There's something about the head coaching job at Ole Miss that inspires songwriters. A few years ago, Memphis radio host Chris Vernon had us all rocking out to his ode to then-Rebels coach Ed Orgeron. Last month, Oxford-based twangers The Lexington Brothers recorded a tribute to former Ole Miss coach Tommy Tuberville, who once said he'd only leave Oxford "in a pine box" -- just days before he took the Auburn job. The song, Wastin' Away Again in Tommy Tuberville, is burning up the YouTube charts.
The success of Wastin' Away got us at The Sweep thinking about some of the better college football-inspired tunes from the past few years. Here's a sampling of the best.
The Lexington Brothers certainly take the "Weird Al" Yankovic prize for best parody ...
Wastin' Away again in Tommy Tuberville:
Meanwhile, South Florida kicker Delbert Alvarado wins the prize for Best Semi-Creepy Tribute to a Teammate That Will Stick in Listeners' Heads Until They Die with his paean to Bulls quarterback Matt Grothe.
The Lifetime Achievment Award goes to Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer artist Grey Blackwell, who best work is the Chuck Amato-themed It's Hard Out There For a Coach, and not just because of the shout-out to SI.com's Disco Stew Mandel.
Still, the hands-down prize for the greatest college football song ever recorded goes to Vernon, who brought the word "footbaw" to the masses.