Genius coaches, passionate fans define life in the SEC
The Southeastern Conference is an intoxicant to a whole lot of folks. To a few, it is a virtual religion, bless their hearts. For the Southern addicts who take deep draughts of its sweet brew every day of the year, it is an unnatural high, and a way to make a statement to the rest of the country. In brief, the statement is as follows:
An SEC game day with the Gray Fox
Modern Game Day
Today's football mania in the South is fueled by much the same kind of intoxication that got all this started, but there is more. Having been in the current version of Southeastern football passion as both a coach and a broadcaster, I can tell you that it is different from all the others in at least three respects:
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Southern Living: A Weekend in the SEC
Ride along on an inside trip with Mike Slive as the unlikely boss of the best and bawdiest league traveled around the movable feast of an SEC weekend. Story Curry: Life in the SEC
Bill Curry has coached and played in the SEC, and he understands the passion of its fans, the genius of its coaches and why there's nothing like it. Story Alabama: View from above
It's a mantra any good Crimson Tide fan will recite: "At a lot of places, they just play football. At Alabama, we live it." Chris Low Arkansas: Calling all Hogs
There are few things in life that can bring a diverse state or a divorced couple together, but Arkansas football proves every Saturday that it has that power. Liz Merrill Auburn: Rocking and Rollin'
what happens in the center of town when students and alumni gather at Toomer's Corner after an Auburn win is a truly unique celebration. Zoom Gallery LSU: To be like Mike
Mike the Tiger's historic first day on the job drew plenty of anticipation and excitement. Eric Adelson Ole Miss: Get your Grove on
Beneath the patchwork and the paisley; behind the seersucker, Skoal and Sperry Top-Siders -- it's another world in The Grove. Mary Buckheit Mississippi State: Cristil clear delivery
While the fortunes of Mississippi State football have ebbed and flowed over the past 55 years, the simple, even cadence of Jack Cristil has been the one constant. David Albright South Carolina: Lights, Camera, Action
It's likely one of the easiest part of the job, but doing a weekly TV show pays off in the end for South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier. Mark Schlabach Tennessee: Checkerboard Picasso
The Tennessee checkered end zones are one of the most recognizable scenes in sports. Meet the man who is responsible for the transformations at Neyland Stadium. Ron Higgins SportsNation
• Poll: Who are the SEC's all-time best?
• Ranker: Which team is the best in SEC history?
• Chat: Higgins and Low, noon ET