Stay tuned on SEC expansion

August, 15, 2011
8/15/11
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By now, we've all had time to digest what the statement Sunday from the SEC presidents and chancellors really means concerning Texas A&M and expansion.

Most around the league I've talked with view it more as a timeout than anything.

The statement by Florida president Bernie Machen certainly leaves the door open that the SEC could extend an invitation down the road to Texas A&M, but in no way does the SEC want to get caught up in any litigation involving Texas A&M's exit from the Big 12. So perhaps this is the SEC's way of allowing Texas A&M to get its business in order before anything happens. SEC commissioner Mike Slive doesn't want to be part of raiding a conference or cherry-picking teams from a conference, which is why the SEC wants it known that Texas A&M approached the SEC and not the other way around.

The other factor that weighs into the SEC taking this timeout is that a 14th team would have to be found if Texas A&M does indeed come aboard. Where would that team come from? Several in the SEC have suggested that the league is not interested in going into the neigboring ACC and adding teams.

So for now, we all wait.

But stay tuned.

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