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18-Game Schedule The Best Plan For SEC

The hot topic on yesterday’s SEC basketball teleconference was scheduling.  Specifically how the SEC’s plan to do away with divisions will affect the league’s schedule.

The options are to move forward with a 16-game schedule as is currently the case, move to an 18-game schedule, or expand to a full round-robin 22-game league schedule.

Mike Slive seems to be in favor of the 18-game plan and, therefore, we’d put our money on that option eventually being chosen.  The 16-game schedule would mean that the league simply did away with divisional standings without making any schedule changes.  And the 22-game plan has few supporters.

“We feel drug through Armageddon after 16 games,” Kevin Stallings said.  “I don’t think (22 games) has got a lot of traction.  But I thought it was worth bringing up and discussing.”  Vandy’s coach pitched the idea of a 22-game schedule at the SEC Meetings in Destin just a few weeks ago.

Auburn’s Tony Barbee is at least glad that the division standings have been dumped.  “(The Big 12) before their turnover always scheduled in the North-South football conference kind of way, but they didn’t advertise it in terms of two separate divisions.  I think the perception has been that we’ve had two separate leagues and that hasn’t helped the league as a whole.”

“There’s no way that an Alabama team — that if we were one division or one conference last year — that would have finished second behind Florida, I’m not convinced they would not have been in the NCAA Tournament coming in second place in the SEC if people would have looked at it in that format.”


As we have stated before, we at favor an 18-game league schedule:

* To preserve rivalries, the East and West teams (in football terms) would continue to face one another twice per season on a home-and-home basis. 

* Teams from the East (in football) would play four teams from the West (again, in football terms) once per year.

* But each team would also play two teams from the other division (in football terms) on a home-and-home basis.  These two opponents would rotate each season.

Yes, that would create an unbalanced schedule, but technically that’s what the SEC has now anyway.

The league’s coaches will discuss the options again in August before the conference makes a final decision later this year.

We’ll allow Alice Cooper to reiterate our position:



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