SEC coaches not thrilled to submit schedules

It is not uncommon for Southeastern Conference men's basketball coaches to babysit players who lack maturity.

Now it's the coaches who are being supervised, at least as far as scheduling is concerned. SEC athletic directors, at the request of league commissioner Mike Slive, agreed at the spring meetings to have their coaches submit their nonconference basketball schedules to the conference office each year for review.

"I'm not a huge fan, to be honest with you," Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said. "I understand the reasoning why, but scheduling is a little bit more difficult than the people who don't do it think it is. To add more layers of approval and things like that is not necessarily what I would desire."

The league's nonconference scheduling became a focal at May's gathering in Destin, Fla., after the SEC had just three of its 14 members invited to the NCAA tournament. The SEC's 21.4-percent acceptance rate into the NCAA field was its lowest since 1979.

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Olddogsrule writes:

Has to be as the OOC strength of schedule for each SEC team directly impacts the RPI every other SEC team, even if one SEC team is off rotation for another's. The Missouri Valley Conference does this and has upped the RPI of their whole conference.

As long as RPI affects March Madness this will henceforth be done. About time the SEC got on board.

Here's a good review of RPI

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratings_...

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Agree about the SOS being a key portion of the RPI, UT has always played tough OOC games since Pearl took over and now Martin. I think the committee is too tough on teams that play the UCONN's, Duke and UNC, if they lose they get no credit for playing those games; It helps the SOS, but a loss still hurts the RPI. The most important things are to not lose to RPI teams out of the top 100, that's a killer (Ref: losses to Oakland/mid majors etc).

bUTch_please writes:

Why does all the conversation about last years selection decisions start with the premise that poor OOC scheduling was the cause of SEC teams being ignored? It was the worst acceptance rate since 1979 because the SEC was the worst it's been in over 3 decades. Stunk it up all year and stunk it up in the 2A and NIT.

Tennessee has proven for 6 years, and the rest of the league will soon find out, a stronger OOC schedule means squat without winning 2 outta 3 of those stronger games. Which wouldn't have happened last year because the league stunk.

On the plus side, when you win against stronger OOC, it's a mandatory ticket. Another positive is once the league gets their nose rubbed in it for a few years, as a group, maybe we'll get better play.

stevefrommemphis writes:

Now who is going to review the SEC FOOTBALL schedule, drawn up by Mike Slive and Mark Womack? Yes, the Mark Womack who was high school QB at Tuscaloosa High School, Alabama alumnus, Univ of Alabama athletic dept employee, and now Executive Associate Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference?

These are the guys who have LSU playing Georgia and Florida in the SEC East, while Alabama plays Kentucky and Tennessee.

SEC headquarters is teeming with Gumps, all the way from the janitors to the secretaries to Womack himself - and Slive, in my opinion. When are the other SEC schools going to clean up this mess? Probably when Texas A&M decides to do it; they have enough money and power to not give one whit what the Bammers think.

Olddogsrule writes:

in response to stevefrommemphis:

Now who is going to review the SEC FOOTBALL schedule, drawn up by Mike Slive and Mark Womack? Yes, the Mark Womack who was high school QB at Tuscaloosa High School, Alabama alumnus, Univ of Alabama athletic dept employee, and now Executive Associate Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference?

These are the guys who have LSU playing Georgia and Florida in the SEC East, while Alabama plays Kentucky and Tennessee.

SEC headquarters is teeming with Gumps, all the way from the janitors to the secretaries to Womack himself - and Slive, in my opinion. When are the other SEC schools going to clean up this mess? Probably when Texas A&M decides to do it; they have enough money and power to not give one whit what the Bammers think.

Good points all. But I personally consider The Third Saturday in October a national holiday. D&%# the networks and Slive for messin' with that!

How many years out does the new system run? Anybody got a link?

stevefrommemphis writes:

in response to Olddogsrule:

Good points all. But I personally consider The Third Saturday in October a national holiday. D&%# the networks and Slive for messin' with that!

How many years out does the new system run? Anybody got a link?

Yes, Tennessee vs Alabama is the only game that matters to me. But still, they sent Alabama to Kentucky on October 12, the same day LSU hosts Florida. I'd like to see LSU offer Monday morning to give up a home game to play Kentucky at Lexington that day while Alabama plays Florida for a 5th home game. See if the Crimson Tahd and Slive will accept that offer.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Olddogsrule:

Good points all. But I personally consider The Third Saturday in October a national holiday. D&%# the networks and Slive for messin' with that!

How many years out does the new system run? Anybody got a link?

CFB has been ruined with conference realignment and TV deals. Did you ever think UT would stop playing Ole Miss/Auburn on a regular basis? Oklahoma and Nebraska don't play anymore, this new system is a joke and ESPN/NCAA won't stop until they turn the college game into another professional fb league.

Orange_Beach writes:

in response to stevefrommemphis:

Yes, Tennessee vs Alabama is the only game that matters to me. But still, they sent Alabama to Kentucky on October 12, the same day LSU hosts Florida. I'd like to see LSU offer Monday morning to give up a home game to play Kentucky at Lexington that day while Alabama plays Florida for a 5th home game. See if the Crimson Tahd and Slive will accept that offer.

Last year was the first year that Alabama hasn't played Florida since at least 2007, with a 3-1 record against the Gators in those games. The SEC schedule will run it's course and everything will work out. And the "Third Saturday in October" is my favorite as well.

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