Whatever accomplishments Mike Slive wants to point to proudly as his legacy as SEC commissioner, I’m willing to bet the 2012 conference football schedule won’t be on the list. The good news is that there are so many flaws and departures from the prior norms that Georgia’s break in avoiding the top teams from the West – again! – kind of gets lost in the shuffle.
But that’s just short term. The real story is how going forward the conference is prepared to cede control over its scheduling to the networks. If you don’t understand how big a change that is, make sure you read this story. Money (heh) quote from Greg McGarity:
“I think what you may see there is a variation on when you may play certain teams, and that will obviously be determined at a later date once TV has a chance to weigh in and meet with the commissioner to find out what is best for all concerned. I don’t think there is going to be anything definite as far as when you play most of your teams.”
In the end, the only tradition these guys will stand firm on is raking in the bucks.