Greg Sankey tells Paul Finebaum: 'SEC is not the conference that has been clamoring for playoff expansion'
Back before Oklahoma and Texas accepted invitations to join the SEC, the biggest story of the college football offseason was the College Football Playoff working group’s recommendation for expansion to a 12-team CFP field.
Now, with the SEC expanding to 16 teams, there has been some talk of hitting the pause button on expanding the Playoff field to 12 teams in 2023.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey appeared on “The Paul Finebaum Show” Friday. When the topic of CFP expansion came up, Sankey reminded Finebaum that the SEC wasn’t the conference pushing for expansion.
“We are not the conference that has been clamoring for playoff expansion. That comes repeatedly from others. We’ve said and I’ve said ‘four is working, has worked and can continue to work,'” Sankey said to Finebaum.
Stewart Mandel of The Athletic identified Sankey’s response as a “mild shot” at the Pac 12 after commissioner George George Kliavkoff told the publication he had “some concern about the way the 12-team proposal was constructed” after the SEC expansion news.
More from Sankey can be heard in the clip below:
“We’re not the conference that has been clamoring for expansion” of the College Football Playoff.
Greg Sankey reacts to the idea that expanding the SEC might slow down expansion of the CFP: pic.twitter.com/DE7eDOUTId
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) July 30, 2021