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Kevin Sumlin on SEC scheduling: Whatever happens, happens

Kevin Sumlin

Texas A&M is entering year three in the SEC this fall, which means head coach Kevin Sumlin is still playing the role of the new kid on the block. When the SEC announced earlier this week it will continue with an eight-game conference schedule with protected cross-division match-ups, Sumlin did not feel a need to have much of a reaction.

“It doesn’t really matter what I want,” Sumlin said during a coaches conference call Wednesday. “I learned that quick.”

Texas A&M is paired with South Carolina in the cross division games, with the Aggies and Gamecocks paired despite having no real history against each other the way other pairings such as Alabama-Tennessee and Auburn-Georgia have. Why couldn’t the SEC at least pair Texas A&M and Missouri, both having joined the conference from the Big 12 a couple of years ago?

“We’re the new guys in the league,” Sumlin said. “I just kind of listen and see what happens. Whatever happens, happens and we play it.”

Sumlin has been able to do plenty of listening this week. LSU Athletics Director Joe Alleva voiced his displeasure with the new scheduling policy, as did LSU head coach Les Miles. Even Texas Athletics Director Steve Patterson made a crack on the new schedule policy.

“For me, after listening to other programs and the commissioner, there’s a lot of tradition in the league that would have had to change,” Sumlin continued. “We didn’t really have a dog in that fight as far as long-standing cross-over rivalries.”

New traditions will come over time of course. The Aggies have some good history already with division rivals Arkansas, LSU and Alabama, so all is not a lost cause.

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4 Responses to “Kevin Sumlin on SEC scheduling: Whatever happens, happens”
  1. bgkytiger says: Apr 30, 2014 8:39 PM

    Why didn’t they put Mizzou and aTm as cross division rivals? Easy. It’s not like Arkansas and South Carolina had a history prior to them being lumped together. At least the conference gets one game that will have a high level of local interest (the arky/mizz game)

  2. weavergm says: Apr 30, 2014 10:20 PM

    Really, A&M and Missouri don’t have much of a history either. Arkansas and Missouri at least share a border, so the matchup makes some sense. I wouldn’t be surprised if those two were to play their annual game in DFW once the A&M-Arkansas contract expires, since both programs traditionally depend on recruits from that area.

  3. thraiderskin says: May 1, 2014 10:22 AM

    That is the response we all should get from a leader.

  4. chill98 says: May 1, 2014 5:28 PM

    A&M fans would much rather go to South Carolina than deal with the fluctuation in weather in Missouri. It is much better for all of A&M and South Carolina. I’m sure A&M’s current AD pushed for it too.

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