Michigan State's Simon at AAU meetings

Michigan State University president Lou Anna K. Simon is attending the Association of American Universities meetings this week in Washington, a school spokesman confirmed to ESPN.com on Sunday morning.

We already know that Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and several other Big Ten presidents/chancellors are in D.C. for the AAU meetings, where they'll reportedly have discussions about league expansion later today. Simon's presence is notable because she's the chair of the Big Ten's Council of Presidents/Chancellors, which decided in December to push forward with an expansion study.

According to the council's Dec. 15 statement on expansion, if the league determines that formal discussions on expansion must begin with institutions from other leagues (or Notre Dame), Delany will inform Simon before contacting commissioners from the affected conferences (or Notre Dame officials). Delany would have the chance to make in-person contact at the BCS meetings, held this week in Phoenix.