SEC realignment has been a topic of sorts in recent days but, according to SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, the buzz circulating has very little to do with actual discussions behind closed doors. At the start of SEC Media Days, Sankey addressed the media and kept his answer quite brief with regard to realignment.
“It has not been an agenda item at a meeting.
Yes, that is the full quote.
It is somewhat hard to believe that realignment hasn’t been brought up at any point, especially since Auburn AD Jay Jacobs said the following in May. (via 247Sports)
“It makes more sense for Auburn from the standpoint of the demographics of our students, not our student-athletes. Six or eight years ago, I looked at all the demographics. Most of all our students come from Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, a few from Mississippi, very few from Louisiana. Since we went to the national championship twice we’ve got more geographical students from all over the place but still the majority of our students come from the southeast.”
Until realignment happens or someone closes the door on it in earnest, discussions will percolate, if only because some of the most powerful people in the conference want the issue to be explored. For now, though, the party line is status quo and it isn’t as if the SEC is struggling right now.