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For a second consecutive year, Spurrier has a divisive agenda heading into the four-day gathering in Destin, Fla., that begins Tuesday. The eighth-year South Carolina coach stirred last year's meetings with the idea of coaches paying players $300 a game, and his latest proposal is that only games within each division should be used in determining which teams play for the league championship. . . . . "What it does is it takes out the scheduling as far as who determines the winners of the divisions," Spurrier said. "Last year, for example, Tennessee and Florida both played Alabama and LSU, obviously two of the best teams in the country, and us and Georgia did not play them. So obviously us or Georgia were probably going to win the division.

Steve Spurrier still stirs Southeastern Conference gathering | timesfreepress.com So this sorta makes sense, right? If the SEC champion is going to be determined by pitting the best in the East against the best in the West, shouldn't only division records count? It levels the playing field, and I don't think it necessarily has to diminish non-division games, which will still count in national rankings. Hmm.

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