SEC Declines to Invite Texas A&M; Battle Tears ACL

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University of Florida president Dr. Bernie Machen told ESPN on Sunday afternoon that the SEC’s presidents and chancellors met on Sunday and “reaffirmed our satisfaction with the present 12 institutional alignment.” Machen acknowledged that expansion could still take place in the future, but for now, the SEC is satisfied with 12 teams.

The leaders of the SEC decided not to extend an invitation to Texas A&M, which has been rumored all week long. An SEC official told the New York Times earlier in the week that adding a 14th team could be a problem.

“We realize if we do this, we have to have the 14th,” the SEC official said. “No name has been thrown out. This thing is much slower out of the chute than the media and blogs have made it.”

Battle Tears ACL

Virginia Tech r-senior defensive tackle Kwamaine Battle tore his left ACL during Saturday’s scrimmage and will miss the 2011 football season. Battle tore the same ACL last September against James Madison and missed the remainder of the season.

It’s a terrible piece of luck for Battle, who would be going into his second season as a starting defensive tackle if not for the original ACL injury.

With Battle out of the rotation, r-junior Isaiah Hamlette will become the #3 defensive tackle. True freshman Luther Maddy is #4.

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