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UGA AD: No discussion of 14-team '12 SEC schedule

Posted on: October 24, 2011 6:47 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 6:50 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Last time we checked in on the ongoing SEC 2012 scheduling mystery, the league seemed 100 percent committed to some form of 13-game schedule, with any additional teams -- Missouri, Missouri or potentially Missouri -- on hold until the 2013 football season. But then Mizzou chancellor Brady Deaton said that any move made by his institution would be "applicable to the next year," seemingly reopening the door for  the Tigers to join as soon as next year.

But to hear Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity tell it, that door may not be open after all. In an interview with the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, McGarity said that in discussions of the SEC's 2012 football schedule, the league has focused exclusively on a slate without any hypothetical late additions.

"That's all that we're really focusing on right now is the 13-team model," McGarity said.

He added that the SEC's concentration has been exclusively on finding a workable solution for 2012, not establishing any kind of long-term solutions for preserving rivalries or cross-divisional rotations.

"There are various challenges that will be clarified here shortly," McGarity said. "But we all realize that we're just focusing on one year. ... That's really our mission right now."

That would seem to indicate that  the conference (rather obviously) isn't planning on staying at 13 teams for very long. But a "one year" solution might also suggest the league is planning on having newcomer Texas A&M play their eight league contests as a four-four divisional split, a move that would keep the second half of this year's home-and-home cross-division rotation intact.

That kind of split would never work as anything more than a single-season patch job, but SEC spokesman Larry Templeton has already called it the "least disruptive" plan for next year.

At this late stage, of course, adding Missouri would be even more disruptive. But if the SEC's scheduling intentions as portrayed by McGarity are any indication, that's one disruption that will wait until 2013.


Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:53 pm

Missouri to the SEC did not start last year

Do you some of you just assume stuff?  

BTW- this is just a DUMB blog post.  It is simple to add a 14th team to a schedule.   

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:35 pm

UGA AD: No discussion of 14-team '12 SEC schedule

Agreed the posturing and fence-sitting is tedious to say the least.  Just commit one way or the other and be done with it. 

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 8:55 pm

UGA AD: No discussion of 14-team '12 SEC schedule

Compare the Missouri/SEC on-going discussions with how the ACC added Syracuse and Pitt and the difference is amazing. 

Missouri/SEC seems to take forever.  Wasn't this discussion really started last year?

ACC offerring and accepting both Syracuse and Pitt took less than 24 hours of public discussions.

ACC did its work in private and nothing was mentioned to the public until after it was a done deal. 

Missouri's movement to the SEC is like the person you have dated telling you they are leaving you for someone better. 
They say its for the SEC.  But they tell you that while they look at the Big1G as if to say..."Please don't make me go with the SEC!  Ask me!"  

Isn't it just time for Missouri to finally do something?      

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