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BP: Why is being ‘a football conference’ a bad thing? When we win in softball, gymnastics or swimming as often as we do, does that make us any less of a football conference?
SLAM: You told me, in the past, opposing coaches from other conferences used the SEC’s football success to dissuade Tennessee and Auburn basketball recruits. BP: Things like, “You’re not going to get treated the same way as the football team” or “You’re not going to get to eat in the same cafeteria [where] the football team eats in, you’re not going to have the same tutors, you’re going to go to the same level of strength training — there’s not the same level of interest…” But it’s not true.
Our guys get the same respect, the same opportunities, the same adoration.
SLAM: Speak to some of the cultural differences between “basketball conferences” and the SEC.
When the top of our league gets better and wins, it pulls all those teams in the middle up [in terms of metrics like RPI] and that’s how to start getting six, seven, eight teams in the tournament.
SLAM: What’s your outlook for Auburn and the postseason next year?
Auburn leaves Sunday for Italy, where the Tigers will play games in Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan.
I think it is a very attainable and realistic goal for us to finish in the upper division of the SEC next year based on what I return and what we’ve recruited.We were the only team in the nation last year to finish with its top four scorers as freshmen.SLAM: Do you think SEC basketball suffers from a general national perception that the SEC is a “football conference”? We’ll always be a football conference and be proud of it…We recently spoke to Pearl, a former Tennessee head coach who led the Volunteers to the 2010 Elite Eight, about the conference, his program’s place in it, and more: SLAM: What do you think of the strength of the SEC as a whole?Bruce Pearl: Right now you’re starting to see the beginning of some of the fruits of the labor that the SEC basketball team has planted.
I’m talking about Mike Slive, Greg Sankey, Dan Liebowitz, Mike Tranghese, Mark Whitehead, the coaching hires and the commitments on campuses.