SEC Realignment: No Need to Talk Of Expansion When You Have a Dynasty
The SEC commissioner, Mike Slive has neither made a statement nor given any other indication that the SEC is interested in the so-called "expansion moment" that is hitting the college football scene full stride.
The SEC is very happy with the position it now holds in the college football world. Why try to fix what isn't broken? It wouldn't make sense.
What the Big Ten and the Pac-10 are trying to do is mimic the success of the Southeastern Conference. For all the talk of how superior the academic institutions are in the Big Ten and Pac-10, they lag far behind the SEC in practical intelligence.
These petulant money grabbers will destroy the current Big 12 (old southwest conference) rivalries in the process. And for what? A chance to get a bigger share of the royalties doled out by the media giants? There are no guarantees, truth be known.
The collective institutions of the SEC have created the best football conference in the country. They achieved this by developing the first college super-conference and instituted a system that allows an undisputed conference champion to stand alone at the end of the season. It's called a championship game.
The Big Ten and Pac-10 want more respect, but they haven't quite figured out how to earn it. Buying more of the "market share" is one approach, but it will not be successful until the quality of football reaching their audience improves.
The SEC is successful because they have great tradition, great rivalries, and strong fan bases across the landscape of the conference. Good, hard-nosed football is played in the southeastern conference.
Mimic that and you just might have a chance.
By season's end, the Southeastern Conference champion is the most tested team in the country. Winning the SEC championship game is without question a significant achievement. The conference champion will likely play for the BCS Championship for years to come.
The five division and three cross-division games that occur in every season bring in the toughest competition that you can find in any conference. There are no guaranteed wins in conference play.
Every team has players with exceptional skill, and the offensive and defensive line personnel throughout the conference are always amongst the elite in the land. Many of these athletes matriculate to the professional league at season end.
Year after year the NFL drafts more athletes from the SEC than any other conference.
The coaches in the conference are, without question, amongst the best in the land. The coaches of teams in the lower tier of the conference are as highly regarded as top tier coaches in other conferences. An offer to join the SEC coaching ranks is a feather in the cap of an assistant and a crowning achievement for a head coach.
The style of play in the league is smash mouth, power football with the most talented skill players in the country. It requires a blend of passing and running. Reliance on one or the other will allow your opponent to develop a defensive strategy that will be sure to end your streak of success. From top to bottom, any team on your schedule can stop you cold.
It is not a game to be observed for the faint of heart. While it is not the intention of the defense on the field to end the career of an opponent's skilled offensive personnel, it is likely to happen at least once per season.
Let your guard down against a team like Kentucky and your star quarterback is down and out for the count. Look beyond a team like Vanderbilt and you just might lose a star running back from a concussion incurred by a highly intelligent middle linebacker reading the play book by gazing into the quarterbacks eyes.
Alabama, Florida, LSU, Georgia, and Auburn, can each boast of current and prior National Championships. Five of 12 teams have been previous National Champions.
Taking into account the penalties incurred by USC through the recent, long overdue NCAA investigation, six of the last seven legitimate National Champions belong to the Southeastern Conference.
While all other conferences are scrambling for an identity, the SEC stands alone as the most dominant conference in college football. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this elite league? Those who say they don't want in are those who are not worthy. To those who do want in, there is just no room.
The SEC is a proud 12-team coalition. They excel in every sport, not just football, but it is football the fans truly love. Football is their passion and identity. When Alabama was told 'don't mess with Texas,' they took 'em out to the wood shed and spanked their hind quarters until the burnt orange was flaming red.
The arse-whoopin' that Texas had to carry back to Big 12 country was too much to bear. The pride and arrogance held by the Texas administration and disdain toward the other 11 members has led to the dissolution of the conference. Unfortunately, the Big Ten and Pac-10 want to facilitate the break-up.
Did Ohio State ever had a chance against Florida? Some thought they did after the opening kickoff. But all that did was open up a whopping can of you know what! UF destroyed the prideful Buckeyes--a beating they have never recovered from and a loss of identity that left them perplexed.
Though OSU returned to the title game in 2007, and despite facing a team with two regular season losses (nearly three losses) to SEC opponents, the LSU Tigers wiped the Sugar Bowl carpet with blood, sweat, and tears of the No. 1 Buckeyes to take away any chance of a Big Ten victory over an SEC opponent.
An unsuccessful expansion will merely frustrate the administrations of the Big Ten and Pac-10, and any other conferences who follow this path foolishly.
The SEC is a model of college sport success, particularly in football. There is no need for the SEC to expand. All other conferences can try and outdo or mimic the model but until the level of play is elevated on the field, all other teams will simply fall on their swords when facing the SEC champion in a BCS Championship Game.
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