There will be plenty to talk about next week when SEC coaches and officials meet next week during spring meetings in Destin, and it will be more than the back-and-forth of Jimbo Fisher and Nick Saban.
Among the topics to be discussed, according to Pete Thamel of ESPN, is the idea of the SEC “creating, running and profiting from its own intra-SEC postseason.” Per the report, an eight-team model would be an “obvious” way to go, but there are no immediate plans moving forward.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said the idea was among the nearly 40 different models that SEC officials discussed at their fall meetings.
“As we think as a conference,” he told ESPN on Monday, “it’s vitally important we think about the range of possibilities.”
Sankey supports a 12-team playoff, which the ACC, PAC-12, and Big 10 voted against in February during a College Football Playoff management committee meeting. If the proposal would’ve passed the expansion would’ve started for the 2024 season.
On the other hand, just earlier this month, the SEC commissioner is content with the CFP model now.
“We can stay at four,” he said earlier this month. “This conference will thrive at four. .. period. That’s not healthy for the rest of college football, but we can stay at four.”
Expect future scheduling formats to be a topic of conversation, too, as Texas and Oklahom prepare to join the conference.
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.