SEC Coaches Vote 13-to-1 to Maintain Eight Game League Schedule

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By Jon Solomon |

DESTIN, Fla. -- SEC football coaches voted 13-1 today to keep eight conference games -- Alabama coach Nick Saban is the lone holdout for nine -- and were about evenly divided on whether to maintain permanent cross-divisional opponents.

Those votes, of course, can mean very little in the big picture. Athletics directors and university presidents are part of these discussions, which won't be resolved this week at the SEC spring meetings.

Even with the coaches' vote to keep eight games, there's a sense by some coaches and administrations that switching to nine is inevitable.

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

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