I agree that universities are first and foremost academic institutions. But this entire argument that somehow VT is too good academically to be in the SEC is a real crock of... Tell that to UGA, Fla, aTm, and Vandy. VT can still be (and would be) a very good academic institution in the SEC. There are NO facts as to why VT would fall behind academically from being in the SEC - if there are than I would love to hear them. This seems to be a perception issue that somehow the academic leaders of VT do not want to be associated with academic inferior universities. Well, if VT's academic leaders are that insecure about themselves that they are worried about "guilt by association" than we have bigger problems at VT.
If VT goes to the Big10, then UVA might be left out in the cold, as I can't see the SEC going after them. The "elegant" solution for someone (people in Richmond) who supports the state as a whole is VT to the SEC and UVA to the Big 10.
Where have you heard that? I have never once heard VT to the Big 10 so just curious.
Think about the intra-BCS moves in the last couple years with conference realignment. Colorado from the Big 12, and Utah from the Mountain West, to the PAC-12 is a step up for both schools. Nebraska from the Big 12 to the Big 10 is a step up. Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC is, athletically, a lateral move at worst, and positive move academically. WVU and TCU to the Big 12 is lateral/positive, respectively, and neither school has anything to lose, academically, in the first place. The only move, so far, that might be negative in any sense would be Texas A&M to the SEC with respect to academics. Even in their case, though, they don't really have to care, as they're one of the richest universities in the country. Who cares what someone else thinks--they can buy status if they want. As you see, though, almost everyone has been making moves that were positive, neutral, or irrelevant. The latest round of rumors (FSU and Clemson to Big 12, VT and NC State to SEC), all have negative components associated with them academically (a little bit less so for the first 2, since they're near the bottom of the ACC). That alone makes me a little bit more wary of their validity. It could all play out that way in the end, no doubt, but I don't think it's as cut-and-dry of a case, as, say, Colorado to the PAC-12 was.
My gut tells me that VT would be VERY attractive to the Big10, and that VT would love to be in the Big10. If the ACC falls apart as expected, I'd give it 50/50 odds that we end up in the Big10 as opposed to the SEC.
Disclaimer: My gut is frequently wrong.
I am worried that we overplay the hand we have been given. I don't see big 10 passing on unc,UVA, gt and md who are aau. Yes we are the best football and maybe football tv property. However we will get out worked for that spot and that is my worst fear. Passing on sec and big 12 those chairs fill up and then we are back to 1980.
Yes it is what I want but no I would not pass up an invitation for the hope? If the acc crumbles pick a chair you have been offered.