Texas won't be stepping on SEC toes

Hamilton: no need to make concessions

Mike Hamilton didn't have to wait on Texas' decision.

Even before the Longhorns decided Monday to remain in the Big 12 and decline the Pac-10's invitation, the Tennessee athletic director had a strong stance on sweetening the pot for any school that was considering joining the SEC.

Hamilton quickly nixed the notion that the SEC should offer financial concessions to any school - namely Texas - to join what most believe is the strongest football conference in the nation.

"I believe with all my heart that this is a great league and we don't need to be a concessionist to anybody to have them be a member of our league," Hamilton said Monday on the News Sentinel's radio show, The Sports Page. " I believe that firmly. And if you look at some of the schools that have been referred to and you compare them up against the success of the other schools in our league, why should they be?"

Many believe Texas was posturing to get the best deal it could from either the Big 12 or the Pac-10. The Associated Press reported Monday that Texas is clear to set up its own TV network and keep all proceeds in exchange for remaining in the Big 12.

The SEC, however, splits bowl and television revenue evenly among its 12 members.

Texas' announcement that it will stay in the Big 12 would seem to eliminate the possibility that there will be a paradigm shift among the BCS conferences in college football.

That's just fine with Hamilton.

"I kind of fall in the category of I wish it could have stayed the way it was," he said. "For us, I think we've had a great league for a long time.

"But the (SEC) commissioner made it clear that if there was a paradigm shift . . . we'd respond well."

The SEC has been viewed largely in a reactive position, waiting to see what the Big Ten and Pac-10 do to improve their conferences and, subsequently, their television packages. Hamilton disagreed with the assessment that the SEC is in a wait-and-see mode.

"We are being proactive; it's just not that it's out in the public," he said. "There's a lot of conversations being had and it's kind of like a high-stakes poker game, you're trying to decide what card to play when."

The trump card seemed to be the SEC's advances toward Texas A&M, which, according to multiple media reports, was ready to join the SEC instead of the Pac-10 if Texas left the Big 12. Instead Texas A&M pledged along with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to remain in the Big 12.

Credit SEC commissioner Mike Slive with stymieing the paradigm shift thanks to some behind-the-scenes maneuvering.

"He's got tremendous power," Hamilton said. "I think he's certainly one of the most powerful people in college athletics. He sat on the basketball committee. He was the head of the BCS oversight committee. He's a bright guy.

"He does completely have the confidence of the presidents in our league"

That power, Hamilton said, made negotiations easier for the SEC.

"He can go out at times like this and almost be a one-man reconnaissance team out there, as it relates to conference expansion, and have some discussions without getting a tremendous number of people formally involved," Hamilton said.

Stadium Renovations: Hamilton said the brick fa<0x00E7>ade at Florida State's Doak Campbell Stadium provided some of the ideas for Neyland Stadiums re-facing.

Fans will quickly notice that the front of Neyland Stadium has been resurfaced in brick, much like Doak Campbell.

"Doak Campbell was one of the ugliest stadiums in America in the mid-80s," Hamilton said. "That's somewhat of the vision here. Florida State was one of the places we went to.

Hamilton said he's considered a second big screen in Neyland Stadium, despite some serious architectural challenges to overcome.

"We've talked about it on the north end," Hamilton said. "You would have to basically raise the roof . . . or do a seat kill and put it in between the roof and seats in the north end zone.

"We've had the architects kind of looking at some different scenarios for both of those options. My preference would be to kick the roof higher and to add some seats on either side and put the screen in the middle of that.

"The addition of seats would really be contingent on the demand issue, and right now that's not there for us, but in the long run we'd like to have another screen in the north end zone."

Complex Renovations: Hamilton said formal construction of the extension of the Neyland-Thompson Football Complex should start later this year.

"We've got about $34 million pledged to that structure right now," Hamilton said. "Just down the street from us (at Neyland Stadium) they're remodeling the basketball offices for our head coaches and their staffs. That project will be finished in October.

"Then if you were to go across campus you'd see that we are in the process of expanding our indoor tennis complex from four courts to six courts. That's really the three active projects right now."

