While Kentucky coach John Calipari’s idea to move the SEC tournament to November gained headlines, a movement by the league’s coaches to move the championship game to Saturday has traction, sources told ESPN.
The coaches discussed moving the SEC title game from Sunday to Saturday at the league’s spring meetings earlier this week and put forth a proposal to the athletic directors, multiple sources told ESPN.
“Honestly, Calipari’s idea was discussed for about 30 seconds before it was dismissed,” one coach told ESPN. “Moving the championship game to Saturday is something that we all basically agreed would be good for our league.
“This would give the NCAA tournament selection committee more time to factor in whatever happens in the championship game,” he added.
Multiple coaches lauded Calipari’s creativity to ESPN but said they were not in favor of moving the SEC tourney early in the season and awarding the regular-season winner with an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
“Let’s not have a postseason tournament,” Calipari told reporters at the spring meetings. “Let’s have a preseason tournament where you’re guaranteed three games. We go somewhere and all the fans come in and we celebrate our league. We’ll have great games to start the year, and we’ll do it prior to the year.”
Kentucky beat Texas A&M in last year’s SEC title game — which tipped off Sunday at 12 p.m. ET. However, Calipari was upset that the selection committee gave the Wildcats a No. 4 seed while the Aggies received a 3-seed.