In college football these days, the SEC is the place to be.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a talented recruit or a school looking to join the conference that’s won the last six BCS national championships; the new trend is to head south.
This gravitational pull of the NCAA’s premier football conference is so strong that in these slow summer months, the rumors start to swirl about potential new members for the conference, and Virginia Tech has been one of the many possibilities bandied about.
While it may be wishful thinking on the part of many Hokie fans, given the administration’s devotion to the ACC and the fact that Florida State and Clemson don’t seem to be leaving just yet, the SEC would seem to be a good fit for Tech in a variety of ways.
There have been plenty of people saying that the ACC is holding Tech back from becoming a legitimate football power, and a move to the SEC would certainly put an end to that conversation. However, the recent Stadium Woods debate and subsequent recommendation by the committee formed to solve the problem indicates that Virginia Tech simply isn’t ready for a jump southward.
Tech often acts as if it’s simply another southern football school, and while the huge crowds and devoted national fan base are similar to many SEC schools, it’s simply not on the same level. Many like to act like the Hokies are on the same level as schools like Alabama and Florida, but the behavior of the university just doesn’t bear that out.
Forget the difference in the talent the team attracts- that’s merely a product of conference affiliation. Instead, examine the athletic department’s revenue.
A USA Today report recently revealed that the department raked in a hefty $66 million last season. It may seem like a lot, until you consider that Alabama brought in nearly double that at $124 million.