Dr. Steger is a clear link to the past, what VT always wanted - into the ACC. Jim Weaver has played a large role in successfully transferring the dream into financial success. We now have a University President that has successfully completed a huge fund raising campaign that caps his VT legacy. Now he has a couple of legal matters to address and he retires. The AD has a debilitating disease that will likely shorten his career. So in the near future VT must hire a new President and a new AD, likely before CFB retires. They will not think as the current Admin do. Folks inside the University community assert that the new President will come from the outside not the inside. All of this adds up to - what connections do the new President and AD have to the ACC? SEC? or other conferences for that matter??
Spokesperson Larry Hincker in his comments in the past year said what the current Admin feels about SEC membership. Steger and the current leadership have no interest in moving, but times and people do change.
My impression is that much of the leadership that has been hired over the past 10 years or so have had educational or experience backgrounds in AAU schools or the equivalent. That would seem to be placing VT more securely in the orbit of the ACC, not the SEC. As for myself, I am a little bit intrigued by the possibility of the SEC move. I think it could be done and still preserve dedication to academics--- the public Vanderbilt, so to speak, with a state university fan base.
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