There he is, the SEC's poster boy for the last few years, Tim Tebow. A great athlete indeed. With his exit to the NFL this year, and the impending exit by Ingram in a short year or so, the SEC's mark of dominance is counting down to implosion.
While the last few years have been good to the Gators, and Tebow, as well as a select few other SEC teams, most of the conference has been filled with lack luster performances. While they have wone 4 of 5 national championships, and if they win Thursday, will make 5 of the last 7, they have been by perennial power houses in the country.
A national championship run has not been made by any other SEC team in the last decade, other than, LSU and Florida. As well as one national championship that LSU got blown apart in by USC, that they should not have even been in. The nod was given to a one loss LSU, when the nod really should have gone to Oklahoma, who was undefeated.
All that aside, LSU and Florida, hold two championships a piece. Oklahoma having appeared in four and only winning one. Texas has won one, going for another on Thursday. While appearing in the national championship close to equal amount of times, the Big 12 is making a surging run for the spotlight in the country. While losing (i.e. Oklahoma being the bad representative) three of four shots, they won one, making the SEC-Big 12 championship count at 4-2, this year making it 4-3 or 5-2.
Either way with the depature of Tim Tebow, and Urban Meyer, for now. As well as the senior class leaving for the NFL and prospective ither careers, it is leaving a gaping whole in the SEC. As of late Les Miles has shown his true in-ability to a be a big program coach. Twice almost three times this season, he showed his more than perfect clock management skills. Perfect for opponents, not so much for him.
The SEC is losing power left and right. Tennessee is on a wonderful down fall, while Lane Kiffin is in way over his head. The recruiting classes are starting to suffer, perfect example, Tenn, LSU, as well as Alabama. Before big recruiting QB's and WR were crawling all over themselves to get to these schools, now they are all working with second and in some aspects third grade WR, and QB. While they are still pulling cream of the crop RB from high school. The rest is suffering.
We are seeing a shift in recruiting momentum. Big recruits are going the way of the Pac 10, less often, the Big 12, more often, and in between the Big 10. Most evident in the surge of the Big 12 in championship races as of late. As a fan of the Big 12, I sound biased but, I base it truly only on the facts and trends that I see in the recruiting race year by year.
The SEC is rampant in tradition, holding onto some coaches, i.e. Phillip Fulmer, for longer than they are truly welcome. Same thing even happening at FSU with Bobby Bowden. The tendency to hold on to things in the SEC, especially HC's, is causing teams to hold on, then let the coach go. Leaving available options limited. And when the new less "trusted" coaches come in, they have no, or limited recruiting following.
In closing, I am not saying it is the end. How ever I am saying with out strict system change, or recruiting system change, they will fall off to the way side. And have an even harder time bringing it back to the lime light of college football.