Podcast: Former NFL head coach Lovie Smith talks Big Sandy (Texas)

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Current University of Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith, who led the Chicago Bears to Super Bowl XLI, loves his high school alma mater. From 1973 through 1975, Smith was a huge part of the Big Sandy High School football program that did big things in the football-crazed state of Texas. Big Sandy won state championships in ’73 and ’75 and was named co-champs with Celina in 1974.

The 1975 team was one of the best-ever, scoring a national record 824 points while the defense, led by Smith, allowed a mere 15 points.

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Below, listen to bonus audio on the 2-Minute Drill podcast from my interview with Smith, who will be featured in my upcoming book High School Football America in Texas – Amazing Football Stories from the Greatest Players of Texas.

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About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.