The SEC | Syracusefan.com

The SEC

SWC75

Bored Historian
Joined
Aug 26, 2011
Messages
29,082
Like
55,467
We get frustrated with all the attention and perceived favoritism the SEC gets but you've still got to admire a conference with so many legendary programs. here is the history of the conference's teams, per Wikipedia:
Southeastern Conference - Wikipedia

Alabama has been a major national power since the mid 20's under Wallace Wade, frank Thomas, bear Bryant and now Nick Saban. They've had a few rough spots but they don't last very long.

Tennessee has been dormant this century. they have great facilities but keep churning the coaching staff. But they were great from the late 20's through the early 50's under Bob Neyland and had another long period of success under Doug Dickey, Bill Battle, Johnny Majors and Phil Fullmer. they need to find a good coach and stick with him.

Georgia had a great run in the 40's under Wally Butts but declined in the 50's, then came back strong under Vince Dooley and have been a force in recent years under Mark Richt and Kirby Smart.

LSU was pretty good in the 30's and 40's but really hit their stride under Paul Dietzel and Charley McClendon from the late 50's to the early 80's. Nick Saban got them going again in the 2000's and les Miles and Ed Oregon have kept them at a high level.

Auburn wasn't much until Shug Jordan took over in the early 50's. They've basically been good ever since, although it's been a bit of a roller coaster ride. They had three coaches in a row, Terry Bowden, Tommy Tuberville and Gene Chizik who had perfect seasons and wound up getting fired.

Florida didn't really get good until Ray graves took over in 1960 and made them a passing team. They didn't really become a major power until Steve Spurrier took over in 1990. he won one title and Urban Meyer won 2. Dan Mullen may have them going again.

Mississippi was a major power in the 50's and 60's under Johnny Vaught:
I-A Winning Percentage 1950-1969
They've been mostly mediocre since.

That's 7 of the ten schools who have been part of the conference since the beginning, (1933 was the first season). Kentucky, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt have had their moments, (especially when Bear Bryant was at Kentucky - the Wildcats had Bryant and Adolph Rupp at the same time). But they have a heard time finding consistent success, primarily because they were playing Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Florida and Mississippi all the time. I like it when the top seven get together, (as Florida and LSU will tonight). Really, college football doesn't get any better than that.
 

SWC75

Bored Historian
Joined
Aug 26, 2011
Messages
29,082
Like
55,467
And they have cheated all the way ...

Edit. Cheated better than most all the way

Do you enjoy watching college football or do you just sit there and fume about how they cheated?
 

FRANKIEFAN

All American
Joined
Apr 1, 2018
Messages
6,751
Like
6,239
Both conferences will be better with 9 games and seeing the other half more often.

The annual in state ACC vs SEC rivalries are stale and should be shelved. FSU-UF and Clemson-SC aren't what they once were. Play each other week 1 every few years at a neutral site.
 

FloridaFan

2020 Cali Award Winner, Aka FloridaHam
Joined
Nov 3, 2017
Messages
10,254
Like
16,248
I've got a bridge to sell you.
you can be derisive all you want. i firmly believe that players should be students first. the way football is now is part of the reason it will fall
 

SWC75

Bored Historian
Joined
Aug 26, 2011
Messages
29,082
Like
55,467
Why not both


As long as you are able to enjoy a 42-28 game between top ten teams in a stadium packed with enthusiastic fans. Life is too short not to.
 

Forum statistics

Threads
161,664
Messages
4,411,569
Members
5,670
Latest member
cusenj

Online statistics

Members online
322
Guests online
955
Total visitors
1,277




Top Bottom