The national championship trophy has been in the South so long it has a sunburn. It is as much a fixture as the red, blue, and orange Solo cups that hold the tailgate drink and the $9.95 canvas-backed chair that holds the Southeastern Conference fan, who has no greater wish than to hold a winning lottery ticket and for his or her team to win on Saturday. The crystal Coaches’ Trophy has bivouacked here since January 2007, and the folks who populate these rattlesnake-mean message boards in the South claim success comes from playing something called Big Boy Football.
Well, they might have a point. It is big-boy...
CHAPTER 1THE EARLY SEC
Eighty years ago, the SEC did not have an issue with student-athletes transferring here and there, but it had trouble with migrants
. The SEC did not have to unearth scandals about players being paid, but there were investigations of players being subsidized
. There were no issues with alumni providing extra benefits to players, but there was a problem with scholarships being provided under unauthorized programs
. There was no issue with ineligible players, but there was an issue with tramp athletes
You don’t recognize the language? It’s all the same, of...