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Southeastern Conference
(SEC)
Southeastern Conference logo
Established 1932
Association NCAA
Division Division I FBS
Members 14
Sports fielded 211 (men's: 9; women's: 12)
Region
Headquarters Birmingham, Alabama
Commissioner Michael Slive (since 2002)
Website secdigitalnetwork.com
Locations
Southeastern Conference locations

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a collegiate athletic conference whose member institutions are located primarily in the southeastern part of the United States. It is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. The SEC participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I in athletic competitions; for football, it is part of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A. The conference is one of the most successful financially, consistently leading most conferences in revenue distribution to its members, including an SEC record $220.0 million for the 2010–11 fiscal year.2

The SEC was also the first NCAA Division I conference to hold a championship game (and award a subsequent title) for college football and was one of the founding members of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). The current SEC commissioner is Michael Slive.3 The conference sponsors team championships in nine men's sports and twelve women's sports.

Member universities

Current members

The SEC has fourteen member institutions in eleven contiguous states in the southeast and midwest, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.4 The geographic domain of the conference stretches from Texas to South Carolina (west to east) and from Missouri to Florida (north to south).

The SEC is divided into two geographic divisions: the Eastern Division and the Western Division. These division groupings are currently used only in football and baseball scheduling and standings. Starting with the 2011–12 season, the SEC abandoned its previous divisional alignment in men's basketball, following a vote by SEC head coaches on June 1, 2011 at the conference's annual meeting.5 This change makes the SEC more consistent with other conferences, since none of the other five "BCS conferences" use divisions in basketball even if they are used in football, baseball, or other sports. Effective July 1, 2012, the fourteen members of the SEC are:

Institution Location
(Population)
Founded Type Enrollment Endowment6 Joined Nickname Colors Mascot
Eastern Division
University of Florida Gainesville, Florida
(124,491)
1853 Public 51,474 $1,295,313,000 1932 Gators          7 Albert and Alberta
University of Georgia Athens, Georgia
(114,983)
1785 Public 35,520 $745,765,000 1932 Bulldogs          8 Hairy Dawg, Uga (live bulldog)
University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky
(301,569)
1865 Public 28,094 $915,924,000 1932 Wildcats          9 Wildcat, Scratch, Blue (live bobcat)
University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri
(110,438)
1839 Public 34,255 $1,119,032,000 2012 Tigers          10 Truman the Tiger
University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina
(130,591)
1801 Public 30,721 $494,358,000 1991 Gamecocks          11 Cocky, Sir Big Spur (live gamecock)
University of Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee
(184,802)
1794 Public 27,523 $848,329,000 1932 Volunteers          12 Smokey (live Bluetick Coonhound), Smokey (costume)
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee
(635,710)
1873 Private 12,093 $3,414,514,000 1932 Commodores          13 Mr. C
Western Division
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama
(93,357)
1831 Public 33,602 $995,147,000 1932 Crimson Tide          14 Big Al
University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Arkansas
(77,143)
1871 Public 25,365 $788,668,000 1991 Razorbacks          15 Big Red, Boss Hog, Ribby (Baseball Only), Pork Chop, Sue-E, Tusk IV (live hog)
Auburn University Auburn, Alabama
(53,380)16
1856 Public 25,078 $471,851,000 1932 Tigers          17 Aubie, War Eagle VII (live golden eagle)
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, Louisiana
(229,553)
1860 Public 29,549 $692,556,000 1932 Fighting Tigers          18 Mike the Tiger (Mascot), Mike VI (live Bengali/Siberian mixed breed tiger)
University of Mississippi Oxford, Mississippi
(19,000)
1848 Public 19,822 $469,006,000 1932 Rebels          19 Rebel Black Bear
Mississippi State University Starkville, Mississippi
(24,187)
1878 Public 21,424 $346,676,000 1932 Bulldogs          20 Bully (Mascot), Bully (live bulldog)
Texas A&M University College Station, Texas
(96,921)
1876 Public 52,585 $8,732,010,00021 2012 Aggies          22 Reveille VIII (live collie)
  • * Enrollment figures include both undergraduate and graduate students.

Former members

Institution Location
(Population)
Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Nickname Current Conference
Sewanee: The University of the South Sewanee, Tennessee
(2,361)
1857 Private 1,560 1932 1940 Tigers SAA
(NCAA Division III)
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia
(420,003)
1885 Public 21,557 1932 1964 Yellow Jackets ACC
Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana
(360,740)
1834 Private 13,359 1932 1966 Green Wave C-USA (The American in 2014)

History

Locations of the SEC full-member institutions.

Founding and former members

The SEC was established on December 8 and 9, 1932, when the thirteen members of the Southern Conference located west and south of the Appalachian Mountains left to form their own conference. Ten of the thirteen founding members have remained in the conference since its inception: the University of Alabama, Auburn University, the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, the University of Kentucky, Louisiana State University ("LSU"), the University of Mississippi ("Ole Miss"), Mississippi State University, the University of Tennessee, and Vanderbilt University.

The other charter members were:

  • Georgia Institute of Technology ("Georgia Tech") left the SEC in 1964. In 1975, it became a founding member of the Metro Conference, one of the predecessors to today's Conference USA. Georgia Tech competed in the Metro Conference in all sports except football, in which it was independent. In 1978, Georgia Tech joined another Southern Conference offshoot, the Atlantic Coast Conference, for all sports, where it has remained ever since.

1990 expansion

In 1990, the SEC expanded from ten to twelve member universities with the addition of the Arkansas Razorbacks and the South Carolina Gamecocks. The two new teams began SEC competition with the 1991–1992 basketball season.

At the same time, the SEC organized competition for some sports into two divisions. The Western Division comprised six of the seven member schools in the Central Time Zone, while the Eastern Division comprised the five member schools in the Eastern Time Zone plus Vanderbilt, which is in the Central Time Zone but was placed in the Eastern Division to preserve its rivalry with Tennessee. Initially, the divisional format was used in football, baseball, and men's basketball. The divisional format was dropped for men's basketball following the 2011-2012 season.

Following expansion, the SEC was the first conference to receive permission from the NCAA to sponsor an annual football championship game, featuring the winners of the conference's Eastern and Western divisions.24 The 1992 and 1993 championship games were held at Legion Field in Birmingham, and all championship games from 1994 onward have been held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.24

2012 expansion

On September 25, 2011, the SEC Presidents and Chancellors, acting unanimously, announced that Texas A&M University would join the SEC effective July 1, 2012, with Texas A&M to begin competition in nineteen of the twenty sports sponsored by the SEC during the 2012–13 academic year.25 On November 6, 2011 the SEC commissioner announced that the University of Missouri would also join the SEC on July 1, 2012.26 For football, Texas A&M was scheduled to compete in the Western Division, and Missouri in the Eastern Division.27282930

Commissioners

The office of Commissioner was created in 1940.31

Years Commissioners
1940–1946 Martin S. Conner
1947–1948 N.W. Dougherty (acting)
1948–1966 Bernie Moore
1966–1972 A. M. "Tonto" Coleman
1972–1986 H. Boyd McWhorter
1986–1989 Harvey W. Schiller
1988–89 Mark Womack (acting / two occasions)
1990–2002 Roy F. Kramer
2002–present Michael Slive

Membership timeline

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Academics and SECU

The formation of SECU and SEC academic network

Dr. Michael F. Adams (pictured at right) was President of the University of Georgia and chaired the SEC Presidents and Chancellors during the formation of SECU in 2005.

