Post by gatorgibson on Feb 28, 2017 9:15:37 GMT -5
Not sure i agree it has killed the SEC though. Hell, the SEC has won how many NC the last 6 years? The sec as a whole holds their own outside of playing Alabama so I still think we the best conference top to bottom.
Post by RockyMtnGator on Feb 28, 2017 16:29:19 GMT -5
I think it's sort of "ruined it for the teams not named Bama". I guess I see it this way: if you are not Bama, you have taken a step backward toward the rest of the big conferences. And even though Bama lost last month, they remain the cream of the league. In the last 9 seasons they have lost 13 games total, balanced out nicely with 5 SECCs, and 4 NCs. Pretty incredible.
As for the rest of the league, we went 6-6 in bowl games this year, so not too bad I suppose. But roughly equal to the competition wouldn't you say? I guess the difference is that the SEC actually had 12 bowl teams.
I'm wondering how much Alabama reeling in so many top recruits has had to do with the general decline of the SEC East.
Nothing. It has had absolutely nothing to do with it. The fact that teams from the East keep making horrible hires is what has tanked the division. Since Saban has been at Bama the conference has lost the second best coach in the country (Meyer), a back to back division champion (albeit from a watered down division) in Pinkel, Spurrier who brought SC into national relevance won the SEC East and 11 games, Richt who plateaued but gave Saban the best championship game during this run, and Franklin who was winning at Vanderbilt. Their replacements, to the extent there's enough evidence to judge, have not been remotely comparable. Will Muschamp was hired twice in 5 years to replace the most successful coaches in their respective schools histories. That is insane. If anything his presence should hurt teams in the West more than the East but Auburn, the school most directly impacted by Bama's resurgence, has won a national title and played for another since he's been at Bama.
After 4 years of Muschamp and Foley I am probably overly sensitive to excuses but what a bunch of horsezook it is to use the fact that Meyer, Saban, and Miles turned the conference into the best in the country and Saban took it a step further and elevated from the other programs in the conference and the country by association as a rationale for mediocrity. Playing in the SEC means national exposure, TV time, if you win a good bowl game at least and automatic spot in the playoff if you win the conference. It elevates kids' draft stock because of the level of competition. That's why the SEC had 5 teams in the top 10 and 8 in the top 16 on Rivals final rankings. Look what Kirby has done in 2 years on the recruiting trail at Georgia. If having to play the pre-eminent program in the country is a problem it's a damn good one to have and the pros clearly outweight the cons.
The main place I think it has had an effect is that ADs including our bucktoothed ticket boy are obsessed with hiring people with "Bama ties" to such an extent that I think they get tunnel vision when it's hiring time.
“I think there are some key components for our football team that aren't playing for us right now. And we're very thin in some areas. And it is what it is. I'm not making excuses, that's just the facts, and it's real. I think we've got a good staff and I think that we've got a really good football team. They're fighting their butt off this Saturday, first of all, and heading into spring. And I'm excited about that. I'm excited about this Saturday and our guys getting out and competing again."