September 29th, 2011 05:46 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Tags: CEO, Dave Hart, Mike Slive, SEC
New-to-the-job Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said the obvious today, but that’s still more than SEC commissioner Mike Slive might have preferred. According to the AP, Hart said the SEC will expand again – no kidding — and that officials at each school need to have a number of frank discussions before moving forward.
Where he said that and who he said it isn’t covered in the three-paragraph blurb.
According to the writer, Hart said the acquisition of Texas A&M was a good one, “but the league’s leaders must take their next steps deliberately because the SEC will expand again.” Those are the author’s words, not Hart’s. He also said those talks will take place “in short order.” (His words, not the authors.)
While everyone knows the league won’t sit at 13 for long, Slive and others associated with the SEC have been singing a “we’re happy at 13″ tune for the past week. Hart has taken things a step further.
And the press being the press, his comments will make headlines across the country as though they’re shocking to the ear. Hey, sadly, it’s what we do.
Hart came to Tennessee from Alabama earlier this month where he had been the CEO of Bama’s program. He formerly served as the athletic director at Florida State.
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