OMAHA, Neb. – Dear SEC office .  .  .

You’ve heard by now, no doubt, they’re down to the final two at the College World Series. One of yours — card-carrying SEC party member Arkansas — and these troublemakers from the Northwest. These trespassers from Oregon State.

Apparently, they didn’t get the memo. The one about Omaha really being the SEC Invitational. Everyone knows in June, college baseball has two divisions. You’re either from the SEC, or you’re not.

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And everyone knows who’s supposed to rule the world, right? It was that way last year, when Florida won the CWS finals because LSU didn’t. Or maybe that was the other way around. Anyway, been that way for a decade. In the past 10 years, the SEC has produced five national champions and six runners-up. And that’s involved six different conference schools. You come to Omaha in waves.

Thirteen of the current 14 members have been in the College World Series — 10 of them since 2005. Alabama and Auburn haven’t shown up here since the late 1990s, but then, they always have bowl games in January. The only school never to make it here is Kentucky, but then, the Wildcats always have March.

Look at this current CWS. By Friday, three of the four teams still in town were Arkansas, Florida and Mississippi State. And to even get here, they had beat three other SEC teams — South Carolina, Auburn and Vanderbilt — in the super regional.

Arkansas coach Dave Van said Sunday that this is the deepest he’s ever seen the league. “There were no weekends off . . . there was never a break. It makes you resilient, No. 1. It teaches you how to prepare for what’s about to happen every weekend. And if you don’t show up or if you have a bad weekend, you’ll get hammered.”

He remembers that Arkansas trip to Mississippi State in April. Got swept three games. “We limped out of there,” Van Horn said. Mississippi State went 15-15 in the SEC — and barely missed the College World Series finals.

Van Horn figured the Razorbacks would have to get through couple of conference cousins to make it this far. “It’s just the way it is. It’s like the old cliché, if you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best.”

And why is the SEC the best? Nice weather helps, but the weather is swell in a lot of the Pac-12 and ACC, too and they’re not overrunning the place. Matter of fact, perennial powers such as USC and Arizona State have hit something of an Omaha lull.

Miami missed the entire NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season. But here was Florida four years in a row in Omaha. Texas A&M and LSU last year. Mississippi State and Arkansas this month. Auburn nearly made it, after being away two decades. Vanderbilt had never been before 2011, and has a title, a runner-up and a third place finish in the past eight years.

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