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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: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Gamecock prez, SEC differ on 9-game schedule

Eight-game schedule would spread out the time between the other cross-divisional opponents. I don't really have a problem with that, as it makes the games when they come around even more special. For decades, the span was eight years. Heck, UGA didn't even play LSU at all in the 60s, despite both schools being charter members of the SEC.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:59 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
.But moving Auburn to the East kills either the iron bowl or Alabama vs. Tennessee.  I think, though it makes the schedules of every team in the conference, with the possible exception of LSU, more difficult, that the conference schedule should be 9 games.  Most teams would be replacing Kent State, while LSU would be replacing an Oregon or West Virginia.

People forget this is a business, and it is a wise business decision as it opens up even more TV and recruiting markets for the SEC.  The reason the Big-12 exploded/imploded is that the haves (Texas) were generating independent revenue (and exposure) streams at the expense of the conference; the SEC still divides the kitty up evenly.



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:38 pm
 

Gamecock prez, SEC differ on 9-game schedule

I love to see the mess that the SEC is making by adding these two schools. The conference is now too big and has diluted itself.



Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Gamecock prez, SEC differ on 9-game schedule

dude, too soon.



Since: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Gamecock prez, SEC differ on 9-game schedule

The B10 trained them right but they need those "loose" rules down south to build those teams

Yeah, those coaches went down South so they could win; because it is so much harder to succeed in the Big 10...in hockey maybe. Well, that, and child molestation.



Since: Nov 13, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Gamecock prez, SEC differ on 9-game schedule

Jaygilly, Yeh we'll keep doing that while Norte dame plays Every service academy in the nation.



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:24 am
 

Gamecock prez, SEC differ on 9-game schedule

The two most powerful teams in the SEC and both have coaches from the B1G. 


The B10 trained them right but they need those "loose" rules down south to build those teams.



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:53 am
 

Gamecock prez, SEC differ on 9-game schedule

I DO NOT remember going to LSU for the traditional UGA v. LSU game... this story has ZERO factcheck and a lot of supposition.

LSU PLAYS UF EVERY YEAR... not UGA... hence why they did not play this year!  goodness

for the record
Hogs play Cocky
UGA plays Auburn
Bama v. Tenn
ole miss v. vandy
Miss St v. Tucky
LSU v. UF

any questions? 



Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:43 am
 

Gamecock prez, SEC differ on 9-game schedule

It's ok SEC fans... adding a conference game and dropping the Citadels, Woffords, Jacksonville St.'s off of your schedule will not hurt you.



Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:43 am
 

Gamecock prez, SEC differ on 9-game schedule

how did this subject start all the bashing, most of you don't even know the least little thing about football and all of a sudden you are football historians, truth is some teams start good and go down hill , some start bad and get better, I have seen lots of so called unbeatables go down to teams that had no chance,its why they play the game.


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