Tennessee AD Dave Hart makes it sound as if the fix is in on the SEC’s conference football schedule.
Q: What would be your input as Tennessee athletic director about expanding to nine SEC games in football and to 18 games in basketball to have more contact in the rivalries?
A: I’m in a minority there. We talked about everything. We didn’t leave anything off the table. We have very open, good conversations. At the end of the day, the great thing about our league is sometimes people have to forego their personal preference for the betterment of the league as a whole. We’re not going to play nine games, at least not initially, and maybe never. I understand why coaches wouldn’t like it. I wouldn’t either. It’s the 5-4 (home-away) that’s so very difficult and I totally understand that. Having said that, I hope that we’ll keep that on the table for meaningful discussion purposes down the road.
They can keep talking about going to nine games all they want, but unless it’s costing them money, I doubt they’ll change it.