After reading McGarity’s comments about the SEC’s scheduling plans for a 13-school conference, I think if they can devise something that threads the needle between two major considerations, somebody should be in line to win a Nobel Prize in mathematics:
– McGarity reiterated that certain rivalries, such as Georgia-Auburn, will receive a strong push to be retained. He also cited Tennessee-Alabama
“You’ll probably see several A.D.s that will think it’s very important to preserve several long-standing games,” he said. “You’ve got a handful of games there that date back so many years. There’s a definite hope that those games are preserved.”
– Don’t look for a ninth conference game to simply be added to the 2012 schedule. McGarity pointed out that Georgia’s non-conference schedule is filled through 2014.
“You would end up getting out of contracts,” McGarity said. “But I think the eight-game model is probably the one that everybody is comfortable with. But who knows, we haven’t even discussed it yet. We’re not sure what will be on the table to discuss until we meet as a group.”
Honestly, I don’t think they can reconcile the two. And if they can’t, I know which of the two should matter more. Excuse me, does matter more. Unfortunately, my guess is that when push comes to shove, the ADs won’t agree with me.
Even a soulless robot like Nick Saban knows that preserving rivalries is good for the conference.
… Saban only seemed to have one strong feeling on the subject.
“I just hope that the integrity of the rivalries that we have in our league do not get impaired by what’s happening,” he said.
As for that concern about breaking contracts with Directional State A&M, isn’t that what all the new money coming from the “look-in” on the TV contracts should be for?