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Gamecock prez, SEC differ on 9-game schedule

Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:51 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Could the SEC take the plunge with a nine-game schedule in 2012? The league says no. But South Carolina president Harris Pastides says yes.

Pastides told the Carolina student newspaper the Daily Gamecock that the SEC had agreed to play a nine-game conference schedule as soon as next season, with each team playing the full six-team divisional round robin (as mandated by NCAA bylaws) and three cross-divisional games.

Since that would require each SEC team to drop a nonconference opponent from their schedule, Pastides said a plan had been put into place for the conference to reimburse schools for the costs of buying out that nonconference game. That same plan was also indepently reported by the Sporting News' Matt Hayes.

But if SEC public relations official, Charles Bloom is to be believed, a nine-game schedule would be news to the conference itself. Not long after the Pastidies interview went public, Bloom tweeted the following:


Not a lot of interpretative wiggle room in that statement, is there?

So: who's telling the truth? Speaking as fans of interesting, traditional cross-divisional games like Auburn-Tennessee or LSU-Georgia -- is anyone not? -- it would be nice if Pastides was; on an eight-game schedule, six divisional games and one protected crossover game means just one slot available for rotating through the other six cross-divisional opponents. Like the past two years' worth of meetings between Alabama and Florida? Sure hope so, because under the eight-game plan you won't see the Tide and Gators play again for 10 years.

But we're expecting that's the plan the SEC is adopting anyway. Nine games means one fewer nonconference game and one fewer revenue-generating home game every other year, and that's assuming you're talking about a team with four home games to start with; with Florida's annual home-and-home rivalry with Florida State and the neutral site game vs. Georgia, it's conceivable the Gators would play just five home games in a year. They won't go for that, and it's doubtful other SEC teams with important nonconference rivalries (Carolina vs. Clemson, Georgia vs. Georgia Tech) would either. Reports were rampant Monday morning that SEC A.D.'s and coaches were unilaterally opposed to a nine-game slate, and that's 100 percent what we would expect.

So until Mike Slive himself confirms that Pastides and the other presidents have strong-armed their schools into the nine-game plan, don't get your hopes up for it. The money says eight is better, and the money usually gets what it wants.
Comments

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 4:06 pm
 

SEC

Scheduling---it will not matter.  LsU and alabama will be dominating the conference for years with Miles and Saban.  The rest of the teams are pretenders.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Gamecock prez, SEC differ on 9-game schedule

How can you complain about Florida's schedule when UGA just blew out New Mexico State?



Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Gamecock prez, SEC differ on 9-game schedule

That would give LSU a run at the SEC championship every single year as the West rep. 
Your forget Arkansas has beaten LSU 3 out of the last 4 games, so LSU wouldn't win the West every year.



Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Gamecock prez, SEC differ on 9-game schedule

That's ridiculous!  Alabama is not going to move or be moved to the East.  That would give LSU a run at the SEC championship every single year as the West rep.  Slive will leave Alabama alone and maybe move Auburn to the East which would preserve the AUB/GA game and the Iron Bowl. 

I just think its a shame that the SEC is even adding TXAM and MIZZ.  



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Gamecock prez, SEC differ on 9-game schedule

That is totally pathetic.  8 conference games only?  We all know that Florida is the biggest chicken s**t school out there when it comes to non-con scheduling, but the entire Conference does not have to adopt Florida's stance.  What this means is that Florida would play 6 divisional games, LSU, and just ONE other non-divisional game every season.  A team like Alabama would rarely play Florida, Georgia, or South Carolina because they would play Tennessee every year.  The SEC would just be watering down their product.  Do you really think that anyhone is going to give Florida any credit at all for hosting a team like Furman?  The SEC should do the right thing, but that appears to be doubtful at this stage.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 7, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Gamecock prez, SEC differ on 9-game schedule

They should have stayed at 12 teams and they would not have these issues. 



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Gamecock prez, SEC differ on 9-game schedule

Yuck. Rather stay in the west even if it means playing LSU every year.




Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 2:06 pm
 

Gamecock prez, SEC differ on 9-game schedule

@huachaka:   While I don't disagree with your suggestion, I don't think you'll see it happen.  Vandy to the West makes the most sense as their "rivalries" aren't very heated from what I saw living in Tennessee.  However, they broke out the "we must balance the east to the west" crap last time around.  I don't foresee that happening unless something really weird happens and the SEC adopts OU/OSU as the 15/16th teams and given their lack of interest I don't foresee that happening.  The other alternative is moving Auburn, placing Mizzou where it makes logical sense, and going to a 9 game schedule.  They seem to be fighting that as well so who knows.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Gamecock prez, SEC differ on 9-game schedule

9 conference games make more sense

1 annual cross rivalry game
2 rotating cross division games (one away, one home across 2 years)
6 in division games




Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Gamecock prez, SEC differ on 9-game schedule

They should of been playing a 9 game schedule all along. Now with 2 additional teams , they are going to stick with 8??? So every 4 years they will then have played every conference team at least once? and home and away every 8 years. What a Joke Conference!!This is why super conferences are a joke!!


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