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Report: Kentucky's Former AD Says School Considered Leaving SEC For ACC Back In 1990s

Conference realignment brought along some hard-to-believe consequences. Nebraska left the Big 12. Maryland left the ACC. Syracuse left the Big East. But perhaps none would have compared to what almost happened with Kentucky back in the 1990s. According to a report by the Lexington Herald-Leader, UK was in talks with the ACC to leave a league it helped found, the SEC, because of its football struggles. The school's former AD, C.M. Newton, said as much.

"We talked to them very seriously, but very quietly," Newton said last week. "Dr. Wethington had me go over and talk to them for a short period one evening."

"They wanted us to come on and join their league," Newton said. "I thought, with the way (UK) football was (struggling in the SEC), that might have been the best path for us. I always felt like (Florida State) was an SEC school in the ACC and Kentucky an ACC school in the SEC."

Clearly, Kentucky is still considered a basketball school - John Calipari is the highest-paid coach in the SEC and the program competes for national titles every year. But clearly, Newton made the right move holding off on such a move.

A basketball league with Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky would have made an already-stacked ACC even more dominant over the past two decades. That being said, the money associated with college football has always trumped that of college basketball. It's a crazy idea to think about.