Some people may say that the SEC is having a down year, that there are only three good football teams in the conference this season — Alabama, Georgia and Auburn.
But SEC commissioner Greg Sankey isn’t one of those people.
In a Q&A with Jason Kersey of The Athletic, Sankey discussed his thoughts on the SEC this season. And like many other years past, he believes his conference is the top in the nation.
“Even in the summertime when there was a lot of rhetoric about the competitive stature of our conference or of other conferences, somehow, that dialogue always passed through the SEC,” Sankey told Kersey. “At some point, as people talk about who’s where in these rankings, the Southeastern Conference is the central point of that conversation.”
And as for the belief that there are only three good SEC football teams this year? Sankey isn’t buying that, either.
“This notion that there aren’t other teams playing good football is erroneous,” Sankey told Kersey. “It’s pretty competitive once you get into the league. That’s why we don’t give trophies out in September and October.”
Sankey also addressed the current FBI investigation into basketball recruiting, which could potentially also lead to an investigation into football recruiting later on.
The SEC commissioner said the scandal is “disheartening,” but he believes the schools in his conference have taken measures to avoid violations.
“I’m not concerned necessarily about those relationships. I think our schools have been attentive over time,” Sankey said, per Kersey.