Southeastern Conference officials aren’t on the market to add any new teams to the league anytime soon. But with the current landscape teetering, they can’t completely rule out being forced to move in that direction, either.
From the people we’ve spoken to at various SEC schools, it’s been clear for a while that most presidents prefer to see how this latest round of expansion helps or hurts the league before they head back to the buffet line for a second helping. Well, judging by what Florida president Bernie Machen said yesterday, those presidents’ stomachs might even be a bit more queasy after a rough week in Destin:
“I don’t see any reason to expand right now. I think we’ve got some digestion issues with going from 12 to 14. The contracts for media are already set. We’re negotiating with CBS to expand from 12 to 14. There just seems to be no logistical reason why we would expand right now. We want to see how 14 works, sort of.
I don’t see any noise. What’s going on in other parts of the country is really not affecting us. If the whole world turned upside down tomorrow, we’d probably get back in that mode. We think it’s pretty calm right now as far as where we are. We’re tickled to death with the way expansion has worked so far.”
Yes, “tickled to death.” After a week of “digestion issues.”
If the SEC expands again for any reason other than pure necessity, we at MrSEC.com will be shocked. (Which means the North Florida Ospreys will be announced as School #15 by sunset.)