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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.
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
“Ray Glier does a fantastic job of capturing the evolution and rise of the Southeastern Conference and gives his readers an up-close look at how the league and its teams came to dominate college football. From Alabama to Florida to LSU and everywhere in between, Glier gives readers an intimate look at college football in the South, where the sport always seems to matter more than anywhere else.” Mark Schlabach, ESPN
“Read the book, bathe in the anecdotes, and soak up the knowledge. If you love the SEC — heck, even if you hate it — let Ray Glier take you on a ride through the most popular, powerful entity this side of the NFL. From Roll Tide to Hotty Toddy and all championship points between, a must read for college football fans.” Matt Hayes, The Sporting News
“Ray Glier has researched deeply and gotten behind the scenes to chronicle how the nation's best conference
got that way.” Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports
“SEC football might be the most unique ecosystem in sports. In his fine book, Glier carefully examines the food chain and explains exactly how the eat-or-be-eaten world of SEC football works.” Andy Staples, Sports Illustrated
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.