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Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

Posted on: October 27, 2011 2:12 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 5:34 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Hey, remember three days ago, when we told you that per Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity, the SEC wasn't looking at a 14-team schedule for the 2012 season?

HAHAHA just kidding, folks:

As reported by the Birmingham News's Jon Solomon, yes, that's Mike Slive telling reporters at SEC basketball media days that McGarity was (as the kids say) full of it. (Slive only added that he had nothing else to add.) Since we're pretty sure there's no better source on this than the commissioner himself, it's now safe to assume that Missouri has not been ruled out from competing in the SEC in 2012 and that the league is prepared to make the necessary accomodations if the Tigers want to make the leap as soon as next season.

That, of course, was how Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton had previously described his school's potential jump, saying recently it would be "applicable to the next year."

That assertion has been challenged by everyone from McGarity to Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas to plenty of other anonymously sourced reports that have put Mizzou in the SEC in 2013 at the earliest. That makes more sense than the alternative, since the rearranging of 2012 schedules at this late date on both the Big 12's end (with a giant Missouri-sized hole in their slates) and the SEC's would be a logistical nightmare.

But it may be a nightmare both the Tigers and the SEC are willing to deal with, if it means the former dodges a lame-duck final season in the Big 12 and the latter avoids the awkwardness of a 13-team schedule. With Slive now openly admitting for the first time that the SEC is poised to go to 14 teams and the Big 12 actively pursuing the addition of one or more new members, it seems likelier than ever Missouri's defection could become official in a matter of days rather than weeks.

Will that be soon enough to leap through the rapidly-closing 2012 scheduling window? That still seems unlikely, but if Mike Slive himself is open to the possibility, the possibility is no doubt open.


Since: Jul 25, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2011 12:02 am

Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

Face it Mizzou, the Big 12 has finally had enough of your s**t and just slammed the door on your A**. Enjoy your 4 to 6 win seasons in the SEC. You should be able to handle the likes of Kentucky, Vandy, and maybe Tennessee.  AHA, HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!

Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2011 6:48 pm

Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

All this posturing is getting tiresome.  If Mizzou is in, announce it tonight, so the Aggies and and Mizzou can yell SEC, SEC when they play tomorrow.  I don't care what division Mizzou enters, so long as Arkansas and Missouri play every year.  Also, A&M and the Hogs every year.  Both Mizzou and A&M will be competetive in the SEC.  I think A&M will be right away.  Mizzou may need a little time to catch up.  Meanwhile, Geaux LSU.  I can't wait for the LSU-Arkansas game, even though the Hogs will be underdogs.  Hey, it's a rivalry game, that's what the SEC is all about   

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 6:21 pm

Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

Roll Tigers .... Geaux beat Bama     ,,, The Hogs will be waiting for you back in Baton Rouge if we can take care of business.

Obsession with trying to put Mizzou in the West may be because most people figure they are in the West!!!

If it were me Bama & Auburn move to the East where they belong.  Vandy moves to West with cross over game with Tennessee and Mizzou & A&M go to the West.   I think that is good move for Vandy as well.


Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 5:04 pm

Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

when you put a name like "vols r back"  it should be appropriate right?

and at the back of the pack is where they are

sorry if that offends you, but it is what it is

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:56 pm

Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

LSUtigers1978-not sure why you chose to bash me for? Yes Tennessee is in the back of the pack for now.But if you knew anything about football you would know that we had 3 coaches in 3 years and lost 35 players in 3 years due to coaching changes.Im sorry we dont have the instate talent that your state has so i dont care who you are if you lose 35 players in three years you are going to struggle for a few years till you get your numbers back up.I didnt come on here to bash you so when you learn about what is going on at other schools in the SEC then you can come on here and bash them. ROLL TIDE!!!

Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:24 pm

Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

Say hello to Clemson and Florida State, SEC will be 16 team conference!

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 12:40 pm

Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

Auburn is going to the East.  It is that simple.

You have a reference for that?  There have been numerous articles written that contradict that, including one that says MO doesnt have ALA's vote if that happens.  There is another that the new UT AD says as much.  If AUB goes to the East, the ALA/UT permanent crossover game falls by the wayside, as it will have to be replaced with ALA/AUB. 

THe SEC will not add an additional permanent crossover game.  As it is now it will take 12 years to roll the other division and adding an additional permanent crossover game, as things are currently, means neither division rolls the other. 

It wont happen.  The simple, non-disruptive solution is to put MO in the East.  What is the obsession with everyone having to have MO in the West?

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:21 am

Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

It seems like this "article" is nothing more than a personal attack on the Georgia AD.  Weird.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 9:48 am

Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

Auburn is going to the East.  It is that simple.  Auburn already has stated that they would be fine with the move.  The only team upset with this is Tennessee, because they would lose their CD tie in with Alabama.  That too can be temporairily taken care of by scheduling the two teams to meet in 2012 and 2013.  By then, Conferences may have expanded to 16 teams, in which case Auburn would go back to the West.  Your Divisions will look like this:

East:  Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt.

West:  Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi, Mississipppi State, Missouri, Texas A&M.

I think that the sooner the SEC takes Missouri, the better off the SEC, Big 12, and Big East will be.  Let all the cards be rearranged at one time.  The Big 12 is going to take at least one team from the Big East.  As of now, it will either be Louisville or West Virginia.  That will effectively kill the Big East as we know it.  I think the Big 12 should take 3 teams from the Big East, the two mentioned above and Cincinnati.  That will end the Big East as a football Conference.  It has no chance of keeping it's AQ status anyways, so why not just end the charade.  All the BCS Conferences will have at least 12 teams that way.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 9:36 am

Slive: SEC 'working on' 13 and 14-team schedules

With all due respect bama, that is the most ridiculous, unbalanced split proposed so far.  You are way off base when you say the egg bowl is the ONLY rival lost.  One of the biggest rivalries since the division format has been FLA/UT.  That game falls by the wayside, as does the UT/UGA game. 

There is no reason to move any existing team.  Why should any school have to do anything but play an additional division rival?  Why all the mental gymnastics to accommodate MO?  That is absurd.  If MO wants to join the SEC, they will do so on the SEC's and the existing teams terms.  Its been reported that they dont have the votes to get an invite if AUB is moved to the East, and that charge is being led by your school.  Now that Hart is AD at UT, he has also weighed in, and said as much. 

It amazes me the number of fans of existing SEC schools that come up with all these lame brain alignments that disrupts and changes existing divisions, rivalries and all to accomodate MO.  Im all for MO joining but it is ridiculous to change anything just so they can be in the West.  That is a joke and akin to throwing the baby out with the bath water.  There is no way that makes sense at all.

Put MO in the East and be done with it.  Its a simple, non-disruptive solution.  Your proposal together with the ALA and AUB and VANDY to the East or AUB to the East is a non-starter and changes too many things that cant be addressed to maintain the status quo.  Keep it as it is and put MO in the East. 

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