II. Discover Crootsylvania, the Pay-Me State.
Each state has vastly different cultural, economic, and physical territories, but every state with a school in a conference like the SEC contains consistent features:
The university housing your team.
A capital city. Your school likely has some concentration of lawyers or elected officials.
The metro (sometimes also the capital).
A community closest to your state’s border with another conference state.
Enemy territory. Just as your team has boosters active in other states, so too are enemy agents inside your borders. In many cases they’re concentrated in a single area, like an in-state rival’s town, a town close to the border, or an area with a concentration of sidewalk fans.
From these areas, borders are drawn and districts are created, but specific territories are shaped by the bag men in them. It’s a somewhat fluid map over long amounts of time.
Regardless of the state, a school’s bag men gravitate toward two centers of power: the university and the state’s metro area, the former because of power, the latter because of football talent. Regardless of where top-dollar shadow boosters and bag men might live, the university town serves as the primary center of operations. After all, that’s where the coaches and players are.