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SEC Hoops Coaches Talk Expansion

Conference expansion — except maybe in the ACC — is largely fueled by football and football-driving television contracts.  But that doesn’t mean basketball coaches don’t have opinions, too.’s Andy Katz caught up with a pair of SEC hoops coaches to get their take on the SEC’s current 13-team state.

Kentucky’s John Calipari:  “I don’t think this stuff is done yet.  I’ve said for months that there may be four conferences with 16 or 18 teams each.  But I can tell you that the SEC at 13, 14 or 16 is going to be stable.  We’re fine.  If they’re going to add, I’d like us to go and get Virginia Tech, Maryland and Missouri to go along with Texas A&M.  We’re not going to do anything at the expense of academics.  You’re also going to see basketball step up in the next five years in the SEC.

Texas A&M is a great school academically, has a well-run athletic department and will fit well.  Their fan base is ridiculous, just like all of us.  The SEC is different.  The SEC is about schools with strong fan bases and geography.  We want the markets.  There is no buyout in the SEC because no one wants to leave”

Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings:  “I like the simplicity of an even number and I’m not sure it was completely necessary.  I don’t think we’re finished seeing movement and if so, if we end up at 14 or 16, if that’s what the commissioner’s office said we need, then I’m fine with it.  Our league isn’t going anywhere.  We’re as stable as any league in college athletics and we have visionaries who run our league.  If they think we’re better suited to be 14 or 16, then I’m OK with that.”


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