Re: SEC eliminates divisions for basketball
They did it. No more SEC basketball divisions. Now it's just the SEC
The AP reports:
The league, which will hand out an SEC-record $18.3 million in shared revenue to each of its 12 schools, also voted to eliminate divisions in men’s basketball. The teams will now be seeded 1 through 12 in the postseason tournament, with the top four teams receiving first-round byes. The SEC will keep a 16-game league slate for 2011-12, but will increase the number of conference games the following season.
The SEC also extended the current rule permitting Mississippi State to have cowbells in its home stadium. But league Commissioner Mike Slive said the SEC increased fines for using them at inappropriate times to $50,000. Mississippi State was fined $30,000 for violations last year, $5,000 for the first violation and $25,000 for the second.
“It was clear the fans violated our rule in at least the first two games, but there was very significant impact and improvement in the last two,” Slive said. “So under our fine structure, we will fine them $30,000 for last year’s violations.”