We’ve already told you about Kevin Stallings’ hissy fit over Kentucky’s lack of a Thursday-Saturday combo for the second year during SEC play. Well, the SEC director of media relations Craig Pinkerton heard Stallings’ whining all the way in Birmingham and gave the Tennessean’s Jeff Lockridge this response:
“The SEC’s athletics directors have established a set of parameters to follow when building the men’s basketball schedule. These parameters are in place to ensure that the schedule is as equitable as possible and enables the SEC to fulfill its contractual obligations with television. We make our best effort to balance out the Thursday-Saturday tandem among all of the teams. Last year we began moving some Thursday games to Tuesday to alleviate some of the issues with the quick turnaround. Now we are playing two games Tuesday night with an ESPNU game that leads into the ESPN Super Tuesday matchup.
We try to get every team at least one game and no more than four games on Thursday night. The key issue is avoiding teams playing on the road for both parts of a Thursday-Saturday tandem.”
Kevin, maybe if your team didn’t continually choke in the tournament and against teams like Cleveland State and Indiana State, you’d get more Super Tuesday matchups. Just sayin’.