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SEC History

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The Southeastern Conference, with its storied 81-year history of athletic achievements and academic excellence, has built perhaps the greatest tradition of intercollegiate competition of any league in the country since its inception in 1933.

The 2013-14 academic year was another season to remember for the SEC as conference teams captured seven national titles and six national runner-up finishes. The SEC has won consecutive national championships in equestrian, men's golf, gymnastics and women's swimming and diving. Since 1990, the SEC has won 163 team national championships for an average of more than six per year.

Florida's second consecutive gymnastics national title was the fourth straight for the league and 198th overall. The Georgia equestrian team brought home the national title marking the 13th consecutive year that a team currently in the SEC captured the title. Alabama won its second consecutive national championship in the sport of men's golf. Georgia's women's swimming team captured its sixth national title and second in a row. The Florida softball team prevailed in an all SEC final to win its first championship and second for the league. Texas A&M won the league's 18th championship in women's outdoor track & field. Vanderbilt won the baseball title, the league's fourth in the last six years.

Overall, the SEC finished in the top two in nine of its 21 sponsored sports and in the top five in 13 of the 21 sports. Ten SEC teams participated in football postseason bowls with Auburn participating in the BCS Championship. Three men's basketball teams were invited to the NCAA Tournament and eight women's basketball teams were also invited to the NCAA Tournament. The SEC had 10 teams advance to postseason play in baseball with Ole Miss and Vanderbilt advancing to the College World Series. With 178 teams advancing to NCAA postseason competition, the SEC continued to solidify its place as the nation's premier conference.

In addition to the seven team championships, 71 SEC student-athletes garnered individual national championships, while 555 individuals were awarded with First-Team All-America Honors. Student-athletes around the league continued to excel in the classroom as well with more than 3,100 earning recognition on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

On the national all-sport level, all 14 SEC schools placed in the top 55 of the NACDA Director's Cup rankings. Florida led the league with a second-place finish. Texas A&M placed 10th while Kentucky was 11th; Georgia finished 16th, Alabama 17th, LSU 24th, Arkansas 28th, Auburn 34th, South Carolina 35th, Tennessee 40th, Vanderbilt 45th, Missouri 46th, Mississippi State 52nd and Ole Miss 54th.

Below are the historical records kept by the SEC.

SEC All-Time National Championships
Men's - 124
Women's - 97
Coed - 1
TOTAL - 222

SEC National Championships Since 2000
Men's - 52
Women's - 53
Coed - 1
TOTAL - 106

*Note: NCAA National Champions only with the exception of football and equestrian.

SEC Commissioners
1940-1945 Martin S. Conner
1951-1965 Bernie H. Moore
1966-1971 A. M. Coleman
1972-1985 H. Boyd McWhorter
1986-1989 Harvey W. Schiller
1990-2001 Roy Kramer
2002-2015 Michael L. Slive
2015-Present Greg Sankey