UGA’s McGarity unsure about 2012 schedule but says SEC will stick with 8 games

ATHENS – When asked about Georgia’s future schedules in the wake of SEC expansion, Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity deferred Monday to that well-known football scheduling expert of “Hogan’s Heroes” fame.

“What was it that Sgt. Schultz used to say? ‘I know nothing,” McGarity said in a fake German accent.

Lame jokes aside, McGarity was telling the truth. He said the SEC’s 12 current ADs met two weeks ago to discuss future schedules, but that all those scenarios involved a 13-team league. After Sunday’s news that Missouri has officially joined the league, the SEC will be a 14-team conference starting next season. Texas A&M agreed in September to join the SEC.

“I really don’t know anything,” McGarity said Monday. “Two weeks ago all we saw were several different variations of a 13-team schedule, but we haven’t seen anything regarding 14 teams. The only thing we know is that Missouri is in the East. I guess that means that we play Missouri next year. But who knows where and who knows who our Western opponents will be? That’s what you just don’t know, because you can’t assume anything.”

McGarity said one thing about which he is sure is they won’t be expanding from eight to nine conference games. South Carolina President Harris Pastides was quoted earlier Monday saying that would be the case.

“No, no, no, I don’t know where that came from,” McGarity said. “That was in error. That has never been discussed. The model is an eight-game conference schedule. I do know that.”

One scenario floated on Monday was that Georgia, which was slated to pick up Alabama next season in Tuscaloosa, would get the Tigers in Columbia instead.

“Not necessarily so,” McGarity said. “We’ll have to play everybody in the East, so there’s six games there, then you play two Western opponents. One of those will have to be Auburn, we hope, just like Alabama hopes theirs will be Tennessee. So who knows?

“We just haven’t had any discussion yet on what our schedule will look like next year. But we have to know by the end of the month. We have to for logistical purposes.”

McGarity said preliminary word out of Birmingham is that they will meet again in two weeks to finalize future schedules. That day won’t come soon enough for him.

“We have to get moving on 2012,” McGarity said. “We’ve got printed materials, we’ve got season-ticket orders, hotels to reserve, we’ve got to move pretty quickly here. But that’s just part of the challenges that occur when you go through expansion this quickly.”

– Chip Towers

212 comments Add your comment

why??

November 7th, 2011
3:50 pm

timthebrave

November 7th, 2011
3:53 pm

I hope we keep auburn on the schedule

dawgman

November 7th, 2011
3:55 pm

Sounds like indirectly that he’s not exactly thrilled about it.

PDX DAWG

November 7th, 2011
3:56 pm

we should go to 9 conf games, IMO

pj

November 7th, 2011
4:01 pm

what a lucky break it would be to exchange bama for Missouri.

DawginLex

November 7th, 2011
4:03 pm

so we go to Colmumbia twice?

Once in SC and once in Mizzou.

We gotta keep playing auburn. The rivalry is too storied and too special to stop it.

Question for 2012, will we keep Ole Miss or Bama?

One is at home versus a team with a new coach.
The other is away versus, well, Bama.

See how much pull GM has.

Glenn

November 7th, 2011
4:05 pm

Gees . Just go straight to 10 games . 6 in the division and a rivalry game . Then just play three games from the other division one year and the other three the next . I mean 8 games in a conference with 14 teams is pretty diluted stuff .

Lost Gator Fan

November 7th, 2011
4:07 pm

Anyone seen beast of the east?

richmondDawg

November 7th, 2011
4:08 pm

If AU/GA and AL/TN aren’t on next year’s schedule, and on their accustomed dates, a mob will descend on Birmingham to tar and feather Slive and company….These are traditional rivalries between founding members of the conference, and are not to be trifled with….The barners got hosed in ‘92 when they lost their annual tussles with TN and FL, and a repeat of that situation is neither expected nor desired…Go Dawgs!

Dawg48

November 7th, 2011
4:10 pm

I hope they do not break the auburn Georgia game! Keep it at 8 games and keep the same rotation au ga, tenn bama, USC arky, ole miss vandy, fla lsu, miss st Kentucky, a@m mizzou….

Drew

November 7th, 2011
4:11 pm

Good. We can drop Tech. We don’t need them, they’re not worth our time, they do nothing for us.

Inlet Dawg

November 7th, 2011
4:16 pm

Welcome to the era of SEC Light or Diet SEC

Sam Robards, Dawg Fan

November 7th, 2011
4:17 pm

We need a nine-game conference slate: play the six other teams in your division as well as three from the other side (with one being a permanent rival). I can understand going a few years with 8 so you can fulfill OOC contracts and things of that nature, but they simply have to go to nine conference games eventually.

