By STEVE MEGARGEE / AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Frustrated Southeastern Conference coaches say their league is being treated like a mid-major and not a BCS conference.
The coaches said Monday the perception all year was that the SEC was having a down year. The NCAA tournament selection committee apparently thought it was more than perception.
Florida, Missouri and Mississippi earned the SEC's only three NCAA berths, the fewest of any of the six major conferences. The SEC also ranked below the Atlantic 10 and Mountain West, which earned five bids each.
The SEC also got only three bids in 2009. Before then, the SEC hadn't received as few as three bids since 1990.