Traditions are neither planned or scheduled. They just happen. They are passed from generation to generation. Fans anticipate, participate and teach their children and grandchildren the tradition. It is recognized and envied by rivalry fan bases as being unduplicated.
The Cat Walk is a fan favorite but it is not unique to Kentucky. “Grove Street Party” pumps up the team but that song will soon become an oldie but a goodie. The “gong” just needs to go. Jared Lorenzon leading the crowd in blue/white is a crowd pleaser but thirty years from now I don’t know if Jared will still be willing to lead the cheer.
Traditions will be born at Commonwealth. Fans will not orchestrate them they will just happen.
Hang in there football fans, as Coach Stoops would say: “we are just getting started bro.”
SEC Football Traditions
Auburn: I have always wanted to attend a Auburn home football game to see the eagle circle the stadium and land on the fifty yard line. The war eagle dates back to 1892 when Auburn played Georgia for the first time. A veteran in the stands had with him an eagle he found on the battlefield. The eagle broke loose from the arms of the gentleman. As it flew over the field the Tigers scored a touchdown to beat the Bulldogs. The crowd chanted “War Eagle” and the tradition was born.
Tennessee: In 1964 Coach Doug Dickey allowed the players to run through a giant “T” formed by the Pride of the Southland Marching Band. It is one of the loudest moments before each Vols football game.
Then there is that song, you know the one I’m talking about. Whenever I hear “Rocky Top” I think of the Vols. The band performed the song at halftime of a game in 1972 and the crowd immediately adopted the tune.
Tennessee’s stadium is one of only two in the nation accessible by water allowing for the Vol Navy to tailgate on the water prior to games. The Vol Navy was born in 1962 when a broadcaster decided to take a boat to the game to avoid traffic.
South Carolina: “Sandstorm” was played for the first time at Williams-Brice during the Ole Miss Rebels game. The fans embraced the song and love it or hate it, the song is a tradition at Gamecock games. Since 1999 the song has been energizing fans in the stands at Williams-Brice. A loud rooster crow can be heard during key plays in the game.
LSU: Mike the Tiger has a habitat on LSU campus and until recent years the cheerleaders would ride on his cage as he made an entrance into Death Valley.
The tradition of Coach Miles arm and arm with his players after each win (home or away) is a cherished moment for fans.
Arkansas: Since the 1920’s fans have participated in the “Calling of the Hogs.” I would try to explain but I think you have to see it to appreciate it.
Florida: Fans (90,000) going together and sing “We are the Boys” after the third quarter of every home game.
The most recognizable tradition is the chomp. When you see the chomp whether it be at a game or at an airport you know its meaning.
Ole Miss: Before kick off fans lock arms and begin to sway as a way to greet their team. A video board message relay “Its time to lock the vault,” a play on the name of the stadium.
Mississippi State: Cowbells. that is all.
Alabama: None needed the name and stadium speaks for themselves.
Texas A & M: The Aggies stadium is nicknamed the 12th Man Stadium. The tradition began in 1922. The coach feared he would not have enough players to finish the game due to injuries. He called on a student in the stands to join the team. He stood by his team in case his services were needed. Aggies fans never sit down during games. They stand just in case their team needs them as did that student years ago. Since that time 12th man towels are waved throughout the stadium.
There are so many long standing traditions at Texas A & M i could not begin to list them all.