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SEC and expansion: Lunch is provided

ATHENS - This is just a small note about the ongoing drama with expansion, but I thought I'd pass it along.

A document released by UGA under the open records law confirms that SEC commissioner Mike Slive met in person with the 12 school presidents on Sunday in Atlanta. They were scheduled to meet for three hours. They didn't want their planes tracked.

The league sent an e-mail to each of the school presidents, along with a member of their staff, apprising them of the meeting. It was held at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel near Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta. Lunch was to be provided, and the note adds: "Commissioner Slive anticipates that the meeting will conclude no later than 1 p.m."

The SEC also wanted to make sure the location of the meeting wasn't well-known:

"If you are flying privately, please have your pilots ensure that the tail number on your plane is not tracked," the e-mail states.

Of course what exactly was said in that meeting, and where things are going, remains a closely-guarded secret.

Florida president Bernie Machen released a statement later in the day through the SEC office stating that they had met 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.”

Georgia president Michael Adams said through a spokesman on Monday that "in light of this weekend’s developments, President Adams has determined to respectfully decline to make comments to media for the time being."