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Waiting on Texas A&M, SEC thinking 13 teams

NEXT UP, GATORS: Tennessee’s Tyler Bray looks for a receiver during a record-setting performance against Cincinnati. The Vols and Gators open SEC play Saturday in Gainesville.

Associated Press

NEXT UP, GATORS: Tennessee’s Tyler Bray looks for a receiver during a record-setting performance against Cincinnati. The Vols and Gators open SEC play Saturday in Gainesville.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — SEC commissioner Mike Slive said he remains hopeful Texas A&M will join the league by next season and that the conference has started to look at schedules for next year involving 13 teams.

In a statement Monday, Slive also said the SEC was not looking to expand beyond Texas A&M.

The SEC has no "immediate plans" to add a 14th team, he said. Slive said the conference isn't "thinking in terms of numbers" and that the league only considers the strength of the SEC and the "attractiveness of Texas A&M as an institution."

SEC presidents voted to accept Texas A&M last week, contingent on Texas A&M being free of legal issues regarding its departure from the Big 12. Several Big 12 schools said they have not waived their right to consider litigation.

Meanwhile, Texas and Oklahoma officials reportedly met over the weekend amid speculation that the Sooners are considering leaving the Big 12, possibly for the Pac-12. Texas officials want to keep the Big 12 intact.

Changed score controversy: Sports bettors in Nevada are complaining to state gambling regulators over a scoring change in Saturday's USC-Utah game that didn't affect the outcome but swung the betting result in many sports books from the Utes to the Trojans. Enforcement chief Jerry Markling of the Nevada Gaming Control Board said regulators have been taking calls from gamblers and casinos and are trying to resolve disputes after Pac-12 officials changed the score two hours after it ended. Steven Frith, 29, of Folsom, Calif., said the wager ruined a trip to Las Vegas with his wife because he spent Saturday night and Sunday trying to convince officials at the Aria Resort & Casino to pay his wager on USC. "It just seems like horrible customer service that this is what it came to," Frith said.

Poll update: No. 2 Alabama gained a first-place vote in the Associated Press poll and No. 1 Oklahoma lost one after a mistake in the entry of the ballots was corrected. South Carolina is now 10th and Nebraska 11th, and Texas moved from No. 24 into a tie for 23rd with TCU.

Boston college: Offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers will take a leave of absence for unspecified health reasons. Tight ends coach Dave Brock was promoted to coordinator.

lsu: Police returned 33 pairs of shoes to suspended quarterback Jordan Jefferson but are keeping 16 pairs while they continue an investigation of a bar fight involving Tigers players. Jefferson's lawyers filed a motion last week seeking the return of all of the shoes unless police could show probable cause to keep any of them as evidence in the investigation of an Aug. 19 brawl.

Minnesota: Coach Jerry Kill could be on the sideline Saturday after suffering a seizure over the weekend. Kill remained hospitalized. Dr. Pat Smith said Kill was "doing very well."

pitt: Coach Todd Graham is sticking with Tino Sunseri at quarterback. Sunseri was pulled for freshman Trey Anderson early in the fourth quarter.

Tennessee: Quarterback Tyler Bray is on a hot streak as he and the Vols head to Gainesville to face the Gators on Saturday. Bray was named the SEC offensive player of the week after a win against Cincinnati. The sophomore threw for a career-high 405 yards, going 34-of-41 for a school-record 82.9 percent.

Texas: Garrett Gilbert is out as the starting quarterback, with Case McCoy and David Ash going Saturday at UCLA. McCoy and Ash came off the bench in the second quarter and rotated snaps, leading a rally past BYU. "The one thing we've committed to ourselves and our team is that if something's not working, change it," coach Mack Brown said. "It's a product of are you moving the ball? Are you scoring points? As a staff, we said let's try something else. The combination of David and Case worked." Freshman Malcolm Brown will replace senior Fozzy Whittaker as starting tailback.

Wisconsin: Cornerback Devin Smith has a left foot injury and might be out for the season.

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