Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

Review of “How the SEC Became Goliath”

How the SEC Became Goliath: The Making of College Football's Most Dominant ConferenceWith the evil Alabama playing again in the National Championship game on Monday night, this book review is timed well.  I read it a while ago, and mostly forgot to review it.  It was one of the nice non-fiction breaks in the year of reading theology.  As a serious college football fan, this was an awesome book.  It dealt with my favorite league, the mighty SEC.  Of course my beloved Volunteers are struggling at this time, but the SEC is ruling the ranks.  The book explains why this is happening, and even goes into some of the luck that has happened over this run of trophies.  There are various factors that have contributed to the dominance of this league.  One is the style of coaching of Nick Saban, he is willing to recruit a player, and put him on defense.  Most of the best High School players are quarterbacks and running backs.  This just makes sense, but these guys have been convinced that if they come to Bama and play cornerbacks, they will be drafted high.  And this is the case.  It is the willingness of the SEC to put the best guys on defense.  Another aspect is the guys on the defensive line.  This is where the SEC comes into play.  You have fast and big men going after the quarterback.  There is a chapter on Lame Kitten, which is great, and as a Vols fan, highly interesting.  You see the luck that comes into play with the streak, as USC lost in the last game of the season and put Florida in.  There is also the money game, the SEC championship game is well above the rest of the league championship games.  Even look at the coaching hires this season, everyone is the minors to the SEC major leagues.  For a College Football fan, this is a great book, and especially for the SEC fans.  This is a great read.

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About The Author

Matthew is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. He has a beautiful wife named Charity and a precious baby named Gabrielle. He has graduated from the Brown Trail School of Preaching, Heritage Christian University with his Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies, Lipscomb University with his Master’s of Arts in Biblical Studies and his Master’s of Divinity at Freed-Hardeman University. He is presently working towards his Doctorate of Ministry at Harding Graduate School of Religion. His articles have appeared in the World Evangelist, the Highway to Holiness, The West Virginia Christian, The Christian Echo, The Firm Foundation, Church Growth, and the Gospel Advocate. He enjoys hockey, golf, boxing, and chess. In his spare time he enjoys reading numerous genres of books. Also, he is working on climbing all of the 14ers in Colorado. Matthew is the Pulpit Minister for the Castle Rock church of Christ.

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