SEC Expansion: Baylor standing in the way of progress
While it's certainly not a given that the SEC expanding to 14 teams any minute now would create a domino effect in which four 16-team superconferences would eventually form, chances are, that's exactly what will happen.
Late Tuesday night, the SEC's precursor move to add Texas A&M was all but a done deal.
As Wednesday morning dawned, however, it was reported that one Big 12 team was standing in Texas A&M's way. After reportedly agreeing to allow the Aggies to leave the conference without fear of a lawsuit just last week, Baylor had an about-face just minutes before SEC presidents held the vote to approve A&M as the league's 13th member.
The SEC approved Texas A&M, but Baylor's sudden change of heart apparently forced the SEC to add the stipulation that the school would only be added as long as the remaining Big 12 members agreed not to sue.
Obviously, this caused an immediate backlash from those of us who illogically view conference expansion as a legit vehicle to a playoff in college football.
I felt like the guy in the movies who ominously warns the local townspeople not to stand in the way of progress when the new highway is planned to go through the middle of the local high school.
It's going to happen. Everyone knows that. No one, especially not Baylor, is going to stop progress.
Given the SEC's status as the top conference in the country, I'm surprised it's not allowed to use eminent domain to scoop up whatever school it wants.
Depending upon who you believe, the SEC could very well end up poaching another conference in the near future. West Virginia emerged as the top candidate for team No. 14, according to various reports Tuesday.
Once the Pac 12 goes after Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Missouri in the next week or so, the term "superconference" will no longer be a buzzword. It will be a reality.
It's coming whether you, I, or Baylor likes it, or not.