Pat Dye doesn’t like the SEC’s current structure.
Speaking on The Finebaum Show on Monday, the former Auburn coach gave his opinion on the SEC’s divisional situation and how he would change things. He said Auburn should move to the SEC East, and Missouri should slide over to the SEC West.
Check out his reasoning below.
“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, who coached Auburn from 1981-92 and went 99-39-4, makes some sense. Geographically, it would be logical for Auburn to be in the SEC East and have Missouri move to the SEC West.
Can you imagine how much easier it would be for Mizzou fans to travel to places such as Ole Miss and Mississippi State regularly? Plus, the annual meeting with Arkansas would have more meaning, and a true rivalry could develop. Meanwhile, the advantages for Auburn are obvious.
However, it doesn’t seem likely that the SEC’s divisions will change soon. But you can’t fault Dye for saying what some have likely thought before.
"Auburn needs to be in the SEC East & Mizzou needs to be in the SEC West" – Pat Dye pic.twitter.com/55WGRdUeAo
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 15, 2017