Reasons SEC rules, part 2

Alabama head coach Nick Saban signs autograph for fans in the hotel lobby before leaving day three of the 2011 SEC Media Days at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama Friday, July 22, 2011.

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Published: Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 8:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 12:21 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. 1-5. On Wednesday, we released reasons Nos. 6-10.

1. The fans

OK, it gets out of hand sometimes, but people around the conference are so passionate for their teams they not only wear their emotions on their sleeves but on their hats and cars and motor homes and babies. “There's nothing like it,” said Georgia coach Mark Richt. “It's a huge, big-game atmosphere every time we hook it up in our league. Every game is just so meaningful.”

2. The money

Who wouldn't want to coach in a league where a dozen coordinators are making more than half a million dollars a year? Of the league's head coaches, only Vandy's James Franklin makes less than $2 million a year. You pay the big bucks and you are going to get the best coaches. You get the best coaches and you know what follows.

3. The defensive linemen

In the SEC, they are mobile, hostile and agile. The defensive linemen in this league aren't just loads to plug the middle. They can run. “It's what separates this league from the others,” said Florida's Will Muschamp. “In other leagues it might be two or three teams where you had to gameplan for their D-linemen. In this league, it's every team.”

4. The consistency

Mediocrity is not acceptable. So when a team has a down year, the coach is in trouble. That accountability leads to programs on top staying on top. “That's what stands out to me,” said Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan. “You have certain teams, they win nine, 10 games every year. Consistent winners, that's the SEC.”

5. The location

This just in, the South is very outdoors friendly. It also has some of the best high school football programs in America. You can trip over a four-star recruit walking out your front door. Sure, there is enough to go around, but the SEC gets to pluck the best of the best in recruiting.

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