If the view from the top is nice, why shake things up?
This is pretty much the mindset of SEC commissioner Mike Slive when asked about the rumors of possibly expanding the nation's toughest and most successful football conference.
Slive is a smart guy. He knows the SEC dominates college football. He also knows if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
And the SEC ain't broke.
At the conclusion of SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla., most media wanted to know how seriously the conference bigwigs would consider expanding the league. Rumors have swirled for months that conferences like the Big Ten and PAC-10 wanted to add more high-profile teams to their respective families.
After the SEC inked its long-term lucrative television contracts with ESPN and CBS, the message from conferences considering expansion was clear: We want in.
It's all money, after all. The PAC-10 and the Big 10, as with any other conference considering such a sizable move, know that roping in the likes of a Texas or Oklahoma could increase TV viewers and, ultimately, increase conference revenue.
Rumors even sparked at the SEC meetings that the PAC-10 had already offered six Big-12 schools to hop into the coastal conference, the likes of Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Colorado.
But as for the SEC, why expand? There have been talks that bringing in a Texas or a Virginia Tech or even a Georgia Tech (who left the SEC years ago) would only help the conference.
Maybe, but why take that chance? If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The league is hardly hurting financially; as Ron Higgins of the Memphis Commerical-Appeal reported, the SEC's revenue skyrocketed from $132.5 million to $209 million this year. That's a 57 percent increase. Add that to TV contracts the league already signed, and the future is bright for a league that has won four BCS championships in a row and five of the last seven.
Alabama, last season's national champion, is the preseason No. 1 team in the nation for the fall. The conference's defense and talent will once again show the nation how real football is played. Pigskin is a religion in the South, with the best fans and the best teams, and the SEC likes it that way. No need to fill the balloon until it pops.
Per usual, all eyes are on the SEC. Slive and his boys are on the top of the mountain, so why cause a shake-up that might knock them down?