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UT’s Hart Says Mega-Expansion Coming; AU’s Gogue Says Tigers Willing To Move East

Expansion continues to be top of mind across the SEC and the country today.  Jon Solomon of The Birmingham News caught up with a couple of SEC power-brokers to discuss what the future might hold nationally… and locally.

New Tennessee AD Dave Hart believes it’s time for fans to strap in, because realignment is on the way:


“If it’s A&M or if the Pac-12 moves, somebody is going to push the start button.  I can’t predict the timing of it.  But it’s potentially coming quicker than people would have imagined a couple yeas ago.

Everybody’s posturing right now, as you can well imagine.  They better be.  They’ve got to have ducks in a row.  They’ve got to play out the contingencies.”


One contingency is that the SEC will expand to the West for the two teams — with Missouri possibly joining Texas A&M — which might force Auburn into the SEC East (where it almost landed when the league initially expanded 19 years ago).

AU president Jay Gogue says his school would be willing to do what’s in he best interest of the conference:


“If that’s what it took, if you ever went to 14 and need to make it work, that wouldn’t be something I would be upset about.  I don’t see any real difference.  We already play Georgia, a longtime rival.”


Historically speaking, Auburn has played Florida, Georgia and Tennessee more often than it has played Ole Miss, LSU and Arkansas.

But Gogue also said that he does not expect the SEC to make “any real push to get to 14.”  That’s a different stance than several other league presidents and ADs.

“We could easily say, ‘Texas A&M, we want you to meet all the schools in the Southeast, so this year you’ll play in the West, next year you play in the East.’  If a 14th came around and everybody was all excited, that would be fine.”

 


7 comments
TXVolum
TXVolum

This isn't a bad idea for the aggies would be a nice initiation to the conference.

Now if Auburn moves to the east will the UT/bammer game every year come to an end??? If so, I will not bless this. Im happy with it as long as we don't lose UF, UGA, and bam a every yr.

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

I agree. Having A&M and staying at 13 is much better than adding West Virginia. If the sec adds someone who's really good at 14 like Virginia Tech or Oklahoma, I'm all for 14. But if not, just keep moving the Aggies around/

B. Roberts
B. Roberts

I'd love to see UF and Auburn resume their rivalry. It is way under rated as far as old time SEC rivalries go.

mith242
mith242

I read somewhere that the SEC might simply have Texas A&M alternate divisions each season until a 14th team is added. Having them start in the SEC West then if a 14th team hasn't been added by the next season have them switch over to the SEC East the next year. Over all I wouldn't have a problem with this. But I would prefer the SEC to keep the Arkansas/Texas A&M rivalry going. Arkansas finally was able to restart that rivalry a couple of years ago and I'd want to see it continue.

ConnGator
ConnGator

Actually, I think that was my (somewhat facetious) idea. But it could actually work, and Arkansas could be the aTm cross-division rival when they are in the East.

I also like the idea I read where the first year aTm plays an all-SEC schedule. Tough, but a good welcoming.

mith242
mith242

Yeah an all SEC schedule would be an interesting welcome. lol

Sam
Sam

If AU moves east they could play Bama two weeks in a row, in the iron bowl and the sec championship game.



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