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There Are Three Reasons Why The SEC Dominates In Football (And They’re Not Going To Change)

The Southeastern Conference rules the college football landscape.  That’s not just a boast from a site called MrSEC.com.  That’s a fact that even Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney admits.

“The SEC, based on what they’ve accomplished in the last four years, has clearly separated themselves from the rest.  We’ve got a pretty good head-to-head with them going over 15 years, 10 years and five years, but that’s not at the championship level.” — Delaney, August 2010

“The SEC has demonstrated over a period of time that they’re the strongest conference.  The rest of us are looking to close the gap, but we’ve still got a little ways to go.” — Delaney, January 2011

Five BCS championships in a row… won by four different schools.

Seven BCS championships in the 13-year BCS era… won by five different schools.

The SEC has now defeated the ACC (once), Pac-10 (once), Big Ten (twice), and Big 12 (thrice) to capture those BCS crowns.

The league boasts unrivaled parity as well.  Six different schools have won the SEC since 1998.  In that span no SEC school has repeated as league champions.  Not one.  Winning the SEC is akin to winning the Super Bowl in the NFL — everyone is gunning for you the next year.

By comparison:

* Ohio State has won a piece of seven of the last nine Big Ten titles

* Either Oregon or Southern Cal has won a piece of the Pac-10 title for 11 years running

* Either Texas or Oklahoma has won the Big 12 title in nine of the past 11 seasons

* The ACC champion has been either Florida State or Virginia Tech in 16 of the past 19 years

So what makes the SEC different?  Why is there more parity?  Why is there such dominance at each season’s end?

We’ll give you three quick, rather obvious reasons:

1.  Coaches

2.  Money

3.  Talent

The Coaching Advantage

Would it surprised you to learn that five of the nations’ 10 highest-paid coaches last year worked in the SEC?  Or that eight of the league’s 12 coaches were ranked in the top 20 nationally in terms of salary?

Here’s another: Of the 24 coaches who made $2 million in salary last season, nine call the SEC home.

A football-mad populace drives SEC presidents and ADs to chase the best coaches in the land.  Massive television contracts with CBS and ESPN allow league schools to land those big-name coaches… and pay them top dollar.

In the past two months, Arkansas has boosted Bobby Petrino’s average salary to more than $3.5 million.  Mississippi State has increased Dan Mullen’s pay to an average of $2.65 million per year.  Florida hired highly-coveted first-time coach Will Muschamp for $2.7 million per season.  Vanderbilt was rumored to have offered several million to Gus Malzahn before settling on James Franklin.

And what type of salary jump will Gene Chizik receive at Auburn?

The nation’s top coaches toil in the Southeastern Conference.  That’s Reason One for the league’s success.


The Money Advantage

The SEC’s cash reserves are not only used to pay coaches their enormous salaries.  All those television dollars and bowl bonanza bucks also fuel the league’s facilities race.

Arkansas and Tennessee are preparing new and improved football complexes.  Alabama just added 10,000 seats to Bryant-Denny Stadium.  Mississippi State is thinking about stadium expansion, too.

Currently, eight of the SEC’s 12 football stadiums hold 75,000 fans or more.  The bigger the stadium, the more money comes in.  The more money comes in, the bigger and snazzier stadiums and football complexes become.

Forbes magazine posted this week the 2009-2010 financial figures provided by the SEC’s schools to the US Department of Education.  Numbers can be fudged, of course, and no two schools break down their expenses and income exactly the same way, but these numbers are still as close as we come to learning the real profit margins for SEC programs.

