Southeastern Conference

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Southeastern Conference

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference which operates in the southeastern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I-A.

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History

The SEC was established in December 1932, when the 13 members of the Southern Conference located west and south of the Appalachian Mountains left to form their own conference. Ten of the thirteen charter members have remained in the conference since its inception: the universities of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee; and Auburn, Louisiana State, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt universities. The other charter members were:

The SEC expanded from 10 to 12 members in 1991 with the addition of the University of Arkansas from the Southwest Conference and the University of South Carolina from the independent ranks. In 1992, the SEC adopted the divisional setup that exists today. Also in 1992, the SEC was the first conference to receive permission from the NCAA to conduct an annual championship game in football, featuring the winners of the conference's eastern and western divisions.

Current members (and year joined)

East Division

West Division

Sports sponsored

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. The equivalent rule was recently adopted by the NCAA for all of Division I.

College Football Rivalries in the SEC

Football has a rich tradition in the SEC, and its many rivalries among its members have long histories. Some of the rivalries involving SEC teams include (with travelling trophies or special names in parentheses):

RivalryNameTrophy
Alabama-TennesseeThe Third Saturday in October
Arkansas-LSUThe Battle for the Golden BootThe Golden Boot
Auburn-AlabamaThe Iron BowlODK-James E. Foy V Sportsmanship Trophy
Auburn-GeorgiaThe Deep South's Oldest Rivalry
Florida-TennesseeThe Third Saturday in September
Florida-Florida State
Florida-MiamiThe War Canoe
Florida-GeorgiaThe World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party 1
Georgia-Georgia TechClean, Old Fashioned Hate
Kentucky-Indiana2
Kentucky-LouisvilleThe Governor's Cup
LSU-TulaneThe Battle for the RagThe Rag
Mississippi State-Ole MissThe Egg BowlThe Golden Egg Trophy
Ole Miss-LSU
South Carolina-Clemson
Tennessee-Kentucky3
Tennessee-Vanderbilt

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  • 1 Played in Jacksonville. Now officially referred to as the "Florida-Georgia Game" due to sensitivity about consumption of alcohol by college students.
  • 2 For decades the trophy of this game was a red, white, and blue bourbon barrel, but this practice was discontinued in 1999 following a DUI accident that killed two Kentucky football players.
  • 3 For 74 years the trophy of this game was an orange, white, and blue beer keg, but this practice was discontinued in 1999 following the aforementioned DUI accident.


Each school has a permanent rival from the other division which it plays each year in football (though this may or may not reflect a traditional rivalry). Each East Division school's permanent rival from the West Division:

  • Florida--LSU
  • Georgia--Auburn
  • Kentucky--Mississippi State
  • South Carolina--Arkansas
  • Tennessee--Alabama
  • Vanderbilt--Ole Miss

Rivalries in Other Sports in the SEC

The top athletic priority in virtually all SEC schools is football, with one glaring exception. Kentucky, which has one of the most storied basketball traditions in the country, is also one of only two Division I-A schools to earn more revenue from its basketball program than its football program. (The other is Arizona.) Vanderbilt also places more emphasis on basketball vis-a-vis football than most other SEC schools, though not at the level of UK.

Despite the conference-wide emphasis on football, several rivalries have developed in other sports:

  • Kentucky-Louisville, men's basketball
This rivalry, unlike most that involve SEC schools, is relatively recent. For nearly 60 years, UK refused to schedule U of L in the regular season in either basketball or football. After a pulsating U of L victory over UK in the final of the 1983 Mideast Regional in the NCAA basketball tournament, pressure mounted on UK to schedule U of L; Cardinals supporters went so far as to propose a law mandating that the two schools schedule one another. The bill was never introduced, as a basketball series began in the 1983-84 season. The rivalry added a new edge in 2001 when the Cardinals hired former Wildcats coach Rick Pitino (although he was not hired directly from UK). An annual football game between the two schools was added in the 1990s; unlike most in-state rivalry games that end the regular season for both teams, the UK-U of L football game is the season opener for both.
  • Kentucky-Indiana, men's basketball
A historic "border war" between two of the sport's giants.
  • Kentucky-Florida, men's basketball
This has become a major rivalry in recent years with the rise of the Florida basketball program under Billy Donovan, a former UK assistant under Pitino.
  • Tennessee-UConn, women's basketball
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 victim in the NCAA final was Tennessee.
  • Alabama-Mississippi State, men's basketball
Not only are these two schools are the closest to one another geographically within the SEC - a mere 95 miles separate them - but their respective head coaches, Mark Gottfried and Rick Stansbury, often battle each other for the same recruits.
  • Alabama-Georgia, women's gymnastics
These two storied programs have often butted heads for not only SEC titles, but NCAA titles, as well. There is also allegedly a personal rivalry between the head coaches.

National Championships

Since its founding in 1932, SEC members have won a total of 150 team national championships (as of June 5th 2005). Listed below are all championship teams of NCAA sponsored events, as well as the titles won in football. Conference members have won at least one title in all but two of the sponsored events, Softball and Women's Volleyball.

