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Southeastern Conference (SEC)
AssociationNCAA
Founded1932; 92 years ago (1932)[1]
CommissionerGreg Sankey (since 2015)
Sports fielded
  • 21[2]
    • men's: 9
    • women's: 12
DivisionDivision I
SubdivisionFBS
No. of teams14 (16 in 2024)
HeadquartersRoy F. Kramer Building
2201 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd.
Birmingham, Alabama
United States
Region
Official websitewww.secsports.com
Locations
Location of teams in (({title))}

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is an American college athletic conference whose member institutions are located primarily in the South Central and Southeastern United States. Its fourteen members include the flagship public universities of ten states, three additional public land-grant universities, and one private research university. The conference is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. The SEC participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I in sports competitions; for football it is part of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A.

The SEC was established in 1932 by thirteen members of the old Southern Conference. Three charter members had left by the late 1960s, but subsequent additions in 1990 and 2012 grew the conference to fourteen member institutions. The league will expand to sixteen members with the upcoming addition of the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas, which are slated to join in 2024.[3]

Members of the SEC have won many national championships: 43 in football, 21 in basketball, 41 in indoor track, 42 in outdoor track, 24 in swimming, 20 in gymnastics, 15 in baseball (College World Series), and one in volleyball. In 1992, the SEC was the first NCAA Division I conference to hold a championship game (and award a subsequent title) for football and was one of the founding member conferences of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). The current SEC commissioner is Greg Sankey, who has been the commissioner since 2015. The conference sponsors team championships in nine men's sports and twelve women's sports. The conference is successful financially, distributing $721.8 million to its 14 schools in 2022.[4]

Member universities

Current members

The SEC consists of 14 member institutions located in the U.S. states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. The SEC is divided into East and West Divisions, although the divisional alignment is not strictly geographic, with Missouri in the East Division while being farther west than several West Division schools, and Auburn in the West Division despite being located farther east than East Division schools Missouri and Vanderbilt.[5] These divisional groupings are applied only in football, baseball, and women's soccer, for both scheduling and standings purposes. In football, the two division winners meet in the SEC Championship Game.

The SEC will eliminate its baseball and football divisions once Oklahoma and Texas join in 2024, however, soccer will continue to use divisions.[6][7]

Since July 1, 2012, there are 14 members, with Vanderbilt being the only private institution.

Institution Location Founded Joined Enrollment
(Fall 2022)[8]
Endowment
(billions)[9]
Nickname Colors
East Division
University of Florida Gainesville, Florida 1853 1932 55,211 $2.3 Gators    
University of Georgia Athens, Georgia 1785 1932 40,607 $1.9 [10] Bulldogs    
University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky 1865 1932 31,547 $2.1[11] Wildcats    
University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri 1839 2012 31,304 $1.7 Tigers    
University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina 1801 1991 35,653 $0.8 Gamecocks    
University of Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee 1794 1932 33,805 $1.3 Volunteers    
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee 1873 1932 13,710 $10.9 Commodores    
West Division
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama 1831 1932 38,644 $0.8 Crimson Tide    
University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Arkansas 1871 1991 30,936 $2.6[12] Razorbacks    
Auburn University Auburn, Alabama 1856 1932 33,015 $1.1 Tigers    
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, Louisiana 1860 1932 37,348 $1.0 Tigers    
University of Mississippi University, Mississippi[a] 1848 1932 22,300 $0.7 Rebels    
Mississippi State University Mississippi State, Mississippi[b] 1878 1932 22,649 $0.7 Bulldogs    
Texas A&M University College Station, Texas 1876 2012 74,014 $13.6 Aggies    
Notes
  1. ^ Although Ole Miss is typically identified as being in Oxford, the entire campus lies outside the Oxford city limits. The U.S. Census Bureau considers it the census-designated place of "University, Mississippi", and the U.S. Postal Service considers it to have a "University" address.
  2. ^ Although Mississippi State is typically identified as being in Starkville, virtually the entire campus, including all residential and athletic facilities, lies outside the Starkville city limits. The U.S. Census Bureau defines "Mississippi State, Mississippi" as a census-designated place that includes all portions of the campus lying outside the city limits. The U.S. Postal Service considers the entire campus, even the very small portion within Starkville proper, to have a "Mississippi State" address.

Membership map

Southeastern Conference
Location of SEC members:
1
Florida (East Division)
2
South Carolina (East Division)
3
Georgia (East Division)
4
Tennessee (East Division)
5
Vanderbilt (East Division)
6
Kentucky (East Division)
7
Missouri (East Division)
8
Auburn (West Division)
9
Alabama (West Division)
10
Mississippi State (West Division)
11
Ole Miss (West Division)
12
LSU (West Division)
13
Arkansas (West Division)
14
Texas A&M (West Division)
15
Oklahoma (Will join in 2024)
16
Texas (Will join in 2024)

Future members

On July 27, 2021, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas at Austin (athletically "Texas") formally notified the SEC they were seeking "an invitation for membership" beginning July 1, 2025.[13] On July 29, 2021, the presidents of the current 14 schools of the SEC voted unanimously to extend an offer of admission to Oklahoma and Texas.[14] On July 30, 2021, both institutions' boards of regents unanimously voted to accept the invitation, effective for the 2025–26 academic year. On February 9, 2023, both institutions announced they had reached a settlement with the Big 12 Conference that allowed them to join the SEC on July 1, 2024.[3]

Institution Location Founded Join Date Enrollment Endowment
(billions)
Admission
Rate
Nickname Colors Current
conference
University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma 1890 2024 28,308 $2.7 73% Sooners     Big 12
University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas 1883 52,384 $30.1 31% Longhorns    

Former members

Three schools have left the SEC, all charter members:

Institution Location Establishment Joined SEC Left SEC Type Nickname Colors Current
conference
Sewanee: The University of the South Sewanee, Tennessee 1857 1932 1940 Private
(Episcopal)
Tigers     SAA
(NCAA Division III)
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia 1885 1932 1964 Public Yellow Jackets     ACC
Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana 1834 1932 1966 Private Green Wave     The American

History

Founding

The SEC was established December 8 and 9, 1932, in Knoxville, Tennessee, when the thirteen members of the large Southern Conference located west and south of the Appalachian Mountains left to form their own conference. Ten of the thirteen founding members have remained in the conference since its inception: the University of Alabama, Auburn University, the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, the University of Kentucky, Louisiana State University ("LSU"), the University of Mississippi ("Ole Miss"), Mississippi State University, the University of Tennessee, and Vanderbilt University ("Vandy").

In 1935, the SEC became the first conference to legalize athletic scholarships.[19]

Racial integration

Bobby Grier playing against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in 1955

White southerners committed to maintaining segregation created controversy preceding the 1956 Sugar Bowl, when the Pitt Panthers, with African-American fullback Bobby Grier on the roster, met the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.[20] White southern segregationists created controversy by claiming that Grier should be barred from the game due to his race, and whether Georgia Tech should even play at all due to Georgia's Governor Marvin Griffin's opposition to racial integration.[21][22][23] After Griffin publicly sent a telegram to the state's Board of Regents requesting Georgia Tech not to engage in racially integrated events, Georgia Tech's president Blake R. Van Leer rejected the request and threatened to resign. The game went on as planned.[24]

The 1959 Mississippi State men's basketball team, led by all-American Bailey Howell, finished its season 24–1, winning the conference title. They did not participate in the NCAA tournament as school and state officials would not permit the team to play against Black players from northern schools. Four years later, in 1963, Loyola, with four black starters, played Mississippi State in the "Game of Change".[25]

It was not until 1966 that African Americans first participated in an SEC athletic contest, and the first black scholarship athletes did not play in the SEC until the 1967–68 school year.

The first African American to compete in the SEC was Stephen Martin, who walked on to the Tulane baseball team in that school's final SEC season of 1966.[26] In August of that same year, Kentucky enrolled Nate Northington and Greg Page on football scholarships,[27] and Vanderbilt enrolled Godfrey Dillard and Perry Wallace on basketball scholarships.[28] At the time, the NCAA did not allow freshmen to compete on varsity teams, which meant that these pioneers could not play until 1967. Page died from complications of a spinal cord injury suffered during a football practice before ever playing a game,[27] while Dillard suffered a career-altering injury before getting a chance to play for Vanderbilt's varsity and transferred to Eastern Michigan.[28] The remaining two both played in the 1967–68 school year. Northington made his overall debut against Indiana on September 23, 1967[29][30] and his SEC debut against Ole Miss the following week on September 30 (the day after Page's death[27]), while Wallace made his varsity debut later that year.[31]

1990 expansion

Further information: Southwest Conference

In 1990, the SEC expanded from ten to twelve member universities with the addition of the Arkansas Razorbacks and the South Carolina Gamecocks. The two new members began SEC competition with the 1991–1992 basketball season.

At the same time, the SEC organized competition for some sports into two divisions. The Western Division comprised six of the seven member schools in the Central Time Zone, while the Eastern Division comprised the five member schools in the Eastern Time Zone plus Vanderbilt, which is in the Central Time Zone but was placed in the Eastern Division to preserve its rivalry with Tennessee. Initially, the divisional format was used in football, baseball, and men's basketball. The divisional format was dropped for men's basketball following the 2011–2012 season.

Following expansion, the SEC was the first conference to receive permission from the NCAA to sponsor an annual football championship game that did not count against NCAA limits on regular-season contests, featuring the winners of the conference's Eastern and Western divisions.[32] The 1992 and 1993 championship games were held at Legion Field in Birmingham, and all championship games from 1994 onward have been held in Atlanta—first at the Georgia Dome until its closure and demolition after the 2016 season, and since 2017 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.[32]

2012 expansion

See also: 2010–12 Southeastern Conference realignment

On September 25, 2011, the SEC Presidents and Chancellors, acting unanimously, announced that Texas A&M University would join the SEC effective July 1, 2012, to begin competition in nineteen of the twenty sports sponsored by the SEC during the 2012–13 academic year.[33] On November 6, 2011, the SEC commissioner announced that the University of Missouri would also join the SEC on July 1, 2012.[34] For football, Texas A&M was scheduled to compete in the Western Division, and Missouri in the Eastern Division.[35][36][37][38] Texas A&M and Missouri both left the Big 12 Conference.

