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The SEC Is No Second Rate Conference – Complete The Hat Trick


Rick Pitino can say what he wants – and who can blame him for trying to make his 15 seconds in the media last – but the fact of the matter is the SEC is no second rate league.  Sure, Pitino was talking about basketball where the SEC has struggled as of late – but even in hoops, the SEC made up 1/4 of the elite eight and 1/4 of the final four. But I get it, he’s trying to tweak a rival.  Go for it, no big deal.

But I bring this up because this is a time when the SEC as a whole should be applauded.  In the three major college sports – football, basketball and baseball – the SEC was the only league to send a team to each of those sports celebrated post season events.  In other words, the SEC was the only conference to have a team in the BCS National Championship, the Final Four, and the College World Series. As you well know, Auburn won the BCS Title, Kentucky made the trip to the final four, and the SEC makes up 3 of the 8 teams in the CWS with Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt all making the trip to Omaha.

A pretty cool feat for a second rate league, don’t you think?


Article written by Will Lentz

18 Comments for The SEC Is No Second Rate Conference – Complete The Hat Trick

  1. Kevin Galloway
    6:12 pm June 13, 2011 Permalink

    You’re preaching to the choir.

  2. Roland
    6:33 pm June 13, 2011 Permalink

    LSU individual won a Championship in track and field.

  3. NCAA
    6:52 pm June 13, 2011 Permalink

    Rumor is the NCAA is about to investigate an incoming UK player. Guy floating the rumor works for

  4. mudcreekmark
    6:52 pm June 13, 2011 Permalink

    Lets see, if I’m not mistaken, SEC has won 5 of the last 18 National Championships in basketball. The same amount as the mighty ACC with three different teams(UK,Forida, Arkansas) winning the same as the ACC.(Duke, NC, Maryland)That don’t seem to be too much of a slump to me. And by the way, in the same time period, the Big Least has produced 4 champions with only two different programs.(UCONN and Syracuse)

  5. Hartline
    7:17 pm June 13, 2011 Permalink

    We won rifle. Enough said.

  6. Hokey
    7:20 pm June 13, 2011 Permalink

    UL did beat UConn 2x. Otherwise how did they in any way step up in the season or post-season to allow for criticism if the SEC? Riding Calhouns coattails.

  7. Hokey
    7:21 pm June 13, 2011 Permalink


  8. tdogg4033011
    8:05 pm June 13, 2011 Permalink

    3) whats new?? they try to catch Calipari every year ….. let em investigate !!!

  9. blitzedanddazed
    8:33 pm June 13, 2011 Permalink

    Does Pitino think that everyone forgets who he is and what he stands for? There is no one other than the “punks” at U of L that cares what he says, much less what he thinks. Pitino is a disgrace to the Commonwealth of Ky.

  10. bluetexan
    8:35 pm June 13, 2011 Permalink

    PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can we just ignore that slimeball Tricky Rick??????????????????? His venom is as bad as Tipton’s!

  11. uconn#1
    8:45 pm June 13, 2011 Permalink

    SEC is number #2 in major NCAA sanctions no suprise

  12. mudcreekmark
    8:48 pm June 13, 2011 Permalink

    11)I guess thats the only thing that the SEC is not the best at.

  13. burn
    9:27 pm June 13, 2011 Permalink

    fo shizzle

  14. cardsfan
    9:48 pm June 13, 2011 Permalink

    Really takes some strong personalities to coincidentally disagree with everything that ever happens negatively against UK. Yeah and the NCAA hates UK so they didn’t let Kanter play too right?

  15. Big Dog
    11:49 pm June 13, 2011 Permalink

    The SEC also had two of the final four teams in softball with Florida and Alabama. Florida finishing second to Arizona St.

  16. timer
    8:22 am June 14, 2011 Permalink

    Only a second rate coach would say such a thing.

  17. TruBlu
    1:30 pm June 14, 2011 Permalink

    Louisville fans have had it with Coach Fifteeno. The buzz is they want Tom Izzo.

  18. UkBlue
    1:13 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Oh look, another cards fan here to protect their valiant leader! We are just disagreeing right now that the SEC is a second rate conference and we don’t just have our opinions, statistics will prove our point. Go back to your cluck bucket and pray we give you some recruitment scraps after we pick out what we want.