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The Southeastern Conference media days are taking place at the College Football Hall of Fame and The Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban took part in media days Tuesday.
Saban was asked if he views the SEC having 18 or 20 teams in the next few years.
“I have no idea — you know I don’t like to answer hypothetical questions, which that could be as hypothetical as any I’ve ever been asked,” Saban said. “I do think there is some tendency, as current events sort of indicate, that mega conferences may be something in the future. It’s not my job or my role to understand the dynamics of what’s in the best interest of college football, the SEC, other conferences in terms of how they expand, but this has always been something that has happened. I know one thing for sure, we have a great league. We made two really positive additions (Oklahoma, Texas) to our league that are going to come online in a few years.
“I think there’s a lot of underlying dynamics from a business standpoint that could impact and affect how this happens, if it does happen in the future, but for right now, we have 14 teams in our league for the next couple years. We have some really, really good teams in our league. It’s a very competitive league. You got to be on task each and every week that you play. That’s kind of what we’re trying to stay focused on. That question’s probably a better question for Greg Sankey or conference commissioners who maybe are looking at what’s in the best interest of their league in the future. I’m sure they would say maybe yes and maybe no. Who knows what those circumstances may have an impact and effect in a positive way on each and every league and on college football in general, but I do think if we move toward the mega conference, again, that whole thing about competitive balance is going to be in question. Look, I’m not here to say we should have it or we shouldn’t have it, but if we have two 20-team leagues, how is that going to impact all the people that are not in those leagues? That’s a question for all of you to speculate and answer on. I really can’t speculate on that.”