Mike Bianchi: Why is Vandy, not UCF, in SEC?

Vanderbilt coach Robbie Caldwell talks during the SEC media days on Thursday in Hoover, Ala.

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Vanderbilt coach Robbie Caldwell talks during the SEC media days on Thursday in Hoover, Ala.

HOOVER, Ala. - The other day, Bill Hancock, the executive director and head propagandist for the Bowl Championship Series, rambled on . . . and on . . . and on about how fair and equitable college football is under his beloved BCS system.

He pretty much told the hundreds of writers and broadcasters assembled at SEC Media Days that the BCS is responsible for everything that is good about college football from the popularity to the passion to the pageantry. If not for the BCS, we were led to believe, Yoko Ono would probably be doing sidelines instead of Erin Andrews.

"Why monkey with it?" Hancock said of college football's controversial and corrupt format.

Why?

Here's why?

Because Vanderbilt is in the SEC.

And UCF is not.

Can anybody logically explain this? Can anybody tell us why the University of Central Florida, a thriving, up-and-coming program committed to building big-time football program, is stuck in Conference USA while Vanderbilt - just because it was fortunate enough to join a major conference during the Great Depression - still gets to reap the financial and ancillary benefits of being in the SEC?

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TennCup writes:

Because they're pretty good at everything else. AND it's tradition - something many of us treasure.

whistlinwingman writes:

I agree with Duke...there are many other schools that should get the nod before UCF. But I wouldn't trade Vandy for any of them. Vandy has a decent basketball program and even better baseball program. Football isn't the only guidline for the SEC. I don't have to throw in academics. These sharticles by Bianci are so 3rd grade.

Volfan1 writes:

Why is Bianchi, not someone more credible, in the KNS?

gohawks1 writes:

in response to Volfan1:

Why is Bianchi, not someone more credible, in the KNS?

Bianchi is with the Orlando Sentinel and not KNS, which explains his biased support of UCF.

volzcrushm writes:

Why do we tolerate Bianchi and the Bull phooey Series??????

maddawg writes:

A better question: Why is Biannchi dumb and not smart?

arkyvol writes:

in response to maddawg:

A better question: Why is Biannchi dumb and not smart?

amen!

Chris4Vols22 writes:

As much as VU does suck, it would not be an upgrade to replace them with UCF. Not even a long shot.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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It wouldn't exactly break my heart to see Vandy booted from the SEC and replaced with a school that brings more to the table. Vandy always takes much more from the SEC than it gives. But, I agree with you in that UCF would not make the top twenty list of teams to replace Vandy.

brokebackvol writes:

This guy is the most pompous arse sportswriter I've read in a while. No wonder he's in Florida. Lets not forget before Spurrier came home, what had the Gators done? No league titles (we don't count Charley Pell's cheating ridden team.) We also remember that for many of those years ( remember the 70s?) Bear Bryant was winning it all.

Volfan1 writes:

in response to gohawks1:

Bianchi is with the Orlando Sentinel and not KNS, which explains his biased support of UCF.

I know that. You missed the humor. He once "wrote" for the Florida Times-Union here in Jacksonville where I live. He is a Gator homer. And now, understandably, boosts UCF as opposed to Vandy.

d_ray writes:

Do not touch Vanderbilt. They are the one class university in the SEC. Vanderbilt is up their with the Ivy League as far as scholars are concerned. All schools go thru down times. When I was growing up, Vandy was the school to beat in basketball. They were often ranked in the top ten in the nation and used to give Kentucky fits. They are still a basketball school...women and men.

As for UCF ... is this a joke. Florida State maybe. Georgia Tech maybe. But only if the SEC decides to grow in numbers. Never UCF.

DalTexVol writes:

Bianchi doesn't know College Football Rule #1 - Big time college football conferences do not have members with Central, Southern, Northern, Eastern, Central, Western, Middle, etc. in their name.

The only exception is if such term is also included in the name of state (e. g. West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina). Unfortunately the Univ. of Southern California is grandfathered in, but that is the PAC-12s problem.

UrbanStopCallingMe writes:

I hear this question every year from someone. Here's my opinion; In football why would the other 5 schools in the East want a harder opponent? It's hard to win national championships as it is without replacing a sure victory with a possible loss. Vandy enjoys the money from the TV deal and Florida, Tennessee and (Georgia most of the time) enjoy a Win. It's a win-win situation.

arkyvol writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

It wouldn't exactly break my heart to see Vandy booted from the SEC and replaced with a school that brings more to the table. Vandy always takes much more from the SEC than it gives. But, I agree with you in that UCF would not make the top twenty list of teams to replace Vandy.

heaven forbid that collection of football factories and farm teams for the n.f.l. have an honest to god "university" in their midst. in case no one read it to you, the reason texas, the team the s.e.c. was drooling over, wouldn't give it the time of day was because it considered the conference academically inferior. booting vandy would prove their point.

diamond_dave35#235769 writes:

Yes indeed it is an Ivy League school..and they dont win a whole lot..but didnt the dores beat the Gators with Emmitt Smith..yes I thought so!!!..go ahead trolls come on back with the line on how long ago that was..IT DID HAPPEN...DEAL WITH IT!!!

BigOrangeFreak writes:

This guy is an no-talent, idiot. KNS, PLEASE stop posting this guy's garbage. He never has anything relevant to say.

Fossilfiction writes:

Some one really needs to take this guy's computer, typewriter, pens, pencils, paper, finger paint, and anything else he can use to write with away. Keep this trash to the Orlando Sentinel KNS. I hope he knows that more than one sport exist at colleges around the globe.

FearThisElephant writes:

I believe UCF is already the 3rd largest university in the US. They have aggressive growth plans. Academically & in sports. Vandy should stay. UCF may be the add-on of the future in the SEC. They will overtake the #1 spot in the Florida state championship in the near future. In sports. Florida will hold on academically. As the keyboard turns....

thevoice writes:

Dear UCF,
Try scheduling and beating the Florida's, the UM's, the UGA's and the OSU's of the world and maybe the BCS will start looking at you. Let's see... for 2009 you beat Samford, Buffalo, Memphis, Rice, Marshall, Houston, Tulane, and UAB. Wow, that's strong! Doesn't sound too different than Vandy. Stay in Florida, please!

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