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Coaches will vote and take the result to athletic directors Wednesday. The ADs will make a final suggestion to presidents and chancellors later in the week. The league plans to stick with the 6-1-1 format for 2014, and any resolution on future schedules likely will come down the road.
“If any coach is going to speak truthfully and honestly, they prefer the eight,” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. “A wise man once taught me: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
The SEC has won the last seven BCS titles, no doubt a stretch of success that any conference would love to boast about.
But the league is in the midst of a major overhaul, so the schedule might just be next to change. Not only did the SEC add Texas A&M and Missouri last year, it is launching the SEC Network in 2014, with ESPN as a partner. The network surely will want more marquee matchups in exchange for increasing revenue.
Saban, though, said more consideration should be given to fans during these scheduling discussions.
“One of these days, they’re going to quit coming to the games because they’re going to stay at home and watch it on TV,” Saban said. “Everybody’s going to say, `Why don’t you come to the games?’ Well, if you’d play somebody good, then we’d come to the games. That should be the first consideration. Nobody’s considering them. They’re just thinking about, `How many games can I win? Can I get bowl qualified? How many tough teams do I have to play?’
“After coaching in the NFL for eight years, everybody in the NFL plays everybody in the NFL, and you lose some games. The Giants lost how many games and won the Super Bowl, six? I think it makes it more exciting if you don’t have to go undefeated or lose just one game to be able to have a chance to qualify to play for something at the end.”
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