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Life, as a LSU Tiger, isn’t fair. If you expected Les Miles to have calmed down regarding Sunday’s news of the SEC’s scheduling plans, you were wrong. It’s going to take more than 24 hours.
“I’ve had several years to chew on this,” said Miles, set to embark on his 10th season at LSU.
“Going into my first year, I can remember lining up Florida and Georgia. A couple years later, well, we had Florida and Georgia. And last year, we had Florida and Georgia again.
“Nine years ago, I said, ‘The good news is, I can’t wait until some other guys have that problem. The problem is, they never got that problem.”
SEC athletic directors voted 10-4 on Sunday to keep the eight-game (6-1-1) conference schedule format that began in 1992.
“In the last 14 years, LSU has played Florida and Georgia 19 times. Alabama has played those two teams eight time. That alone tells you things aren’t in proper balance,” LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said. “I want to play Florida. But I also want to play South Carolina, Kentucky – all the schools in the (SEC) East. It’s not fair."
“What’s the goal here? We’re trying to play for championships. If you want to play for championships, you should have an equal and balanced schedule,” Alleva said.
The SEC also ruled that its member schools must schedule at least one opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big 12, the Big Ten or Pac-12 on an annual basis beginning in 2016 with assistance from the conference office.
“I was a real proponent of that,” Alleva said. “We’ve been doing that for years and we’ll continue to do that.”
Said Miles: “It’s not equitable. It’s a mistake of the schedule over time. Certain schools will have a very difficult time; certain school will have maybe an easier road to the championship. I made my case. I’m certainly am not bitter about it. It’s fundamental to little league, to any conference.
“I always thought the one thing you do in conference is share opponents – play everybody. This is the one conference you don’t do that.”