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    Published on 05-31-2013 05:48 PM
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    DESTIN, Fla. -- The SEC announced today a record-high $289.4 million distribution to its 14 members for 2012-13, an average of $20.7 million per member.

    This was the first year for Texas A&M and Missouri, and the 19-percent increase in total revenue distribution from 2011-12 includes new television revenue due to expansion. The SEC's revenue distribution total had increased by 11 percent between 2011 and 2012 prior to the new schools.

    The average payout for schools is slightly up from last year. The SEC announced an average payout last year of $20.1 million, and tax records show the actual amount was $20.4 million. The $289.4 million announced today does not include about $15 million retained by the schools for bowl participation and an NCAA academic grant.

    "We passed out a bit of money to folks," SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said. "We hope to be able to tell you that every year from here on out. You must remember that we're dividing by 14, so that's a pretty healthy number."

    by Published on 05-04-2013 07:00 AM
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    SEC to 9 football games? Key decision-makers have hardened, flexible & evolving feelings.

    ATLANTA -- "The Phantom Menace" is how Mississippi State Athletics Director Scott Stricklin jokingly refers to the recurring question of whether the SEC should go to nine conference football games.

    "We keep voting for eight," Stricklin said, "and nine keeps coming up."

    In many ways, the nine-game talk never went away. It's front and center again because the Big Ten switched to nine games, the SEC Network is official, and SEC Commissioner Mike Slive has pushed again for the nine-game discussion while saying he's keeping an open mind.

    SEC coaches have weighed in with their thoughts. But although coaches are a crucial voice, it's ultimately up to SEC athletics directors and presidents and chancellors.

    Interviews with some key decision-makers this week reflect hardened, flexible and evolving feelings by SEC members about eight vs. nine games. Potentially at stake for the SEC: