The SEC was also the first NCAA Division I conference to hold a championship game (and award a subsequent title) for college football and was one of the founding members of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). The conference sponsors team championships in nine men's sports and twelve women's sports.
The SEC consists of 14 member institutions located within the borders of 11 contiguous states.
It has two components, a university-level program and two three-day, SEC-wide workshops held on specified campuses for all participants.
The SEC Faculty Achievement and Professor of the Year Awards recognize faculty with outstanding records in research and scholarship.
The conference is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.
The SEC participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I in sports competitions; for football, it is part of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A.
The SEC is regarded as one of the most accomplished sports conferences in terms of its winning reputation, with 43 national football championships, 21 basketball championships, 41 indoor track championships, 42 outdoor track championships, 24 swimming championships, and 20 gymnastics championships.
The first African American to compete in the SEC was Stephen Martin, who walked on to the Tulane baseball team in that school's final SEC season of 1966.
The SEC Academic Network was officially merged into the SECU operation.
The SEC Academic Leadership Development Program seeks to identify, prepare, and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond.
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is an American college athletic conference whose member institutions are located primarily in the Southern part of the United States.
Its fourteen members include the flagship public universities of eleven states, two additional public land grant universities, and one private research university.