Southeastern Conference

Southeastern Conference (SEC)
Southeastern Conference (SEC) logo
Established1932
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I
SubdivisionFBS
Members14
Sports fielded
  • 21[1]
    • men's: 9
    • women's: 12
Region
HeadquartersBirmingham, Alabama
CommissionerGreg Sankey (since 2015)
Websitewww.secsports.com
Locations
Southeastern Conference (SEC) locations

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is an American college athletic conference whose member institutions are located primarily in the South Central and Southeastern United States. Its fourteen members include the flagship public universities of ten states, three additional public land-grant universities, and one private research university. The conference is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. The SEC participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I in sports competitions; for football, it is part of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A.

Members of the SEC have won many national championships: 43 in football, 21 in basketball, 41 in indoor track, 42 in outdoor track, 24 in swimming, 20 in gymnastics, and 13 in baseball (College World Series). In 1992, the SEC was the first NCAA Division I conference to hold a championship game (and award a subsequent title) for football and was one of the founding member conferences of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). The current SEC commissioner is Greg Sankey, who has been the commissioner since 2015. The conference sponsors team championships in nine men's sports and twelve women's sports.

The conference is successful financially, with high revenue distribution to its members. During the fiscal year 2014–2015 an SEC record $455.8 million for the 2014–15 fiscal year was generated,[2] which was a sizable increase over the $292.8 million for the 2013–14,[3] largely due to the revenue from the introduction of the SEC Network, a television network operated by the conference dedicated to SEC conference athletic events.

Member universities[edit]

Current members[edit]

The SEC consists of 14 member institutions located in the U.S. states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. The SEC is divided into East and West Divisions, although the divisional alignment is not strictly geographic, with Missouri in the East Division while being further west than several West Division schools, and Auburn in the West Division despite being located further east than East Division schools Missouri and Vanderbilt.[4] These divisional groupings are applied only in football and baseball, for both scheduling and standings purposes. In football, the two division winners meet in the SEC Championship Game.

Since July 1, 2012, there are 14 members, with Vanderbilt being the only private institution.

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedEnrollmentEndowment
(millions)
NicknameColors
East Division
University of FloridaGainesville, Florida1853193252,218$1,850Gators         
University of GeorgiaAthens, Georgia1785193238,652$1,344Bulldogs         
University of KentuckyLexington, Kentucky1865193229,182$1,407Wildcats         
University of MissouriColumbia, Missouri1839201229,866$1,740Tigers         
University of South CarolinaColumbia, South Carolina1801199135,364$788.3Gamecocks         
University of TennesseeKnoxville, Tennessee1794193328,900$1,355Volunteers         
Vanderbilt UniversityNashville, Tennessee1873193213,537$6,900Commodores         
West Division
University of AlabamaTuscaloosa, Alabama1831193238,563$832.8Crimson Tide         
University of ArkansasFayetteville, Arkansas1871199127,778$1,220Razorbacks         
Auburn UniversityAuburn, Alabama1856193230,440$793Tigers         
Louisiana State UniversityBaton Rouge, Louisiana1860193230,985$521.8Tigers         
University of MississippiOxford, Mississippi1848193222,456$736.3Rebels         
Mississippi State UniversityStarkville, Mississippi1878193221,974$528.7Bulldogs         
Texas A&M UniversityCollege Station, Texas1876201269,367$13,500Aggies         

Former members[edit]

InstitutionLocationFoundedNicknameJoinedLeftCurrent
Sewanee: The University of the SouthSewanee, Tennessee1857Tigers19321940Southern Athletic (NCAA Division III)
Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta, Georgia1885Yellow Jackets19321964Atlantic Coast
Tulane UniversityNew Orleans, Louisiana1834Green Wave19321966The American