The Southeastern Conference can boast back-to-back national titles in football and men’s basketball, the nation’s premier women’s basketball program and record attendance in college stadiums every autumn.
But there’s one leaderboard the SEC would prefer not to be associated with.
The league’s successes run parallel with its excesses. Since the NCAA began tracking major infractions cases in 1953, the SEC institutions have been penalized 48 times, an average of sanctions every 13½ months.
That’s in line with other conferences.
Using current conference alignments, the Big 12 leads BCS affiliates with 55 infractions cases, followed by the SEC, the Pac-10 (41) and the Big Ten (40).
Yet, of all the conferences, the SEC has perhaps the worst reputation for cheating.