Published June 22, 2013 - 10:30amNEW: Follow on facebook -
Every big name coach in college football is asked about whether the SEC is as good as its perceived. Bob Stoops chimed in first and said the SEC is nothing but a house of cards built on propaganda, and Charlie Weis had his back at Kansas. FSU’s Jimbo Fisher was also asked to chime in on the ‘SEC brainwashing’, and he said perception is a huge part of it, but that the ACC also puts players in the NFL, too.
Now, it’s someone’s turn from the Big Ten not named Urban Meyer. Michigan head coach Brady Hoke has SEC fatigue and wants to rid the assumption that the SEC is the only conference that matters in college football.
Hoke, when speaking on 92.3-AM in Cleveland, says the SEC can play, but the Big Ten is ‘awfully good’, too, via MLive.com.
“I think people get a little overly zealous when they think the SEC is (the only conference) where they play football,” Hoke said Tuesday. “I think when you look at the track record of the Big Ten, (we) play awfully good football.
“I really believe in this conference, and everyone has to recruit the way they need to recruit for their school. It’s all different. … (But) it’s an amazing conference of coaches that work awfully hard.”
Michigan finished 0-2 against the SEC last year. The Wolverines were thumped 41-14 against Alabama and lost to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl 33-28…you know, the Jadeveon Clowney ‘Hit’ game.
MLive points out that the Big Ten was 2-7 against the SEC the past three bowl seasons.
The Big Ten as a conference hasn’t done much to gain national respect in the last five years. The last time they played for a title was in 2007 when Ohio State lost to LSU 38-24.
Back in February, Urban Meyer called out the Big Ten coaches because they were very average in their recruiting performance as a conference. And that doesn’t look to be improving for the 2014 class.
In today’s college football world, especially entering into a playoff next season, perception has massive implications. And Hoke is trying to channel his inner Big Ten-ism and earn back some respect for a fallen conference.
The chasm between the SEC and the Big Ten as leagues right now isn’t up for debate…it’s not really even a debate anymore. And saying the Big Ten plays some ‘awfully good football’ isn’t exactly changing the perception of the conference.
There’s only one Big Ten game on any SEC schedule during the 2013 regular season. Missouri travels to Indiana in September.
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