After forming in Knoxville, SEC nears another football season

After forming in Knoxville, SEC nears another football season

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After forming in Knoxville, SEC nears another football season

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The Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville where the SEC was formed in December 1932. Photo by Dan Harralson/Vols Wire

KNOXVILLE — The SEC is approaching another football season.

The Southeastern Conference was formed in Knoxville at the Andrew Johnson Hotel on December 8-9, 1932, during the annual Southern Conference banquet.

13 members of the Southern Conference located west and south of the Appalachian Mountains departed to form their own conference, the SEC. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Sewanee, Tennessee, Tulane, and Vanderbilt were the founding institutions of the newly formed Southeastern Conference.

Separation to form the new conference was in part of having more of a focus on better athletic administration with fewer teams from the 23 schools of the Southern Conference. The Southern Conference also planned on increasing eligibility requirements.

 

Knoxville News-Sentinel (Published as The Knoxville News-Sentinel) - December 10, 1932 b

Knoxville News-Sentinel – December 10, 1932

 

Knoxville News-Sentinel (Published as The Knoxville News-Sentinel) - December 10, 1932

Knoxville News-Sentinel – December 10, 1932

 

Dr. John J. Tigert, president of the University of Florida, spoke for the 13 institutions and formally presented resignations at the meeting in Knoxville.

Dr. Frank L. McVey, president of the University of Kentucky, was named president of the SEC, J.F. Broussard of LSU was elected vice president and A.H. Armstrong of Georgia Tech was named secretary.

 

Knoxville News-Sentinel (Published as The Knoxville News-Sentinel) - December 7, 1932

Knoxville News-Sentinel – December 7, 1932

Fordham

The Daily News-Journal – December 17, 1932

 

Tennessee head coach Robert Neyland was back in Knoxville in time to attend the conference meetings at the Andrew Johnson Hotel following his mother’s death in Greenville, Texas. Neyland also turned down an offer to become Fordham’s head coach  as he was approached by Fordham officials while attending the Army versus Notre Dame game at Yankee Stadium, November 26, 1932. Fordham was looking to replace Hall of Fame head coach Frank Cavanaugh following his final season.

The Army and Notre Dame game was two days following Tennessee defeating Kentucky, 26-0, played on a Thursday. The Vols then finished the 1932 unbeaten season by defeating Florida in Jacksonville on December 3, days before the conference meetings in Knoxville.

 

Knoxville News-Sentinel (Published as The Knoxville News-Sentinel) - November 25, 1932

Knoxville News-Sentinel – November 25, 1932

 

Rules for showcasing athletics was at the forefront of the meetings. Due to the Great Depression, game attendance for many schools began to decline and many institutions and conferences established bans on radio broadcasts in order to have more people attend games. That was not an issue for the newly formed SEC as the conference would lift a broadcasting ban on football games along with awarding sites for athletic championships. Atlanta was named host city for the SEC’s basketball tournament, while tennis and boxing were awarded to New Orleans. The annual writer’s meeting was awarded to Baton Rouge.

Reinstating Vanderbilt’s Julian Foster was also a topic of discussion after being ruled ineligible by the Southern Conference for the 1932 football season. Foster was deemed ineligible after violating a summer baseball rule that did not allow playing in more than three games per week.

After meeting in early December 1932, in Knoxville, the SEC has maintained a commitment to athletics and football 86 years later.

Knoxville News-Sentinel - December 10, 1932

Knoxville News-Sentinel – December 10, 1932

 

All-time SEC Champions

1933      Alabama
1934      Alabama/Tulane
1935      LSU
1936      LSU
1937      Alabama
1938      Tennessee
1939      Tennessee
1940      Tennessee
1941      Mississippi State
1942     Georgia
1943      Georgia Tech
1944      Georgia Tech
1945      Alabama
1946      Georgia/Tennessee
1947      Ole Miss
1948      Georgia
1949      Tulane
1950      Kentucky
1951      Georgia Tech/Tennessee
1952      Georgia Tech
1953      Alabama
1954      Ole Miss
1955      Ole Miss
1956      Tennessee
1957      Auburn
1958      LSU
1959      Georgia
1960      Ole Miss
1961      Alabama/LSU
1962      Ole Miss
1963      Ole Miss
1964      Alabama
1965      Alabama
1966      Alabama/Georgia
1967      Tennessee
1968      Georgia
1969      Tennessee
1970      LSU
1971      Alabama
1972      Alabama
1973      Alabama
1974      Alabama
1975      Alabama
1976      Georgia/Kentucky
1977      Alabama
1978      Alabama
1979      Alabama
1980      Georgia
1981      Alabama/Georgia
1982      Georgia
1983      Auburn
1984      Vacated
1985      Tennessee
1986      LSU
1987      Auburn
1988      Alabama/LSU
1989      Alabama/Auburn/Tennessee
1990      Tennessee
1991      Florida
1992      Alabama
1993      Florida
1994      Florida
1995      Florida
1996      Florida
1997      Tennessee
1998      Tennessee
1999      Alabama
2000      Florida
2001      LSU
2002      Georgia
2003      LSU
2004      Auburn
2005      Georgia
2006      Florida
2007      LSU
2008      Florida
2009      Alabama
2010      Auburn
2011      LSU
2012      Alabama
2013      Auburn
2014      Alabama
2015      Alabama
2016      Alabama
2017      Georgia

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Inside the Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville where the SEC was formed. Photo by Dan Harralson/Vols Wire

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The Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville where the SEC was formed. Photo by Dan Harralson/Vols Wire

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