You’ve got to break a few scheduling eggs to make that 14-school omelet.

Sad face.

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.


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15 responses to “You’ve got to break a few scheduling eggs to make that 14-school omelet.

  1. Go Dawgs!

    Conference expansion sucks. Besides the dollar column, it doesn’t make sense in any other way, shape, or form. Of course, the dollar column is the only one that matters.


  2. JasonC

    Maybe he can take that $500K and give it to the fans in the way of lower donation requirements and ticket costs since they are screwing us out of a legit game.


  3. FCDore

    That’s the kicker. When the Pac 12, Big 12, and ACC are all playing nine-game conference schedules and the Big Ten – Pac 12 deal is underway (heck, Michigan State just announced a home and home with Oregon before that kicks in), the availability of top-tier non-conference opponents will be reduced dramatically. If the TV money from the extra inventory produced by a nine-game schedule is greater than the combination of lost net revenue from one extra “guarantee” game for each school and the potential loss of available SEC teams to generate bowl revenue from games in Memphis and Birmingham, the league should really consider going to nine games. (Apologies for forcing you to read the opinion of a Vandy fan!)


    • Dog in Nam

      No apology really needed for anything less than a 60 word sentence; and, yours is only 58. Maybe we need the ninth game, though I’m sure the coaches and ADs don’t want it. Can’t blame them really. We just need to be careful going forward about getting cornered into a 9 game minimum requirement vis-a-vis potential playoff formats. no doubt that would be a big disadvantage for the SEC ….so we should step carefully here, I suppose


  4. Cojones

    OK, FC, we won’t read your next one if you apologize ahead of time. We don’t like your coach and a couple of his players that do his dirty bidding, nothing has been said about fans and opinions. If you come on here, you’re like the rest of us;-if you dish it out, you better get ready to take it and that goes for Dawgs and Commode Doors as well.

    I just agree in principle to a nine game conference schedule, not because of other revenue possibilities. Conference competition first, OOC competition last. If we don’t play Clemson, that won’t affect us as much as not playing a team in our own conference.

    If we are supposed to infer that an eight game conference schedule is up for grabs, I won’t get any angst up over that any more than going backwards to a six game schedule.


  5. The other Doug

    I’m really looking forward to the Clemson series, so I hope it works out. Maybe it can be reduced to just one game and we play in the kick off game.


  6. paul

    If we end up dropping Clemson that’s a lose-lose in my book. Who cares about the $500K? I’d much rather see a real football game. In my opinion, cupcake games suck. They suck to watch, they suck to travel too and they suck to pay for. I’d rather lose to Clemson in a hard fought game than watch us roll a patsy like Buffalo. Or Florida Atlantic. Or Georgia Southern. I hated the fact that the Dawgs lost to South Carolina last year. I was devastated. But it was a tremendously more satisfying experience than the Coastal Carolina game. At least against SC our guys played a real team, played their hearts out and left everything they had on the field. That’s football. Cupcakes ain’t football.


    • RocketDawg


      If they cancel the Clemson series and stay at an 8 game SEC schedule so we can watch East Bumblescrew State get beat 50-0 I am officially dropping my season tickets.


  7. Mayor of Dawgtown

    The UGA-Clemmons game was mishandled from the get-go. If it is going to be home and away it should be later in the season. If it is going to be the first game of the season it should be at a neutral site as a preseason bowl like the Chik-Fil-A and should be a one time game that is allowed to recur every few years.


    • RocketDawg

      We played Clemson the first game of ’02 and ’03 and that worked out pretty well in both cases.


      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        Because we won. Go back in history a little and see what it did to the seasons for UGA teams that played a difficult away opener and lost.


  8. I really hope the game with Auburn with a lake does not get canceled. I wish that clemson was in the SEC instead of the smallcocks


    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      The smallcocks have beaten the Dawgs the last 2 years in a row and 3 out of the last 5. One of those losses (’07) ended up knocking UGA out of the SECCG and, I submit, likely the BCSNCG, too. I just wish that we beat the smallcocks.


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