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Could Kentucky be left in the realignment rubble?



This is a legitimate question. With Texas A&M, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse all switching conferences, and rumors all over the place about Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech finishing out the would-be Pac-16, we're all the closer to four "superconferences" in college sports. I think we're all aware, by now, that the conference re-shuffling is all driven by maximizing TV revenue from broadcasting football games. This begs the question, then, of where Kentucky might fall in all of this.

But Kentucky is in the SEC! you may be thinking. Surely they're safe?!?!

Maybe not. In the ever-shrinking swimming pool that is upper-level college football, Kentucky may find itself on the outside looking in. Sure, football seems like a priority for Kentucky, but let's be honest with ourselves: our football program does not bring much to the table. No one's banging on our doors to get us to move conferences, and why would they? While it may seem like Kentucky is above the fray thanks to already being in what is sure to be one of the four big conferences that will probably exist within the next ten years, I'm not sure UK's SEC brethren wouldn't think twice about shoving the Cats out in favor of bringing in a Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, or Texas if that's a possibility. Kentucky basketball, as great as it is, does not make the SEC money; football does.

This isn't probable, but I do think that it is remotely possible. The solution, even if the problem is off the grid, is for Kentucky to really dedicate itself to a winning football program. Let's hope that happens, so the above nightmare scenario doesn't play itself out.

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