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Emmert's Next Challenge? NCAA's Money Issues

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On a jog recently at the Final Four, I bumped into Mike Slive, the Southeastern Conference commissioner. We couldn't have been more than a healthy 6-iron from the NCAA headquarters.

"What's going on with expansion?" I asked, hoping he might leak a kernel of news.

"Which one?" he responded, without a hesitation.

Those two issues — conference expansion and growth in the size of the NCAA men's basketball-tournament field — have lately shoved aside any other news in college athletics.

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