Each offseason, the subject of SEC division realignment seems to come to the forefront, especially when it comes to Auburn moving to the East.
Legendary coach Pat Dye has already voiced his opinion this week, as well as current head coach Gus Malzahn, so it makes sense that Gene Chizik, who was in charge of the Tigers from 2009-12 and led the program to its first national championship since 1957, would express his thoughts.
“In my opinion, it’s not going to happen,” Chizik said Wednesday on ESPN 106.7’s “The Lunch Break.” “If it was going to happen, it would have happened when they expanded to 14 teams (in 2012).
Texas A&M and Missouri were the two schools to join in 2012, with the Aggies taking a spot in the SEC West while the Tigers, with one of the most western-located campuses in the conference, being added to the SEC East.
With Auburn’s geographical location so close to the Georgia border, and considering the long-standing rivalry with Florida that is played sporadically now, it has been argued that the Tigers would be a perfect fit in the SEC East, with their one permanent cross-divisional game being against in-state rival Alabama.
Chizik stated that there are other factors to consider when making a drastic move like switching up divisions.
What I will say is that it creates a lot of unintended consequences when you start making moves. Sometimes it’s monetary. There are a lot of different things that can happen as a result that some people may not have the foresight to understand. There’s a lot of moving parts that the fan does not see. Just making the schedule — you have no idea with what goes into that with the people at the SEC.”