There were rumors that last week in Destin Nick Saban was strongly pushing the SEC to adopt a nine-game conference schedule. Today, he came out of the closet about that.
But for the first time publicly Wednesday, Saban indicated that he would like to see the league go to a nine-game schedule, even if it means Alabama backing away from nonconference games such as the Sept. 1 opener against Michigan in the Dallas area.
“I’m satisified with what everybody determined, but in all honesty, I was for playing more games,” Saban said …
He was fair enough to acknowledge that some schools, unlike Alabama, have in state rivals from other conferences, but it’s hard to argue with his logic about expanding the conference schedule: “When you increase the size of the league by 15 percent, you’ve almost got to play more games to get a true indication of who’s the best team in the league…”
If the choice is between bolstering conference identity or polishing up the resume for the postseason, I know which side I’m choosing. Too bad the ADs and the coaches see it differently.