DESTIN, Fla. - The presidents and chancellors of the 12 SEC schools will discuss expansion today on the final day of the business meetings.
The discussion might be a bit more lively after an Internet report from Orangebloods.com said Thursday that the Pac-10 is prepared to invite Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado to join.
Orangebloods reporter Chip Brown said the 16-team conference would start its own TV network that would command premium subscriber dollars worth $20 million in revenue to each conference member.
Brown also reported that the new conference would include schools in seven of the country's top 20 TV markets.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive said his league will continue to be "strategic and thoughtful" the way it approaches expansion.
"We'll discuss it on our terms, without reacting to what we hear or read, though we pay attention to what is happening around us," Slive said. "We have to think about who we are. We're a very special league with a very special fan base, and we've had very special success. We're the mostly widely distributed conference in the country."
Slive said he's not worried that other conferences would steal one of his SEC schools.
He didn't want to comment on reports that Texas A&M had discussions with SEC about joining the league.
"The important thing is to stay focused on things that make us better," Slive said. "We think about our best interests long term."
Florida president Bernie Machen still thinks the SEC doesn't need to do anything hasty.
"We're in a pretty good position," Machen said. "We're a very powerful league. We just met with the ESPN people (the conference began a 15-year contract with the network last football and basketball season) and their ratings are up 15 percent.
"Hopefully, we've got enough sense not to mess up what we've got going."
Football Telecasts: Both ESPN and CBS released dates for some of its early season telecasts.
Here's what has been released so far with all times EST:
n Sept. 2: Southern Mississippi at South Carolina, ESPN, 7:30 p.m.
n Sept. 4: Miami of Ohio at Florida, ESPN, noon; Kentucky at Louisville, ABC, 3:30 p.m.; LSU vs. North Carolina in Atlanta, ABC, 7 p.m.
n Sept. 9: Auburn at Mississippi State, ESPN, 7:30 p.m.
n Sept. 11: Georgia at South Carolina, CBS, noon; Oregon at Tennessee, 7 p.m. ESPN2; Penn State at Alabama, ESPN, 8 p.m.; Ole Miss at Tulane, 9 p.m., ESPN Classic or ESPN2.
n Sept. 18: Arkansas at Georgia, ESPN or ESPN2, noon; Florida at Tennessee, CBS, 3:30 p.m.; Alabama at Duke, ABC, 3:30 p.m.; Clemson at Auburn, ESPN, 7 p.m.
n Oct. 30: Georgia vs. Florida in Jacksonville, CBS, 3:30 p.m.
n Dec. 4: SEC championship game, CBS, 4 p.m.
Early To Rise: SEC football coaches are finally unanimous.
They want the league to sponsor NCAA legislation for early signing period, but the coaches haven't advanced their discussion to figure out when the signing period should be.
"We think the early signing date in December would be disadvantage to us as coaches and our team," LSU coach Les Miles said. "You don't want a ton of kids taking official visits during the season, because you are still trying to coach your team.
"We're still searching for a date that fits a dead period without official visits.
The signing period is aimed at the recruits who have committed early to schools, the recruits that have known for a long time that they preferred a certain school.
"There are guys who live within driving distance of a campus and have taken five or more unofficial visits that don't need to take an official visit," Miles said.
"You know they want to sign with your school."