Friday, June 4, 2010

The Man Behind Alabama’s Ridiculous Schedule

Is Larry Templeton. The former Mississippi State AD has the task of pleasing 12 Athletics Directors and their coaches while keeping traditional game dates in check.

Right now, Alabama is not too pleased with their schedule facing six straight opponents coming off bye weeks.

A similar situation occurred in 2008.

“The open date sticking point has been a problem the last two of the last three years. In 2008, Tennessee played four SEC games against teams that had open dates the week before they played the Vols, and went 1-3 against those teams (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Kentucky)”
Templeton is already working on future schedules hoping to avoid the bye week issue.

“He's already given them a rough draft of schedules that show no SEC team will play more than three conference foes that had open dates before playing that team.”
But that may be difficult with certain games tied to certain weekends and certain times of the year. And of course there is always TV influence.

“"We've got a lot of television entities to try and meet the needs for our new television packages," [Mike] Womack said, "so we'll look at all those kinds of things to try and make the schedule as fair and equitable as it can be."
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