For now, the SEC is staying exactly as is.
Although Texas A&M-to-SEC rumors have consumed much of the college football world’s Twitter feeds over the past week, these talks are expected to cool. Again, for the time being.
The conference’s presidents and chancellors concluded their meeting on Sunday and has put a temporary halt to the expansion madness. Bernie Mancen, the SEC Presidents and Chancellors Chair (as well as the president of Florida) released 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.”
If you thought the Big 12 was awkward before, what does it leave them following the media blitz that just ensued? Although SEC expansion will certainly slow down for the time being, two things seem likely.
Make no mistake about it, the SEC will likely evaluate expansion again, sometime soon and with other schools involved. And two, the future of the Big 12 still remains bleak at best.
On a lighter note, perhaps we can turn out attention to actual football with the season just a few weeks away.