Slive: NCAA change is in the air

By John Zenor

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, July 19 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

"Obviously when we did our deal we set the pace, and in our contract we have a concept called look-ins," Slive said. "At periodic points during the life of the contract, we can sit down with ESPN and take a look-in and look at the status of television, technology, all aspects of television, and at that point make adjustments that the parties agree are appropriate to make sure that everything that we intended to achieve with the contracts would in fact be available to us."

—The talk of expansion has died down since last summer, when Oklahoma President David Boren said the SEC offered his school and Texas A&M spots in the league. Slive doesn't dismiss the possibility of future expansion but said nothing is in the works.

"As we speak right now, there isn't really anything going on," he said. Then he repeated, "As we speak."

He had previously said the SEC wouldn't make such a move unless there was a "significant shift in the conference paradigm"? Nebraska joined the former Big Ten, while Colorado and Utah moved to the Pac-12.

"I don't think (that) constituted a paradigm shift as I was defining them in my mind when I said it," Slive said. "Obviously I think both of those leagues have helped themselves by what they've done. We will be always thinking about what is it that the SEC can or should do to make itself stronger. Whether or not that involves expansion, we'll just have to wait and see."

—The SEC also submitted proposals in June, in a letter obtained by AP, to relax some of the rules governing contact between coaches and recruits. That includes allowing coaches to text recruits and eliminating the rule against incidental contact by combining the recruiting periods for having contact with prospects and evaluating them.

"Instances of incidental contact, commonly referred to as 'bumps,' are a source for media reports questioning the integrity of college coaches, create the expectation that high school coaches arrange incidental contact during an evaluation period and place college coaches intent on following the rules at a distinct disadvantaged compared to those who act with disregard," the letter states.

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