Decline of the West

Dean Legge’s polemic about unsavory recruiting practices in the SEC West – and the NCAA’s feeble attempt to keep up with them – is a bit of an eye opener.

I repeat: Every school in the SEC West has been on probation in the last ten years except Auburn and Ole Miss.

That’s Cam Newton’s Auburn and Ole Miss – the program whose head coach tweeted: “If you have facts about a violation, send it to If not, please do not slander these young men or insult their family”

There’s plenty more where that came from.


Filed under Recruiting, SEC Football, The NCAA

12 responses to “Decline of the West

  1. Bryant Denny

    Given the recent thuggery at Florida, Laner and Orgeron, the classiness on display in Nashville, Steve Spurrier’s bed n breakfast, Missouri’s somewhat dubious basketball coach, Kentucky’s experience with FedEx packages and yes, even Georgia’s run of suspensions, arrests, etc., should Legge be throwing rocks? (And yes, including the basketball stuff was a stretch.)

  2. dawgfandanno

    @ Bryant Denny..Keyword: PROBATION. Seems to me the piece was just a simple observation backed up by facts. No need to get your crimson panties in a wad.

  3. ZeroPointZero

    Decline infers that they were moral to begin with. You can’t decline from The bottom. We may not live in a glass house in the East, but we have some big windows.

  4. Macallanlover

    I honestly don’t get the recent trend by fans, the media, and coaches, to divide the 2 divisions into armed camps. The last time I looked th3 numher of championships are equal between the two. There is an ebb and flow that occurs periodically and one team, or division, may dominate temporarily but things always seem to level out over time. What is gained by the cheap shots and divisivness? The SEC doesn’t need to start dragging each other through the mud because of division alignment. When schools like AU misbehave, they do singularly. And our schedules don’t need to be questioned…hear that whiney ball coach?

    • cube

      I hear ya but I don’t think it’s a recent trend. The East was the stronger division through most of the 90s and folks really started yapping toward the end of that decade that the divisions weren’t balanced. Then things evened out for a while but now the West has had more success the last several years and people are back on the case.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      +1. The “dominance” of one division over the other usually comes down to just one school. For awhile it was FU. For another while it was LSU. For one year it was the Auburn Cheatahs. Now it’s Bama. Occasionally the top 2 teams in the conference come from the same side like Bama and LSU a couple of years back or UT, FU or UGA (a different 2 out of the 3 in different years). But usually the 2 sides line up pretty evenly top to bottom.

      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        In support of the above proposition here are the winning percentages (all games) for all current SEC members since WWII: Bama (West) .689; UT(East) .681; UGA (East) .665; Florida (East) .658; LSU (West) .652; Auburn (West) .643; Arkansas (West) .624; Ole Miss (West) .588; A&M (West) .553; Mizzou (East) .528; South Carolina (East) .512; UK (East) .455; Mississippi State (West) .442; and Vanderbilt (East) .362.

      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        Last year is a good example. In the final AP Poll for the 2012 season taken after all bowls were concluded, the SEC had 7 teams ranked in the Top 25: (1) Bama (West); #4 Georgia (East); #5 A&M (West); #8 South Carolina (East); #9 Florida (East); #14 LSU (West); and #23 Vanderbilt (East). We all saw how close the top teams in each division were in the SECCG. The SEC looks pretty even to me.

        • Macallanlover

          But the key is: the SEC had seven teams ranked, not which came from a specific division. We are one conference and should be viewed/evaluated as such. The only reason for the split was to determine a champion, and so far the evidence indicates it was done pretty equally. Everyone can bitch about the schedules from their own myopic point of view but the original goal was achieved. And in every single test in the BCS finale, if an SEC team was included, they won that game. Case closed. Stop with the snippiness.

  5. PatinDC

    I guess they forgot about Auburn’s self imposed penalty of a one day suspemsion of Cam Newton.