Over the past decade, we have all sat back and watched the South eastern conference take over the college football scene with great teams like Tebow’s gators, Cam Newton’s tigers and Nick Saban and his powerful crimson tide. This conference, the SEC, has transformed itself into the perennial powerhouse whose champions always end up walking away with the national championship. Everyone, including myself, has loved watching SEC football these past years due to the fact that it consists of hard hitting defenses, and dynamic offenses. After winning the last 8 out of 10 National Championships and establishing its identity in college football, the SEC is now regarded as the conference with the most potent NFL talent.
There’s only one important thing that has always bothered me. The SEC has won 8 out of the last 10 championships from 2003-2013. I can’t take that away from them, but if you look past the years you’ll see that from 1993-2002 the SEC only won 2 championships. How could this conference go from winning 2 titles in one decade to winning 8 out of 10 in the next decade? How did this conference turn itself into the NCAA’s super league? This same conference, which in 2004, couldn’t get their undefeated Auburn team into the BCS National Championship due to the fact that the SEC was seemed to be a weaker conference than the Big 12? Even after LSU had won in 2003?
These questions have been bothering me lately because my ability to reason could not exactly put together why this one conference has taken complete control of the top tier talent in the nation. I started to look at the top contenders of the SEC in the last ten years and see how their culture or behavior had changed. I also wanted to see if certain incidents could show cause for concern that possible NCAA infractions had occurred. I have come to the conclusion that the majority or maybe even all the SEC football schools did at one point cheat or are currently cheating. I believe that they have bought players and have hid it extremely well. I mean let’s be honest. We all know its happening everywhere across the nation. The problem is that while other programs get screwed by doing the same stuff, the SEC tends to time and time again get scraped under the rug or suffer minor penalties such as losing scholarships which honestly has zero effect on them. Let me explain. If a university cheats and buys themselves a top 5 draft class, they become contenders and build reputation. After they are caught, if they get a small penalty like losing 3 or 5 scholarships then instead of wasting it on 3 star athletes, they could just get the top tier guys and not recruit a high school player that is not a blue chip player. Minor infractions almost never impact prestigious programs who cheated because they are already winning which attracts the best players. What they should do instead is take away how many 5 star and 4 star players they can recruit. No schools have been caught but if anyone who reads between the lines could see, they have been caught in smaller scandals that clearly show a huge motive to prove that they have broken major NCAA violations. In this segment, I will be writing about the big programs of the SEC and their violations. There’s a lot of dirt in the SEC, and anyone who does a little reading will be able to see for themselves how certain programs are getting away with infractions when any other school who isn’t as prestigious would more than likely be getting investigated. Due to how long this article is, I will be cutting it into various portions in order for the information to sink in better. As I stated at the beginning, I love watching SEC football. The reason I am writing this is not because I hate the SEC or any team in it, but just because after digging a little deep I couldn’t understand how the NCAA has allowed or ignored this behavior to go on.