Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey will soon have full authority to reschedule league games. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Regardless of what happens in the national championship game Monday night, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey won't call Alabama a dynasty.

The Tide have won four of the last seven titles -- and can make it five of eight by beating Clemson in the finale -- and made the College Football Playoffs in each of its three years. But to Sankey, calling the Tide's recent dominance anything other than a successful run would be inviting complacency.

"I don't use the word dynasty," he said Sunday. "'Dynasty' was a TV show on ABC in like the 80s, so that's my frame of reference. You have to earn every day, every week, every week, your status. And if someone suggests a program or a conference is a dynasty, I think that introduces complacency, so I would run from that label.

"I would say there's a great run of success, which a team has rightly earned over a period of years. But they're going to be challenged Monday night and they're going to be challenged next season, and they were challenged every week this season. I think that is a better explain of a team's success that simply a particular noun."

Asked about the perception that the SEC is "Alabama and everyone else," Sankey defended the league by pointing to the Tide needing to rally in a few games and the league getting an NCAA-record 12 teams in bowl games.

"I don't think that's a fully developed perspective," he said. "When you look at the competitive aspects through the year or the competitive results, Alabama has gone undefated through a conference season. Things change pretty quickly in football. The ball can bounce different ways, and you have to recognize that.

"I know our other programs are strong, and we've seen improvement."

He also refused to accept the notion that Alabama's run could be bad for college football.

"From an (evaluation) standpoint, you might look at the run UCLA had, which I think elevated college basketball nationally," he said. "So the notion that somehow a program winning a number of championships consecutively is bad for college football is not something I accept."


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