The Southeastern Conference began its first academic year in 1933. Since that time the various current and former members of the conference have won a ton of officially recognized and unrecognized National Championships in football. I myself only consider the AP, UPI, BCS, and the former UPI polls as National Championships. There have been several other media and other outlets that have crowned the football National Champions. Most schools don't recognize the National Championships awarded by the "other" outlets that crown champs if the schools chose to recognize them the SEC would have even more titles than they currently have as would most conferences I am sure.
Alabama is leading the way with 9 titles that are official recognized, and 5 that are not for a total of 13 titles in football. Now there are 20 other national championships that are not officially claimed by SEC schools for a total of 45 titles in 76 years of compitition as a conference. That is an unparralleled run of success for one conference. Now there are other storied programs in NCAA football there is no disputing that. I'm not trying to ruffle the feathers of the USC, Ohio St, Michigan, Penn St, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, and Notre Dame fans out there because those are storied programs in their own right. The collection of those respective teams though span the entire country. The SEC though is spread through 9 states. Only 4 of the teams don't have a National Title while members of the SEC. Those teams are Arkansas, Vandy, Mississippi St, and South Carolina. Arkansas does have one from before joining the SEC. So that is 9 of 12 teams with a National Championship. This is just football we are talking about. Now this page is mainly football oriented, but the SEC has some other pretty good programs as well.
The conference has on average 7 National Championships per year over the last 28 years when you include all sports. Kentucky has 8 titles in Mens basketball nine if you count titles before postseason tournaments began being played. Pat Summitt has led the Lady Vols of Tennessee to 8 titles in womens basketball. LSU has 5 of the 6 baseball national championships for the SEC. Arkansas won 11 of 16 mens indoor track championships between 1992 and 2006 plus nine others before joining the SEC. LSU has one 11 womens indoor track National Championships since 1987. Arkansas has 9 outdoor track national titles since 1992 it would be 11 if not for 2 they were forced to forfiet due to recruiting violations. From 1987 to 1997 LSU's women won every national title for outdoor track and 2 since 1997. Auburn has 7 mens swimming and diving national championships since 1997. Georgia and Alabama have practically been playing keep away with each other for the womens gymnastics national championship since 1987 with 13 titles in that span between the two of them. There is only one school that has not won a national title in something while member of the SEC. I won't call them out because thats not what this blog is about. Its not about what the SEC hasn't won but is about what the SEC has one. The Crimson Tide, Razorback, Tigers(AU), Gators, Bulldogs, Gamecocks, Wildcats, wannabe Tigers(LSU), Commedores, Vols, Rebels, and Bulldogs all have something to be proud of.
LONG LIVE THE SEC