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Dr. Saturday

Charlie Weis defends Bob Stoops’ argument about SEC ‘propaganda’

Graham Watson
Dr. Saturday

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Bob Stoops took a lot of heat last week by saying the SEC isn’t the best conference in the country and that while the top of the SEC might be stellar, the bottom isn’t nearly as good as the bottom of the Big 12.

And now, another Big 12 coach is jumping on Stoops’ bandwagon.

Kansas coach Charlie Weis told ESPN.com he agreed with Stoops’ assessment of the SEC.

"Do you know the stats? In the SEC, the record of the good guys and the bad guys?" Weis asked ESPN.com in a recent interview.

"The stats" to which Weis is referring have appeared a few times on this blog, and paint the SEC as a league devoid of parity, at least last season. The conference's bottom eight teams went 0-30 against the top six teams in 2012.

"I’m just sayin’, you look at the bottom of our league and the bottom of their league, just going based off the numbers, there’s validity in what he said," Weis said. "I’m just going based off the numbers, I mean, I’m a numbers guy. Just based off the numbers, you’d have to say he’s got a point."

Unfortunately, Weis’ comments might not mean much since he is the coach of a team that went 1-11 last year and has gone 3-21 during Weis’ two-year tenure.

As a small point of reference, no SEC team won fewer than two games this past season.

The merits of both conferences have been debated to death in the past week. Both teams sent nine teams to bowl games, but since the Big 12 only has 10 teams in its conference (the SEC has 13), its 90 percent bowl attendance rate is the best in college football history.

The SEC, on the other hand, did win its seventh consecutive national title. With the exception of Kentucky, the conference’s bottom teams include the 2010 national champion (Auburn), a team that finished ranked No. 5 last season (Arkansas) and a team that, up until last year, had been to a bowl every year since 2004 (Missouri).

Again, not to beat a dead horse, but I think both conferences have merits top to bottom but that there’s a natural ebb and flow among the top and bottom teams of both leagues. The worst team this year might have been one of the best three years ago and vice versa. The one thing both conferences have going for them is that the upper echelon seems to remain static and the upper echelon of the SEC is flat out better. So, stating that one league’s worst teams are better than another league’s worst teams is a weak argument.

Florida Coach Will Muschamp and Alabama’s Nick Saban, two of the SEC’s top coaches, spoke out in defense of the SEC. Stoops needs someone other than Charlie Weis to go to bat for him.

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