SEC to 9 football games? Key decision-makers have hardened, flexible & evolving feelings.
ATLANTA -- "The Phantom Menace" is how Mississippi State Athletics Director Scott Stricklin jokingly refers to the recurring question of whether the SEC should go to nine conference football games.
"We keep voting for eight," Stricklin said, "and nine keeps coming up."
In many ways, the nine-game talk never went away. It's front and center again because the Big Ten switched to nine games, the SEC Network is official
, and SEC Commissioner Mike Slive has pushed again for the nine-game discussion
while saying he's keeping an open mind.
SEC coaches have weighed in with their thoughts. But although coaches are a crucial voice, it's ultimately up to SEC athletics directors and presidents and chancellors.
Interviews with some key decision-makers this week reflect hardened, flexible and evolving feelings by SEC members about eight vs. nine games. Potentially at stake for the SEC: