SEC on a roll

There's a great scene in the movie "History of the World, Part 1" in which Mel Brooks turns to the camera and smirks, "It's good to be king."

Mike Slive can relate. After five years as "king" of the powerful Southeastern Conference, he has numerous reasons to feel privileged these days.

"These are good times to be commissioner of the SEC," Slive said in opening the recent 2007 SEC Media Days at Hoover, Ala.

He then offered several achievements that underscore just what "good times" these are to be overseeing the Southeastern Conference.

For instance:

- During the 2006-07 school year the SEC became the first conference in NCAA history to win national titles in football, men's basketball and women's basketball in the same year.

- The SEC also won national titles in men's swimming, women's swimming, bowling, gymnastics and men's tennis.

- "The eight national championships were won by five different SEC institutions," Slive noted. "This means we won national championships in over one-third of the sports the SEC sponsored."

- Nine SEC teams participated in bowl games last football season. Two of these (Florida and LSU) took part in BCS games.

- The SEC posted six bowl victories during football's post-season, most in league history.

- The Southeastern Conference has won three of the eight national championships determined since the BCS system began in 1998. The league has claimed five of the last 15 national titles, most of any conference.

- An average of 75,000 fans attended each SEC football game last fall. All told, 96 percent of the seats were filled whenever conference teams took the field.

- A total of 6.5 million people attended SEC football games last season. That made the SEC the biggest draw in college football for the 26th year in a row.

- Counting revenue and non-revenue sports, the SEC sent 159 teams to NCAA post-season play in 2006-07. More than 75 percent of league teams participated in post-season play.

"We have re-established ourselves as the best competitive athletic conference in the country," Slive said, "and we did it by walking straight down Main Street (following the rules)."


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