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FWIW, that Barnes and Noble is actually the new Vanderbilt Bookstore.

2 years, 9 months ago on Vandy Unveils New Unis At Barnes & Noble


Wonder if Slive, et al, felt that the expansion was enough for now and that a move to a 9-game schedule (while inevitable) could take place a little on down the road once the BCS is gone and the new playoff system is in place.

2 years, 9 months ago on Shock Of Shocks: SEC To Consider A 9-Game Schedule Again


Here's my question about the 12-year rotation of non-permanent opponents.  Consider this hypothetical example for Vanderbilt, whose permanent opponent thankfully remains Ole Miss. 

Year 1: LSU

Year 2: at Texas A&M

Year 3: Mississippi State

Year 4: at Auburn

Year 5: Alabama

Year 6: at Arkansas

So with that initial rotation out of the way, the next game would logically be at LSU in Year 7.  But we played our rotating opponent on the road in Year 6, and it seems unwieldy for there to be back-to-back home or road games with these rotating series.  Alternatively, are they planning to instead work backwards with the return games, as follows (building on example above)?

Year 7: Arkansas

Year 8: at Alabama

Year 9: Auburn

Year 10: at Mississippi State

Year 11: Texas A&M

Year 12: at LSU

In that scenario, it would be a decade or more between games we'd have with 2 conference opponents.  I may be missing something here, but I'm curious about how they specifically map this out.

2 years, 10 months ago on Slive Speaks: Football Rivalries Saved, Basketball Rivalries Dumped


There seems to be a groundswell of support among fans (myself included), but has a formal fan poll on schedule formats ever been conducted by a major media outlet?  I'd be curious if the ADs/Presidents would react if/when faced with hard evidence of preferences of those who buy tickets and make donations.  Also, while the ADs whine about losing money from the loss of a guaranteed home game, have there been any numbers put forth regarding how much more the TV folks would pay for the additional inventory and more frequent marquee cross-divisional matchups?  I'm guessing that number would dwarf whatever money Alabama would lose from not playing Georgia State.

2 years, 10 months ago on The SEC’s 8-Game Schedule Draws More Fire


This is what I've wondered all along.  By not settling on a schedule earlier this year and allowing these TV negotations to take place before a final decision is made, is Slive letting the Presidents and ADs come around to the correct long-term decision on their own?  How much more does a nine-game schedule generate for each school than an eight-game schedule...and is that enough to convince the Presidents and ADs to stop whining about missing out on a chance to play bowl games in Birmingham or Memphis?


LSU went undefeated against arguably the toughest regular season schedule anyone's ever played last year.

2 years, 11 months ago on Could TV Negotiations Drive SEC To 9-Game Football Schedule?


Couldn't agree more, and I think the Commissioner understands this.  My one thought is that the diplomatic Slive will look to usher in some sort of compromise, noting that the Big 10's move to 9 BCS games doesn't occur for another few years, and there's no practical reason to change things for the 2013 season.  I wonder if they'll announce that a 9-game schedule will be 2016, 2017, etc., citing the need to honor contracts already in place for the next few seasons, blah, blah, blah.


2 years, 11 months ago on With ACC Going To 9-Game Schedule, Only The SEC Plans To Lag Behind


Wonder if Slive will do what the Big Ten did and announce a move to a 9-game schedule...5 or 6 years down the both address these types of comments and leave the status quo in place for now that has worked so well for the league.

2 years, 11 months ago on Taking A Shot At SEC's Bama, Big Ten's Delany Hits Nebraska, Too (Oh, And We Told Ya The SEC's Schedule Would Be Questioned)


I've asked this in a previous post, so I apologize if this information is already out there.  If Ms. Dorrell was on the motorcycle at the time of the accident, how on earth did she come out of that uninjured?  Petrino looked like he'd been through 10 rounds with Mike Tyson, circa 1980s, but you're telling me that she didn't have a scratch? 

