This is the kind of shit that drives me up the wall.
To give other readers a little background, one of several football schedule changes that the SEC initiated when it expanded to include Missouri and Texas A&M in 2012 was to flip venues for Georgia and Auburn’s annual home-and-home series. This resulted in the Bulldogs having to play at Jordan-Hare Stadium in back-to-back years in 2012 and 2013. They’ve alternated accordingly ever since.
The unintended effect of that is that Georgia ends up playing both Auburn and Georgia Tech ― its two oldest rivals ― at home or away in the same year…
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said the matter has come up for discussion before and continues to. In fact, SEC athletic directors are meeting this week in St. Louis as they do every year during the SEC men’s basketball tournament. But he said as long as the league maintains an eight-game conference schedule, it’s difficult for them to do much different.
McGarity’s latest response to the question of whether Auburn could flip back to playing Georgia in Athens in odd-numbered years was only “perhaps.” He answered that question in slightly more detail before last season.
“I think everything’s on the table in the future regarding SEC scheduling,” he said. “Every meeting we have, we talk about scheduling and what we need to consider. We know we are committed to an eight-game schedule for the next few years. Will that change? Who knows? I think we have a group of ADs that are willing to listen to other alternatives.”
Georgia lost a home game in the series and as a result now has the Auburn and Georgia Tech games in the same pattern. If there was ever a benefit to Georgia in agreeing to what appears to have been an arbitrary arrangement, I’ve never understood what that was. I also can’t understand what would be so tough about correcting it; it would just mean playing two straight in Athens to balance what happened in 2012-3. Not exactly rocket science.
Were I the AD, I’d be bitching about the unfairness and demanding a fix. It sounds like McGarity prefers to sit around and discuss scenarios with his peers that nobody has the slightest intent of actually pursuing. It’s the Georgia Way’s version of leadership, I guess.