Is the SEC the New Southwest Conference?

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IISeptember 13, 2010

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 14:  Overhead view of South Carolina Gamecocks marching band with SEC logo during the game against the Florida Gators at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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SEC Commissioner Mike Slive should be a happy man. His conference just won a fourth BCS Title back in January, his conference has half of its teams in the top 25, and he is basking in the glow of all those millions of dollars his conference pulls in from tv revenues.

 But something is amiss. While all of this is happening, his conference has several of its teams under investigation by the NCAA. Tennessee, Georgia, and now South Carolina, are all under investigation by the NCAA for rules violations.

The good news for the SEC is that their two big boys Alabama and Florida, are not under investigation; the bad news is three teams in the same division (the Eastern Division) are under some kind NCAA investigation.

As good as the SEC is and has been in the past, you have to wonder now if the chickens are coming home to roost. The conference has long been criticized for their lean academic standards (mainly by the Big Ten) and recruiting practices.

 Now all of a sudden in the past month, the conference has had four teams (including Alabama) under some kind of NCAA investigation for one thing or another. Slive may have to step in and have a come to Jesus meeting with all of his coaches and find out what the hell is going on.

You have wonder if this is about other coaches turning each other in or just a bunch of players being caught up in mess that they could not escape from.


It’s been said that back in the day if a coach had problem with another coach’s tactics, they did not just call each other out a la Lane Kiffin last year with Urban Meyer, they just called each other up on the phone and talked about it.

What killed the SWC were all the investigations and scandals that tore that conference apart and it looks like the same thing is starting to happen in the SEC.

Is the pressure to win so great in the SEC that teams are literally doing ANYTHING to win at all cost? Let’s hope not, because if this trend continues, the SEC will end up like the SWC; a shadow of its former self.

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