Another day, another round of expansion rumors.
Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive reportedly met with CBS executives and discussed what the league might do if it is forced to expand because of a major move by the Big Ten.
Jimmy Hyams of WNML-990 in Knoxville, citing an anonymous source close to CBS, reported that Slive's top-tier plan includes bringing Texas A&M, Texas, Florida State and Clemson into the SEC to create a 16-team league. If the Aggies and Longhorns say no, Georgia Tech and Miami would be targeted.
The report was shot down by SEC associate commissioner Charles Bloom, who told John Pennington of Mr. SEC that there "was never any meeting nor have their been any discussions between CBS and SEC commissioner Mike Slive about expansion."
Pennington wasn't ready to discount the report, noting that Hyams, a former reporter at the Knoxville News-Sentinel, "has 30 years of SEC contacts and a reputation for caring more about accuracy than ratings."
"Does that mean there definitely was a meeting between the SEC and CBS? No. But I have a hard time believing Hyams would buy into a source who would completely fabricate such a story."