ATHENS - The SEC's athletics directors wrapped up a meeting on Wednesday, and no, they did not finalize or release a football schedule for 2014.
But they're close, according to Georgia's Greg McGarity. Yes, the SEC has thought it was close before, at one point thinking it would get released by media days in July. That didn't happen, but now McGarity is hopeful it will be released within the next 30 days.
“That’s what we’re working on now, and hopefully within the next month," McGarity said. "So we can move forward in scheduling, and road hotels, and travel plans, and things like that.”
McGarity also indicated that it will only be the 2014 schedule that is released, rather than 2014-16, as had been talked about.
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“I think what you’ll see is one year, and then we’ll see what ’15 and beyond holds at a later date,” McGarity said.
The big question for Georgia, and pretty much every team, is who will be the unknown eighth opponent. It's already known it will be an eight-game schedule, with six games in the division, the permanent cross-division opponent, and one more cross-division game. McGarity didn't want to jump the gun on the SEC and say who Georgia's eighth opponent would be, and wouldn't say whether it's even been decided. (At one time it was expected to be Alabama, but reports out of Tuscaloosa have said that won't be the case after all.
And yes, the 2014 schedule remains an eight-game schedule.
“There’s still, like we’ve said all along, we haven’t had a formal discussion on a nine-game model to date,” he said.
Georgia's 2014 non-conference opponents are already scheduled: Clemson on Aug. 30, South Alabama (Nov. 8), Charleston Southern (Nov. 22) and Georgia Tech (Nov. 29). For future years, McGarity indicated there are some potential games on the back-burner, but he's waiting for future SEC schedules to be finalized before proceeding with any non-conference moves.