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How the SEC Became Goliath: The Making of College Football's Most Dominant Conference

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How the SEC Became Goliath covers the Southeastern Conference and how the league became dominant in college football, winning six straight national championships. Size matters. That’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 real difference maker is the bigger and better players.

For six straight years the SEC has walked off with the big crystal prize and will not give it back. The talk of “big boy football” grinds on the Buckeyes, Sooners, Longhorns, and Ducks. All they can come back with is “Wait until next year.” Then next year comes and the SEC tribe is chanting in the closing minutes of the National Championship Game, “SEC, SEC, SEC!”

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 dominance of the SEC has a lot more to do with the South’s culture than just the rock-’em, sock-’em of football played one day a week. The South lost the Civil War, and sociologists will tell you that there is still a regional angst, an “us against them” mentality, a spirit of “those damn Yankees.” It is not just about championships. The SEC is about culture and competitiveness. . . . It is about players.

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How the SEC Became Goliath provides an inside look at college football’s most dominant conference. Four different schools in the SEC have won the last six championship titles:

Florida vs. Ohio State in 2006

January 8, 2007 • The Zook-Meyer Gators embarrass the Big Ten.

Florida 41 Ohio State 14

LSU vs. Ohio State in 2007

January 7, 2008 • Unbeaten in regulation, the Tigers are good . . . and lucky.

LSU 38 Ohio State 24

Florida vs. Oklahoma in 2008

January 8, 2009 • One of the best teams in history, these Gators are all Meyer’s.

Florida 24 Oklahoma 14

Alabama vs. Texas in 2009

January 7, 2010 • The Tide make it four in a row for the SEC.

Alabama 37 Texas 21

Auburn vs. Oregon in 2010

January 10, 2011 • Cam Newton and Auburn cap a perfect season.

Auburn 22 Oregon 19

Alabama vs. LSU in 2011

January 9, 2012 • Saban wins his third title and the SEC makes it six in a row.

Alabama 21 LSU 0

Synopsis:

Size matters. That’s why the SEC is Goliath…because the Southeastern Conference, top to bottom, has better players, better coaches, better stadiums, better bank accounts, better weather, and what else, bigger players.

Six straight years the SEC has walked off with the big crystal prize and they will not give it back. The talk of “Big boy football” grinds on the Buckeyes, Sooners, Longhorns, or Ducks, and all they can come back with is “Wait until next year” and then next year comes and the SEC tribe is chanting in the closing minutes of the national championship game, “SEC, SEC, SEC!”

     The national championship trophy has been in the south so long it has sunburn. It’s why college football is thick with the acrimony, SEC vs. Everyone Else. The dominance of the SEC has a lot more to do with the South’s culture than just the rock-em, sock-em of football played one day a week. The south lost the Civil War and sociologists will tell you that there is still a regional angst and an “us against them”, a spirit of “those damn Yankees” 147 years following the end of the war. It is not just about championships. The SEC is about culture, climate, and competiveness….It is about players.

     Six of the top ten states that have the most players in the NFL, per capita, are within the SEC footprint. The SEC states have better players where it counts in today’s game of the quarterback-centric spread offense: defensive linemen.

     Ray Glier covers the entire SEC and how the league became so dominant in winning six straight national championships. This book is not a celebration of the Southeastern Conference’s golden era and six milestones. It is about the passage to those titles.

About the Author

Ray Glier is a freelance journalist in Atlanta. He contributes to USA TODAY, The New York Times, and The Miami Herald, among other publications. He has covered the Southeastern Conference since 1986 and is the former executive sports editor of The Knoxville Journal.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781476703237
Author:
Glier, Ray
Publisher:
Howard Books
Subject:
Football
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Football General
Subject:
How the SEC Became Goliath; Ray Glier; SEC; Southeastern Conference; Football; Florida; LSU; Alabama; Auburn; Heisman Trophy; Herschel Walker; Bo Jackson; Tim Tebow; Nick Saban; Mark Ingram; National Championship; Les Miles
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.9 in 13.965 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Size matters. That’s why the SEC is Goliath…because the Southeastern Conference, top to bottom, has better players, better coaches, better stadiums, better bank accounts, better weather, and what else, bigger players.

Six straight years the SEC has walked off with the big crystal prize and they will not give it back. The talk of “Big boy football” grinds on the Buckeyes, Sooners, Longhorns, or Ducks, and all they can come back with is “Wait until next year” and then next year comes and the SEC tribe is chanting in the closing minutes of the national championship game, “SEC, SEC, SEC!”

     The national championship trophy has been in the south so long it has sunburn. It’s why college football is thick with the acrimony, SEC vs. Everyone Else. The dominance of the SEC has a lot more to do with the South’s culture than just the rock-em, sock-em of football played one day a week. The south lost the Civil War and sociologists will tell you that there is still a regional angst and an “us against them”, a spirit of “those damn Yankees” 147 years following the end of the war. It is not just about championships. The SEC is about culture, climate, and competiveness….It is about players.

     Six of the top ten states that have the most players in the NFL, per capita, are within the SEC footprint. The SEC states have better players where it counts in today’s game of the quarterback-centric spread offense: defensive linemen.

     Ray Glier covers the entire SEC and how the league became so dominant in winning six straight national championships. This book is not a celebration of the Southeastern Conference’s golden era and six milestones. It is about the passage to those titles.

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