Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference

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Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference
Sport Rugby Union
Founded 2010
Commissioner Andy Allen
Inaugural season 2012
No. of teams 11
Country  United States
Most recent champion(s) S. Carolina (2nd title)
Most titles S. Carolina (2 titles)
Official website www.southeasternrugby.org

The Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference (SCRC) is an annual college rugby competition played every spring among 12 universities from the Southeastern Conference.

The SCRC was formed in December 2010 by a core group of founding schools — Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. By April 2011 the SCRC had expanded to 12 schools composed of the NCAA's Southeastern Conference (SEC).[1]

The conference is led by SCRC Commissioner Andy Allen.

Commercial success[edit]

The Southeastern Conference has enjoyed commercial success, announcing in October 2010, before conference play had even begun, that the SCRC had formed commercial partnership agreements with Adidas and the World Rugby Shop. World Rugby Shop decided to sponsor the SCRC “because of the vision and potential of the league. Using established conference structures and rivalries is the future of the college rugby game in the U.S. and the SCRC will tap into a rich tradition of Southern rivalries at the major Southeastern Universities.”[2]

Schools[edit]

The current 11 member schools of the SCRC are in the table below.

Institution Location Enrollment Nickname Colors Rugby
since
Head Coach
Eastern Division
University of Florida Gainesville, Florida 51,474 Gators           1967 Ken Simmons
University of Georgia Athens, Georgia 35,520 Bulldogs           1967 Doug Porter
University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky 28,094 Wildcats           1969 Tony Vince
University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina 30,721 Gamecocks           1967 Mark Morris
University of Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee 27,523 Volunteers           1970 Marty Bradley
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee 12,093 Commodores           1970 James Snell
Western Division
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama 33,602 Crimson Tide           1973 Mark Seitz
Auburn University Auburn, Alabama 25,078 Tigers           1973
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, Louisiana 29,549 Fighting Tigers           1970 Bob Causey
Mississippi State University Starkville, Mississippi 21,424 Bulldogs           1977 Evan Kaplan
University of Mississippi Oxford, Mississippi 19,822 Rebels           1974 David Chapman

The SCRC includes 11 of the 14 SEC schools. The other three schools are Missouri and Arkansas (which play rugby in the Heart of America conference), and Texas A&M (which plays rugby in the Allied Rugby Conference):

Results (regular season)[edit]

The following tables show the win/loss records of the various SCRC teams during conference play. The numbers in parentheses show that team's national ranking at the end of the season.

2013 regular season
West Record East Record
LSU 5–1 Tennessee (19) 6–0
Ole Miss 4–2 South Carolina 5–1
Alabama 1–3 Kentucky 3–3
Auburn 2–2 Florida 2–3
Mississippi State 0–6 Vanderbilt 2–4
Georgia 0–5
2014 (Spring)
West Record East Record
LSU 6–0 So. Carolina (23) 6–0
Auburn 3–3 Florida 4–2
Alabama 2–4 Georgia 2–3–1
Ole Miss 2–4 Tennessee 2–3–1
Mississippi State 1–5 Kentucky 2–4
Vanderbilt 2-4
2014 (Fall)
West Record East Record
Mississippi State 5–1 Tennessee 6–0
Alabama 4–2 South Carolina 5–1
Auburn 3–3 Florida 4–2
Ole Miss 1–5 Kentucky 3–3
LSU 0–6 Vanderbilt 1–5
Georgia 1–5

Results (post season)[edit]

Season Location SCRC Champion Final Score SCRC Runner Up East Division Champ West Division Champ
2012 Montgomery, AL Florida 22 – 14 Tennessee Tennessee (6–0) LSU (5–1)
2013 Atlanta, GA Tennessee 46 – 34 South Carolina Tennessee (6–0) LSU (5–1)
2014 (Spring) Knoxville, TN South Carolina 41 – 24 LSU South Carolina (6–0) LSU (6–0)
2014 (Fall) Columbia, SC South Carolina 50 – 22 Alabama Tennessee (6–0) Mississippi St. (5–1)

In 2012, Florida beat Tennessee 22-14 at the championship match, held in Montgomery, Alabama,[3] to win the inaugural SCRC title.[4] Florida (#2 East) had beaten LSU (#1 West) 35-17 in one semifinal, while Tennessee (#1 East) had defeated Alabama (#2 West) 31-22 in the other semifinal.[5]

In the 2013 semifinals, Tennessee (#1 East) defeated Ole Miss (#2 West) 36-32, and South Carolina (#2 East) defeated LSU (#1 West) 36-28. The final featured Tennessee defeating South Carolina 46-34.

