The Southeast Conference of NCAA football could become even more of a powerhouse conference as Clemson and Florida State have reportedly reached out to the SEC about potentially joining. The news was first reported by ESPNUpstate program director Marc Ryan.
Per a reliable source, Clemson+Florida State have reached out to the SEC about joining the conference.
The SEC is concerned that streaming numbers for Clemson+Florida State don't bring what Oklahoma+Texas do.
Notre Dame is the only "free agent" left that would "add to the pot."
— Marc Ryan (@MarcRyanOnAir) August 2, 2021
The SEC is already adding both Texas and Oklahoma this upcoming season. With Clemson and Florida State joining, the conference could shape up to be one of the toughest in all of NCAA football leaving other conferences behind.
Outside of the boosted competition, the rumored move may also have something to do with TV contracts. With the most coverage going to the SEC due to the higher level of play, Clemson and Florida want in on the publicity. The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has a deal locked in with ESPN up until 2036 and the SEC’s deal with ESPN runs until 2024.
In terms of how this affects Pitt Football, obviously having two of the top teams in your conference leave is major. This could allow more success for the Panthers or even a move down the line for the team as well.