Under the leadership of Michael F. Adams the then President of the University of Georgia and chair of SEC Presidents and Chancellors, the member institutions of the Southeastern Conference joined forces in 2005 to form the SEC Academic Consortium (SECAC), a collaborative endeavor designed to promote research, scholarship, and achievement amongst the universities.32

In 2011, the SEC Academic Consortium was relocated to the SEC headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, from its original home on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas and was renamed SECU. The SECU rebranded its mission to better serve as a means through which the collaborative academic endeavors and achievements of Southeastern Conference universities would be promoted and advanced. The SECU's goals included highlighting the endeavors and achievements of SEC faculty, students and its universities; advancing the academic reputation of SEC universities; identifying and preparing future leaders for high-level service in academia; increasing the amount and type of study abroad opportunities available for students; and providing opportunities for collaboration among SEC university personnel.3334 The Big Ten Conference has a similar program called the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.

The SEC Symposium component of SECU was crafted by Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, who at the time was the Vice President of the SEC Executive Committee and liaison to SECU.35 In an interview with Dr. Zeppos about the formation of the SECU he noted, “that the member institutions of the Southeastern Conference are committed to a shared mission of fostering research, scholarship, and achievement. The SEC Symposium represents a platform to connect, collaborate and promote a productive dialogue that will span disciplinary and institutional boundaries and allow us to work together for the betterment of society.”36

The SEC Academic Network was created in 2009 in partnership with ESPN. The SEC Academic Network was an online library of institutionally produced videos featuring academic initiatives and stories from all Southeastern Conference institutions. The SEC Academic Network was officially merged into the SECU operation.37

SECU academic programs

There are several programs that have been implemented under SECU.38

The SEC Academic Leadership Development Program seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond. It has two components, a university-level program and two, three-day, SEC-wide workshops held on specified campuses for all participants.

The SEC Faculty Achievement and Professor of the Year Awards recognize faculty with outstanding records in research and scholarship. There is one winner per campus and one overall winner for the Conference.

The old site housing the headquarters of the Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The SEC Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. The program offers faculty from each SEC university the opportunity to travel to other SEC universities to develop grant proposals and conduct research.

The SEC College Tour occurs each spring, and administrators from all SEC universities participate in events intended to introduce SEC universities to students, parents, and high school counselors from outside of the Southeast region.

The SEC Symposium is an academic conference-type event intended to address a scholarly issue in an area of strength represented by all SEC universities. Held in Atlanta, Georgia, this marquee event puts on display the research and innovation of SEC institutions for an audience of academicians, government officials, grant funding agents, and other stakeholders.

In 2013, the SEC Symposium was organized and led by the University of Georgia and the UGA Bioenergy Systems Research Institute. The topic of the Symposium was titled, the "Impact of the Southeast in the World's Renewable Energy Future".39

The SEC Cooperative Education Abroad Agreement provides opportunities for students from all SEC universities to access international programs offered at other SEC universities. As part of a renewable agreement, Italian engineering students from the Politecnico di Torino (PdT) have the opportunity to enroll at SEC universities each fall, and engineering SEC students may study there the following spring.

The SEC MBA Case Competition are graduate level competitions provide an opportunity for SEC business schools to showcase their students’ skills at solving simulated, real-world problems that cover the spectrum of business disciplines (e.g., organizational dynamics, budgeting, capitalization, competitive environment, etc.). The competition is held on one SEC campus and teams of four MBA students compete against other SEC teams, the best receiving various awards and recognition. The event is generally in April.

The SEC University Collaboration Program gives university personnel groups (e.g., deans of colleges, chief financial officers, etc.) a mechanism to share best practices and ideas. Regular meetings and workshops are held university campuses, the Conference office or other similar locations.

The International/Education Abroad Activities program was established as a part of a renewable agreement, Italian engineering students enroll at SEC universities each fall, and engineering SEC students study in Italy each spring (i.e., February to July) at the Politecnico di Torino. In addition, by utilizing a cooperative programming agreement, students from all SEC universities have access to education abroad programs offered at other SEC universities.

Spending and revenue

Total revenue includes ticket sales, contributions and donations, rights/licensing, student fees, school funds and all other sources including TV income, camp income, food and novelties. Total expenses includes coaching/staff, scholarships, buildings/ground, maintenance, utilities and rental fees and all other costs including recruiting, team travel, equipment and uniforms, conference dues and insurance costs.

Conference Rank (2012) National Rank (2012) Institution 2012 Total Revenue from Athletics40 2012 Total Expenses on Athletics40
1 1 University of Alabama $124,899,945 $108,204,867
2 5 University of Florida $120,772,106 $105,102,198
3 6 Texas A&M University $119,702,222 $81,792,118
4 7 Louisiana State University $114,787,786 $101,989,116
5 10 Auburn University $105,951,251 $96,315,831
6 12 University of Tennessee $102,884,286 $101,292,015
7 14 University of Arkansas $99,757,482 $82,470,473
8 18 University of Georgia $91,670,613 $88,923,561
9 19 University of Kentucky $88,373,452 $84,929,819
10 21 University of South Carolina $87,608,352 $84,963,037
11 38 Mississippi State University $69,828,880 $67,926,160
12 51 University of Mississippi $51,858,993 $51,708,064
13 52 University of Missouri $50,719,665 $66,980,889
Vanderbilt University Not reported
(private school)
Not reported
(private school)

Facilities

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity
Alabama Bryant–Denny Stadium 101,821 Coleman Coliseum (men)
Foster Auditorium (women)
15,383
3,800
Sewell-Thomas Stadium 6,571
Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (primary)
War Memorial Stadium (secondary)[2]
76,000
53,727
Bud Walton Arena 19,368 Baum Stadium 11,462
Auburn Jordan–Hare Stadium 87,451 Auburn Arena 9,121 Plainsman Park 4,096
Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field 88,548 Stephen C. O'Connell Center 11,548 McKethan Stadium 5,500
Georgia Sanford Stadium 92,746 Stegeman Coliseum 10,523 Foley Field 3,291
Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium 67,942 Rupp Arena (men)[3]
Memorial Coliseum (women)
23,500
8,000
Cliff Hagan Stadium 3,000
LSU Tiger Stadium 92,542 Pete Maravich Assembly Center 13,215 Alex Box Stadium/Skip Bertman Field 10,326
Mississippi State Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field 61,337 Humphrey Coliseum 10,575 Dudy Noble Field 15,00041
Missouri Faurot Field 67,124 Mizzou Arena 15,061 Taylor Stadium 3,031
Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway Stadium 60,580 Tad Smith Coliseum 9,061 Swayze Field 8,500
South Carolina Williams-Brice Stadium 80,250 Colonial Life Arena 18,000 Carolina Stadium 8,242
Tennessee Neyland Stadium 102,455 Thompson–Boling Arena 21,678 Lindsey Nelson Stadium 3,800
Texas A&M Kyle Field 82,589 Reed Arena 12,989 Olsen Field 5,400
Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Stadium 40,350 Memorial Gymnasium 14,316 Hawkins Field 3,700
  • ^ Two or three games played each year at Little Rock, one or two non-conference game(s) and one SEC game (usually the LSU game if Arkansas is hosting that game).

Sports

The Southeastern Conference sponsors championship competition in nine men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports.42 Under SEC conference rules reflecting the large number of male scholarship participants in football and attempting to address gender equity concerns (see also Title IX), each member institution is required to provide two more women's varsity sports than men's. A similar rule was recently adopted by the NCAA for all of Division I.4344

Teams in SEC Conference competition
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball
14
-
Basketball
14
14
Cross Country
13
14
Equestrian
-
4
Football
14
-
Golf
14
14
Gymnastics
-
8
Soccer
-
14
Softball
-
13
Swimming & Diving
10
12
Tennis
13
14
Indoor Track & Field
13
14
Outdoor Track & Field
13
14
Volleyball
-
13

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Golf Swimming &
Diving
Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Total SEC Sports
Alabama
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Arkansas
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Auburn
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Florida
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Georgia
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Kentucky
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
LSU
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Mississippi
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Mississippi State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Missouri
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
South Carolina
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
8
Tennessee
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Texas A&M
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Vanderbilt
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Red XN
6
Totals
14
14
13
14
14
10
13
13
13
118

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Southeastern Conference which are played by SEC schools:

School Rifle* Soccer Wrestling
Kentucky Great America Rifle Conference Conference USA No
Missouri No No Mid-American Conference
South Carolina No Conference USA No
  • * = Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other. Kentucky has a coed team.

