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SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey: Future SEC Scheduling "is Coming Quickly"

March 9, 2023
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SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said Thursday night that the league is still deciding where to go with future football scheduling. 

"It is the football schedule right now," SEC commissioner Grey Sankey said late Thursday night when asked about the No. 1 priority of the league right now. 

The league is trying to decide if divisions will remain as they have since 1992, and if the SEC will play a nine-game schedule for the first time ever. 

"We've spent the last 18 months looking at all kids of possibilities, analytics, options, matches," Sankey said. "There's been a lot of talk about that, which is pretty cool - that people just talk about our football.”



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Texas, Oklahoma and the SEC announced last month that the league would move to 16 teams for the 2024 season - pushing forward by a year the SEC’s timeline. 

"Now we have to land the airplane because it is coming quickly,” Sankey admitted. “We are going to do that really well. I am fully excited in football about moving our teams through our communities with greater frequently."

When asked about the two common schedule formats being discussed - so called 1-7 or 3-6 rotations - Sankey said that was still being discussed. 

“Sure,” he said acknowledging those two possibilities. “And probably some other things, too.”

Insiders expect the league to go to a division-less formation with the three-six format likely coming in 2024. In that scenario, UGA would play its two traditional league rivals - Auburn and the Gators - and another team… likely Kentucky or South Carolina. 

The Bulldogs would also play six other conference games against SEC teams. The next cycle, the Dawgs would continue to play the three permanent foes, but play the other six teams they didn’t play. It is unclear if the SEC would have the Bulldogs play Alabama (for example) two years in a row or every other year.

Sankey was talking on the SEC Network during the league's broadcast of the SEC Basketball Tournament in Nashville. 



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