Looking only at football budgets, here’s what Forbes found for the 2009 football season:

School Football Revenue Football Expenses Football Profit
Georgia $70,838,539 $18,308,654 $52,529,885
Florida $68,715,750 $24,457,557 $44,258,193
LSU $68,819,806 $25,566,520 $43,253,286
Alabama $71,884,525 $31,118,134 $40,766,391
Tennessee $56,593,946 $17,357,345 $39,236,601
Auburn $66,162,720 $27,911,713 $38,251,007
S. Carolina $58,266,159 $22,794,211 $35,471,948
Arkansas $48,524,244 $22,005,104 $26,519,140
Kentucky $31,890,572 $13,905,724 $17,984,848
Miss. State $14,551,275 $9,951,097 $4,600,178
Vanderbilt $14,152,061 $14,152,061 $0
Ole Miss $11,920,510 $11,920,510 $0

The schools of the SEC spent a combined $239,448,630 on football during the 2009-2010 fiscal year.  Their total athletic spending equaled $908,910,514.  So more than a quarter of every sports dollar spent in the SEC went toward football.  And the SEC spends more on athletics — period — than any other conference in the nation.

Last year, nine of the 21 biggest athletic budgets in the country belonged to SEC programs (Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, and Arkansas in that order).

The Big Ten had six school ranked in the top 21.  The Pac-10 and Big 12 each had two schools make that list.  The ACC had one.  The Big East none.  Notre Dame made the list as an independent/Big East hybrid.

As long as the money is rolling into the SEC via television contracts and the league’s football championship game, the money will continue to roll back out by way of facility upgrades, recruiting budgets and coaches’ salaries.

Cash (and a willingness to spend it) is Reason Two behind the SEC’s success.

The Talent Advantage

Spending the most money and hiring the best coaches are signs of commitment from the SEC’s schools toward football excellence.  But Reason Three for SEC superiority is all about luck.

No region of the United States produces more NFL draft picks than the nine states encompassed by the Southeastern Conference.  Oh sure, there’s great recruiting in California and Texas and Ohio and Pennsylvania, but no region can match the Deep South.

Let’s look at the total number of eventual NFL draft picks produced by each SEC state’s high school system over the past 23 years:


State 1988-2010 Draft Picks
Florida 583
Georgia 306
Louisiana 251
Alabama 178
S. Carolina 150
Mississippi 137
Tennessee 99
Arkansas 58
Kentucky 56
TOTAL 1818

In case you’re wondering, those 1,818 drafted players from SEC states account for 29.5% of the 6,160 players drafted into the NFL since 1988.  Nearly one-third of the NFL’s talent comes from the nine-state SEC region.

For comparison…

Conference States Included 1988-2010 Draft Picks
SEC AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, SC, TN 1,818
Pac-12 AZ, CA, CO, OR, WA, UT 1,077
Big Ten IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, NE, OH, PA, WI 1,028
Big 12 IA, KS, MO, OK, TX 859

On average, SEC states produce 79 NFL draft picks per year.  The Pac-12 states produce about 47.  The Big Ten states about 45.

With the population of the country shifting further toward the Sun Belt every year, there’s no reason to think that the SEC states won’t continue to produce more NFL talent than other regions of the nation.  If SEC schools can keep that pro talent home, they will continue to rule in college football.

In the end, the SEC’s dominance is as easy to explain as 1-2-3:

The Coaching Advantage
The Money Advantage
The Talent Advantage

 


47 comments
Mark
Mark

tSEC sounds like the greatest program ever. I want my son to go to that school.

joed
joed

I don't know much about how other conferences share their revenue, but I suspect the SEC's formula for revenue sharing would make for more parity among the member schools to allow them to build better facilities, get better coaches and attract better athletes (and keep the local talent closer to home). The SEC is now reaping the rewards of having a stronger conference from the bottom to the top.

ColdindaMtns
ColdindaMtns

Nevermind you said state ot school sorry John

ColdIndaMtns
ColdIndaMtns

John you left out Auburn in your draft picks segment of the story.

ttaliesin
ttaliesin

Everybody dances around it, so here it is. This the era of the great black athlete, and 2/3 rds of americas blacks still live in the South. Their parents want them to go to local schools so they can watch them play. Its as simple as that.

storey
storey

Just remember, when a Different conference wins 5 in a row , they will then be equal.

southernpatriots
southernpatriots

johnmrsec: Thank you. Why is it that so many people, even fans of colleges, would rather just announce things that can bring great harm to athletes and schools, without knowing or stating the facts, at least the facts as they are known until now? We wanted so much to beat Auburn but Cam just about beat us himself. He did not cheat, he and his teammates beat us fairly. We watched in somewhat awe to see them come back v. Bama after Bama beat them decisively in the first half, out coach the genius Saban, and outplay a good Alabama team and win. That is what winners do, they come back and find a way to win. That is what LSU did when it won its two BCS national championships. That is what all champions do. We have watched the SEC for many decades and have noticed the growing domination especially over the past decade. Your fine article provides great reasons and support for those reasons. Thank you again. We have forwarded this to our friends at Vanderbilt, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Auburn, etc. (all but Ole Miss because we don't have any friends at Oxford, we guess it is in the genes or at least the generations of LSU alums in the family! ha.)

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

rickneuropa...

We're no fans of oversigning. In fact, you'll read something on that topic on this site next week. But to suggest the practice of oversigning by a couple of players is the difference, well, that's silly. SEC schools throw money around and have talent in their backyard. That's the difference.

As for Cam Newton having been paid, I'd love to see any evidence you may have. The NCAA would, too. So far the only thing proven is that Cam's dad asked another SEC school for cash and was told no. No evidence has emerged that Auburn paid the Newtons a dime. That could change. But when you're commenting on a story based in facts, we'd prefer you stick to the facts yourself. And the fact is, there's no proof of "paying for players."

Thanks for reading,
John

rickneuropa
rickneuropa

One other aspect your article forgot.....OVERrecruiting. Big Ten has rules in place that prohibit that to happen, yet the SEC schools all do it. Also, don't forget paying for players...see Cam Newton.

Gray Grantham
Gray Grantham

I would really love the SEC to invite Oklahoma and Texas A&M to join the Conference, Ship Miss St East and Have the SEC West comprised of Alabama, Oklahoma, LSU, Auburn, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Arkansas. The name for this Division would be "The Champions" because every member of this division would have at least one NCAA Football championship and between them a total of 48 NCAA Football Championships; Alabama 17, Oklahoma 17, LSU 7, Auburn 5, Ole Miss 3, Texas A&M 3 and Arkansas 1.

Then you wouldn't have to print all teh evidence you could just point out the name of th Division.

gwelymernans
gwelymernans

while these no doubt are major factors, there clearly is one other significant factor that does lead to sec dominance. people have varying opinions of it's ethical implications and that is perhaps why it wasn't mentioned here. i'm not posting this comment to debate whether this practice is ethical or not, but oversigning in tandom w/ talent level does give a competative advantage. you could lambast schools for doing this and conferences for allowing it, or you could question why other schools and conferences don't allow it. regardless, it does mean that more misses can be made in recruiting w/o the team suffering as a result.

Jamst
Jamst

You only have to look at the % of black players on nfl teams to see why.

southernpatriots
southernpatriots

It may be a more temperate weather and football is almost always played outdoors in the grammar and high school and college ranks. It is much more convenient to play ball when it is 45 F to 55 F than a -5 wind chill in South Bend or Ann Arbor, etc. Football is played in the south (where we were born and raised) almost all year. There is a very good, and oftentimes great system of pee-wee on up. Most high schools have rivalries which stretch back generations, cross town rivalries are great entertainment for athletes, parents and fans. In some towns, it is the event of the year. In one town we lived for a few years, the local high school team had won many state championships over a 25 year period. Their games were attended by just about everyone in the town. Every family either had a son or grandson playing, a daughter cheering or helping with concessions, etc. It was a whole community event (and still is to this day!). I used to think it was the grits and good food down south (but we are quite prejudiced...being really good Cajun cooks!). That may be part of it. But we think it is the temperate weather, allowing longer practice seasons and playing seasons, in comparison to the weather in the north during the fall and winter. Go to just about any town in the South on a Friday night in the Fall. You can smell football in the air and just look to where all the cars are parked and the stands are filled with people and there will be a high school team playing another and everyone is excited and enjoys the event!

southernpatriots
southernpatriots

We agree. We know numerous basketball players who did not complete their degrees at Florida, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, LSU, UCLA, Duke, etc. who when they have a few years of career on them and become stabilized go back and achieve their degrees. We know far more that do that than those who don't. In the off seasons we know numerous basketball players, some well known, some are marginal players, playing football, basketball, baseball, etc. who return to school for their degrees. Some are local with us in our town and attending our university but did not go here as an undergraduate. You are completely correct, there are no statistics available for the many who complete their education at another college when they have gone on to their professions.

Bobby Slaughter
Bobby Slaughter

There is a report out about how many retired or out of the NFL because of injuries that are on Pain Killers by Prescription and not by Prescription. It also tells about how many players use Pain Killers while playing. I know that our society loves the game of Football and millions watch it on a regular time table. It is a shame that so many healthy young men end up with bodies damaged because of a sport like Football and also live the rest of their lives dependent on DRUGS to try on live pain free or free enough of pain to LIVE. I raised three boys and WOULD NOT let them play Football because of what I have seen it do to others.

MSCOASTIGERFAN
MSCOASTIGERFAN

There are several former LSU athetes attending school right now finishing their education because they left early and was drafted to a pro sport. Some have a career ending injury or it just did not work out for them personal reasons or whatever it may be they have come back to graduate!!

Bob Roickle
Bob Roickle

Very impresive on one side of the coin. How about the other side?... Schools with the top GRADUATION RATES of their football players! Show me those and I'll really be impressed!!!

southernpatriots
southernpatriots

This is a thorough examination which answers so many questions we had and some assumptions we had without the evidence you have provided. Thank you for such a wonderful expose of the issue. Records, quotations, and statistics are hard to dispute (albeit a few numbers here or there which will not alter the overall outcome). We have followed SEC football for decades now and LSU in particular. We thank you for confirming what we have seen as we travel around the southeast. With the recent contract signed by Coach Les Miles of our alma mater LSU, he may be able to reach the stratospheric level of Saban's income with the "performance bonuses" he stands to gain by winning the SEC West, SEC, BCS, etc. Go SEC! Geaux Tigers!

joed
joed

Recent population statistics show that only about 1/3 of the total African American population lives in the nine states of the SEC.

Gaius
Gaius

Check population statistics. Several northern states, such as Michigan and Illinois have larger African American populations than states like Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, or Kentucky. Ohio has about as many African Americans as most states in the South.

southernpatriots
southernpatriots

5 in a row, 7 of the last 13 with the strength and success spread around to 4 different teams, that won'be be duplicated by another conference for quite some time. By that time, I think it may be our great-great grandchildren who will make note of that...ha. This competition with the Big 10?, etc. is good for all. It reminds the Big 10? that they aren't "quite there yet" and they press toward greater excellence. It reminds the SEC how far they have come and they press toward greater heights. It reminds high school players that to achieve greatness and go with winners, go with the SEC, pick and choose your team--Auburn, Alabama, Florida, LSU, etc. and you have a chance to win the SEC and BCS. If we were playing today, that would influence us greatly, also the desire to be closer to home and have families come see them play more often.

johnmulliniks
johnmulliniks

PLEASEsee above? (1)CAM DID CHEAT!!! (2) HE DID NOT BEAT LSU BUT BY SEVEN POINTS as I remember, LSU should have won the game!!! CAM was not edgible to play against LSU or any team last season in my opinion!!! We need to keep our CONF clean if possible... johnmulliniks@bellsouth.net!!!

JOHNMULLINIKS
JOHNMULLINIKS

JOHN AS i SAID ABOVE!!! I do not believe that anyone, you included, can tell me honestly that Cam was edgible to play in the SEC or the NC game . LSU should have played in that game, and for the NC!!! I am saying nothing about the PAY TO PLAY I am talking what I know, CAM cheated at Florida, HE COULD NOT PASS, tried the PAY FOR PLAY thing, did not work, the coach was honest! He went to AUBURN and had no trouble passing...IS IT EASY ER @ AUBURN TO PASS THAN IT IS AT FLORIDA??? To me that is where the CHEATING IS!!! ALSO THE WRONG DOING...It was not right to let it go on and with the blessings of the SEC, they will deny it, but they will never convience me, it is not right, I have been complaining off and on for years about this!!! He should not have been allowed to play at AUBURN it is just that simple, and AUBURN has always to me been treated witha different set of rules by the SEC!!!

bosco2579
bosco2579

Every school pays for players. If you don't believe that then I guess you are naive. (I by no means am a Cam fan but he got caught because the other school was ticked off they lost out. Some schools hide the pay better than others.) Why do you think certain players wait till after signing day to commit? I can think of one big 10 QB that shopped around for his "best option". So if you want to talk pay to play then you should also look at USC and Joe McKnight. There was no way that kid was leaving Louisiana unless he got paid. He was die hard LSU until Pete Carroll came around throwing money.

southernpatriots
southernpatriots

Who paid for Cam? We have followed the story very closely with friends and family in various spots where the situation happened, and who paid money? The FBI could not find anyone paid money. The SEC could not find a money trail. The NCAA could not find who paid the money. Who paid it? We know there are continuing investigations, but so far, no investigation, even that of very interested rival schools and schools that want Auburn to be sanctioned so they can become the BCS champion, as well as major publications and several book authors are investigating this matter but no one has found money changed hands from anyone to anyone. An agent for Cam's father apparently discussed the possibility of funds ($180,000) but when Mississippi State coaches heard about it they hit the ceiling and called the NCAA. Auburn called the NCAA and asked if they could recruit Cam. They received clearance and in all their meetings with Cam and his father, Auburn had witnesses and video tapes. They were as careful and they could be. Maybe speak of USC and Reggie Bush. But is seems from all evidence so far, Auburn is clean, Mississippi State is clean and the only one that allegedly may not be clean is Cecil Newton and his agent.

James
James

As an LSU alum and Louisiana native, I would LOVE it if my Tigers already had 7 football national championships, but I am only aware of three Nat'l championships in football for LSU: 1958, 2003, and 2007.

southernpatriots
southernpatriots

Whew! The SEC is already "murderer's row" and in that gauntlet it is a huge effort to get through without being injured or without suffering at least one loss. Adding Oklahoma and Texas A & M to the teams and getting Miss St. East would have to be the toughest schedule even without out of conference teams. LSU would not have to schedule Oregon, just face the in-division teams and that would be more than enough. Most, if not all, would be ranked in the top 25 just about every year. Don't know all the powers that would stop at nothing to keep that from happening but we know there would be so many that would yell and scream, pass state legislation, etc. to keep that from happening, but it is a great idea! We love SEC football and have for over 50 years. We have seen the growing dominance of the SEC and that is borne out in the BCS the past 5 years and 7 of the last 13, 4 different teams. They treat the member schools very well with profit sharing and also generate great media attention and funds due to larger stadiums throughout the conference. Unlike other conferences where the same team wins the championship just about every year, there has not been a repeat champion in the SEC since the championship game was instituted or since the BCS.

MikeTheTiger
MikeTheTiger

Perhaps the more controversial aspect of "oversigning" is signing more players than there are available spots within a schools 85-man roster. There is no question that the SEC makes broader use of medical hardship scholarships than the Big Ten and perhaps other conferences as well. There are certain guidelines put in place by the NCAA in the use of medical hardship scholarships. I have yet to see any of the critics prove that the SEC is abusing the system in this regard. The SEC might simply have the resources to fund additional scholarships for those players who can no longer play where other programs cannot or choose not to do so. It may be that the SEC is just more brutal and produces more career ending injuries. Roster spots are also freed up by academic casualties and transfers. I've seen no credible facts that support abuse on the par of the SEC in this regard. Absent facts to support the notion that the SEC is doing something untoward, it all becomes an exercise in excuse-making and sour grapes to point to "oversigning" as the key to the SEC's success.

MikeTheTiger
MikeTheTiger

"Oversigning" consists of two components. The first is signing more than 25 athletes (not including those that enroll early and count toward the previous years' total) when only 25 can actually enroll in the Fall. That practice is not unique to the SEC. It is more prevalent in conferences in the South (particularly the SEC, Big 12 and C-USA), but it happens everywhere. There is a good reason it is more common in the South. Public high schools in the region do not do a good job of preparing students for standardized tests. Now, you can certainly argue that the passion for football expressed in this article coupled with poor schools shows poor priorities, but that's not really the topic at hand. The point is that due to the strong likelihood of some signees not becoming fully qualified (with no foreknowledge of which athletes will make it and which won't) requires schools in the South to sign more players if they wish to fill out their class come the Fall. That doesn't put the SEC at a competitive advantage relative to conferences in other regions, it simply keeps them on an even playing field.

(to be continued....)

southernpatriots
southernpatriots

If you are an inner city parent and you have a chance to get your son on a sports team, football or basketball let's say, rather than coming home after school and getting in trouble with the gangs that roam your community, you will opt for the clean living, no drugs, discipline, safe environment, provided by the coaches and schools. That is their after school program. It not only was the after school program for the past decades, it IS the preferred after school program for most inner city and single parent families today. Your son can be enrolled in football or basketball or be exposed to gangs, get into drugs, get into trouble...What are you going to do? You will do as millions of families in the inner city, and suburbs, rural, etc. you will enroll your son in a sports program provided by his school or the community. You don't have a male role model at home because the boy's father is gone...the coach becomes the mentor and male role model. It is a marvelous and an excellent opportunity for parents all around America.

Tigerdoc
Tigerdoc

I agree with you...In New Orleans, you only have to scan the horizon while driving along the expressway on a Friday and even a Saturday night to locate stadium lights where a high school game is being played.

Bill Moto
Bill Moto

Bo Jackson, Charles Barkley and Chuck Person are some at one particular SEC school.

southernpatriots
southernpatriots

You are correct. The injuries my brother and I received playing football require surgeries and therapy even many decades later. However, young people we knew when we were young, got into trouble and faced much worse futures than did we who were involved in sports. Sports keeps many poor and needy youth out of trouble, off the streets, teaches them discipline and teamwork, obedience to authority (which is a serious problem in inner city schools and other schools as well) and the things learned by being involved in sports outweigh the problems later. We face the problems later and we still would choose to play sports. Injuries in all sports are serious and have been reduced much in recent decades with better technology/equipment and changes in rules. Injuries occur in baseball, basketball, soccer, football, lacrosse, rugby, wrestling, hockey, volleyball, swimming and and yes even golf. For fear of injury in a sport, not to play it? Thank God, we did not observe that reasoning and so many other parents and players would echo this who never make it to a professional level. Our lives were enriched so much more and we avoided many of the pitfalls of our friends who ODed, went to prison, or were DOA.

southernpatriots
southernpatriots

We think we may know some of the same athletes to whom you are referring! You are quite correct! One of them we ran into last week at Sam's Club.

The Shotputter
The Shotputter

HEY, remember this article is about football, not education. We all know the Ivy League will never make it into the BCS round.

B. Roberts
B. Roberts

Only problem with the other side of the coin. The report has nothing to do with Graduation Rates. It was about football only.

Scott
Scott

Oh please, cut the crap. If the average fan really cared about academics, then we'd see 100,000 plus screaming people at commencement ceremonies the same as we do at the games. I got MY degree from Tennessee, and that's really all that matters to me. Our players get full scholarships, private tutors, and access to a huge academic center that the average student does not. If they can't take advantage of those things and get their degrees while they're here, well, that's no skin off my back. Do I WANT our athletes to succeed in the classroom? Of course. But frankly, I'd rather they succeed on the field. And if any fan of any other school says otherwise, then they're a liar. Academics and grad rates are just feeble rallying cries for the whiner whose school and/or conference can't compete on the field.

doug
doug

Shut up stupid.

