Commisioner basks in the glow of SEC's 'golden age'

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 1:46pm

HOOVER, Ala. – Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Silve opened the 2009 football media days on Wednesday with the assessment that the conference is in the midst of what might “someday be called the SEC’s golden age.”

He opened his annual address and question-and-answer session with what he called his “brag bag,” a laundry list of the conference’s on-the-field accomplishments.

Slive noted that during the 2008-09 academic year, five SEC teams (all from different institutions) won national championships including Florida in football and LSU in baseball. Six other teams finished as runner-up, which meant SEC schools played for national titles in 11 of the 20 sports sponsored by the conference.

He said 150 different conference teams (75 percent of the total) earned invitations to NCAA championship tournaments and 53 individuals won national titles.

Finally, he pointed out the SEC athletes collectively won more medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics than all but three nations.

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