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  • Christmas in July: SEC Media Days

    Jul 15, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, SEC Media Days, Southern Belles, Southern Football

    Maybe the big guy with the white beard from the North Pole comes in December, but us SouthernLeaguers and SEC fans know, the medium-sized guy with white hair from the south who comes in July (SEC Commissioner, Mike Slive) is a taaaad bit more important.

    So here is the interview schedule for the 2013 SEC Media Days being held in Birmingham.  We will pass ZERO judgement if you “work from home” this week just to watch all of the happenings live. We will also be getting daily updates from our staff in the  building. This is the kick off to college football, merry Christmas!


    Tuesday, July 16:

    Approx 1:00-6:00pm


    Coach Will Muschamp

    Junior, QB, Jeff Driskel

    Senior, DL, Dominique Easley

    Senior, OL, Jon Halapio



    Coach Gary Pinkel

    Senior, QB, James Franklin

    Senior, WR, L’Damian Washington

    Senior, LB, Andrew Wilson


    Ole Miss

    Coach Hugh Freeze

    Junior, WR, Donte Moncrief

    Senior, LB, Mike Marry

    Junior, QB, Bo Wallace


    South Carolina

    Coach Steve Spurrier

    Junior, DE, Jadeveon Clowney

    Junior, WR/KR, Bruce Ellington

    Senior, QB, Connor Shaw


    Wednesday, July 17

    Session I Approx: 8:30am- 2:00pm

    Texas A&M

    Coach Kevin Sumlin

    Senior, DB, Toney Hurd, Jr.

    Sophomore, QB, Johnny Manziel

    Senior, OT, Jake Matthews



    Coach Mark Stoops

    Senior, DT, Donte Rumph

    Senior, RB, Raymond Sanders

    Senior, LB, Avery Williamson


    Mississippi State

    Coach Dan Mullen

    Junior, DL, Kaleb Eulls

    Sophomore, LB, Benardrick McKinney

    Senior, QB, Tyler Russell



    Coach Butch Jones

    Junior, OL, Antonio Richardson

    Senior, OL, Ja’Wuan James

    Senior, DL, Jacques Smith


    Wednesday, July 17 Session II

    Approx: 2:15-5:00pm


    Coach Gus Malzahn

    Senior, CB, Chris Davis

    Senior, DE, Dee Ford

    Senior, FB, Jay Prosch




    Coach Bret Bielema

    Senior, DE, Chris Smith

    Senior, C, Travis Swanson

    Senior, FB, Kiero Small


    Thursday, July 17

    Approx 8:30am- 2:00pm


    Coach Les Miles

    Junior, WR, Jarvis Landry

    Senior, S, Craig Loston

    Senior, QB, Zach Mettenberger



    Coach Mark Richt

    Senior, TE, Arthur Lynch

    Senior, QB, Aaron Murray

    Senior, DE, Garrison Smith



    Coach Nick Saban

    Senior, QB, AJ McCarron

    Senior, LB, C.J. Mosley

    Senior, OL, Anthony Steen



    Coach James Franklin

    Senior, CB, Andre Hal

    Senior, OT, Wesley Johnson

    Senior, WR, Jordan Matthews

  • Spring Football Reading

    Apr 26, 2012 CATEGORIES: Alabama SEC Football, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, LSU Football, SEC Football, SEC football writers, SEC Media Days, Southern Belles, Southern Football

    Let’s assume you’ve read my book, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie.  Let’s also assume you’re like me and are already longing for SEC Media Days and preseason polls.

    If you’re looking for a great book, or four, to keep your SEC-Saturday-craving-souls alive during the dreaded off-season, I’ve got three books for you to indulge in—again, assuming you’ve already read Gridiron Belles. And yes, these are quite the indulgences—you’ll be laughing at the authors and yourself– because we’ve all crossed that line between fan and fanatical at some point. All of us.

    These books aren’t new, but they are classics.  So classic that I’m sure by the time my unborn children get to middle school in the Deep South, all three will be on their summer reading list. A Gridiron Belle can dream, can’t she?

    Warren St. John in NYC. One good-looking BAMA gent.

    Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer , Warren St. John

    Alabama native, and mildly obsessed BAMA fan, brilliantly takes his readers through his season long tour with the Crimson Tide. His quick wit, smooth writing, and dry intellectual humor (St. John is a Columbia grad who works with the New York Times), has you wishing you could have his social ease and unwavering support of his team.  Well, your team at least.  He paved the way for the rest of us to write about the Southern football culture.   You can also thank him for Gridiron Belles.  Yes, he came to Rhodes College my senior year and I opted out of studying for a Political Science mid-term to hear him speak. Thankfully, I still have the signed napkin and a published book to show for how much he inspired me.

    Thank you, Professor Nelson, for bringing W. St. John to campus--I wouldn't have written my book without it!

    God and Football, Chad Gibbs

    Imagine this guy in church. Read his book to find out why you want to go with him!

    Mr. Gibbs tries to answer the south’s age-old question, is football God? Gibbs’ takes a pilgrimage to the 12 SEC homelands in search of answers, or at least perspective, from religious co-eds and indoctrinated leaders in the college towns.  Don’t like to talk about God publically? You don’t have to. Just be willing to laugh your backside off as you relate to Gibbs and realize that your god may also consist of first downs, 20-yr-old student-athletes and 50 yard-line tickets!

    Dixieland Delight, Clay Travis

    I know this is a nerdy picture of Mr. Travis, but I swear you'll want to hang out with him.

    I thought Dixieland Delight was going to be a copycat version of Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer so I gave it the old stiff arm for years.  My copy sat unread on my shelf of all-books-football for many seasons.  Until, I needed some inspiration and realized that this Vandy law graduate also knew a thing or two about having fun at SEC stadiums.  Travis gives his personal accounts of his visits to each SEC stadium in one season.  He explains such phenomenons as why LSU fans smell like corn dogs and attempts to explain the logic behind Vandy students forgoing watching the game from inside the stadium.  He’s hilarious. He uses other people as the butt of his jokes but it somehow comes off as self-depricating. He’s the most endearing smart-a** I’ve ever never met.  You end up loving him and wanting to be his friend. Even though he points out all of your team’s shortcomings.


    Let’s face it, you were already starting to plan your next season’s travel schedule—these three reads are just going to help you add a handful more, because who doesn’t dream of attending a game at every SEC stadium?

    Happy reading!

    Xs and Os

    Christie Leigh


  • SEC Waves

    Jul 14, 2011 CATEGORIES: Florida, SEC Football, SEC Media Days

    SEC Team Body Boards

    Take your team to the beach! Found at the Publix in Destin, FL

    Let’s say you were taking a vacation to the beach.  Let’s say that you were getting rather excited for the upcoming SEC Media Days and the 2011 football season.   Let’s also assume that you wanted the perfect way to combine your excitement for the waves of the ocean and the waves that ensue from 12 SEC coaches talking about their teams.

    The solution??   SEC body boards! What a great idea for a fun beach activity and a comfortable seat on the sand!  Just because you’re on vacation and leave your work behind, doesn’t mean you ever leave your team behind.

    This picture was sent in from the Florida panhandle– looks like SEC fans have found a way to combine two of the greatest things on the planet– the beach and SEC football!

    Don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh