Meet four key power players behind Saturdays down South.
1 of 4Photo: Robbie Capponetto
Auburn University Assistant Director of Education and Raptor Training: The iconic pregame flight doesn't happen without her.
Behind-the-Scenes: "We train on the field for an hour every day June through December. The eagle doesn't respond to my affections or praise; he is conditioned to come to me for food. On game day, we're doing the same dance—except 87,000 of our friends are watching."
Secret Weapon: "The birds get exercise by chasing me, so I run around outside a lot. Olay has a moisturizer with SPF 15 that doesn't sting my eyes when I get sweaty."
Kelli Masters Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Sports Agent: She's Jerry Maguire-meets-manager for pro players.
X Factor: "Being a woman has more positives than negatives. I stick out like a sore thumb among all the male scouts and analysts, but people remember me. Players don't care if you are a man or a woman; they just want the best."
Secret Weapon: "You don't have to compromise your femininity to run with the boys. I wear makeup and heels and still feel respected."
Charlotte, North Carolina
SEC Network Reporter: Her coverage of the biggest SEC games reaches 70 million homes.
Pep Squad: "Mentoring young girls and talking with other women who do what I do keeps me inspired. We are all rooting for each other."
Secret Weapon: "I like to keep makeup simple on the road and swear by MAC Lip Pencil in Currant—because liner lasts longer than lipstick—and Bobbi Brown lip gloss, which is moisturizing but not sticky."
Columbia, South Carolina
University of South Carolina Assistant Athletic Trainer: She’s responsible for players’ physical and mental health.
X Factor: "At first I didn't want to do anything that would separate me as a woman. Heaven forbid I cry on the job; I didn't want people to say, "See, this is why we don't hire women." Now I realize I bring something completely different to the table."
Secret Weapon: "After big workouts or games when we get straight on a plane, I freshen up with Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes to clear the grime and sunblock."