What a 30-team SEC would look like in college football’s past

The Southern Conference was founded in 1921.

Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Washington & Lee were founding members of the Southern Conference.

Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tulane, and Vanderbilt joined the Southern Conference in 1922.

Other current Power Five schools to join the Southern Conference were Duke (1928), Wake Forest (1936) and West Virginia (1950).

In 1932, 13 Southern Conference schools, located west and south of the Appalachian Mountains, left to form the Southeastern Conference.

Southern Conference schools Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Sewanee, Tennessee, Tulane and Vanderbilt left to become the founding institutions of the newly formed SEC.

The split to form the new SEC conference was in part a greater focus on better athletic administration with fewer teams than the 23 Southern Conference schools. The Southern Conference also planned to increase eligibility requirements.

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After UCLA and USC left the Pac-12 to join the Big Ten, the Vols Wire looks at the current Power Five schools that could join the SEC to resemble the Southern Conference of yesteryear.

Below are schools that could form a 30-team SEC in a super conference. The 30-team SEC would be a mix of former Southern Conference members, current SEC schools, future SEC teams in Oklahoma and Texas, and teams that are ideal additions.


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William Howard-USA TODAY Sports


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State of Florida

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports


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Georgia Tech

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


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John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports


Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Mississippi State

Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports


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North Carolina

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State of North Carolina

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Oklahoma State

Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

All miss

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South Carolina

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports


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Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports


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Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Tech

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Wake Forest

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

West Virginia

Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame, Pittsburgh or Maryland

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