Again, given the variety of agendas on display, it’s no surprise that the SEC is sticking with the eight-game conference schedule for now. But in the same breath, most folks sound like Will Muschamp.
“Personally, I think we’ll end up moving to nine (conference) games eventually,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said. “My personal opinion (is) you create an SEC Network, at the end of the day, it’s going to be driven by the dollar, and having those games is going to be important, and having enough quality games on television promoting a nine-game SEC regular season, in my opinion, will eventually happen.”
In the meantime, the official position of the conference is incoherent.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive said it’s doubtful the 2014 schedule will be finalized this week at the league’s spring meetings. He’s declined to weigh in on whether he’s in favor of going to nine conference games. But he didn’t hold back on the importance of SEC schools upgrading their nonconference schedules.
“I don’t want us playing four games that mean less,” Slive said. “I made that very clear.”
In other words, coaches don’t want the added burden of another conference game on the schedule, ADs don’t want to lose a seventh home game, but the commissioner expects his member schools to upgrade their non-conference schedules by adding another tough game that would most likely be negotiated on a home and home basis. If there’s a logic to this, it escapes me.