The future of Georgia’s scheduled football games with Clemson in the 2013 and 2014 seasons is up in the air due to expansion in the ACC.
Athletic director Greg McGarity confirmed on Tuesday that he’s talked to Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips about the games.
“I don’t think Clemson knows exactly where things stand as far as expansion but we’re just trying to see the lay of the land because we know that they’re going to expand at nine games at some point in time,” McGarity said about Pittsburgh and Syracuse joining the ACC. “When that is, we’re just trying to stay ahead of it. We’ve had a few discussions on the phone about where things stand and we’re just waiting to hear back from Clemson on what their plans are in the future.”
When it comes to conference expansion, you pays your money and you makes your choice. Speaking of paying your money, if the SEC chooses to stick with eight games, it looks like McGarity will turn a neat $500,000 profit on the deal and pick up another home cupcake game, to boot. Win-win, people!
That’s not to say the SEC is ready to embrace an eight-game schedule quite yet. In fact, it sounds like about what you’d expect at this point.
… Meanwhile, the SEC plans to release this week future 14-member scheduling formats for the majority of its fall and spring sports. Larry Templeton, who helps head the SEC transition committee, said football and basketball formats won’t be part of that release.
SEC baseball will remain a 30-game, 10-weekend conference schedule in 2013, meaning three opponents will be skipped rather than one, Templeton said. “I’d like a shot to talk (the coaches) into 11 weeks, but you’d have to start the conference schedule a week earlier,” he said. “The calendar for baseball is tough to start earlier.”
After two AD meetings on future football schedules, Templeton said no recommendation has been made yet for the format beyond 2012. Another AD meeting must still occur and a decision will be reached before the SEC spring meetings in late May, Templeton said.
“I think everybody has had a chance to speak and be heard and there are different opinions, so it’s been all over the map,” Templeton said.
The SEC’s policy calls for ADs to handle scheduling. But because the football discussions impact permanent opponents across divisions, the presidents will receive a recommendation from the ADs to vote on, Templeton said.
I’m sure whatever they come up with will be wonderful. After all, everything they’ve done so far has been with us fans in mind.