Southeastern Conference

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Southeastern Conference (SEC)
Southeastern Conference logo.svg
Association NCAA
Founded1932;91 years ago (1932) [1]
Commissioner Greg Sankey (since 2015)
Sports fielded
  • 21 [2]
    • men's: 9
    • women's: 12
Division Division I
Subdivision FBS
No. of teams14 (16, effective 2025)
Headquarters Birmingham, Alabama
Region
Official website www.secsports.com
Locations
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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.

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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, 13 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, with high revenue distribution to its members. During the fiscal year 2014–15 an SEC record $455.8 million was generated, [3] which was a sizable increase over the $292.8 million for the 2013–14, [4] largely due to the revenue from the introduction of the SEC Network, a television network operated by the conference dedicated to SEC conference athletic events.

On July 27, 2021, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas at Austin (Texas) of the Big 12 Conference submitted formal requests to join the SEC. [5] On July 29, 2021, the presidents and chancellors of the current 14 SEC schools voted unanimously to offer membership to both schools, [6] with both schools officially accepting the invitation the next day. [7] The Sooners and Longhorns possess the Big 12's top two highest-earning athletics programs, with the Longhorns earning the nation's largest revenue. The Sooners earn the nation's eighth-largest revenue, which would be fifth-highest in the SEC. [8]

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. [9] 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.

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

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedEnrollmentEndowment
(billions) [10]
Admission
Rate
NicknameColors
East Division
University of Florida Gainesville, Florida 1853193260,613$2.329% Gators    
University of Georgia Athens, Georgia 1785193240,118$1.448% Bulldogs    
University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky 1865193231,536$2.1 [11] 96% Wildcats    
University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri 1839201231,121$1.782% Tigers    
University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina 1801199135,388$0.868% Gamecocks    
University of Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee 1794193231,701$1.378% Volunteers    
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee 1873193213,796$10.912% Commodores    
West Division
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama 1831193238,320$0.880% Crimson Tide    
University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Arkansas 1871199130,936$1.7 [12] 78% Razorbacks    
Auburn University Auburn, Alabama 1856193231,526$1.185% Tigers    
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, Louisiana 1860193235,914$1.073% Tigers    
University of Mississippi Oxford, Mississippi 1848193222,967$0.788% Rebels    
Mississippi State University Starkville, Mississippi 1878193222,649$0.780% Bulldogs    
Texas A&M University College Station, Texas 1876201273,284$13.663% Aggies    

Future members

On July 27, 2021, Oklahoma and 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.

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoin DateEnrollmentEndowment
(billions)
Admission
Rate
NicknameColorsCurrent
conference
University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma 1890202531,255$2.783% Sooners     Big 12
University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas 188351,991$30.132% Longhorns    

Former members

The University of the South ("Sewanee") had been one of the preeminent programs in college football around the turn of the 20th century. However, after helping to establish the SEC in the early 1930s, it became clear that the small private institution's athletic teams could no longer compete with those from large state universities. Sewanee Tigers football squads never won a conference game, going 0–36 in league play over eight seasons while enjoying much more success against non-conferences foes from comparably-sized institutions. [15] As such, Sewane opted to leave the SEC after the 1940 season and transitioned its athletic programs to the lower divisions of intercollegiate play. [16] The school is currently a member of the Division III Southern Athletic Association.

Georgia Tech left the SEC in 1964 at the insistence of athletic director and head football coach Bobby Dodd, who had unsuccessfully proposed stricter conference regulation of football recruiting and scholarship limits and was particularly incensed by the practices of coach Bear Bryant at Alabama. Georgia Tech eventually joined another Southern Conference offshoot, the Atlantic Coast Conference, in 1978. [15]

Tulane left the SEC in 1966. Like Suwanee, the private institution found it increasingly difficult to compete against large state universities, to the point that the school seriously considered dropping out of NCAA Division I competition or even ending its football program altogether on several occasions. [17] However, Tulane's football program remained in operation, and since 2014, the school's athletic teams have competed in the American Athletic Conference. [15]

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeNicknameColorsCurrent
conference
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia 188519321964Public Yellow Jackets     ACC
Sewanee: The University of the South Sewanee, Tennessee 185719321940Private
(Episcopal)
Tigers     SAA
(NCAA Division III)
Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana 183419321966Private Green Wave     The American

History

Southeastern Conference
Location of SEC members: Blue pog.svg East Division, Yellow pog.svg West Division, Green pog.svg Future members

Founding

The SEC was established December 8 and 9, 1932, in Knoxville, TN, 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").

