Spring action in the SEC

The annual Southeastern Conference spring meetings in Destine are over. Every school got a check for more than $20 million, quite a return on the $50 annual membership dues.

Auburn president Jay Gogue is this year's SEC president

There were no earth-shaking developments, but it was a newsworthy week. Presidents, athletics directors, football and basketball head coaches and others gathered at the Sandestin Hilton to the business of the nation’s top athletic conference.

Some highlights:

* There was no move to change the current football scheduling format. Coaches, whose role is advisory only, voted 13-1 against Alabama coach Nick Saban’s motion to go to nine league games. Commissioner Mike Slive later said the eight-game schedule would stay in place at least through 2015. There is a widespread belief that a nine-game schedule is coming, probably in 2016.

* LSU coach Les Miles’ oft-repeated proposal to abandon permanent crossover opponents, thus ending historic annual rivalries between Auburn and Georgia and between Alabama and Tennessee. He got no significant support from his fellow coaches.

* Basketball coaches will be required to submit their nonconference schedules to the SEC office for examination after only three teams made the NCAA Tournament field last spring. Weak nonconference schedules hurt the cases of SEC teams.

* Georgia coach Mark Richt and athletics director Greg McGarity said their No. 1 priority in schedule is to maintain the Auburn-Georgia series, the longest running college football show in the South.

* Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs and head football coach Gus Malzahn also expressed support for doing what it takes to keep the Auburn-Georgia series and staying with an eight-game schedule.

* Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said he is looking forward to seeing Auburn return to its accustomed place after a season of disappointment.

"I'm certainly looking forward to a new chapter in football this fall with Gus Malzahn," Jacobs told Charles Goldberg of AuburnTigers.com. "All of us are excited about his vision for football. I'm certainly looking forward to us getting better in each of our sports next year. We provide our coaches with every opportunity, resource-wise, to compete at the highest level. The expectations are high, and as we move forward to hire a softball coach and baseball coach, our expectations aren't going down - they're going up.”

* Auburn president Jay Gogue is this year's SEC president. Auburn's Jay Jacobs is this year's chairman of league athletics directors.

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