The Athletic: The little-known group of recruiting grunts who helped Alabama build a dynasty

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By Ray Glier – for The Athletic February 6, 2018 In​ early​ 2009, on the second floor of​ the Alabama football headquarters in the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility,​ there was​ a windowless​​ room, approximately 12 feet by 12 feet. This room, which had one door, was down on the left in an interior hallway. The walls of this room … Read More

The New York Times: SEC Basketball, in Football’s Shadow, Seeks to Regain Its Old Luster

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By Ray Glier – for The New York Times March 18, 2017 GREENVILLE, S.C. — Once upon a time, Alex English said, the iron of the basketball rim had the same magnetism for boys in his neighborhood in Columbia, S.C., as the iron of the football goal posts. The phenomenon of modern Southeastern Conference football — with its 100,000-seat stadiums, lucrative … Read More

Bleacher Report: Mississippi State’s Gang of Misfit Recruits on Revenge Tour of SEC

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By Ray Glier – for Bleacher Report October 7, 2014 STARKVILLE, Miss. — This is a Vengeance Tour, that’s what this is. It sounds a little sinister, but some Mississippi State players are looking for a little retribution around the SEC. Coach Dan Mullen talks in public about the cuddly emotions of chemistry and togetherness and other nice things, but his … Read More