2024 expansion

See also: 2021–2024 NCAA conference realignment

On July 27, 2021, Oklahoma and Texas formally notified the SEC they were seeking "an invitation for membership". In a joint letter, Texas president Jay Hartzell and Oklahoma president Joseph Harroz Jr. wrote, "We believe that there would be mutual benefit to the Universities on the one hand, and the SEC on the other hand, for the Universities to become members of the SEC."[13] On July 29, 2021, the presidents of the current 14 schools of the SEC voted unanimously to extend an offer of admission to Oklahoma and Texas.[14] The boards of regents for both institutions on July 30, 2021, accepted conference membership, and the schools were tentatively scheduled to join the league in 2025.

On February 9, 2023, the Big 12, Texas, and Oklahoma announced they had reached a buyout agreement that will allow the schools to join the SEC in 2024. The Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners athletic teams are slated to begin league play during the 2024–25 academic year.[39]

Membership timeline

Big 12 ConferenceSouthwest ConferenceUniversity of Texas at AustinBig 12 ConferenceBig Eight ConferenceUniversity of OklahomaBig 12 ConferenceBig Eight ConferenceUniversity of MissouriBig 12 ConferenceSouthwest ConferenceTexas A&M UniversityMetro ConferenceNCAA Division I FBS independent schoolsAtlantic Coast ConferenceSouthern ConferenceUniversity of South CarolinaSouthwest ConferenceUniversity of ArkansasVanderbilt UniversityUniversity of TennesseeMississippi State UniversityUniversity of MississippiLouisiana State UniversityUniversity of KentuckyUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of FloridaAuburn UniversityUniversity of AlabamaAmerican Athletic ConferenceConference USAMetro ConferenceNCAA Division I FBS independent schoolsTulane UniversityAtlantic Coast ConferenceMetro ConferenceNCAA Division I FBS independent schoolsGeorgia Institute of TechnologySouthern Athletic AssociationSouthern Collegiate Athletic ConferenceNCAA Division III independent schoolsSewanee: The University of the South

Full members  Full members (non-football)  Other Conference  Other Conference 

Commissioners

The office of Commissioner was created in 1940.[40]

Years Commissioners
1940–1945 Martin S. Conner
1951–1965 Bernie Moore
1966–1971 A. M. "Tonto" Coleman
1972–1985 H. Boyd McWhorter
1986–1989 Harvey W. Schiller
1990–2001 Roy F. Kramer
2002–2015 Michael Slive
2015–present Greg Sankey

SEC Academic Network

In 2005, the member institutions of the Southeastern Conference formed the SEC Academic Consortium (SECAC), a collaborative endeavor designed to promote research, scholarship, and achievement amongst the universities.[41]

In 2011, the SEC Academic Consortium was relocated to the SEC headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, from its original home on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and was renamed SECU. The SECU rebranded its mission to better serve as a means through which the collaborative academic endeavors and achievements of Southeastern Conference universities would be promoted and advanced. The SECU's goals included highlighting the endeavors and achievements of SEC faculty, students, and its universities; advancing the academic reputation of SEC universities; identifying and preparing future leaders for high-level service in academia; increasing the amount and type of study abroad opportunities available for students; and providing opportunities for collaboration among SEC university personnel.[42][43] The Big Ten Conference, since 1958, has had a similar program, now called the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

The SEC Symposium component of SECU was crafted by Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, who at the time was the Vice President of the SEC Executive Committee and liaison to SECU.[44] In an interview with Dr. Zeppos about the formation of the SECU he noted, "that the member institutions of the Southeastern Conference are committed to a shared mission of fostering research, scholarship, and achievement. The SEC Symposium represents a platform to connect, collaborate and promote a productive dialogue that will span disciplinary and institutional boundaries and allow us to work together for the betterment of society."[45]

The SEC Academic Network was created in 2009 in partnership with ESPN. The SEC Academic Network was an online library of institutionally produced videos featuring academic initiatives and stories from all Southeastern Conference institutions. The SEC Academic Network was officially merged into the SECU operation.[46]

Academics

The following table shows National University rank by U.S. News & World Report as of 2023.[47]

Also indicated is membership in the Association of American Universities.[48]

Incoming members in light gray.

Institution National University Rank AAU Member
Vanderbilt University 18 Yes
University of Florida 28 Yes
University of Texas at Austin 32 Yes
University of Georgia 47 No
Texas A&M University 47 Yes
Auburn University 93 No
University of Tennessee 105 No
University of South Carolina 124 No
University of Missouri–Columbia 124 Yes
University of Oklahoma 124 No
University of Alabama 142 No
University of Kentucky 159 No
University of Mississippi 163 No
University of Arkansas 178 No
Louisiana State University 185 No
Mississippi State University 216 No

Athletic department revenue by school

Total revenue includes ticket sales, contributions and donations, rights and licensing, student fees, school funds and all other sources including TV income, camp income, concessions, and novelties.

Total expenses includes coach and staff salaries, scholarships, buildings and grounds, maintenance, utilities and rental fees, recruiting, team travel, equipment and uniforms, conference dues, and insurance.

The following table shows institutional reporting to the United States Department of Education as shown on the DOE Equity in Athletics website for the 2021–22 academic year.[49]

Future members in gray.

Institution 2021–22 Total Revenue from Athletics 2021–22 Total Expenses on Athletics
University of Texas at Austin $230,503,008 $192,754,766
University of Georgia $203,048,566 $159,508,178
Louisiana State University $199,309,381 $192,770,400
University of Alabama $193,168,171 $174,715,501
University of Oklahoma $186,948,657 $185,625,893
University of Florida $177,969,655 $177,969,655
Auburn University $174,568,438 $146,645,900
Texas A&M University $169,220,001 $157,702,310
University of Arkansas $154,551,832 $148,280,378
University of Tennessee $152,662,163 $152,662,163
University of Kentucky $151,490,901 $151,254,460
University of South Carolina $144,815,377 $144,815,377
University of Mississippi $123,796,191 $123,796,191
Vanderbilt University $110,941,948 $110,941,948
Mississippi State University $109,091,372 $100,888,464
University of Missouri $107,823,990 $107,823,990

The following table shows revenue specifically from NCAA / Conference Distributions, Media Rights, and Post-Season Football reported by the Knight Commission for the 2021–22 academic year.[50]

Institution 2021–22 Distribution (Millions of dollars)
University of Alabama $75.61
University of Kentucky $75.24
Auburn University $67.75
University of Florida $65.13
Louisiana State University $61.63
University of Georgia $58.62
University of Arkansas $56.18
University of Tennessee $55.17
University of South Carolina $54.62
Mississippi State University $59.88
University of Mississippi $59.28
University of Missouri $53.63
Texas A&M University $51.11
Vanderbilt University Not Reported

Key personnel

Future members in gray.

School Athletic director Football coach Men's basketball coach Women's basketball coach Baseball coach Softball coach Volleyball coach
Alabama Greg Byrne Kalen DeBoer Nate Oats Kristy Curry Rob Vaughn Patrick Murphy Rashinda Reed
Arkansas Hunter Yurachek Sam Pittman Eric Musselman Mike Neighbors Dave Van Horn Courtney Deifel Jason Watson
Auburn John Cohen Hugh Freeze Bruce Pearl Johnnie Harris Butch Thompson Mickey Dean Brent Crouch
Florida Scott Stricklin Billy Napier Todd Golden Kelly Rae Finley Kevin O'Sullivan Tim Walton Mary Wise
Georgia Josh Brooks Kirby Smart Mike White Katie Abrahamson-Henderson Scott Stricklin Tony Baldwin Tom Black
Kentucky Mitch Barnhart Mark Stoops John Calipari Kyra Elzy Nick Mingione Rachel Lawson Craig Skinner
LSU Scott Woodward Brian Kelly Matt McMahon Kim Mulkey Jay Johnson Beth Torina Tonya Johnson
Ole Miss Keith Carter Lane Kiffin Chris Beard Yolett McPhee-McCuin Mike Bianco Jamie Trachsel Bre Henry
Mississippi State Zac Selmon Jeff Lebby Chris Jans Sam Purcell Chris Lemonis Samantha Ricketts Julie Darty
Missouri Desiree Reed-Francois Eliah Drinkwitz Dennis Gates Robin Pingeton Steve Bieser Larissa Anderson Dawn Sullivan
Oklahoma Joe Castiglione Brent Venables Porter Moser Jennie Baranczyk Skip Johnson Patty Gasso Aaron Mansfield
South Carolina Ray Tanner Shane Beamer Lamont Paris Dawn Staley Mark Kingston Beverly Smith Tom Mendoza
Tennessee Danny White Josh Heupel Rick Barnes Kellie Harper Tony Vitello Karen Weekly Eve Rackham
Texas Chris Del Conte Steve Sarkisian Rodney Terry Vic Schaefer David Pierce Mike White Jerritt Elliott
Texas A&M Trev Alberts Mike Elko Buzz Williams Joni Taylor Jim Schlossnagle Trisha Ford Jamie Morrison
Vanderbilt Candice Storey Lee Clark Lea Jerry Stackhouse Shea Ralph Tim Corbin No team Anders Nelson[a]
  1. ^ Vanderbilt, which had dropped women's volleyball after the 1979 season (1979–80 school year), will reinstate the sport in 2025. Nelson was named head coach on December 23, 2022.[51]

Facilities

Future members in gray.

