Southeastern Conference

Southeastern Conference
Southeastern Conference logo
DivisionDivision I
Sports fielded
  • 21[1]
    • men's: 9
    • women's: 12
HeadquartersBirmingham, Alabama
CommissionerGreg Sankey (since 2015)
Southeastern Conference locations

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is an American college athletic conference whose member institutions are located primarily in the Southern part of the United States. Its fourteen members include the flagship public universities of eleven states, two 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.

The SEC is regarded as one of the most accomplished sports conferences in terms of its winning reputation, with 43 national football championships, 21 basketball championships, 41 indoor track championships, 42 outdoor track championships, 24 swimming championships, and 20 gymnastics championships. The conference is also highly successful financially, as it consistently leads most others in revenue distribution to its members, including an SEC record $455.8 million for the 2014–15 fiscal year,[2] which was a sizable increase over the $292.8 million for the 2013–14 fiscal year,[3] largely due to the revenue from the introduction of the SEC Network.

The SEC was also the first NCAA Division I conference to hold a championship game (and award a subsequent title) for college football and was one of the founding members of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). The current SEC commissioner is Greg Sankey. The conference sponsors team championships in nine men's sports and twelve women's sports.

Member universities

Current members

The SEC consists of 14 member institutions located within the borders of 11 contiguous states. Listed in alphabetical order, these 11 states within the SEC's geographical footprint are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. The geographic domain of the conference is predominantly within the Southeastern and Southern United States, and stretches from Texas in the west to South Carolina in the east and from Missouri in the north to Florida in the south.

The SEC is divided into East and West Divisions although the divisional labels are misnomers[4] given Missouri's East Division alignment while being located in the west geographically, and Auburn's West Division alignment despite being located considerably further east than Missouri and Vanderbilt. These divisional groupings are applied exclusively to football and baseball as well as their scheduling and standings.

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

Institution Location Founded Joined Enrollment[cm 1] Nickname Colors
East Division
University of Florida Gainesville, Florida 1853 1932 51,474 Gators          
University of Georgia Athens, Georgia 1785 1932 35,197 Bulldogs/Lady Bulldogs          
University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky 1865 1932 30,720 Wildcats          
University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri 1839 2012 30,870 Tigers          
University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina 1801 1991 31,980 Gamecocks          
University of Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee 1794 1932 27,410 Volunteers[cm 2]          
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee 1873 1932 12,686 Commodores          
West Division
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama 1831 1932 38,563 Crimson Tide          
University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Arkansas 1871 1991 27,558 Razorbacks          
Auburn University Auburn, Alabama 1856 1932 30,440 Tigers          
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, Louisiana 1860 1932 30,863 Tigers/Lady Tigers[cm 3]          
University of Mississippi Oxford, Mississippi 1848 1932 24,250 Rebels          
Mississippi State University Starkville, Mississippi 1878 1932 21,884 Bulldogs          
Texas A&M University College Station, Texas 1876 2012 68,825 Aggies          
  1. ^ Enrollment figures include both undergraduate and graduate students.
  2. ^ During the 2017–18 school year, Tennessee once again allowed all of its women's sports teams to use the traditional women's nickname of "Lady Volunteers" if they wished, reversing a change made in 2015 that saw only the women's basketball team retain "Lady Volunteers".
  3. ^ LSU uses the "Lady Tigers" nickname in women's sports that also have men's teams. Teams in sports that are only sponsored for women use "Tigers".[5]

Former members

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Sewanee: The University of the South Sewanee, Tennessee 1857 Tigers 1932 1940 Southern Athletic
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta 1885 Yellow Jackets 1932 1964 Atlantic Coast
Tulane University New Orleans 1834 Green Wave 1932 1966 The American