In an interview with local television station WMC-TV this week, Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson was asked about conference realignment rumors and his school's potential future conference affiliation.
He had this to say (emphasis added):
"We want to try to get ourselves in the best possible place," Johnson said. "Ultimately we would like to be in the SEC. That's where we think we belong geographically. We think we deserve to be."We applaud Johnson's ambition and forward-thinkingness. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the "gentleman's agreement" in place amongst SEC schools to not admit members located in existing SEC states will no doubt prevent the conference from accepting his institution's application.
This is the only reason we can think of Memphis would not be admitted to the SEC.
Yep. The only one.
No other reasons. For Memphis not to join the SEC.
Memphis. The SEC.
Well ... maybe there's a few more reasons that that. Maybe.