Rick Neuheisel says the SEC is good because of ESPN

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Former Pac-12 head coach Rick Neuheisel, who was run out of town at UCLA after his four-year bolstering 21-29 (.420) record, said recently that a primary reason that the SEC was any good is because ESPN is always playing them up.

“You wonder how the SEC became so powerful? It’s a direct correlation to how ESPN has been talking them up over the years, because they have a financial interest in them. So all the sudden, it’s a monster conference.”

For the record, ESPN is invested in the Pac-12, having signed a rights deal in partnership with Fox Sports that covers 12 years and $3 billion for the conference. Neuheisel still isn’t convinced that’s enough to make a network like ESPN change its focus.

“I think they just want to be competitive in all the time zones, but we’re still not given the same amount of attention as the SEC or the Big Ten. Watch `(College) Game Day,’ and the Pac-12 will get one block, and it’s usually just about USC or Oregon.”

So, ESPN media coverage is the real reason for six in a row? What about the fact the SEC has put more players in the NFL than Pac-12 (250) and Big 12 (224) combined? Does ESPN impact how Auburn or LSU play against Oregon?

ESPN has interests all over college football, not just the SEC. The reason that the SEC dominates and will continue to dominate is two-fold. First, there’s an abundance of top talent in the south. Second, folks in the south care more about football than the west coast.

Out in Pac-12 country, people give equal time to football and things like gluten free, organic foods. Football just isn’t that important. Down south? Well, we do silly stuff like wear Alabama gear on our wedding day and get stuff like this done. I know we’re weird down here, but this fan frenzy helps drive the success in the SEC.

The bottom line is Rick Neuheisel either has no idea what he is talking about or he’s just trying to make stupid statements to get in the news. Probably a bit of both.

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  • The reason the Pac-12 doesn’t get a lot of coverage is because with the exception of USC and Oregon they stink!

  • this is all coming from a man who ran out on colorado for washington just to get fired for gambling and then goes to his alma mater and runs the program into hades gets fired from their in disgrace!, go home and shut up rick no one cares what you think !

  • So, how this explain the dominance back in the Shug Jordan, Bear Bryant, Robert Neyland, Vince Dooley, etc. years back before ESPN was even around…or in its very early years for some of them? The SEC being a powerhouse is not something new…lol

  • ” For the record, ESPN is invested in the Pac-12, having signed a rights deal in partnership with Fox Sports that covers 12 years and $3 billion for the conference. Neuheisel still isn’t convinced that’s enough to make a network like ESPN change its focus. ”

    this line is awesome, however, i feel it should have been added that they have a contract with the ACC, who they call weak ever 5 seconds, that pays more per team than ESPN does to the SEC.

  • Fans on the west coast don’t even understand football. their idea of good football is a 90-100 score. offense may seem like a good idea but defense is the reason why the SEC wins every year. Honestly the only way the SEC loses a National Championship is if there isn’t a SEC team in the game. And we all know that won’t happen. Playoff or not.

  • Ok Neuheisal, so the SEC winning 6 NC’s in a row is only because their games are put on television? ESPN didn’t beat the other teams for the SEC

  • What an obscure comment from a guy that greatly under acheived at his last job. Doesnt make sense on any level.

  • I was raised in Big 10 country L O N G before ESPN, and I am going to tell you that Neuheisel is FoS. I have been a college football addict for nearly 40 years, and the Big 10 has never had any more than 2 or 3 strong teams. The SEC? The SEC has been dominant for many years. ESPN just helps the rest of the country see it.

    I am awfully prod of our conference, and even root for my rivals when they play out of conference.

  • Kinda sounds like sour grapes to me

  • He has it ass-backwards. The SEC made ESPN.

    The SEC is great because we consistently beat yankee and west coast girls schools like ugly, red headed step children. They don’t want to play our “cellar dwellers” like Vandy, Miss State and Ole Miss because they might just get their tail whipped.

  • Hey Rick! The SEC is good, despite the fact it has one of the smaller population footprints in the US, not because of ESPN. We were good before that. UCLA sucked not because of the absence of ESPN; it was because you were a horrible coach. Reality must really suck for you.

  • Yea, they talk so well about Arkansas /endsarcasm

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