten (actual size 12) flashed a bunch of money and promised to make it rain all up in there. That unlealthy debt level makes an institution individually vulnerable and a conference corporately unstable. (Glad UTAD decided to get their own house in order-even if it makes the tenured, pompous, professors go, "tsk".)
Back to the SEC though, why are there no Florida institutions being considered? Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee have two member institutions per state. So did Georgia and Louisiana when GT and Tulane were in. Why not Florida-the most populous state in the conference? Why should UF have absolutely no in-state competition in the conference? Slive ought to be peppered with this question until he turns red.
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