Missouri’s AD, after observing that the SEC is pretty satisfied with a 14-school conference – at least for the moment, anyway – goes on to mention that “… there remains debate about whether the league could go from an eight-conference game format to nine.”
Likely translation: the networks (CBS in particular) still haven’t been impressed enough by the sheer genius of Mike Slive to pony up the kind of money the conference thinks it deserves from this round of expansion, but are willing to talk turkey if there’s more product.
My prediction is that if there’s more TV money for a school in a ninth conference game than in a seventh home game against a non-conference
cupcake opponent, then we’ll get that added SEC game. The coaches won’t be happy, but money talks louder. Besides, they’ll be mollified with some sort of assurance that the selection committee will take into account how tough the conference is.