  • Prior to 1932, the University of Alabama claimed national titles in football in 1925, 1926, and 1930.
  • Prior to joining the SEC in 1992, the University of Arkansas claimed the 1964 football championship, nine titles in Men's Indoor Track, three in Men's Outdoor Track, and five in Men's Cross Country
  • Former member Georgia Tech has a claim to the 1951 title in football. The team defeated fellow SEC member Tennessee, who had previously been voted national champions, in the Sugar Bowl and finished with a record of 12-0
  • Up to 1982, teams representing member schools also claimed three AIAW Championships


Football* (18):

1934 - Alabama
1941 - Alabama
1946 - Georgia
1951 - Tennessee
1957 - Auburn
1958 - LSU
1960 - Ole Miss
1961 - Alabama
1964 - Alabama
1965 - Alabama
1973 - Alabama
1978 - Alabama
1979 - Alabama
1980 - Georgia
1992 - Alabama
1996 - Florida
1998 - Tennessee
2003 - LSU

Men's Basketball (8):

1948 - Kentucky
1949 - Kentucky
1951 - Kentucky
1958 - Kentucky
1978 - Kentucky
1994 - Arkansas
1996 - Kentucky
1998 - Kentucky
Women's Basketball (6):
1987 - Tennessee
1989 - Tennessee
1991 - Tennessee
1996 - Tennessee
1997 - Tennessee
1998 - Tennessee

Baseball (6):

1990 - Georgia
1991 - LSU
1993 - LSU
1996 - LSU
1997 - LSU
2000 - LSU

Women's Soccer (1):

1998 - Florida

Men's Indoor Track & Field (12):

1993 - Arkansas
1994 - Arkansas
1995 - Arkansas
1997 - Arkansas
1998 - Arkansas
1999 - Arkansas
2000 - Arkansas
2001 - LSU
2002 - Tennessee
2003 - Arkansas
2004 - LSU
2005 - Arkansas

Women's Indoor Track & Field (13):

1987 - LSU
1989 - LSU
1991 - LSU
1992 - Florida
1993 - LSU
1994 - LSU
1995 - LSU
1996 - LSU
1997 - LSU
2002 - LSU
2003 - LSU
2004 - LSU
2005 - Tennessee

Men's Outdoor Track & Field (16):

1933 - LSU
1974 - Tennessee
1989 - LSU
1990 - LSU
1991 - Tennessee
1993 - Arkansas
1994 - Arkansas
1995 - Arkansas
1996 - Arkansas
1997 - Arkansas
1998 - Arkansas
1999 - Arkansas
2001 - Tennessee
2002 - LSU
2003 - Arkansas
2004 - Arkansas
2005 - Arkansas

Women's Outdoor Track & Field (14):

1987 - LSU
1988 - LSU
1989 - LSU
1990 - LSU
1991 - LSU
1992 - LSU
1993 - LSU
1994 - LSU
1995 - LSU
1996 - LSU
1997 - LSU
2000 - LSU
2002 - South Carolina
2003 - LSU

Men's Cross Country (7):

1972 - Tennessee
1992 - Arkansas
1993 - Arkansas
1995 - Arkansas
1998 - Arkansas
1999 - Arkansas
2000 - Arkansas
Women's Cross Country (1):
1988 - Kentucky

Men's Swimming & Diving (8):

1978 - Tennessee
1983 - Florida
1984 - Florida
1997 - Auburn
1999 - Auburn
2003 - Auburn
2004 - Auburn
2005 - Auburn
Women's Swimming & Diving (8):
1982 - Florida
1999 - Georgia
2000 - Georgia
2001 - Georgia
2002 - Auburn
2003 - Auburn
2004 - Auburn
2005 - Georgia

Men's Tennis (3):

1985 - Georgia
1987 - Georgia
2001 - Georgia
Women's Tennis (6):
1992 - Florida
1994 - Georgia
1996 - Florida
1998 - Florida
2000 - Georgia
2003 - Florida

Men's Golf (10):

1940 - LSU
1942 - LSU
1947 - LSU
1955 - LSU
1968 - Florida
1973 - Florida
1993 - Florida
1999 - Georgia
2001 - Florida
2005 - Georgia
Women's Golf (3):
1995 - Florida
1996 - Florida
2001 - Georgia

Women's Gymnastics (10):

1987 - Georgia
1988 - Alabama
1989 - Georgia
1991 - Alabama
1993 - Georgia
1996 - Alabama
1998 - Georgia
1999 - Georgia
2002 - Alabama
2005 - Georgia


By teams

School FB MBB WBB BB So MITF WITF MOTF WOTF MCC WCC MSD WSD MT WT MG WG Gym Total
UF 1 1 1 2 1 4 4 2 17
UGA 2 1 4 3 2 2 1 6 21
UK 7 1 8
USC 1 1
UT 2 6 1 1 3 1 1 15
VU 0

Ala 9 4 13
Ark 1 9 10 6 25
AU 1 5 3 9
LSU 2 5 2 11 4 13 4 41
OM 1 1
MSU 0

Totals 18 8 6 6 1 12 13 16 14 7 1 8 8 3 6 10 3 10 150

*The NCAA does not recognize a National Champion for Division I-A football. The listing represents championships awarded by a variety of other organizations.

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