DESTIN, Fla.–Among the football scheduling ideas bounced around this week at the SEC spring meetings is playing nine league games instead of eight.
“Whether or not it had any serious traction is another question,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said. “but it certainly was one of the formats discussed.”
LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said he thinks the 6-1-1 model of six division games, one permanent crossover opponent and one rotating opponent from the other division would probably pass when the presidents and chancellors vote Friday. Alleva and LSU want to scrap the Florida-LSU game.
What if a nine-game schedule did have legs down the road? Would Georgia jump ship on the annual rivalry game with Georgia Tech to soften a schedule that would include an extra conference game?
“Boy, not during my watch,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said. “We’ll let the next AD cover that. That would probably be much more passionate than any conference rivalry. I would think–non-Eastern rivalry.”
Georgia coach Mark Richt couldn’t see the Yellow Jackets off the Bulldogs schedule either.
“I doubt we would do that,” he said. “I don’t think we would do that.”
Does the Auburn game, a series that began in 1892, mean more than Georgia Tech?
“I don’t think you should give up either one,” Richt said. “I think too many teams are giving up too many rival games. College football is special because of rival games. I think our league in particular is special because of rival games and the passion of our fans. As we progress, I think we need to be mindful of that and respect that.”
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