A visually stunning time-trip through college football’s greatest conference and its most important, heated, and astonishing games.
A vital part of any southern football fan’s personal library, this book is both engaging and comprehensive; a collection that contextualizes readers’ favorite games while introducing them to important moments they never knew existed. Broken down into “The Games That Changed the South”; “The Iron Bowl”; “Hail Mary and Other Prayers”; “The Classics”; “Atlanta, Here We Come”; and “Championship Moments” . . . this book covers a century-plus of Southern football through games covered with depth, outstanding photography, and fascinating sidebars.
Every entry takes the reader through history with the matchups that healed a South stripped of its pride, made coaches like Bear Bryant and Nick Saban regional heroes, forced the sport to change, created superstars, crowned champions, and revolutionized football.
Alex Martin Smith is a journalist living in Nashville. He has primarily reported for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (the Deep South’s largest newspaper) and its college football vertical SEC Country since moving to Music City in 2014. He anticipates multiple excerpt opportunities with those outlets. The network of SEC Country social-media accounts has attracted more than 5 million followers and continues to grow by the week. Smith previously served on staff at MLB.com and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. A native of the Minneapolis area, he studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He lives with his wife near Vanderbilt University.