Steve Spurrier’s idea to ignore non-divisional games and just award division championships based on divisional play — something not done in any other major league, conference, or sport — isn’t being met with a lot of positive response. Not from the media. Not from fans outside the Palmetto State. And not even from SEC commissioner Mike Slive.
Speaking to Jon Solomon of The Birmingham News, Slive correctly pointed out the obvious:
“We certainly can discuss it, but an SEC football game is an SEC football game. Sitting here first blush without a lot of thought, it would be very hard to decide some games are more valuable than other games.”
Of course it would. Which is why no one else has ever put forth this kind of proposal. And if Carolina had reached Atlanta last year over Georgia under similar circumstances, you can be sure Spurrier and the Gamecock Nation wouldn’t be crowing quite so loudly about change today. About how they really hadn’t deserved to go to Atlanta.
That, of course, is the biggest test to Spurrier’s plan — would he have put it forth if the shoe had been on the other foot? Most definitely that answer is no.
On other topics, the commish said that the SEC’s new schedule format may not be determined until the league’s presidents get a look at it in Destin at the SEC Meetings (which we suspected all along). Also, he said that he was “proud of the action taken by the university” of Arkansas once the Bobby Petrino scandal came to light.
In addition, Slive said freshly promoted executive associate commissioner Greg Sankey is now running the daily operations of the SEC office while he focuses on expansion, television and NCAA issues. For years, many have viewed the SEC’s other executive associate commissioner — Mark Womack — as Slive’s heir apparent. One now must wonder if Sankey holds the inside track to replace Slive when the current commissioner decides to walk away.