Louisiana State’s athletic director Joe Alleva made his thoughts on the SEC’s decision to keep permanent cross-divisional rivals known on Sunday. Now, roughly 24 hours after the conference’s leaders voted, 10-4, in favor of keeping a permanent cross-divisional rival for teams, the Tigers’ football coach is making his opinion heard, too.
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With the decision, LSU, a West Division team, will continue to play Florida, an East Division team, each season. The two schools have played every year since 1971. They’ve combined to win four national championships since 2006.
Miles said the scheduling is “biased.”
“We play the toughest schedule in America in our conference, and then we have the biased of the permanent partner,” Miles told The Advocate on Monday while speaking at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. “We’re now also being mandated to take a BCS team. The biased of the schedule continues to be disproportionate. Fundamentally fair is not something they’ve given great thought to.”
The school presidents voted on Sunday to keep the 6-1-1 format, in which teams play every team from their division, a rotating team from the opposite side, and one team from the other division every season. Beginning in 2016, each conference team will be forced to play one non-conference game per year against a team from the Pac-12, Big Ten, Big 12 or ACC.
Miles said everyone at LSU is opposed to the concept.
“(LSU president) King Alexander, Joe Alleva and Les Miles stand in full agreement,” Miles said.