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Most SEC ADs in favor of sticking to 8-game conference schedule

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The SEC finally should have a permanent format for its conference schedule beyond 2016 by its spring meetings in May — and that format may stick to the status quo of eight games.’s Jon Soloman talked to eight SEC athletic directors who favor sticking to an eight-game conference slate, though SEC commissioner Mike Slive said university presidents and chancellors will have a say in what format the league uses.

With plenty at stake — long-standing rivalries, permanent cross-divisional games and the rigors of an eight-game schedule vs. a nine-game schedule — Slive wants those university higher-ups involved in the process.

And too, if the SEC sticks to an eight-game schedule (six conference games, one rotating cross-divisional game and one permanent cross-divisional game) it’d mean a school could go 12 years between hosting or traveling to one of the six non-permanent cross-divisional campuses.

Soloman has an insightful look at all these issues — you can see why it’s taken the SEC so long to sort them out, that’s for sure.

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23 Responses to “Most SEC ADs in favor of sticking to 8-game conference schedule”
  1. ttalarico says: Mar 7, 2014 12:10 PM

    Of course they are, so they can continue to play the easy non-conference teams that they have been playing for years.

  2. mydixienormus says: Mar 7, 2014 12:30 PM

    This will hurt them with the playoff system. Serves them right!

  3. overratedgators says: Mar 7, 2014 12:47 PM


  4. wolfman55h says: Mar 7, 2014 12:59 PM

    Of course because it allows the Bama Gumps to continue to play their pussy ass conference schedule. Does somebody on Bama campus have pictures of Mike Slive with sheep? Those inbreeds run the fucking conference.

  5. travis2x says: Mar 7, 2014 5:30 PM

    actually wolfman55h, you are right for most SEC teams. but Alabama is actually the one team supporting a 9 game conference schedule. so yeah, maybe you need to know what you’re talking about…

  6. auburntigers34 says: Mar 7, 2014 5:40 PM

    If playing 8 games against SEC teams is a ‘ pussy ass conference schedule’, wtf does that make the conference schedules of every other conference in the NCAA?

    If the SEC went to 9 games, all of the B1G/Pac crybabies would be claiming it was some conspiracy to avoid playing OOC games?

    Don’t let your hatred/Jealousy of the SEC make you look like a complete and total idiot…or do. It’s always good for a laugh to read all of the SEC butthurt on CFT.

  7. normtide says: Mar 7, 2014 6:19 PM

    Auburn, we have to stop agreeing on things. It doesn’t fit the narrative people want to believe.

    Bottom line, eight SEC games are tougher than 9 games in any other league. As for the playoffs. Your an idiot if you think the SEC will EVER be left out. The SEC west alone would be the toughest league in America. Show me another team that plays the likes of Bama, Auburn, LSU, A&M. You think an extra game vs Purdue/Iowa State/Colorado/etc makes a tougher schedule? If so, put down the bong.

    I would prefer a nine game stint. But, totally understand the programs who don’t. Four teams already play ACC powers in OOC.

    At the end of the day, SEC teams already have strong SOS as it is. And, the SEC is the league to beat. We don’t have to keep up with any other. Hate it, doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

  8. wolfman55h says: Mar 7, 2014 6:35 PM

    Memo to Travis and auburn 34 I’m an LSU season ticket holder. Travis if you think the Gumps REALLY want their current conference schedule changed you are even more stupid than your post indicates. Saban inc has no interest of having to give up skating by playing Tennessee and Kentucky. And auburn 34 you of all people should know your redneck neighbors have been enjoying a cushy conference schedule. Don’t jump my ass numb nuts. I’m fighting the battle for you. GEAUX tigers fuck Alabama

  9. auburntigers34 says: Mar 7, 2014 6:36 PM

    exactly, Norm. It’s hilarious how the B!g 10 is loaded with nothing but creampuffs, but the majority of their fans act like their irrelevance is do to some conspiracy by ESPN(or whoever) to prop up the SEC.

    When this has came up on here in the past, people were claiming that the SEC isn’t exposed because none of the teams play anyone OOC(which is a total crock….all you have to do is look at previous schedules). But now, they’re crying because the SEC doesn’t play enough conference games.

    make up your mind.

