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LSU AD says Tigers, Gators may end series

Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:30 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 7:51 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

SEC athletic directors met this week to try and squeeze the league's expansion toothpaste back into the tube of a scheduling rotation that all 14 schools could live with ... and unsurprisingly, they didn't make much headway. But the athletic director at LSU says he and his counterpart at Florida are willing to remove at least one minor hurdle from the deadlock.

Speaking to the Baton Rouge Advocate Thursday, LSU A.D. Joe Alleva said that both his program and Jeremy Foley's in Gainesville are "interested in ending" (to use the Advocate's paraphrase) the Tigers' and Gators' annual cross-division rivalry game. LSU and Florida have met each year since 1971 and were designated as permanent cross-divisional rivals in the SEC's 1992 expansion.

Sources told's Brett McMurphy Thursday, however, that Florida is not currently interested in canceling the series. 

The league is considering doing away with permanent cross-divisional rivalries in an effort to ease scheduling concerns, even though that decision would imperil two of the conference's most storied rivalries in Auburn-Georgia and Alabama-Tennessee. Alleva, however, said that despite his school's willingness to abandon its annual cross-division game, there was "momentum" among the A.D.'s to preserve those two particular series.

“The only way around that is to try to maintain the old rivalries and come up with a solution for those who don’t have them,” Alleva said. “There’s a fine line to doing that.”

Both Ole Miss's Pete Boone and Vanderbilt's David Williams told the Birmingham News this week that they oppose maintaining permanent cross-divisional games, with Williams labeling as unfair a potential compromise that would see only some teams (namely, Auburn, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee) keep such games.

The leeway of a nine-game league schedule would ease many of those concerns dramatically (while raising others), but Alleva echoed the current prevailing sentiment of SEC A.D.'s and officials in saying he and his fellow A.D.'s prefer sticking with an eight-game schedule--even at the apparent cost of a LSU-Florida series highly valued by many fans on both sides.

Which is why the further A.D. meetings alluded to by SEC spokesman Charles Bloom at the conclusion of this set will no doubt be entirely necessary to iron out the league's scheduling dilemma. The conference continues to face a fundamental scheduling paradox: it wants a six-game divisional round-robin, a permanent cross-division game, and two rotated cross-divisional games (to avoid going a full decade without seeing some opposite-division opponents) ... and still stay at eight games.

Somewhere, push is going to have to come to shove, and it's not a shock a group of 14 men with as many differing agendas as the SEC's A.D.'s would seem to have haven't found where that shove is going to come just yet.

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Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:32 pm

LSU AD says Tigers, Gators may end series

Actually there is an easy solution to the problem. If it is so important that Aub-Ga and Ala-Ten play each other every year then move Ala & Aub to the east. That solves that problem. That would require the western most team n the east to go to the west along with Miz & A&M. Problem solved. Do away with permanent cross divisional games and rotate 3 teams every 2 years. But since the SEC caters to the Ala schools that's not going to happen. Along with rotating games go back to rotating the league office. Remember, the largest majority of SEC employees are residents of Ala, pay taxes in Ala & live in Ala. To suggest their is no favoritism is ludicrous. If it need to be in one place how about New Orleans. We could also have the SEC baseball touny at Zeypher field, the basketball tourny at the Hornets arena and the football championship at the super done. Now Joe that sounds like a plan.

Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:59 am

LSU AD says Tigers, Gators may end series

Michigan in 2007 finished 9-4 and beat Florida in their bowl game. That Florida team had Heisman Winner Tim Tebow on it too. Michigan finished ranked 18th. They also had losses to Oregon #23, Wisconsin #24 & Ohio State #5.

Appy State was pretty solid that year too.

Michigan was not "terrible" or "horrible" that year.


Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:01 am

LSU AD says Tigers, Gators may end series

A clear case of the inmates running the asylum. 
The SEC needs to tell the schools what they are doing, not the other way around...  

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:59 am

LSU AD says Tigers, Gators may end series

huskermav - Your comment is referencing the wrong team when you floated the idea that "When Michigan lost to Appy Sate, they were horrible..."  The "they were horrible" statement alluded to Michigan - not App State.  State actually had a good team that year.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:28 am

LSU AD says Tigers, Gators may end series

Bunch of Clowns w/ Deep Pockets are ruining College Football!

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:26 am

LSU AD says Tigers, Gators may end series

Although not what is considered a traditional rivalry, this game is always a "must see" unlike some of those storied Big Ten rivalries which are lack luster at best, tedious at worst.

Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:17 am

LSU AD says Tigers, Gators may end series

I doubt that anyone outside of the deep south has even heard of this 'rivalry'.

Since: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:00 am

LSU AD says Tigers, Gators may end series

When they go to a 9 game SEC schedule; it will be even more financially imperative that SEC teams schedule the other 3 games as strictly home games, i.e. crappy teams that don't demand a home and home contract. In other words, even fewer good inter-conference battles like the 2 LSU played last season. So good news for you SEC-hating idiots: your favorite excuse you use to whine about why the SEC keeps dominating college football will continue! You won't need to come up with any new material...especially with the "oversigning" boogeyman you cry about going away. Congrats crybaby haters!

Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:57 am

LSU AD says Tigers, Gators may end series

Give it up sport for you will never convice those outside the SEC. There is no cure for their penis envy.

Since: Nov 28, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:04 am

LSU AD says Tigers, Gators may end series

you know what I love most about people that talk about they voted with there remote, and did not watch the game, you sure do spend alot of time on the computer talking about it and that makes the fact that you did or did not watch the game pointless. Ratings were lower but there were alot of reason not on Network TV time of game and day/date of game. I have always said the simple answer to all of this is make every team join a conf. and then let Conf Champ and 2 at large team do a playoff, If you dont want to join a conference thats fine you just want be in the running for the NC. last year I know was a all SEC NC and rating were down because most year people watch to see if someone was going to rise up and beat a SEC team. I dont think result would have changed much if it would have been 2 PAC teams or 2 BIG10 teams. I know I watched the Stanford and OK St. game and I sick in my mouth several times watching those teams play better D in High school then on that field same as the Baylor game. That was not good Offense that was noone on the field for D. 2 worse games I have ever seen. Sorry add in the Clemson and West Virginia....

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