Racial integration

Bobby Grier playing against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in 1955 GreirSugarBwolpg322 1956OWL.jpg
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. [18] 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. [19] [20] [21] 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. [22]

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". [23]

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. [24] In August of that same year, Kentucky enrolled Nate Northington and Greg Page on football scholarships, [25] and Vanderbilt enrolled Godfrey Dillard and Perry Wallace on basketball scholarships. [26] 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, [25] while Dillard suffered a career-altering injury before getting a chance to play for Vanderbilt's varsity and transferred to Eastern Michigan. [26] The remaining two both played in the 1967–68 school year. Northington made his overall debut against Indiana on September 23, 1967 [27] [28] and his SEC debut against Ole Miss the following week on September 30 (the day after Page's death [25] ), while Wallace made his varsity debut later that year. [29]

1990 expansion

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. [30] 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. [30]

2012 expansion

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. [31] On November 6, 2011, the SEC commissioner announced that the University of Missouri would also join the SEC on July 1, 2012. [32] For football, Texas A&M was scheduled to compete in the Western Division, and Missouri in the Eastern Division. [33] [34] [35] [36] Texas A&M and Missouri both left the Big 12 Conference.

2020s expansion

On July 27, 2021, Oklahoma and Texas formally notified the SEC they were seeking "an invitation for membership" beginning at the latest July 1, 2025. In a joint letter, which was made public, 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.

Commissioners

The office of Commissioner was created in 1940. [37]

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

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 SouthSoutheastern Conference

Full membersOther ConferenceOther Conference

Academics and SECU

Formation of SECU and 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. [38]

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. [39] [40] 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. [41] 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." [42]

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. [43]

Association of American Universities

Four SEC institutions are members of the prestigious Association of American Universities: Florida, Missouri, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. Prior to the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M from the Big 12, the SEC had the fewest AAU members among Power Five conferences. The Big 12 Conference had seven AAU members through the 2010–11 school year, but four of these schools left the conference in 2011 and 2012—Nebraska for the Big Ten in 2011 (a move that took effect shortly after that school was expelled from the AAU [44] ), Colorado for the Pac-12 in 2012, and Missouri and Texas A&M for the SEC in 2012, leaving that conference with three AAU members. Once Texas joins, the SEC will have five AAU members to the Big 12's two.

Spending and revenue

Total revenue includes ticket sales, contributions and donations, rights/licensing, student fees, school funds, and all other sources including TV income, camp income, food, and novelties. Total expenses includes coaching/staff, scholarships, buildings/grounds, maintenance, utilities and rental fees, and all other costs including recruiting, team travel, equipment and uniforms, conference dues, and insurance costs.

Future members in gray.

Conference rank
(2018–19)
National rank
(2018–19)
Institution2018–19 total revenue from athletics [45] 2018–19 total expenses on athletics [45]
11 University of Texas at Austin $223,879,781$204,234,897
22 Texas A&M University $212,748,002$169,012,456
35 University of Georgia $174,042,482$143,299,554
47 University of Alabama $164,090,889$185,317,681
58 University of Oklahoma $163,126,695$157,958,270
69 University of Florida $159,706,937$141,829,002
710 Louisiana State University $157,787,782$148,977,880
813 Auburn University $152,455,416$139,260,711
915 University of Kentucky $150,435,842$144,886,246
1016 University of Tennessee $143,765,903$142,976,173
1117 University of South Carolina $140,695,659$136,879,732
1220 University of Arkansas $137,497,788$129,620,361
1330 Mississippi State University $112,273,809$98,832,615
1434 University of Mississippi $108,442,428$113,013,400
1537 University of Missouri $106,610,244$108,398,447
N/AN/A Vanderbilt University N/AN/A

Key personnel

Future members in gray.

