The Farmer’s Daughter Who Helped Keep SEC Football in Motion

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Sports Illustrated

By Ross Dellenger Over the last two years, Dr. Katie O’Neal has dealt with everything from Zooms with Nick Saban to online personal attacks. Katie O’Neal is fine with being called a farmer’s daughter. She refers to herself as such, even though she is a farmer herself now. Her father, Ted Smith, grew rice and soy beans in a tiny Cajun town in southern Louisiana. Now, his second of four daughters culls a 56-acre property nestled between a bayou named Elbow and a river named Mississippi off a road named River. Katie and her husband, Bud, have five cows, 25 chickens, an orchard of fruit trees, a b…

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