published Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Old SEC rivalries in doubt

The Alabama-Tennessee and Auburn-Georgia football rivalries may have to survive another round of discussions.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity told reporters attending an athletic board meeting Wednesday in Athens that Southeastern Conference ADs will talk later this month about future scheduling. The SEC announced in late December its 2012 schedule, which contains new members Missouri and Texas A&M, and it will be implemented only for this year.

This year's SEC schedule calls for eight league games in which a team will play six division foes, one permanent foe from the opposite division and a rotating foe from the opposite division. Future schedules could remain that way, contain eight games with two rotating foes from the other division, or expand to nine league games, which would include a permanent foe from the other division.

McGarity said the Alabama-Tennessee and Auburn-Georgia games want to be retained by the ADs at those schools should the SEC stay with eight league games. He isn't sure if the other 10 ADs feel as strongly about keeping their permanent cross-division opponent.

Auburn and Georgia play in the Deep South's oldest rivalry, which Auburn leads 54-53-8, while Alabama and Tennessee rank 1-2 historically in terms of SEC championships. The Crimson Tide have won 22 titles and the Volunteers 13.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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