"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."
• Since its formation in 1933, the SEC has directed and organized interscholastic athletic competitions, conducted tournaments and prescribed eligibility rules for student-athletes. The Conference also facilitates and assists its member institutions in maintaining intercollegiate athletic programs compatible with the highest standards of education and competitive sports.
• The Southeastern Conference crowns champions in 21 sports - 12 women’s sports and nine men’s sports. They include baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, equestrian, football, men’s and women’s golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball.
• In the fall of 2012, the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University became the 13th and 14th members of the Southeastern Conference. It marked the first expansion for the SEC since 1991 and the second-ever increase for the league since its founding in 1933.
• The Southeastern Conference had 39 Capital One Academic All-Americans in 2012-13. The league had 16 student-athletes earn first-team honors. The Capital One Academic All-America Teams are voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The 39 student-athletes represent 11 of the SEC 14 schools while nine schools had at least one person on the first-team. Since 2003, the SEC has had 186 student-athletes earn first-team Capital One Academic All-America status.
• The 16 SEC student-athletes who earned Capital One Academic All-America first-team status in 2012-13 were: Florida swimmer Elizabeth Beisel, Alabama softball player Kayla Braud, Arkansas football player Dylan Breeding, LSU track & field athlete Laura Carleton, Tennessee softball player Raven Chavanne, South Carolina baseball player LB Dantzler, Tennessee swimmer Kelsey Floyd, Alabama gymnast Kim Jacob, Alabama football player Barrett Jones, Missouri softball player Jenna Marston, Alabama golfer Stephanie Meadow, Auburn swimmer Kyle Owens, Kentucky men’s soccer player Tyler Riggs, Missouri softball player Chelsea Thomas, Florida track & field athlete David Triassi and Alabama golfer Cory Whitsett.
• The SEC had four of its student-athletes earn Capital One Academic All-American of the Year in their respective sports – Florida swimmer Elizabeth Beisel (at-large); Tennessee softball player Raven Chavanne, South Carolina baseball player LB Dantzler and Alabama football player Barrett Jones.
• The Southeastern Conference had 22 of its student-athletes earn NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships in 2012-13. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletic competition. The SEC NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients are: Kayla Braud, Alabama (Softball); Raven Chavanne, Tennessee (Softball); Austin Cook, Arkansas (Men’s Golf); Noel Couch, Georgia (Gymnastics); Stewart Ferguson, Auburn (Men’s Swimming & Diving); Kelsey Floyd, Tennessee (Women’s Swimming & Diving); Maria Foehse, Alabama (Women’s Tennis); Kelsey Horton, Florida (Softball); Henry Janghanel, Kentucky (Rifle); Max Lang, Florida (Men’s Track & Field); Jenna Marston, Missouri (Softball); Cameron Martin, Florida (Men’s Swimming & Diving); Thomas McCarthy, Kentucky (Baseball); Nathan McCormick, Missouri (Wrestling); Chelsea Oswald, Kentucky (Women’s Cross Country); Kyle Owens, Auburn (Men’s Swimming & Diving); Alexis Paine, Alabama (Women’s Track & Field); Ashley Priess, Alabama (Gymnastics); Hope Robbins, Arkansas (Softball); Indy Roper, Auburn (Equestrian); Ashley Sledge, Alabama (Gymnastics); Max Storms, Missouri (Men’s Cross Country).
• The SEC also had two of its student-athletes – Alabama gymnast Ashley Sledge and Texas A&M football player Steven Terrell - earn NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Scholarships.
• The SEC had two student-athletes awarded the NCAA Today’s Top VIII - the only conference with multiple winners. The SEC’s recipients were Brooke Pancake, Alabama (Women’s Golf) and Wendy Trott, Georgia (Women’s Swimming & Diving). The award recognizes eight current student-athletes who will have completed their athletics eligibility for their successes on the fields and courts, in the classroom and in the community.
• The SEC also had five student-athletes earn the NCAA Elite 89 award, which is given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA at the finals site for each of the NCAA championships. The 2012-13 SEC recipients were: Kim Jacob, Alabama (Gymnastics); Chelsea Oswald, Kentucky (Women’s Indoor Track & Field); Brent Sterling, Tennessee (Men’s Swimming & Diving); Cory Whitsett, Alabama (Men’s Golf); and Emily Zabor, Alabama (Women’s Tennis).
• The SEC has had eight student-athletes win the William V. Campbell Trophy given by the National Football Foundation. Since the inaugural award in 1990, the SEC has had more recipients than any other conference. The award, nicknamed the “Academic Heisman” goes to college football’s top scholar-athlete. In 2012, Alabama’s Barrett Jones was the SEC’s eighth recipient of the trophy. In 2009, Florida’s Tim Tebow won the honor. LSU’s Rudy Niswanger won the honor in 2005, Tennessee’s Michael Munoz claimed the award in 2004, Matt Stinchcomb of Georgia in 1998, Tennessee’s Peyton Manning in 1997, Florida’s Danny Wuerffel in 1996 and Brad Culpepper of Florida in 1991 was the league’s first recipient.
• More than 2,300 student-athletes were named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2011-12. Members of the SEC Academic Honor Roll must have a 3.0 grade point average for either the previous academic year or his/her academic career at the SEC institution. The number represents almost half of the student-athletes that competed in the SEC last year.
FOR THE STUDENT-ATHLETE
• Alabama football player Barrett Jones and Kentucky cross country/ track & field athlete Chelsea Oswald were named recipients of the 2012-13 H. Boyd McWhorter Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year Awards. The McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award is the highest honor a student-athlete can receive in the SEC. Each McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award recipient receives a $15,000 postgraduate scholarship, while 26 other finalists for the award receive a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship.
