In case you still wonder which sport carries the water in college athletics, here’s another answer for you.
The SEC will consider abandoning men’s basketball divisions during the conference’s upcoming spring meetings, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said Friday.
When you get down to it, divisional play makes little sense for any sport outside of football. When the postseason goal is simply to obtain as many seeds for conference teams in a multi-round tournament as possible, it’s in the conference’s best interest to make sure its tourney is structured to give the cream the best chance to rise to the top.
Football is a different beast. There is no multi-round playoff, just a BCS title game. The SECCG, just like its brethren in the other power conferences, was set up to do two things: generate a bunch of money for the conference and give one of its top teams extra momentum in the computer rankings to boost its chances to play in the title game. It has been wildly successful on both counts, which is why you see a divisional format in place that doesn’t benefit any other sport, and, indeed, poses something of an impediment in certain cases.