Richt "Fine" with SEC Division Rules

Richt "Fine" with SEC Division Rules

SAVANNAH – Mark Richt is fine with the rules in place now to determine the SEC division champions.

"I would go by the rules we have right now," Richt said to Dawg Post Tuesday prior to speaking to a gathering of Bulldog fans.

The 2011 SEC East division win was Richt's fourth in the last ten years – the most of any team from the SEC East in that span – but it hasn't been without some noted criticism for the way in which Georgia won it.

Just how the SEC picks its division representatives for the annual SEC Championship has recently been a subject of conversation for South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, and not without merit.

The Gamecocks beat Georgia, and every SEC East foe last season last season, but lost to SEC West foes Auburn and Arkansas to end the year with a 6-2 conference mark. SEC rules dictated that Georgia, with a 7-1 SEC record, play LSU in the SEC Championship.

Spurrier contested this offseason that a team's division record should be the determining factor for a berth to the SEC Championship game.

The Birmingham News reported that LSU coach Les Miles backed Spurrier in the discussion, but SEC Commissioner Mike Slive isn't sure he's ready to change the rule.

"We certainly can discuss it, but an SEC football game is an SEC football game," Slive told the Birmingham News.

Richt added that the conversation about determining the division champion could change in the future depending on the year.

"That same conversation might change depending on the given year, so I don't worry too much about it," he said. "I really do think this way: I think that whatever our commissioner decides, whatever the rules are… just tell me what they are, and we are going to play. This is the way the rules are now, and so I am perfectly fine with them."

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