There’s only 89 days until college football season kicks off and with that in mind, the SEC will convene in Destin for their annual spring meeting this week. Apparently, they will have a long of things to discuss for the upcoming season. CBS Sports’ Jon Solomon took the initiative to list some of the most pressing matters that will have to be put on the table in Destin this week. In the article, Solomon lists eight things that the conference will need to address, but what was most interesting to me was his take on the state of conference’s divisional imbalance in football:
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn made some waves in April when he told ESPN’s Chris Low he thinks “there will be a discussion” about the Tigers changing divisions to the SEC East. The SEC quickly shot that down and said there has been no discussion of divisional realignment. Two years ago, SEC schedules were set through 2025.
But when asked several times last week, Sankey wouldn’t say if there are discussions of realigning divisions. The West has seven straight SEC championships and has won 70 percent of games against the East since 2009.
Kentucky’s Mark Stoops and Tennessee’s Butch Jones enter their fourth seasons as the longest-tenured SEC East coaches. Advanced stats by Bill Connelly found the SEC East in 2015 was by far the worst division among the Power Five conferences. The SEC East was rated closer to both divisions in the American Athletic Conference and Mid-American Conference than it was to the SEC West.
“It is cyclical,” Sankey said. “We’ve had great competition in divisions for nearly 25 years and we expanded and we’ve kept divisions, and we look forward to our division champions to continue to meet in Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game.”
So does that mean there’s no talk of realigning divisions? “Just exactly what I said,” Sankey said.
Right, but there have been stories with people floating ideas. So is there actual talk within the SEC of possibly realigning divisions? “I see stories as well,” Sankey replied.
To read the whole article, head over here. It’s a pretty interesting read for a slow news Sunday.