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i'm just happy we have a good home for all of our sports and it's very regional compared to some of the other leagues (and we're in the center of said region). i try not to always be looking over the fence for something better...
"This no more resembles that than something unlike something else resembles that." - Loosely quoting PHNC
I remember hoping at the time that the SEC would invite us and WVU. They had their chance. And I still wish it would have happened that way, I think college football would have been better off if WVU and VT were in the SEC and Syracuse (w/Pitt and maybe UConn and Rutgers) would be in the ACC.
But at the time, we had to do what it took to not get left behind. So here we are.
Bloom where you are planted
The SEC wanted VT at the time and still wants VT today. VT athletics would be in a much better place today
That's not how it works. When it looked like VT was going to be left out of the first round of ACC expansion, the SEC let it be known to VT that an application from VT would be viewed favorably. Conferences do not invite schools to join as that would set themselves up for law suits. Schools have to apply first. But there is always "informal" conversations before a school applies and a school knows before they even apply if they will be accepted or not.