As Matt mentioned a little earlier, SEC commissioner Mike Slive addressed the topic of TAMU in a tone of inevitability for the first time today. Slive said that A&M is now only the third school to have their application accepted to the SEC, and used phrasing like “When Texas A&M joins our conference,” and not “if.” This, of course, leaves room for work still to be done, but the general statement is that the Aggies can start packing their bags for annual tips to Tiger Stadium. But one of the quotes that isn’t getting as much play deals with who the SEC might be looking at adding along with A&M.
Nobody, apparently. At least not yet. Slive offered up this quote “ we don’t have immediate plans for a 14th member. We aren’t thinking in terms of numbers.” as well as commenting that the SEC is looking for ways to schedule 13 teams in the 2012-13 season. Of course, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t wheels working behind the scenes – in fact, it would likely be premature for Slive to come out and say ‘yes, we are in talks with Missouri,’ or the like. But it does open up the possibility of the SEC proceeding for at least one season as a 13 team league.
Or more likely, Slive wants to keep his cards a little closer to his chest this go around.
Either way, can we scrap the idea of FSU to the SEC? Something tells me these guys wouldn’t quite fit in…