Things are heating up in the SEC as reports emerged Friday that
football coaches aren’t happy with how the conference has
handled schedule changes amid the pandemic.
Tensions erupted Thursday when several coaches lashed out at SEC
officials during a call over their explanation of how the two
cross-divisional games were picked, ESPN reported.
The conference announced in late July that it would move to a 10-
game schedule that eliminates all non-conference opponents for
the fall season, which is set to begin Sept. 26. Last week,
officials announced the two additional games, although they did
not say how those opponents were picked.
Sources told ESPN that several coaches were upset with the lack
of specifics, saying the process could be seen as “corrupt.” One
coach alleged “favoritism was played.”
"There just wasn't a lot of clarity and transparency on how they
arrived where they did on the two extra games, and that rubbed a
lot of people the wrong way. ... The call got pretty wild. It
would have been a good piece of reality TV,” one coach told ESPN.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said at the time that the schedule
was built around the uniqueness of playing football in the
middle of a pandemic while still trying to maintain
"We made every effort to create a schedule that is as
competitive as possible and builds on the existing eight
Conference games that had already been scheduled for 2020," he
said, according to CBS Sports. "This schedule is a one-year
anomaly that we have developed under unique circumstances
presented by the impact of COVID-19."
While no names were given, some schools that may have taken
issue with the cross-divisional games could include Arkansas
will have to play Florida and Georgia and Missouri who will now
face Alabama and LSU.