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity
Alabama Bryant–Denny Stadium[52] 100,077 Coleman Coliseum[52] 15,383 Sewell–Thomas Stadium[52] 8,500
Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium[53][a] 76,000 Bud Walton Arena[53] 19,368 Baum–Walker Stadium[53] 10,737
Auburn Jordan–Hare Stadium[54] 88,043 Neville Arena[55] 9,121 Plainsman Park[56] 4,096
Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium[57] 88,548 O'Connell Center[57] 10,136 Condron Ballpark[58] 7,000
Georgia Sanford Stadium[59] 92,746 Stegeman Coliseum[60] 10,523 Foley Field[61] 3,291
Kentucky Kroger Field[62] 61,000 Rupp Arena[63]
Memorial Coliseum[64][b]
20,545
8,000
Kentucky Proud Park[65] 5,000[c]
LSU Tiger Stadium[66] 102,321 Pete Maravich Assembly Center[67] 13,215 Alex Box Stadium[68] 10,326
Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway Stadium[69] 64,038 The Sandy and John Black Pavilion at Ole Miss[69] 9,500 Swayze Field[69] 11,477[70]
Mississippi State Davis Wade Stadium[71] 60,311 Humphrey Coliseum[71] 10,575 Dudy Noble Field[72] 15,000[d][74]
Missouri Faurot Field[75] 62,621 Mizzou Arena[75] 15,061 Taylor Stadium[75] 3,031
Oklahoma Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium[76] 80,126 Lloyd Noble Center[77] 10,967 L. Dale Mitchell Park[78] 3,180
South Carolina Williams–Brice Stadium[79] 80,250 Colonial Life Arena[79] 18,000 Founders Park[79] 8,242
Tennessee Neyland Stadium[80] 101,915 Thompson–Boling Arena[80] 21,678 Lindsey Nelson Stadium[80] 4,283
Texas Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium[81] 100,119 Moody Center[82] 10,000[e] UFCU Disch–Falk Field[83] 6,649
Texas A&M Kyle Field[84] 102,733 Reed Arena[85] 12,989 Blue Bell Park[86] 6,100[87]
Vanderbilt FirstBank Stadium[88] 34,000[f] Memorial Gymnasium[88] 14,316 Hawkins Field[88] 3,700
  1. ^ One game played each year at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
  2. ^ Memorial Coliseum is used exclusively for women's basketball. Due to ongoing major renovations, women's basketball will mainly play in Rupp Arena in 2023–24 before returning to Memorial in 2024–25.
  3. ^ Listed capacity includes grass seating; fixed capacity is 2,500. Expandable to 7,000.
  4. ^ Dudy Noble Field's official seating capacity is 7,200, but its total capacity is 15,000, which includes privately owned seating in Left Field Lounge. Mississippi State holds the all-time NCAA on-campus record for one day attendance at 15,586.[73]
  5. ^ Standard capacity for basketball; expandable to 15,000.
  6. ^ Approximate capacity in 2024 following renovations.[89] Vanderbilt has yet to announce the exact capacity.

Apparel

School Provider
Alabama Nike
Arkansas Nike
Auburn Under Armour
Florida Air Jordan (Nike)
Georgia Nike
Kentucky Nike
LSU Nike
Mississippi State Adidas
Missouri Nike
Oklahoma Air Jordan (Nike)
Ole Miss Nike
South Carolina Under Armour
Tennessee Nike
Texas Nike
Texas A&M Adidas
Vanderbilt Nike

Sports

The Southeastern Conference sponsors championship competition in nine men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[90] Under SEC conference rules reflecting the large number of male scholarship participants in football and attempting to address gender equity concerns (see also Title IX), each member institution is required to provide two more women's varsity sports than men's. A similar rule was recently adopted by the NCAA for all of Division I.[91][92]

Teams in SEC conference competition
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball 14 -
Basketball 14 14
Cross country 13 14
Equestrian - 4
Football 14 -
Golf 14 14
Gymnastics - 8
Soccer - 14
Softball - 13
Swimming & diving 10 12
Tennis 13 14
Indoor track & field 13 14
Outdoor track & field 13 14
Volleyball - 13

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basket­ball Cross
country
Football Golf Swimming and
diving
Tennis Track and field
(indoor)
Track and field
(outdoor)
Total SEC Sports
Alabama Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 9
Arkansas Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes 8
Auburn Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 9
Florida Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 9
Georgia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 9
Kentucky Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 9
LSU Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 9
Mississippi State Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes 7
Missouri Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes 8
Ole Miss Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes 8
South Carolina Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 8
Tennessee Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 9
Texas A&M Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 9
Vanderbilt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No 6
Totals 14 14 12 14 14 10 13 13 13 116
Future members
Oklahoma Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes 8
Texas Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 9

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Southeastern Conference which are played by SEC schools (future members in gray):

School Gymnastics Rifle[a] Soccer Wrestling
Kentucky No GARC Sun Belt No
Missouri No No No Big 12[b]
Oklahoma MPSF No No Big 12[c]
South Carolina No No Sun Belt No
  1. ^ Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other. Kentucky has a coed team.
  2. ^ Missouri moved wrestling from the Mid-American Conference to the Big 12 after the 2020–21 season.[93]
  3. ^ Oklahoma's wrestling affiliation once it joins the SEC has not been determined.

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basketball Cross country Eques­trian Golf Gym­nastics Soccer Softball Swimming and
diving
Tennis Track and field
(indoor)
Track and field
(outdoor)
Volleyball Total SEC sports
Alabama Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 11
Arkansas Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 11
Auburn Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 12
Florida Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 11
Georgia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 12
Kentucky Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 11
LSU Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 11
Mississippi State Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes 9
Missouri Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 11
Ole Miss Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes 9
South Carolina Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 11
Tennessee Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 10
Texas A&M Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 11
Vanderbilt Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No[a] 8
Totals 14 14 4 14 8 14 13 12 14 14 14 13 148
Future members
Oklahoma Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes 10
Texas Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 10

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Southeastern Conference which are played by SEC schools (future members in gray):

School Beach volleyball Bowling Lacrosse Rifle[b] Rowing[c] Stunt[d]
Alabama No No No No Big 12 No
Florida No No The American[e] No No No
Kentucky No No No GARC No Independent
LSU CCSA No No No No No
Oklahoma No No No No Big 12[f] No
Ole Miss No No No GARC No No
South Carolina CCSA No No No No No
Tennessee No No No No Big 12 No
Texas Independent No No No Big 12[g] No
Vanderbilt No CUSA The American No No No
  1. ^ Vanderbilt will add women's volleyball beginning in the 2025 season (2025–26 school year).[94]
  2. ^ Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other. Kentucky has a coed team, and Ole Miss has a women's team.
  3. ^ The SEC may potentially add rowing in 2024–25, although it has not made such an announcement. Conference bylaws allow a championship to be held in any sport sponsored by at least 25% of the full members.
  4. ^ An all-female cheerleading discipline that emphasizes acrobatics, and part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program.
  5. ^ Joining the Big 12 in 2024-25.
  6. ^ Oklahoma's rowing affiliation once it joins the SEC has not been determined.
  7. ^ Texas's rowing affiliation once it joins the SEC has not been determined.

Current champions

Season Sport Men's champion Women's champion
Fall 2023 Cross country Arkansas Florida
Football Alabama
Soccer Arkansas (RS) Georgia (T)
Volleyball Kentucky
Winter 2023–24 Basketball Tennessee (RS)
Alabama (T, 2023)
South Carolina (RS & T)
Equestrian Auburn (2023)
Gymnastics Florida (RS, 2023) Florida (T, 2023)
Swimming and diving Florida Florida
Track and field (indoor) Arkansas Arkansas
Spring 2023 Baseball Arkansas & Florida (RS) Vanderbilt (T)
Softball Tennessee (RS) Tennessee (T)
Golf Florida Texas A&M
Tennis Georgia (RS) Kentucky (T) Texas A&M (RS) Georgia (T)
Track and field (outdoor) Arkansas Arkansas

Source: SECSports.com.[95]

Football

For the most recent season, see 2023 Southeastern Conference football season.

Scheduling

SEC teams did not play a uniform number of conference games until 1974. Prior to that, the number of conference games teams played ranged from four to eight, but most played a 6- or 7- game schedule. The league adopted a uniform 6-game schedule from 1974 to 1987, and added a seventh conference game from 1988 to 1991. Through this period and through the earlier years each SEC school had five permanent opponents, developing some traditional rivalries between schools, and the other games rotated around the other members of the conference.

After expansion to twelve programs in 1992, the SEC went to an 8-game conference schedule, with each team playing the five other teams in their division and three opponents from the other division. The winners of the two divisions would then meet in the SEC Championship Game.

From 1992 through 2002, each team had two permanent inter-divisional opponents, allowing many traditional rivalries from the pre-expansion era (such as Florida vs. Auburn, Kentucky vs. LSU, and Vanderbilt vs. Alabama) to continue. However, complaints from some league athletic directors about imbalance in the schedule (for instance, Auburn's two permanent opponents from the East were Florida and Georgia – two of the SEC's stronger football programs at the time – while Mississippi State played Kentucky and South Carolina every year) led to the SEC reducing the number of permanent inter-division opponents to one starting in the 2003 season. The TV networks televising SEC games were also pressuring for the change so attractive match-ups between non-traditional opponents would happen twice every five years instead of twice every eight years. With the subsequent expansion to 14 members in 2012, non-permanent cross-division opponents face each other in the regular season twice in a span of twelve years.

Under the current format, each school plays a total of eight conference games, consisting of the other six teams in its division, one school from the other division on a rotating basis, and one school from the other division that it plays each year. The permanent cross-division matchups are: Alabama–Tennessee; Arkansas–Missouri; Auburn–Georgia; LSU–Florida; Mississippi State–Kentucky; Ole Miss–Vanderbilt; Texas A&M–South Carolina.