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross Country Equestrian Golf Gymnastics Soccer Softball Swimming &
Diving
Tennis Track & Field
(Indoor)
Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Volleyball Total SEC Sports
Alabama
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
11
Arkansas
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
11
Auburn
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
12
Florida
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
11
Georgia
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
12
Kentucky
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
11
LSU
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
11
Mississippi
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Mississippi State
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
9
Missouri
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
11
South Carolina
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
11
Tennessee
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
10
Texas A&M
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
11
Vanderbilt
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Red XN
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Red XN
8
Totals
14
14
4
14
8
14
13
12
14
14
14
13
148

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Southeastern Conference which are played by SEC schools:

School Rowing Rifle* Lacrosse
Alabama Conference USA No No
Florida No No American Lacrosse Conference
Kentucky No Great America Rifle Conference No
Mississippi No Great America Rifle Conference No
Tennessee Conference USA No No
Vanderbilt No No American Lacrosse Conference
  • * = Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other. Kentucky has a coed team, and Ole Miss has a women's team.

Current champions

  • (RS) indicates regular-season champion
  • (T) indicates tournament champion
Season Sport Men's champion Women's champion
Fall 2013 Cross Country Arkansas Arkansas
Football Auburn  
Soccer   Florida/Texas A&M (RS) Texas A&M (T)
Volleyball   Missouri
Winter 2012−13 Basketball Florida (RS) Mississippi (T) Tennessee (RS) Texas A&M (T)
Equestrian   South Carolina
Gymnastics   Florida
Swimming & Diving Florida Georgia
Track & Field (Indoor) Arkansas Arkansas
Spring 2013 Baseball Vanderbilt (RS) LSU (T)  
Softball   Florida (RS) Florida (T)
Golf Alabama Alabama
Tennis Georgia (RS) Georgia (T) Florida/Georgia/Texas A&M (RS) Florida (T)
Track & Field (Outdoor) Arkansas Texas A&M

Source: 2011–12 Southeastern Conference Media Guide45

Football

For the upcoming season, see 2014 Southeastern Conference football season.

Before the 1990 expansion, each SEC school played seven conference games. Five of these games were against permanent opponents, developing some traditional rivalries between schools, and the other games rotated around the other four members of the conference.

The SEC went to an eight game conference schedule starting in 1992, with each team playing the five other teams in their division and three opponents from the other division. The winners of the two divisions would then meet in the SEC Championship Game.

From 1992 through 2001, each team had two permanent inter-divisional opponents, allowing many traditional rivalries from the pre-expansion era (such as Florida vs. Auburn, Kentucky vs. LSU, and Vanderbilt vs. Alabama) to continue. However, complaints from some league athletic directors about imbalance in the schedule (for instance, Auburn's two permanent opponents from the East were Florida and Georgia – two of the SEC's stronger football programs at the time – while Mississippi State played Kentucky and South Carolina every year) led to the SEC reducing the permanent inter-division opponents to only one per team starting in the 2002 season.

Under the current format, each school plays a total of eight conference games, consisting of the other six teams in its division, one school from the other division on a rotating basis, and one school from the other division that it plays each year. All permanent inter-divisional games, with the exception of Arkansas vs. South Carolina, were played annually before SEC expansion in 1992.46

The following table shows the current permanent inter-divisional opponent for each school listed by total number of games played (records through the completion of the 2013 season with Western Division wins listed first):47

Western Division Eastern Division Series Record
Auburn Georgia 55–54–848
Alabama Tennessee 50–37–849
Ole Miss Vanderbilt 48–37–250
LSU Florida 26–31–351
Mississippi State Kentucky 21–2052
Arkansas South Carolina 13–953
Texas A&M Missouri 8–654

Starting in 2014, Arkansas and Missouri will become permanent inter-division opponents, with Texas A&M and South Carolina becoming permanent rivals.55 The series record for Arkansas and Missouri is 3-2 in favor of Missouri;56 South Carolina and Texas A&M will play their first game against one another in 2014.

All-time school records (ranked according to winning percentage)

Through December 31st of the 2013 season. Records reflect official NCAA results, including any forfeits or win vacating.

# SEC Record Win % SEC Championships Claimed National Championships
1 Alabama 836–322–43 .714 23 15
2 Tennessee 804–361–53 .682 13 6
3 LSU 753–396–47 .649 11 3
4 Georgia 767–406–54 .647 12 2
5 Auburn 726–415–47 .631 8 2
6 Florida 684–395–40 .629 8 3
7 Texas A&M 702–456–48 .602 0 3
8 Arkansas 683–471–40 .589 0 1
9 Mississippi 639–499–35 .560 6 3
10 Missouri 648–531–53 .547 0 0
11 South Carolina 576–546–44 .513 0 0
12 Vanderbilt 581–582–50 .500 0 0
13 Kentucky 582–592–44 .496 2 1
14 Mississippi State 522–555–39 .485 1 0

Source: College Football Data Warehouse.57

Alabama's record reflects 21 wins being vacated (2005-2007) and 8 wins and 1 tied forfeited (1993).
Mississippi State's record reflects 18 wins and 1 tie being forfeited (1975-1977).

Championship Game

The SEC Championship Game pits the SEC Western Division representative against the Eastern Division representative in a game held after the regular season has been completed. The first two SEC Championship football games were held at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. Since 1994, the game has been played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The team designated as the "home" team alternates between division champions; the designation goes to the Eastern champion in even-numbered years and the Western champion in odd-numbered years. As of 2013, the Eastern division of the SEC is tied with the Western division in overall wins in the championship game 11 to 11.

Bowl games

The post-season bowl game tie-ins for the SEC for the 2013 season are:58

Pick Name Location Opposing Conference Opposing Pick
1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, Louisiana BCS
2 Capital One Bowl Orlando, Florida Big Ten 2
3/4 Outback Bowl Tampa, Florida Big Ten 3
3/4 Cotton Bowl Classic Arlington, Texas Big 12 2
5 Chick-fil-A Bowl Atlanta, Georgia ACC 2
6 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, Florida Big Ten 4/5
7 Liberty Bowl Memphis, Tennessee C-USA 1
8/9 Music City Bowl Nashville, Tennessee ACC 6
8/9 BBVA Compass Bowl Birmingham, Alabama American 5
10 Independence Bowl Shreveport, Louisiana ACC 7

Bowl selection procedures

If the SEC champion is selected to participate in the BCS National Championship Game, the Sugar Bowl is not required to pick the SEC runner-up but may select any eligible BCS team. However, since 2006, the Sugar Bowl has selected either a division runner-up (2006 LSU, 2007 Georgia, 2010 Arkansas, and 2012 Florida) or conference runner-up (2008 Alabama, 2009 Florida), which has been the second highest ranked SEC team in the BCS standings. The Sugar Bowl was unable to select an SEC team in 2011, since two conference teams, LSU and Alabama, were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the final BCS standings, and thus committed to the BCS National Championship Game (which was coincidentally scheduled for New Orleans). Under BCS rules, no conference may have more than two schools play in BCS games, a provision which kept No. 5 Arkansas out of the more lucrative contests and relegated the Razorbacks to the Cotton Bowl, where they defeated #8 Kansas State. With the SEC off-limits, the January 2012 Sugar Bowl matched Big Ten at-large Michigan and ACC at-large Virginia Tech.