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VolAlum2003 (Inactive) writes:

So....Texas gets to set up its own t.v. network, keep the profits, and everyone else in the Big 12 gets nothing more than than to have the name Big 12/10/whatever attached to their conference? It's a sad day when a University in NEBRASKA is the only one that can see the writing on the wall. Kansasa, A&M, Missouri, etc....how does it feel to be the least appreciated teams in the most dysfunctional conference on in college sports. Here's my proposed new name for the former Big 12 Conference: BiT*h 9 Conference.

kdaff51 writes:

First.....The SEC I mean

UTME06 writes:

I for one am glad Utex isn't coming this way. Would love the rivalry that would form from UT/ Utex and UA/ Utex... but they are clearly divas, and will likely pay for it.

Just remember, Utex would be Umex if it wasn't for the VOLUNTEERS from TENNESSEE!

And by the way, can we get some pics of the projects? Dang KNS, if you don't have a photographer, send out an intern with his phone, it's not that big of an issue is it?

kdaff51 writes:

in response to UTME06:

I for one am glad Utex isn't coming this way. Would love the rivalry that would form from UT/ Utex and UA/ Utex... but they are clearly divas, and will likely pay for it.

Just remember, Utex would be Umex if it wasn't for the VOLUNTEERS from TENNESSEE!

And by the way, can we get some pics of the projects? Dang KNS, if you don't have a photographer, send out an intern with his phone, it's not that big of an issue is it?

Dang straight!

The Volunteers knew where the key to back door of The Alamo was and we hid it!

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

"He was the head of the BCS oversight committee. He's a bright guy."

Is it just me, or do the phrase/words "head of BCS oversight committee" and "bright guy" not go well together in the same conversation?

Huttdawg100 writes:

I really don't understand A&M in this entire situation. They had everything to gain and nothing to lose by joining the SEC. They could sell the SEC brand to Texas recruits; "You could stay in Texas, be close to and viewed by your friends and family, and play in the best conference in the country." They would be out of Texas' shadow. They'd make more money from the TV contract. They'd really get a chance to stick it to the boys up in Austin. How could you walk away from that?

I don't think A&M coming to the SEC would benefit us, but I think they would definitely be in a position to compete for an SEC championship within a few years because of their fertile Texas recruiting base.

tsaecesnitsebhtruof writes:

The Big 12 (10) will not stay at 10 teams. Who will they add? Could Arkansas leave the SEC to join the Big 12 with natural rivalries vs. UT and TA&M? I'm not so sure this is all over and I still believe the SEC will be effected by this.

DannyVol writes:

Just from having family and other contacts around Fayetteville, Arkansas, I think Arkansas is foaming at the mouth to get into the Big 12. That would possibly shift an East team into the West and the SEC would go after Florida State or Georgia Tech...maybe more if the Big East and SEC decide to split up the ACC. Just a thought, but the Arkansas thing is likely a very real possibility.

richvol writes:

in response to UTME06:

I for one am glad Utex isn't coming this way. Would love the rivalry that would form from UT/ Utex and UA/ Utex... but they are clearly divas, and will likely pay for it.

Just remember, Utex would be Umex if it wasn't for the VOLUNTEERS from TENNESSEE!

And by the way, can we get some pics of the projects? Dang KNS, if you don't have a photographer, send out an intern with his phone, it's not that big of an issue is it?

A photo of the projects that they wrote an article about? They would rather post a photo of the author of their articles instead. I'm sure most of us are sick of seeing Adam's and Hooker's face on this site...that's real news isn't it?

Ringside writes:

Would be interesting to see Boise State jump to the Big 12.

volhome writes:

On the later notes, a big screen for the North End Zone? ABSOLUTELY! Sitting in the South End Zone, it is a literal pain in the neck to have to turn around to see replays. It would be better to see a screen 100 yards away than to keep us with checking out the South End Zone one. Oh, and has anyone else noticed how the images on the new screen are typically distorted? The old screen was better at providing a clear picture.

orangecountyvols writes:

Help me on this.........didn't the Big 10 get all this expansion movement started? Texas had to have the big $$$$$$$$$$$$$ in order to stay put. Wonder how Colorado feels now, since they probably assumed half the Big 12 was going to follow them to the sunny California PAC 10.

Anyway, now the Big 10 will probably try to raid the Big East of several of its members.....maybe not.
I like the way the SEC didn't panic in view of all the knee jerk reactions by so many other schools.

Yes, the talk of another jumbotron at the North end of Neyland Stadium would be very nice, very expensive, and yet, something not many schools have..... one at each end of the stadium.

