The Southeastern Conference commissioner said Wednesday a decision could be made later this year but cautioned it’s premature to speculate on what changes might be made. He says they need time to sit down and analyze plans with discussions needed among the conferences.
“Really a lot of this discussion is premature, and I want to respect the process that we’re in,” Slive told members of the Nashville Sports Council during a question-and-answer session. “We’ve had four-year formats since we started. We’ve done it on the basis of four years, so each four-year period you have to sit down and decide what format is going to be going forward. So we have decided to sit down and talk about this from every different side.”
Slive said they started discussions the day after Alabama beat Louisiana State University for the SEC’s sixth consecutive national championship in January with another meeting scheduled later this month.
Slive said there will be several meetings on the topic after he saw no interest from his colleagues or other conferences in pursuing a four-team playoff to decide the BCS championship back in 2008.
The format of pairing four teams playing two semifinals plus the title game was proposed by Slive and the commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference only to be shot down by leaders of the Big Ten, Pac-10, Big East, Big 12 and Notre Dame.
Now the Big Ten is expressing interest in changes.
Slive shot down talk of any further expansion. The SEC added Texas A&M and Missouri as the league’s 13th and 14th members with the 2012 football schedules released only a few weeks ago, and conference officials have many more details to handle.
“We’re at 14,” the commissioner said. “It’s going to take us time to absorb.”