In the 2014 spring semifinals, South Carolina (#1 East) defeated Auburn (#2 West) 41–5. In the other semifinal, LSU (#1 West) defeated Florida (#2 East) 54–27, marking the first time that a team from the Western Division reached the final. South Carolina defeated LSU in the final 41–24.

In the 2014 fall semifinals, South Carolina (#2 East) defeated Mississippi State (#1 West) 55–7. In the other semifinal, Alabama (#2 West) defeated Tennessee (#1 East) 37–25 in overtime, marking the first time that the top seed from the Eastern Division did not reach the final. South Carolina defeated Alabama in the final 50–22.

Awards[edit]

Season Player of the Year Coach of the Year
2012 Matt Neuhart (TENN) Mark Seitz (ALA)
2013 Tim Holkenborg (SCAR) Mark Morris (SCAR)
2014 (Spring) Matt Berenato (SCAR) Mark Morris (SCAR)
2014 (Fall) Dana Corcoran (SCAR) Evan Kaplan (MSST)

National playoffs[edit]

Florida qualified for the 2012 Division 1-AA playoffs by virtue of its Southeast Conference championship, but lost to Florida State in the round of 32. Tennessee received an at large bid to the 2012 Division 1-AA playoffs due to the strength of the Southeast Conference, where Tennessee defeated Maryland 47–13 and Florida State 45–27 to reach the quarterfinals.[6][7]

Southeastern Collegiate 7s Championship[edit]

Season Location SCRC Champion Final Score SCRC Runner Up Semifinalists
2010 Tuscaloosa, AL Tennessee 19–17 LSU Florida, ??
2011 Knoxville, TN Tennessee 26–14 Florida LSU, Arkansas
2012 Montgomery, AL Texas A&M 28–10 Georgia Tennessee, Auburn
2013 Knoxville, TN Auburn 28–22 Florida Tennessee, South Carolina
2014

The Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Sevens Championship was played every fall by universities from the southeastern United States until transitioning to a spring event beginning with the 2014/2015 academic season. Tennessee won the inaugural 2010 Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Sevens Championship and currently has the most titles at two.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference, Eight teams approved for membership, April 4, 2011, http://www.varsityrugby.com/scrc/default.html
  2. ^ Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference, SCRC Partners with Adidas and World Rugby Shop, Oct. 27, 2011, http://www.varsityrugby.com/scrc/2011-2012/wrs1.html
  3. ^ AL.com, Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference final four set in Montgomery this weekend, April 12, 2012, http://blog.al.com/montgomery/2012/04/southeastern_collegiate_rugby.html
  4. ^ Rugby Mag, Florida Ousts Vols for SCRC Title, April 15, 2012, http://www.rugbymag.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4187:florida-ousts-vols-for-scrc-title&catid=48:mens-di-college&Itemid=208
  5. ^ Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference, 2012 SCRC Championship, April 15, 2012, http://www.varsityrugby.com/scrc/2011-2012/championship.html
  6. ^ Rugby Mag, Men's D1-AA Bracket Finalized, April 16, 2012, http://www.rugbymag.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4196:mens-di-aa-bracket-finalized&catid=48:mens-di-college&Itemid=208
  7. ^ Rugby Mag, Men's D1-AA Elite Eight Update, April 29, 2012, http://www.rugbymag.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4335:mens-di-aa-sweet-16-update&catid=48:mens-di-college&Itemid=208
  8. ^ Examiner.com, Tennessee continue dominating rugby season, Oct. 8, 2010.