SchoolAthletic directorFootball coachMen's basketball coachWomen's basketball coachBaseball coachSoftball coachVolleyball coach
Alabama Greg Byrne Nick Saban Nate Oats Kristy Curry Brad Bohannon 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 Kermit Davis Yolett McPhee-McCuin Mike Bianco Jamie Trachsel Bre Henry
Mississippi State Zac Selmon Zach Arnett Chris Jans Sam Purcell Chris Lemonis Samantha Ricketts Julie Darty
Missouri Desiree Reed-Francois Eliah Drinkwitz Dennis Gates Robin Pingeton Steve Bieser Larissa Anderson Joshua Taylor
Oklahoma Joe Castiglione Brent Venables Porter Moser Jennie Baranczyk Skip Johnson Patty Gasso Lindsey Gray-Walton
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 Chris Beard Vic Schaefer David Pierce Mike White Jerritt Elliott
Texas A&M Ross Bjork Jimbo Fisher Buzz Williams Joni Taylor Jim Schlossnagle Trisha Ford Laura Kuhn
Vanderbilt Candice Storey Lee Clark Lea Jerry Stackhouse Shea Ralph Tim Corbin no team no team

Facilities

Future members in gray.

SchoolFootball stadiumCapacityBasketball arenaCapacityBaseball stadiumCapacity
Alabama Bryant–Denny Stadium [46] 100,077 Coleman Coliseum [46] 15,383 Sewell–Thomas Stadium [46] 8,500
Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium [47] [lower-alpha 1] 76,000 Bud Walton Arena [47] 19,368 Baum–Walker Stadium [47] 10,737
Auburn Jordan–Hare Stadium [48] 87,451 Neville Arena [49] 9,121 Plainsman Park [50] 4,096
Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium [51] 88,548 O'Connell Center [51] 10,136 Condron Ballpark [52] 7,000
Georgia Sanford Stadium [53] 92,746 Stegeman Coliseum [54] 10,523 Foley Field [55] 3,291
Kentucky Kroger Field [56] 61,000 Rupp Arena [57]
Memorial Coliseum [58] [lower-alpha 2]
20,545
8,000
Kentucky Proud Park [59] 5,000 [lower-alpha 3]
LSU Tiger Stadium [60] 102,321 Pete Maravich Assembly Center [61] 13,215 Alex Box Stadium [62] 10,326
Mississippi Vaught–Hemingway Stadium [63] 64,038 The Sandy and John Black Pavilion at Ole Miss [63] 9,500 Swayze Field [63] 11,477 [64]
Mississippi State Davis Wade Stadium [65] 60,311 Humphrey Coliseum [65] 10,575 Dudy Noble Field [66] 15,000 [lower-alpha 4] [68]
Missouri Faurot Field [69] 62,621 Mizzou Arena [69] 15,061 Taylor Stadium [69] 3,031
Oklahoma Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium [70] 80,126 Lloyd Noble Center [71] 10,967 L. Dale Mitchell Park [72] 3,180
South Carolina Williams–Brice Stadium [73] 80,250 Colonial Life Arena [73] 18,000 Founders Park [73] 8,242
Tennessee Neyland Stadium [74] 101,915 Thompson–Boling Arena [74] 21,678 Lindsey Nelson Stadium [74] 4,283
Texas Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium [75] 100,119 Moody Center [76] 10,000 [lower-alpha 5] UFCU Disch–Falk Field [77] 6,649
Texas A&M Kyle Field [78] 102,733 Reed Arena [79] 12,989 Blue Bell Park [80] 6,100 [81]
Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Stadium [82] 40,350 Memorial Gymnasium [82] 14,316 Hawkins Field [82] 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.
  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. [67]
  5. Standard capacity for basketball; expandable to 15,000.

