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Southern Fried Football: The History, Passion, And Glory Hardcover – August 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books; First Edition edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572433671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572433670
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,233,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

"There is no passion in the world quite like the passion that the people of the South have for college football. In Southern Fried Football, Tony Barnhart not only captures the history of our great game, he taps into the color and the emotion that make college football a way of life. I've always said that during football season there is no place like a Saturday in the South. Tony's book explains why."

--Vince Dooley, former head coach and athletics director at University of Georgia "I played at Tennessee, and trust me when I tell you that Southern Fried Football is not just a title, it's a way of life, and Tony Barnhart captures the passion of the game better than anyone. Appalachian State's upset win at Michigan at the beginning of the 2007 season? In our part or the world it was just another helping of Southern Fried Football! Enjoy!"

--Charles Davis, lead BCS analyst, Fox Sports

"Tony Barnhart and Southern college football go together like shrimp and grits. Southern Fried Football captures the passion and excitement of college football in the South from its earliest days through the 2007 season, which coincided with the SEC's 75th anniversary. It is a must-read for every college football fan"

--Mike Slive, Commissioner, Southeastern Conference

"People know that I have strong opinions about college football, but at the end of the day I check to find out what Tony Barnhart thinks as well. Nobody knows the sport better. I consider Tony to be the final word on Southern college football, and that's why this book is a must-read for fans everywhere."

--Tim Brando, host of College Football Today on CBS --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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2007 was the best and most exciting year ever for Southern college football. There were more upsets, more great players, and more unforgettable moments than in any past season, and Tony Barnhart chronicles it all with unrelenting detail in this revised and expanded edition of Southern Fried Football.

Before the season even started, the stage was set for unpredictability and the air was charged with excitement when Nick Saban signed an unprecedented eight-year, $32 million contract to be Alabama's head coach. Several months later, the season began with tiny Appalachian State posting a 34-32 victory over Michigan, one of the biggest upsets in college football history. But wild finishes would become commonplace in 2007 as LSU rallied from a 17-7 halftime deficit to beat Florida 28-24; Kentucky defeated No. 1 LSU 43-37 in triple overtime; and Tennessee came back from a 24-9 fourth-quarter deficit to beat Vanderbilt 25-24. But the games themselves weren't the defining moments that made 2007 so unforgettable. It was the nuances, the little changes, that combined to form the larger picture of a truly dynamic game at the most interesting point in its storied history. During the 2007 season Georgia took the field in black jerseys for the first time in team history, several coaches--Chan Gailey and Ed Orgeron included--were fired in the wake of poor performances, and Florida's Tim Tebow became the first sophomore in history to win the Heisman Trophy.

It was a season marked with change and evolution, and as with all such entities, it was touched by sorrow and tragedy. The entire nation mourned when a shooter killed 32 people and wounded many more on Virginia Tech's campus. Football seemed an unlikely remedy for a tragedy of that magnitude, but football played a huge role in the rebuilding of the minds and spirits of the residents of Virginia.

Aside from 2007, the greatest year for college football to date, what about the other years since Southern Fried Football was first published in 2000? A lot has happened in Southern college football during that period as well. Steve Spurrier left college football for the NFL and then came back as the head coach at South Carolina; Georgia hired Mark Richt as its new head coach in December 2000, and subsequently the Bulldogs have enjoyed their most successful run since the glory days of Vince Dooley; Miami, Virginia Tech, and Boston College officially joined the ACC; and Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana, causing Tulane to be displaced for an entire season. These events represent just the tip of the iceberg, though, when looking at the action Southern college football has seen over the past eight years.

In this fun and easy-to-use volume, Tony Barnhart has compiled everything one would want to know about Southern college football. Read about the players, the coaches, the teams, the traditions, and the rivalries that make Southern college football so great. In addition, there is a complete chronology of Southern football from 1880 to 2007 and a list of Southern football terms that any true fan simply must know. Whether you are a die-hard Southern college football fan or a more casual fan, you will not want to miss this multifaceted look at how Southern Fried Football is so much more than just a game.

The 2008 college football season will be Tony Barnhart's 32nd as a reporter for newspapers, television, and radio, including 10 seasons with ESPN and 25 years with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has received countless accolades and awards during his career, including Georgia Sportswriter of the Year in 1999, the Jake Wade Award in 2006, and the Fred Russell Award in 2007. Barnhart is currently a regular contributor to the College Football Today show on CBS and lives with his wife, Maria, in Atlanta, Georgia. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


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"Southerrn Fried Chicken" is "must" reading for all diehard college football fans.
Gay N Carpenter
It's always football season in the South, and anyone interested in the game and its pre-eminent spot in Southern culture will find this book indispensable.
Steve Burns
In his listing of the greatest Southern teams ever, Barnhart does not include the undefeated 1961 or 1979 National Champion teams.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shirley A Magee on October 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Do you remember wallace Butts, The Bear, Florida vs: Georgia, Ga Tech vs Tenn. Auburn vs: Alabama, Gen. Neyland and punt on Third? If you do you must love and cherish Southern Football as I do.The mistique of Johnny Vaught and Ole Miss teams that bullied SEC teams in the 60's, and Pepsodent Paul who revived LSU. Why could Bear dominate Tennesee and Penn State in Bowls and the regular season, but couldn't deal with Notre Dame? Was Shug Jordan a superior coach in spite of many losses to Coach Bryant? Steve Spurriern is brilliant, but can he stick it out in the SEC? All of these issues and many, many more are raised in this outstanding book -- I couldn't put it down! I think you will find it to your taste. Lovmtns153@cs.com
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "hydrophonic" on July 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
`Southern Fried Football' is the definitive reference tool for fans of SEC and ACC football. The book has a comprehensive timeline, lists of the greatest Southern teams and players, and a section on coaches.
Tony Barnhart is a great writer, so I was a little disappointed to find so many lists. While the sections on rivalries and game day traditions are very readable, the list of `100 Players That Made A Difference' is not.
More than anything else, traditions are what transform Southern college football from mere sport to religion. This book will give readers a crash course in these traditions.
Defiantly a must have for SEC and ACC football fans, but Barnhart's writing skill is not well represented here.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve Burns on November 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It's always football season in the South, and anyone interested in the game and its pre-eminent spot in Southern culture will find this book indispensable. The author, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's college football editor and ESPN commentator, is the nation's leading expert on the subject, and he doesn't miss anything. There are lists and legends, people and places. And the varied presentation style will appeal to those who like to prop up their feet for awhile, or those who also like to get their sports by channel surfing or clicking and pointing. From John Heisman to Bobby Bowden, Georgia-Yale in '29 to the "Swamp" in Gainesville, Fla., this is an enjoyable tour de force.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SEC Fan on April 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I expected a little more from this book, but it wasn't bad. I liked the Georgia stuff since that's Tony's gig, but it was a little lacking on some of the other southern football "powerhouses." If you're looking for a comprehensive look at the most powerful conference in the country, try out the Tailgater's Guide to SEC Football. It's killer. In all, a nice addition to the collection. I give Barnhardt 3.75/5.00.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Royalfamilyfive VINE VOICE on December 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love reading about football traditions regarding some of the finest NCAA coaches ever. I know Woodie Hayes and Bo had their moments, but SEC history is also deeply rooted.
The progression of the book is very even and it talks about all of the teams and their traditions. Alabama does seem to get plenty of space (for the Bear) and I thought Vince Dooley got a big part as well with UGA. To any SEC fans, this book is a must if you need to understand some of the "old" feelings between two schools.
I actually read this book in a single day. Once I started, I could not put it down. It was that good!
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