The SEC not having a team in North Carolina is surprising when you think about it. When you think of the southeast region of the United States, North Carolina is one of the first states to come to mind. The main reason why the Tar Heel State doesn’t have a team in the SEC is that its four major teams helped found the ACC in 1953.
Now bear with me for a moment. UNC-Charlotte has one of the newest college football programs in the country and a jump from the Conference USA to the SEC would be outrageous. But the city of Charlotte is a major television market in the southeast and the market is currently dominated by the ACC. Bringing in Charlotte would have huge financial implications for the SEC.
As for the 49ers themselves, they’re coming off their first winning season in program history. North Carolina is one of the more underrated talent producers in the nation, a fact UGA football fans are well aware of. Charlotte entering the SEC would land the program instant credibility with these prospects and the program’s talent level would begin to match the rest of the SEC pretty soon after.