The only league that can slow down the SEC–is the SEC

 

Birmingham—At 1:30 p.m. today Commissioner Mike Slive will kick off the SEC’s 2009 Football Media Days with his annual message on the state of the conference. This will be Slive’s eighth football media days since taking over as commissioner in 2002 and he will say that the state of the conference is very, very good.

He probably won’t say this but I will. The Southeastern Conference has been in existence since 1933 and there were a lot of great moments in the first 75 years. But competitively, academically, and financially the SEC has never been better than it is right now. And here’s the rub if you compete against the SEC: For a lot of different reasons this league is about to get even stronger.

 

Let us review:

**–In the 2008-2009 academic year the SEC won five national championships. It finished as the national runner-up in five other sports. So in 10 of the 20 sports that the league sponsors, the SEC finished first or second nationally.

**–Under Slive the SEC has won four national championships in football (2003, 2006, 2007, 2008) with a string of three straight. Florida is a unanimous preseason No. 1 and is favored to repeat as national champions. If the Gators win it, that will give the SEC five national championships in Slive’s eight years as commissioner. And that doesn’t count Auburn, which was 13-0 in 2004. Since Slive became commissioner the SEC has won a total of 43 national championships.

**–The upcoming academic year will mark the beginning of two unprecedented 15-year contracts with CBS and ESPN that will pump $2.8 billion (with a “B”)  into the 12 member institutions and provide unprecedented television exposure to the non-revenue sports and academics. Part of that exposure, we learned this week, is an SEC Network on ESPN that will reach into Big Ten, Big 12, and Big East country. The national interest in SEC football is that high.

**– While other conferences have had to shorten their football media days or eliminate them completely due to finances, the SEC expects over 900 media members (up from last year’s record of 836) to attend this three-day session.

But Slive, a former judge, told me that he will offer a few words of caution today. Yes, things are going very well for the Southeastern Conference.

“We should always remember that the only league that can impede the SEC’s continued ability to succeed,” said Slive, “is the SEC.”

What Slive means is that with all of this success, both competitively and financially, comes the obligation by the leaders of the SEC to practice even more due diligence. Slive’s goal when he took over was to have no teams on any kind of NCAA probation in five years. That goal wasn’t completely realized but there is no question that things are better on the enforcement front.

But with the competitive bar being raised every year and with multi-million dollar salaries at stake, there will be temptations to cut corners. Slive does not want that to happen on his watch.

“This has been one of the great periods in the history of the league,” Slive said. “I take great satisfaction in the success that we’ve had and the progress we’ve made in some other matters off the field. They go hand in hand.

“If we can keep vigilant and compassionate we can continue to enjoy what I have referred to as the golden age of our conference.”

In other words: If you’re the SEC right now, the only thing that can screw this up is you.

Slive had to have a heart to heart with his football coaches at the SEC Spring meetings in Destin. Actually, it was a lot more forceful than that. He had gotten fed up with the back biting among some of the coaches in the press and basically read them the riot act. The message was received and understood by the coaches. The basketball coaches got the same message and, with the arrival of John Calipari at Kentucky, the price of poker in that sport has also been raised considerably.

The last few years have been quite busy for Slive. First he was the coordinator of the BCS, which is one of the least popular jobs in college athletics. He just finished his chairmanship of the NCAA Men’s Basketball committee which may be the toughest, most time-consuming job in all of college sports.

While all that was going on, the SEC had another record year on the field and negotiated the biggest television contract in the history of college sports that will carry the SEC brand nationwide.

And did I mention that Slive’s daughter Anna, who ran the 2007 Final Four in Atlanta, is getting married in August? Slive said he is going to take a little time off in the coming weeks—if he can.

“I’m still waiting for summer to start,” said Slive. “But I think we’re entitled to 10 minutes of satisfaction and then we have to go back to work.”

 

Programming note: We’ll be doing our CSS show, “Talkin’ Football” live each day during SEC media days. Tonight’s show will feature Commissioner Slive along with the head coaches at Vanderbilt (Bobby Johnson), Arkansas (Bobby Petrino), Kentucky (Rich Brooks), and Mississippi State (Dan Mullen). Bob Neal, Mark Schlabach, and Sandra Golden will all be there to give you the inside access to SEC Media Days. Please join us. The show is at 6 p.m. with replays at 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. on Thursday.

 

 

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193 comments Add your comment

m

July 22nd, 2009
10:06 am

Mark, we didn’t care about the cajun trash enough to give them a real game in Atlanta. Dere is no doubts in my minds that we would beat them down in that joke of a stadium in Baton Sewage. LSU and SEC Fans are idiots. ACC Rules!! ACC! ACC! ACC!

CharlotteGator

July 22nd, 2009
10:07 am

m,

Very impressive. Any reason you only want to talk about regular season play? They do play games after Dec. 1st that count/mean something right? How about a recap of those as well. Seems like that would complete your thorough statistical analysis wouldn’t it?

SEC Wins
1. No. 2 Florida 24, No. 1 Oklahoma 14 (i think this game meant something)
2. LSU 38, No. 14 Georgia Tech 3 (reason #1 you don’t want to talk about the bowls)
3. Vanderbilt 16, No. 24 Boston College 14 (oh wait, there goes reason number 2)
4. No. 25 Mississippi 47, No. 7 Texas Tech 34
5. No. 15 Georgia 24, No. 18 Michigan State 12
6. Kentucky 25, East Carolina 19

SEC Losses
1. No. 6 Utah 31, No. 4 Alabama 17 (clearly a bad result for the SEC)
2. Iowa 31, South Carolina 10 (another bad result for the SEC)

ACC Wins
1. No. 19 Virginia Tech 20, No. 12 Cincinnati 7 (great win over the big least)
2. Maryland 42, Nevada 35
3, Florida State 42, Wisconsin 13 (this actually was impressive since only 18 players could dress for the game)
4. Wake Forest 29, Navy 19

ACC Losses
1. LSU 38, No. 14 Georgia Tech 3 (wait, does that say LSU is unranked?)
2. Vanderbilt 16, No. 24 Boston College 14 (is that yet another unranked SEC ‘garbage’ school)
3. Rutgers 29, North Carolina State 23 (oh wait, revenge of the big least huh?)
4. West Virginia 31, North Carolina 30 (there goes the big least again)
5. California 24, Miami (FL) 17 (that’s the school where the hippies are in trees right?)
6. Nebraska 26, Clemson 21 (wasn’t Nebraska good like 8 years ago?)

Interesting…

m

July 22nd, 2009
10:09 am

please note that the 10:06 post was not me, another loser imposter

Gatorzone

July 22nd, 2009
10:10 am

bamadad, please explain your comments.

Long Dawg

July 22nd, 2009
10:15 am

M you really need to see a shrink. First you are not only obsessed with UGA because they own tech and tech means nothing without UGA on their schedule. You are obsessed with the SEC.
Facts and stats don’t matter to you do they? Why do you keep leaving out the bowl games whe you talk about the record? Because you are intellectually dishonest. Was it because Tech got smashed by LSU 38 to 3? Why don’t you want to count that game? Does it hurt too much? Look who the ACC beat. Of the 6 wins 2 were vs Vanderbilt and 1 was Mississippi State. 50 % of ACC wins were agains the two worst teams in the SEC. Wake Forest beat Ole Miss on a last second field goal. Alabama embarressed Clmeson, Florida crushed Florida State, LSU crushed Tech.

You are a cry baby and a lier. It’s gonna be a lot worse this year.

DawginLex

July 22nd, 2009
10:17 am

Bowl games don’t count in m’s delusional WOW world because the results don’t fit his agenda.

T.O

July 22nd, 2009
10:18 am

Great post CharlotteGator. And look at the quality of the ACC wins. CINCI, NEVADA, WISCONSIN (7-6,worse Wisconsin team in years) AND NAVY.
And the losses came from Nebraska, Rutgers and Cal. There it is in a nutshell. M, time to turn your computer off.

m

July 22nd, 2009
10:20 am

What are you SEC Crybabies going to do when Johnathan Dwyer wins the Heisman this year and overtakes Herschel Walker as the greatest RB to play for a school in Georgia. After Dwyer, everyone in the state will say Herschel who? That is reality – the SEC is inferior to the ACC – deal with it. Yellow Jackets – BCS Bound this year, get your Orange Bow tix now!

m

July 22nd, 2009
10:21 am

Jackets vs UConn in the Orange Bowl!!

Must see TV!

Huh?

July 22nd, 2009
10:21 am

LOL @ the ACC’s bowl victories: 11-3 Cincinnatti, 7-6 Nevada, 7-6 Wisconsin, and 8-5 Navy. Talk about picking on someone your own size!!!

ACC=Total embarrassment.

DawginLex

July 22nd, 2009
10:23 am

Dwyer couldn’t shine Herschel’s shoes.

Overrated

July 22nd, 2009
10:24 am

The SEC was 4-6 vs. the ACC last year in the regular season and 9-15 vs all BCS oppenents. The only thing the SEC can brag about is having the most loud-mouthed fans.

Anonymous

July 22nd, 2009
10:29 am

“The only thing the SEC can brag about is having the most loud-mouthed fans.”

. . . and the last three BCS Championships, and five of eleven overall. That might qualify as a second thing to brag about.

Please refresh my memory. How many total BCS Championships has the ACC won?

reservoirDAWG

July 22nd, 2009
10:30 am

m and overrated are clowns.

Saint Simons

July 22nd, 2009
10:30 am

Is Troy in the sec? so many sec teams play them i thought they were in the sec.

Saint Simons

July 22nd, 2009
10:35 am

Yup I’m back. Another great night at Bulldogs last night. It was raining men again. Just the way I like it.

m

July 22nd, 2009
10:36 am

Good call, Saint Simons. Is Troy even Division 1? What a joke! Would love to see Georgia have to play Clemson, Miami, FSU, UNC all in consecutive weeks – they would go 0-4! No doubt

CharlotteGator

July 22nd, 2009
10:37 am

Why is it when an ACC school is BCS bound, it’s only to the Orange Bowl? Does that say something about how the conference is viewed nationally? I seem to remember SEC and Big 12 schools with BCS bids that were disappointed when it wasn’t Nat’l Champ. game BCS bids. Lets lift the ACC’s expectations of NC’s before we start claiming football supremacy.

When Dwyer wins the Heisman, I’ll be busy preparing my underground bunker in preparation for the end of the world.

m

July 22nd, 2009
10:37 am

Got to agree with you there, Simons. Bulldogs on Peachtree is the only place that doesn’t make you feel embarassed to be called that name.

SEC Fan

July 22nd, 2009
10:38 am

Anonymous –

The ACC has not caught a whiff of the BCS title in 10 years. The last time an ACC time won the BCS title was FSU in 1998. The last time an ACC team played for it (and lost) was FSU in 1999. Miami won it in 2001, and played for it (and lost) in 2002, but UM was a member of the Big East then. UM hasn’t been heard from since joining the ACC.

DawgFan

July 22nd, 2009
10:38 am

I hate to bring up old memories, especially since we’re staring a new season in the face, but I couldn’t help but notice while M was blabbering on about how awful the Dawgs are, and how great Tech is, that Georgia just sacked Colt Brennan again. Man, they won’t give that guy a break. By the way, M, nice job losing to an unranked “crap” SEC team in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Can’t wait to see how you react when the Dawgs return to dominance over the Jackets this year.

m

July 22nd, 2009
10:38 am

Gee I forgot about Gardner-Webb.

Is that a community college or dance school?

Overrated

July 22nd, 2009
10:40 am

Anonymous,

There is a reason why the SEC is called “Florida and the 11 Dwarfs”.

Without UF, the SEC is average as grits.

m

July 22nd, 2009
10:42 am

there apparently are a bunch of m imposters on here.

Bottom line is this…the SEC winning a FAKE championship does not make them a good conference…top to bottom the sec weak last year.

The ACC too the regular season from the SEC last year and will do it again this year.

Bottom line,,,sec is most overrated and overhyped conference in history and will get their arses handed to them by the acc this year.

Sanford & Son

July 22nd, 2009
10:45 am

Actually, m, Gardner Webb is a law firm in North Carolina that handles personal injury cases. They do have a intramural football team that only lost to your pathetic joke of a school by 3 points. Georgia Tech = Pathetic.

JoeV

July 22nd, 2009
10:46 am

Rooting for your conference is the lamest freaking thing any person could do. Please. Root for your dang team and screw your conference.

T.O

July 22nd, 2009
10:47 am

M,

Clemson, Miami, FSU, UNC???? I wish we could play them. Those are easy wins. Try playing LSU, at Tennessee, FLA, and at Oklahoma State. That’s real football. Clemson is a joke and Miami and FSU haven’t been relevant in 5 years. North Carolina football?? Yea you’re right, they are right up there with FLA and LSU. You’re fighting a losing battle. Please stop with the Clemson talk! You just sound like you have no idea what you’re talking about. This isn’t the 80’s.

reservoirDAWG

July 22nd, 2009
10:47 am

Yeah m, winning all those BCS titles illustrates how fake the SEC is. You’re an idiot.

CharlotteGator

July 22nd, 2009
10:48 am

Overrated,

So what are the implications then if Tech loses to any of the 3 dwarfs this season?

I’m as big a Florida fan as there is, and there’s not one of us (with a brain anyway) that has said or believes that Florida and the 11 dwarfs nonsense.

