Florida State QB Jameis Winston, the Heisman Trophy winner, was issued a citation by Tallahassee police for allegedly shoplifting crab legs from a Publix, according to a website that covers the program.
So much for that nine-game SEC schedule that’s generated so much buzz.
It fizzled out on Sunday.
The league’s powers to be voted that the SEC’s football teams will continue to play an eight-game schedule with the 6-1-1 format.
The vote ended a long discussion about whether the SEC teams would go to a nine-game conference schedule, like the Pac-12 and Big 12. The Big Ten is going to a nine-game schedule in 2016.
Here’s SEC Commissioner Mike Slive: “This has been a thoughtful and deliberative process that has resulted in maintaining the current format and adds a provision that will bolster our collective annual non-conference schedule. Critical to maintaining this format is the non-conference opponent factor which gives us the added strength-of-schedule we were seeking while allowing continued scheduling flexibility for institutional preferences, and acknowledges that many of our institutions already play these opponents.”
There was a key addition in the vote.
Beginning in 2016,
There’s been a lot of talk about the SEC adding a ninth conference game, and commissioner Mike Slive said Monday he expects the league’s decision makers to vote on the topic before the spring meetings (May 27-30).
Many people, including AJC columnist Jeff Schultz is in favor of teams adding a ninth SEC game. So am I.
Better schedules mean better games, more opportunities to be on TV — especially with the shiny SEC Network — and, ultimately, more money. Not just for the networks and the schools, but also for the SEC’s smaller college towns, which thrive on packed stadiums in the fall.
Coaches and ADs have their reasons not to like it, including the loss of potential rivalry games and missed bowl appearances by teams that needed another win to qualify.
The SEC is exploring its options with different formats. Any of them would lead to better