Pac-12 coaches don’t like SEC’s 8-game schedule

This was to be expected.

The Pac-12’s coaches aren’t thrilled the SEC voted to keep eight-game conference schedules instead of going to nine.

If you haven’t guessed, the Pac-12 plays nine conference games.

Stanford’s David Shaw, who used the word “cupcakes” to describe some SEC opponents in November, said on Thursday:

“I’ve been saying this for three years now: I think if we’re going to go into a playoff and feed into one playoff system, we all need to play by the same rules. Play your conference. Don’t back down from playing your own conference. It’s one thing to back down from playing somebody else. But don’t back down from playing your own conference.” collected thoughts from other Pac-12 coaches, on the conference’s post-spring teleconference, but here’s UCLA’s Jim Mora, the former coach of the Falcons.

“I would like to see everybody operate under the same set of rules or restrictions or regulations or whatever word you want to throw in there. I think the Pac-12 is an incredibly competitive conference. I look at the teams that make up this conference and I think anybody can beat anybody on any given week. I think the same can be said for the SEC. And yet we play nine games against each other. I like that.”

The Big 12 also plays nine conference games and the Big Ten is going to a nine-game schedule in 2016. The ACC is still deciding whether to go to a nine-game schedule.

Here’s Shaw again:

“There’s no taking away anything that LSU and Alabama and Auburn recently have accomplished. They’ve been phenomenal. My take is to say, ‘OK, the rest of us are playing our conference. We’re playing nine out of 12 teams in our conference. Why can’t you do the same thing?’ You can’t color it. You can’t try to explain it away. You’re not doing what the rest of us are doing it. We’re doing it. The Big Ten is doing it. The Big 12 is doing it. Everybody is pushing toward a nine-game conference schedule.”

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Mischief Managed

May 12th, 2014
11:42 am

Who cares what PAC12 coaches think about anything having to do with football?


May 8th, 2014
3:32 pm

GTBob – How quickly we forget that your mediocre Missouri team actually played in the Big 12 Championship game in (2008 and 2009) and that Texas A&M got Sumlin after it joined the SEC (fyi: USC tried to lure this SEC coach away with a mega contract). You failed to mention Bielema, who at Wisconsin won back-to-back Big 10 championships (2011, 2012) before taking over at Arkansas. One last point: Do you have an answer for the NFL draft results (by conference)? Are you willing to put your prejudice against the SEC aside, and admit they have the best talent?


May 8th, 2014
3:26 pm


Texas A&M and Missouri became competitive because they joined the SEC not in spite of it. Both schools have garnered a great deal in their recruiting simply because they were in the SEC. Georgia plays Clemson and GT this year and always plays a tough non-conference schedule. As for the PAC 12 and the Big Ten their entire conference is full of patsies except for a few decent teams.


May 8th, 2014
11:01 am

And for those of you that doubt the SEC strength, ask the coaches from Arkansas (formally Wisconsin), Missouri (formerly of the Big Ten) and Texas A&M (formerly of the Big 12).

Yeah, Missouri and Texas A&M. Two mediocre teams that rarely competed in the Big 12 became two of the best teams in the SEC within 2 years of being in the conference. Wow, they were really shocked by the strength of the SEC huh?


May 8th, 2014
8:40 am

Of course these conferences are going to complain about the SEC teams not beating up on each other. They are continually pissed seeing 4-5 SEC teams rank in the Top 10 during the season. They really lost their minds when two SEC teams played for the national title. Bottom Line: If the SEC had not been dominate over the past decade, you would not hear a damn peep out of these other conferences. And for those of you that doubt the SEC strength, ask the coaches from Arkansas (formally Wisconsin), Missouri (formerly of the Big Ten) and Texas A&M (formerly of the Big 12). They recently weighed in about the SEC in comparison to the other conferences. One more thing – look at the draft results.

Kenai Ocelotta

May 7th, 2014
11:21 pm

“… there are plenty of bad teams in the SEC.”

Can you all say “UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA”?

And can you say “MARK RICHT SUX”?