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Auburn president: move to SEC East would be OK

Posted on: September 9, 2011 11:50 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

With Texas A&M still intent on making the jump to the SEC and the SEC still intent on catching A&M when they do, not even the threat of legal action from half the Big 12 has tamped down the rampant speculation about what might be next step in the SEC's expansion plans.

Much of that speculation has centered on the possibility of Mike Slive adding a second West team along with the Aggies, and Auburn -- the easternmost current West team and a program with more traditional rivalries in the East than West anyway -- shifting to the SEC East. That speculation has become widespread enough that Auburn president Jay Gogue was asked about the possibility Thursday, and told the Birmingham News he'd readily sign off on such a move.

"If that's what it took, if you ever went to 14 [teams] and needed to make it work, that wouldn't be something I would be upset about," Gogue said. "I don't see any real difference. We already play Georgia, a longtime rival."

Gogue added that the move would reestablish his Tigers' annual series against Florida and Tennessee, while the Iron Bowl would be preserved (of course) as the two teams' designated cross-divisional game.

At the same time, Gogue said that he didn't see such a move as necessarily directly around the corner:
"I don't think there'd be any real push to get to 14, at least there wouldn't be from my perspective," Gogue said. "We could really easily say, 'Texas A&M, we want you to meet all the schools in the Southeast, so this year you'll play in the West, next year you play in the East.' If a 14th came around and everybody was all excited, that would be fine."
Gogue's hypothetical plan would seem to put off SEC team No. 14 until 2014--at least one year longer than most observers would expect, and closer to two. But given the hurdles the SEC is encountering just in adding A&M and that the Aggies are already contemplating independence for a year as the legal wrangling is resolved, it's possible he's closer to the truth than most would believe.

For more on SEC expansion, check out Tony Barnhart's rundown of potential 14th members and video of former league commissioner Roy Kramer discussing the issue on the Tim Brando Show.


Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 11:13 am

Auburn president: move to SEC East would be OK

Noooo. As an Auburn alum, I hate this. No more earthquake bowl, Arkansas has split us even over the past 10 years, brother in law from ole miss, wife from Texas A&M. We have been so excited to start a yearly rivalry. We even bought a Christmas ornament for each team so the winner could have theirs hung each year. Not to mention the fact that in this format Auburn and Alabama could potentially play twice in one year?!?! If those two teams split a year each with a win, it would destroy the sanctity and bragging rights of the iron bowl. Keep Auburn In The West!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 11, 2011 11:11 am

Auburn president: move to SEC East would be OK

lew??? Why do you think it wouldn't be played? Bama and Tennessee are in separate divisions yet they manage to play yearly. Who said that Auburn/Alabama wouldn't be played?

Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 6:04 pm

Auburn president: move to SEC East would be OK

Bear Bryant once wisely stated “I’d rather beat that Cow College [Auburn] once than beat Texas 10 times”.  Everyone knows how important beating Auburn is.  It is not coincidence that this rivalry ranks as one of the greatest of all time ib college football.  I disagree whole heartedly with you and would bet that the majority of both fans heads would explode at the mere thought of the rivalry not being played.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2011 12:11 pm

Auburn president: move to SEC East would be OK

If it were to happen the SEC would go to a 9 game conference schedule.  6 games against division opponents, 1 against rotating teams from the other diviosn, and two interdivison rivals.

They only have one interdivision rival now. Why would that change with the addition of more teams... with no tradition. It would also take longer to cycle through. It would be 6 division games, 1 protected interdivision game, and then 2 rotating teams. You'd see everyone in as few years as possible with that setup. With yours, it would take 10 years to finally play a home-and-home with the other division. Some teams may like the sound of that, but care to tell me who these 2 interdivision rivals are for each team? Moving Auburn hurts the Bama/Tennessee rivalry, but it revives some of the other Auburn ones. Seems fine to go from there.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 8:08 am

Auburn president: move to SEC East would be OK

There's only one real Southeastern state left out of the
SEC. What is it? North Carolina. To truly be the Southeastern Conference the
SEC needs to move into North Carolina. Charlotte has the nation's 23rd largest
TV market, Raleigh has the 25th, not to mention the Norfolk area just over the
border. The #1 football market share school for these Carolina markets is UNC.
They aren't moving to the SEC. Guess who has the second largest market share in
these areas.....ECU. East Carolina University. ECU is a football school with
fans who travel and a school of about 28,000-30,000 students. The move would not only
increase the SEC market share but would bring in a school that can compete at
the SEC level.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 7:43 am

Auburn president: move to SEC East would be OK

So with a 14 team SEC and a 7 team West and a 7 Team East the schedule would be something like this.    If they stay at 8 conference games, so they keep playing those Sun Belt Teams at home,  a team in the East would play the six other teams in the east once each year.   They would play a Cross Division Rival once a year (Auburn - Alabama) and that leaves one game to play the other 6 teams in the West.    So once every six years Arkansas, Mississippi, LSU etc would play Auburn and the other teams in the East.   Most SEC teams would have more of a rivalary with those Sun Belt Teams.   If they move to 9 Conference games then they would play the other 6 teams at least once in a normal 4 year college cycle.   But still if Auburn is recruiting a player who wants to beat hihs hometown team LSU the coach has to check the scedule to see if they play a road game in Baton Rogue while that player has his 4 years of eligbility, heck even for 5 years. 

It does not make sense have such large conferences, you really are having two conferences in Football.   Basketball and other sports playing all the other teams in a 25 game schedule is fine.  

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 1:46 am

Auburn president: move to SEC East would be OK

I particularly enjoy the comment about how the SEC should just add FSU, Clemson, Texas A&M, and another western team. Why would FSU and Clemson leave the ACC? Along with Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, they have dominated the ACC. Less teams to divide the money. Better chance at a BCS bowl bid. It makes more sense to stay where they are. At least until the ACC and SEC TV rights are up. Then there is chance for movement.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 12:43 am

Auburn president: move to SEC East would be OK

Only an idiot compares partial records. You have to look at the entire series with all the schools. Lately AU has done well against Bama and should be proud of that fact. However you have to look at the overall record. Playing AU twice a year would be GREAT for both schools and the SEC's pocketbook. However both teams have to make it to the SEC championship game first. Whats AU's record against FL?
I know you're a Bammer fan, but AU's record against the GAYtors is 42-38-2 (ask Tebow what his record is when he straps on a helmet w/ Auburn on the other side of the field).  Playing UF, UT, and USC every year wouldn't be easy & would make for some good football (of course AU will always play the Dawgs every year regardless of the re-alignment)

Also, I am proud of the fact that AU has been beating Bama regularly over the past 30 years.  How's that been working for you?

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 12:17 am

Auburn president: move to SEC East would be OK

If it were to happen the SEC would go to a 9 game conference schedule.  6 games against division opponents, 1 against rotating teams from the other diviosn, and two interdivison rivals.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:31 pm

Auburn president: move to SEC East would be OK

Auburn's president must be a complete idiot to even bring up the possibility of moving divisions within the SEC when the addition of more teams is speculative and the future of the SEC in terms of the number of teams has yet to be determined.

Why all the hostility? Gogue didn't bring anything up, he was asked a question and answered it. 

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