That's basically what SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said Tuesday during his State-of-the-League address that opened SEC Media Days.
"I continue to be amazed by the extraordinary accomplishments of our student-athletes year after year and this past year was no exception," Slive said. "So here comes my Brag Bag."
He proceeded to reel off the facts that the league had won seven straight national championships, was the first team ever to finish with six teams ranked in the top 10, set a record with 63 NFL draft picks (more than twice the number of the next conference) and won the Heisman Trophy for the fourth time in six years.
He also listed national titles on men's indoor track and field, gymnastics, women's swimming and diving, equestrian, men's golf, men's outdoor track and field.
"That brings the total to 86 (national titles) since 2000," Slive said.
He also talked about former Alabama center Barrett Jones winning the William V. Campbell Trophy (the academic heisman) and have had three of the last four academic All-Americans.
Slive also noted that the SEC had fared great in academics, but also acknowledged the controversy off the field – presumably meaning former Florida and New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and current Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
"At the same time we talk about our successes on the field and in the classroom, we cannot ignore the recent off-the-field incidents involving both current and former student-athletes," Slive said. "Not all student-athletes fulfill the high expectations we have for them. While the negative actions of a few garner headlines, the fact is the vast majority of these young people conduct themselves appropriately."
He talked about how the SEC and the schools have mechanisms in place to address personal issues.
"We are not naive enough to think we can put an end to unacceptable behavior," Slive said. "But that doesn't mean we won't continue to try, try and try."
He also went over a variety of other topics.
• On the possibility of going from an eight-game to a nine-game SEC schedule:
"For those of us who were with us in Destin (Florida for the SEC Spring meetings), you'll recall we spent a lot of time talking about football scheduling," Slive said. "The end result was a decision to commit the conference to a review of the scheduling format in anticipation of the 2016 season.
"The review will include whether or not to play an eight- or nine-game conference schedule and whether or not to retain permanent non-divisional opponents," Slive added. "In the meantime, until that review is complete, we will continue to schedule based on the current 6-1-1 format pending the results of that review.
"As I said this spring, the simple goal of the review, although it is not simple to do, is to select the format that is in the long-term best interest of the conference as a whole," Slive continued.
• Slive also touched on national issues regarding redefining the benefits available to student-athletes, strengthening eligibility requirements for incoming freshmen and two-year transfers )which includes the new academic redshirt rule) and modernizing recruiting rules.
"The NCAA has not been successful in meeting the full cost of attendance of our student-athletes," Slive said. "… Conferences and their member institutions must be allowed to meet the needs of their student-athletes. In recent conversations with my commissioner colleagues, there appears to be a willingness to support a meaningful solution to this important change."
He also touched on how to regulate newer recruiting issues such as facebook, twitter, text messaging, early recruiting, club sports, cell phones, Internet access, distance learning and 3-D printers.
"The current regulatory approach would be more at home in the era of Johann Gutenberg's printing press than in our current fast-paced technology-driven society and will no longer serve to functionally govern recruiting behaviors moving forward," Slive said.
Slive managed to work in Albert Einstein, James Baldwin, Teddy Roosevelt and Benjamin Franklin as well during his 20-miute speech that kicked off the three-day event.
"As Albert Einstein once said, we can't solve problem by using the same kind of thinking we used to create them," Slive added. "....In the words of James Baldwin, not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."