The then-current scheduling arrangement was originally set to expire after the 2015 season, but the SEC presidents voted 10–4[96] in April 2014 to keep the current format for an additional six to eight seasons beyond 2015.[97] Additionally, since 2016, SEC teams have been required to schedule at least one opponent each season from the other so-called "Power Five" conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, or Pac-12); games against select football independent schools also qualify, including Army, BYU, and Notre Dame.[97][98][99]

In 2023, the SEC announced the divisional split would be scrapped when Oklahoma and Texas join in 2024. The conference schedule will remain at 8 games in the 2024 season while the SEC determines its long-term football scheduling format. Whether the conference schedule stays at 8 games or expands to 9 after 2024, each team will be guaranteed of playing all other conference teams home and away in a four-year cycle. The requirement of scheduling at least one Power Five or major independent (of note, BYU has since left the independent ranks for the Big 12) remains in place. The championship game will feature the top two teams in the conference standings, with tiebreakers as needed.[100]

All-time school records (ranked according to winning percentage)

Through end of the 2023 season including SEC Championship Game. Records reflect official NCAA results, including any forfeits or win vacating.[101]

  Members joining in 2024.


# Team Won Lost Tied Win % SEC championships Claimed national championships
1 Alabama 965 337 43 .733 30 18
2 Oklahoma 944 341 53 .725 0 7
3 Texas 948 392 33 .702 0 4
4 Tennessee 865 414 53 .669 13 6
5 Georgia 881 429 54 .666 14 4
6 LSU 806 434 47 .645 12 4
7 Florida 758 445 40 .626 8 3
8 Auburn 799 471 47 .625 8 2
9 Texas A&M 778 504 48 .603 0 3
10 Arkansas 740 539 40 .576 0 1
11 Ole Miss 675 547 35 .551 6 3
12 Missouri 711 590 52 .545 0 1
13 South Carolina 635 612 44 .509 0 0
14 Kentucky 653 647 44 .502 2 1
15 Mississippi State 586 609 39 .491 1 0
16 Vanderbilt 618 665 50 .482 0 0

Notes:

Championship game

Main article: SEC Championship Game

The SEC Championship Game pits the SEC West Division representative against the East Division representative in a game held after the regular season has been completed. The first two SEC Championship football games were held at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. Since 1994, it has been played in Atlanta—first at the Georgia Dome through 2016, and since 2017 at its replacement, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with the current hosting contract running through 2027.[102] The "home team" designation alternates between the division champions, going to the East champion in even-numbered years and the West champion in odd-numbered years. As of 2022, the West leads 18-13 in overall wins in the championship game against the East. Kentucky, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt are the only teams to not appear in the SEC Championship Game as of 2023.[103]

Bowl games

The post-season bowl game tie-ins for the SEC for the 2014–2019 seasons are:[104]

Pick Name Location Opposing conference Opposing pick Payout
1^ Sugar Bowl New Orleans, Louisiana Big 12 1 $19M
2† Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, Florida ACC 1 $18M
3 Citrus Bowl Orlando, Florida Big TenACC° 3/4/5 – 2 $4.2M
4/5/6/7/8/9 ReliaQuest Bowl Tampa, Florida Big Ten 3/4/5 $3.5M
4/5/6/7/8/9 Duke's Mayo Bowl Charlotte, North Carolina ACC¤ 3/4/5/6/7 $1.7M
10/11/12 Las Vegas Bowl Paradise, Nevada Pac-12¤ $2.9M
4/5/6/7/8/9 Texas Bowl Houston, Texas Big 12 4 $3.0M
4/5/6/7/8/9 Liberty Bowl Memphis, Tennessee Big 12 5 $1.4M
4/5/6/7/8/9 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, Florida Big TenACC 6/7/8 – 3/4/5/6/7 $2.8M
4/5/6/7/8/9 Music City Bowl Nashville, Tennessee Big TenACC 6/7/8 – 3/4/5/6/7 $2.8M
10/11/12 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, Florida Pool $1.1M
10/11/12 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, Alabama American 5 $1.4M

Payout is per team for the 2014 season; if different for opposing conference, payout for the SEC team is shown. Each conference member, irrespective of bowl participation, also receives an equal split of a payout to the SEC conference.[105][106][107]

^ The Sugar Bowl is contractually obligated to select the SEC champion if that team is not participating in the College Football Playoff. In years where the champion is unavailable the Playoff Committee will assign another SEC team to participate in the Sugar. Alternatively, in years where the Sugar hosts a playoff game the SEC Champion will be sent to the Fiesta, Cotton, or Peach Bowl if not selected for the playoff.

† The Big Ten and SEC will be eligible to face the ACC representative in the Orange Bowl at least three out of the eight seasons that it does not host a semifinal for the Playoff over a 12-year span. Notre Dame may be chosen the other two years if eligible.

° In years when the Big Ten places a team in the Orange Bowl, the Citrus Bowl will select from ACC teams remaining after the Playoff Committee and Orange Bowl make their selections.

‡ The Big Ten and ACC will switch between the Music City and Gator bowls on alternating years.

¤ For the 2020 through 2025 seasons, the Big Ten and SEC will alternate which conference sends a team to the Duke's Mayo Bowl or the Las Vegas Bowl. SEC will be in the Las Vegas Bowl during the even years and Duke's Mayo Bowl during the odd years.

Head coach compensation

The total pay of head coaches includes university and non-university compensation including base salary, income from contracts, foundation supplements, bonuses and media and radio pay as of the most recent 2023 season. As a private institution, Vanderbilt is not obligated to disclose salary information.

Conference pay rank Institution Head coach 2023 total pay
1 University of Alabama Nick Saban[a] $11,700,000
2 University of Georgia Kirby Smart $11,200,000
3 Louisiana State University Brian Kelly $9,500,000[108]
3 Texas A&M University Jimbo Fisher[b] $9,500,000
5 University of Mississippi Lane Kiffin $9,000,000
5 University of Tennessee Josh Heupel $9,000,000
7 University of Kentucky Mark Stoops $8,600,000
8 University of Florida Billy Napier $7,200,000
9 Auburn University Hugh Freeze $6,500,000
10 University of South Carolina Shane Beamer $6,200,000
11 University of Arkansas Sam Pittman $6,000,000
11 University of Missouri Eliah Drinkwitz $6,000,000
13 Mississippi State University Zach Arnett[c] $3,000,000
14 Vanderbilt University Clark Lea Salary unknown
  1. ^ Retired after the 2023 season. Kalen DeBoer will be head coach in 2024.
  2. ^ Fired during the 2023 season. Mike Elko will be head coach in 2024.
  3. ^ Fired during the 2023 season. Jeff Lebby will be head coach in 2024.

Player awards

Each year, the conference selects various individual awards. In 1994, the conference began honoring former players from each school annually with the SEC Football Legends program.

50th anniversary All-Time SEC Team

In 1982, the SEC Skywriters, a group of media covering the Southeastern Conference, selected members of their All-Time SEC Team for the first fifty years (1933–82) of the SEC.[109]

Intra-conference football rivalries

The members of the SEC have longstanding rivalries with each other, especially on the football field. The following is a list of active rivalries in the Southeastern Conference with totals & records through the completion of the 2022 season.