• Missouri swimmer Joseph Hladik and Kentucky golfer Megan Moir were named recipients of the 2012-13 Brad Davis SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship. Each Community Service Leader of the Year receives a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship while 26 other finalists for the award receive a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship.
• The SEC was the first conference in the nation to assemble a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Two representatives from each of the SEC member schools are selected to serve on the committee which meets twice a year to discuss issues of concern to the student-athlete.
• The SEC has implemented sportsmanship policies meant to strengthen the league’s commitment to these principles. The league also developed a sportsmanship statement for its institutions to follow.
•The SEC has an annual Sportsmanship Award that will be awarded to one male and one female student-athlete. Voted on by the league’s athletics directors, the award honors student-athletes who, through their actions in the competitive arena of intercollegiate athletics, have demonstrated one or more of the ideals of sportsmanship, including fairness, civility, honesty, unselfishness, respect and responsibility. The recipients of the 2012-13 award were Georgia women’s tennis player Maho Kowase (female) and the South Carolina and Tennessee football teams (male).
IN THE COMMUNITY
• The SEC and its member institutions have partnered with the 11-state Special Olympics organizations in the SEC region. The relationship is featured on public service announcements aired on SEC telecasts, and Special Olympics participate in the Dr Pepper SEC FanFare, held in conjunction with the SEC Football and Basketball Championships.
• The SEC and its corporate sponsors host youth clinics each year in conjunction with several conference events, including the football championship game, the men’s basketball tournament, the baseball tournament and the soccer tournament. These clinics provide children from host cities the opportunity to receive instruction from SEC and other area coaches.
• The SEC selects a Community Service Team in each of its 21 sports. The Community Service Team features a representative from each institution who has shown a commitment to community service.
SEC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
• The Southeastern Conference won seven national championships in 2012-13: Football (Alabama), Men’s Golf (Alabama); Men’s Indoor Track & Field (Arkansas); Men’s Outdoor Track & Field (Florida/Texas A&M); Equestrian (Auburn); Gymnastics (Florida); Women’s Swimming & Diving (Georgia). The SEC also a national runner-up finish in six sports including: Baseball (Mississippi State); Equestrian (Georgia); Men’s Indoor Track & Field (Florida); Women’s Outdoor Track & Field (Texas A&M); Women’s Tennis (Texas A&M) and Softball (Tennessee).
• The SEC became the first conference in history to win the national football championship (Florida), the national women’s basketball championship (Tennessee) and the national men’s basketball championship (Florida) in the same year (2006-07 academic year).
• In its history, the SEC has won 203 national championships, 118 men’s and 85 women’s titles. Since 2000, the SEC has won 87 national crowns, including 46 men’s titles and 41 women’s titles.
• In the “big three” men’s sports – football, basketball and baseball, the SEC has won 13 national championships during the last seven academic years. The league has won seven consecutive football national championships.
• Since 2006, the SEC has had a national champion in 15 of its 21 sponsored sports – football, men’s basketball, baseball, men’s indoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field, women’s outdoor track & field, women’s swimming & diving, gymnastics, women’s tennis, men’s tennis, men’s swimming and diving, equestrian, women’s golf, softball and women’s basketball.
FOR THE FANS
• For the 32nd straight season, the SEC recorded the largest total football attendance of any conference in the country. The league has led in average attendance during the last 15 consecutive seasons. More than 7.5 million fans attended SEC football games in 2012 while stadiums were filled to 96.2 percent of capacity.
• The SEC had nearly 2.5 million fans attend its home basketball games during the 2012-13 season. In 240 home contests, SEC teams averaged 10,629 fans per game. Kentucky again led the nation in attendance, averaging 23,099 fans per contest. Tennessee was seventh in the nation, averaging 16,635 fans per game.
• Year after year, the SEC is the leader in college baseball attendance. In 2013, for the third conseecutive year, the SEC’s institutions drew more than 2 million fans, with a nation-leading attendance total of 2.25 million fans. The SEC averaged nearly 5,000 fans per game (4,965) in 2013. The SEC and its member schools own virtually all regular season, conference tournament, NCAA Regional and Super Regional attendance records.
SECU - COMMITMENT TO THE UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC MISSION
• Using its SECU academic initiative, the Southeastern Conference sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its member universities. SECU is led by the president or chancellor of each SEC university and is managed by the chief academic officer. The goals of the SECU initiative include highlighting the endeavors and achievements of SEC faculty and universities; advancing the merit and reputation of SEC universities outside of the traditional SEC region; identifying and preparing future leaders for high-level service in academia; increasing the amount and type of education abroad opportunities available to SEC students; and providing opportunities for collaboration among SEC university personnel.
• The SEC Academic Leadership Development Program seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond. It has two components, a university-level development program designed by each institution for its own participants (i.e., fellows), and two, three-day, SEC-wide workshops held on specified campuses for all program participants. It was created in 2008 and has commissioned four cohorts.
• The SEC Faculty Achievement and Professor of the Year Awards recognize faculty with outstanding records in research, scholarship and service. There is one winner per campus and one overall winner for the Conference. All receive an honorarium and memento. The top recipient is honored during the annual SEC Awards Dinner in Destin, Florida.
• The SEC Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. The program offers faculty members from each SEC university the opportunity to travel to other SEC universities to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals, and conduct research.
• The SEC Symposium is an academic conference-type event intended to address a scholarly issue in an area of strength represented by all SEC universities, and to provide an opportunity to attract leading scholars from other institutions in the United States and abroad. Held in Atlanta, Georgia, this marquee event puts on display the research and innovation of SEC institutions for an audience of academics, government officials, grant funding agents and other stakeholders.