College Sports

SEC meetings notes: SEC trying to add another bowl game tie-in

DESTIN, Fla. -- With two years left on the current bowl schedule, the SEC is in the process of adding another bowl to the conference's already heavy lineup.

Adding another bowl tie-in will allow the SEC to accommodate its new 14-team roster.

An agreement might come sooner than later.

"We're in conversations now, and attempting to provide another bowl for the next two years," SEC commissioner Mike Slive said. "We think we'll be able to make an announcement shortly."

In 2011, 11 of the teams in the SEC's new 14-school league were bowl-eligible, and the SEC had nine bowl tie-ins, not counting the opportunities provided by the BCS.

And the SEC's recent string of success has paid off in a big way. The SEC will distribute approximately $241.5 million in revenue sharing to the 12 league institutions. Each school received an average of $20.1 million.

Broken down by categories, football television earned by far the most money by producing $116.6 million, a number that likely will rise after the SEC renegotiates its TV contracts with CBS and ESPN to reflect the league's new 14-team structure.

Slive would not set a timetable on when the league's TV renegotiation will be complete.

Focus on concussions

The SEC has created a working group on concussions, chaired by Mississippi chancellor Dan Jones, to evaluate and research sports-related concussions and ways to treat and prevent the injury in all sports.

The SEC's move echoed a similar move made by the Big Ten.

"What we're going to start with is looking at what schools are now doing, both within the league and elsewhere," Florida president Bernie Machen said. "We will look at professional sports as well to find out what the standards of care are out there."

Title shot

With the addition of Texas A&M's equestrian team, the SEC voted Friday to sponsor equestrian as an SEC sport.

Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas A&M will now be eligible to compete for a conference championship.

"To give these ladies an opportunity to compete for an SEC championship is what we're all about," Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said.

Quick hits

Auburn's Jay Gogue will be the SEC president for the next two years. The NCAA has not ruled on the transfer status of Jay Prosch, the Auburn fullback who transferred from Illinois and applied for a medical hardship, Jacobs said. Alabama women's golfer Brooke Pancake is one of two SEC nominees for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

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