How the SEC Became Goliath

How the SEC Became Goliath

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A veteran sports journalist explores the real reason why college football cana€™t shake the attitude of a€œSEC vs Everyone Elsea€: size does matter. How the SEC Became Goliath covers the Southeastern Conference and how the league became dominant, winning seven straight national championships. Size matters. Thata€™s why the SEC is Goliath, because the Southeastern Conference, top to bottom, has better coaches, better stadiums, better bank accounts, and better weather, but the difference maker is the bigger and better players. The SEC has walked off with the big crystal prize in college football for seven straight years and will not give it back. The talk of a€œbig boy footballa€ grinds on the Buckeyes, Sooners, Longhorns, and Ducks. All they can come back with is a€œWait until next year.a€ Then next year comes and the SEC tribe is chanting in the closing minutes of the National Championship Game, a€œSEC, SEC, SEC!a€ The national championship trophy has been in the South for so long it has sunburn. That is why college football is thick with the acrimony: SEC vs. Everyone Else. The domiAsnance of the SEC has a lot more to do with the Southa€™s culture than just the rock-a€™em, sock-a€™em of football played one day a week. The South lost the Civil War, and socioloAsgists will tell you that there is still a regional angst, an a€œus against thema€ mentality, a spirit of a€œthose damn Yankees.a€ It is not just about championships. The SEC is about culture and competitiveness. . . . It is about players.To be clear, the SEC follows the minimum NCAA academic guidelines for admitting athletes. Besides, if it was so automatic to get into SEC schools, would there be so many prospects tucked away in prep school or junior college? Plenty ofanbsp;...

Title:How the SEC Became Goliath
Author:Ray Glier
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2013-08-13


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