I don't believe that Duke is going to become an SEC member. However, there is a strong rumor going around that UNC and Duke are being pursued as a package deal by the SEC.
I received an email yesterday from a writer who is deeply immersed in the conference expansion story. He related a conversation that he had with another writer who is well connected with SEC. The latter believes SEC is in hot pursuit of a UNC/Duke combo deal.
Matt Hayes over at Sporting News put out an interesting scenario a little over a week ago regarding the ever-evolving conference realignment saga. A scenario that could ultimately land UNC & Duke in the SEC.
Such a move would do a number of things for the SEC. First, it gives you the North Carolina television markets. Second, it turns the SEC into the best basketball conference with three elite basketball programs in Kentucky, UNC and Duke. Basketball isn’t nearly as important financially as football, but the upcoming SEC Network would all of a sudden have a lot more eyeballs during basketball season.
The North Carolina pair are big brand athletic programs in a different way than Alabama and Florida are. These schools indeed strengthen a conference.
Hayes quotes an ACC source that the SEC has been after this pair for three years.
[Saturday Down South]
What about that statement of solidarity issued by the ACC this week?
As for the ACC's statement of solidarity – if FSU, or any other ACC school, were seriously committed to the ACC they would be signing a grant-of-rights instead of a pledge of allegiance.
I have confirmed that at least two ACC schools have offers from the Big 10. One of those schools is Georgia Tech and the other one is waiting on Georgia Tech's decision.
[The Dude of WV]
Does Mike Krzyzewski have a hint that something may be going on?
It's not the first time Krzyzewski has addressed this problem for college basketball that's spurred by the wants, not needs, of college football.
"I think it's a long way from ending," he said. "(Traditions) are priceless and I hate that we're not looking at those things close enough as we look into future of college athletics."
Krzyzewski reiterated his point Thursday morning on The Dan Patrick Show as well. His eloquence isn't lost in the tempered frustration he and a lot of college basketball coaches feel these days. I can't help but wonder if Krzyzewski's discontent with all the chaos around the NCAA is also, just a little, rooted in some worry that Duke could eventually be next, that his program might be uprooted to another conference under cloak and dagger. You'd think not, but you shouldn't be surprised if it happened.