SEC coaches vote to stay at eight conference games

Publish date:

Alabama coach Nick Saban was the only one of the SEC coaches who voted against playing 9 conference games.(Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Alabama coach Nick Saban said it was "disappointing" that former assistant Tim Davis called him the "devil." (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Southeastern Conference football coaches voted 13-1 Wednesday to stay playing eight conference games a season, reports

The only coach who voted for playing nine conference games was Alabama head coach Nick Saban. There is a consensus that the league will eventually go to nine conference games. The eight game conference rotation will start in 2014.

Larry Templeton, who has headed up scheduling during the SEC's transition to 14 schools, said a rotation has been approved through 2026 that would include eight conference games. The schedule includes six divisional opponents, one permanent cross-divisional opponent and one rotating cross-divisional opponent.

PHOTO GALLERY: SEC players to watch in 2013

STAPLES: Suggestions for programming on the ESPN-branded SEC Network

"Personally, I think we'll end up moving to nine (conference) games eventually," Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "My personal opinion (is) you create an SEC Network, at the end of the day, it's going to be driven by the dollar, and having those games is going to be important, and having enough quality games on television promoting a nine-game SEC regular season, in my opinion, will eventually happen."