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|Division||Division I FBS|
|Sports fielded||21 (men's: 9; women's: 12)|
|Region||Southern United States|
|Commissioner||Michael Slive (since 2002)|
|Division||Division I FBS|
|Sports fielded||21 (men's: 9; women's: 12)|
|Region||Southern United States|
|Commissioner||Michael Slive (since 2002)|
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is an American college 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 2010–2011 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 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 1991, the SEC expanded from ten to twelve member universities with the addition of:
The two new teams joined for the 1991–1992 basketball season. At the same time, the SEC split into two divisions—a Western Division comprising most of the schools in the Central Time Zone, and an Eastern Division comprising the schools in the Eastern Time Zone plus Vanderbilt (which is located in the Central Time Zone, but is in the Eastern Division to preserve its rivalry with Tennessee). This divisional format remained in place for football and baseball until the 2012 football season; the divisions have been eliminated for basketball.
Also in 1992, 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 SEC Championships were held at Birmingham's Legion Field, and have since 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 will 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 will also be joining the SEC on July 1, 2012. For football, Texas A&M will compete in the Western Division, and Missouri in the Eastern Division.
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 Net 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 the 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 time. 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 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 has, outside the Big Ten, the richest television deals in the country and will make the SEC the most nationally televised and visible conference in the country with the coverage that is provided by these contracts.
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|
The SEC has fourteen member institutions in eleven contiguous states, including 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||Public||51,474||1932||Gators||Albert and Alberta|
|University of Georgia||Athens, Georgia|
|1785||Public||35,520||1932||Bulldogs||Hairy Dawg, Uga (live bulldog)|
|University of Kentucky||Lexington, Kentucky|
|1865||Public||28,384||1932||Wildcats||The Wildcat, Scratch, Blue (live bobcat)|
|University of Missouri||Columbia, Missouri|
|1839||Public||34,255||2012||Tigers||Truman the Tiger|
|University of South Carolina||Columbia, South Carolina|
|1801||Public||30,721||1991||Gamecocks||Cocky, Sir Big Spur (live rooster)|
|University of Tennessee||Knoxville, Tennessee|
|1794||Public||27,523||1932||Volunteers||Smokey (live Bluetick Coonhound), Smokey (costume)|
|Vanderbilt University||Nashville, Tennessee|
|University of Alabama||Tuscaloosa, Alabama|
|1831||Public||33,602||1932||Crimson Tide||Big Al|
|University of Arkansas||Fayetteville, Arkansas|
|1871||Public||24,595||1991||Razorbacks||Big Red, Boss Hog, Tusk IV (live mascot)|
|Auburn University||Auburn, Alabama|
|1856||Public||25,078||1932||Tigers||Aubie, War Eagle VII (live golden eagle)|
|Louisiana State University||Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|1860||Public||29,549||1932||Tigers||Mike the Tiger (Mascot), Mike VI (live Bengali/Siberian mixed breed tiger)|
|Mississippi State University||Starkville, Mississippi|
|1878||Public||21,424||1932||Bulldogs||Bully (Mascot), Bully (live bulldog)|
|University of Mississippi||Oxford, Mississippi|
|1848||Public||19,822||1932||Rebels||Rebel Black Bear|
|Texas A&M University||College Station, Texas|
|1876||Public||52,585||2012||Aggies||Reveille (live collie)|
|Sewanee: The University of the South||Sewanee, Tennessee|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||Atlanta, Georgia|
|Tulane University||New Orleans, Louisiana|
The Southeastern Conference sponsors championships in nine men's and twelve women's 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. The equivalent rule was recently adopted by the NCAA for all of Division I.
The SEC will sponsor a team championship in women's equestrian (performance horseback riding) for the first time during the 2012–13 athletic year. Currently, four SEC members—Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas A&M—sponsor equestrian; these four teams have combined to win the last eleven national equestrian championships.
While South Carolina and Kentucky field men's soccer teams, the conference does not sponsor the sport; both schools joined Conference USA for men's soccer in 2005. Conference USA also hosts the University of Alabama and the University of Tennessee as single-sport members for women's rowing, which the SEC does not sponsor. Florida and Vanderbilt both have women's lacrosse teams, and those teams compete in the single-sport American Lacrosse Conference. In rifle, a sport officially classified by the NCAA as a men's sport but with fully coeducational competition, Kentucky (coed) and Ole Miss (women only) are members of the single-sport Great America Rifle Conference.
Missouri is the only member to currently sponsor wrestling, in which it is a member of the Mid-American Conference. The SEC sponsored wrestling from 1970 to 1979, but discontinued the sport after the 1979 season. No other SEC member has sponsored the sport since LSU discontinued its program in 1985 in order to comply with the gender equity requirements of Title IX.
