Vanderbilt, currently the league doormat, was formerly an SEC powerhouse.
Tulane used to be in the SEC, dropped out in 1966. Tulane has more SEC football titles than Mississippi State and Kentucky, as well as Arkansas, South Carolina, Missouri and Texas A&M, which have never won the conference.
Georgia Tech was another SEC powerhouse but in the worst decision Bobby Dodd made, left in 1964. Tech’s record against rival Georgia is something like 12-46 since then. The ACC can have the Jackets.
The SEC headquarters is in Birmingham. Most SBC conventioneers walked past it when we had our annual meeting in that city. I noticed that C B Scott would genuflect every time he passed the main entrance.
So, the SEC has a losing record in bowls this year. Big deal. The three games that count the most all will have SEC wins. For context on bowl irrelevancy, LSU got pasted in a bowl just last night, 42-20 by Kansas State. But then, the Kitty Cats had to use a wide receiver as quarterback. Congratulations to the real Cats on their win.
The Dawgs have an equestrian team, highly competitive, and a rowing team. The rowing team has to recruit within the student body and 95% of the team has never rowed before. I walk at the park where they practice. Some guy in a motorboat yells on a megaphone at the rowers, disturbs my walking.
I have a connection with several Heisman trophy winners. Played basketball with Roger Staubach, went to school with a son of Frank Sinkwich the only Croatian born Heisman winner. Everyone knows Herschel but I doubt everyone will vote for him.
Most of the five star recruits live in states with SEC schools, in the south. Who wants to go to Lincoln, NE where the average low temp is in the teens in January? Or anywhere in Iowa?
Adding Oklahoma and Texas added close to half a billion dollars to total SEC athletic budgets. Hey, they can still sell boint orange shirts and caps in Texas even if they don’t win many games.
I always had trouble with the Missouri helmet logo, the stylized tiger. My brain wasn’t wired to see a tiger there. Georgia’s “G” is a shameless knockoff of the Green Bay “G”. We steal from the best.
For those wondering about what gamecocks are, they are fighting chickens. The sport is illegal but the mascot is ripe for jokes and double entendres. Lewis Grizzard, while he was a sports editor, is alleged to put a headline in paper that used ” ‘cocks” and a Georgia player named Dicks in the same line. Look it up.
A creek runs under the UGA football field.
The famous hedges are an invasive species. You don’t want them on your property. And, yes, I’ve played football between the hedges.
When will these SEC articles end?
Only Dave Miller knows for sure.
I hope the Dawgs win next week for Danny Akin’s and Nathan Finn’s sakes. Todd Unzicker’s too. I can live with a loss.
And I’m OK with all the SEC teams except Auburn and Tennessee, Florida too when they’re good. First SEC game I remember attending was the GA-Auburn game in 1959. We won.