It was widely expected that the complete 2012 SEC football schedule would be under the tree in time for Christmas. Instead, it may be released on Monday, according to the Gainesville Sun. Story here.
The league has been trying to stitch together a “patchwork” 2012 schedule to account for the addition of new members Texas A&M and Missouri. A new schedule rotation for 2013 and beyond will be assembled in the new year.
ESPN blogger Chris Low dropped some hints about the schedule on Thursday.
It had been previously reported that new SEC Western Division member Texas A&M will visit both Ole Miss and Mississippi State in 2012.
The Sun reported that Florida will not host Ole Miss in the fall, as had been called for in the pre-expansion schedule. There are reports the Rebels will play Georgia and Vanderbilt from the SEC Eastern Division.
Little else has been reported about Mississippi State’s 2012 league schedule, other than it will include a visit from Tennessee.
Elsewhere, it’s been reported that Georgia will avoid a 2012 game with Alabama that had been previously in the SEC rotation, and that the Bulldogs’ usual SEC opener with South Carolina will be moved to October.
It’s too early to get excited, but CBSsports.com contributor Jerry Palm projects that both Mississippi State and Ole Miss will reach the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Southern Miss, meanwhile, would be the first team to miss the field of 68.
Palm has MSU as a No. 6 seed and Ole Miss as a No. 9 seed in the South Region. The Bulldogs and Rebels couldn’t meet until the regional finals.
Palm sees Kentucky, Ohio State, Duke and Syracuse as the top seeds in the four regions.
In his early crunch of the Ratings Percentage Index numbers, Ole Miss is No. 11 in Palm’s RPI, with Mississippi State No. 67.
Other SEC teams that Palm projects into the field: Alabama (No. 4 seed), Florida (No. 7) and Vanderbilt (No. 11). Both future SEC members make the field - Missouri (No. 3 seed) and Texas A&M (No. 8).
He has Memphis as a No. 6 seed, Jackson State as a No. 16.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say it will be a quiet weekend after several very crazy days on the college football beat.
That's not to say there won't continue to be a lot of gossip, just not much solid news.
It seems likely that whatever news might crop up this weekend will come after the bowl announcements are made on Sunday, so perhaps the rumor mill will get cranked up again Sunday night and Monday morning.
If the Ole Miss choice is Kirby Smart, the Alabama defensive co-ordinator, it would make sense if that news was delvered early next week. Smart might well remain a part of the Crimson Tide staff for the BCS Championship game, as Dan Mullen did at Florida before settling into his chair at Mississippi State.
If it's not Smart ... well, who knows? The name of Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze continues to crop up from various sources. And, honestly, it's not outrageous to suggest that some other candidate might actually emerge when it's time to pull on the Rebels' cap at an introductory news conference.
I'm not sure you can rule anybody out at this point other than Houston Nutt and Ed Orgeron.
Our Parrish Alford will be at Arkansas State on Saturday for the ed Wolves' regular-season finale against Troy. We'll see what Freeze has to say when the game is over.