Oct. 5, 2007
NEW YORK -
Sports Illustrated Presents has published a special collector's issue commemorating 75 years of SEC football. The 88-page magazine, with a limited press run of 215,000 copies, began hitting newsstands throughout the Southeast Region Thursday at area retailers including Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, Publix, Albertsons and Amazon. The special edition, which will be sold at a price of $6.99, features six different versions of the cover including LSU, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and Arkansas.
Highlights of the special issue include:
SOUTHERN COMFORT - THE SEC AT 75: The aches linger some 30 years later, but the heart recalls only the thrill of playing in the south's own conference, writes John Ed Bradley.
THE EARLY YEARS: Before they became names in a history book, Neyland, Kavanaugh, Sinkwich and others helped the newborn SEC survive and thrive. SI looks at the '30s, '40s and '50's selecting the coach, team and player of each decade.
THE GREATEST PLAYERS: Countless stars have shone on the gridirons of the Southeastern Conference over the past 75 years. Five of the brightest include:
o ARCHIE MANNING: Long before sons Peyton and Eli became SEC stars, Archie Manning was a legend, writes William F. Reed in "Their Father's Day."
o GEORGE ROGERS: George Rogers burst from a childhood of poverty to become a Heisman Winner at South Carolina, writes Mike Delnagro in "Portrait of Perseverance."
o HERSCHEL WALKER: He could write poetry and quote Macbeth, but running was what Herschel Walker did best, writes Curry Kirkpatrick in "A Renaissance Man."
o BO JACKSON: In "Bad Boy Makes Good," Alexander Wolff writes a star named Bo made Auburn the most talked about football program in Alabama.
o PEYTON MANNING: All Peyton Manning ever wanted to be was a college quarterback in the south - in the 1960s, writes Tim Layden in "A Man Out of Time."
THE ALLTIME SEC TEAM:
QB - Danny Wuerffel, Florida 1993 - 96
RB - Herschel Walker, Georgia 1980 - 82
RB - Bo Jackson, Auburn 1982 - 85
WR- Josh Reed, LSU 1999 - 2001
WR - Ike Hilliard, Florida 1994 - 96
TE - Ozzie Newsome, Alabama 1974 - 77
OL - John Hannah, Alabama 1970 - 72
OL - Chris Samuels, Alabama 1996 - 99
OL - Bob Gain, Kentucky 1947 - 50
OL - Shawn Andrews, Arkansas 2001 - 03
OL - Frank Kinard, Mississippi 1934 - 35
PK - Kevin Butler, Georgia 1981 - 84
DL - Reggie White, Tennessee 1980 - 83
DL - Tracy Rocker, Auburn 1985 - 88
DL - Lou Michaels, Kentucky 1955 - 57
DL - David Pollack, Georgia 2001 - 04
LB - Cornelius Bennett, Alabama 1983 - 86
LB - Lee Roy Jordan, Alabama 1960 - 62
LB - Derrick Thomas, Alabama 1985 - 88
CB - Tommy Casanova, LSU 1969 - 71
CB - Antonio Langham, Alabama 1990 - 93
S - Terry Hoage, Georgia 1980 - 83
S - Tucker Frederickson, Auburn 1962 - 64
P - Ricky Anderson, Vanderbilt 1981 - 84
PR - Billy Cannon, LSU 1957 -59
KR - Willie Gault, Tennessee 1979 - 82
Coach - Paul Bryant, Kentucky 1946 - 53, Alabama '58 - 82
THE GREATEST TITLE TEAMS: SEC schools have won nearly two dozen football National Championships in 74 years. Seven of the most memorable include 1960 Ole Miss Rebels, 1964 Arkansas Razorbacks, 1965 Alabama Crimson Tide, 1980 Georgia Bulldogs, 1996 Florida Gators, 1998 Tennessee Volunteers and 2003 Louisiana State Tigers.
THE GREATEST COACHES: No other conference has been more defined by the character of its coaches than the SEC - first and foremost by the Bear himself. Greatest coaches include:
o PAUL (BEAR) BRYANT: A legendary coach recalls the bond he shared with his players.
o FRANK BROYLES: How one coach reinvented the Razorbacks and got a whole state calling, "Whoooo, Pig, Sooey!"
o STEVE SPURRIER: Opponents have other names for Steve Spurrier, but none of them can dispute his success.
o SYLVESTER CROOM: Maroon and white are the colors that matter to a coach now striving to make history on the field.
THE RECORD BOOK LEADERS: A statistical look at the very best of the best in SEC history.
SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS: A Vanderbilt alum in the NFL, Corey Chavous, looks back at playing - and losing - in the SEC.
COVERS: The Southeastern Conference schools have left lasting images on SI's front pages.
As with all SPORTS ILLUSTRATED PRESENTS commemorative issues, this special collector's edition is separate from the current weekly issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.