The off-season is a time of little college sports news. I view this as a good time to not only have jokes and news updates, but engaging discussion topics as well.
So today, I bring up a topic that has been brought up many times, but still interests many people. If the SEC suddenly need another team or two to fill out the conference, which ones would you pick and why?
For my picks I will leave out Florida State since most people always seem to pick them. You could really pick any team, but consider how well certain teams might fit in the conference. Here are a few I considered for my picks:
PROS: This is a team that has been fairly successful the last few years. Since 2000, they have an impressive looking record of 68-20 (.773). They’ve had some impressive talent on the field, including the Brohm brothers. The basketball program has the most tradition of the two, including 2 national titles (1980 & 1986).
CONS: They do play in the weakest of the 6 BCS conferences, the Big East. They also can attribute most of their past success to Bobby Petrino, who left for the NFL. Finally, they really have not been a true football school until recently, but then again the SEC isn’t just a football conference. They did just come out of C-USA also.
PROS: The Clemson Tigers bring a dedicated fanbase, as well as a respectable football history. They would also make the entire state of South Carolina SEC country. Clemson also has a respectable rivalry with S. Carolina, Georgia, and (at one time) Auburn. They do have a football national title (1981) when for Tide player Danny Ford was the head coach.
CONS: The Tigers are not really known for their basketball. Adding Clemson would also give the SEC 3 Tiger teams (yuck). Plus, they really have not truly contended for an ACC football title in a long while (at least as far as I can remember).
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
PROS: Georgia Tech has was once a member of the SEC. The school has won a national titles in football, and has contended for one in basketball as well. The Yellow Jackets have a great natural rivalry with Georgia. But, they also have a history of playing Alabama, Auburn, and other SEC teams. They also have the oldest on-campus stadium in NCAA Division I-A football.
CONS: The Yellow Jackets have put out talent over the years, but they really have not been anything more than a good middle team in the ACC. Atlanta is not a natural college town either. Plus…. they are insects?
South Florida Bulls
PROS: Location location location. This program is in a prime recruiting location, which they are starting to take advantage of. The school is growing and the teams are starting to compete against the bigger teams in the Big East. They may even give Auburn a few problems this coming season. They are commited to creating a solid athletic department.
CONS: This school started playing football in 1997. They are probably no where near being able to hang with the top teams of the SEC year in and year out, but they could pull an upset or two every once in a while. Just way too young.
I had considered other schools as well, but this post is long enough. Out of these four, I would probably pick Clemson and Georgia Tech. Please share your thoughts and picks too, I love reading responses to my posts.