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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Time to redefine greatness

For the past 15 years, the SEC has been college baseball's best conference in terms of depth, exposure and talent.

Is it that way anymore? Um, that's a solid maybe.

There is no dominant team in the SEC this year. There really wasn't one last year. Yes the 2005 Florida Gators reached the College World Series championship series but they were far from dominant.

Now, with two games to play, Kentucky of all teams is in position to win the overall SEC title. I know John Cohen is a great college baseball coach, but it's still Kentucky. The only thing Kentucky should see No. 1 in is basketball.

The SEC is still a very, very good baseball conference. But, make no mistake, it's not great. Just because everyone can beat everyone doesn't make a league great.

If you're looking for a dominant team, look outside the SEC, Big 12 and ACC. I'm not saying a power conference team won't be dogpiling in Omaha, but the most dominant teams this year (Rice, Cal State Fullerton) come from outside the BCS conferences.


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