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SEC Commish Sankey: Conference is fine without CFP expansion

Greg Sankey still believes 12-team CFP expansion would benefit the sport, but his own league is in good shape regardlessGARY COSBY JR./USA TODAY NETWORK

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said that the conference is "just fine keeping the College Football Playoff at four teams," even if the "rest of the sport is not," according to Bennett Durando of the MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER. Sankey yesterday said that he "still believes 12-team expansion would benefit the sport for a number of reasons," but his own league is "in good shape regardless of what the future holds." He said, "We can stay at four. This conference will thrive at four. Period. That's not healthy for the rest of FBS college football, but we can stay at four." Sankey said that two weeks ago when the CFP management committee met, the notion was presented to him that with the SEC soon expanding to 16 teams, fewer playoff teams will "mean fewer opportunities for his own league." Sankey: "If you go back and look at why we went into the format, it wasn't because this conference asked for the format. We just felt the responsibility to be a contributor in the conversation." He added that if he "looked at the world 'solely from an SEC lens,' he would not have favored expansion" (MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER, 5/10). In Birmingham, Nubyjas Wilborn writes "evidence backs" Sankey in his belief that the SEC will "put teams in the playoffs no matter what the format will be as time goes on." However, out of "benevolence and more money for everyone," the conference is "willing to let the other conferences have some hope of making the playoffs" (BIRMINGHAM NEWS, 5/10).

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