Under SEC guidelines, unless the Sugar Bowl selects the SEC runner-up, the Capital One Bowl must then pick the SEC runner-up if that team has at least two more total wins than the next team in the selection order. 2012 runner-up Georgia was the first such team to play in the Capital One Bowl since Arkansas following the 2006 season.

After those selections, the Outback Bowl and the Cotton Bowl Classic have the next choices. Due to geographical considerations, the Outback Bowl has the first choice of the remaining teams in the SEC East, while the Cotton Bowl Classic has the first choice of those left in the SEC West.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl, Gator Bowl, and Music City Bowl then have the next three picks.

The Liberty Bowl and BBVA Compass Bowl work together, along with the SEC office, to determine the bowls' picks.

The Independence Bowl picks last. In the case that the SEC does not have enough bowl-eligible teams, another bowl eligible team will be selected instead.

The SEC is presently second in BCS Bowl appearances, with twenty-one appearances, and first in all-time wins and winning percentage, with fifteen wins and a .714 winning percentage. The BCS Bowls include the Rose, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta, and the BCS National Championship Game.

Since the advent of the BCS National Championship Game format, the SEC is 9–2 in those games through the 2013 season. One SEC loss, however, was at the hands of another SEC team when the conference sent an unprecedented two teams to the 2012 National Championship game. The SEC was 2–0 in the games where the BCS National Championship Game was played as one of the traditional New Year's Day bowls, and since 2007 (when the game was moved to a separate contest one week later) an SEC team has participated in all eight games and has won seven. Interestingly, in games that involved only one SEC school, the SEC team was ranked No. 1 only three times going into the game (the first contest featuring Tennessee in 1998, followed by Alabama in 2009 and Auburn in 2010); the other five times the SEC team (LSU twice, Florida twice, Alabama once, Auburn once) was ranked No. 2. In the 2012 championship game, second-ranked Alabama defeated top-ranked LSU. The SEC's last loss to outside competition in a national championship game was Auburn's setback vs. Florida State in the Rose Bowl Game following the 2013 season, the last of the BCS.

Head coach compensation

The total pay of head coaches includes university and non-university compensation. This includes base salary, income from contracts, foundation supplements, bonuses and media and radio pay.59

Conference Pay Rank Institution Head Coach 2013 Total Pay60
1 University of Alabama Saban, NickNick Saban $7,000,000
2 University of Arkansas Bielema, BretBret Bielema $5,158,863
3 University of Tennessee Jones, ButchButch Jones $4,860,000
4 Louisiana State University Miles, LesLes Miles $4,459,363
5 University of South Carolina Spurrier, SteveSteve Spurrier $3,322,500
6 University of Georgia Richt, MarkMark Richt $3,314,000
7 Texas A&M University Sumlin, KevinKevin Sumlin $3,100,300
8 University of Missouri Pinkel, GaryGary Pinkel $2,800,200
9 University of Florida Muschamp, WillWill Muschamp $2,734,500
10 Mississippi State University Mullen, DanDan Mullen $2,700,000
11 Auburn University Malzahn, GusGus Malzahn $2,440,000
12 University of Mississippi Freeze, HughHugh Freeze $2,005,500
13 University of Kentucky Stoops, MarkMark Stoops $2,001,250
N/A Vanderbilt University Mason, DerekDerek Mason N/A

Rivalries

Conference

Team Team Rivalry Name Trophy
Alabama Auburn Iron Bowl James E. Foy, V-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy
Alabama LSU Alabama–LSU football rivalry
Alabama Mississippi State Battle of 82
Alabama Ole Miss Alabama–Ole Miss football rivalry
Alabama Tennessee Third Saturday in October
Arkansas LSU Arkansas–LSU football rivalry The Golden Boot[4]
Arkansas Ole Miss Arkansas–Ole Miss football rivalry
Arkansas Texas A&M Arkansas–Texas A&M football rivalry[5] Southwest Classic Trophy
Auburn Florida Auburn–Florida football rivalry
Auburn Georgia The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry
Auburn LSU Auburn–LSU football rivalry[6]
Florida Georgia Florida–Georgia football rivalry[7] Okefenokee Oar
Florida LSU Florida–LSU football rivalry
Florida Tennessee Florida–Tennessee football rivalry
Georgia South Carolina Georgia–South Carolina football rivalry
Kentucky Mississippi State Kentucky–Mississippi State football rivalry
Kentucky Tennessee Battle for the Barrel[8] Beer Barrell
LSU Ole Miss Magnolia Bowl The Magnolia Bowl Trophy
LSU Texas A&M LSU–Texas A&M football rivalry
Mississippi State Ole Miss Egg Bowl The Golden Egg Trophy
Missouri South Carolina The Battle of Columbia The Mayors' Cup
Ole Miss Vanderbilt Ole Miss–Vanderbilt football rivalry
Tennessee Vanderbilt Tennessee–Vanderbilt football rivalry

Non-Conference

SEC Team Opponent Rivalry Name Trophy
Alabama Penn State Alabama–Penn State football rivalry
Arkansas Texas Arkansas–Texas football rivalry
Florida Florida State Florida–Florida State football rivalry The Governor's Cup
Florida Miami Florida–Miami football rivalry Seminole War Canoe Trophy[9]
Georgia Clemson Clemson-Georgia football rivalry
Georgia Georgia Tech Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate The Governor's Cup
Kentucky Louisville Battle for the Governor's Cup The Governor's Cup
LSU Tulane The Battle for the Rag Tiger Rag/Victory Flag[10]
Missouri Illinois Illinois–Missouri football rivalry
Missouri Iowa State Iowa State–Missouri football rivalry Telephone Trophy
Missouri Kansas Border War Indian War Drum
Missouri Nebraska Missouri–Nebraska football rivalry Victory Bell
Missouri Oklahoma Missouri–Oklahoma football rivalry Tiger-Sooner Peace Pipe
South Carolina Clemson The Palmetto Bowl The Hardee's Trophy
Texas A&M Baylor Battle of the Brazos
Texas A&M Texas Texas–Texas A&M football rivalry Lone Star Trophy
Texas A&M Texas Tech Texas A&M–Texas Tech football rivalry

Player awards

Each year, the conference selects various individual awards. In 1994, the conference began honoring former players from each school annually with the SEC Football Legends program.

50th anniversary All-Time SEC Team

In 1982, the SEC Skywriters, a group of media covering the Southeastern Conference, selected members of their All-Time SEC Team for the first 50 years (1933–82) of the SEC.

Men's basketball

For the current season, see 2013–14 Southeastern Conference men's basketball season.

As of the 2012–13 season, SEC teams play an 18-game conference schedule. Before expansion to 14 teams, the conference schedule was 16 games. Although the divisions were eliminated beginning with the 2011–12 season, that season's schedule was still set according to the divisional alignments, with each team facing each team from its own division twice and each team from the opposite division once. As part of the proposal by SEC head coaches that led to the scrapping of the divisional structure, a task force of four coaches and four athletic directors was set to discuss future conference scheduling. At that time, options included a revamped 16-game schedule, an 18-game schedule, or a full double round-robin of 22 conference games.5 However, these discussions came before Texas A&M and Missouri were announced in late 2011 as incoming members for the 2012–13 season.

At the 2012 SEC spring meetings, league athletic directors adopted an 18-game conference schedule. Each school will have one permanent opponent they will play home and away every season, and each school will face four other opponents in a home-and-home series during a given season, and then the remaining teams one each (four home, four away). The permanent opponents are Alabama-Auburn, Arkansas-Missouri, Florida-Kentucky, Georgia-South Carolina, LSU-Texas A&M, Ole Miss-Mississippi State, and Tennessee-Vanderbilt. The home-and-home opponents, apart from the permanent opponent, will rotate each season.61

Before the 1990 expansion to 12 schools, teams played a double round-robin, leading to an exhausting 18-game conference schedule. Not surprisingly, no team ever ran the table when the conference schedule featured 18 games; three teams went 17–1 (Kentucky in 1970 and 1986, LSU in 1981). During the period from 1992 to 2012 when the league slate was 16 games, Kentucky went undefeated in SEC play in 1996, 2003, and 2012 (although only the 2003 team went on to win the conference tournament).

