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Vols AD says SEC will add another team

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart says the SEC will expand again and officials at each school need to have frank discussions before moving forward.

The addition of Texas A&M as the SEC's 13th team was good, Hart said, but the league's leaders must take their next steps deliberately.

"I think a lot of the conversation is just where we go from here, obviously, because at some point 13 will not be the number," Hart, Florida State's former AD, said Thursday. "There are a multitude of components to this that we have yet to really delve into. We will do that in relatively short order, but it's very complex in nature."

SEC commissioner Mike Slive was not available for comment.

The SEC announced Sunday that Texas A&M will join in July after leaving the Big 12. Slive said later in the week the league's presidents and chancellors are not currently considering any other schools for admission and he anticipates having no additional members for the 2012-13 season.

The Kansas City Star previously reported the SEC has talked to Missouri. The school's board of curators is set to meet about conference affiliation Tuesday, but the Star reported Wednesday it likely won't make a final decision then.

Hart, hired by Tennessee on Sept. 5 after spending three seasons as Alabama's assistant AD, declined to give his preference for the 14th school. He said he anticipated a number of conversations would take place in the coming weeks among the SEC's leaders on topics such as scheduling, division membership, academics and the "business aspect" of realignment. He added that those conversations will help Slive determine the future of the conference.

"I think to say the least, this is and will be a fluid situation for weeks to come; maybe months to come," Hart said. "People understand to some degree the complexity, but they really don't understand the magnitude of the complexity. It's ongoing in nature."

Rebels chancellor says he won't be pressured into firing AD

OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi chancellor Dan Jones said in a letter to alumni he won't bow to pressure to fire athletic director Pete Boone. In the letter released Thursday, Jones writes he's committed to athletic excellence and will not succumb to "anonymous, malicious and public attacks" demanding Boone be fired.

Boone and football coach Houston Nutt have been under pressure for a 1-3 start. A group called Forward Rebels has taken out several full-page ads in Mississippi newspapers demanding changes in the school administration. And Jones said he has received threats saying if he doesn't make changes, "It is going to get real ugly."

Alabama: Linebacker C.J. Mosley, who sus­tained an elbow injury last week against Arkansas, will be a game-day decision for Saturday against Florida, coach Nick Saban said.

Arkansas: Starting defensive end Jake Bequette, out since Sept. 10 with a pulled hamstring, likely will sit out Saturday.

Auburn: The school announced Dee Ford, one of its most experienced defensive ends, had back surgery this week and is out for the season.

Baylor: The NCAA denied the school's request that redshirt freshman running back Lache Seas­trunk, who transferred from Oregon last month, be granted a hardship waiver and allowed to play this season. The NCAA is investigating Oregon's relationship with Willie Lyles, head of a Houston-based recruiting service and Seastrunk's mentor. Invoices show Oregon paid Lyles $25,000 for a "2011 National Package" that had no information about recruits from the class. Seastrunk, fourth on Oregon's depth chart, transferred to be closer to his ill grandmother.

Cincinnati: The NCAA placed the football and women's basketball programs on probation for improperly calling recruits. The university self-reported the violations, and the NCAA accepted its sanctions, which include restrictions on calls.

TCU: Ed Wesley, the team's leading rusher last season, is expected to play Saturday. He has been out since the opener with a shoulder injury.

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