Do you miss SEC football drama?
Apparently there was a lot of good old-fashioned chatter during a conference call this week between the league’s football coaches.
The hot topic: Frustration by at least five SEC coaches on the lack of transparency by the league with regards to the inability to produce a “formula” for how two additional opponents were added, per Yahoo’s Pete Thamel.
UGA caught a break with its SEC-only, 10-game schedule for this season, with it’s addition of two cross-divisional opponents — a road game at lowly Arkansas, along with a home game vs. Mississippi State. The Bulldogs will be heavily favored in both games.
Meanwhile, the two new games for Arkansas first-year coach Sam Pittman (who was an UGA assistant last year) were a pair of top-10 teams, UGA and Florida.
Here’s more on the behind-the-scenes drama, per ESPN’s Chris Low and Alex Scarborough:
At one point, a coach claimed, “Favoritism was played.” Another coach asked if the league would be willing to release the formula to the press, “because we’re getting pounded with all these questions from the press about it and don’t have any answers, and we were told, ‘No, because there was no formula.’
“That’s why so many coaches are pissed.”
Said another coach: “There just wasn’t a lot of clarity and transparency on how they arrived where they did on the two extra games, and that rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. … The call got pretty wild. It would have been a good piece of reality TV.”