Since the return to an 18-game conference schedule following the 2012 conference expansion, Florida has gone undefeated in SEC play in 2013-14, being the only team to accomplish that feat so far.

The new SEC coordinator of basketball officials for 2013-14 was announced as Dr. Robert "Jake" Bell. Bell is a former SEC and NCAA tournament official. He lives in Lexington, KY.62

Basketball tournament

The SEC Men's Basketball Tournament (also known simply as the SEC Tournament) is the competition that determines the SEC's automatic bid to the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Notably, it does not determine the SEC conference champion in men's basketball—the conference has awarded its championship to the team(s) with the best regular-season record since the 1950–51 season.63 It is a single-elimination tournament and seeding is based on regular season records.

With the expansion to 14 members in 2012, the 2013 tournament was the first with a new format covering five days. The teams seeded 11 through 14 play on the first day, with the winners advancing to play the No. 5 and 6 seeds on Thursday. The top four teams receive a "double bye" and do not play until the quarterfinals on Friday.

As of the most recently completed 2013–14 season, the tournament has most often been held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, which is hosting the 2014 tournament. Starting in 2015, Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee will serve as the regular host, with that venue hosting the tournament through 2025, except in 2018 and 2022 (years in which it will instead host the women's basketball tournament).64 Sometimes, the tournament will take place at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana, or the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. During the two seasons in the 2015–2025 period in which Nashville will not host the men's tournament, it will be held once at the Tampa Bay Times Forum and once at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.64

Prior to moving to the Georgia Dome, the tournament was most often contested at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, home of the SEC's headquarters and centrally located prior to the addition of Arkansas and South Carolina. Other sites to host include on-campus arenas at LSU, Tennessee and Vanderbilt; Rupp Arena in Lexington; and the Orlando Arena.

NCAA tournament champions, runners-up and locations

† denotes overtime games. Multiple †'s indicate more than one overtime.

Year Champion Runner-up Venue and city
1948 Kentucky 58 Baylor 42 Madison Square Garden New York, New York
1949 Kentucky (2) 46 Oklahoma A&M 36 Hec Edmundson Pavilion Seattle, Washington
1951 Kentucky (3) 68 Kansas State 58 Williams Arena Minneapolis, Minnesota
1958 Kentucky (4) 84 Seattle 72 Freedom Hall Louisville, Kentucky
1966 Texas Western 72 Kentucky 65 Cole Field House College Park, Maryland
1975 UCLA (10) 92 Kentucky 85 San Diego Sports Arena San Diego, California
1978 Kentucky (5) 94 Duke 88 The Checkerdome St. Louis, Missouri
1994 Arkansas 76 Duke 72 Charlotte Coliseum Charlotte, North Carolina
1995 UCLA (11) 92 Arkansas 85 Kingdome Seattle, Washington
1996 Kentucky (6) 76 Syracuse 67 Continental Airlines Arena East Rutherford, New Jersey
1997 Arizona 84 Kentucky 79 RCA Dome Indianapolis, Indiana
1998 Kentucky (7) 78 Utah 69 Alamodome San Antonio, Texas
2000 Michigan State (2) 89 Florida 76 RCA Dome Indianapolis, Indiana
2006 Florida 73 UCLA 57 RCA Dome Indianapolis, Indiana
2007 Florida (2) 84 Ohio State 75 Georgia Dome Atlanta, Georgia
2012 Kentucky (8) 67 Kansas 59 Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, Louisiana
2014 Connecticut 60 Kentucky 54 AT&T Stadium Arlington, Texas

Awards

The SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year is awarded to the player who has proven himself, throughout the season, to be the most exceptional talent in the Southeastern Conference. Various other awards, such as the best tournament player in the SEC Tournament and all conference honors are given out throughout the year.

Baseball

Schools play a 30-game league schedule (10 three-game series). From 1996 through 2012, schools played all five schools within their division and five of the six schools from the opposite division. With the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, schools will now miss three opponents from the opposite division in a given season.

Since 1990, the SEC has become the most successful conference on the college baseball diamond. That year, Georgia captured the conference's first national championship at the College World Series. Following that, LSU won 6 of the next 19 titles, including 5 of 10 between 1991 and 2000 and its sixth title in 2009. This was followed by South Carolina winning back to back titles in 2010 and 2011. During that same span, 5 teams have also been runner ups at the CWS. In 1997 and 2011 both of the two final teams in the CWS have been from the SEC. The only SEC member that has never appeared in the CWS is Kentucky.

SEC teams have also become leaders in total and average attendance over the years. In 2010 five of the top six drawing programs hailed from the SEC. Six more teams placed in the top 35 nationally.

The NCAA automatic berth is given to the winner of the SEC Baseball Tournament, which was first started in 1977. It is a double-elimination tournament and seeding is based on regular season records. Since 1998, the tournament has been held at Regions Park in Hoover, Alabama and contested under the format used at the College World Series from 1988 through 2002, with two four-team brackets leading to a single championship game. The winner receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

SEC presidents and athletic directors voted to expand the SEC Tournament to 10 teams starting in 2012. The division winners will receive a bye on the first day of competition, and the tournament will become single-elimination after the field is pared to four teams.

In addition to the winner of the SEC Baseball Tournament, the Southeastern Conference usually gets several at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament. Many teams have qualified for the NCAA Tournament despite failing to qualify for the SEC Tournament. One of those, Mississippi State, reached the College World Series in 2007.

College World Series champions, runners-up and scores

Year Champion Runner-up Score(s) Venue
1951 Oklahoma Tennessee 3–2 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1952 Holy Cross Missouri 8-4 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1954 Missouri Rollins 4-1 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1958 Southern California (2) Missouri 8-7 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1964 Minnesota Missouri 5-1 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1975 Texas (3) South Carolina 2–1 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1977 Arizona State (4) South Carolina 2–1 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1979 Cal State Fullerton Arkansas 2–1 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1983 Texas (4) Alabama 4–3 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1990 Georgia Oklahoma State 2–1 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1991 LSU Wichita State 6–3 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1993 LSU (2) Wichita State 8–0 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1996 LSU (3) Miami (FL) 9–8 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1997 LSU (4) Alabama 13–6 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
2000 LSU (5) Stanford 6–5 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
2002 Texas (5) South Carolina 12–6 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
2005 Texas (6) Florida 4–2, 6–2 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
2008 Fresno State Georgia 6–7, 19–10, 6–1 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
2009 LSU (6) Texas 7–6, 1–5, 11–4 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
2010 South Carolina UCLA 7–1, 2–1 (11) Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
2011 South Carolina (2) Florida 2–1 (11), 5–2 TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Omaha, Nebraska
2012 Arizona (4) South Carolina 5–1, 4–1 TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Omaha, Nebraska
2013 UCLA Mississippi State 3–1, 8-0 TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Omaha, Nebraska

College World Series Appearances

School Appearances Most Recent Highest Finish
LSU 16 2013 1st (6x)
South Carolina 11 2012 1st (2x)
Mississippi State 9 2013 2nd
Florida 8 2012 2nd (2x)
Arkansas 7 2012 2nd
Georgia 6 2008 1st
Missouri 6 1964 1st
Alabama 5 1999 2nd (2x)
Texas A&M 5 2011 5th
Auburn 4 1997 4th
Tennessee 4 2005 2nd
Ole Miss 4 1972 4th
Vanderbilt 1 2011 3rd
Kentucky 0 N/A N/A

