“That’s why so many coaches are pissed.”

More deets on the cranky coaches conference call about the two games added to the SEC schedule:

At one point, a coach claimed, “Favoritism was played.” Another coach asked if the league would be willing to release the formula to the press, “because we’re getting pounded with all these questions from the press about it and don’t have any answers, and we were told, ‘No, because there was no formula.’

… Several coaches told ESPN that they were led to believe, at least initially, that they would simply play the rotating cross-divisional foes on their 2021 and 2022 schedules, but that the league decided against that option because some teams would potentially be playing against each other in back-to-back seasons.

“They told us they were trying to balance the totality of the schedule, but what was already on our schedules shouldn’t have mattered. That was a given. That’s got nothing to do with anything,” a coach told ESPN. “Again, they weren’t giving us a lot of answers, so this is what they get.”

The SEC, where SNAFUs just mean more.

(By the way, the only coach who has a legitimate right to bitch about this is Sam Pittman.  Anybody else complaining about anything other than the usual bad communication from the conference office is just being a whiny beyotch.)


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21 responses to ““That’s why so many coaches are pissed.”

  1. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    I dunno, Senator. Eli Drinkwitz added the No. 4 and No. 2 team to his schedule at Mizzou.

    That’s a might more difficult than Sam Pittman adding the No. 8 and No. 4 team, don’t you think?


    • Maybe you should reflect upon which program plays in which division, Corch.

      Plus, as the article points out, the SEC went out of its way to have Arky play Georgia in back to back seasons, despite claiming the policy was to do otherwise.


    • paulwesterdawg

      Missouri had Ark and MSU as rotational opponents. Who were they going to get Ole Miss?

      They had to add 2 from LSU, UA, Bama and Tamu. When you already have 2 of the 3 easiest you should get 2 of the 3 hardest.

      If they weren’t going to make Bama play Florida, UGA and UT in the same season. And weren’t going to make UGA play LSU, AU and UA in the same season…which was also wildly unfair then giving Mizzou these 2 was the only way forward.

      The optics are bad. But in totality it’s fair.


  2. FlyingPeakDawg

    Upon eventual interrogation by the press, I see Sankey falling into a whole Colonel Jessup speech about protecting the SEC, money and Bama.

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  3. practicaldawg

    Once the non-conference games went away, Arky was going to go O-fer either way.

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  4. Ozam

    Those two teams just took it for the league. It’s kind of a no harm no foul situation. It’s just business.

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  5. Press conference scene from the blockbuster film – A Few Good Teams!

    Tom Cruise as Georgia beat writer for The Athletic, Seth Emerson, and Jack Nicholson, in his Oscar worthy performance of SEC Commissioner, Greg Sankey.

    Emerson: A moment ago, you said that you ordered Associate Commissioner Hussey to tell his staff that Coach Pittman wasn’t to be touched.

    Sankey: That’s right.

    Emerson: And AC Hussey was clear on what you wanted?

    Sankey: Crystal.

    Emerson: Any chance Hussey ignored the order?

    Sankey: Ignored the order?

    Emerson: Any chance he forgot about it?

    Sankey: No.

    Emerson: Any chance AC Hussey left your office and said, “the commish is wrong”?

    Sankey: No.

    Emerson: When AC Hussey spoke to the scheduling staff and ordered them not to touch Pittman, any chance they ignored him?

    Sankey: You ever served in an conference office, son?

    Emerson: No, sir.

    Sankey: Ever served in a football game?

    Emerson: No, sir.

    Sankey: Ever put your conference in Larry Scott’s hands and asked him to put his conference in yours?

    Emerson: No, sir.

    Sankey: We follow orders, son. We follow orders or Tuscaloosans raise hell. It’s that simple. Are we clear?

    Emerson: Yes, sir.

    Sankey: Are we clear?!

    Emerson: Crystal. Commissioner, I just have one more question before I interview Coach Drinkowitz and Coach Pruitt. If you gave an order that Pittman wasn’t to be touched, and your orders are always followed, then why would Pittman be in danger? Why would it be necessary to send him to Gainesville?

    Sankey: Pittman was a first-year head coach. He was being transferred…

    Emerson: That’s not what you said. You said he was being transferred, because he was in grave danger.

    Sankey: That’s correct.

    Emerson: You said he was in danger. I said “grave danger”? You said…

    Sankey: I recall what I said.

    Emerson: I could have Chip Towers read back to you…

    Sankey: I know what I said! I don’t have to have it read back to me, like I’m…

    Emerson: Then why the two orders? Commissioner?

    Sankey: Sometimes conference staff take matters into their own hands.

    Emerson: No, sir. You made it clear just a moment ago that your staff never take matters into their own hands. Your men follow orders or TV payouts die. So Pittman shouldn’t have been in any danger at all, should he have, Commissioner?

    Sankey: You snotty, little bastard.

    Saban: Kirby, I’d like to ask for Coca-Cola break.

    Emerson: I’d like an answer to the question.

    Smart: We’ll wait for an answer.

    Emerson: If AC Hussey gave an order that Pittman wasn’t to be touched, then why did he have to be transferred? Commissioner? Hussey ordered the Code Crimson, didn’t he? Because that’s what you told AC Hussey to do!


    Emerson: And when it went bad, you cut these guys loose! You had Hussey sign a phony schedule change order, and you doctored the meeting minutes!

    Saban: Damn it, Emerson!

    Emerson: You coerced the schedulers!

    Smart: Consider yourself busted!

    Emerson: Commissioner Sankey, did you order the Code Crimson?!

    Smart: I want to hear the answer to this!

    Sankey: I’ll answer the question. You want answers?

    Emerson: I think I’m entitled!

    Sankey: You want answers?!

    Emerson: I want the truth!

    Sankey: You can’t handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has playoff spots, and those playoff spots have to be taken by a school from Alabama. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Chip Towers? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Pittman and you curse the SEC West. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know, that Pittman’s 0-10 first season, while tragic, probably will add a playoff spot. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, brings in Mickey’s money! You don’t want the truth, because deep down in places you don’t talk about at tailgates, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. We use phrases like “strength of schedule”, “margin of victory”, “game control”. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent winning something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very New Year’s Six bowl games that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it! I would rather you just said “thank you”, and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a pencil, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to!

    Emerson: Did you order the Code Crimson?

    Sankey: I did the job that—-

    Emerson: Did you order the Code Crimson?!!


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  6. stoopnagle

    You know one of them was Pruitt and another was Gus.