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SEC Pushing Its Academic Oomph

professorWhenever we point out that academics do matter to some extent in the conference expansion/realignment game — depends on the conference and its goals, obviously — we always hear from a few folks who say school prestige has nothing to do with league growth.  “Conferences are a collection of sports teams!”

Well, for those who need more convincing with regards to schools binding not only their athletics but also their academics together, we bring you this press release we received today from the Southeastern Conference office.

Will you care?  Probably not.  Dry as a bone?  To most.  But still it should give everyone — everyone — an understanding that conference presidents view their league affiliations as something more than just sports groupings:

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference is widely known for setting the standard of excellence when it comes to intercollegiate athletics. But even as the league was accomplishing a record-setting fall, which included Alabama claiming the SEC’s seventh consecutive BCS Championship, it also has been busy preparing for the inaugural SEC Symposium.

This first-of-its-kind event will address a significant scholarly issue across the range of disciplines represented by the SEC’s 14 member universities. The event showcases their academic excellence and underscores their educational and economic contributions to the vitality of the region, nation and world.

The 2013 edition of the SEC Symposium, entitled “Impact of the Southeast in the World’s Renewable Energy Future,” will take place Feb. 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Just as the SEC provides its student-athletes the opportunity to compete on one of the biggest stages in college athletics, the Conference will also afford its faculty members and standout students a prestigious academic platform from which to present and discuss their research and scholarly accomplishments.

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