But the catalyst has been Battle, who let it be known early that, despite his age, he was not going to be just one of the boys. Says Chip Kell, a senior guard, "he made it clear that football here was going to be played his way or not at all. I got the message, and now I'm playing harder than I ever did."
So there they are, four fine Old South teams all prettied up and looking for some place to go on New Year's Day. None of them can officially accept a bowl invitation until Nov. 21. That will be some day in Dixie.