Go Vols, and Go SEC !

brauhuff#295403 (Inactive) writes:

Arkansas and LSU are both good fits for BIG 12 and we pick up Florida State and West Virginia or Virginia Tech and Clemson

FWBVol writes:

in response to brauhuff#295403:

Arkansas and LSU are both good fits for BIG 12 and we pick up Florida State and West Virginia or Virginia Tech and Clemson

I don't think LSU ever leads the SEC since it was a member of the old Southern Conference...the predecessor to the SEC and was an orginal member of the SEC. I could see Arkansas bolting though, but is I have my doubts about that happening as well.

If Arkansas does leave, I think Va. Tech would be a smarter move because it gives us a TV audience in a state that we don't have a conference presence.

arkyvol writes:

in response to brauhuff#295403:

Arkansas and LSU are both good fits for BIG 12 and we pick up Florida State and West Virginia or Virginia Tech and Clemson

actually, i think you'd be a better fit as an acc fan.

arkyvol writes:

the big 12 thing is put together with bubble gum and baling wire. we're gonna go through this again within five years.

fUTureVol writes:

in response to VolAlum2003:

So....Texas gets to set up its own t.v. network, keep the profits, and everyone else in the Big 12 gets nothing more than than to have the name Big 12/10/whatever attached to their conference? It's a sad day when a University in NEBRASKA is the only one that can see the writing on the wall. Kansasa, A&M, Missouri, etc....how does it feel to be the least appreciated teams in the most dysfunctional conference on in college sports. Here's my proposed new name for the former Big 12 Conference: BiT*h 9 Conference.

Too true!!!! And very funny!

bryanvolsfan writes:

I still think the SEC needs to go hard after Florida State and Miami, those two belong in a REAL confrence not an SEC knock-off!

Volunatic writes:

in response to kdaff51:

Dang straight!

The Volunteers knew where the key to back door of The Alamo was and we hid it!

Well, apparently Davy Crockett didn't know where it was hidden, unfortunately.

DenverVol writes:

"Just remember, Utex would be Umex if it wasn't for the VOLUNTEERS from TENNESSEE!" Love that quote! Already made my day.

I hadn't considered Arkansas trying to make a move to fill the Big 12's two spots but that does make some sense. Being in Big 12 country, I'd like to see TCU and Boise State fill the two spots. If they're going to compete for a BCS spot every year they should do it with the big boys and stop whining. Utah is likely to follow CU to the Pac-10 btw. That'll probably be the next move you hear about.

TommyJack writes:

Adding seats to Neyland would be folly.

NeylandWest writes:

in response to DC_BackByPopularDemand:

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I'd rather see FSU than Miami join the SEC. As far as I'm concerned, we don't distribute enough coke to keep the boys in Miami happy, but we have plenty of jailers to keep the Free-Shoes Univ. kids in check.

Besides, FSU as a western member and UF as an eastern foe, that would be awesome! Bama/LSU/FSU/Auburn scrumming it out year after year would finally rival TN/UF/UGA/SC.

givehim6 writes:

in response to UTME06:

I for one am glad Utex isn't coming this way. Would love the rivalry that would form from UT/ Utex and UA/ Utex... but they are clearly divas, and will likely pay for it.

Just remember, Utex would be Umex if it wasn't for the VOLUNTEERS from TENNESSEE!

And by the way, can we get some pics of the projects? Dang KNS, if you don't have a photographer, send out an intern with his phone, it's not that big of an issue is it?

When I was in service I spent 5 years in Austin, trust me they are just as self proud as UF and Bama if not more. We do not need them in the SEC.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to brauhuff#295403:

Arkansas and LSU are both good fits for BIG 12 and we pick up Florida State and West Virginia or Virginia Tech and Clemson

I could be wrong, but honestly I don't see either LSU or Arkansas bolting for the Big 12. Financially, they'd be retarded to do so. They are almost guaranteed to make more money in the SEC, so why bolt for a conference that's consistently been unstable at best?!?!

hueypilot writes:

in response to DannyVol:

Just from having family and other contacts around Fayetteville, Arkansas, I think Arkansas is foaming at the mouth to get into the Big 12. That would possibly shift an East team into the West and the SEC would go after Florida State or Georgia Tech...maybe more if the Big East and SEC decide to split up the ACC. Just a thought, but the Arkansas thing is likely a very real possibility.

