SEC releases complete 2013 football schedule
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southeastern Conference’s 2013 football schedule doesn’t feature as many changes as previously anticipated.
The SEC released a 2013 slate Thursday that it referred to as a “bridge” schedule not based on any previous or future scheduling formats. One quirk in the 2013 schedule is that three annual games will be played at the same venue as in 2012: Ole Miss at Alabama, Texas A&M at Ole Miss and Georgia at Auburn.
The 2013 season will last 14 weekends, meaning each school gets two open dates.
NAIA to move
ROME, Ga. — A collegiate athletic league and sports officials in Rome have agreed to contract changes, paving the way for the league’s national championship football game to be moved.
Rome has been the site of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Football National Championship since 2008, and there were plans to continue hosting the game through 2015.
The NAIA sought to end the agreement after the 2013 game, The Rome News Tribune reported.
When Rome officials first bid on the chance to host the game, the city’s Shorter University and Berry College were members of the NAIA. Since then, according to Bob Berry, the Rome Host Committee co-chairman, Shorter and Berry have moved into the NCAA, and the NAIA wanted its title game in an NAIA city. After Rome officials agreed to modify the contract, the NAIA will now seek other bids to host the 2014 and 2015 games.
During the past four years, the championship game has generated more than $6 million in economic impact for the Greater Rome community, Berry said.