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Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Posted on: December 23, 2011 5:37 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The long wait to see exactly how the SEC has corralled its new 14-team monster of a league into its 2012 football schedule -- and on short notice, no less -- should be almost over.

According to a report Friday from Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun, the finished 2012 SEC schedule "is expected to be released Monday." The SEC's official Twitter feed confirmed Thursday that the schedule is in its "final stages" but would not be made public until after Christmas.

But to believe the sources who have spoken to Dooley, the process has already gone past those "final stages" to "completed." Among the impacts of the last-minute addition of Missouri to the SEC East, Dooley reports, is that Florida won't receive the returned home game from their cross-divisional rotation trip to Auburn this past season--nor will they get their new, expected rotated-in matchup against Ole Miss. Instead, the Gators will face only two West opponents (Texas A&M and annual cross-division rival LSU) while adding Missouri to their East slate.

Assuming that information is correct, it will put to bed once and for all the notion -- advanced in November by no less than South Carolina president Harris Pastides -- that the SEC is moving to a nine-game conference schedule for 2012. The SEC moved quickly to quash that suggestion at the time, and Mike Slive told the Birmingham News Thursday that he "[doesn't] sense any interest" in moving beyond the current eight-game arrangement.

But neither that statement nor the eight-game 2012 slate rules out a nine-game schedule in the league's future. Slive also confirmed that the 2012 schedule is intended as a one-year stopgap before the 2013 slate establishes the SEC's future divisional rotations, and pointedly added "Who knows what the future holds?" when asked about the possibility of nine games.

So some of the nagging questions about the new look SEC will (very likely) be answered on Monday. Some, though, are going to linger on for a good deal longer than that.
Comments

Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Most schools try to schedule at least one game versus non conference teams in their own state. They do this to help those school with $$$$$$$$. The PAC 10 throught he years have always had two to three very good teams (Washington/UCLA/Arizona or Arizonia State) These schols are struggling in my opinion due to coaching. Look at the coaches in the SEC SOME OF THE BEST IN THE NATION. This could change and then the SEc's domination will slow down.



Since: Dec 25, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Alabama didn't win their conference or their division.  Why are they in the game?  Because of voting, not because of Strength of schedule or strenght of academics, just strength of money.  Alabama shouldn't be in the championship game just because the sports writers are "in love" with the SEC.  Alabama (duh) already got their chance at LSU and blew it!  This is simply a do-over.  Not a real champioship game.  It would be nice if LSU would take a chance and see if they could hold their own against Oklahoma State.  Don't think so at this point, but the Tigers might surprise everyone and stay with the Cowboys.



Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Knucklehead. The SEC has won the past two NCAA baseball championships



Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Don't forget Southern Miss.



Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

I think I was at a game in Columbia SC where the 4th best team in the SEC manhandled the ACC champions. Look out for the Gamecocks next year I think they finally will have a DECENT QB running the show. It took Conner Shaw about 4 weeks to gain some much needed confidence. The SEC did have some down years from Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, and Miss St but three of the  four are Bowl bound. As far as the Big 12 come back and talk when they play some Defense. Ok STATE Gave up over 30 points in quite a few games. LSU or Alabama would beat them like a drum. Easily a 17 point victory! Heck Arkansas or the Gamecocks would have a good shot against OK state.
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Since: Dec 25, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 2:41 pm
 

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

How about the SEC try and focus on something other than just football?  Quit sucking up to the sportwriters to where that you can brag (with the voiting) about how the SEC has "won" the last 5-6 national champioships.  If this was a playoff system, no brag, all results.  However, it would be good to have good academics to brag about as well - which you can't.  Look at how much Alabama (duh) spends on football versus anyone in the nation.  Then, we'll talk......



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Did anyone see what alabama did to michigan state last year in the bowl game............weren't they a top 10 ranked team



Since: Jul 6, 2010
Posted on: December 25, 2011 11:12 am
 

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Better yet what if non-SEC teams learned how to play some damn football and give us some competition so we don't have to play ourselves for the championship?  How many out of conference top teams does the SEC have to destroy every year before all the whiners just realize the other conferences just plain arent as good?  Oh I know.  Maybe we can add a new conference to the NFL and just put Alabama, LSU, and a couple other SEC teams in there so powder puff conferences like the ACC have a chance to win a national championship.



Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 10:18 am
 

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

i will give you credit, look at them last 5 pansies we have beat for the crystal football.



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2011 8:38 am
 

Report: 2012 SEC schedule "expected" Monday

Probably go after New Mexico St. again, maybe the Citidel, or go after some "heavyweights" like Duke, or Colorado St. Then tell the BS... errr BcS these are the top teams outside our conference in the Country. Then of course ask them which team they would like to see win the "mythical" championship, so they can build that team up as being the greatest they`ve ever seen.


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