Commissioner Mike Slive tried to temporarily quell the "enormous speculation" about whether — or more likely when — the SEC will add a 14th member to join Texas A&M.
A day after festivities welcoming member No. 13, Slive said Tuesday that the SEC presidents and chancellors are not considering any other schools for admission and that Texas A&M was the only one to submit an application. He reiterated that he anticipates having 13 members in 2012-13.
"I really can't emphasize this enough. This has all been about Texas A&M," Slive said. "We have not initiated any conversations with any institution."
The SEC will begin negotiations this fall with ESPN and CBS to upgrade the 15-year contracts with both networks, Slive said, and league athletic directors will meet in the next few weeks to begin considering options such as scheduling. He said he wasn't sure if Texas A&M would land in the SEC West, but "obviously it makes sense to me that Texas A&M be in the West."
Big 12 talk: Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard, chairman of the Big 12 athletic directors, said the group is fully engaged and committed to putting together necessary agreements to provide stability for the conference. But formalizing such agreements among the nine schools is still a work in process.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma State billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens said the Big 12 is in trouble if Missouri leaves. Missouri has been rumored to possibly follow Texas A&M to the SEC.
Auburn: Redshirt freshman receiver Trovon Reed (shoulder) will not play against South Carolina on Saturday.
Connecticut: Junior quarterback Johnny McEntee will be the starter, overtaking freshman Michael Nebrich and redshirt freshman Scott McCummings.
Oklahoma: Gabe Ikard has taken over as starting center after Ben Habern broke his right forearm against Missouri.
Purdue: Quarterback Robert Marve, who missed a year after tearing the ACL in his left knee, could play a big role Saturday against Notre Dame, said coach Danny Hope, who likes the former Plant High standout's experience. Caleb TerBush is the starter.
South Carolina: Coach Steve Spurrier offered support for quarterback Stephen Garcia, who has seven interceptions, the most in the country. "I'm the best friend he's got at South Carolina," Spurrier said of the former Jefferson High star. "I don't know why people say I don't like him. If I didn't like him, he wouldn't be here."
Tennessee: Former assistant Willie Mack Garza paid for a top recruit and his mother to fly to Knoxville for an unofficial recruiting trip during Lane Kiffin's tenure, Yahoo Sports reported. Garza followed Kiffin to USC but resigned Sept. 1. Garza could not be reached by the Associated Press, and Kiffin said he had no knowledge of the incident.
USC: The Pac-12 reprimanded quarterback Matt Barkley for referring to Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict as a dirty player.
Vanderbilt: Starting linebacker Tristan Strong (leg) will miss the rest of the season.