The 2011 SEC East division win was Richt's fourth in the last ten years – the most of any team from the SEC East in that span – but it hasn't been without some noted criticism for the way in which Georgia won it.
The Gamecocks beat Georgia, and every SEC East foe last season last season, but lost to SEC West foes Auburn and Arkansas to end the year with a 6-2 conference mark. SEC rules dictated that Georgia, with a 7-1 SEC record, play LSU in the SEC Championship.
Spurrier contested this offseason that a team's division record should be the determining factor for a berth to the SEC Championship game.
"We certainly can discuss it, but an SEC football game is an SEC football game," Slive told the Birmingham News.
Richt added that the conversation about determining the division champion could change in the future depending on the year.
"That same conversation might change depending on the given year, so I don't worry too much about it," he said. "I really do think this way: I think that whatever our commissioner decides, whatever the rules are… just tell me what they are, and we are going to play. This is the way the rules are now, and so I am perfectly fine with them."