Arguably the best football conference in America, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) contains some of the most storied programs in the history of college football. In Where Football is King, Christopher Walsh provides a team-by-team history of the SEC and describes the classic games, players and coaches in the conference's seventy-three-year history.
The genesis of the SEC really begins with the introduction of football to the University of Georgia in 1891 by a chemistry professor, Charles Herty. While Georgia's first game was against Mercer University that Fall, the South's oldest rivalry was born when Georgia took on Auburn on February 20, 1892 at Atlanta's Piedmont Park. From there, Walsh recounts, the sport took off like wildfire, and the SEC was able to formally organize some four decades later. Originally a thirteen-team conference, through attrition and addition the SEC eventually became comprised of Georgia, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, LSU, Kentucky Tennessee, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Auburn.
From his unique vantage point as beat writer for Alabama football for the Tuscaloosa News, Walsh also gives insight into the culture and traditions of football in the South, where, it is said (and probably widely believed), the game is "greater than religion." Legendary figures and legendary games pass through the pages Where Football is King: players such as Joe Namath, Ken Stabler, Herschel Walker, Terrell Davis, and Payton Manning, and games such as the "Iron Bowl," the intense annual rivalry between Auburn and Alabama. As colorful as the SEC is competitive, this history will be essential reading for any fan of the game of football.
Christopher J. Walsh has been an award-winning sports writer for 16 years and currently covers Alabama football for the Tuscaloosa News. Walsh has won several awards including the First Amendment Award, New York Times Chairman's Award, as well as receiving two Pulitzer Prize nominations. Walsh also received first place honors for a sports feature from the Alabama Press Association, and awards in both sports deadline reporting and sports non-deadline reporting categories from the Alabama Associated Press Managing Editors. He is the author of Crimson Storm Surge: Albama Football, Then and Now and No Time Outs: What It's Really Like to Be a Sportswriter Today.
Walsh's previous beats include the Green Bay Packers, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Tampa Bary Buccaneers. He has covered two Super Bowls, numerous bowl games, playoffs in all major sports, and NASCAR. His articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Newark Star-Ledger. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.