A Complete Guide To The Good & Bad Of Southeastern Conference Fans
The SEC is known throughout the country has having one of the most loyal, knowledgable, ridiculous and passionate fan bases of any conference in college sports. It’s all true.
Here is a complete guide to the good and bad of Southeastern Conference fans.
• Best Fans: Alabama
For all the school’s success in football – an incredible 17 National Championships to date – the fans are remarkably cool. And fun. They love to party, the welcome in other fans of other schools and say “Roll “Tiiide” in a friendly accent. The only bad Bama fans are the ones who didn’t go to school at the Capstone.
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• Worst Fans: Georgia
Georgia fans are known throughout the South as having the worse fans of the SEC. A player on a visiting team once reported the team bus was pelted with rocks entering the stadium, the fans didn’t show up for a Sugar Bowl one year until the day OF the game (er, folks, the Sugar Bowl is in New Orleans!), and their obnoxiousness is legendary. Even Larry Munson got into the act when he said “man, there’s going to be some property destroyed tonite,” during his famous “Run Lindsey Run” radio broadcast call.
• Most Overconfident: Florida.
Why to Gator fans think their team is always under-rated by others? Every year we hear they are going to whip every team on their schedule. Then they don’t, of course.
• Best Tailgate Party Hosts: Ole Miss
Any fan base that has a slogan of “we may not win a lot of games but we’ve never lost a party” are fun. They will hand any visitor a drink at The Grove with open arms. Just be sure and say “Hoddy Toddy.”
• Most Friendly Fans Inside The Stadium: Tennessee
Legend has it that if you walk into Neyland Stadium without any Jack Daniels to put into your Coke, your seat neighbor will give you some. And you know what – it’s not just legend. It’s true.
• Most Scary Fans (That Really Aren’t All That Scary): LSU
They get right in your face and scream, they wearing beads that appear as if they could turn into weapons at any moment and they talk in some strange language that anyone who wasn’t born on the bayou has no hope of understanding. And just when you think you should get the heck out of there for your own safety, they hand you a bowl of gumbo and a beer.
• Loudest Fans: Texas A&M
When Paul “Bear” Bryant first went to coach at Texas A&M, he came away impressed with the fans. “One Aggie can yell louder than 10 fans from any other team,” he said. Not only that, but “12th Man” was born of a fan coming out of the stands to try and help the team win a game. One PubClubber, who has been to many football games around the country (Tennessee, Texas, Nebraska and Oklahoma among them), said A&M has the loudest stadium he has visited.
• Most Rabid Fans: Auburn
All you have to do is take one look at all those dark blue and orange shakers in the stands to know these people are rabid fans. Or go to a basketball game. Auburn fans are intense and have such extreme and fanatical support that they give their teams the biggest home field advantage in all of college sports.
• Most Loud With Annoying Noise Maker: Mississippi State
It’s those danged cowbells!
• Most Tolerant Fans: South Carolina
When Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier can’t even produce consistent big winners, then the fan base becomes accustomed to being mediocre. They are lively, tho – when they do the “Go Cocks” chant in the stadium, it’s enough to inspire even non-fans to cheer for the team.
• Most Paranoid Fans: Kentucky
There’s the Blue Grass Miracle, The Uncovered Receivers and all the losses to Florida and Tennessee that have UK fans on the edge of their seats always asking “what’s going to go wrong now!? And it’s not just in football. Say the name Christian Laettner to any Cats basketball fan and watch him or her cringe. UK also has quite a history of March Madness upsets. In 2015 its undefeated season ended again Wisconsin, of all teams, and missed free throws in several other games has fans hearing “clang, clang” more than the team’s fight song, “On! On! U of K.”