SEC Expansion: Conference Says No to Texas A&M
And that's that.
SEC school presidents did meet today to discuss SEC expansion, and Dr. Bernie Machen, Chair, Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors, issued the following statement:
“The SEC Presidents and Chancellors met today and reaffirmed our satisfaction with the present 12 institutional alignment. We recognize, however, that future conditions may make it advantageous to expand the number of institutions in the league. We discussed criteria and process associated with expansion. No action was taken with respect to any institution including Texas A&M.”
This is a bit surprising, and yet it isn't. Not surprising because there have been rumblings in the last 24 hours that SEC Commissioner Mike Slive did not want to be the one to start the conference realignment ball rolling again all over the country, and a move to invite Texas A&M to the SEC, along with a 14th member to make things symmetrical, would have done just that.
Surprising that the SEC nonetheless didn't take the plunge now anyway. As Dr. Machen noted, "future conditions may make it advantageous to expand."
So it's back to the Big 12 for A&M.
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