Sports

The Southeastern Conference sponsors championship competition in nine men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports. [83] 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. [84] [85]

Teams in SEC conference competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball 14-
Basketball 1414
Cross country 1314
Equestrian -4
Football 14-
Golf 1414
Gymnastics -8
Soccer -14
Softball -13
Swimming & diving 1012
Tennis 1314
Indoor track & field 1314
Outdoor track & field 1314
Volleyball -13

Men's sponsored sports by school

SchoolBaseballBasket­ballCross
country
FootballGolfSwimming and
diving
TennisTrack and field
(indoor)
Track and field
(outdoor)
Total SEC Sports
AlabamaGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
ArkansasGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
AuburnGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
FloridaGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
GeorgiaGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
KentuckyGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
LSUGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
MississippiGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
Mississippi StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
MissouriGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
South CarolinaGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
TennesseeGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
Texas A&MGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
VanderbiltGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svg6
Totals141413141410131313118
Future members
OklahomaGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg8
TexasGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9

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

SchoolGymnasticsRifle [lower-alpha 1] SoccerWrestling
KentuckyNo GARC Sun Belt No
MissouriNoNoNo Big 12 [lower-alpha 2]
Oklahoma MPSF NoNo Big 12 [lower-alpha 3]
South CarolinaNoNo 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. [86]
  3. Oklahoma's wrestling affiliation once it joins the SEC has not been determined.

Women's sponsored sports by school

SchoolBasketballCross countryEques­trianGolfGym­nasticsSoccerSoftballSwimming and
diving
TennisTrack and field
(indoor)
Track and field
(outdoor)
VolleyballTotal SEC sports
AlabamaGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg11
ArkansasGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg11
AuburnGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg12
FloridaGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg11
GeorgiaGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg12
KentuckyGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg11
LSUGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg11
MississippiGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
Mississippi StateGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
MissouriGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg11
South CarolinaGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg11
TennesseeGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
Texas A&MGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg11
VanderbiltGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg [lower-alpha 1] 8
Totals1414414814131214141413148
Future members
OklahomaGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
TexasGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10

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

SchoolBeach volleyballBowlingRowingRifle [lower-alpha 2] Lacrosse
AlabamaNoNo Big 12 NoNo
FloridaNoNoNoNo The American
LSU CCSA NoNoNoNo
KentuckyNoNoNo GARC No
MississippiNoNoNo GARC No
OklahomaNoNo Big 12 [lower-alpha 3] NoNo
South Carolina CCSA NoNoNoNo
TennesseeNoNo Big 12 NoNo
TexasNoNo Big 12 [lower-alpha 4] NoNo
VanderbiltNo Southland Bowling NoNo The American
  1. Vanderbilt to add women's volleyball beginning in the 2025 season (2025–26 school year). [87]
  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. Oklahoma's rowing affiliation once it joins the SEC has not been determined.
  4. Texas's rowing affiliation once it joins the SEC has not been determined.

Current champions

SeasonSportMen's championWomen's champion
Fall 2022Cross countryAlabamaAlabama
FootballGeorgia
SoccerAlabama (RS, West & overall)
South Carolina (RS, East)
South Carolina (T)
VolleyballFlorida & Kentucky
Winter 2021–22BasketballAuburn (RS)Tennessee (T)South Carolina (RS)Kentucky (T)
EquestrianAuburn (2020–21)
GymnasticsFlorida (RS)Florida (T)
Swimming and divingFloridaTennessee
Track and field (indoor)ArkansasArkansas
Spring 2022BaseballTennessee (RS)Tennessee (T)
SoftballArkansas (RS)Arkansas (T)
GolfVanderbiltLSU
TennisFlorida (RS)Florida (T)Texas A&M (RS)Texas A&M (T)
Track and field (outdoor)ArkansasFlorida

    Source: SECSports.com. [88]

    Football

    AmericanFootball current event.svg For the current season, see 2022 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 current scheduling arrangement was originally set to expire after the 2015 season, but the SEC presidents voted 10–4 [89] in April 2014 to keep the current format for an additional six to eight seasons beyond 2015. [90] 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. [90] [91] [92]

