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|Division||Division I FBS|
|Sports fielded||21 (men's: 9; women's: 12)|
|Commissioner||Michael Slive (since 2002)|
|Division||Division I FBS|
|Sports fielded||21 (men's: 9; women's: 12)|
|Commissioner||Michael Slive (since 2002)|
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.
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. The conference sponsors team championships in nine men's sports and twelve women's sports.
The SEC has fourteen member institutions in eleven contiguous states in the Southeast and Midwest. The eleven states include: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. 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. 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:
|University of Florida||Gainesville, Florida||1853||51,474||Gators||1932|
|University of Georgia||Athens, Georgia||1785||35,520||Bulldogs||1932|
|University of Kentucky||Lexington, Kentucky||1865||28,094||Wildcats||1932|
|University of Missouri||Columbia, Missouri||1839||34,616||Tigers||2012|
|University of South Carolina||Columbia, South Carolina||1801||30,721||Gamecocks||1991|
|University of Tennessee||Knoxville, Tennessee||1794||27,523||Volunteers||1932|
|Vanderbilt University||Nashville, Tennessee||1873||12,093||Commodores||1932|
|University of Alabama||Tuscaloosa, Alabama||1831||36,155||Crimson Tide||1932|
|University of Arkansas||Fayetteville, Arkansas||1871||25,365||Razorbacks||1991|
|Auburn University||Auburn, Alabama||1856||25,078||Tigers||1932|
|Louisiana State University||Baton Rouge, Louisiana||1860||30,451||Fighting Tigers||1932|
|University of Mississippi||Oxford, Mississippi||1848||19,822||Rebels||1932|
|Mississippi State University||Starkville, Mississippi||1878||21,424||Bulldogs||1932|
|Texas A&M University||College Station, Texas||1876||52,585||Aggies||2012|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||Atlanta, Georgia||1885||Yellow Jackets||1932||1964||Atlantic Coast|
|Sewanee: The University of the South||Sewanee, Tennessee||1857||Tigers||1932||1940||Southern Athletic|
|Tulane University||New Orleans, Louisiana||1834||Green Wave||1932||1966||The American|
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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:
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. 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.
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. On November 6, 2011 the SEC commissioner announced that the University of Missouri would also join the SEC on July 1, 2012. For football, Texas A&M was scheduled to compete in the Western Division, and Missouri in the Eastern Division. Texas A&M and Missouri both left the Big 12 Conference.
The office of Commissioner was created in 1940.
|1940–1946||Martin S. Conner|
|1947–1948||N.W. Dougherty (acting)|
|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|
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.
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. 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. 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.”
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.
|It has been suggested that this article be merged into SECU. (Discuss) Proposed since February 2014.|
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There are several programs that have been implemented under SECU.
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 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".
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.
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 (2013)||National Rank (2013)||Institution||2013 Total Revenue from Athletics||2013 Total Expenses on Athletics|
|1||3||University of Alabama||$143,776,550||$116,607,913|
|2||6||University of Florida||$130,011,244||$106,972,983|
|3||8||Louisiana State University||$117,457,398||$105,312,018|
|4||10||University of Tennessee||$111,579,779||$110,269,194|
|6||14||University of Arkansas||$99,770,840||$92,131,933|
|7||16||University of Georgia||$98,120,889||$96,904,626|
|8||19||University of Kentucky||$95,720,724||$93,423,628|
|9||21||Texas A&M University||$93,957,906||$85,114,588|
|10||25||University of South Carolina||$90,484,422||$89,097,412|
|11||35||University of Missouri||$76,306,889||$70,276,015|
|12||36||University of Mississippi||$73,390,050||$71,315,807|
|13||49||Mississippi State University||$62,764,025||$57,362,224|
|Vanderbilt University||Not reported|
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|School||Football stadium||Capacity||Basketball arena||Capacity||Baseball stadium||Capacity|
|Alabama||Bryant–Denny Stadium||101,821||Coleman Coliseum (men)|
Foster Auditorium (women)
|Arkansas||Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (primary)|
War Memorial Stadium (secondary)
|Bud Walton Arena||19,368||Baum Stadium||10,737|
|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)|
Memorial Coliseum (women)
|Cliff Hagan Stadium||3,000|
|LSU||Tiger Stadium||102,321||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||15,000|
|Missouri||Faurot Field||71,168||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||106,511||Reed Arena||12,989||Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park||6,100|
|Vanderbilt||Vanderbilt Stadium||40,350||Memorial Gymnasium||14,316||Hawkins Field||3,700|
The Southeastern Conference sponsors championship competition in nine men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports. 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.
