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Southern Hoops: A History of SEC Basketball, Part Six

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Part Six of "Southern Hoops: A History of SEC Basketball" will debut on Monday, March 6, at 9 p.m. ET on SEC Network. The seven-part SEC Storied documentary, directed by Fritz Mitchell, chronicles the origin and progression of men's and women's basketball in the conference as the sport approaches the 75th anniversary of the first NCAA Championship won by an SEC institution. A new episode will debut every Monday night at 9 p.m. through March 13.

PART SIX: A Brave New World, 2000-11 (Debuts March 6)

Kentucky entered a new century led by their first Black head coach, Tubby Smith, who had taken the Wildcats to the national championship in his first season in 1998. Later in the decade, Florida's back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007 under coach Billy Donovan marked the rise of a new power in the SEC. Coach Pat Summitt and superstar Candace Parker led the Lady Vols to their own set of consecutive national championships in 2007 and 2008. Down in Baton Rouge, two memorable figures cemented their legacies. Three of LSU's five straight Women's Final Four appearances were fueled by two-time Naismith College Player of the Year Seimone Augustus, with the last one coming under the helm of former Ole Miss coach Van Chancellor. On the men's side, tenacious guard Garrett Temple, the son of the first Black basketball player for the Tigers, helped take LSU to the Men's Final Four in 2006.

Interview Subjects Featured in Part Six:

  • Tubby Smith, Kentucky Head Coach (1997-2007) 
  • Gerald Smith, Kentucky History Professor 
  • Jeff Sheppard, Kentucky (1993-98)
  • Tony Delk, Kentucky (1992-96)
  • John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader 
  • Cameron Mills Kentucky (1994-98) 
  • Steve Flairty, Author 
  • Nolan Richardson, Arkansas Head Coach (1985-2002) 
  • Scotty Thurman, Arkansas (1992-95) 
  • John White, Arkansas Chancellor (1997-2008) 
  • Ron Higgins, Memphis Commercial Appeal
  • Bob Holt, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 
  • Corliss Williamson, Arkansas (1992-95) 
  • Tim Brando, CBS Sports (1996-2014) 
  • Todd Day, Arkansas (1988-92)
  • Van Chancellor, LSU Head Coach (2007-11)
  • Carolyn Peck, Vanderbilt (1984-88) 
  • Holly Warlick, Tennessee Asst. Coach (1985-2012) 
  • Dan Fleser, Knoxville News Sentinel
  • Debby Jennings, Tennessee Media Relations (1977-2012) 
  • Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun 
  • Billy Donovan, Florida Head Coach (1996-2015) 
  • Chris Harry, Tampa Tribune 
  • Taurean Green, Florida (2004-07) 
  • Andy Staples, Sports Illustrated (now with The Athletic) 
  • Lee Humphrey, Florida (2003-07) 
  • Garrett Temple, LSU (2005-09) 
  • Collis Temple Jr., LSU (1971-74) 
  • Colleen Temple, Collis Temple's sister 
  • Dale Brown, LSU Head Coach (1972-97)