The SEC Network and the Southeastern Conference will begin its celebration of the 150th anniversary of college football with the debut of the first episode of the epic series Saturdays in the South: A History of SEC Football on Tuesday at 9 pm ET.
As part of the ESPN Films' SEC Storied series and ESPN's College Football 150 initiative, the SEC Network will carry the eight-part, 12-hour film, presented by Regions Bank, over the course of eight consecutive Tuesdays.
Directed by Peabody and Emmy winner Fritz Mitchell, this multi-part documentary will tell the tale of the SEC from its very beginnings to its powerful present.
Featuring interviews with more than 100 SEC figures past and present such as Peyton Manning, Joe Namath, Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson, as well as Steve Spurrier, Vince Dooley, Les Miles and Nick Saban, the film will chronicle the progression of teams, heroes and traditions while examining a deeper narrative of the South and its history. The indelible moments of nearly 90 years of SEC football encompass the larger journey of the region and span across the evolution of America as well.
"The Southeastern Conference is pleased to partner with ESPN Films and the SEC Network to produce Saturdays in the South: A History of SEC Football, which will coincide with the celebration of college football's 150th anniversary during the 2019 season," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey stated. "Saturdays in the South weaves together unique storytelling, interviews with many of the SEC's legends, historic photos, film and video in an enduring film series that will capture the attention of the millions of passionate fans who have helped shape the SEC's legacy, traditions and success."
|Date||Time (ET)||Saturdays in the South - Episodes||Years Covered|
|Tues, Sep 3||9 p.m.||Part 1: Beginnings||1869-1932|
|Tues, Sep 10||9 p.m.||Part 2: A Call to Duty||1933-59|
|Tues, Sep 17||9 p.m.||Part 3: The Third Rail||1960-70|
|Tues, Sep 24||9 p.m.||Part 4: The Best Years of Their Lives||1971-79|
|Tues, Oct 1||9 p.m.||Part 5: Star Power||1980-89|
|Tues, Oct 8||9 p.m.||Part 6: Revolution||1990-99|
|Tues, Oct 15||9 p.m.||Part 7: Faith, Family & Football||2000-09|
|Tues, Oct 22||9 p.m.||Part 8: SEC, SEC, SEC! (Finale)||2010-present|