Sunday evening the SEC announced that it will be sticking with the eight-game conference regular season format for the foreseeable future, and as we’ve seen throughout this whole process, some are displeased with the decision and one of those detractors most certainly is LSU Tigers athletic director Joe Alleva.
Not long after the announcement was made on Sunday, Alleva expressed his displeasure with the non-movement to a nine-game slate.
“I’m disappointed in the fact that the leadership of our conference doesn’t understand the competitive advantage permanent partners give to certain institutions,” Alleva told NOLA.com. “I tried to bring that up very strongly at the meeting today. In our league we share the money and expenses equally but we don’t share our opponents equally.”
Alleva would then go on to give a pretty good example of how the scheduling has a negative effect.
“If I’m Ole Miss and I’m playing Vanderbilt, I’ll vote to play Vanderbilt,” Alleva said. “If I’m Mississippi State and I’m playing Kentucky, I’m going to vote to play Kentucky. People voted their own self interest instead of what is in the best interest of competitive balance.
“I understand Alabama-Tennessee and Auburn-Georgia for the history, but that’s only four schools. The rest were voting in their own self-interest. They could have kept those games and the rest of us rotated. That was brought up but voted down.
The four teams that he mentioned above were at the forefront of the argument because of the history, as he stated, and in the end their games will remain intact.
Do you think Alleva has a legitimate gripe?