Greg Sankey has a simple explanation for why the SEC won’t go to nine conference games per season anytime soon.
The current situation works.
Speaking on The Paul Finebaum Show on Wednesday, the commissioner was asked about the SEC’s yearly schedule of eight conference games. Check out his answer to Finebaum below.
“It works. I think you can look at the competitive success. It works, and it has worked really well. We have done a couple deep dives, the last one I think back in 13-14, looking at every possible scheduling format. As we talked to our member institutions and looked at advantages and disadvantages, we said, ‘Let’s play eight conference games.'”
The topic gained attention this week when former Auburn coach Pat Dye made the argument that Auburn should move to the SEC East and Missouri to the SEC West. He said Auburn could maintain its Iron Bowl rivalry with Alabama as a member of the SEC East if the SEC had nine conference games per season.
It’s unlikely that this topic will go away soon. Still, Sankey didn’t give much indication that the nine conference games would receive much thought from the decision-makers within the SEC.
Count on eight conference games for a while to come.