If it is a component...it will affect their ability to get there. How much is the question, but I know for a fact that they are really tired of the instability for all other sports when it comes to being a member or a conference.
Their most difficult thing in making a move is convincing their big donors...this easily could be what they need to join a conference. The question now, is how much of a component will it be? If it is weak...I don't see it staying weak very long. I see the conferences other than the SEC wanting it stronger to help their teams.
The bottom line as Kramer Cosmo said, "the cat is out of the bag". It is only a matter of time IMHO.
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