Lest we forget, here’s what all that stupid SEC schedule/division rejiggering chatter is really all about.
There’s now a new argument that maybe divisions should be abolished in the SEC just like they were in basketball a few years.
Actually, this isn’t a bad idea if you have the teams with the best two league records meet in the conference title game. It would more often than not produce a more competitive game and add a higher strength of schedule component to a matchup played the day before the College Football Playoff Commtitee meets to decide the four playoff teams for that season.
Gotta keep that selection committee interested! I would say it’s just like the Big 12, except the weird part is that it’s the SEC that’s fighting the call.
The whole thing was a joke. Something everyone in the room could laugh about. It was just unclear why.
The scene was SEC meetings in Destin, and commissioner Greg Sankey was holding a wrap-up session one evening with the media. The subject was a potential Auburn division switch. Someone asked if it was a dead story.
“I don’t know that it was ever a live story,” Sankey said, smiling wryly. “The only time I’ve ever talked about it in Destin, Florida, was here in this room.”
So, a reporter jumped in, you talked about it in other places? People laughed.
“I was in a room in Hoover, Alabama and I was on the phone with Jon Solomon (of CBSsports.com) and he asked me,” Sankey said, still smiling.
So have you talked to your coaches about it? More laughter. More smiling from the commish.
“Since I have been commissioner,” Sankey said, going into putting-my-foot-down-with-all-you-people mode, “I have never once talked to our football coaches about any team moving to any other division.”
I can see it now – fans begin clamoring for realignment, the media keeps harping on it and the conference finally (and clumsily) embraces it just as Saban retires and the CFP expands to eight teams, rendering the whole thing moot.
Then, everyone finds a new shiny object to fixate on.