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A veteran sports journalist explores the real reason why college football can’t shake the attitude of “SEC vs Everyone Else”: 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. 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 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 “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.
A veteran sports journalist explores the real reason why college football can't shake the attitude of "SEC vs Everyone Else": size does matter.
The national championship trophy has been in the south so long it has sunburn. For six straight years the Southeastern Conference has walked off with the big crystal prize. Why? Because the SEC, top to bottom, has better coaches, better stadiums, better bank accounts, better weather, and--last but not least--bigger players.
The dominance of the SEC has a lot more to do with Southern culture than the rock-em, sock-em football played once a week. The south lost the Civil War, and sociologists will tell you there is still regional angst and a spirit of "those damn Yankees"--147 years after the war ended. It's not just about championships. The SEC is about culture, climate, and competiveness. Six of the top ten states that have the most players in the NFL, per capita, are within the SEC footprint. And the SEC states have better players where it counts in today's game of the quarterback-centric spread offense: defensive linemen.
How the SEC Became Goliath is not a celebration of the Southeastern Conference's golden era and six milestones--it is about the winning journey 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.