3 years ago on ASP: No Violations Involving Capt. Lance King


Can I ask just one question.  If Ms. Dorrell was on the motorcycle with Petrino at the time of the accident, how in the world did she apparently escape uninjured?  Petrino looked pretty bad at his press conference, and I have a hard time believing that anyone else on the bike at that same time could leave unscathed.

3 years ago on Support Group Rallies To Back Petrino As A.D. Long Tries To Navigate Major Mess


Just wish they'd man up and go to 9 games already.


3 years ago on SEC Inches Closer To 8-Game Schedule With Permanent Cross-Division Foes


So did the SEC ADs hold a schedule-related meeting in New Orleans last week?  Anything to report?

3 years, 1 month ago on SEC Headlines - 3/12/12 Part One


 @MiloMoon Sound logic, though history is littered with examples of people/institutions who waited to make a deal because they thought their position would strengthen over time.  The SEC blows away the competition in terms of TV ratings right now...while likely to continue, there are no guarantees that this trend would continue, and a variety of external factors could also impact the TV folks' willingness or ability to pay up.  I have no idea what they would be willing to pony up for the extra inventory now...all I hope is that the SEC folks bother to find out.

3 years, 1 month ago on USC Prez Talks Schedules Again; SEC Says Presidents Already Involved In Process; Looks Like 8-Games With Yearly Rotations


The Big Ten should also be on board with any suggestion that allows it to sweep the "Leaders" and "Legends" fiasco under the rug and pretend it never happened.

3 years, 2 months ago on A Divisionless Set-Up Would Help The SEC In Football


Could this be a pre-cursor to a 13-game regular season? Everyone's assuming this would imply that only teams who finish 7-5 or better can go bowling...but what if it's 7-6 instead? Put another way, if they go to 13 games, then it's a given that a team will need to win 7 games to go bowling.

3 years, 3 months ago on If Bowl Eligibility Standards Are Raised, The Impact On The SEC Will Be Big


Going to a 19-game schedule while returing to divisions makes sense. Expanding to 19 games without going back to divisions seems pointless. Why add a game and create the unfairness issue you cite if it's not necessary. Without divisions, then an 18-game schedule (5 home-and-homes and 8 single games) seems fine.

3 years, 3 months ago on SEC Considers 19-Game Hoops Schedule


Wouldn't Louisville be the 11th team?

3 years, 3 months ago on Big 12 Reopens The Expansion Can Of Worms


As Donovan said, ESPN has Thursday night games, too. No reason the Cats can't play on national TV on Thursday before playing again on national TV on Saturday. It is telling that the only Thursday game that Kentucky plays is the last Thursday of the season, followed not by a Saturday game but by a Sunday game...then followed by 4 days off before playing on Friday at the SEC Tournament.

3 years, 3 months ago on UF's Donovan Not Happy About Thursday-Saturday Turnarounds


What do the networks think about a nine-game schedule, and how much are they willing to pony up for that and the addition of A&M and Missouri? If Templeton is that concerned about what the networks want, then I don't see how he can categorically say that the SEC is guaranteed to stick with an 8-game schedule.

3 years, 3 months ago on The SEC’s Mr. Transition Talks Scheduling


Just one clarification. Coach Logo wasn't on James Franklin's staff this year. He was the D-Line coach under Johnson and Caldwell.

3 years, 3 months ago on SEC Headlines - 1/17/12


Honestly, Kansas City is no worse a site for the SEC basketball tournament than Tampa, and the league's already done that.

3 years, 3 months ago on SEC Rep Talks Schedules, Divisions In Missouri


The only issue with keeping an 8-game schedule with a permanent opponent is that it creates a situation where Alabama fans travel to Gainesville once every 12 years, Georgia visits Baton Rouge once every 12 years, UT fans get to visit the Grove just once every 12 years, etc. No way is that sustainable. Either the league expands to 16 teams and starts over from scratch, it scraps the permanent opponent, or it keeps the permanent opponent and expands the conference schedule to 9 games to match what the Big 12 and Pac 12 are already doing.

3 years, 3 months ago on No Permanent Cross-Divisional Rivals In The SEC?