It wouldn’t be an SEC Media Days without a conference scheduling discussion. As the header indicates, there is no consensus for Sankey to act upon ($$).
“I don’t want to get the commissioner in trouble here,” Florida coach Dan Mullen said when asked if he had any thoughts on changing the schedule. “But I’d love for us to maybe do away with the permanent crossover team so you get these types of games more often.”
That’s one idea. And it’s especially popular outside of the schools that hold those marquee annual games: Auburn-Georgia, Alabama-Tennessee and LSU-Florida. Talk to many people outside those six schools and there’s almost an incredulous sense: Why do we keep doing everything we can to keep those games?
Easy to see when you aren’t a part of that.
So we get Mullen’s suggestion, or pods, or whatever.
Of course, the obvious course of action, adopting a nine-game conference schedule, isn’t so obvious, despite the conference taking a ten-game approach last season without any difficulty (and by “difficulty”, I mean SEC teams playing in the CFP and bowl games). In fact, Sankey simply dismissed it.
“We had 10 (SEC) games last year but that didn’t motivate anybody to move to 10 games,” Sankey said.
That makes complete sense, if you exclude fans from your definition of “anybody”.