At the annual SEC meetings Wednesday in Destin, FL, coaches from the Southeastern Conference voted 13-1 to keep the current 8-game conference schedule. The vote was made to increase the SEC slate from 8 to 9 games, with only coach Nick Saban voting for the expanded slate.
A rotation of eight conference games with six divisional opponents, one permanent cross-divisional opponent and one rotating cross-divisional opponent was approved by coaches yesterday. South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said while he realizes the 9-game schedule would create more money for the conference and its TV partner ESPN, “They’re (SEC game) not necessarily bigger than some rivalry games. It’s important to play your conference opponents. It’s important to play other people out of conference, too.”
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