“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.