Teams Rivalry name Trophy Meetings Record Series leader Current streak
Alabama Auburn Iron Bowl Foy, V-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy 87 50–37–1 Alabama Alabama won 4
Florida Alabama–Florida football rivalry None 42 27–14 Alabama Alabama won 8
Georgia Alabama–Georgia football rivalry 72 42–26–4 Alabama Alabama won 1
LSU First Saturday in November 87 56–27–5 Alabama Alabama won 1
Mississippi State Battle for Highway 82 107 85–18–3 Alabama Alabama won 15
Ole Miss Alabama–Ole Miss football rivalry 70 54–10–2 Alabama Alabama won 8
Tennessee Third Saturday in October 105 58–39–7 Alabama Alabama won 1
Arkansas LSU Arkansas–LSU football rivalry Golden Boot 68 41–23–2 LSU LSU won 1
Missouri Battle Line Rivalry Battle Line Trophy 14 10–4 Missouri Missouri won 1
Ole Miss Arkansas–Ole Miss football rivalry None 69 37–29–1 Arkansas Arkansas won 1
Texas Arkansas–Texas football rivalry 79 56–23 Texas Arkansas won 2
Texas A&M Southwest Classic Southwest Classic Trophy 79 42–34–3 Arkansas Texas A&M won 1
Auburn Alabama Iron Bowl Foy, V-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy 87 50–37–1 Alabama Alabama won 4
Florida Auburn–Florida football rivalry None 84 43–39–2 Auburn Florida won 1
Georgia Deep South's Oldest Rivalry 127 63–56–8 Georgia Georgia won 6
LSU Auburn–LSU football rivalry 57 29–24–1 LSU LSU won 1
Ole Miss Auburn–Ole Miss football rivalry 47 35–11 Auburn Ole Miss won 1
Tennessee Auburn–Tennessee football rivalry 54 29–22–3 Auburn Auburn won 1
Florida Alabama Alabama–Florida football rivalry 42 27–14 Alabama Alabama won 8
Auburn Auburn–Florida football rivalry 84 43–39–2 Auburn Florida won 1
Georgia World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party Okefenokee Oar 100 54–44–2 Georgia Georgia won 2
LSU Florida–LSU football rivalry None 69 33–30–3 Florida LSU won 4
Tennessee Florida–Tennessee football rivalry 53 32–21 Florida Florida won 1
Georgia Alabama Alabama–Georgia football rivalry 72 42–26–4 Alabama Alabama won 1
Auburn Deep South's Oldest Rivalry 127 63–56–8 Georgia Georgia won 6
Florida World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party Okefenokee Oar 100 54–44–2 Georgia Georgia won 2
South Carolina Georgia–South Carolina football rivalry None 75 54–19–2 Georgia Georgia won 3
Tennessee Georgia–Tennessee football rivalry 52 27–23–2 Georgia Georgia won 6
Vanderbilt Georgia–Vanderbilt football rivalry 82 60–20–2 Georgia Georgia won 5
Kentucky Tennessee Kentucky–Tennessee football rivalry 118 83–26–9 Tennessee Tennessee won 2
Vanderbilt Kentucky–Vanderbilt football rivalry 95 48–43–4 Kentucky Vanderbilt won 1
LSU Alabama First Saturday in November 87 56–27–5 Alabama LSU lost 1
Arkansas Arkansas–LSU football rivalry Golden Boot 68 41–23–2 LSU LSU won 1
Auburn Tiger Bowl None 57 29–24–1 LSU LSU won 1
Florida Florida–LSU football rivalry 69 33–30–3 Florida LSU won 4
Mississippi State LSU–Mississippi State football rivalry 116 74–36–3 LSU LSU won 2
Ole Miss Magnolia Bowl Magnolia Bowl Trophy 111 64–43–4 LSU LSU won 1
Texas A&M LSU–Texas A&M football rivalry None 61 31–23–3 LSU Texas A&M won 1
Mississippi State Alabama Battle for Highway 82 107 85–18–3 Alabama Alabama won 15
LSU LSU–Mississippi State football rivalry 116 74–36–3 LSU LSU won 2
Ole Miss Egg Bowl Golden Egg 119 64–46–6 Ole Miss Mississippi State won 1
Missouri Arkansas Battle Line Rivalry Battle Line Trophy 14 10–4 Missouri Missouri won 1
Oklahoma Missouri–Oklahoma football rivalry Tiger–Sooner Peace Pipe 96 67–24–5 Oklahoma Oklahoma won 1
South Carolina Battle for Columbia Mayors' Cup 13 8–5 Missouri Missouri won 4
Oklahoma Missouri Missouri–Oklahoma football rivalry Tiger–Sooner Peace Pipe 96 67–24–5 Oklahoma Oklahoma won 1
Texas Red River Showdown Golden Hat 118 63–50–5 Texas Texas won 1
Ole Miss Alabama Alabama–Ole Miss football rivalry None 70 54–10–2 Alabama Alabama won 8
Arkansas Arkansas–Ole Miss football rivalry 69 37–29–1 Arkansas Arkansas won 1
Auburn Auburn–Ole Miss football rivalry 47 35–11 Auburn Ole Miss won 1
LSU Magnolia Bowl Magnolia Bowl Trophy 111 64–43–4 LSU LSU won 1
Mississippi State Egg Bowl Golden Egg 119 64–46–6 Ole Miss Mississippi State won 1
Vanderbilt Ole Miss–Vanderbilt football rivalry None 97 53–40–2 Ole Miss Ole Miss won 4
South Carolina Georgia Georgia–South Carolina football rivalry 75 54–19–2 Georgia Georgia won 3
Missouri Battle for Columbia Mayors' Cup 13 8–5 Missouri Missouri won 4
Tennessee South Carolina–Tennessee football rivalry None 41 28–11–2 Tennessee South Carolina won 1
Tennessee Alabama Third Saturday in October 105 58–39–7 Alabama Tennessee won 1
Auburn Auburn–Tennessee football rivalry 54 29–22–3 Auburn Auburn won 1
Florida Florida–Tennessee football rivalry 53 32–21 Florida Florida won 1
Georgia Georgia–Tennessee football rivalry 52 27–23–2 Georgia Georgia won 6
Kentucky Kentucky–Tennessee football rivalry 118 83–26–9 Tennessee Tennessee won 2
South Carolina South Carolina–Tennessee football rivalry 41 28–11–2 Tennessee South Carolina won 1
Vanderbilt Tennessee–Vanderbilt football rivalry 117 79–33–5 Tennessee Tennessee won 4
Texas Arkansas Arkansas–Texas football rivalry 79 56–23 Texas Arkansas won 2
Oklahoma Red River Showdown Golden Hat 117 62–50–5 Texas Texas won 1
Texas A&M Lone Star Showdown None 118 76–37–5 Texas Texas won 1
Texas A&M Arkansas Southwest Classic Southwest Classic Trophy 79 42–34–3 Arkansas Texas A&M won 1
LSU LSU–Texas A&M football rivalry None 61 31–23–3 LSU Texas A&M won 1
Texas Lone Star Showdown 118 76–37–5 Texas Texas won 1
Vanderbilt Georgia Georgia–Vanderbilt football rivalry 82 60–20–2 Georgia Georgia won 5
Kentucky Kentucky–Vanderbilt football rivalry 95 48–43–4 Kentucky Vanderbilt won 1
Ole Miss Ole Miss–Vanderbilt football rivalry 97 53–40–2 Ole Miss Ole Miss won 4
Tennessee Tennessee–Vanderbilt football rivalry 117 79–33–5 Tennessee Tennessee won 4

Interconference football rivalries

Teams Rivalry name Trophy Meetings Record Series leader Existing streak
Alabama Clemson Alabama–Clemson football rivalry None 19 14–5 Alabama Alabama lost 1
Georgia Tech Alabama–Georgia Tech football rivalry 52 28–21–3 Alabama Alabama lost 1
Penn State Alabama–Penn State football rivalry 15 10–5 Alabama Alabama won 2
Arkansas Texas Tech Arkansas–Texas Tech football rivalry 37 29–8 Arkansas Arkansas lost 1
Auburn Clemson Auburn–Clemson football rivalry 51 34–15–2 Auburn Auburn lost 4
Georgia Tech Auburn–Georgia Tech football rivalry 92 47–41–4 Auburn Auburn lost 2
Tulane Auburn–Tulane football rivalry 38 15–17–6 Tulane Auburn won 2
Florida Florida State Sunshine Showdown Makala Trophy, Florida Cup 66 37–27–2 Florida Florida lost 1
Miami (FL) Florida–Miami football rivalry Florida Cup 56 27–29 Miami (FL) Florida won 1
Georgia Clemson Clemson–Georgia football rivalry None 65 73–18–4 Georgia Georgia won 2
Georgia Tech Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate 116 70–41–5 Georgia Georgia won 5
Kentucky Centre Centre–Kentucky rivalry 35 12–21–2 Centre Kentucky won 3
Indiana Indiana–Kentucky football rivalry 36 17–18–1 Indiana Kentucky lost 1
Louisville Governor's Cup The Governor's Cup 34 19–15 Kentucky Kentucky won 4
Transylvania Battle On Broadway None 19 12–6–1 Kentucky Kentucky lost 1
LSU Tulane Battle for the Rag Tiger Rag/Victory Rag 98 69–22–7 LSU LSU won 18
Missouri Illinois Arch Rivalry None 24 17–7 Missouri Missouri won 6
Iowa State Iowa State–Missouri football rivalry Telephone Trophy 104 61–34–9 Missouri Missouri won 5
Kansas Border War Indian War Drum 121 57–54–9 Missouri Missouri won 3
Nebraska Missouri–Nebraska football rivalry Victory Bell 104 36–65–3 Nebraska Missouri lost 2
Oklahoma Nebraska Nebraska–Oklahoma football rivalry None 88 47–38–3 Oklahoma Oklahoma won 3
Oklahoma State Bedlam Series Bedlam Bell 117 91–20–7 Oklahoma Oklahoma lost 1
Ole Miss Memphis Mid-South Rivalry None 63 47–12–2 Ole Miss Ole Miss lost 1
Tulane Ole Miss–Tulane football rivalry 72 42–28 Ole Miss Ole Miss won 12
South Carolina Clemson Palmetto Bowl Palmetto Trophy 119 43–72–4 Clemson South Carolina lost 1
North Carolina North Carolina–South Carolina football rivalry None 59 20–35–4 North Carolina South Carolina lost 1
Tennessee Georgia Tech Georgia Tech–Tennessee football rivalry 44 25–17–2 Tennessee Tennessee won 2
Texas Rice Rice–Texas football rivalry 96 74–21–1 Texas Texas won 15
TCU TCU–Texas football rivalry 93 64–28–1 Texas Texas won 1
Texas Tech Texas–Texas Tech football rivalry Chancellor's Spurs 72 54–18 Texas Texas won 1
Texas A&M Baylor Battle of the Brazos None 108 68–31–9 Texas A&M Texas A&M won 3
TCU TCU–Texas A&M football rivalry 92 56–29–7 Texas A&M Texas A&M won 24
Texas Tech Texas A&M–Texas Tech football rivalry 70 37–32–1 Texas A&M Texas A&M won 3
Vanderbilt Georgia Tech Georgia Tech–Vanderbilt football rivalry Gold Cowbell 38 15–20–3 Georgia Tech Vanderbilt lost 6
Sewanee Sewanee–Vanderbilt football rivalry None 52 40–8–4 Vanderbilt Vanderbilt won 1

Men's basketball

For the current season, see 2023–24 Southeastern Conference men's basketball season.

Since the 2012–13 season, SEC teams have played an 18-game conference schedule, which includes two games (home and away) against each of three permanent rivals and single games against the remaining ten teams in the conference. Men's basketball formerly used the East/West divisional alignment for regular-season scheduling and seeding the conference tournament, but it no longer does.

Before expansion to 14 teams, the conference schedule was 16 games. Although the divisions were eliminated beginning with the 2011–12 season, that season's schedule was still set according to the divisional alignments, with each team facing each team from its own division twice and each team from the opposite division once. As part of the proposal by SEC head coaches that led to the scrapping of the divisional structure, a task force of four coaches and four athletic directors was set to discuss future conference scheduling. At that time, options included a revamped 16-game schedule, an 18-game schedule, or a full double round-robin of 22 conference games.[110] However, these discussions came before Texas A&M and Missouri were announced in late 2011 as incoming members for the 2012–13 season, which required a format that could support 14 teams rather than twelve.

