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Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

Posted on: September 12, 2011 6:23 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 6:55 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The SEC may eventually add a 14th team to go with lucky No. 13 Texas A&M, who Mike Slive confirmed Monday has had its application accepted by the league--though thanks to the various legal entanglements thrown in the Aggies' way, is apparently not a full member yet.

But as for team No. 14, it sounds as if Slive is fully prepared to wait at least a year to find it, if not longer. Slive also said in his statement that the league has no "immediate plans for a 14th member. We aren’t thinking in terms of numbers. We think about the strength of the SEC and the attractiveness of Texas A&M as an institution."

To drive that point home, Slive also confirmed the SEC has "started to look at schedules for 2012-13 involving thirteen teams."

But that little factoid also helps drive a second point home: while A&M isn't officially within the league's ranks yet, they might as well be. "We remain optimistic that Texas A&M will be a member of the SEC," Slive said, commissioner-speak for "Trust me, it's happening, don't worry."

Of course, that's been the expectation ever since the SEC confirmed that its presidents had voted to bring the Aggies into the fold the moment they were legally free to do so. But the expectation has also been that the league -- which Slive famously said could expand to 16 within a matter of minutes -- wouldn't bother playing even one season with unbalanced divisions and an unusual odd-numbered membership.

Given that Slive already feels comfortable enough to tell us the SEC's preliminary 2012-2013 schedules will have just 13 teams included, though, the smart money should now overwhelmingly be on A&M coming aboard in the very near future ... and anyone else in 2013 at the earliest.

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Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: September 12, 2011 7:24 pm

Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

my money is on west virginia and always has been, slive has already said he didnt want to raid the ACC, so unless an ACC team comes out like A&M did and say "we want to go into the SEC" chances are the team will come from either the big east or the depleted big 12, the only team i can think of that would want to leave the ACC for the SEC would be NC state, for similar reasons to A&M, getting out of the shadow of the big brother in chapel hill, the move would do wonders for nc state in basketball, but i doubt that happens, if they brought on another big 12 team, probably missouri, auburn would have to move over to the east seperating themselves from alabama, which the SEC doesnt want to happen, so the safe bet is on the most attractive big east team which would be west virginia who would fit perfectly into the SEC east

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 6:46 pm

Slive: No 'immediate plans' to add 14th member

Their is NO CHANCE the SEC plays a football season with 13 schools.  NO CHANCE AT ALL......  Of course Slive will say this now because their is no need to get other schools up in arms.  Less then a month ago the SEC voted to not expand and now they are.  Once the A&M situation gets settled, the SEC will extend an invite to one lucky school.  I bet that happens within the next 4 months or so.

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