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Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

Posted on: March 1, 2012 6:42 pm
 

While LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said that the Tigers and Florida are both “interested in ending” their annual series, Florida sources told CBSSports.com that the Gators have given no indication they want their series to end with LSU.

The Tigers and Gators have met annually since 1971 and were designated as permanent cross-divisional rivals when the SEC expanded in 1992. With the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, the league is considering doing away with the cross-divisional games, including Florida-LSU, Auburn-Georgia and Alabama-Tennessee.

Alleva told the Baton Rouge (La.) Advocate the Tigers and Gators were interested in ending their series, but Florida sources disputed that to CBSSports.com.

Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity also told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that there’s a possibility the Bulldogs’ rivalry with Auburn, which dates back to 1892, could be in jeopardy.


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Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:22 am
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

sunonomo-

You have a crappy ass attitude...take it somewhere else ....You really think UF will get hurt money wise by not playing LSU? Have you ever seen UF play or have you been a fan for a day? UF has NO problem making money and not playing LSU wont stop that..I love how when UF has a couple bad seasons bc Meyer screwed us recruiting wise, all of a sudden UF is some second rate program having to worry about winning seasons and revenue...stupid!! If you dont understand college footballl stop talking ....This type of stuff happens and Muschamp has been there one year..The fact is UF will have a top 5 defense next year and as soon as the offense comes around they will be back in top 10.....youre spineless



Since: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:11 am
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

This is really a non-story. Alleva is just stating the obvious: some really cool traditional games might have to get cut in order to make this conference expansion thing work. The alternatives aren't very pretty either; such as SEC teams that only play each other every 10 years. It does suck. Tigers-Gators has been an epic rivalry for the past decade or so. But if you go back much further than that; it just doesn't measure up to some of the other traditional rivalries. It was pretty lopsided for the first 10 years since the '92 expansion made it an annual event.




Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:29 am
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

Not here to flame, but now do some of you see why the almighty dollar should never rule decision making? It has hurt my Longhorns reputation for years now. You could end up being filthy rich without the games you remember growing up as a child.



Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:24 am
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

LSU is openly discussing ending the series with Florida? That's going to hurt - right in the wallet! Sounds like things are going from bad to worse for Foley. There is a bright side: now he can add another cream-puff to the schedule so we can have winning seasons again!



Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:38 am
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

Alternatively, Astro, you guys could schedule that ninth SEC game and give up the titanic clashes with Northwestern State and Towson.




It's funny how you post that after the schedule that we had last year. By the way, Northwestern State is an in state game. That being said, I don't have a problem helping out the schools that are in state and benifit from playing LSU. I do, however, understand being ragged on for having to play Towson. They are not an in state school and wish we could have scheduled a better OOC game in that spot. Who knows? Maybe they tried to.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:45 am
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

Alternatively, Astro, you guys could schedule that ninth SEC game and give up the titanic clashes with Northwestern State and Towson.



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:12 pm
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

LSU's getting a lot of flack for Aleeva's comments but look at it this way:   Because of the traditional games over the years we've had fewer games between Alabama and Florida, Auburn and Tennessee or LSU and Georgia. If Alabama and Tennessee are so hell bent on playing each other then put them in the same division.



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:21 pm
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

The conference has to find a way to preserve the cross divisional rivalries.  Everything can't simply be a business decision.  At some point the SEC must realize that the traditions are part of the brand.



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:21 pm
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

Play 2 fixed cross division games each year and 6 division games. 
With this idea a team would only play it's division and it's two cross division games. It would nevery play a team from the other division that wasn't its designated rival. The SEC simply can't do what they want with 8 games. I really hope we don't lose the AU-GA game (and I'm from Iowa) but the bastards can reap what they sow I guess.



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:21 pm
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

Add Florida State and Virginia Tech, and divide the conference into four pods:

East: Florida, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina
North: Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Virginia Tech
South: Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi, Mississippi State
West: LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Missouri

Give each team one inter-pod rivalry for each of the other three pods. For instance, Florida's might be Tennessee, LSU, and Mississippi State. Then, each season, pair two pods into one eight-team division and the other two pods into another division. Each team plays all their division opponents plus their two inter-pods rivals from the other division (9 games total).

So using the example from before, if the East and South pods are paired together in a division for a season, Florida's opponents for that season would be:

Florida State
Georgia
South Carolina
Tennessee
Auburn
Alabama
Mississippi
Mississippi State
LSU


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