|Swimming & Diving|
|Indoor Track & Field|
|Outdoor Track & Field|
|School||Baseball||Basketball||Cross Country||Football||Golf||Swimming &|
|Tennis||Track & Field|
|Track & Field|
|Total SEC Sports|
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Southeastern Conference which are played by SEC schools:
|Kentucky||Great America Rifle Conference||Conference USA||No|
|South Carolina||No||Conference USA||No|
|School||Basketball||Cross Country||Equestrian||Golf||Gymnastics||Soccer||Softball||Swimming &|
|Tennis||Track & Field|
|Track & Field|
|Volleyball||Total SEC Sports|
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Southeastern Conference which are played by SEC schools:
|Alabama||Big 12 Conference||No||No||Yes|
|Florida||No||No||Big East Conference||No|
|Kentucky||No||Great America Rifle Conference||No||No|
|Mississippi||No||Great America Rifle Conference||No||No|
|Tennessee||Big 12 Conference||No||No||No|
|Vanderbilt||No||No||Big East Conference||No|
|Season||Sport||Men's champion||Women's champion|
|Fall 2013||Cross Country||Arkansas||Arkansas|
|Soccer||Florida/Texas A&M (RS)||Texas A&M (T)|
|Winter 2013−14||Basketball||Florida (RS)||Florida (T)||South Carolina (RS)||Tennessee (T)|
|Swimming & Diving||Florida||Georgia|
|Track & Field (Indoor)||Arkansas||Florida|
|Spring 2014||Baseball||Florida (RS)||LSU (T)|
|Softball||Alabama (RS)||Georgia (T)|
|Tennis||Georgia (RS)||Texas A&M (T)||Alabama (RS)||Georgia (T)|
|Track & Field (Outdoor)||Texas A&M||Arkansas|
Source: 2011–12 Southeastern Conference Media Guide
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 2002, 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 number of permanent inter-division opponents to one starting in the 2003 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. The current scheduling arrangement was originally set to expire after the 2015 season, but the SEC presidents voted 10–4 in April 2014 to keep the current format for an additional six to eight seasons beyond 2015. Additionally, beginning in 2016, SEC teams will be required to schedule at least one opponent each season from the other so-called "Power Five" conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, or Pac-12; games against Notre Dame, a football independent but otherwise an ACC member, also qualify).
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):
|Western Division||Eastern Division||Series Record|
|Texas A&M||South Carolina||1–0|
Starting in 2014, Arkansas and Missouri will become permanent inter-division opponents, with Texas A&M and South Carolina becoming permanent rivals. The series record for Arkansas and Missouri is 3-2 in favor of Missouri; South Carolina and Texas A&M will play their first game against one another in 2014.
Through Week four of the 2014 season. Records reflect official NCAA results, including any forfeits or win vacating.
|#||SEC||Record||Win %||SEC Championships||Claimed National Championships|
Source: College Football Data Warehouse.
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).