Wouldn't bother me. Not dissing your home turf, but going to a game in Fayettville, geez. You go to the end of the earth and turn left.
Georgia Tech, Clemson or Florida State would make sense. That would get us nearer to the two teams per state mix with natural inter and intra state rivals. I always thought the Texas Oklahoma to the Pac 10 would be a forced thing. Geographical rivalries are natural born winners.
TV's got the money, but that shouldn't be the deciding factor for everything. JMO

gwaidley#279246 writes:

Does anyone remember when the Neyland statue will be complete. I seem to remember reading something that Hamilton said a few months ago that it'd be done later in the season.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Iam glad to see the big 12(10) stay intact..What I don't understand is all these TV networks..Does anybody know what the payouts are on the BIG 12 and Big 10 networks..Realistically if Texas plays OU the tv contract rights belong to CBS;ESPN or some other big time media company..Just like when UT plays FLA..CBS has exclusive tv rights..The SEC network is owned by Jefferson pilot and is hardly in the same league as ESPN..Usually the sec game of the week is some one like ARK vs Ole Miss or UT vs Vandy;Enjoyable for sure but not a money making machine like CBS..Does anyone know what kind of revenue this generates...If Texas has it's own network; at least half the televised games are under contract with bigger networks...It makes me wonder what was really gained

mrvol2u writes:

It is sad when bloggers and internet sites can create so much to do about nothing. The high and mighty Longhorns have a high opinion of themselves and can't understand the meaning of being in a conference. Maybe Texas and N. Dame could form the first conference where you don't share revenue, anything in common, or a league office. The first non-league.

I like the way Slive is handling the situation. The SEC and Big 10 have the most power and I believe neither were willing to let Texas have all the benefits of the conference while keeping an unfair amount of the revenue.

I thought the Vols would have a pretty good border war with the Razorbacks but it is closer to Canada than it is between U of A and UTK. They have not really fit as well as I thought they would have.

If they bolt, I would like to see us go for a team in Virginia. We really do not need another Fla. or Georgia team. I know it will not happen but I think N. Car. would be a great fit. Plus we would get basketball, football, and a new TV market.

Lizardgrad89 writes:

I can't see Arky leaving the SEC for a shaky conference with half the payout (despite what Beeve says, there's nobody going to make 17M in the Big 12 except Texas).

murrayvol writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Adding seats to Neyland would be folly.

Adding a few inches to existing seats, however, would be a blessing.

murrayvol writes:

So will the Big 10 and Big 12 exchange names for the upcoming season??

The "Big 12" can now be called Texas, Oklahoma and the Little Rascals. With no championship game the league title (and the BCS bid) will now be decided in October in Dallas. Can it get any easier than that?

VolunteerLifer writes:

Even if the remaining ten in the big 12 stay together for awhile, what about the other pressures that were forcing realignment? Doesn't the Big Ten still covet the New York market? Does the Pac 10 still have ambitions to become a 16 team league, or did that go away with Texas decision? And if the Pac 10 still wants to expand, why wouldn't they invite some of the norther division of the Big 12? Missouri might go. Kansas and Kansas State might go if asked. Why shouldn't they after the way they've been treated here by Texas. And what about Texas A&M? They would be a natural SEC west team, and they know it. They could get out of the shadow of Texas that way and they now know it. Their alums will be split on this for a long time. There will be pressure to try to get into the SEC in College Station now. Another possibility - the Big 12 could get big revenue from TV and attract Arkansas.

I doubt if the Pac 10 and the Big 10 are satisfied with what they are right now, and I see the pressure for them to expand to increase. The Big 12 will have to expand to 12 teams at least to keep up. This ain't over by a long shot.

arkyvol writes:

in response to DannyVol:

Just from having family and other contacts around Fayetteville, Arkansas, I think Arkansas is foaming at the mouth to get into the Big 12. That would possibly shift an East team into the West and the SEC would go after Florida State or Georgia Tech...maybe more if the Big East and SEC decide to split up the ACC. Just a thought, but the Arkansas thing is likely a very real possibility.

i've been living in n.w. arkansas for 30 plus years. when i moved here, arkansas was in the old southwest conference and keeping current on the vols was like trying to follow the news from mars. arkansas has been in the s.e.c. for nearly twenty years now, and i can tell you that there is nearly zero support for returning to the shadow of texas. arkansas loves the s.e.c.

cooper65#432178 writes:

in response to UTME06:

I for one am glad Utex isn't coming this way. Would love the rivalry that would form from UT/ Utex and UA/ Utex... but they are clearly divas, and will likely pay for it.

