Note what has happened at A&M since joining SEC...new donors,an excitement from the fans, sellouts for tickets, stadium expansion discussions...I think it would happen here too when Bama and UT roll into town
For the Hokies-should-go-to-the-SEC crowd, keep in mind that Virginia Tech would have ranked 10th in total revenue of the SEC teams last year and would drop to 11th once Texas A&M joins the league. That's in a virtual tie with Missouri ($64.1 million in revenues) and only higher than Mississippi State ($58.9 million) and Ole Miss ($49.2 million), two schools that struggle to compete on and off the field with the SEC's big boys on a regular basis.
Yes, additional TV money would make up some of the difference, but certainly not anywhere close to the $57.6 million gap between the Hokies and SEC-revenue leader Alabama. It wouldn't even approach a pair of the league's middle-tier revenue producers like Georgia ($92.3 million) and Arkansas ($91.8 million).
It's one thing to add to your revenue pot, but you also want to be a place where you can compete with teams that are in the same ballpark financially. I'd say the ACC suits Virginia Tech quite well in that regard, despite the desire of some fans to look elsewhere. Over the long haul, that's an important thing to keep in mind.
I don't always talk to UVa Grads but when I do I always order the Large Fries.