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We've got some ideas for the SEC Network brass.
The SEC Network will be in 91 million homes.
It will be the fourth-most accessible sports cable network (ESPN, ESPN2, FOX Sports 1) and will dwarf the launch of every other college sports channel.
The list of personalities is impressive. The ESPN-driven documentary-style programming will be second to none. There will be 45 live football games broadcast in the first four months of the channel’s debut alone.
Needless to say, the SEC Network is going to be a rousing success.
That doesn’t mean we don’t have a few suggestions. Here are some of our favorite new show concepts we’d like to see developed on the SEC Network:
Real World SEC
What happens when you throw one lunatic fringe fan from all 14 SEC teams — seven men and seven women — into a house for the entire football season with nothing but booze and flat screens and lock the door? No jobs, no responsibility, no holds barred.
Hard Knocks: SEC
This one is pretty straight forward. Both the Big Ten Network (The Journey) and the Pac-12 Network (The Drive) have done something similar, and, generally, fans can’t get enough of behind the scenes stuff when it comes to their favorite team. Rotate to a different team every year and turn the cameras loose on practice, training camp, gameday and more.
Each Sunday afternoon, cameras will follow Steve Spurrier’s foursome around whatever golf course he's playing that day. The Head Ball Coach reading menus would be hilarious so I can’t imagine what fun would ensue on the links with his buddies after a big win (or, better yet, a loss).
Les Miles Reads the News
The big broadcast networks get their nightly newscast and so too does the SEC Network. Every evening at five o'clock, LSU head coach Les Miles will deliver the world news to SEC fans. It could be the Gaza Strip, a U.S.-Mexico border crisis or Kim-K's latest marriage fiasco. Frankly, it doesn't matter what the topic is because Miles will have something extraordinary to say about it. It might be the highest rated show on the network.
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10 Seconds or Less
The newest and hottest game show on television hosted by Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn where contestants have 10 seconds or less to answer SEC trivia questions. The winner gets tickets to an SEC game against an FCS opponent and an autographed copy of “The Hurry-Up, No-Huddle: An Offensive Philosophy.”
Huntin' For Croots
Guns and high school football. That's what Texas does. Modeled after the late great Steve Irwin, this reality show docu-drama features Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin taking the viewer deep into the infested waters of Texas High School recruiting. The biggest croc on the block shows fans from across the Southeast what luring talent is all about. Think Hard Knocks meets Crocadile Hunter.
Iron Bowl Fan Cave
Similar to the MLB Fan Cave, an Alabama fan and an Auburn fan are locked in a room for Iron Bowl week and forced to watched the Iron Bowl on the same couch. They will be provided all the drinks and food they want and are only allowed to watch Iron Bowl reruns until the kickoff of the big game. In a perfect world, it would be Harvey Updyke and Charles Barkley.
Friday Nights with Mark
On Friday nights — when the SEC takes a breather — the Georgia head coach will sit down in front of his fireplace, chardonnay in hand, and read parables to the fans of the SEC. He will speak to their soul. Occasionally, good friend Hugh Freeze stops by.
Hog vs. Food
The SEC has some of the best BBQ and down-home country cooking in the world and most of us enjoy large quantities of it — just like Adam Richman. In this Man vs. Food spin-off, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema tries to achieve digestive success at some of the Southeast’s hottest and most delicious eateries.
Every Wednesday night, Alabama coach Nick Saban and Eagles frontman Don Henley breakdown a different Eagles track. From the writing to the vocals to the live performances, Saban critically analyzes each classic Eagles jam throughout their five-decade run of "rock stardom."