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The SEC switched the schedule up

“We’ll just erase that one and start over.” — SEC


SEC basketball coaches found a surprise from the SEC in their email inboxes last week.

You know that “constant rival” and those four “home-and-home” opponents the conference announced last month?

Yeah, that changed. And coaches were notified by email last week, out of the blue.

The SEC erased the drawing board for the 2012-13 basketball schedule and started fresh to create a more “competitive balance.” So just forget anything you read in the past. Kentucky was originally paired with Florida as a permanent rivalry, but that could, and likely will, change. It has been confirmed that Vanderbilt will no longer be paired with Tennessee, which could mean the SEC is pairing the Vols and Cats together.

Coaches are upset they were hit with the news out of nowhere and weren’t informed that a change was even being discussed. The league just sent out the new pairings and caught everyone off guard while they were all out recruiting during the July evaluation period.

The SEC will release the entire 2012-13 conference basketball schedule next month.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

20 Comments for The SEC switched the schedule up

  1. Bob Sugar
    1:50 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    Will the UK athletics department stop manufacturing these rivalries! They do nothing for Kentucky and elevate the lesser teams to our level. Just take a look at what the UofL “rivalry” has created for us– a no win scenario where we have nothing to gain and everything to lose. Fueled by Pitino, 70’s and 80’s games, and fan blogs, this synthetic rivalry has cost UK $, time, and success in football. The Governor’s cup has been the most unnecessary risk of all-time, creating a competitive, thriving in state enemy where there should be a city college sun-belt/ cusa team. Instead Kentucky has jeopardized, gambled, and lost any momentum it ever gained from successful seasons because starting fresh every year against Louisville is just another pointless make or break game. The blame rests squarely on Mitch Barnhart for this awful situation. We wold be so much better off playing another highly winnable game against an IU or similar school.

  2. Bart
    1:56 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    It doesn’t matter who we play, a win is a win, period. To complain about potential wins over ranked teams, just proves how great cal recruits and how great our players are!!!

  3. FlashOfBlue
    1:58 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    Somebody Emmert-ed. I can smell it.

  4. Musehobo
    2:11 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    1) Hey skippy, did you just make a seamless, yet nonsensical jump from basketball to football? And this post has nothing to do with anything UK has done.

  5. Bob Sugar
    2:21 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    4) As a matter of fact I did just that. UK is obviously trying to establish a rivalry with Mizzou and Texas A&M in basketball to strengthen the perception of the conference. No doubt Mitch Barnhart is at the vanguard of this campaign. The difficulty with creating these psuedo-rivalries is that UK is on another level and doesn’t need to get involved in charity work for the sake of the conference.

  6. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    2:23 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    I would welcome playing Vandy home-and-home every year as our “rival” game. They are going to be garbage this season and will not be nearly as talented as Florida, Tennessee, Missouri, and Alabama will be every season from here on out. That only helps us in conference play.

  7. macon_volfan
    2:28 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    If UT and UK are paired up, that would be great. It’s a shame they can’t do something to keep MORE rivalries in place. UT and UK should play 2x a year, as should UT and Vandy. UK would be a good pair with Vandy as well, or could start a new, competitive rivalry with Mizzou.

  8. huh???
    2:29 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    #1… Manufacturing rivalries? First off, although the state of KY still doesn’t produce a depth of D-1 football talent, the startup of the modern UK/UofL football series totally re-energized high school FB in Kentucky. LOL, why is it a “synthetic rivalry”? Since the modern series began in 1994, UK has won 8 FB games vs. UofL, UofL has won 10. That’s a much better rivalry, by definition, than UK’s “rivalry” with Tennessee, which won 26 straight or whatever it was before last year. In bball, since the regular season games started in 1983, UK has won 21 games (including this year’s FF) and UofL has won 10. So how has this been bad for UK?

    I would MUCH rather have the nerve-wracking, nail-biting, hate to lose bitter rivalry games vs. UofL than play an out of state non-conference game that means nothing. Like Baylor this year in bball. Who cares?

    Its simple. If you don’t want to “elevate the lesser teams to our level”, then YOU JUST BEAT THEM.

