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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Greetings from the SEC meetings

By Edward Aschoff

DESTIN, Fla. -- The 2012 SEC spring meetings get under way on Tuesday at the Sandestin Hilton.

The SEC football coaches, men’s and women’s basketball coaches and athletic directors will meet over the next two days, while the presidents and chancellors arrive later in the week.

But there's more to this week in the Sunshine State than just checking out that white sand and the blue ocean. There's a little business that needs to be discussed.

For one, the league is welcoming in two new schools in Missouri and Texas A&M. It's time for everyone to get nice and acquainted with one another. I can't think of a better location to do that at this time of year.

For the football side of the conference, one of the hot topics will be about future scheduling for the regular season. With two new teams, there are a lot of questions about how the league will schedule in the future. Remember, 2012's football schedule is a test run, so future schedules might not look like it.

There's been talk about a nine-game conference schedule in order to preserve cross-divisional rivalries like Alabama-Tennessee and Georgia-Auburn. While a nine-game league schedule would certainly make it possible to keep those rivalries, it's hard to believe it will happen. That means your SEC champion would have to play 10 SEC games before playing in a bowl game. I don't think SEC commissioner Mike Slive wants to make it any harder for an SEC team to make it to the national championship.

Talks will also surround keeping the current 6-1-1 scheduling model, which has a permanent opponent and one that's rotated each year.

There will also be discussions about the SEC's new bowl partnership with the Big 12. The conferences' own Rose Bowl should get a lot of attention in Destin, and it'll be interesting to see what the coaches think about the new game.

Here are some other topics that will be discussed: