Yesterday, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray made a bit of new when he posted a photo of his brand new SEC East Division championship ring on Instagram. To his credit, he posted beneath the photo: “Time to get a National Championship ring next year.”
The question, of course, is whether or not it’s appropriate for schools to hand out division championship rings. Not national title rings, not conference title rings, but division title rings.
For the record, Georgia is far from the first SEC program to do this.
On the one hand, there will always be a faction of fans and boosters who believe there should be no reward for finishing in second place. Inside the conference, that’s where Georgia finished last year (albeit five yards shy of upsetting eventual BCS champ Alabama in the SEC title game).
On the other hand, it’s a reward for the players’ who worked hard. It’s also a recruiting tool because most 17- and 18-year-olds just see the bling and don’t worry about the text on the ring.
Ten years ago, I’d have told you a division title ring should be verboten. But age has warmed my heart. If 100 guys get to look back at their division championship rings when they’re old and grey and remember a pretty darn good season from their youths… who does it really hurt?