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.