One thing is clear about next season in the SEC. Texas A&M and Missouri will be a part of the new conference. But beyond that, many logistical decisions have yet to be announced. However yesterday in, this article in the Kansas City Star, some parts of the process were made slightly more clear. A few highlights:
— Next season the basketball schedule will remain 16 games for at least one year. But then beginning in 2013-2014, it will move to an 18 game season. That of course means at least one less home game for Kentucky and the possibility of a dropped series against a rival (UNC?).
— The basketball schedule will include one game against each of the other conference teams (13 in total) and then two games against traditional rivals. In the story, UK and Florida are used as an example and if I were a betting man, I would assume UK ends up playing Florida, Vandy and Tennessee twice, and every other team once.
— The head of the SEC transition to 14 says that it is unlikely that the league will move to 9 football games. That is good for Kentucky’s bowl prospects for the future and for the continued viability of the UK-UL football series.
— New locales for the SEC Tournament are being considered and Kansas City is on the list of possibilities.
— If the conference goes to 16 teams at some point, 4-four team subdivisions may be created for scheduling in football. If that were to happen, the most obvious group for Kentucky would be with Tennessee, Vanderbilt and someone else…possibly South Carolina.
There is more to the article, but those are the highlights. Most interesting to me is the comment that the league is not going to 9 football games. That is the first I have heard of that and is VERY good news for UK’s football prospects long term.