You can't tell me that with all the recent talk of expansion in college football, especially surrounding the Pac-10 and the Big 10, that the SEC is content to remain on the sidelines. You just can't.

I mean, c'mon.

If you and I know about this stuff, can you imagine what's going on behind closed doors at SEC headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama? Or what's being whispered into the cell phones between SEC member school athletic directors, presidents, boosters, and mascots?

The SEC was pretty much out in front of things back in 1991 when they expanded to their present 12 team format.

But that was 20 years ago. Can you believe it? Almost a quarter century!

Now what?

Now that the cat's out of the bag (or should I say, the Irish are in the bag?), who's going to tell the emperor that the flaps are open on the robe? And that we're all downwind?

There are a million and one permutations and opinions as to what school is going to join which conference, and when and why.

But what if one of the biggies leaking oil and getting a little loose in the corners expand to, say, a 14 or more member league?

What if one of those conferences that wants to be a bigger big-leaguer does an end-around, drops an extra ExtenZe tablet, and "out-SECs" the SEC?

What then?

What now?

Do you really think the SEC power pups haven't contemplated this yet? Like they're just sort of hanging out, waiting for things to shake themselves out?

A line from the movie, Beer League (ya gotta be from Jersey, sorry), perhaps best answers that one: "I don't 'tank' so!"

So who's it gonna be boy?

Florida State? Miami?

Maybe the whole ACC merges with the SEC to form The Great Dixie Land Hydra?

Or is the elephant in the room just going to slink quietly away, incognito, dressed up like an Oakland A's pachyderm?