A Southern Tradition: SEC Football

Seth BowmanCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2009



As recent tradition has called for, the road to the BCS Championship was a treacherous one—one that included the rise and fall of number one teams, surprise dark horses, and new electrifying play makers. However, the result at the end of the season folded out as it normally does—with the SEC coming out on top.

More than likely readers and non-SEC football fans across the country are furious, and would like nothing more than to see death to the SEC. However, at the conclusion of the 2008-2009 football season, what is it specifically that makes the SEC, simply put, the best, and everyone else inferior to the SEC?

Could it be the top recruiting classes? Could it be the fact that four out of the twelve coaches have national title rings? Or, in a nutshell, could it be that the south in general does football, barbecue, and babes better than anyone else in the world?

I think all the above factors contribute to the SEC's dominance, but there is one factor that towers above all the rest, and it is that in the south, outside of Sunday morning church, football is god.

Whether it's when college football kicks off in early September, or when the traditional spring games take place, from January to December, fans, players and coaches quite literally eat, sleep, and breathe that which is know as college football.

So all in all, what is it that keeps the SEC on top year in and year out?

When Nick Saban was hired in January of 2007, he introduced many different phrases to the Alabama nation. Some of these include "in terms of", "self gratification" and the ever popular "positive energy." Positive energy is something very abundant in the south.

From the avid tailgaters, to the nuts in the nosebleed section, it’s not just the coaches and top notch recruits that make the SEC the best, it’s the fans that create the positive energy, and makes SEC dominance a southern tradition.