Rivalries

Several baseball rivalries have developed in the SEC:

Historically these schools are arch-rivals, but following Tulane's decades long deemphasis of sports, including its exit from the SEC in 1966, this is the only sport in which the two schools are more evenly matched. On several occasions matchups between the two have drawn national record-setting attendances. Tulane reached its first College World Series in 2001 by defeating LSU in three games in the super regional at Zephyr Field. In 2002, the Tigers and Green Wave drew an NCAA regular season record crowd of 27,673 to the Louisiana Superdome.
Before the arrival of Skip Bertman as LSU's baseball coach in 1984, Mississippi State had long dominated the conference in baseball, with most of that success coming under legendary coach Ron Polk (who returned to coach the Bulldogs in 2002 after retiring following the 1997 season), who coached future MLB stars such as Rafael Palmeiro, Will Clark and Jeff Brantley. But when Bertman arrived in Baton Rouge, LSU's long-dormant program took off, winning 11 SEC championships and five College World Series championships in 18 seasons from 1984 through 2001.
This instate rivalry has long been an intense local affair, with the Gamecocks and Tigers meeting each regular season. It has intensified over recent years and gained national prominence as both teams are often ranked in the top 10 nationally. The two highlights of the rivalry have been the 2002 and 2010 meetings in the final four of the College World Series. Each time, South Carolina emerged from the losers bracket to beat Clemson twice and advance to the National Championship match-up, winning the title in 2010. The Gamecocks defeated the Tigers twice by one run in the 2012 Columbia regional.
To say that the two teams are familiar with each other would be an understatement as the Gamecocks and Tar Heels have met in the NCAA tournament five times between 2002 and 2013. The 2002 NCAA Regional, 2003 NCAA Super Regional, 2004 NCAA Regional and 2013 NCAA Regional featured both schools against each other. South Carolina took two of three games over the Tar Heels to advance in the postseason in 2002, won both games in 2003 to reach the College World Series and won a pair of games in 2004 to go on to another Super Regional. In 2007 and 2013, the Tar Heels took both series in Chapel Hill, two games to one, to advance to the College World Series. South Carolina baseball coach Ray Tanner had an even longer history with the Tar Heels, having coached ACC rival North Carolina State for nine seasons (1988–96) before leaving for Columbia. Current South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook played and coached under UNC's Mike Fox for 15 seasons before joining the Gamecock staff under Tanner and later being named the Gamecocks' head coach.

Women's basketball

The SEC has historically been the most dominant conference in women's basketball.65 Since the 2009–10 season, teams have played a 16-game conference schedule with a single league table; prior to that time the conference schedule was 14 games, again in a single table.66 Like SEC men's basketball, women's basketball used the divisional alignment for scheduling purposes through the 2011–12 season; however, the women's scheduling format was significantly different from the men's. Each team played home-and-home games against five schools—one permanent opponent, two teams from the same division, and two teams from the opposite division; the non-permanent home-and-home opponents rotated every two years.67 The remaining games were single games against the six other schools in the conference, with three at home and three away.

The league voted to keep a 16-game league schedule even after the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M. Arkansas and LSU are no longer permanent opponents, with the Razorbacks picking up Missouri and the Lady Tigers picking up Texas A&M. The other permanent opponents are the same as men's basketball, except for Florida-Georgia and Kentucky-South Carolina (both pairs had been permanent women's basketball opponents before the 2012 expansion). Each school plays two others home-and-home during a given season and the other 10 once each. The divisional alignments no longer play any role in scheduling.68

The recent history of SEC women's basketball is dominated by Tennessee, who have won regular season and/or conference tournament championships in 20 of the last 22 seasons, as well as 8 national championships since 1987. In the 28 seasons the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship has been held, SEC schools have reached the Final Four 32 times, more than twice as often as any other conference.69

Basketball tournament

The SEC Women's Basketball Tournament is currently held a week before the men's basketball tournament. Like the men's version, it is a single-elimination tournament involving all conference members, with seeding based on regular season records. With the expansion to 14 schools, the bottom four teams in the conference standings play opening-round games, and the top four receive "double byes" into the quarterfinals. The winner earns the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA women's basketball tournament. Also paralleling the men's tournament, the women's tournament does not determine the SEC champion; that honor has been awarded based on regular-season record since the 1985–86 season.70

The tournament, inaugurated in 1980, was originally held on campus sites; the first tournament to take place at a neutral site was in 1987. The two most frequent sites for the tournament have been McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tennessee (seven times) and the Albany Civic Center in Albany, Georgia (six times); however, the tournament was last played in Albany in 1992 and Chattanooga in 2000. Because demand for women's tournament tickets is generally lower than for the men's tournament, it is typically played in a smaller venue than the men's tournament in the same season. The most frequent venues since 2000 have been Bridgestone Arena in Nashville (five times), the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia (four), and Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas (three).

NCAA tournament champions, runners-up and locations

† denotes overtime games. Multiple †'s indicate more than one overtime.

Year Champion Runner-up Venue and city
1984 Southern Cal (2) 72 Tennessee 61 Pauley Pavilion Los Angeles, California
1985 Old Dominion 70 Georgia 65 Frank Erwin Center Austin, Texas
1987 Tennessee 67 Louisiana Tech 44 Frank Erwin Center Austin, Texas
1988 Louisiana Tech (2) 56 Auburn 54 Tacoma Dome Tacoma, Washington
1988 Tennessee (2) 76 Auburn 70 Tacoma Dome Tacoma, Washington
1990 Stanford 88 Auburn 81 Thompson-Boling Arena Knoxville, Tennessee
1991 Tennessee (3) 70 Virginia 67 Lakefront Arena New Orleans, Louisiana
1995 Connecticut 70 Tennessee 64 Target Center Minneapolis, Minnesota
1996 Tennessee (4) 83 Georgia 65 Charlotte Coliseum Charlotte, North Carolina
1997 Tennessee (5) 68 Old Dominion 59 Riverfront Coliseum Cincinnati, Ohio
1998 Tennessee (6) 93 Louisiana Tech 75 Kemper Arena Kansas City, Missouri
2000 Connecticut (2) 71 Tennessee 52 First Union Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2003 Connecticut (4) 73 Tennessee 68 Georgia Dome Atlanta, Georgia
2004 Connecticut (5) 70 Tennessee 61 New Orleans Arena New Orleans, Louisiana
2007 Tennessee (7) 59 Rutgers 46 Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, Ohio
2008 Tennessee (8) 64 Stanford 48 St. Pete Times Forum Tampa, Florida

Rivalries

The Lady Vols have historically been one of the nation's dominant programs in that sport. Starting in the mid-1990s, UConn has emerged as Tennessee's main rival for national prominence. The Huskies won four national titles between 2000 and 2004; in three of those years, their opponent in the NCAA final was Tennessee. Connecticut also defeated Tennessee in the 1995 Championship game, the Huskies' first-ever title.

Other sports

Besides football, basketball, and baseball, there are a number of other sports in which the Southeastern Conference actively competes.

Rivalries

These two storied programs have often butted heads for not only SEC titles, but NCAA titles, as well. Georgia has won ten national championships to Alabama's six. For decades the rivalry was dominated by the two long standing coaches of the two schools, Suzanne Yoculan of Georgia and Sarah Patterson of Alabama. Yoculan has since retired bringing their personal rivalry to an end.
These two nationally acclaimed softball programs have proven to be the elite of the SEC and the nation. While consistently being ranked in the nation's Top Ten, both teams find their way to the SEC Tournament Finals and often clash once more in the Women's College Softball World Series.
One of the youngest rivalries featuring an SEC team, the Tigers and Texas Longhorns are the two most successful swimming and diving programs in the country. The two have combined for 17 NCAA National Titles since 1981 (9 for Texas, 8 for Auburn) and between 1999 and 2007 won every national title awarded. The two regularly face off in a meet during the regular season, Auburn's men own an 12–9 record over the Longhorns. The women just recently began an annual series, with the Tigers winning the series so far 3–1. Texas was the only team to beat the Auburn men between 2001 and 2007.71

National team championships

Since the SEC's founding in December 1932, the varsity athletic teams of its current 14 members have won over 200 national team sports championships.

