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The SEC according to Spurrier

A view from behind the face mask and underneath the visor

Updated: August 9, 2012, 7:40 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE was created in December 1932 when 13 schools west of the Appalachians split from the Southern Conference in search of their own athletic identity. About 12 years later, Stephen Orr Spurrier was born in Miami Beach, Fla., and his father, Presbyterian minister Graham Spurrier, moved the family to the western edge of those mountains, hopping from town to town on a quest to save souls. The reverend's little boy was baptized in the waters of the SEC.

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