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With TCU officially being added to the Big 12 and Missouri still throwing itself at the Big 10 like your grandma's friend who always tries to pinch your cheeks and the Big 10 recoiling, HCBS was asked what his answer would be if Kansas got an SEC invite:
If we were offered to go to the SEC, based on the information I have, I’d say based on the betterment of our university we definitely need to stay where we are at for our fans
now, to be fair, that SEC invite is never coming (unless we go to the 16 team super conference option, then who knows), so it's a lot easier for HCBS to turn down this hypothetical invite. Still, he makes some good points:
From my standpoint it’d be very difficult for our entire sports program, primarily in football — even though we were Orange Bowl champions just four years ago and people forget about that and we will get back with Turner Gill the right man to do that — (because) your last five national champions come from the SEC and a sixth won it 11 years ago. That’s hard to be relevant.
Obviously going to the SEC would probably tank our football program, though the KU v. Kentucky game would be exciting. And being an SEC doormat in football hasn't really hurt UK a ton so who knows.
But in any event, this is a basketball post, so how about on the hardwood?
Basketball-wise, it seems kind of sexy to me to be playing in the league where the two winningest programs of all time are both in it, Kansas and Kentucky, but over time I still don’t think that’s more important than playing Missouri and Kansas State
First of all he uses the word sexy roughly 10 billion times in the KU Sports article, which is, well, something, but also he hits the nail right on the head here: Playing Kentucky twice per year would be awesome, and every few years Florida would be a nice challenge, but going to Starkville or Auburn or whatever is a big fat yawn. It would be a mid major conference masquerading as a BCS one (I would prepare for angry e-mails from SEC basketball folks but 1. I don't think those exist and 2. I don't think they can turn on computers so I'll be fine). Plus, as self says, preserving the geographic rivalries we have is pretty important.
Final non basketball note, but one that I think should be discussed more:
Self also said it’s important student-athletes not have to travel through different time zones to play conference games, especially with the NCAA increasing its stance on improved academics. He noted that athletes in sports that do not charter to games would find it especially difficult not to miss significant amounts of class time.
"Non revenue sports would miss three days of school to go play a competition," Self said.
They're called non-revenue sports for a reason, but for one, these kids make up the vast majority of collegiate athletes and it's not fair to screw them just for football and basketball. And secondly, if schools have to pay to send their non revenue teams cross country to play conference matches, how many schools will have the funds to pay for that and how many will have to axe some programs?