Money, fame, pressure come with the territory for SEC’s coaches

HOOVER, Ala. — When the 12 alpha males who coach football in the Southeastern Conference came together at the league’s annual spring meetings in Destin, Fla., Urban Meyer surveyed the room and reacted almost like a fan.
“I’m not one to be in awe,” the Florida coach said, “but I was then.”
Here’s what Meyer saw:
• Five coaches who own national championship rings. They are Steve Spurrier of South Carolina, Phillip Fulmer of Tennessee, Nick Saban of Alabama, Les Miles of LSU and Meyer himself.

• A sixth, Auburn’s Tommy Tuberville, whose team went 13-0 in 2004 but did not get a chance to play for the title.

• Two more — Mark Richt of Georgia and Bobby Petrino of Arkansas — who have had 12-win seasons capped off by BCS bowl victories.

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8/6/08