Pat Dye thinks the conference is full of pussies because coaches won’t take on another conference opponent.
“If you can’t win three games in the conference playing nine games, you don’t deserve to go to a bowl game,” Dye said. “The other three games can be somebody you can beat, hopefully. If you can’t win three of those kind, if you’re in the Southeastern Conference, you don’t deserve to go.”
Whatever danger there was of more potential losses would be offset by ticket sales, Dye said. SEC teams typically play a patsy — often an FCS school — in their fourth non-conference game, which has led to plenty of no-shows in the stands.
“Your fans would love it,” Dye said. “They would much rather see you play an LSU or Tennessee or Florida or somebody in the Southeastern Conference than they had see you play Louisiana-Monroe. … If you played another conference game, it would increase the ticket sales. Nobody wants to come to those other four games. They just come because they’re in the habit of coming. You can talk about Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, LSU … they’ve all got empty seats in the stadium when they play those teams. They are sellouts because they sell all the season tickets.”
Pfft. Fans. Since when did they matter?
He’s right, but since they sell out the games anyway, what motivation do schools have for improving the schedule?