Anything else just won’t cut it.

If they cut Auburn from our schedule next year, I’m gonna get SO angry. Wasn’t Mizzou added the the East to keep the rivalries INTACT?

Oh well, can’t get angry about anything until the schedules are released.

Go Dawgs!

jack brunson

November 7th, 2011
4:17 pm

I think the “first” thing at the beginning of each blog has run its course! Time to act like adults on here people..

Dawg48

November 7th, 2011
4:17 pm

The SEC shedule is brutal enough to have more than 8 games….

Captain

November 7th, 2011
4:20 pm

I’m guessing Missouri replaces Ala and we finish the Ole Miss 2 game series, continue with Aub being right where it is. That would also allow Ala to host A&M in the spot Georgia vacates. The schedule needs to be put together rather quickly for next Fall. Seems the easiest way to accomplish that is by putting the new members in place of the first of a 2 game series with an opposite division opponent across the schedule for all teams.

DrDawg

November 7th, 2011
4:20 pm

Play nine conference games. Eliminate one of the cream puffs. We must keep Auburn forever.

59bulldawg

November 7th, 2011
4:21 pm

Can’t play that many conference games. The SEC would pretty much cannabilize itself crowning a champ. It would be like Survivor with most SEC teams sporting too many losses to play a part in the NC game.

Driver 8

November 7th, 2011
4:21 pm

How about 3 divisions: 2 with 4 teams and 1 with 5??

Play everyone in your division then play all teams in one of the other 2 divisions. If you match up with one of the 4 team divisions, you play one team from the 3rd division. That way you see all SEC teams every 2 years.

Under the current plan, it would be 6 years (not counting the annual rival) before you see all the other SEC teams (12 years if you go home and away).

Could also add one more team and go to 3 Five team divisions. Would have to have a play-in game for the SECCG though (best team gets a bye).

Dawg48

November 7th, 2011
4:23 pm

Could you imagine this schedule for vandy…….
Ole miss
Scar
Uga
Bama
Lsu
Fla
Kentucky
Tenn

ernesto

November 7th, 2011
4:24 pm

It seems to make more sense to move AL & AU to the East and put MZ & T A&M in the West both geographically and rivalry wise.

DIT

November 7th, 2011
4:25 pm

I agree, play a 9 game conf. schedule and drop a patsy.

gdawginkalamazoo

November 7th, 2011
4:26 pm

So this makes it harder for our drug test suspensions to fall on an appropriate Saturday. Or does it make it easier? That’s what McGarity is shaking his head about.

mark

November 7th, 2011
4:27 pm

This is crap…I dont know about everybody else, but I WANT to play Bama every year. Mizzou? Yeah, that helps alot.

Dawg48

November 7th, 2011
4:27 pm

Sorry left off. Tex a&m

Paddy

November 7th, 2011
4:27 pm

Drew……you know Tech is always going to be on UGA schedule. Thats like saying Navy will drop Army when they go to the Big East.

Alabama | MrSEC.com

November 7th, 2011
4:28 pm

[...] tight end Aron White get stuck in the Sanford Stadium hedges on Saturday?7.  AD Greg McGarity says there will be no nine-game schedule in the SEC.   (Give it time.  It’s the only scenario that will work.)8.  Even after freshman Max [...]

Driver 8

November 7th, 2011
4:28 pm

Sorry meant 2 Five team disvisions and a 4 team division:

East:
UGA
USC
UT
UF
Vandy

Central:
AU
UA
MSU
Ole Miss
LSU

Vandy
KY
TAM
MIZZOU

Conspiracy Theorist

November 7th, 2011
4:28 pm

This is a sneaky way to get everyone to eventually agree on a 13 game schedule….

ARdawg

November 7th, 2011
4:29 pm

Seems like he pretty much said, he knows diddly squat

Driver 8

November 7th, 2011
4:30 pm

Last Divison is West:
Ark
Mizzou
TAM
KY

59bulldawg

November 7th, 2011
4:30 pm

So how would you determine who plays who in the championship game?

South GA Dawg

November 7th, 2011
4:31 pm

The two Alabama teams come to the east and Texas A&M, Mizz. go to the west.