At the 2012 SEC spring meetings, league athletic directors adopted an 18-game conference schedule. Each school had one permanent opponent that it played home and away every season, and faced four other opponents in a home-and-home series during a given season, and then the remaining teams one each (four home, four away). The permanent opponents were Alabama–Auburn, Arkansas–Missouri, Florida–Kentucky, Georgia–South Carolina, LSU–Texas A&M, Ole Miss–Mississippi State, and Tennessee–Vanderbilt. The home-and-home opponents, apart from the permanent opponent, rotated each season.[111]

The 2014 SEC spring meetings saw a further change to the scheduling format. While the athletic directors voted to stay with an 18-game conference schedule, they increased the number of permanent opponents for each school from one to three. Each school retained its permanent opponent from the 2012–2014 period while adding two others.[112]

From 1966 to 1967, following Tulane's departure, through 1990–91, the year prior to the addition of Arkansas and South Carolina, teams played a double round-robin, 18-game conference schedule. No team was undefeated in this period, though three teams went 17–1 (Kentucky in 1970 and 1986, LSU in 1981). During the period from 1992 to 2012 when the league slate was 16 games, Kentucky went undefeated in SEC play in 1996, 2003, and 2012 (although only the 2003 team went on to win the conference tournament).

Since the return to an 18-game conference schedule following the 2012 conference expansion, two teams have gone undefeated in SEC play: Florida in 2013–14 and Kentucky in 2014–15.

The scheduling format will change again with the arrival of Oklahoma and Texas in 2024. The conference schedule will remain at 18 games, but each team will play three opponents home and away—two permanent and one rotating. The remaining 12 games will be single games against all other conference members, evenly divided between home and away games.[7]

Scheduling partners

The table below lists each school's permanent men's basketball-only scheduling partners from 2014–15 through 2023–24.

School Partner 1 Partner 2 Partner 3
Alabama Auburn LSU Mississippi State
Arkansas LSU Missouri Texas A&M
Auburn Alabama Georgia Ole Miss
Florida Georgia Kentucky Vanderbilt
Georgia Auburn Florida South Carolina
Kentucky Florida Tennessee Vanderbilt
LSU Alabama Arkansas Texas A&M
Ole Miss Mississippi State Auburn Missouri
Mississippi State Alabama Ole Miss South Carolina
Missouri Arkansas Ole Miss Texas A&M
South Carolina Georgia Mississippi State Tennessee
Tennessee Kentucky South Carolina Vanderbilt
Texas A&M Arkansas LSU Missouri
Vanderbilt Kentucky Tennessee Florida

Basketball tournament

Main article: SEC men's basketball tournament

The SEC men's basketball tournament (also known simply as the SEC tournament) is the competition that determines the SEC's automatic bid to the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Notably, it does not determine the SEC conference champion in men's basketball—the conference has awarded its championship to the team(s) with the best regular-season record since the 1950–51 season.[113] It is a single-elimination tournament and seeding is based on regular season records.

With the expansion to 14 members in 2012, the 2013 tournament was the first with a new format covering five days. The teams seeded eleven through fourteen play on the first day, with the winners advancing to play the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds on Thursday. The top four teams receive a "double bye" and do not play until the quarterfinals on Friday. The expansion to 16 teams in 2024 will result in two additional tournament games, but the top four teams will continue to receive "double byes" into the quarterfinals.[7]

As of the 2022–23 season, the tournament has most often been held at two venues that have each hosted twelve times. Louisville Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky, served as the regular host from 1941 until the tournament was discontinued after the 1952 edition. The Georgia Dome in Atlanta first hosted the tournament in 1995 and most recently hosted in 2014. Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, is now the regular host, with that venue hosting the tournament from 2015 through 2030, except in 2018 and 2022 (years in which it instead hosted the SEC women's basketball tournament).[114] Sometimes, the tournament will take place at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, or Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. The 2018 tournament was held at Scottrade Center, now Enterprise Center, in St. Louis, Missouri, and the 2022 tournament was at Amalie Arena.[115]

Prior to moving to the Georgia Dome, the tournament (during its modern, post-1979 era) was most often contested at the venue now known as Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, home of the SEC's headquarters and centrally located prior to the addition of Arkansas and South Carolina. Other sites to host include on-campus arenas at LSU, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt; Rupp Arena in Lexington; and the Orlando Arena.

NCAA tournament champions, runners-up and locations

† denotes overtime games. Multiple †'s indicate more than one overtime.

Year Champion Runner-up Venue and city
1948 Kentucky 58 Baylor 42 Madison Square Garden New York
1949 Kentucky (2) 46 Oklahoma A&M 36 Hec Edmundson Pavilion Seattle
1951 Kentucky (3) 68 Kansas State 58 Williams Arena Minneapolis
1958 Kentucky (4) 84 Seattle 72 Freedom Hall Louisville, Kentucky
1966 Texas Western 72 Kentucky 65 Cole Field House College Park, Maryland
1975 UCLA (10) 92 Kentucky 85 San Diego Sports Arena San Diego
1978 Kentucky (5) 94 Duke 88 The Checkerdome St. Louis
1994 Arkansas 76 Duke 72 Charlotte Coliseum Charlotte, North Carolina
1995 UCLA (11) 89 Arkansas 78 Kingdome Seattle
1996 Kentucky (6) 76 Syracuse 67 Continental Airlines Arena East Rutherford, New Jersey
1997 Arizona 84 Kentucky 79 RCA Dome Indianapolis
1998 Kentucky (7) 78 Utah 69 Alamodome San Antonio
2000 Michigan State (2) 89 Florida 76 RCA Dome Indianapolis
2006 Florida 73 UCLA 57 RCA Dome Indianapolis
2007 Florida (2) 84 Ohio State 75 Georgia Dome Atlanta
2012 Kentucky (8) 67 Kansas 59 Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans
2014 UConn 60 Kentucky 54 AT&T Stadium Arlington, Texas

Awards

The SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year is awarded to the player who has proven himself, throughout the season, to be the most exceptional talent in the Southeastern Conference. Various other awards, such as the best tournament player in the SEC tournament and all conference honors are given out throughout the year.

Baseball

See also: SEC Baseball Tournament

Schools play a 30-game league schedule (10 three-game series). Since 1996, schools have played all five schools within their division and five schools from the opposite division. Before the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M in advance of the 2013 season, schools missed only one opponent from the opposite division in a given season; each school now misses three opponents from the opposite division.

Since 1990, the SEC has become the most successful conference on the college baseball diamond. That year, Georgia captured the conference's first national championship at the Men's College World Series (MCWS). Following that, LSU won six of the next 19 titles, including five of ten between 1991 and 2000 and its sixth title in 2009. This was followed by South Carolina winning back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011, Vanderbilt winning its first title in 2014, Florida winning its first title in 2017, Vanderbilt winning again in 2019, Mississippi State claiming its first title in 2021, Ole Miss winning its first title in 2022, and LSU winning again in 2023. During that same span, 12 teams have also been runners-up at the MCWS. The MCWS final series featured two SEC teams in 1997, 2011, 2017, 2021, and 2023, and the 2022 final involved a current member and a future member.[a] The 2022 MCWS featured four current members, all from the SEC West, and both future members. The only current SEC member that has never appeared in the MCWS is Kentucky; every other current member has appeared at least 5 times. Among other current SEC members, only Missouri has not appeared in the MCWS while a member of the SEC (and has yet to make the NCAA tournament as an SEC member), although it made six MCWS appearances in the 1950s and 1960s while in the Big Eight Conference. Both Georgia Tech and Tulane have made appearances in the MCWS after leaving the SEC. Future SEC member Texas leads all schools in MCWS appearances with 38, and its 6 titles trail only USC (12 titles) and LSU (7). Another future member, Oklahoma, has two titles from 11 MCWS appearances.

SEC teams have also become leaders in total and average attendance over the years. In 2022, the top seven programs in average home attendance and the top eight programs in total home attendance were all SEC members, with the exception of future member Texas. The only SEC members to place outside the top 30 in both measures of attendance were Kentucky and Missouri, with the latter being the only one outside the top 50.[116]

The NCAA automatic berth is given to the winner of the SEC Baseball Tournament, which was first started in 1977. It is a double-elimination tournament and seeding is based on regular season records. Since 1998, the tournament has been held at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Alabama and contested under the format used at the MCWS from 1988 through 2002, with two four-team brackets leading to a single championship game. The winner receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I baseball tournament.

SEC presidents and athletic directors voted to expand the SEC Tournament to ten teams starting in 2012. The division winners received a bye on the first day of competition, and the tournament became single-elimination after the field is pared to four teams.

With the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M for the 2013 baseball season, the tournament was expanded to 12 teams. The top four seeds receive a bye on the first day, with seeds 5–12 playing single elimination. The tournament is double-elimination for the next three days, then reverts to single elimination when four teams are remaining.

The arrival of Oklahoma and Texas in 2024–25 will result in further changes to the conference schedule. The SEC schedule will remain at 30 games, but the divisional alignment will be scrapped. Each team will play 10 three-game series—two against permanent opponents, and eight against rotating opponents. The future format for the baseball tournament has yet to be determined.[7]

In addition to the winner of the SEC Baseball Tournament, the Southeastern Conference usually gets several at-large bids to the NCAA tournament. Many teams have qualified for the NCAA tournament despite failing to win a game in the SEC Tournament. One of those, Mississippi State, went 0–2 in the 2007 SEC Tournament, but reached the MCWS in 2007.

Men's College World Series champions, runners-up, and scores

Note: Teams in bold are current SEC members who advanced to the MCWS while in the conference. Teams in bold italics are current SEC members who were either in another conference or an independent at the time of their appearance. Teams in plain italics are future members.

