Officials keep distance from expansion fever

Such speculation about future members of the Southeastern Conference has bounced off walls of barber shops and beer joints from Jackson to Jacksonville, Memphis to Miami and Louisville, Miss., to Louisville, Ky., in recent weeks.

Within the walls of the Sandestin Hilton Tuesday, it didn’t – at least not as much.

In the sprawling beachside resort hotel where the SEC started its four-day annual meetings, the reaction from administrators and coaches was much more like this from Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone: