Reasons SEC rules
Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 8:56 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 8:56 a.m.
The Southeastern Conference keeps producing national champions in all sports under the NCAA umbrella, including the last five BCS and three College World Series titles.
Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley provides the 10 reasons why the SEC rules. Today, we'll take a look at reasons Nos. 6-10. On Thursday, he'll release the top five.
No 6. The speed
Sure, you’ve heard it before. But it’s just the way it is. It’s not to say there aren’t fast players in other leagues, but there are more of them down here. Great illustration -- fourth down in the 2006 national title game. Ohio State goes for it. The Buckeyes leave UF lineman Ray McDonald unblocked because he can’t possibly be fast enough to get to the tailback. But he does.
7. The exposure
You just saw the circus in Hoover, Ala., for SEC Media Days last week. More than 1,000 credentials were issued. That just doesn’t happen in other leagues. Nobody even comes close. And while everybody’s going to be on TV, the SEC’s relationship with ESPN is a huge plus.
8. The commissioner
It’s not a coincidence that the SEC’s takeover of college football has coincided with the tenure of Mike Slive. He’s a brilliant man with a golden touch. The coaches don't always agree with his decisions, but deep down somewhere they know he’s the smartest guy in the room.
9. The NFL
Want to play in the league? Your best chance is to play in the SEC. In the last 14 NFL Drafts, the SEC has had the most players or tied for the most taken in 12 of those drafts. In the 2011 draft, five of the first six players taken were from the SEC and 10 went in the first round. Don’t think that goes unnoticed by high school recruits.
10. The king
The NFL may be No. 1 in America, but in the South, college football rules the roost. Just look at a place like Atlanta where the Falcons are successful but the Bulldogs get top billing. In places like Athens and Gainesville and Tuscaloosa, the NFL is what you watch to unwind.