Year Champion Runner-up Score(s) Venue
1949 Texas Wake Forest 10–3 Lawrence–Dumont Stadium Wichita, Kansas
1950 Texas (2) Washington State 3–0 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1951 Oklahoma Tennessee 3–2 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1952 Holy Cross Missouri 8–4 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1953 Michigan Texas 12–5 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1954 Missouri Rollins 4–1 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1958 Southern California (2) Missouri 8–7 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1964 Minnesota Missouri 5–1 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1975 Texas (3) South Carolina 2–1 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1977 Arizona State (4) South Carolina 2–1 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1979 Cal State Fullerton Arkansas 2–1 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1983 Texas (4) Alabama 4–3 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1984 Cal State Fullerton Texas 3–1 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1985 Miami (FL) Texas 10–6 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1989 Wichita State Texas 5–3 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1990 Georgia Oklahoma State 2–1 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1991 LSU Wichita State 6–3 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1993 LSU (2) Wichita State 8–0 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1994 Oklahoma (2) Georgia Tech 13–5 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1996 LSU (3) Miami (FL) 9–8 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
1997 LSU (4) Alabama 13–6 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
2000 LSU (5) Stanford 6–5 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
2002 Texas (5) South Carolina 12–6 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
2005 Texas (6) Florida 4–2, 6–2 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
2004 Cal State Fullerton Texas 6–4, 3–2 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
2008 Fresno State Georgia 6–7, 19–10, 6–1 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
2009 LSU (6) Texas 7–6, 1–5, 11–4 Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
2010 South Carolina UCLA 7–1, 2–1 (11) Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Nebraska
2011 South Carolina (2) Florida 2–1 (11), 5–2 TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Omaha, Nebraska
2012 Arizona (4) South Carolina 5–1, 4–1 TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Omaha, Nebraska
2013 UCLA Mississippi State 3–1, 8–0 TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Omaha, Nebraska
2014 Vanderbilt Virginia 9–8, 2–7, 3–2 TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Omaha, Nebraska
2015 Virginia Vanderbilt 1–5, 3–0, 4–2 TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Omaha, Nebraska
2017 Florida LSU 4–3, 6–1 TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Omaha, Nebraska
2018 Oregon State (3) Arkansas 1–4, 5–3, 5–0 TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Omaha, Nebraska
2019 Vanderbilt (2) Michigan 4–7, 4–1, 8–2 TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Omaha, Nebraska
2021 Mississippi State Vanderbilt 2–8, 13–2, 9–0 TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Omaha, Nebraska
2022 Ole Miss Oklahoma 10–3, 4–2 Charles Schwab Field Omaha Omaha, Nebraska
2023 LSU (7) Florida 4–3 (11), 4–24, 18–4 Charles Schwab Field Omaha Omaha, Nebraska

Men's College World Series appearances

Future members in gray.

School Appearances Most recent Highest finish
Texas 38 2022 1st (6×)
LSU 19 2023 1st (7×)
Florida 13 2023 1st
Mississippi State 12 2021 1st
Arkansas 11 2022 2nd (2×)
Oklahoma 11 2022 1st (2×)
South Carolina 11 2012 1st (2×)
Texas A&M 7 2022 4th
Auburn 6 2022 4th
Georgia 6 2008 1st
Missouri 6 1964 1st
Ole Miss 6 2022 1st
Tennessee 6 2023 2nd
Alabama 5 1999 2nd (2×)
Vanderbilt 5 2021 1st (2×)
Kentucky 0 N/A N/A

Rivalries

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Several baseball rivalries have developed in the SEC:

Historically these schools were arch-rivals in all sports, but following Tulane's decades-long de-emphasis of sports, including its exit from the SEC in 1966, baseball is the only sport in which the two schools are relatively evenly matched. On several occasions match-ups between the two have drawn national record-setting attendances. Tulane reached its first College World Series in 2001 by defeating LSU in three games in the NCAA Super Regional. In 2002, the Tigers and Green Wave drew an NCAA regular season record crowd of 27,673 to the Louisiana Superdome.
Before the arrival of Skip Bertman as LSU's baseball coach in 1984, Mississippi State had long dominated the conference in baseball, with most of that success coming under coach Ron Polk, who returned to coach the Bulldogs in 2002 after retiring in 1997. When Bertman arrived in Baton Rouge, LSU's long-dormant program took off, winning eleven SEC championships and five College World Series championships between 1984 and 2001.
This instate rivalry is an intense local affair, with the Gamecocks and Tigers meeting each regular season, and has gained national prominence as both teams are often ranked in the top ten nationally. The highlights of the rivalry include the 2002 and 2010 meetings in the final four of the College World Series. Each time, South Carolina emerged from the losers bracket to beat Clemson twice and advance to the national championship series.
The Gamecocks and Tar Heels met five times in the NCAA tournament between 2002 and 2013, including the 2002 NCAA Regional, 2003 NCAA Super Regional, 2004 NCAA Regional and 2013 NCAA Regional, with the Gamecocks holding a 3–2 edge.

Women's basketball

The SEC has historically been a strong conference in women's basketball.[117] Since the 2009–10 season, teams have played a 16-game conference schedule with a single league table; prior to that time the conference schedule was 14 games, again in a single table.[118] Like SEC men's basketball, women's basketball used the divisional alignment for scheduling purposes through the 2011–12 season; however, the women's scheduling format was significantly different from the men's. Each team played home-and-home games against five schools—one permanent opponent, two teams from the same division, and two teams from the opposite division; the non-permanent home-and-home opponents rotated every two years.[119] The remaining games were single games against the six other schools in the conference, with three at home and three away.

The league voted to keep a 16-game league schedule even after the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M. Arkansas and LSU are no longer permanent opponents, with the Razorbacks picking up Missouri and the Lady Tigers picking up Texas A&M. The other permanent opponents are the same as men's basketball, except for Florida-Georgia and Kentucky-South Carolina (both pairs had been permanent women's basketball opponents before the 2012 expansion). Each school plays two others home-and-home during a given season and the other ten once each. The divisional alignments no longer play any role in scheduling.[120]

The conference schedule will remain at 16 games after the 2024 arrival of Oklahoma and Texas. Each team will play home and away against one permanent opponent, with single games against all other teams, evenly divided between home and away games.[7]

SEC women's basketball was historically dominated by Tennessee, who won regular-season and/or conference tournament championships in 25 seasons through 2015, as well as eight national championships since 1987. In more recent times, the dominant team has been South Carolina, winning eight regular-season and seven tournament titles since 2014, as well as national titles in 2017 and 2022. In the 28 seasons the NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament has been held, SEC schools have reached the Final Four 32 times, more than twice as often as any other conference.[121]

Basketball tournament

Main article: SEC women's basketball tournament

The SEC women's basketball tournament is currently held a week before the men's basketball tournament. Like the men's version, it is a single-elimination tournament involving all conference members, with seeding based on regular season records. With the expansion to 14 schools, the bottom four teams in the conference standings play opening-round games, and the top four receive "double byes" into the quarterfinals. The winner earns the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA women's basketball tournament. Also paralleling the men's tournament, the women's tournament does not determine the SEC champion; that honor has been awarded based on regular-season record since the 1985–86 season.[122] The expansion to 16 teams will result in the addition of two extra games, but the top four teams in the conference standings will continue to receive "double byes" into the quarterfinals.[7]

The tournament, inaugurated in 1980, was originally held on campus sites; the first tournament to take place at a neutral site was in 1987. The three most frequent sites for the tournament have been McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tennessee (seven times), the Albany Civic Center in Albany, Georgia (six times), and Bridgestone Arena in Nashville (six times). However, the only one of these venues to have hosted the tournament in the 21st century is Bridgestone Arena. Because demand for women's tournament tickets is generally lower than for the men's tournament, it is typically played in a smaller venue than the men's tournament in the same season. The most frequent venues since 2000 have been Bridgestone Arena, Gas South Arena at Duluth, Georgia (four), and Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas (four).

NCAA tournament champions, runners-up and locations

† denotes overtime games. Multiple †'s indicate more than one overtime.

Year Champion Runner-up Venue and city
1984 Southern Cal (2) 72 Tennessee 61 Pauley Pavilion Los Angeles
1985 Old Dominion 70 Georgia 65 Frank Erwin Center Austin, Texas
1987 Tennessee 67 Louisiana Tech 44 Frank Erwin Center Austin, Texas
1988 Louisiana Tech (2) 56 Auburn 54 Tacoma Dome Tacoma, Washington
1989 Tennessee (2) 76 Auburn 70 Tacoma Dome Tacoma, Washington
1990 Stanford 88 Auburn 81 Thompson–Boling Arena Knoxville, Tennessee
1991 Tennessee (3) 70 Virginia 67 Lakefront Arena New Orleans
1995 Connecticut 70 Tennessee 64 Target Center Minneapolis
1996 Tennessee (4) 83 Georgia 65 Charlotte Coliseum Charlotte, North Carolina
1997 Tennessee (5) 68 Old Dominion 59 Riverfront Coliseum Cincinnati
1998 Tennessee (6) 93 Louisiana Tech 75 Kemper Arena Kansas City, Missouri
2000 Connecticut (2) 71 Tennessee 52 First Union Center Philadelphia
2003 Connecticut (4) 73 Tennessee 68 Georgia Dome Atlanta
2004 Connecticut (5) 70 Tennessee 61 New Orleans Arena New Orleans
2007 Tennessee (7) 59 Rutgers 46 Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland
2008 Tennessee (8) 64 Stanford 48 St. Pete Times Forum Tampa, Florida
2017 South Carolina 67 Mississippi State 55 American Airlines Center Dallas
2018 Notre Dame 61 Mississippi State 58 Nationwide Arena Columbus, Ohio
2022 South Carolina (2) 64 UConn 49 Target Center Minneapolis
2023 LSU 102 Iowa 85 American Airlines Center Dallas

Rivalries

See also: Tennessee–UConn women's basketball rivalry

The Lady Vols have historically been one of the nation's dominant programs in that sport. Starting in the mid-1990s, UConn has emerged as Tennessee's main rival for national prominence. The Huskies won four national titles between 2000 and 2004; in three of those years, their opponent in the NCAA final was Tennessee. Connecticut also defeated Tennessee in the 1995 Championship game, the Huskies' first-ever title. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame brokered a deal that saw the teams renew their rivalry with a home-and-home series in 2020 and 2021, and both schools extended the series through 2023.