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

    Through end of the 2019 regular season including SEC Championship Game. Records reflect official NCAA results, including any forfeits or win vacating. [93]

    #SECRecordWin %SEC championshipsClaimed national championships
    1 Alabama 942–332–43.7312818
    2 Tennessee 849–402–54.671136
    3 Georgia 839–428–53.656144
    4 LSU 818–419–47.655124
    5 Auburn 782–450–47.63082
    6 Florida 743–424–40.63283
    7 Texas A&M 758–487–48.60503
    8 Arkansas 720–521–40.57801
    9 Ole Miss 647–537–35.54563
    10 Missouri 688–574–53.54301
    11 South Carolina 620–600–44.50800
    12 Kentucky 629–632–44.49921
    13 Mississippi State 573–592–39.49210
    14 Vanderbilt 609–638–50.48900

    Notes:

    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. 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.

    Bowl games

    The post-season bowl game tie-ins for the SEC for the 2014–2019 seasons are: [94]

    PickNameLocationOpposing conferenceOpposing pickPayout
    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 TenACC6/7/8 – 3/4/5/6/7$2.8M
    4/5/6/7/8/9 Music City Bowl Nashville, Tennessee Big TenACC6/7/8 – 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. [95] [96] [97]

    ^ 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 2021 season. As a private institution, Vanderbilt is not obligated to disclose salary information.

    Conference pay rankInstitutionHead coach2021 total pay
    1 University of Alabama Nick Saban $9,500,000 [98]
    2 Texas A&M University Jimbo Fisher $7,500,000
    3 Louisiana State University Brian Kelly $9,500,000 [99]
    4 University of Georgia Kirby Smart $6,871,600
    5 University of Florida Billy Napier $7,100,000
    6 Auburn University Bryan Harsin $5,000,000 [100]
    7 Mississippi State University Mike Leach $5,000,000
    8 University of Kentucky Mark Stoops $6,750,000
    9 University of Mississippi Lane Kiffin $7,250,000 [101]
    10 University of Missouri Eliah Drinkwitz $4,000,000
    11 University of Tennessee Josh Heupel $4,000,000 [102]
    12 University of Arkansas Sam Pittman $3,000,000
    13 University of South Carolina Shane Beamer $2,750,000
    14 Vanderbilt University Clark Lea Salary unknown


      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. [103]

      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 2021 season.

