If the NFL lockout affects the regular season, the Southeastern Conference has no interest in filling the gap on Sundays.
“I’ve been around this conference for a long time and I would be shocked if that ever happened,” Larry Templeton, SEC consultant for television matters, said.
Templeton, who was the director of athletics at Mississippi State from 1987-2007, said the feeling he gets inside the conference office in Birmingham, Ala., is despite the perceived increase in exposure and obvious financial benefits to making such a similar move for other conferences, there’s still two days in the weekly calendar that considered sacred: Fridays and Sundays.
“I just don’t believe the Southeastern Conference would consider a proposal that touches playing college football on either of those two days,” Templeton said. “This conference has always maintained that in this part of the country Friday nights belongs to high school football and what Sunday represents for people goes without saying.”