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Blog: Richt addresses nine-game SEC schedule talk

Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive told AL.com in February that most league schools favor remaining at eight conference games.

Of course, with the new SEC Network reportedly coming in 2014, more SEC games would mean more quality programming.

Georgia coach Mark Richt was asked this week about the possibility of the SEC going to nine conference games in the future.

“I wouldn’t be shocked to see the teams go to 16 one day,” Richt said of further expansion from the current 14 schools. “I’m not hearing any rumors. Don’t start any kind of, `Coach Richt said this,’ but I wouldn’t be shocked to one day see us go to 16. If we go to 16, I can’t imagine us not going to less than nine games. I think we would have to go nine.”

Richt, speaking to the Touchdown Club of Athens, said teams that have their in-state rival in their conference (like Alabama and Auburn) are more willing to go to nine conference games. Georgia, of course, has Georgia Tech from the ACC. South Carolina plays ACC member Clemson and Florida gets ACC foe Florida State.

“These other schools have nine but they’re not going to have that 10th game that is a team that is BCS-quality or ACC-quality or whatever you want to say,” Richt said. “I wouldn’t be shocked to see that happen. I voted against it  because if we have nine, plus Tech and then if we want to do something like Clemson like we did this year, you’re talking about 11 out of 12 games that are pretty stout.”

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