      TeamsRivalry nameTrophyMeetingsRecordSeries leaderCurrent streak
      Alabama Auburn Iron Bowl Foy, V-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy 8648-37-1AlabamaAlabama won 2
      Georgia Alabama-Georgia football rivalry None7242-26-4AlabamaGeorgia won 1
      LSU First Saturday in November 8655-27-5AlabamaLSU won 1
      Mississippi State Battle for Highway 82 10684-18-3AlabamaAlabama won 14
      Ole Miss Alabama-Ole Miss football rivalry 6953-10-2AlabamaAlabama won 6
      Tennessee Third Saturday in October 10559-38-8AlabamaTennessee won 1
      Arkansas LSU Arkansas-LSU football rivalry Golden Boot6742-23-2LSUArkansas won 1
      Missouri Battle Line Rivalry Battle Line Trophy139-4MissouriArkansas won 1
      Ole Miss Arkansas-Ole Miss football rivalry None6836-30-1ArkansasOle Miss won 1
      Texas Arkansas-Texas football rivalry 7956-23TexasArkansas won 2
      Texas A&M Southwest Classic Southwest Classic Trophy7942-34-1ArkansasTexas A&M won 1
      Auburn Alabama Iron Bowl Foy, V-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy 8648-37-1AlabamaAlabama won 2
      Georgia Deep South's Oldest Rivalry None12662-56-8GeorgiaGeorgia won 5
      LSU Tiger Bowl 5631-24-21LSUAuburn won 2
      Ole Miss Auburn-Ole Miss football rivalry 4636-10AuburnAuburn won 6
      Tennessee Auburn-Tennessee football rivalry 5429-22-3AuburnAuburn won 1
      Florida Georgia World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party Okefenokee Oar10054-44-2GeorgiaGeorgia won 1
      LSU Florida-LSU football rivalry None6833-32-3FloridaLSU won 3
      Tennessee Florida-Tennessee football rivalry 5131-20FloridaFlorida won 5
      Georgia Alabama Alabama-Georgia football rivalry 7242-26-4AlabamaGeorgia won 1
      Auburn Deep South's Oldest Rivalry 12662-56-8GeorgiaGeorgia won 5
      Florida World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party Okefenokee Oar10054-44-2GeorgiaGeorgia won 1
      South Carolina Georgia-South Carolina football rivalry None7453-19-2GeorgiaGeorgia won 2
      Tennessee Georgia-Tennessee football rivalry 5126-23-2GeorgiaGeorgia won 5
      Vanderbilt Georgia-Vanderbilt football rivalry 8159-20-2GeorgiaGeorgia won 4
      Kentucky Tennessee Kentucky-Tennessee football rivalry 11782-26-9TennesseeTennessee won 1
      Vanderbilt Kentucky-Vanderbilt football rivalry 9448-42-4KentuckyKentucky won 6
      LSU Alabama First Saturday in November 8656-26-5AlabamaLSU won 1
      Arkansas Arkansas-LSU football rivalry Golden Boot6742-23-2LSUArkansas won 1
      Auburn Tiger Bowl None5631-24-21LSUAuburn won 2
      Florida Florida-LSU football rivalry 6833-32-3FloridaLSU won 3
      Mississippi State LSU-Mississippi State football rivalry 11576-36-3LSULSU won 1
      Ole Miss Magnolia Bowl Magnolia Bowl Trophy11564-41-4LSULSU won 1
      Texas A&M LSU-Texas A&M football rivalry None6035-22-3LSULSU won 1
      Mississippi State Alabama Battle for Highway 82 10684-18-3AlabamaAlabama won 14
      LSU LSU-Mississippi State football rivalry 11576-36-3LSULSU won 1
      Ole Miss Egg Bowl Golden Egg11864-45-6Ole MissOle Miss won 2
      Missouri Arkansas Battle Line Rivalry Battle Line Trophy139-4MissouriArkansas won 1
      Oklahoma Missouri-Oklahoma football rivalry Tiger-Sooner Peace Pipe9667-24-5OklahomaOklahoma won 1
      South CarolinaBattle for Columbia Mayors' Cup 105-5TiedMissouri won 2
      Oklahoma Missouri Missouri-Oklahoma football rivalry Tiger-Sooner Peace Pipe9667-24-5OklahomaOklahoma won 1
      Texas Red River Showdown Golden Hat11762-50-5TexasTexas won 1
      Ole Miss Alabama Alabama-Ole Miss football rivalry None6953-10-2AlabamaAlabama won 6
      Arkansas Arkansas-Ole Miss football rivalry 6836-30-1ArkansasOle Miss won 1
      Auburn Auburn-Ole Miss football rivalry 4636-10AuburnAuburn won 6
      LSU Magnolia Bowl Magnolia Bowl Trophy11564-41-4LSUOle Miss won 1
      Mississippi State Egg Bowl Golden Egg11864-45-6Ole MissOle Miss won 2
      Vanderbilt Ole Miss-Vanderbilt football rivalry None9652-40-1Ole MissOle Miss won 3
      South Carolina Georgia Georgia-South Carolina football rivalry 7453-19-2GeorgiaGeorgia won 2
      MissouriBattle for Columbia Mayors' Cup 105-5TiedMissouri won 2
      TennesseeSouth Carolina-Tennessee football rivalryNone4128-11-2TennesseeSouth Carolina won 1
      Tennessee Alabama Third Saturday in October 10559-38-8AlabamaTennessee won 1
      Auburn Auburn-Tennessee football rivalry 5429-22-3AuburnAuburn won 1
      Florida Florida-Tennessee football rivalry 5131-20FloridaFlorida won 5
      Georgia Georgia-Tennessee football rivalry 5126-23-2GeorgiaGeorgia won 5
      Kentucky Kentucky-Tennessee football rivalry 11782-26-9TennesseeTennessee won 1
      South CarolinaSouth Carolina-Tennessee football rivalry4128-11-2TennesseeSouth Carolina won 1
      Vanderbilt Tennessee-Vanderbilt football rivalry 11678-33-5TennesseeTennessee won 3
      Texas Arkansas Arkansas-Texas football rivalry 7956-23TexasArkansas won 2
      Oklahoma Red River Showdown Golden Hat11762-50-5TexasTexas won 1
      Texas A&M Lone Star Showdown None11876-37-5TexasTexas won 1
      Texas A&M Arkansas Southwest Classic Southwest Classic Trophy7942-34-1ArkansasTexas A&M won 1
      LSU LSU-Texas A&M football rivalry None6035-22-3LSULSU won 1
      Texas Lone Star Showdown 11876-37-5TexasTexas won 1
      Vanderbilt Georgia Georgia-Vanderbilt football rivalry 8159-20-2GeorgiaGeorgia won 4
      Kentucky Kentucky-Vanderbilt football rivalry 9448-42-4KentuckyKentucky won 6
      Ole Miss Ole Miss-Vanderbilt football rivalry 9652-40-1Ole MissOle Miss won 3
      Tennessee Tennessee-Vanderbilt football rivalry 11678-33-5TennesseeTennessee won 3

