The biggest discussion around the SEC Spring Meetings – outside of who Calipari is talking trash to – revolves around the structure of the league moving forward. Coming off a year when the SEC East had five bids to the NCAA (UK, Fla, TN, GA, Vandy) and the SEC West had none, the fix that has been the most talked about is the idea of scrapping the two divisions in favor of one. With the ease of travel and the loaded nature of the East in the past few years, I see this as a no lose proposition.
This likely would mean no real change in the SEC regular season next year (outside of disregarding the divisions,) as it would be too short notice to change each teams schedule, but it would affect the SEC Tournament seedings. The coaches met and are recommending that the four teams with the best record receive bye’s in the SECT, with the seeding flowing from 1-12 regardless of previous divisions.
Also under consideration is a move to an 18 or 22 game regular season (for 2012-13 and beyond,) to make for more home/home’s against more SEC foes. As long as we can still get in all the great out of conference opponents we’re used to at Kentucky, it’s another move I’m for.
These are simply the recommendations from the coaches. The AD’s and school Presidents will vote on the resolution later this week.