    You blame the UK v. UofL rivalry on Mitch Barnhart when the bball rivalry was restarted in 1983 and the FB games restarted in 1994?? Barnhart was not at UK until 2002. What exactly do you think Barnhart should do, discontinue playing UofL? LOL, yeah right. He would get more grief than he does now and the KY State Legislature would probably step in to force the series to be played.

    Your comments make no sense.

  9. huh???
    2:32 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    #5 huh again! How is UK “obviously trying to establish a rivalry with Mizzou and Texas A&M in basketball” when it was the entire 12 team SEC that invited those 2 teams into the league and UK will only be playing them under the conference format? Do you suffer from paranoia?

  10. Tdr76
    2:35 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    My family and I have loved going down to Gainesville the past few years, from Jax, to watch the CATS take on the gators. I hope this is not a tradition that is going to end.

  11. Bob Sugar
    2:42 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    8) we are all very happy YOU feel that way.. however YOUR opinion of the atmosphere surrounding the game YOU want to watch is irrelevant. The outcome of the games is insignificant, UK does not want a Louisville or a UT. instead they want a game that UK can win a vast majority of the time. Once again, the UofL game is bad for UK because it is a no-win scenario– we have won all those games yet they’re ultimately meaningless. On the other hand if we lose those games, then our legacy suffers. Hello! Barnyard should have gotten out of the Louisvile football games years ago. It’s the biggest hurdle to our football team constructing any hope for a top 25 program.

  12. Bob Sugar
    2:44 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    And if we play on an aircraft carrier I’m picketing memorial

  13. cayutsfan
    3:05 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    Bob Sugar, you are a moron

  14. ZombieLibrarian
    3:10 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    Bob Sugar…..just……wow. I wouldn’t even know where to begin.

    You people who try to engage in discussions with these wackjob, complain-about-any-and-everything-any-chance-I-get types are just pissing in the wind. Stop wasting your time and let him go back to barking blindly at the internets. If you ignore him after a while he’ll probably just put his tin foil hat back on and resume screaming at the neighbor kids to “get off his lawn”.

  15. Musehobo
    3:22 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    14) You’re right, but I gotta make one last comment to him. The only point you make that has any weight at all is that our UL matchup can sometimes hurt our season. But in the end, the rivalry does more to pique interest and emotion in our state than any of the other games. You kill that game right now, and you kill UK football. The rest of that Mitch/Missouri madness is just silly. You’d be hard pressed to find one person on this blog or anywhere that would agree with you.

  16. Bob Sugar
    3:40 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    15) My argument is the UofL rivalry at the very least maimed UK football a long time ago and its continuation will kill UK football. The state’s football interest will be “piqued” when its premier program earns a BCS bowl bid, not some “Mighty Duck feel good movie”, Governor’s Cup. Barnhart, ESPN, and Co. can’t wait for this MIZZOU game to gain traction in order to congratulate themselves on the conference they’ve created. Expand your gaze and perceive the reality of the SEC, that is, decent teams will latch on to UK’s achievements and exploit them for all they can.

  17. Rad Ryan
    3:59 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    Does it really matter who we play?We win!

  18. huh???
    4:17 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    #16 LOL, apparently Sugar, YOU are in the minority! Hilarious that you say my opinion is irrelevant, while like most blowhards, your opinion is the one that matters (in your mind). I really don’t get how you can say UK does not want a UofL or UT game. That’s baloney. WHY WOULD YOU NOT WANT TO CREATE RIVALRIES?

    So you think UK (and you yourself) want a game they can win the vast majority of the time? Yeah, brilliant. That’s why everyone is so excited about playing Northwood, Lafayette, Portland, Morehead, Long Island, etc. this year at home(NOT). I don’t think Cal or Barnhart want that either. Its just a matter of managing the schedule without getting into too many home and home series.

    LOL, you speak of UK’s legacy as if UK FB was a powerhouse that took a nosedive in 1994 when we started playing UofL. Uhhh, no. We have had arguably more success SINCE 1994 (18 years) than the preceding 18 years before the resumption of the series. You are either drug addled or just organically delusional. Your last comment in #16 is so stupid. So you argue that it is better for UK basketball to have a watered down weak SEC bball conference instead of adding a competitive Mizzou and A&M to strengthen the SEC in basketball?? Really?

  19. Bristol Cat
    5:55 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    UT is our rival. Forida is not. This is good.

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