The SEC ended the future scheduling speculation last night, and LSU AD Joe Alleva slammed the conference’s decision.
The current 6-1-1 model with six divisional games, one permanent cross-divisional opponent and one rotating cross-divisional opponent will remain intact. That means LSU will play Florida, well, for the foreseeable future, and Alleva isn’t happy about the 10-4 vote that was cast in “self-interest” of individuals.
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“I’m disappointed in the fact that the leadership of our conference doesn’t understand the competitive advantage permanent partners give to certain institutions,” Alleva told the Louisiana media. “I tried to bring that up very strongly at the meeting today. In our league we share the money and expenses equally but we don’t share our opponents equally.
“Since 2000 LSU has played Florida and Georgia 19 times and Alabama has played them eight times. That is a competitive disadvantage. There are a lot of other examples.”
LSU, Les Miles and Alleva have made it very obvious in the past they’re tired of having to play Florida every year. Alabama hasn’t lost to its permanent cross-divisional rival Tennessee since 2006. LSU is 4-3 against Florida since 2006 and both have played in national championships.
Alleva continued on his scheduling rant by reinforcing the vote was cast in the “self-interest” of individuals, as opposed his perceived competitive fairness of the conference overall.
“If I’m Ole Miss and I’m playing Vanderbilt, I’ll vote to play Vanderbilt,” Alleva said. “If I’m Mississippi State and I’m playing Kentucky, I’m going to vote to play Kentucky. People voted their own self interest instead of what is in the best interest of competitive balance.
“I understand Alabama-Tennessee and Auburn-Georgia for the history, but that’s only four schools. The rest were voting in their own self-interest. They could have kept those games and the rest of us rotated. That was brought up but voted down.
“I’m not pushing for the self-interest of LSU. I’m pushing for the equity.”
Florida, meanwhile, has maintained they wanted to keep LSU as a permanent cross-divisional rival.
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