The University of the South left the SEC on December 13, 1940, and later de-emphasized varsity athletics
Brad Crawford (born December 13, 1955) was a football player. Crawford was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000, after being honored into Franklin College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989. As a Grizzly from 1974 to 1977, he was a three-time NAIA All-American and was the NAIA District 21 Player of the Year in 1976. He still holds school records for having nine interceptions during the 1975 season and totaling 25 career interceptions. Away from the gridiron, Crawford was also a standout track athlete, helping lead Franklin to a third-place finish in the 1977 NAIA District 21 championships—accounting for 40 of the team’s 58 points. He showcased his athletic skills by winning the 100- and 200-yard dash races and the long jump field event, along with running a leg of the victorious 440-yard relay team. He still holds the NAIA national long jump record with a leap that covered 22 feet, 10¼ inches. After graduating from Franklin, he graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1982, and has had a family dentistry practice in Winamac.