“Football has made the South a better place, even if we go around poisoning trees now and then.”

From Faulkner to State Representative Earl Ehrhart to Hugh Freeze

“Freeze constantly, as much or more than other college coaches, played on that religiosity,” Wilson tells USA TODAY Sports. “He used it in recruiting and in talking to parents of potential recruits. It’s authentic. He believes it. I don’t think it’s hypocrisy. I just think his failings are the temptations of the flesh — and that sort of thing is also well known in the South.”

… football is just different down here.  As the author puts it, “College football in the Bible Belt is so often called a religion as to be a cliché, though it offers the distinct advantage of being true.”

And so, to reiterate something I admittedly harp upon, the more the people running the sport try to accommodate those who would trade regional passion for national interest, the more they risk destroying what makes it uniquely great.


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14 responses to ““Football has made the South a better place, even if we go around poisoning trees now and then.”

  1. doofusdawg

    A slightly different take would be to say that a strong Big Ten is good for college football… and as goes college football so goes the country.


  2. lakedawg

    He describes Freeze as authentic, believer, believe I think more along the lines of sleazy, cheater.


  3. Athens Dog

    The best written passage about college football is Pat Conroy’s Prince of Tides. Even though it’s Clemmons vs SC it’s brilliant.

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  4. Stoopnagle

    Y’all remember NASCAR?


  5. 69Dawg

    Old farts like myself can remember the ceremony of college football. The guys dressed up in coats and ties. The ladies dressed in their fall finery with a big old flower pinned on with a red G on it. The after game parties with bands like the Hot Nuts. Anyway it’s totally Gone with the Wind. In 1969 as had been done for years the UGA seniors and their dates were allowed to walk around the field at half time to celebrate and be celebrated. The guys followed a long standing tradition of wearing black hats and having black walking sticks. In the early days the walk was downtown and the men wore black derby’s but they had the walking sticks. I am the proud owner of a UGA walking stick that belonged to a dear friends father and actually had his name and Class year on a silver label dates 1927.

    I think my class may have been the last class to get to walk since the bunch of drunks embarrassed the school on national TV. We were playing Ole Miss and a couple of guys thought it would be great fun to carry a sign in big letters that said “Piss on Ole Miss”. If anybody knows when the last walk was I’d love to know.


    • Fred Roddy

      The chance to leave a memorable sign can not be easily out done by the banner hung from the bridge that said “Prince Charles does it dog style” while the prince was in attendance for a UGA Kentucky game in the late 70’s


  6. W Cobb Dawg

    Maybe cfb. I doubt your typical southerner is more fanatical than a given Steeler, Giant, Browns or Packer fan up north. But I agree cfb has made the south a much better place to live.


  7. Got Cowdog

    Holy shit. I just read the linked article. I did not realize that being a fan of an SEC team meant I was a war/hate mongering racist dealing with misplaced hero worship.