Friday, December 16, 2005

Georgia Tech to SEC?

As some of you may or may not know, I am eight hours ahead of the East Coast so it is time for me to go to bed. This whole war thing will have me out of the loop tomorrow, so I wanted to put up some topics that should inspire audience participation.

Should Georgia Tech join the SEC? The debate has heated up again ever since we got the royal screw from the bowls this year. Some say yes, we were a founding member, our traditional rivalries are with SEC schools, the UGA game would mean more, etc. Some say no, our values are not consistent with the SEC anymore, they don't have the same emphasis on actually educating players, etc. What do you think? Audience participation encouraged...


Anonymous texdawg said...

I hope you boys come on back and join a real football conference. That little experiment you got going with the ACC is nice, but it won't last long once the SEC gets back on top. Your top teams are going to beat up on your weaker teams, which are the better schools and are harder to recruit for, so it is going to be a downward spiral. Leave the football to us who know what we're doing. Join us or get out of our way.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous texdawg said...

And don't give me any high and mighty crap about how much better ACC schools are in academics. You have FSU, Miami, and VT! Those three are as bad as any school in the SEC and you know it!

2:50 PM  
Blogger YellowBlazer said...

texdawg, I commend your enthusiasm to have us return to the SEC, and I respect your loyalty to your conference, but why do you think we are a good fit for the SEC?

2:58 PM  
Anonymous sinewaylaw said...

You may be right, texdawg, that those bottom three schools aren't great academic institutions. But, virtually EVERY school in the SEC is like that (UGA, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, etc.). Your only saving grace is Vandy.

As far as football goes, the ACC will have 3 or 4 dominant teams every year, and at least 3 or 4 very good mid-level teams, and then a couple of crappy teams. Hmmm, that sounds just like...the SEC. You are no better, admit it.

As far as basketball goes, is there really any comparison? Do I even need to waste my breath? No.

Baseball...probably a toss-up.

Why is the SEC so great again? Tech should NOT join the SEC. We are in an elite conference, that has academics to boot. There is no reason to drop to the level of the SEC.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous texdawg said...

Drop to the level of the SEC?!?! What level would that be? The level where we set attendance records for games in our stadiums? The level where our bowl payouts dominate the rest of the country? The level where we get a team into the final four three years out of four?

Baseball is pretty much from the same talent pool, so the results are even.

You guys don't want to come to the SEC because you think GTU will suffer? If anything we would treat you right. All I read about is people complaining how the ACC is really only out to help the VA and NC schools. If you don't want to step up to the plate and run with the big dawgs (haha) that is okay, but don't pass it off as anything but fear that you will get turned into puppy chow.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bowl payouts and attendance records don't win games. Auburn's stadium was packed and it didn't help them.

I think most SEC fans are scared because the rest of the country, and especially the ACC, is catching up. Combine that with a resurgent Big 10 and the SEC won't be the unquestioned football conference as in the past.

3:44 PM  
Blogger whiskey jacket said...

you are talking about college football, nothing else. there is more to joining a conference than just football. college basketball isn't comparable, you know that. college baseball is a toss up. the ACC takes pride in its academic reputation, the SEC doesn't. granted we have florida state, but miami is not a bad school, it is actually ranked higher than uga, and almost every school in the SEC, save vanderbilt and florida.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Stumpy's Bear said...

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4:45 PM  
Blogger Stumpy's Bear said...

(sorry, there's no edit option, so I started over)

I know this is obvious to everyone, but another great reason to joing the SEC is driving distance. I attend the away Clemson, FSU, and Georgia games every year b/c they are the only schools within driving distance. Imagine if we could have Auburn, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, or Vanderbilt each year. That would be one continuous tailgate for four months! I can't believe we have regular conference opponents in Miami, Blacksburg, Chapel Hill, and Durham. All of those drives are SIX hours or more! Heck, GT fans living in DC have more opportunities to watch Tech away games than those of us in Atlanta.
However, even if Arkansas were to leave for the Bix 12, I don't know how they would realign the teams. If we get put in the East, we would still only play Auburn and Alambama every few years and those are two of the main reasons that most people want to rejoin - to play those two teams each year like we used to. And I'm positive they aren't going to mess with either the Third Saturday of Ocotober or the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry.
My personal opinion is to stay in the ACC and re-align the conference to South(FSU, GT, Clemson, Miami, and UNC and Duke - one of our most played opponents, over 80 times I believe) vs North (BC, UVA, MD, VT, NCST, and WF). I know the thought of such an alignment excites many of us boys south of the Mason Dixon, but it's really just so that we can build better rivalries with Clemson and FSU by playing them every year and being able to actually drive to conference opponents to see Tech play.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha, you forgot College Park and Boston too.

If we were lucky enough to play UVA, VT and MD on the road in the same year, I'd be in heaven!

It's also only about 4 hours from DC to UNC, NCSU, and WF...

7:13 PM  
Blogger Stumpy's Bear said...

Further, should there be an opening in the SEC, I think Clemson would be the first to be invited and they would defintely accept, despite being a founder of the ACC. Much larger, more dedicated fanbase, similar academics, a football fist school, and, similar to us, they would like their heated in-state rivalry to take on a lot more meaning.
Now, I think we would be the second to be invited, even over FSU which would also be a good match for the SEC.
I heard Larry Munson asked "What other programs would you invite to join the conference?" His answer was Georgia Tech and Clemson.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no point in getting into an SEC/ACC debate, so I won't. You guys can argue that til the cows come home and no one will "win."

As a Georgia fan, and an Atlanta resident, I'd like to have Tech back in the SEC for purely selfish reasons. That way, when Tech forces all of us Georgia fans to buy three game ticket packages in order to get tix when the game is in Atlanta, I could go to the other two games and see teams I am interested in. By that, I mean I would really probably go see Tech play Ole Miss (as an SEC fan) but would never go see Tech play Maryland. But wait, maybe if Tech were in the SEC they would sell out the stadium and I wouldn't have to pay the extortion for tickets.

6:35 PM  
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