Get to Know the SEC

About the SEC

Established: 1932
Sports: 21 (9 men's, 12 women's)
Headquarters: Birmingham, Ala.
Commissioner: Mike Slive (since 2002)

SEC Mission Statement

The SEC's mission statement reflects the priorities of the league. "The purpose of the Southeastern Conference is to assist its member institutions in the maintenance of programs of intercollegiate athletics which are compatible with the highest standards of education and competitive sports."

The Standard of Excellence

The Southeastern Conference, with its storied 78-year history of athletic achievements and academic excellence, has built perhaps the greatest tradition of intercollegiate competition of any league in the country since its inception in 1933.

The 2010-11 academic year was another season to remember for the SEC as conference teams captured five national titles and three national runner-up finishes. The SEC has won consecutive national championships in baseball,  football and men's indoor track & field. Since 1990, the SEC has won 140 national team championships for an average of more than six per year.

Auburn won the SEC's first national title of the year with its win in the BCS National Championship Game in football. It is the SEC's fifth consecutive football national title. Florida won its second consecutive national title in men's indoor track & field while the Gators' women's tennis team also captured the national championship.Alabama won its fifth gymnastics national title and South Carolina won its second consecutive national championship in baseball. Florida finished first among Southeastern Conference schools and fourth overall in the Director's Cup final standings.

Overall, the SEC finished in the top two in eight of its 20 sponsored sports and in the top five in 14 of the 20 sports. Ten SEC teams participated in football postseason bowls with Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Alabama and Florida winning the BCS National Title Game, Cotton, Gator, Capital One and Outback bowls, respectively. Five men's basketball teams were invited to the NCAA Tournament and four women's basketball teams were also invited to the NCAA Tournament. The SEC had seven teams advance to postseason play in baseball, hosting three regionals with South Carolina, Florida and Vanderbilt advancing to the College World Series. With 139 teams advancing to NCAA postseason competition, the SEC continued to solidify its place as the nation's premier conference.

In addition to the four team championships, 39 SEC student-athletes garnered individual national championships, while 367 individuals were awarded with First-Team All-America Honors. Student-athletes around the league continued to excel in the classroom as well with more than 2,500 earning recognition on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

On the national all-sport level, nine SEC schools placed in the top 40 of the NACDA Director's Cup rankings. Florida led the league with a fourth place finish. LSU placed 19th while Georgia was 20th; Tennessee finished 22nd, Arkansas 24th, Alabama 25th, Auburn 31st, Kentucky 36th and South Carolina 39th to round out the league's top-40 finishes.


SEC Members

Southeastern Conference Schools (as of July 1, 2012)
School Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors  Mascot
Western Division
Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala.
1831 31,747 Crimson Tide      Big Al
Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark. 1871 23,153 Razorbacks      Big Red, Boss Hog, Tusk III (live mascot)
Auburn Auburn, Ala. 1856 25,078 Tigers      Aubie
Louisiana State Baton Rouge, La. 1860 28,985 Tigers      Mike the Tiger (Mascot), Mike VI (live tiger)
Mississippi State Starkville, Miss. 1878 21,424 Bulldogs      Bully (Mascot), Bully (live bulldog)
Mississippi Oxford, Miss. 1848 19,822 Rebels      Rebel Black Bear
Texas A&M College Station, Texas 1876 52,585 Aggies      Reveille (live collie)
Eastern Division
Florida Gainesville, Fla. 1853 51,474 Gators      Albert and Alberta
Georgia Athens, Ga. 1785 35,520 Bulldogs      Hairy Dawg, Uga (live bulldog)
Kentucky Lexington, Ky. 1865 26,054 Wildcats      The Wildcat, Scratch, Blue (live bobcat)
Missouri Columbia, Mo. 1839 33,805 Tigers      Truman the Tiger
South Carolina Columbia, S.C. 1801 28,481 Gamecocks      Cocky, Sir Big Spur (live rooster)
Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. 1794 27,523 Volunteers      Smokey (live Bluetick Coonhound), Smokey (costume)
Vanderbilt Nashville, Tenn. 1873 12,093 Commodores      Mr. C

Commissioner mike slive

From his early days as an athletic administrator to his current post as commissioner, Mike Slive has maintained an integral role in the ever-changing world of intercollegiate athletics. He was named the seventh commissioner of the Southeastern Conference on July 2, 2002. In March 2009, the SEC Presidents and Chancellors announced a contract extension for Slive through July 31, 2012.

"Commissioner Slive has been an absolutely great addition to our conference," said University of Kentucky and Southeastern Conference President Dr. Lee T. Todd. "He is providing great vision and directing the SEC to a new prominence in college athletics. I am thrilled we have locked him in to lead our conference for years to come."

This academic year, the SEC will begin its landmark 15-year agreements with CBS and ESPN that will make the league the most widely distributed conference on television in the nation. These arrangements will also secure the financial health of the SEC and its member institutions for years to come.

Since Slive’s arrival at the SEC in 2002, he has developed initiatives designed to maintain and improve the SEC’s position as one of the top intercollegiate athletic conferences in the nation, both on and off the fields of play. These include:

• The SEC Task Force on Compliance and Enforcement issued its first report at the 2004 SEC Spring Meetings. The task force developed policies and procedures to assist league schools in NCAA and SEC compliance and enforcement matters.

• The SEC Academic Consortium was created in 2005 to increase academic cooperation across the league by linking the resources of the 12 member institutions.

• The SEC has created a partnership with The Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University to implement the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program at each of the 12 member institutions.

• The SEC annually distributes a database of names and biographies of every minority head and assistant football coach on the Division I level to every one of its schools and every conference in Division I.

• The SEC has initiated policies and procedures designed to foster sportsmanship and preventing inappropriate fan behavior.

"I am gratified that the Presidents and Chancellors have extended my contract and I am honored to serve as the Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference," said Slive. "We have accomplished many of our goals since my arrival in 2002 and there will be new challenges and goals to meet in the future. I look forward to these challenges as we continue to make the SEC one of the nation’s top intercollegiate athletic conferences."


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