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.”
ESPN.com 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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