Breathitt County’s Long Picks up 4th College Offer

William Long, a class of 2021 football player at Breathitt County High School who, just this past season, became only the 10th first-team All-State football player in program history and this paper’s district Defensive MVP, is fast becoming one of the hottest recruits in the mountains. William just picked up his 4th-offer to play college football though only still a junior in high-school. 

His latest offer is from an elite private school in the mountains of east-Tennessee known far and wide as Sewanee but more particularly called The University of the South.  Sewanee, an original member of the Southeastern Conference, fielded a team in 1899 voted the best college team of all-time. That edition of the Sewanee Tigers finished the year 12-0.

Those Tigers were the Champions of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and beat, in a span of only six-days and on the road, Texas A&M, Texas, Tulane, LSU, and Ole Miss. They beat their 12-opponents by a combined 322-10. John Heisman’s Auburn team was the only team all year to score on them.

They were dubbed by perhaps the most famous sports writer the South has ever known, Grantland Rice, “Sewanee’s Iron Men.” Rice also said about the team that they were “...the most durable football team [he] ever saw.” 

Congratulations to our own William Long. We wish you every success going forward.