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SEC coaches endorse sticking with eight-game conference schedule

By Eye on College Football staff

DESTIN, Fla. -- The SEC coaches voted 13-1 Wednesday in favor of keeping an eight-game conference schedule.

The question is: For how long? Indications are that a nine-game conference schedule is in the offing, especially after the SEC Network launches in 2014, as schools will want better positioning in the playoff era.

This season is spoken for and SEC commissioner Mike Slive told Tony Barnhart earlier this week that the 2014 slate was being molded around the eight-game plan.

"Remember that last year we overwhelmingly voted to keep the current 6-1-1 scheduling model (six division games, one permanent opponent in the other division, one rotating opponent in the other division)," Slive said, "and we are currently building the 2014 schedule on that basis. The question is whether or not we keep that model for a longer term.

"As I have always said, the First Amendment is alive and well, and will be on display for the next few days. We understand there are different points of view on this."

ESPN reported that Larry Templeton, in charge of scheduling as the SEC has expanded to 14 schools, said the eight-game rotation was approved through 2026.

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