SECHC makes changes for 2011-12 season and future

June 5, 2011 – The SECHC has made a few changes to the upcoming season format, large in part to accepting all 11 teams affiliated with the conference as full members.

Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt have all received full-member status for the upcoming 2011-12 season. Auburn has been promoted from an affiliate member after the successful completion to its first season.

LSU, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt have all been released from their probations set forth by the conference before or during the 2010-11 season.

With all of the teams becoming eligible for the 2012 SECHC Tournament, tentatively scheduled to be held in Columbus, Ga., the conference decided it would be necessary for changes to be made to the scheduling procedures and point system.

Each team will be required to play two games against divisional opponents each year. However, each team will only play a portion of the cross-divisional games.

East teams will be required to schedule three West teams one season and then the other three West teams the following season.

However, since there are only five East teams, the West will be required to schedule two or three East teams one season and then the remaining East teams the following season.

In total, East Teams will play a total of 11 conference games each season. West teams can play 12 or 13 conference games.

Because West teams will have an uneven number of conference games, the league has made a change to the point system for the West Division. Because three teams will only play two East opponents, those teams will be awarded 3 points if victorious against the East opponent.

The modified point system allows for 6 total possible points in cross-divisional games to be earned.
SECHC and full schedules will be announced in the upcoming months.

Example of breakdown for cross-division games by year (note, this may not be the actual breakdown when schedule is released):

Alabama
Arkansas
Auburn
LSU
Miss St
Ole Miss
Year 1
Florida
Georgia
Florida
Georgia
Florida
Georgia
South Carolina
Tennessee
South Carolina
Tennessee
South Carolina
Tennessee
Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt
Year 2
Georgia
Florida
Georgia
Florida
Georgia
Florida
Tennessee
South Carolina
Tennessee
South Carolina
Tennessee
South Carolina
Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt
Florida
Georgia
South Carolina
Tennessee
Vanderbilt
Year 1
Alabama
Arkansas
Alabama
Arkansas
Alabama
Auburn
LSU
Auburn
LSU
Auburn
Miss St
Ole Miss
Miss St
Ole Miss
Miss St
Year 2
Arkansas
Alabama
Arkansas
Alabama
Arkansas
LSU
Auburn
LSU
Auburn
LSU
Ole Miss
Miss St
Ole Miss
Miss St
Ole Miss