SEC: Charles Bloom

Latest on tweaking the SEC schedule

April, 23, 2010
During my travels around the league this spring, I've had several administrators at schools tell me they didn't see any way the SEC schedule would be changed next season in order to give Alabama some relief from having to face six teams coming off byes.

Two different athletic directors told me they flatly refused to move games.

Nonetheless, SEC associate commissioner Charles Bloom says the league has not closed the door on being able to make a couple of changes for the 2010 season and is still exploring different scenarios.

Because of the situation with Alabama, the league is also looking at the 2011 schedule and future schedules to make sure there are no more instances where one team has to face an inordinate amount of teams coming off bye weeks.

But the reception of schools being asked to move games next season has generally been something along the lines of, "Alabama is coming off a national championship. Why would I change my schedule to accommodate them?"

Changes could be coming to SEC schedule

March, 11, 2010
There’s a reason the SEC hasn’t released the league schedule for the 2010 season.

That’s because some games could be switching dates.

Charles Bloom, an SEC associate commissioner, said Thursday that the league is trying to provide some relief for Alabama so that the Crimson Tide won't have to play six of their eight conference games next season when the opponent is coming off a bye week.

As it stands now, Alabama’s final six SEC opponents during the 2010 season are scheduled to have bye weeks prior to facing the Crimson Tide.

Those six teams are South Carolina, Ole Miss, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn.

Bloom said the entire schedule wouldn’t be torn up to accommodate Alabama, but that a more likelihood scenario was a handful of games moving so that the Crimson Tide wouldn’t have to play so many teams next season on the heels of byes.

“This is something that’s important to the entire league, because nobody wants to be in that same position a year or two from now,” Bloom said. “So we’re looking at a way to balance it out this year and for years to come. The difference is that it might be a little tweak this year with more widespread changes coming in future years.”

Blooms said the league hopes to have any changes finalized for the 2010 season prior to the spring meetings in Destin, Fla., in May.