      Men's basketball

      Basketball current event.svg For the current season, see 2022–23 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 twelve 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. [104] 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. [105]

      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. [106]

      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.

      Scheduling partners

      The table below lists each school's permanent men's basketball-only scheduling partners beginning in 2014–15.

      SchoolPartner 1Partner 2Partner 3
      AlabamaAuburnLSUMississippi State
      ArkansasLSUMissouriTexas A&M
      AuburnAlabamaGeorgiaOle Miss
      FloridaGeorgiaKentuckyVanderbilt
      GeorgiaAuburnFloridaSouth Carolina
      KentuckyFloridaTennesseeVanderbilt
      LSUAlabamaArkansasTexas A&M
      Ole MissMississippi StateAuburnMissouri
      Mississippi StateAlabamaOle MissSouth Carolina
      MissouriArkansasOle MissTexas A&M
      South CarolinaGeorgiaMississippi StateTennessee
      TennesseeKentuckySouth CarolinaVanderbilt
      Texas A&MArkansasLSUMissouri
      VanderbiltKentuckyTennesseeFlorida

      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. [107] 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.

      As of the upcoming 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). [108] 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. [109]

      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.

      YearChampionRunner-upVenue 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 76RCA DomeIndianapolis
      2006 Florida 73 UCLA 57RCA DomeIndianapolis
      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

      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, and Ole Miss winning its first title in 2022. During that same span, 10 teams have also been runners-up at the MCWS. The MCWS final series has featured two SEC teams in 1997, 2011, 2017, and 2021, and the 2022 final involved a current member and a future member. [lower-alpha 1] 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 tie the Longhorns with LSU for the second-most championships. 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 2010 five of the top six drawing programs hailed from the SEC. Six more teams placed in the top 35 nationally.

      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.

      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.

      YearChampionRunner-upScore(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

      Men's College World Series appearances

      Future members in gray.

      SchoolAppearancesMost recentHighest finish
      Texas 3820221st (6×)
      LSU 1820171st (6×)
      Florida 1220181st
      Mississippi State 1220211st
      Arkansas 1120222nd (2×)
      Oklahoma 1120221st (2×)
      South Carolina 1120121st (2×)
      Texas A&M 720224th
      Auburn 620224th
      Georgia 620081st
      Missouri 619641st
      Ole Miss 620221st
      Alabama 519992nd (2×)
      Tennessee 520212nd
      Vanderbilt 520211st (2x)
      Kentucky 0N/AN/A

      Rivalries

      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. [110] 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. [111] 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. [112] 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. [113]

      The recent history of SEC women's basketball is dominated by Tennessee, who have won regular season and/or conference tournament championships in 25 of the last 31 seasons, as well as eight national championships since 1987. The South Carolina Gamecocks have also had success, winning four straight SEC women's championships between 2015 and 2018, as well as a 2017 national title. In the 28 seasons the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship has been held, SEC schools have reached the Final Four 32 times, more than twice as often as any other conference. [114]

      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. [115]

      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 (also 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 in 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.

