SEC MEDIA DAYS NOTES: Sankey inherits new job
By Graham Dunn
HOOVER - When it comes to making decisions regarding the rescheduling of conference games, the commissioner is now in charge.
Last season’s debacle of rescheduling the LSU-Florida game led SEC athletic directors to give full power to the commissioner, in this case Greg Sankey, to make the decisions regarding when a game would be rescheduled.
“That has been corrected,” Sankey said during his presentation at SEC Media Days on Monday. “The membership voted, both our athletics directors and our presidents unanimously to say the Conference Commissioner has the authority to place that game, number one.
“And if you can imagine, just from a practical standpoint, we had a few war games in our office about what if.”
The war actually began when LSU athletic director Joe Alleva drew a line in the sand and refused to reschedule to accommodate Florida’s home schedule. As the controversy grew, Sankey continually stated the two programs had the last say on when and where the game would be played.
Eventually the two schools agreed to play Nov. 19 in Baton Rouge. LSU agreed to swap the home series and now will play just three home games in conference this year.
Florida won, 16-10.
Jones not interested in ending annual battle with Alabama
Butch Jones didn’t hesitate when asked about the idea of ending the annual “Third Saturday in October.”
The talk arose earlier this summer during the Destin meetings when former Auburn coach Pat Dye stated he thought Auburn should move to the Eastern Division, causing a shift in which teams play annually across divisional boarders.
Jones likes the tradition and wants to keep it.
“That’s a great, great rivalry,” Jones said. “That game means so many things to so many people. So, again, we take that game very, very seriously and have a lot of respect for what Coach Saban has built at Alabama and what they’ve done.”
Bringing up baby
All day on Monday, Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema had a glow.
That was to be expected after his wife, Jen, gave birth to their first child on Friday.
His daughter’s arrival has given him a new perspective.
“I’m 48 hours into this baby,” Bielema said. I” can’t say I’m well versed. I think it changes your perspective. I knew it always would. If my girl ends up playing football, we probably got a lot of problems. I’ll encourage her to do whatever, but playing football ain’t one of them.”