Washington apparently isn’t the only place where a Republican-dominated South has run short of juice.
This from today’s Wall Street Journal — the sports section — on college football’s Heisman Trophy:
College football fans are famous for holding grudges. Sometimes it’s a blown call, a turncoat coach, a phantom touchdown or an old water jug that wasn’t promptly returned.
But in some parts of the country—and especially in the South—there’s one old grievance that still burns hot. When it comes to the Heisman, they say, the South gets a raw deal.
While the voting is designed to be egalitarian—the 870 media members who vote on the award are equally divided among the nation’s six major regions—for whatever reason, Heisman voters have not been kind to Southern football. Since 1935, the year of the first award, individuals from the Midwest have won 22 Heismans overall while the Southwest has claimed 16 and the West 11.
The total for the South, as defined by the Heisman, is 12; and outside the state of Florida, it’s five—the last being Auburn’s Bo Jackson in 1985. Alabama, which owns the second-most consensus national championships among major schools behind Notre Dame, has never won. Tennessee, which is the eighth-winningest major college team, hasn’t either.
Bear in mind that the Southeastern Conference didn’t just become football’s dominant force. The SEC has won the most national titles of any conference since the award began.
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