We’re just 13 days away from SEC kickoff 2013. And before the season gets under way and your life is consumed, we can’t let the lovely women behind the head coaches simply go unnoticed.
The SEC East welcomes two new wives for 2013, Mrs. Barb Jones and Mrs. Chantel Stoops.
They say behind every great man is a great woman. Coach Franklin once took that a little further.
Here are the first ladies of the SEC East:
Carol Muschamp, Florida
Will can recruit some talent as evidenced by his top classes year after year, but his best recruiting effort may have come off the field. Mrs. Muschamp would blend right in at any one of the Florida sororities, and I wonder how many times the Mrs. gets to see ‘Coach BOOM’ at home?
Katharyn Richt, Georgia
Classy and elegant are two words used to describe Mrs. Richt. She’s very visible and active in her man’s program, even when he talks a little trash. Georgia players say they almost heard Richt cuss at practice once. That could mean hell to pay at home. Think Richt will watch any film from his couch this year? Their adoption story is a great read.
Chantel Stoops, Kentucky
Chantel Stoops has to be happy to leave Tallahassee for Lexington, because the Florida state capital is almost unbearable. But she likes the fact that her husband is building a program with an Ohio accent, all the while looking like Mike Myers. Impressive feat. Welcome to the SEC, Mrs. Stoops.
Mr. Bachelor: Gary Pinkel, Missouri
Gary Pinkel is officially the only bachelor head coach in the SEC. Vickie was listed as his wife in the 2012 media guide, but not in 2013’s. So, we’ll just recognize Vickie for being the most recent Mrs. Pinkel. Ladies, it appears Gary Pinkel is available.
Jerri Spurrier, South Carolina
Mrs. Spurrier is the seasoned veteran of the SEC East coaches. She, along with every Spurrier fan ever, is so impressed by his fast-food swag and shirtless expeditions (here and here), especially when he chugs a Coors heavy. If Spurrier runs around shirtless and sockless at practice, can you imagine…I don’t even want to go there.
Barbara Jones, Tennessee
That’s a good looking family. Barb has a lot to live up to following her and her. During Jones’ introductory press conference, he explained to the media that he, like Tennessee’s third choice, was his wife’s third choice for a husband. She may not get to see Butch much, because he’s got a program to rebuild. I heard her favorite saying is, “Butch Please!”
Fumi Franklin, Vanderbilt
Mrs. Franklin stays out of the media spotlight, and she lets her man do his thing. And what his thing has become is the SEC’s most insane coach. He’ll do this, this and this; he’s insane, right? But we love him. What’s the over/under her man says #VanderBuild at home? Hope the girls are liking Nashville better, Coach.
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