Just remember, Utex would be Umex if it wasn't for the VOLUNTEERS from TENNESSEE!

And by the way, can we get some pics of the projects? Dang KNS, if you don't have a photographer, send out an intern with his phone, it's not that big of an issue is it?

If you don't like tu, that's great, I despise them, but don't trash the great state of Texas. As a native-born Tennessean, now a Texan, I can assure you the volunteers from Tennessee made a difference, but the Texans would have won without them. Volunteers and settlers came from all over, including England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Many (most) volunteers did not come just to fight Mexicans; they came for a piece of land to homestead.

Volunatic writes:

in response to DenverVol:

"Just remember, Utex would be Umex if it wasn't for the VOLUNTEERS from TENNESSEE!" Love that quote! Already made my day.

I hadn't considered Arkansas trying to make a move to fill the Big 12's two spots but that does make some sense. Being in Big 12 country, I'd like to see TCU and Boise State fill the two spots. If they're going to compete for a BCS spot every year they should do it with the big boys and stop whining. Utah is likely to follow CU to the Pac-10 btw. That'll probably be the next move you hear about.

You don't live in Big-12 (10) Country-- you live in PAC-10 (11) Country.

VolGrad writes:

in response to tsaecesnitsebhtruof:

The Big 12 (10) will not stay at 10 teams. Who will they add? Could Arkansas leave the SEC to join the Big 12 with natural rivalries vs. UT and TA&M? I'm not so sure this is all over and I still believe the SEC will be effected by this.

No one will be leaving the SEC because no other conference [with the possible exception of the new Big 10 (+2)] can compete with SEC revenues. Arkansas would get way less money if it defected to the Big 12 (-2) than they get right now. The Big 12 has very little to offer anyone. As we've clearly seen over the past few days, the University of Texas IS the Big 12. If the PAC 10 (+1) could not satiate them, no other conference will..., except the Big 12 which would no longer exist without them, of course. The SEC and Big Ten would definitely never kiss their "cloven hooves" just to get them to join. And why would any other schools want to join the Big 12 and have to deal with that primadonna? Maybe a school from a nonBCS conference? Would Texas, er, I mean, the Big 12 want to invite any of those?

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to brauhuff#295403:

Arkansas and LSU are both good fits for BIG 12 and we pick up Florida State and West Virginia or Virginia Tech and Clemson

LSU? Are you kidding? They are SEC through and through. They were in the SEC when Huey Long was governor, or thereabouts. Their rivalry with Ole Miss is legendary, and they have intense rivalries with Alabama and florida. LSU would never leave the SEC on their own.

Ralph_Crampton writes:

Maybe I am wrong but I can see no reason why the SEC would justify Va. Tech., Clemson, or GA. Tech., we already have them in our general area, goes for Fla. State also. These teams would not add a National flavor to the present SEC. I doubt if A&M really wants move to our conference...in the last three games the Aggies against SEC opponents, have lost each game by three or more touchdowns.

VolGrad writes:

Word.

The SEC has already stated it would not go after FSU or Miami. Florida does not want them in the SEC for obvious reasons recruiting-wise. I thought they would be the logical two myself, until I heard the report on ESPN a night or two ago. As to teams defecting from SEC for Big 12..., that is absurd. The Big 12 has NOTHING to offer. The SEC generates way more money for each individual institution than the Big 12 could ever hope to offer. (See previous post on subject.)

No one in the SEC is "a good fit" for the Big 12. Who would want to trade steak and potatoes for cheese and crackers?

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to Lizardgrad89:

I can't see Arky leaving the SEC for a shaky conference with half the payout (despite what Beeve says, there's nobody going to make 17M in the Big 12 except Texas).

