AUBURN, Ala. — Conference realignment is dormant in the SEC, but that doesn’t mean talk of Auburn moving to another division is quiet.
Four years after Auburn president Jay Gogue said he would not be opposed to the idea of Auburn moving from the SEC’s West division to the East, division, football coach Gus Malzahn now seems to be on board with it as well, according to ESPN’s Chris Low.
If the SEC shuffles things, @CoachGusMalzahn wouldn't be opposed to Auburn moving to the East. "I think there will be discussion on that."
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) April 13, 2016
Update (12:55 p.m. ET): Low now tweets his question to Malzahn was posed in a hypothetical fashion.
The move is unlikely, though many thought the additions of Missouri and Texas A&M to the SEC in 2012 could result in Auburn moving to the SEC East. After all, it made sense geographically. Instead, Missouri was added to the SEC East.
“Most Auburn people say that it would be more logical for Auburn to play in the East,” Dr. Gogue told the Auburn Villager in 2014. “We’ve told the SEC we are willing to move to the East.”
Update (12:01 p.m. ET): There have been zero discussions about re-shuffling teams in the SEC divisions, an SEC administrator told SEC Country.
What are the key issues other than upsetting the apple cart in the SEC? Scheduling and the need to play Alabama as a permanent rival. The SEC recently set its schedule rotation through 2025 and there are no plans to add new members. Still, some Auburn administrators are open to the idea of making a move, and Malzahn seems to be at the forefront of that renewed movement this week.
Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs has not returned SEC Country’s requests for comment.
It appears this discussion will stretch into the SEC’s spring meetings slated to begin May 31 in Destin, Fla.
Should Auburn be in the SEC East or SEC West?
— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) April 14, 2016