"People are gonna pick on the SEC because they don't like us, because we wear them out in football," Fox said Friday. "That's the truth."and
"We've dominated in football. And every league, our league included, deserves some criticism from time to time for how your league has played. But I think there's probably some truth to that. They're tired of us whoopin' them in football."
Maybe it is SC-Upstate, which beat South Carolina. Or Drexel, which beat Alabama. Or Butler, which beat Vandy. Or Northwestern State, which beat Auburn. Or Rhode Island, which beat LSU. Or Missouri State and North Texas, which beat Texas A&M. Or Utah State, UNLV, and TCU, which beat Mississippi State.
As you can see from that list, clearly there is total football envy.
Or it could be that SEC basketball is bad. Comically bad.
It would be one thing if you are doing some politicking to get into the NCAA, but if this is some posturing for pride or the NIT, we've gone into the theater of the absurd. He mentions North Carolina, which has lost to UAB, which was a bad loss. The Tar Heels also have out of conference wins over Richmond, Louisville, Michigan State, and Kentucky. Those are very good wins.
Coach Fox is right about something:
They call us a football league, but what have we won, four of the last eight basketball championships, something like that? This is a great athletic conference. This is a phenomenal athletic conference. The best athletic conference, I think. So people obviously take some shots at you when you're at the top.Putting aside the wrong guess about the number of tittles (three, Florida's two and Kentucky's one), we are a football league. To the determent of other sports. Football is the cash cow of the conference, and the vast majority of the athletic departments and the conference view all those other sports as stuff to do between January and August.
And that is a shame.