Bright Idea

November 7th, 2011
4:32 pm

An eight game schedule means you won’t play 5 SEC teams. That is likely to create a less legitimate champion. An eastern team could theoretically miss Bama, LSU, Arkansas, Auburn and TA&M and win the division. A western team could miss UGA, Tenn, Florida, SC, and Missouri and win the division with a worse conference record by 2-3 games than a team they did not play. 14 teams should mean at least 9 games, 10 would be better.

Big Albany Dawg

November 7th, 2011
4:32 pm

Keep sure things and pad the stats with : Vandy, Miss St, Ken, Ole Miss, Mizzou, A&M, and UT.

Captain

November 7th, 2011
4:33 pm

How about the ACC and Big 10 realign and rename their Divisions so they make sense. Big 10: East and West, ACC: North and South. Legends and Leaders who is the idiot that chose those names? Atlantic and Coastal? I forgot, had to cave in to FSU to vote for Miami by agreeing to put them in opposite divisons. Since neither are relevant, realign, it would have to create more interest in the Conf championship game than the usual 30,000 with another 35,000 empty seats.

DIT

November 7th, 2011
4:33 pm

Yep, Bama & Auburn come to the East so UGA/Auburn & Bama/TN will stay intacted. What a killer division that would be

Sounds like...

November 7th, 2011
4:34 pm

…McGarrity knows nothing, and now he has denigrated the President of USCeast and will have to listen to Michael Adams chastise him for opening his mouth without knowing, as ARdawg so eloquently put it, diddly squat…

Driver 8

November 7th, 2011
4:37 pm

Have to have a play in game. The best etam gets a bye (currently there is no reward for being the best etam in conference).

We were the first conference to add the championship game. You almost have to add another to be fair if you rarely play half the teams in conference. Under the 2, seven team divisons, you miss 5 teams every year. Sounds like too much of an opportunity to back into the SECCG.

Hey, just an idea…still have no idea why we screwed this whole thing up for Mizzou (or A&M for that matter). Now that we’ve done it, we need to think outside the box.

ARdawg

November 7th, 2011
4:38 pm

There is another way. Do not have a split conference. A nine game conference schedule playing everyone in rotation. The top two teams every year play for a championship (not permitted by the NCAA I believe but, a compelling argument to make)

Driver 8

November 7th, 2011
4:40 pm

Yes ARdawg, that works as well. Pretty sure adding 2 teams to the current arrangement just doesn’t produce a legit champ.

Chuck UGA

November 7th, 2011
4:41 pm

You will see nine conference games soon. Have to. Otherwise, we’ll only visit our West teams once every 12 years! That’s unacceptable to the fans.

Knowall Moreno

November 7th, 2011
4:41 pm

Good, add Missouri, & stop with the Coastal Carolina & New Mexico State garbage, playing Ga . Southern is ok, its a local cupcake, but add some decent teams, so 6 games vs. East teams which includes Mizzou, maybe 3 vs. West teams, & then 2 vs. out of conference teams, please no more high school scrimmages! Go Dawgs woof woof woof

Proud-Dawg

November 7th, 2011
4:45 pm

Guys, we will not be losing Auburn. The rivalry is well established and the SEC wants to ensure these rivalries continue. Bama will continue playing Tennessee every season (bad news for everyone in Knoxville). With that said, I want to take a trip to Bammer next season. Ole Miss is a push over and for us to establish ourselves as contenders, we must play tough competition, even if they are the 2nd worst team in the west

richmondDawg

November 7th, 2011
4:47 pm

I read in another article where a SEC bigwig confirmed that Mizzo would be in the east ‘for now’ What exactly does that mean? Anyone else think that in a year or two the SEC is going to try and move on a couple of ACC teams?

Delbert D.

November 7th, 2011
4:51 pm

8 conference games in a 14-team conference is weak. If there is 1 permanent cross-rival, the time between playing all teams in the other division now becomes longer.

richmondDawg

November 7th, 2011
4:55 pm

Proud, Auburn lost the TN and FL games last time around, who’s to say what they might do?

Delbert D.

November 7th, 2011
4:55 pm

richmond Dawg – I interpreted that as the conference would realign to balance the strength of the teams in each division. The ACC did that when they went to 12, and the Big Ten did that when they added Nebraska. When the SEC expanded by adding Arkansas and South Carolina, it was East-West.

richmondDawg

November 7th, 2011
4:57 pm

And how many of our fans and Florida’s can you see getting up for a ‘big’ game in Columbia MO? Not likely, especially late in the season when the weather turns…

ARdawg

November 7th, 2011
4:58 pm

There could just as easily be a north/south divisions. Possibilities are many