Have room for two more?
After voting to approve Texas and Oklahoma as new members last week, it’s hard to imagine the 16-team SEC getting any bigger. But it never hurts to ask, which is apparently what ACC powers Clemson and Florida State have done, reaching out to the SEC about joining the most prestigious conference in college football. And, despite Clemson’s championship pedigree (six straight playoff appearances including two national titles), the SEC didn’t appear all that interested.
Per Marc Ryan of ESPN Upstate, the SEC is worried Clemson and Florida State won’t bring as many eyes to television screens as Notre Dame, the only “free agent” the conference would consider adding at this point. With South Carolina and Florida already accounted for, it’s easy to see why Clemson and FSU wouldn’t be a high priority for the SEC, who seem to have satisfied their goal of expansion by claiming Texas and Oklahoma as new markets.
Clearly, there’s huge money to be had in the SEC (otherwise why would Texas and Oklahoma have just fled a conference they helped create?), but if Clemson is looking for a silver lining, the Tigers have a much easier path to the College Football Playoff coming out of the ACC. With Clemson circling and the Pac-12 already reaching out to the Big 12 about absorbing its remaining schools, the NCAA is well on its way to consolidating power among its four major conferences, leaving the AAC, Mountain West and what little is left of the Big 12 to fight for scraps.