The following is the list of the national team championships claimed by current SEC member schools, including those tournament championships currently or formerly sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).7273 The NCAA has never sponsored a tournament championship for major college football, the championship game for which is currently sponsored and operated by the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). Prior to 1992, championships for major college football were determined by a "consensus" of major polling services, including the Associated Press and United Press International college football polls. Recognized women's championships from 1972 to 1982 were administered by the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), not the NCAA. There was a one-year overlap period during the 1981–82 school year, when both the AIAW and the NCAA operated women's championship tournaments; since 1982, only the NCAA has sponsored women's championship tournaments. National equestrian tournament championships are currently sponsored by the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), not the NCAA. Those national championships dating from before 1933 predate the founding of the SEC in December 1932; championships won by Arkansas and South Carolina before the 1992–93 school year predate their membership in the SEC; championships won by Missouri and Texas A&M before the 2012–13 school year predate their membership in the SEC.

Football (37):
1919 – Texas A&M*
1925 – Alabama*
1926 – Alabama*
1927 – Texas A&M*
1930 – Alabama*
1934 – Alabama
1938 – Tennessee
1939 – Texas A&M*
1940 – Tennessee
1941 – Alabama
1942 – Georgia
1950 – Tennessee/Kentucky
1951 – Tennessee
1957 – Auburn
1958 – LSU
1959 – Ole Miss
1960 – Ole Miss
1961 – Alabama
1962 – Ole Miss
1964 – Alabama/Arkansas*
1965 – Alabama
1967 – Tennessee
1973 – Alabama
1978 – Alabama
1979 – Alabama
1980 – Georgia
1992 – Alabama
1996 – Florida
1998 – Tennessee
2003 – LSU
2006 – Florida
2007 – LSU
2008 – Florida
2009 – Alabama
2010 – Auburn
2011 – Alabama
2012 – Alabama

Baseball (10):
1954 – Missouri*
1990 – Georgia
1991 – LSU
1993 – LSU
1996 – LSU
1997 – LSU
2000 – LSU
2009 – LSU
2010 – South Carolina
2011 – South Carolina

Men's Basketball (12):
1935 – LSU
1948 – Kentucky
1949 – Kentucky
1951 – Kentucky
1958 – Kentucky
1978 – Kentucky
1994 – Arkansas
1996 – Kentucky
1998 – Kentucky
2006 – Florida
2007 – Florida
2012 – Kentucky

Women's Basketball (9):
1987 – Tennessee
1989 – Tennessee
1991 – Tennessee
1996 – Tennessee
1997 – Tennessee
1998 – Tennessee
2007 – Tennessee
2008 – Tennessee
2011 – Texas A&M*

Women's Bowling (1):
2007 – Vanderbilt

Boxing (1):
1949 – LSU

Men's Cross Country (12):
1972 – Tennessee
1984 – Arkansas*
1986 – Arkansas*
1987 – Arkansas*
1990 – Arkansas*
1991 – Arkansas*
1992 – Arkansas
1993 – Arkansas
1995 – Arkansas
1998 – Arkansas
1999 – Arkansas
2000 – Arkansas

Women's Cross Country (1):
1988 – Kentucky

Women's Equestrian (13):
2002 – Texas A&M*
2003 – Georgia
2004 – Georgia
2005 – South Carolina
2006 – Auburn
2007 – South Carolina
2008 – Georgia
2009 – Georgia
2010 – Georgia
2011 – Auburn
2012 – Texas A&M*
2013 – Auburn
2014 – Georgia

Men's Golf (11):
1940 – LSU
1942 – LSU
1947 – LSU
1955 – LSU
1968 – Florida
1973 – Florida
1993 – Florida
1999 – Georgia
2001 – Florida
2005 – Georgia
2009 – Texas A&M*
2013 – Alabama

Women's Golf (4):
1985 – Florida
1986 – Florida
2001 – Georgia
2012 − Alabama

Women's Gymnastics (19):
1982 – Florida (AIAW)
1987 – Georgia
1988 – Alabama
1989 – Georgia
1991 – Alabama
1993 – Georgia
1996 – Alabama
1998 – Georgia
1999 – Georgia
2002 – Alabama
2005 – Georgia
2006 – Georgia
2007 – Georgia
2008 – Georgia
2009 – Georgia
2011 – Alabama
2012 – Alabama
2013 – Florida
2014 – Florida

Rifle (1):
2011 – Kentucky

Women's Soccer (1):
1998 – Florida

Softball (4):
1982 – Texas A&M (AIAW)*
1983 – Texas A&M*
1987 – Texas A&M*
2012 – Alabama

Men's Swimming (11):
1978 – Tennessee
1983 – Florida
1984 – Florida
1997 – Auburn
1999 – Auburn
2003 – Auburn
2004 – Auburn
2005 – Auburn
2006 – Auburn
2007 – Auburn
2009 – Auburn

Women's Swimming (13):
1979 – Florida (AIAW)
1982 – Florida
1999 – Georgia
2000 – Georgia
2001 – Georgia
2002 – Auburn
2003 – Auburn
2004 – Auburn
2005 – Georgia
2006 – Auburn
2007 – Auburn
2010 – Florida
2013 – Georgia

Men's Tennis (6):
1985 – Georgia
1987 – Georgia
1999 – Georgia
2001 – Georgia
2007 – Georgia
2008 – Georgia

Women's Tennis (8):
1992 – Florida

1994 – Georgia
1996 – Florida
1998 – Florida
2000 – Georgia
2003 – Florida
2011 – Florida
2012 − Florida

Men's Indoor Track (27):
1965 – Missouri*
1984 – Arkansas*
1985 – Arkansas*
1986 – Arkansas*
1987 – Arkansas*
1988 – Arkansas*
1989 – Arkansas*
1990 – Arkansas*
1991 – Arkansas*
1992 – Arkansas*
1993 – Arkansas
1994 – Arkansas
1995 – Arkansas
1997 – Arkansas
1998 – Arkansas
1999 – Arkansas
2000 – Arkansas
2001 – LSU
2002 – Tennessee
2003 – Arkansas
2004 – LSU
2005 – Arkansas
2006 – Arkansas
2010 – Florida
2011 – Florida
2012 − Florida
2013 – Arkansas

Women's Indoor Track (14):
1987 – LSU
1989 – LSU
1991 – LSU
1992 – Florida
1993 – LSU
1994 – LSU
1995 – LSU
1996 – LSU
1997 – LSU
2002 – LSU
2003 – LSU
2004 – LSU
2005 – Tennessee
2009 – Tennessee

Men's Outdoor Track (22):
1933 – LSU
1974 – Tennessee
1985 – Arkansas*
1989 – LSU
1990 – LSU
1991 – Tennessee
1992 – Arkansas*
1993 – Arkansas
1994 – Arkansas
1995 – Arkansas
1996 – Arkansas
1997 – Arkansas
1998 – Arkansas
1999 – Arkansas
2001 – Tennessee
2002 – LSU
2003 – Arkansas
2009 – Texas A&M*
2010 – Texas A&M*
2011 – Texas A&M*
2012 − Florida
2013 − Florida / Texas A&M (tie)

Women's Outdoor Track (20):
1981 – Tennessee (AIAW)
1987 – LSU
1988 – LSU
1989 – LSU
1990 – LSU
1991 – LSU
1992 – LSU
1993 – LSU
1994 – LSU
1995 – LSU
1996 – LSU
1997 – LSU
2000 – LSU
2002 – South Carolina
2003 – LSU
2006 – Auburn
2008 – LSU
2009 – Texas A&M*
2010 – Texas A&M*
2011 – Texas A&M*

* A championship marked by an asterisk (*) indicates that the institution was not a member of the SEC at the time of the championship.