Other sports

Besides football, basketball, and baseball, there are a number of other sports in which the Southeastern Conference actively competes.

Rivalries

These two storied programs have often butted heads for not only SEC titles, but NCAA titles as well. Georgia has won ten national championships to Alabama's six. For decades the rivalry was dominated by two long-standing coaches, Suzanne Yoculan at Georgia and Sarah Patterson at Alabama. Yoculan and Patterson have since retired, bringing their personal rivalry to an end.
These two nationally acclaimed softball programs have proven to be the elite of the SEC and the nation. While consistently being ranked in the nation's Top Ten, both teams find their way to the SEC Tournament Finals and often clash once more in the Women's College Softball World Series.
One of the youngest rivalries featuring an SEC team, the Tigers and Texas Longhorns are the two most successful swimming and diving programs in the country. The two have combined for 17 NCAA National Titles since 1981 (nine for Texas, eight for Auburn) and between 1999 and 2007 won every national title awarded. The two regularly face off in a meet during the regular season, Auburn's men own a 12–9 record over the Longhorns. The women just recently began an annual series, with the Tigers winning the series so far 3–1. Texas was the only team to beat the Auburn men between 2001 and 2007.[123]

National team championships

Main article: List of Southeastern Conference national championships

Since the SEC's founding in December 1932, the varsity athletic teams of its current 14 members have won 261 (38 in addition are current SEC teams that weren't SEC teams when they won a national championship) national team sports championships.

The following is the list of the national team championships claimed by current SEC member schools, including those tournament championships currently or formerly sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).[124][125] The NCAA has never sponsored a tournament championship for major college football, the championship game for which is currently part of the College Football Playoff (CFP) system. Prior to 1992, championships for major college football were determined by a "consensus" of major polling services, including the Associated Press and United Press International college football polls. Recognized women's championships from 1972 to 1982 were administered by the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), not the NCAA. There was a one-year overlap period during the 1981–82 school year, when both the AIAW and the NCAA operated women's championship tournaments; since 1982, only the NCAA has sponsored women's championship tournaments. National equestrian tournament championships are currently sponsored by the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), not the NCAA. Those national championships dating from before 1933 predate the founding of the SEC in December 1932; championships won by Arkansas and South Carolina before the 1992–93 school year predate their membership in the SEC; championships won by Missouri and Texas A&M before the 2012–13 school year predate their membership in the SEC.

* A championship marked by an asterisk (*) indicates that the institution was not a member of the SEC at the time of the championship.

  1. ^ For this purpose, "future member" is defined as a school that, at the time of the relevant MCWS, was confirmed to be joining the SEC in the future. Oklahoma and Texas have combined for 49 MCWS appearances through 2022, but their 2022 appearances were their first after the SEC announced both as future members.
  2. ^ Due to COVID-19 issues in the 2020–21 school year, the NCAA moved its women's volleyball championship from its normal fall 2020 schedule to spring 2021. It designated the championship as "2020", but the season as "2020–21".

National team titles claimed by current SEC institutions

The fourteen members of the Southeastern Conference claim over 200 national team championships in sports currently or formerly sponsored by conference members. The following totals include national team championships sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from 1906 to present, the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) from 1972 to 1982, and, in football, the Bowl Alliance, Bowl Coalition, Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and College Football Playoff (CFP) since 1992, as well as consensus national championships determined by the major football polls prior to 1992.[126]

NCAA and AIAW national tournament team titles won by current SEC institutions

The following totals include national team tournament championships sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from 1906 to the present and the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) from 1972 to 1982. The NCAA did not sponsor tournament championships in women's sports before the 1981–82 academic year, and the NCAA has never sponsored a national championship playoff or tournament in major college football. To date, the fourteen members of the SEC have won 216 NCAA and four AIAW championships:[127]

Broadcasting and media rights

SEC sports are televised by CBS, ESPN, and the SEC Network, a joint venture between the SEC and ESPN. Each season, one football game and a few men's basketball games for each team are broadcast on ESPN+ and SEC+, the online component of the SEC Network. Most other sports are broadcast on the SEC Network or on SEC+. Unlike many other conferences ESPN broadcasts, SEC games cannot be televised by ABC because CBS holds exclusive over-the-air broadcast rights.

For football scheduling, CBS has the first pick for a game, which is usually broadcast as the game of the week at 3:30 EST, and ESPN then assigns the remaining games among ESPN, ESPN2, and the SEC Network. During two weeks each year, CBS gets an additional game as a double header, with one week having a game at noon before the 3:30 game and another week having a primetime game, which is designated the game of the week, after the 3:30 game.[128] When CBS is airing its game of the week, ESPN is prohibited from showing an SEC game on ESPN or ESPN2. CBS also broadcasts the SEC Championship Game.

Beginning with the 2024 football season, CBS will no longer broadcast SEC sports, with ESPN (and its sister networks) becoming the sole broadcaster.

All SEC schools broadcast their radio play-by-play through Sirius XM, and the conference carries its own full-time radio network on satellite channel 374, and via Sirius XM Online.

History

The SEC created the College Football Association in 1977 with other major conferences to negotiate contracts for broadcasting college football games.[129]

Jefferson Pilot Sports began syndicated television coverage of men's basketball games in 1986 and football games in 1992, which were picked after the CFA allocated games for its national contract.[130]

In 1994, the SEC became the first conference to leave the CFA when it announced a deal with CBS to televise one game each week. CBS paid about $17 million per season for the right to show the best game of the week. The network was required to televise each team at least once per season. The Conference soon reached a deal with ESPN to broadcast games in primetime.[129]

In August 2008, the SEC announced an unprecedented 15-year television contract with CBS worth an estimated $55 million a year. This continued the previous deal that made CBS the exclusive over-the-air broadcaster of SEC sports.[32] In the same month, the league also announced another landmark television contract with ESPN worth $2.25 billion or $150 million a year for fifteen years. The ESPN deal replaced the syndicated contract and ensured that all SEC football games would be televised nationally. The deal also committed ESPN and the conference to the creation of the SEC Network, which was finally created in 2014 and allowed for a significant increase in television coverage of SEC sports. Together, these contracts helped make the SEC one of the most nationally televised and visible conferences in the country.[131]

In 2020, the SEC announced a new deal that made ESPN the sole televisor of SEC sports starting in 2024. The ten-year contract was reported to be about $300 million per year and will allow ESPN to broadcast the SEC on ABC as well as rights to the SEC Championship Game.[132]

SEC Network

Main article: SEC Network

The SEC Network is a television and multimedia network that features exclusively Southeastern Conference content through a partnership between ESPN and the SEC.[133] The network launched on August 14, 2014, with the first live football game scheduled for two weeks later between Texas A&M and South Carolina on Thursday, August 28 in Columbia, South Carolina.[134]

The network is part of a deal between the Southeastern Conference and ESPN which is a 20-year agreement, beginning in August 2014 and running through 2034. The agreement served to create and operate a new multiplatform television network and accompanying digital platform in the hope of increasing revenue for member institutions and expanding the reach of the Southeastern Conference.

Awards and honors

NACDA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup rankings

The NACDA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup is an annual award given by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to the U.S. colleges and universities with the most success in collegiate athletics.

Institution 2022–
23
2021–
22
2020–
21
2019–
20
2018–
19
2017–
18
2016–
17
2015–
16
2014–
15
2013–
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10-yr
Average
Alabama Crimson Tide 12 22 7 N/A 31 14 24 36 25 17 21
Arkansas Razorbacks 13 7 8 N/A 23 16 22 23 16 28 17
Auburn Tigers 36 32 50 N/A 37 18 32 35 32 34 34
Florida Gators 5 5 5 N/A 3 3 5 5 4 2 4
Georgia Bulldogs 7 19 10 N/A 21 8 13 15 14 16 14
Kentucky Wildcats 18 9 12 N/A 14 17 11 26 22 11 16
LSU Tigers 9 16 15 N/A 11 27 23 19 15 24 18
Ole Miss Rebels 39 20 22 N/A 56 38 39 49 66 54 43
Mississippi State Bulldogs 57 76 59 N/A 44 42 57 44 52 52 54
Missouri Tigers 50 57 48 N/A 51 33 31 43 42 46 45
Oklahoma Sooners 23 10 24 N/A 33 25 16 16 21 19 21
South Carolina Gamecocks 33 37 42 N/A 22 26 19 31 46 35 32
Tennessee Volunteers 6 13 26 N/A 25 35 45 34 38 40 29
Texas Longhorns 2 1 1 N/A 4 5 10 9 9 6 5
Texas A&M Aggies 24 25 19 N/A 15 10 14 12 17 10 16
Vanderbilt Commodores 56 66 56 N/A 45 55 67 58 51 45 55
University Cup Wins Top 10
rankings
Texas 2 23
Florida 29
Georgia 12
LSU 7
Texas A&M 6
Tennessee 3
Oklahoma 3
Arkansas 2
Kentucky 2
Alabama 1

2022–23 Capital One Cup standings

The Capital One Cup is an award given annually to the best men's and women's Division I college athletics programs in the United States. Points are earned throughout the year based on final standings of NCAA Championships and final coaches' poll rankings.

Institution Men's
Ranking
Women's
Ranking
Alabama 15 9
Arkansas 24 17
Auburn 91 NR
Florida 1 14
Georgia 3 39
Kentucky 29 44
LSU 8 7
Ole Miss NR 52
Mississippi State NR NR
Missouri 68 81
Oklahoma 64 5
South Carolina 68 14
Tennessee NR NR
Texas 20 1
Texas A&M NR 29
Vanderbilt NR 36

Conference champions

Main article: List of Southeastern Conference champions

The Southeastern Conference sponsors nine men's sports and twelve women's sports, and awards a conference championship in every one of them.

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