ATHENS - Here's a statement the SEC released on Sunday afternoon. It quotes Bernie Machen, the Florida president and chairman of the SEC presidents and chancellors council:
“The SEC Presidents and Chancellors met today and reaffirmed our satisfaction with the present 12 institutional alignment. We recognize, however, that future conditions may make it advantageous to expand the number of institutions in the league. We discussed criteria and process associated with expansion. No action was taken with respect to any institution including Texas A&M.”
So basically, the SEC is getting it out there that it did meet to discuss expansion on Sunday, but it didn't vote to admit anyone - specifically naming Texas A&M.
One read on it is the SEC presidents passed on adding Texas A&M, and that's it. Done, move along, nothing to see here.
Another read on it is the SEC is covering itself, and will wait for Texas A&M to officially apply for entry. That could happen soon after the Texas A&M board meets on Monday, or it could take awhile - or it might not ever happen. This certainly doesn't look like a done deal yet.
But it's rather extraordinary that the SEC decided to release a statement at all, and that the words "Texas A&M" appear in the release.
EDIT: The more I think about it, and taking into account tweet-reports by Tony Barnhart, Pete Thamel and the San Antonio News-Express, the more I think this was legal maneuvering by the SEC, and nothing much has changed: The likeliest scenario is still Texas A&M joining the SEC, but the SEC wants to avoid a lawsuit from the Big 12.