National team titles claimed by SEC institutions

The fourteen members of the Southeastern Conference claim over 200 national team championships in sports currently or formerly sponsored by conference members. The following totals include national team championships sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from 1906 to the present, the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) from 1972 to 1982, and, in football, the Bowl Alliance, Bowl Coalition and Bowl Championship Series since 1992, as well as consensus national championships determined by the major football polls prior to 1992.

  • LSU – 46
  • Arkansas – 43
  • Georgia – 34
  • Florida – 31
  • Alabama – 24
  • Tennessee – 23
  • Auburn – 19
  • Texas A&M – 17
  • Kentucky – 11
  • South Carolina – 8
  • Ole Miss – 3
  • Missouri – 2
  • Vanderbilt – 1
  • Mississippi State – 0

NCAA and AIAW national tournament team titles won by SEC institutions

The following totals include national team tournament championships sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from 1906 to the present and the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) from 1972 to 1982. The NCAA did not sponsor tournament championships in women's sports before the 1981–82 academic year, and the NCAA has never sponsored a national championship playoff or tournament in major college football. To date, the fourteen members of the SEC have won 203 NCAA and 4 AIAW championships,74 including:

  • LSU – 43
  • Arkansas – 42
  • Florida – 28
  • Georgia – 27
  • Tennessee – 17
  • Auburn – 14
  • Texas A&M – 12
  • Kentucky – 10
  • Alabama – 9
  • South Carolina – 3
  • Missouri – 2
  • Vanderbilt – 1
  • Ole Miss – 0
  • Mississippi State – 0

Television and radio contracts

The SEC televises football games across various networks during the fall. SEC coverage is primarily provided by CBS and the ESPN family of networks, which includes ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ABC. Fox Sports Networks also has rights to air seven live football games over the course of the season.75

ESPN reported paying $2.25 billion for broadcast rights of SEC football games beginning in the 2009 season and running through fiscal year 2025.76

Games scheduled for airing are generally picked two weeks before they occur, with a few matches that are selected by CBS and ESPN prior to the season.citation needed

CBS has the first pick for a game and selects the highest-profile game to broadcast to a national, over-the-air audience. The CBS game is usually broadcast at 3:30 Eastern. Some weekends, CBS will air a doubleheader of SEC games.77 CBS also has the rights for the SEC Championship Game.

ESPN will air several SEC games each week among its various channels, with Saturday time slots generally at 12:00 ET, 7:00 ET, and 7:45 ET, and some SEC games will be shown on Thursday nights. In previous years, Raycom Sports (and before it, Jefferson-Pilot/Lincoln Financial Sports) syndicated regional coverage for an SEC game of the week at 12:30 ET, but the new contract replaced it with a new ESPN-produced syndication package, the SEC Network—whose football games kickoff at 12:21 ET.78

The currently scheduled Fox Sports Net games are set for 7:00 ET.79

For games not selected by any broadcast provider, certain schools may offer regional pay-per-view.

As of 2008, all SEC schools are affiliated with XM Radio, offering their radio broadcasts to an audience on XM. According to SiriusXM, the SEC will not be included as part of the "Best of XM" package deal for Sirius customers.

2008 television contract

During the 2007–2008 fiscal year review meeting, there was discussion among SEC leadership about the possibility of starting a TV network dedicated to its conference, much in the same way the Mountain West Conference and Big Ten Conference have done with the mtn. and Big Ten Networks, respectively. A decision was made to postpone the decision until at least the following year.80

In August 2008, the SEC announced an unprecedented 15-year television contract with CBS worth an estimated $55 million a year. This continues the relationship the SEC already has with CBS, which puts the SEC in the unique position as the only conference to have its own exclusive national television network of the four major over-the-air broadcast networks (CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox) to display the SEC's events.24

In the same month, the league also announced another landmark television contract with ESPN worth $2.25 billion or $150 million a year for the life of the contract, which is for fifteen years. It is the longest and wealthiest contract among all television deals among the major conferences. With these contracts, the SEC had, at the time of the deal, the richest television deals in the country outside the Big Ten and helped make the SEC one of the most nationally televised and visible conferences in the country with the coverage that was provided by these contracts.8182

2014 SEC Network Launch

The SEC Network is a television and multimedia network that will feature exclusively Southeastern Conference content through a partnership between ESPN and the SEC.83 The new network is scheduled to launch on August 21, 2014 with the first football game scheduled for a week later between Texas A&M and South Carolina on Thursday, August 28 in Columbia, S.C.84

The network is part of a deal between the Southeastern Conference and ESPN which is a 20-year agreement, beginning in August 2014 and running through 2034. The agreement served to create and operate a new multiplatform television network and accompanying digital platform in the hope of increasing revenue for member institutions and expanding the reach of the Southeastern Conference.

Conference champions

The Southeastern Conference sponsors nine men's sports and twelve women's sports, and awards a conference championship in every one of them.

See also

Notes

  • ^ A. One men's home game per year played at Freedom Hall in Louisville.
  • ^ B. In 2009, Carolina Stadium replaces historic Sarge Frye Field.
  • ^ C. Two games played each year at Little Rock, one non-conference game and one SEC game.
  • ^ D. New arena scheduled to open for 2010–11 season.
  • ^ E. New Alex Box Stadium opened for 2009 season.
  • ^ F. Though Mississippi State's Dudy Noble Field official seating capacity is 7,200, its total capacity is 15,500, which includes privately owned seating in Left Field Lounge. Mississippi State holds the all-time NCAA on-campus record for one day attendance at 14,991.85
  • ^ H. Trophy first awarded in 1996.
  • ^ I. Series was annual rivalry when Arkansas and Texas were both in the Southwest Conference. The teams have played only three times in the regular season since Arkansas joined the SEC, but will play again in 2014.
  • ^ J. Series was annual rivalry when Arkansas and Texas A&M were both in the Southwest Conference. The teams began playing annually at Cowboys Stadium starting in 2009; beginning in 2012 the series will become a conference matchup and will revert to a home-and-home for 2012 and 2013, then return to Cowboys Stadium in 2014.
  • ^ K. The series doesn't have an official nickname (the unofficial nickname is due to both teams sharing the same mascot name), but due to the close margin most years, some individual games do. Not an annual rivalry until Auburn and LSU were placed in SEC West division in 1992.
  • ^ L. Series has only been played twice in regular season since 1987.
  • ^ M. Played in Jacksonville. The rotates every year depending on which team is the designated home team. Also known as the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" though use of the term is discouraged due to the issue of underage alcohol use.
  • ^ N. For decades the trophy of this game was a red, white, and blue bourbon barrel, but this practice was discontinued in 1999 following a DUI accident that killed two Kentucky football players.
  • ^ O. Whereabouts of the original rag are unknown; a new rag was presented to LSU after victories in 2001 and 2006. Series was only contested twice from 1995 through 2005, but a 10-year contract began in 2006.
  • ^ P. Since joining the SEC this game has been played on or around Halloween every year, accordingly many students dress in costume for this game. The contrasting team colors are also typical Halloween colors.
  • ^ Q. For 74 years the trophy of this game was the Beer Barrel: an orange, white, and blue beer keg. However, this practice was discontinued in 1999 following the aforementioned DUI accident.

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