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.
|Pick||Name||Location||Opposing Conference||Opposing Pick|
|1^||Sugar Bowl||New Orleans, Louisiana||Big 12||1|
|2†||Orange Bowl||Miami Gardens, Florida||ACC||1|
|3||Capital One Bowl||Orlando, Florida||Big Ten - ACC°||3/4/5 - 2|
|4/5/6/7/8/9||Outback Bowl||Tampa, Florida||Big Ten||3/4/5|
|4/5/6/7/8/9||Belk Bowl||Charlotte, North Carolina||ACC||3/4/5/6/7|
|4/5/6/7/8/9||Texas Bowl||Houston, Texas||Big 12||4|
|4/5/6/7/8/9||Liberty Bowl||Memphis, Tennessee||Big 12||5|
|4/5/6/7/8/9||TaxSlayer Bowl||Jacksonville, Florida||Big Ten - ACC‡||6/7/8 - 3/4/5/6/7|
|4/5/6/7/8/9||Music City Bowl||Nashville, Tennessee||Big Ten - ACC‡||6/7/8 - 3/4/5/6/7|
|10||Birmingham Bowl||Birmingham, Alabama||American|
|11||Independence Bowl||Shreveport, Louisiana||ACC||8/9/10|
^ The Sugar Bowl is contractually obligated to select the SEC champion if that team is not participating in the College Football Playoff. In years where the champion is unavailable the Playoff Committee will assign another SEC team to participate in the Sugar. Alternatively, in years where the Sugar hosts a playoff game the SEC Champion will be sent to the Fiesta, Cotton, or Peach Bowl if not selected for the playoff.
† The Big Ten and SEC will be eligible to face the ACC representative in the Orange Bowl at least three out of the eight seasons that it does not host a semifinal for the Playoff over a 12-year span. Notre Dame will be chosen the other two years if eligible.
° In years when the Big Ten places a team in the Orange Bowl, the Capital One Bowl will select from ACC teams remaining after the Playoff Committee and Orange Bowl make their selections.
‡ The Big Ten and ACC will switch between the Music City and TaxSlayer bowls on alternating years.
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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.
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.
|Conference Pay Rank||Institution||Head Coach||2013 Total Pay|
|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|
|Alabama||Auburn||Iron Bowl||James E. Foy, V-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy|
|Alabama||LSU||Alabama–LSU football rivalry||—|
|Alabama||Mississippi State||Alabama-Mississippi State football rivalry||—|
|Alabama||Ole Miss||Alabama–Ole Miss football rivalry||—|
|Alabama||Tennessee||Third Saturday in October||—|
|Arkansas||LSU||Arkansas–LSU football rivalry||The Golden Boot|
|Arkansas||Ole Miss||Arkansas–Ole Miss football rivalry||—|
|Arkansas||Texas A&M||Arkansas–Texas A&M football rivalry||Southwest Classic Trophy|
|Auburn||Florida||Auburn–Florida football rivalry||—|
|Auburn||Georgia||The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry||—|
|Florida||Georgia||Florida–Georgia football rivalry||Okefenokee Oar|
|Florida||LSU||Florida–LSU football rivalry||—|
|Florida||Tennessee||Florida–Tennessee football rivalry||—|
|Georgia||South Carolina||Georgia–South Carolina football rivalry||—|
|Georgia||Tennessee||Georgia–Tennessee football rivalry||—|
|Georgia||Vanderbilt||Georgia–Vanderbilt football rivalry||—|
|Kentucky||Mississippi State||Kentucky–Mississippi State football rivalry||—|
|Kentucky||Tennessee||Battle for the Barrel||Beer Barrell|
|Kentucky||Vanderbilt||Kentucky–Vanderbilt football rivalry||—|
|LSU||Mississippi State||LSU–Mississippi State football rivalry||—|
|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||Texas A&M||Missouri–Texas A&M football rivalry||—|
|Ole Miss||Vanderbilt||Ole Miss–Vanderbilt football rivalry||—|
|Tennessee||Vanderbilt||Tennessee–Vanderbilt football rivalry||—|
|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|
|Georgia||Clemson||Clemson-Georgia football rivalry|
|Georgia||Georgia Tech||Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate||The Governor's Cup|
|Kentucky||Indiana||Indiana–Kentucky rivalry||Bourbon Barrel|
|Kentucky||Louisville||Battle for the Governor's Cup||The Governor's Cup|
|LSU||Tulane||The Battle for the Rag||Tiger Rag/Victory Flag|
|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||—|
|Vanderbilt||Sewanee||Sewanee–Vanderbilt football rivalry||—|
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.
