That’s Missouri’s Gary Pinkel, stating the obvious about how SEC coaches feel about conference scheduling. (Didn’t take long for him to get the lay of the land.)
Of course, if you want the whiny version of that, Les Miles is more than happy to oblige.
“I wonder about the view of how the champion is decided in the finest collegiate football conference in America,” Miles said Wednesday without any prompting. “It’s interesting to see how you would compare our schedule with others. I wonder if there should be no permanent partners. I wonder if a computer might pick a fairer schedule by random draw.”
Hey, no big deal. Les is just wonderin’. Me, I wonder if tradition has anything to do with the finest collegiate football conference in America being the finest collegiate football conference in America.
Meanwhile, Steve Spurrier goes for the gold in Olympic whining with this beaut:
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said if the SEC wants to be fair, it will do away with permanent cross-divisional foes. The Head Ball Coach didn’t stop there, either.
“Tennessee’s got Alabama, who’s been the best team the last three or four years, and that’s not fair for Tennessee to have to play those guys every year,” Spurrier said. “But I don’t know. Heck, that’s just sort of the way it is. The coaches … we don’t make the rules. We just try to coach our teams the best we can.
“Nobody said it’s supposed to be fair anyway. Have you ever heard any commissioner or anybody say it’s supposed to be fair? They’d make the recruiting rules more fair. Right now, it seems like the same team gets all the top players every year in recruiting. We just need to go play whoever they tell us to play and do the best we can, and things will work out hopefully.”
Maybe the SEC can start a draft of high schoolers, Steve. You should schedule a meeting with Slive about that.
Leave it to Nick Saban to be the voice of reason.
Alabama coach Nick Saban favors a plan that would allow a player to face every school in the league at least once during his career.
“I think it makes it more league-oriented to play more cross-divisional games,” Saban said.
How to go about doing that is the tricky part.
Saban said playing two cross-divisional foes every year and eliminating the permanent foe would be one way, but he also pointed out that going to nine conference games would also allow teams the opportunity to play more cross-divisional games. That way, the Alabama-Tennessee and Auburn-Georgia rivalries would survive on a yearly basis.
That really is the nut of things, isn’t it? Assuming he cares about the coaches’ bitching, Slive’s got a pretty clear-cut choice. That he hasn’t actually made such a choice means (1) he doesn’t care and/or (2) he’s buying time until he gets a final answer out of CBS and ESPN about how he can maximize broadcast revenue for the conference. We’ll learn a lot more about both when we see what emerges from Destin in June. That is, assuming anything does.