Could Auburn be heading to the SEC East?
There are rumblings again and coach Gus Malzahn has again spoken his mind about it.
During a meeting with reporters at the Regions Tradition Pro-Am in Birmingham, Malzahn addressed longtime Auburn coach Pat Dye’s strong comments about Auburn and Missouri pulling a switch-a-roo in an SEC reshuffling.
“You look at the map and obviously it makes sense,” Malzahn said before playing in the golf event. “There’s a lot more to it than just the map and all that. But that his opinion and he’s been around a long time. But there’s a lot more to it.”
Like, for instance, the Iron Bowl.
This isn’t the first time Malzahn has commented on this possible adjustment. The thinking by Dye and others is that a 9-game SEC schedule could allow Auburn to move East to face the likes of Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, but still play Alabama in a yearly at-large game. As for Mizzou, here’s guessing the Tigers would strongly oppose playing Alabama and LSU every year, although having a more meaningful rivalry game against Arkansas every year could have some appeal.
Dye had this to say to the host on the Paul Finebaum Show on Monday: “We touch Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. We need to be in the East, and Missouri needs to be in the West. If we played nine [conference] games, we could do that, because we could still play Alabama every year, and then we’d have our meeting with Tennessee and Florida and Georgia.”
Dye coached Auburn from 1981-92 and went 99-39-4. He’s spoken up in prior years about the geography snafu that is Mizzou playing in the SEC East.
The idea is something to think about in the future, but here’s guessing any move is still not quite on the horizon anytime soon.