  10. auburntigers34 says: Mar 7, 2014 6:42 PM

    wolfman, it seemed like you were bashing the entire conference. my mistake.

    the only thing that bothers me about bama in all of this is how they have kept AU out of the Eastern division the last two times the conference has expanded. when USC and Arkansas joined the conference, Vandy should’ve went to the West. Missouri being in the East makes no sense at all.

    I miss the yearly rivalry with teams like UT and UF. I couldn’t give two rips about playing Arkansas and the Mississippi schools every year.

  11. normtide says: Mar 7, 2014 6:58 PM

    Wolf, Florida’s ad voted to keep the game with LSU. He said he wasn’t afraid of it. Obviously LSU is. Or at least you are. UT was as good as UF this year. One year LSU fans talk about loving a tough SOS, the next they don’t. Tell it like it is, your praying someone will beat Bama for you. Ten years of being a decent team and you act like you invented football. I respect the tiger fans who want to beat us, not the ones like you that are looking for another team to be your hero. Grow a pair

  12. normtide says: Mar 7, 2014 7:06 PM

    You should be trying to avoid Alabama. We have a winning record in so called death valley. Plus that 21-0 shut out in LSU’s biggest game ever, in your back yard. Plus haven’t lost to you since.

    There are only two votes in LSU’s favor in this matter. LSU and USC. Every other program wants to keep perm rivals. So tell it like it is, you need someone to beat Bama for you. At least Auburn wants to do it themselves. I respect that

  13. floridacock says: Mar 7, 2014 7:37 PM

    To all SEC haters, 6 of the top 10 toughest schedules, in 2013, were SEC, even though they played the “easy” OOC games you seem obsessed with. You will never catch up.

  14. floridacock says: Mar 7, 2014 7:38 PM


  15. Professor Fate says: Mar 7, 2014 11:59 PM

    Why SEC Isn’t As Great In Football As You Think:

  16. wustlumdnj says: Mar 8, 2014 3:06 AM

    Why SEC Is Just As Great In Football As You Think

    Computer ratings. The SEC is #1 or #2 every single year by an impartial computer analysis of each team based on win/loss and strength of schedule.

    I am not an SEC fan.

  17. thirty2ncountin says: Mar 8, 2014 9:12 AM

    When the SEC plays cream puffs in November (a glorified bye week) while every one else is playing a conference schedule you look like pussies. Overrated ass fucking conference. And shut the fuck up about playing the likes of Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Miss State etc. They’re freaking terrible. If your OOC schedule was exclusively BCS caliber competition you may or may not have an argument. Oh ya, how did that OU game go for your conference’s most heralded program? Fuck you. Overrated mother fuckers.

  18. normtide says: Mar 8, 2014 11:07 AM

    Ha ha ha. The SEC has this dude messed up. Don’t be afraid, it’s just football.

  19. auburntigers34 says: Mar 8, 2014 12:06 PM

    thirty2ncountin says: Mar 8, 2014 9:12 AM

    Auburn plays UGA and Alabama every November. Florida always plays FSU in Nov. The same goes for UGA/Ga Tech, South Carolina/Clemson.

    try again, moron.

    and i can’t believe that someone would bring Chuck Thompson’s bigoted BS into this. the guy literally wants the South out of the union, which is fine with me….as long as the Yankee transplants have to go back to where they came from.

  20. chunkala says: Mar 9, 2014 11:07 AM

    Get rid of OOC games except for rivalries. Consolidate 5 major conferences into 4 and hold a playoff of 4-8 teams. No non-major invites and force ND and other independents to join a major conference or be relegated to outside looking in.

  21. chunkala says: Mar 9, 2014 11:08 AM

    Get rid of OOC games except for rivalries. Consolidate 5 major conferences into 4 and hold a playoff of 4-8 teams. No non-major invites and force ND and other independents to join a major conference or be relegated to outside looking in. Yup

  22. chunkala says: Mar 9, 2014 11:20 AM

    The one point that SEC haters have is the conferenves’ reluctance to travel to play other major conferences.
    Florida hasn’t left the state to play OOC since their drubbing to Syracuse in 1991 and Alabama finally traveled north to Penn State a few years ago.
    Other than this point, everyone is fooling themselves if they think other conferences are better. Oklahoma finally wins a big game (first since 2000?) and now they’re suddenly awesome?

  23. huskerzfan says: Mar 14, 2014 6:49 PM

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