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Vandy vice chancellor hints SEC not done expanding


Conference realignment has been dormant for the past couple of weeks as far as headline news is concerned, but there’s no doubt that deals are still being worked behind the scenes, especially with regards to the Big East.

We still don’t know officially who’s received a formal invite, but UCF, Houston and now BYU all seem like they’re getting close to finalizing things.

Once that’s all worked out, that would put an end to the realignment discussion for the BCS AQ schools, right?

Perhaps not.

According to Vanderbilt’s official site, more SEC expansion could be on the way. David Williams, vice chancellor for university affairs and athletics at Vanderbilt, told the school’s Athletics Committee on the Board of Trust this week that expansion is one of many reforms the conference is considering in the coming years. Specifically,  Williams said the SEC would probably expand by two more schools.

“These are some of the most aggressive and boldest set of reforms I’ve seen come in athletics for a long time,” Williams said.

Among other things discussed were “rules to limit the participation of freshmen in college sports, higher admissions standards for transfers out of junior colleges and limiting the amount of athletic scholarships that can be offered.”

The SEC shook up this latest round of realignment with the additions of Texas A&M and Missouri. TCU and West Virginia (whenever they can get this lawsuit over with) have/will be brought in to fill those final two spots in the Big 12, and the Big East is just trying to keep itself afloat after losing Syracuse and Pitt to the ACC in addition to TCU and WVU.

The Pac-12 and Big Ten both stayed at 12 members while Conference USA and the Mountain West formed a football-only 22-member how-in-the-hell-is-this-going-to-work “alliance”.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.