Once more, with feeling:
… Templeton reiterated that the 2012 SEC football schedule is a one-time model that was done “strictly to make it work” after A&M and MU joined in the fall and that the conference will start over in terms of putting together a long-term format.
About the only certainty going forward is that the number of conference games will be fixed at eight.
“We’re not going to nine,” he said. “The competitiveness in our league week-to-week is just too strong. It would be an easier scheduling format, but I don’t think it would be fair to our players or our coaches.”
A key question is whether the SEC will proceed with a permanent cross-divisional rival. For next year, anyway, that rival for Mizzou of the SEC East will be Texas A&M of the West.
But with six division games, having a cross-divisional rival means schools from different divisions might not see each other for more than a decade in football.
“That is a huge question that has not been answered … It will be an interesting debate,” said Templeton, adding, “I think anything else is on the table for discussion. We’re going to have to make some tough decisions. Are we going to stay with the permanent opponent, and then (if so) how are we going to rotate that one other game?”
And yet for basketball, they’ve decided to expand the conference schedule without much soul searching.
… As for the basketball setup, Templeton said the SEC will stay at 16 conference games next year but move to 18 in 2013-2014.
Just like that. Is the SEC that uncompetitive in basketball? Or are its basketball coaches not as whiny as the football coaches are? Traditionally speaking, of course.