One of the big advantages for the SEC is location, location, location. This is an area of the country where football is important. There are great high school programs with great coaches in the Southeast, and there is just a world of talent in this region.
Another reason for the SEC's success is that the league features a great group of coaches. Football is important to the colleges in this conference and that is shown by how much effort they have put into building the type of facilities and making the type of financial commitment necessary to attract top coaching talent.
It also helps that the SEC is filled with outstanding academic institutions that offer student-athletes opportunities to get great educations.
The Southeastern Conference has also benefitted from extensive media coverage that is the result of the major fan interest the league's programs generate. That has led to the conference having the nation's best television package, which has brought in the revenue to help programs build the type of facilities that attract bluechip prospects in football and all of the other sports teams the universities sponsor.
Combine all of those factors and that explains why the conference is in the enviable position it is today. It is no surprise that the SEC is now a partner in a new TV network that has the potential to be an even bigger revenue source for the league.
There are a lot of impressive football programs around the country like Southern Cal, Ohio State, Nebraska and others that are certainly capable of winning national championships in football, but when it comes to comparing conferences in football none of the others even comes close to the SEC, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.
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Editor's Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming. Dye writes three columns for AUTigers.com--The Dye-Log, the Dye-Gest and Pat's Picks.