Rob
Rob

missing the point a bit, the article is about football dominance not academic dominance. Look up Ivy league schools graduation rates and you will see who is dominant there. Also, if you want, you can write an artice about the academic dominance of the Ivy league or any other conference, if you do, I PROMISE not to retort with "How about the other side of the coin, football dominance?"

JOHNMULLINIKS
JOHNMULLINIKS

We know that some cheat, but it is not right or correct to say that all cheat, they do not, I was in Gollege football for years and as a SCOUT (recruiter) all most definately do not cheat, some do as per PETE CARROLL, and others. AUBURN has been getting away with it in my opinion for years, it mostly depends on the COACH, I do not believe that LSU ever cheats, they do walk a tight line, but they are clean, TO WIN YOU DO HAVE TO WALK THE LINE, BUT STAY CLEAN!!! I do not think that TENNESSEE cheats, and I have watched them for years, I believe for the most part, most of the schools are honest, AS THEY CAN AFFORD TO BE...because of the experrience I have had with them...I do not believe that AUBURN could pass the TRUTH test, and the SEC is letting it go because of the money and that is my opinion BASED ON WHAT I KNOW AND SUSPECT, TO ME IT IS OBVIOUS!!! MR, SLIVE, OWNE UP!!!...maranatha!!! BE TRUTHFUL NOW!!! MY FREE EMAIL REPORT...*****+++WANDEROREROREPORT+++***** GOD BLESS AND LOVE YE ALL!!! JOHNMULLINIKS@BELLSOUTH.NET

johnmulliniks
johnmulliniks

Auburn should be left out, after the scandle of what it looks to me that the SEC bent over backwards to what seemed to be for this past NC, instead of SEC it became SECAM, I am still looking for the SEC to answer my Question, why was a good QB in class at FLORIDA, and could not pass, was caught cheating two or three times, Florida dismissed him from school and after a quick "pay for play" that evidently didn't work with MISSISSIPPI STATE, so on to AUBURN, and all was well, he even had no trouble passing, why is it so much easier to pass at AUBURN than FLORIDA, and why was it that MISS. STATE was out of the picture completely, and why is it that no one but I, seems to believe that something very wrong happened, and will continue if not stopped!!! maranatha!!!

southernpatriots
southernpatriots

Our heart goes out to you and all in The Big Easy. We were part of the rescue and then relief volunteer effort. Everytime we go to NO now along I-310, etc. we used as a boat docking area, we cry. We look over the ghost town areas remain today and we cry. We housed many evacuees in our home as they transitioned out to their families in other parts of the country. Memories of our childhoods and youth traveling there. God bless you!

Bobby Slaughter
Bobby Slaughter

I agree with you to a point. Football is just so much contact that the body suffer more from it than other sports. My children played other sports just not football and that was all of our decision. I'm not knocking others for doing what they want, it just proven that ones who play football suffer more injuries and over a life time also.

southernpatriots
southernpatriots

Thank you! You said it much better than we could have. Kudos! We read your response to all our family and friends and all laughed and echoed our thanks!

southernpatriots
southernpatriots

Your right. The only comparison would be rugby but we don't have that sport played here nearly as much, but injuries in it are much worse due to lack of the padding and rules which are football. There are some things much more inherently dangerous as riding motorcycles over riding in cars, riding small cars compared to riding larger vehicles. Driving oneself rather than using public transportation, etc. We enjoy riding our Harleys, especially in the Spring and Fall and in a caravan we limit the danger from other vehicles/drivers which is the most dangerous part of riding.

southernpatriots
southernpatriots

With great respect, and at times bordering on awe through the years, we hope we beat 'Bama again this year! Geaux Tigers!

Rob
Rob

Roll Tide...

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