SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL by John D. McCallum

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Since setting up shop in 1894 as the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) has rewarded its rabid fans with an intensely competitive, consistently interesting, and invariably successful brand of football; indeed, the Conference can boast more top-ten teams, more all-American players, more bowl game winners, and more alumni in the pros than any rival circuit. McCallum's lively decade-by-decade chronicle of the SEC starts with a reprise of the recruiting scandals that prompted formation of the original SIAC and ends with a replay of 'Bama's championship season in 1979. In between, his line-up includes the likes of Johnny Mack Brown (in pre-Hollywood days, an accomplished halfback on Alabama's 1925 Rose Bowl team), Billy Cannon, Charley Conerly, Herman Hickman, Don Hutson (star of the 1934 Crimson Tide club on which Paul ""Bear"" Bryant was ""the other end""), Archie Manning, Joe Namath, Bart Start, Fran Tarkenton, Y. A. Tittle, and Charley Trippi. Also on hand are such legendary coaches as Bear Bryant, Wally Butts, Paul Dietzel, John Heisman, General Bob Neyland, and G. S. ""Pop"" Warner--plus LSU's number-one rooter, Huey Long. McCallum doesn't ignore the wider world either; he recounts, for instance, just how the Ivy League's decision to de-emphasize football in 1954 reverberated below the Mason-Dixon line. With lots of pictures and the won/lost record of every team still in the SEC, a snappy replay for armchair quarterbacks all around the country.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1980
Publisher: Scribners