A couple of months ago, the Southeastern Conference announced the 2012-2013 SEC Conference Schedule for basketball. In this announcement, teams were notified of four home and home opponents and a rival that would be somewhere on the schedule every year, no matter what. Well, it appears as if the Southeastern Conference is going back on that announcement. The SEC scheduling committee sent out an email to all the SEC basketball coaches earlier this week stating that the entire 2012-2013 SEC basketball schedule had been erased and would be re-announced sometime this August. The new Southeastern Conference schedule is going to be designed to create a more competitive balance.
On the previously made SEC schedule, Kentucky was paired with the Florida Gators as their permanent rival, but that is not necessarily the case for this newly made schedule. It was rumored and is now confirmed that Vanderbilt and Tennessee will no longer be paired together as permanent rivals, which technically means that either could be matched with UK when the new schedule is released. However, that doesn’t mean it has to be one of the three previously mentioned teams. It could really be any other team in the SEC, but since it is being called a “permanent rival”, one would be left to think that the SEC would pair Kentucky with Florida, Tennessee, or maybe even Vanderbilt.
SEC head coaches were not aware that this change was going to be put in place and were just notified by email. The information that the change was even being discussed was not disclosed to the coaches either.