Source: 2011–12 Southeastern Conference Media Guide
For the current season, see 2012 Southeastern Conference football season
Before the 1991 expansion, each SEC school played six conference games. Five of these games were against permanent opponents, developing some traditional rivalries between schools, and the sixth game rotated around the other four members of the conference.
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 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 five teams in its division, two schools 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.
The following table shows the permanent inter-divisional opponent for each school listed by total number of games played (records through the completion of the 2011 season with Western Division wins listed first):
|Western Division||Eastern Division||Series Record|
|Overall Inter-Divisional Record||213–190–21|
Starting in 2014, Arkansas and Missouri will become permanent inter-division opponents, with Texas A&M and South Carolina becoming permanent rivals.
Other league athletic directors have advocated discarding the current format and adopting the one used by the Big 12 Conference through 2010, where teams play three teams from the opposite division on a home-and-home basis for two seasons, and then switch and play the other three teams from the opposite side for a two-year home-and-home. However, the potential loss of such heated (and profitable, as the games are often shown on national TV) long-standing rivalries as Auburn-Georgia, Alabama-Tennessee, and LSU-Florida have scuttled such plans on the drawing board. The loss of the annual rivalry between Nebraska and Oklahoma had led some Big 12 athletic directors to make a push to adopt the SEC format for the Big 12 prior to the loss of Nebraska and Colorado following the 2010 season. The Atlantic Coast Conference followed the SEC's lead and went one step further, adopting the permanent rival format for both football and basketball (in the latter sport each school had two designated rivals until expansion to 14 schools rendered that arrangement impractical). The Big Ten Conference, which added Nebraska in 2011, is also following the SEC's lead in its scheduling format.
Through the 2011 regular season, not including the bowls that follow. Records reflect official NCAA results, including any forfeits or win vacating.
|#||SEC||Records||Win %||SEC Championships||Claimed National Championships|
Source: College Football Data Warehouse.
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. As of 2011, nine of the twelve SEC members have played in the Championship. Ole Miss is the only team from the SEC West to have not played in the SEC Championship Game, and Vanderbilt and Kentucky have failed to play in the game from the SEC East.
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 2010, the Eastern division of the SEC leads the Western division in overall wins in the championship game 11 to 9.
|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|
|7/8||Liberty Bowl||Memphis, Tennessee||C-USA||1|
|7/8||Music City Bowl||Nashville, Tennessee||ACC||6|
|9||BBVA Compass Bowl||Birmingham, Alabama||Big East||5|
|10||Independence Bowl||Shreveport, Louisiana||ACC||7|
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 the BCS title game was moved to a standalone basis in 2007, the Sugar Bowl has selected an SEC team, and since 2008 has chosen the SEC runner-up (the 2007 Sugar Bowl featured LSU, who was not the SEC runner-up but was an eligible BCS team). However, since 2006, the Sugar Bowl has selected either a division runner-up (2006 LSU, 2007 Georgia, and 2010 Arkansas) 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. The SEC runner-up has not played in the Capital One Bowl since Arkansas following the 2006 season.
After those selections, the Outback Bowl has the first choice of the remaining teams in the SEC East, and the Cotton Bowl Classic has the first choice of those left in the SEC West.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl and Gator Bowl pick afterwards.
The Liberty Bowl and Music City Bowl work together, along with the SEC office, to determine the seventh and eighth picks.
The BBVA Compass Bowl picks last. In the case that the SEC does not have nine bowl-eligible teams, a team from the Sun Belt 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 8–1 in those games. The 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 six games and has won all six. 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 four times the SEC team (LSU twice and Florida twice) 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 Tennessee's setback vs. Nebraska in the Orange Bowl following the 1997 season, the last before the BCS.
