Steve Spurrier likes to make news around this time of the year. Last year, heading into the SEC Spring Meetings, he proposed the ridiculous idea to pay players out of the head coach’s own pocket. This year, his latest idea has a bit more sense to it.
Spurrier has been talking recently about changing how the division champion is crowned. Rather than basing the champion on the overall SEC record, Spurrier is proposing it to crown the champion based on the divisional record.
While any sort of change is usually met with a great deal of push back, the idea makes sense in many ways. If the divisional champion is supposed to be the top team in that division, you could argue it should be based on the records against each other.
Last year, South Carolina went undefeated in the East. They, however, lost to Auburn and Arkansas. Georgia, lost to South Carolina, but beat the two western opponents in Ole Miss and Auburn giving the Dawgs a better overall SEC record. Despite losing to South Carolina, the Dawgs won the East.
With Georgia having an arguably easier schedule than South Carolina again this year, Spurrier is bringing the topic to the table.
If there are any supporters of such a move, it would likely come from teams like Florida and Tennessee who have yearly matchups against SEC West powers (LSU and Alabama respectively). However, it’s unlikely the idea gains much traction.
Spurrier being Spurrier… which I’m fine with.