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SEC happy with its dozen
Annual meetings will not broach expansion
By RON HIGGINS, The Commercial Appeal
May 28, 2003
DESTIN, Fla. - Expansion talk may have been the rage at the Big East Conference and Conference USA meetings.
But it won't happen at the SEC spring business meetings that started Tuesday at the Sandestin Beach Hilton.
The SEC is perfectly happy with its 12-team alignment, something that other leagues are trying to copy. While there may be informal discussion of what is going on in other leagues, SEC commissioner Mike Slive said that "there is no agenda item on the issue of expansion."
Instead, league presidents will discuss academic issues. Athletic directors are concerned about television, specifically that ABC/ESPN is buying up most of the television inventory.
Football coaches will likely talk about, as they do every year, the use of negative recruiting. Men's and women's basketball coaches will discuss whether they endorse the proposed new rules changes of a 3-point line and the use of a wider trapezoid lane.
The league also will decide on the sites for the 2006 and 2007 women's basketball tournaments. The 2004 tourney is already set for Nashville and the 2005 tournament is in Atlanta.
It's expected that some television dates for some early-season football games will be decided.
All of the league's bowl partners will be in attendance, including the Houston Bowl, which begins its affiliation with the SEC this season.
This will be the first league meeting for some new coaches, including Alabama football coach Mike Shula, Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks, Georgia basketball coach Dennis Felton, Ole Miss women's basketball coach Carol Ross and Kentucky women's basketball coach Micki DeMoss.
At the end of the week, the league is expected to divide close to $100 million in revenue. Last year, SEC revenue sharing totaled $95.7 million.