The SEC members have long histories. Some of the football rivalries involving SEC teams include:
|Teams||Rivalry Name||Trophy||Meetings||Record||Series leader||Current Streak|
|Alabama||Auburn||Iron Bowl||James E. Foy, V-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy||76||41–34–1||Alabama||Alabama Won 1|
|LSU||Alabama-LSU rivalry/The Saban Bowl||—||76||46–25–5||Alabama||Alabama Won 1|
|Tennessee||Third Saturday in October||—||93||48–38–7||Alabama||Alabama Won 6|
|Mississippi State||Alabama-Mississippi State Rivalry/Battle for Highway 82||—||95||74–18–3||Alabama||Alabama Won 5|
|Arkansas||LSU||The Battle for the Golden Boot||The Golden Boot||56||20–34–2||LSU||LSU Won 1|
|Texas†||The Big Shootout||—||77||21–56||Texas||Texas Won 2|
|Texas A&M||The Southwest Classic||Southwest Classic Trophy||69||41−25−3||Arkansas||Texas A&M Won 1|
|Auburn||Florida||Auburn–Florida football rivalry||—||82||42–38–2||Auburn||Auburn Won 3|
|Georgia||The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry||—||116||54–54–8||Tied||Georgia Won 2|
|LSU||The Tiger Bowl||—||43||19–23–1||LSU||LSU Won 1|
|Florida||Florida State †||Florida–Florida State rivalry||The Governor's Cup||56||33–21–2||Florida||Florida State Won 2|
|Miami †||Florida–Miami football rivalry||Seminole War Canoe Trophy||54||26–28||Miami||Florida Won 1|
|Georgia||World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party||Okefenokee Oar||90||40–48–2||Georgia||Georgia Won 2|
|Georgia||Auburn||The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry||—||116||54–54–8||Tied||Georgia Won 2|
|Florida||World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party||Okefenokee Oar||90||48–40–2||Georgia||Georgia Won 2|
|Georgia Tech †||Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate||The Governor's Cup||106||62–39–5||Georgia||Georgia Won 3|
|Kentucky||Indiana †||Kentucky–Indiana rivalry||—||36||17–18–1||Indiana||Indiana Won 1|
|Louisville †||Battle for the Governor's Cup||The Governor's Cup||22||14–10||Kentucky||Louisville Won 1|
|Tennessee||Battle for the Barrel||—||106||24-73–9||Tennessee||Kentucky won 1|
|Tulane †||The Battle for the Rag||The Tiger Rag||97||66–22–7||LSU||LSU Won 17|
|Ole Miss||The Magnolia Bowl||The Magnolia Bowl Trophy||96||57–39–4||LSU||LSU Won 2|
|Florida||Florida–LSU rivalry||—||58||25–31–3||Florida||Florida Won 1|
|Texas A&M||LSU–Texas A&M Rivalry||—||51||28−20−3||LSU||LSU Won 2|
|Ole Miss||The Battle for the Golden Egg (The Egg Bowl)||The Golden Egg Trophy||108||43–60–6||Ole Miss||Mississippi State Won 3|
|Alabama||Alabama-Mississippi State Rivalry||—||95||18−74−3||Alabama||Alabama Won 4|
|LSU||The Magnolia Bowl||The Magnolia Bowl Trophy||96||39–57–4||LSU||LSU Won 2|
|Mississippi State||The Battle for the Golden Egg (The Egg Bowl)||The Golden Egg Trophy||108||60–42–6||Ole Miss||Mississippi State Won 3|
|Missouri||Illinois†||State Farm Arch Rivalry||—||24||17−7−0||Missouri||Missouri Won 6|
|Kansas†||Border War||Indian War Drum||120||57−54−9||Missouri||Missouri Won 3|
|Nebraska†||Missouri–Nebraska football rivalry||Victory Bell||104||36-65-3||Nebraska||Nebraska Won 2|
|Oklahoma†||Missouri–Oklahoma football rivalry||Tiger-Sooner Peace Pipe||95||25-65-5||Oklahoma||Oklahoma Won 1|
|Iowa State†||Iowa State–Missouri football rivalry||Telephone Trophy||109||61-34-9||Missouri||Missouri Won 5|
|South Carolina||Clemson†||The Palmetto Bowl||The Hardee's Trophy||109||40–65–4||Clemson||South Carolina Won 3|
|Georgia||The Border Bash||—||64||16–46–2||Georgia||South Carolina Won 3|
|Tennessee||The Halloween Game||—||30||6–22–2||Tennessee||South Carolina Won 2|
|Tennessee||Alabama||Third Saturday in October||—||93||38–48–7||Alabama||Alabama Won 5|
|Florida||Florida–Tennessee rivalry||—||41||19-22||Florida||Florida Won 8|
|South Carolina||The Halloween Game||—||30||22–6-2||Tennessee||South Carolina Won 2|
|Texas A&M||Arkansas||The Southwest Classic||Southwest Classic Trophy||69||25−41−3||Arkansas||Texas A&M Won 1|
|LSU||LSU–Texas A&M Rivalry||—||51||20−28−3||LSU||LSU Won 2|
|Texas†||Lone Star Showdown||Lone Star Trophy||118||37−76−3||Texas||Texas Won 1|
|Baylor†||Battle of the Brazos||—||108||68-31-9||Texas A&M||Texas A&M Won 3|
|Texas Tech†||Texas A&M–Texas Tech football rivalry||—||70||37-32-1||Texas A&M||Texas A&M Won 3|
|Vanderbilt||Tennessee||Tennessee–Vanderbilt rivalry||—||104||28–73–5||Tennessee||Vanderbilt Won 1|
† Denotes outside of conference
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 upcoming season, see 2012–13 SEC 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. However, these discussions came before the addition of Texas A&M and Missouri to the league in late 2011.