Coach: Paul "Bear" Bryant
For the most recent season, see 2013–14 Southeastern Conference men's basketball season.
Since the 2012–13 season, SEC teams have played 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. 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 had one permanent opponent that it played home and away every season, and faced 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 were 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, rotated each season.
The 2014 SEC spring meetings saw a change to the scheduling format. While the athletic directors voted to stay with an 18-game conference schedule, they increased the number of permanent opponents for each school from one to three. Each school will retain its permanent opponent from the 2012–2014 period. Further details of the new scheduling format, including the complete list of permanent opponents, have yet to be finalized.
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.
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. 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 two venues that have each hosted 12 times. Louisville Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky served as the regular host from 1941 until the tournament was discontinued after the 1952 edition. The Georgia Dome in Atlanta first hosted the tournament in 1995 and most recently hosted in 2014. 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 SEC women's basketball tournament). Sometimes, the tournament will take place at the Smoothie King Center 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 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri in 2018 and the Tampa Bay Times Forum in 2022.
Prior to moving to the Georgia Dome, the tournament (during its modern, post-1979 era) 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.
† 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|
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.
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, and then by Vanderbilt winning its first title in 2014. During that same span, seven teams have also been runners-up at the CWS. In 1997 and 2011 the CWS final series involved two SEC teams. The only current SEC member that has never appeared in the CWS is Kentucky. Missouri and Texas A&M have not made the CWS as SEC members, but both have made appearances while in other conferences. Both Georgia Tech and Tulane have made appearances in the CWS after leaving the SEC.
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.
|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|
|2014||Vanderbilt||Virginia||9-8, 2-7, 3-2||TD Ameritrade Park Omaha||Omaha, Nebraska|
|School||Appearances||Most Recent||Highest Finish|
|South Carolina||11||2012||1st (2x)|
Several baseball rivalries have developed in the SEC:
The SEC has historically been the most dominant conference in women's basketball. 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. 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. 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 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.
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.
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.
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).
† 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|
Besides football, basketball, and baseball, there are a number of other sports in which the Southeastern Conference actively competes.
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). The NCAA has never sponsored a tournament championship for major college football, the championship game for which is currently part of the College Football Playoff (CFP) system. 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.
Men's Basketball (12):
Women's Basketball (9):
Women's Bowling (1):
Men's Cross Country (12):
Women's Cross Country (1):
Women's Equestrian (13):
Men's Golf (11):
Women's Golf (4):
Women's Gymnastics (19):
Women's Soccer (1):
Men's Swimming (11):
Women's Swimming (13):
Men's Tennis (6):
Women's Tennis (8):
Men's Indoor Track (27):
Women's Indoor Track (14):
Men's Outdoor Track (22):
Women's Outdoor Track (20):
* A championship marked by an asterisk (*) indicates that the institution was not a member of the SEC at the time of the championship.
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, Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and College Football Playoff (CFP) since 1992, as well as consensus national championships determined by the major football polls prior to 1992.
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 212 NCAA and four AIAW championships, including:
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.
ESPN reported paying $2.25 billion for broadcast rights of SEC football games beginning in the 2009 season and running through fiscal year 2025.
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.
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. 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.
The currently scheduled Fox Sports Net games are set for 7:00 ET.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The SEC Network is a television and multimedia network that features exclusively Southeastern Conference content through a partnership between ESPN and the SEC. The network launched on August 14, 2014 with the first live football game scheduled for two weeks later between Texas A&M and South Carolina on Thursday, August 28 in Columbia, S.C.
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.
The Southeastern Conference sponsors nine men's sports and twelve women's sports, and awards a conference championship in every one of them.