BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — SEC athletic directors and Commissioner Mike Slive met Wednesday to discuss the logistics of Texas A&M's entry as the 13th member even though No. 14 might soon be on its way.
The meeting comes a day after University of Missouri curators voted unanimously to consider leaving the Big 12 — likely to join the Southeastern Conference — instead of committing to the league for the long term.
However, SEC spokesman Charles Bloom said the AD meeting at league headquarters was scheduled several weeks ago and was "to integrate Texas A&M into the Southeastern Conference and plan for a 13-team schedule for all sports in 2012-13."
SEC school administrators have indicated that adding a 14th school is likely, perhaps imminent. And though the vote by Missouri curators makes the Tigers a leading contender, Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin said the conference is in a wait-and-see mode on further expansion. He said there were no discussions about a 14th team on Wednesday.
"The commissioner has done such a great job of positioning us and we continue just to kind of look for his guidance and for him to lead us in whatever direction we decide on," Stricklin said. "When he says, 'Hey, here's an idea,' we're going to listen to him.
"Until then, I think we are all very comfortable with where we are at 13 for the time being."
Mississippi AD Pete Boone said a 14-team schedule would be preferable, but he and his peers focused on a 13-team schedule because that's how many schools they have right now.
"Certainly, we've discussed that conceptually, it would be nice to have a 14-team league and to have a 14-team league sooner rather than later," Boone said. "But I don't believe anything is imminent at this time."