Dick Harmon: SEC, Alabama and titles? Get used to it, says book

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  • Samvan5150 Newnan, GA
    Jan. 14, 2013 6:03 p.m.

    When talking about the SEC dynasty we can agree to the fact that Alabama, LSU, Auburn, & Florida have indeed won the last 7 N.C. In fact we can no longer be in denial that Alabama is a present day dynasty. However, the rest of the SEC is not on par with Alabama and to a lesser extent, LSU, Auburn (well, not last year) & Florida. The last N.C. apart from that group was Tennessee in '98 ( No longer in top 25 discussion)and prior to that Georgia in '80. Prior to that you have to go back to 1960 with Ole Miss. With regards to the rest of the SEC (old alignment), Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Vanderbilt & Kentucky, I'm not sure they wouldn't be as mediocre as they are in the SEC as they would be in any other conference. When is the last time those teams were in top 25 discussion in past 25 years (exception being S.C. in recent years)? As long as the elite in the SEC can beat up on the lower level they will always dominate. Of course the same can be said for most other BCS conferences.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Jan. 12, 2013 11:22 a.m.

    The NCAA could throw a wrench in the works and actually enforce academic standards for all athletes. But I'm not holding my breath...

  • estreetshuffle Window Rock, AZ
    Jan. 11, 2013 1:38 p.m.

    How many of these athletes are well rounded academically. Their only goal in many cases is to forgo a college degree and use the SEC to get into the NFL and after 5 years in the NFL they are worthless. When the glory is gone after 5 years, it is literally gone all the accomplishments and glory years are forgotten.

  • Aloha Saint George Saint George, Utah
    Jan. 10, 2013 9:54 p.m.

    I had a discussion with an assistant coach at USU a few years ago who played at LSU. I commented to him about how fast they were. He stated that their focus was not to get fast guys- that was easy. Their emphasis was in size, speed, and depth- the hogs was their focus. What would teams be like if they spent more time recruit big linemen versus QBs?
    I also knew of a high school in Georgia who spent $300,000 on their football program. As people have tried to put moneys like that into the schools, you have 'educators' squashing these programs. Like Cottonwood, they were finally bringing in national attention from the likes of USC, Oregon, Alabama. I wish educators would get educated. Can anyone compete with these schools? If took several years for schools to catch onto weightlifting while Nebraska and Boyd Epley pummelled them like rag dolls.
    The simple answer is if you want to play with the big boys, you have to follow their recipe for success. Educators, get educated, then act on your education.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Jan. 10, 2013 11:51 a.m.

    But utah "fans" have been telling us the pac12 was the best conference and that utah would be playing in the bcs championship within a couple of years of joining the mighty pac12. I'm really puzzled by this revelation.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 10, 2013 11:30 a.m.

    The question will be whether or not other schools ought to even play SEC until there's an even playing field. Of course they won't because they prefer a few extra crumbs while keeping the king in place.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Jan. 10, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    All this is true. And another truism: the SEC teams don't travel. Alabama canceled the away half of a home and home with BYU after BYU threw a scare into them. Their non-conference games are Div2 and 2nd tier teams. So they get into the BCS NC based on a record of winning a conference (or if you're Alabama, 2nd place) that doesn't risk exposure outside the conference. None of these schools are academic giants, so they don't have to be selective.

    The BCS is geared to protect the SEC, and protect is what the BCS does. Before the BCS, the SEC didn't dominate the national scene like they do now. They spend the BCS millions on football and hundreds on academics.

    Just sayin'