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.
Before the 1991 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). Since the league slate was trimmed to 16 games, Kentucky has gone undefeated in SEC play in 1996, 2003 and 2012 (although only the 2003 team went on to win the conference tournament).
The SEC Men's Basketball Tournament (sometimes known simply as the SEC Tournament) is the conference championship tournament in basketball for the Southeastern Conference. It is a single-elimination tournament and seeding is based on regular season records. Starting with the 2012 tournament, the top four seeds in the single league table will receive first-round byes. The winner receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The tournament is most often held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, though sometimes takes place at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana, Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee or the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.
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.
The league tournament will expand to five days beginning in 2013. The schools seeded 11 through 14 will play on the first day, with the winners advancing to play the Nos. 5 and 6 seeds on Thursday. The top four schools receive a "double bye" and will not play until the quarterfinals on Friday.
† 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 City, 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|
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. Top honors for any player
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.
|1951||Oklahoma||Tennessee||3–2||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|
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 will no longer be permanent opponents, with the Lady'Backs 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 will play two other schools home-and-home during a given season and the other 10 once each. The divisional alignments will 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 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.
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 Gray 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 in recent years have been Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas, which have respectively hosted the event five and three times since 2000.
† denotes overtime games. Multiple †'s indicate more than one overtime.
|Year||Champion||Runner-up||Venue and city|
|1984||USC (Los Angeles) (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.
|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||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)|
Memorial Coliseum (women)
|Cliff Hagan Stadium||3,000|
|LSU||Tiger Stadium||92,542||Pete Maravich Assembly Center||13,215||Alex Box Stadium||10,326|
|Mississippi State||Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field||55,082||Humphrey Coliseum||10,500||Dudy Noble Field||15,000|
|Missouri||Faurot Field||71,004||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||8,200|
|Tennessee||Neyland Stadium||102,455||Thompson–Boling Arena||21,678||Lindsey Nelson Stadium||3,800|
|Texas A&M||Kyle Field||83,002||Reed Arena||12,989||Olsen Field||5,400|
|Vanderbilt||Vanderbilt Stadium||39,790||Memorial Gymnasium||14,316||Hawkins Field||3,700|
|Conference Rank||National Rank||Institution||Location||Endowment Funds||Percentage Change YOY|
|1||10||Texas A&M University||College Station, Texas||$6,999,517,000||22%|
|2||22||Vanderbilt University||Nashville, Tennessee||$3,414,514,000||12.2%|
|3||56||University of Florida||Gainesville, Florida||$1,295,313,000||17.3%|
|4||68||University of Missouri||Columbia, Missouri||$1,119,032,000||14.8%|
|5||77||University of Alabama||Tuscaloosa, Alabama||$995,147,000||16.5%|
|6||81||University of Kentucky||Lexington, Kentucky||$915,924,000||17.6%|
|7||88||University of Tennessee||Knoxville, Tennessee||$848,329,000||16.4%|
|8||94||University of Arkansas||Fayetteville, Arkansas||$788,688,000||17.2%|
|9||99||University of Georgia||Athens, Georgia||$745,765,000||19.2%|
|10||107||Louisiana State University||Baton Rouge, Louisiana||$692,556,000||13.6%|
|11||149||University of South Carolina||Columbia, South Carolina||$494,358,000||19.4%|
|12||153||Auburn University||Auburn, Alabama||$471,851,000||19.4%|
|13||154||University of Mississippi||Oxford, Mississippi||$469,006,000||13%|
|14||194||Mississippi State University||Starkville, Mississippi||$346,676,000||19%|
As of March 19, 2012
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 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 Misssouri 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 (11):
Men's Golf (11):
Women's Golf (4):
Women's Gymnastics (17):
Women's Soccer (1):
Men's Swimming (11):
Women's Swimming (12):
Men's Tennis (6):
Women's Tennis (8):
1996 – Florida
Men's Indoor Track (26):
Women's Indoor Track (14):
Men's Outdoor Track (21):
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 and Bowl Championship Series 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 1981–1982 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 200 NCAA and four AIAW championships, including:
The Southeastern Conference sponsors eight men's sports and ten women's sports, and awards a conference championship in every one of them.