“There can never be an equal path to the championship. Unless everybody plays everybody, that’s the only equal path to the championship. Everybody doesn’t play everybody in the NFL. You rotate your schedule. We have to rotate the schedule.
The things that I think are important about scheduling is a) Every player plays every team in the SEC in his career. That means you must play at least two teams on the other side. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the traditions that our fans enjoy, which our Tennessee game is a big game for our fans. So the only way to do that is play nine games…
I understand where Les Miles is coming from. I coached at LSU. We played Florida every year, too. So if anyone understands it, I understand it. (Crowd laughs.)
They may not have that same (traditional rivals). My question is do other coaches understand our circumstance?”
Come to think of it… anyone remember Saban complaining about the Florida game while he was in Baton Rouge?