Who doesn’t want to see themselves on TV? It was this noble motivation that launched SEC Shorts in the fall of 2014. Robert Clay and Josh Snead were wasting away in the basement of a medical publishing company, where they spent all day editing gross medical lectures that would make even the most seasoned surgeons gag. As they sat across from each other in the Inverness Dairy Queen, eating their fourth chocolate dip cone of the week, they realized there had to be a better way.
ESPN had recently announced the creation of the SEC Network, a channel completely devoted to all things SEC. This was their ticket out. Paul Finebaum began simulcasting his radio show on the network for something like 9 hours a day. Realizing, “Uh, this is a lot of time to fill every day”, he and his crew asked fans of the show to send in videos of them ranting about their favorite teams. He most likely imagined these videos would be vertical cell phone masterpieces featuring crazy, unhinged individuals who become angry over the tiniest slight. The one thing he didn’t count on was two buddies who had a lot of time on their hands and a cheap Canon T3i camera. Robert and Josh sent in their first video to Paul Finebaum on September 14, 2014, and the rest is history (Well it actually took a lot longer to keep building the brand but we only have limited space on our own website for this story so you’ll just have to imagine the rest).
Today, SEC Shorts is seen by millions every football season, and Robert and Josh don’t get to take vacations until the playoffs are over. They don’t mind as they usually just hop up to Gatlinburg for a little putt putt and a tour of the Titanic museum. If you have an idea for a sketch you’d like to pitch, you’ll have to get in line behind Robert’s dad.