September 6th, 2011 04:46 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Tags: Andy Staples, Hartsfield International Airport, SEC, SI
Two conflicting, expansion-related stories are being reported on Big 12-related websites this afternoon. Both are behind paywalls, so we’ll simply provide you with summary information. (Sort of silly considering the info will be copy and pasted into a million messageboard posts this afternoon, but hey, we’ll play by the rules).
First, AggieYell.com — the Rivals site for Texas A&M — is reporting that all of the SEC’s presidents and chancellors are at Hartsfield International Airport this afternoon. AggieYell believes this could be the final vote to invite A&M and to discuss other potential targets for expansion.
However, PowerMizzou.com — the Rivals site for Missouri — is claiming that according to their sources in College Station, “the SEC might be slowing things down.” According to PowerMizzou, the SEC felt fine bringing in A&M and then taking its time to find School #14. They do not — supposedly — feel comfortable inviting A&M in the face of total armageddon. Instead, the site claims, the SEC would rather have a full 14-16 school lineup in place.
Andy Staples of SI.com reports that the SEC should know by tonight whether or not A&M has the nine votes necessary to land an SEC invite. If so, a deal could be announced tomorrow and then the dominoes could start falling in other leagues.
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