Paul Finebaum reacts to SEC college baseball dominance
When the 2022 College World Series began, four of the eight teams were from the SEC and two others (Oklahoma and Texas) were scheduled to join the conference at a later date.
Fast forward to today and the remaining four teams – Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Arkansas – are all current or future SEC teams. And Paul Finebaum loves it.
Appearing on McElroy and Cubelic in the morning, Finebaum credited SEC investments in all sports beyond football for their recent increase in baseball success. He believes the conference’s decision to improve their baseball facilities allowed them to recruit top rookies and led to their recent dominance.
“I really think resources are more important, you can have good baseball out West,” Finebaum said. “But ultimately this trend started years ago…where if you don’t have top-notch facilities you won’t attract players. Now everyone is trying to outdo each other. You take a ride drive through the SEC and your jaw drops at these facilities.
“These guys are no different from SEC football players. They are looking for opportunities to level up. You can do it from many places, even more so in baseball, but success breeds success.
The SEC’s dominance of college baseball appears to have begun in the early 1990s. As a conference, they have won 13 national championships since Georgia beat Oklahoma State in 1990.
And their teams are also regularly in the final. An SEC team has appeared in 12 of the last 13 Finals – 15 times in total over that span.
Either way, the SEC has become the dominant conference in college baseball.