and have more money. and the primary reason to add Arkansas was to expand the basketball product and add a conference rival to Kentucky. The Ark ends up basically nuking the BB program. However with their BB fan base, it will be back eventually. SC was added primarily for recruiting and expanding the footprint. They did not add SC because of football ability since SC has been historically one of the most under performing programs in the south. There are the big 6 schools in the SEC football wise. The Big 6 already fight like crazy over championships. There is not a rush to add a program that will take away championships from the big 6. None of the programs that have been added or are mentioned to be added are another Bama or UF. A&M is a great program and has all of the resources to be a top level SEC program, but historically the success is not there like OU, FSU, etc.
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.