The Dye-Gest: Golden Era for SEC Sports

College Football Hall of Famer Pat Dye writes about the success of the Southeastern Conference.

The Southeastern Conference's announcement that it set another record for the amount of money it distributed to league members reminded me about how well the SEC is doing. Making the numbers even more impressive is that the SEC revenue pie is now being sliced into 14 pieces instead of 12 with Texas A&M and Missouri in the league.

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There has been a lot of change going on in college athletics in recent years and the SEC seems to be adapting particularly well to the modern NCAA sports landscape. There are a lot of outstanding SEC teams in a variety of different sports. In fact, I would say almost every university in the league is really strong on the national level in at least one sport, and most have powerful programs in a variety of sports.

That doesn't happen by accident. It took many years of good leadership to get to where the league is now recognized as the most prominent in college athletics.

That leadership has had to come from the presidents and athletic directors working closely with the SEC commissioner and his staff to make it happen.

As long as I can remember from my days as a player, coach and administrator in the league, we have always had plenty of good people in leadership roles in the Southeastern Conference. Those people are responsible for the SEC becoming what it is today.

A lot of teams around the league are doing things right in a variety of different sports because it has become common for SEC teams to be ranked in the Top 10 nationally while challenging for NCAA championships.

Teams in the Southeastern Conference normally don't have any limitations that prevent them from being strong. The league is located in a part of the country rich in athletic talent and the 14 institutions that make up the SEC have the money and fan bases to support the teams they sponsor.

Just like Auburn fans want their teams to be successful, the same thing is true of the fans of other colleges across the SEC. For someone like me, who is a Southeastern Conference fan, this era of college sports is a lot of fun to watch and it is particularly exciting to see the SEC teams enjoy so much success in so many sports.

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