Your pretty much right..Arkansas share in the big Whatever would be 8 to 9 million..I don't know what it is in the sec but here they are gettingpretty good exposure too

Ralph_Crampton writes:

SEC fans should nor underestimate the Big Ten and the PAC TEN when they work toward the same goal. One must recall it was these two conferences that worked out the Rose Bowl tieup with each other over 6o years ago, thus shutting out SEC teams from ever going to Rose Bowl. Los Angeles sportwriters lambasted Southern teams in favor of the BIG TEN champs playing in Pasadena against PAC TEN teams only. However, the pact did not start until a year later...and big powerful So. Cal., was matched against SEC champ Alabama...the last SEC team to play in the Rose Bowl for over 60 years....Bama was never better, the Crimson Tide behind the great Harry Gilmer ran and passed the big slow Trojans silly. The game was a horrible mismatch and NBC announcer said " Alabama has done everything but eat the football today, and it might do that." Said the announcer Bill Stern. Pac 10 folks had seen the last of the SEC...good riddance huh? Escaping the attention of most folks back then was the big monster TELEVISION just around the corner...The BIG TEN AND PAC TEN could count and they chose the big TV money...just like today...nothing has really changed..its the money.

spvol writes:

Mack Brown consistently does LESS with MORE talent than any team in the country. Let 'em live in their little pond.

AllVol2008#1353998 writes:

in response to listentothemusic:

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Yes, that would be fine, a--hole. You really are stupid, and I try to skip your posts.

Football excellence. Every athletic excellence. Football, gymnastics, tennis, golf. You name it.

F you.

AllVol2008#1353998 writes:

And you're a doctor of what? No, not shots and stick out your tongue and this electric shock is really gonna help you, kid kinda' doc. Oh, never mind.

Psychovol writes:

A second big screen should be the highest priority. It is absurd that the fans in the south endzone have to make like Linda Blair to see the replays. What are they second class fans?

arkyvol writes:

in response to Ralph_Crampton:

SEC fans should nor underestimate the Big Ten and the PAC TEN when they work toward the same goal. One must recall it was these two conferences that worked out the Rose Bowl tieup with each other over 6o years ago, thus shutting out SEC teams from ever going to Rose Bowl. Los Angeles sportwriters lambasted Southern teams in favor of the BIG TEN champs playing in Pasadena against PAC TEN teams only. However, the pact did not start until a year later...and big powerful So. Cal., was matched against SEC champ Alabama...the last SEC team to play in the Rose Bowl for over 60 years....Bama was never better, the Crimson Tide behind the great Harry Gilmer ran and passed the big slow Trojans silly. The game was a horrible mismatch and NBC announcer said " Alabama has done everything but eat the football today, and it might do that." Said the announcer Bill Stern. Pac 10 folks had seen the last of the SEC...good riddance huh? Escaping the attention of most folks back then was the big monster TELEVISION just around the corner...The BIG TEN AND PAC TEN could count and they chose the big TV money...just like today...nothing has really changed..its the money.

i hate to sound paranoid, but i couldn't agree more. i served in the army with big 10 grads back in the 60s. at the time, the big ten had an absolute no-schedule rule that applied to the s.e.c. (vandy excepted). their only bowl was the rose (from which the s.e.c. was excluded), so there was never a serious contest between the big 10 powers and s.e.c. teams. their fans took it for granted that what they played was so far above us, we couldn't appreciate how great they were. time and televison has proved that they had it backward, but back then, they could enjoy their mythology and there was no way to prove them wrong. fast forward to now. the big ten is sulking, embarrassed by its pitiful showings and by how the shine has long left the rose bowl. they're determined to do something about it, and paranoid or not, i smell a rat in what is goin on.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

What's a "brick fa<0x00E7>ade" ????

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

in response to V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO:

"He was the head of the BCS oversight committee. He's a bright guy."

Is it just me, or do the phrase/words "head of BCS oversight committee" and "bright guy" not go well together in the same conversation?

Hey, and I'm still trying to figure out this sentence from above......

"Doak Campbell was one of the ugliest stadiums in America in the mid-80s," Hamilton said. "That's somewhat of the vision here. Florida State was one of the places we went to.

Doesn't that mean his vision is to make Neyland look ugly??

jesusvol4 writes:

I think the SEC is still looking at some possible invitations to extend...... Who to is the question, so I say stay tuned, the dust is still settling on this conference realignment gig! There could be 2 new editions to the fold or more..........

jesusvol4 writes:

Who knows, we may just add enough teams to make two SEC Conferences! That way our conference champions COULD meet in a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP game INSTEAD of the SEC Championship? SEC EAST CONFERENCE AND SEC WEST CONFERENCE? AND STILL SHARE ALL THE REVENUES?

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