      YearChampionRunner-upVenue 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 44Frank Erwin CenterAustin, Texas
      1988 Louisiana Tech (2)56 Auburn 54 Tacoma Dome Tacoma, Washington
      1989 Tennessee (2)76 Auburn 70Tacoma DomeTacoma, 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

      Rivalries

      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 have since announced they will extend the series through at least 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 the two long standing coaches of the two schools, Suzanne Yoculan of Georgia and Sarah Patterson of 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. [116]

      National team championships

      Since the SEC's founding in December 1932, the varsity athletic teams of its current 14 members have won over 200 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). [117] [118] 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. [119]

      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, [120] including:

      Television and radio contracts

      The SEC televises football games across various networks during the fall. SEC coverage is primarily provided by CBS and the ESPN family of networks, which includes ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ABC. Bally Sports also has rights to air seven live football games over the course of the season. [121]

      ESPN reported paying $2.25 billion for broadcast rights of SEC football games beginning in the 2009 season and running through fiscal year 2025. [122]

      Games scheduled for airing are generally picked two weeks before they occur, with a few matches that are selected by CBS and ESPN prior to the season.[ citation needed ]

      CBS has the first pick for a game and selects the highest-profile game to broadcast to a national, over-the-air audience. The CBS game is usually broadcast at 3:30 Eastern. Some weekends, CBS will air a doubleheader of SEC games. [123] CBS also has the rights for the SEC Championship Game.

      ESPN will air several SEC games each week among its various channels, with Saturday time slots generally at 12:00 ET, 7:00 ET, and 7:45 ET, and some SEC games will be shown on Thursday nights. In previous years, Raycom Sports (and before it, Jefferson-Pilot/Lincoln Financial Sports) syndicated regional coverage for an SEC game of the week at 12:30 ET, but the new contract replaced it with a new ESPN-produced syndication package, the SEC Network whose football games kickoff at 12:21 ET. [124]

      Games on Bally Sports usually kickoff at 7:00 p.m. ET. [125]

      For games not selected by any broadcast provider, certain schools have the option of placing their games on pay-per-view, but with the conference's primacy nearly guaranteeing all football games are broadcast, the launch of ESPN+ and the inclusion of a second alternate SEC Network channel, along with the decline of pay-per-view on most providers outside ring sports, these games are usually broadcast by them instead.

      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. If an SEC team is in the College Football Playoff, the team's play-by-play is often carried on an ESPN network or ESPN+ stream as part of its ESPN Megacast with supporting team-centric statistics.

      2008 television contract

      During the 2007–2008 fiscal year review meeting, there was discussion among SEC leadership about the possibility of starting a TV network dedicated to its conference, much in the same way the Mountain West Conference and Big Ten Conference have done with the mtn. and Big Ten Networks, respectively. A decision was made to postpone the decision until at least the following year. [126]

      In August 2008, the SEC announced an unprecedented 15-year television contract with CBS worth an estimated $55 million a year. This continues the relationship the SEC already has with CBS, which puts the SEC in the unique position as the only conference to have its own exclusive national television network of the four major over-the-air broadcast networks (CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox) to display the SEC's events. [30]

      In the same month, the league also announced another landmark television contract with ESPN worth $2.25 billion or $150 million a year for the life of the contract, which is for fifteen years. It is the longest and wealthiest contract among all television deals among the major conferences. With these contracts, the SEC had, at the time of the deal, the richest television deals in the country outside the Big Ten and helped make the SEC one of the most nationally televised and visible conferences in the country with the coverage that was provided by these contracts. [127]

      2014 SEC Network launch

      The SEC Network is a television and multimedia network that features exclusively Southeastern Conference content through a partnership between ESPN and the SEC. [128] 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. [129]

      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.

      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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