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Memphis AD says
Tigers SEC-worthy

MEMPHIS (AP) — University of Memphis Athletic Director R.C. Johnson says the school deserves to be in the Southeastern Conference.
He told WMC-TV on Monday that the SEC is where Memphis belongs geographically (http://bit.ly/qR7G2r ).
Johnson said the university wants to get in the best possible place and ultimately would like to be in the SEC. Memphis is now in Conference USA, where the Tigers field strong basketball teams but struggling football teams.
Johnson told the station he believes conference realignment is part of making a bright future for the school’s teams.
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Information from: WMC-TV, http://www.wmctv.com/

SEC not yet ready
to add 14th school

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference isn’t ready to expand yet.
SEC leaders met Monday for their regularly scheduled fall meeting but took no action on expansion.
The SEC says in a statement that the presidents and chancellors “discussed a wide range of issues dealing with the changing landscape of intercollegiate athletics” but didn’t make any moves on expansion.
The SEC is adding a 13th member when Texas A&M joins the league in July.
University of Missouri curators have given Chancellor Brady Deaton the authority to explore a move to another conference rather than immediately commit to the reeling Big 12.

Packers’ Clifton out
with hamstring injury

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says veteran left tackle Chad Clifton has a “significant” hamstring injury after leaving Sunday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.
The team has not established a timeline for Clifton’s return, but it sounds like Clifton will miss multiple games. McCarthy says it may be “a couple of weeks” before the Packers’ medical staff even has a full picture of how serious the injury is.
Clifton was bowled over by Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards in the second quarter and remained on the turf, clutching his right leg. He had to be helped to the sideline and then was carted to the locker room.
Published in The Messenger 10.11.11

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