Oh, and who’s the dominate team from the ACC again? What/when was their last major accomplishment?

Gatorzone

July 22nd, 2009
10:48 am

Overrated, what about LSU’s 2 national champoionships?
WHat about AUburn going undefeated in 2004?
WHat about Bama 12-0 last year heading to the SEC championship?
What about UGA 1 win away from the championshp in 07?
Your comment makes ZERO sense. The SEC is full of championship caliber teams.
How does the ACC measure up?

DawgFan

July 22nd, 2009
10:50 am

Overrated – So you’re telling me that the ACC is a wonderful football powerhouse, right? I’m sorry I forgot all about that, what with Duke, and NC State, and perennial choke artist Clemson, and the Criminoles (yes, I know UGA doesn’t fare well in the arrest record either), and BC, and Virginia. I would bet that if you matched up the teams this year, and brought your top 4 against our top 4, the SEC would destroy you. You keep claiming dominance over the SEC when you play teams like Miss State and Kentucky. If you did the following, the SEC would crush the ACC:
Florida (13-1) vs. Virginia Tech (10-4)
Georgia (10-3) vs. Florida State (9-4)
Alabama (12-2) vs. Boston College (9-5)
LSU (8-5) vs. Georgia Tech (9-4)
I used the actual standing from the end of 2008 to compile that list.

m

July 22nd, 2009
10:50 am

The sec is the chan gomer gailey of conferences….MEDIOCRE as helle and all hat and no cattle.

The ACC will kick the sec’s arse AGAIN this year….Mark it down.

JoeV

July 22nd, 2009
10:51 am

T.O. I’m sorry that Clemson rejected your application. You obsess over Clemson like a dang coot. Oh wait, you probably are. Another coot riding the coattails of their conference.

reservoirDAWG

July 22nd, 2009
10:54 am

m is as stupid as his catch phrase of all hat and no cattle. What a loser.

Atlanta Gator

July 22nd, 2009
10:56 am

bamadad—-Before you make such comments from ignorance and wishful thinking, I suggest you do a little Google homework regarding the University of Florida and the University of Alabama’s respective NCAA Academic Progress Rates (APR), actual graduation rates and Academic All-SEC selections. I believe you will discover that the Gators outpace the Tide on all counts.

After you’ve done that, then you can compare the number of Division I national sports championships and SEC conference championships won by the two schools over the last 20 years. I believe you will discover the Gators have won more Division I national championships and SEC championships . . . .

Next time, don’t bring a water pistol to a gunfight, my friend.

T.O

July 22nd, 2009
11:00 am

JoeV

nothing against Clemson personally. I just think they are the most overhyped programs in the country. They never live up to their potential and M is acting like they are a NC contender every year.

m

July 22nd, 2009
11:00 am

Put your money where your mouth is sec fans.

The ACC plays the sec 7 times this year….will the sec win a majority or not???

I say NOT.

m

July 22nd, 2009
11:01 am

If you haven’t realized by now, I’m a flamming homosexual. Thank you.

Anonymous

July 22nd, 2009
11:02 am

DawgFan,

Nice top-4 ACC vs SEC comparison. I have just one question for you: why is UGA in the SEC second place slot and not Bama?

Gen Neyland

July 22nd, 2009
11:04 am

Overrated says : “The only thing the SEC can brag about is having the most loud-mouthed fans.”

…and more Crystal Footballs than the ACC…

Curious

July 22nd, 2009
11:04 am

m — For the record, what is a “flamming homosexual”?

Observor

July 22nd, 2009
11:05 am

Run m Run!!!!

reservoirDAWG

July 22nd, 2009
11:05 am

because bama is in a different division moron.

m

July 22nd, 2009
11:07 am

Come on sec crybabies…go on the record.

Will the sec win a majority of the games with the ACC or not??

I say NOT.

m

July 22nd, 2009
11:08 am

Curious,

Ask my boyfriend Saint Simons. He’s the smarter one in our relationship. HEHEH!! LOL!!

m

July 22nd, 2009
11:09 am

I am so smart! S-M-R-T….

Derrrrrrr…….I mean S-M-A-R-T

m

July 22nd, 2009
11:09 am

All you sec m IMPOSTERS don’t change the fact that the sec SUCKS and will lose to the ACC this year.

m

July 22nd, 2009
11:10 am

duuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

m

July 22nd, 2009
11:10 am

I like jacketbackers and take them from Dwyer all the time in the locker room during halftime.

He’ll win my heISaman all the time. :)

m

July 22nd, 2009
11:11 am

my mamma always said that stupid is as stupid does, which is why she said i be so stupid….