Thursday, April 24, 2014

Covering Dixie: Steve Spurrier, Katherine Webb, Mark Richt, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. It's what your conference wants to be like when it grows up.



The Old Ball Coach. 'Nuff said.
Chris Low profiles South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier. (ESPN)

It's your birthday! It's your birthday!
Happy 25th birthday to future Mrs. A.J. McCarron Katherine Webb. (Diehard Sport)

Next Position, Please.
Kurt Voigt profiles Arkansas quarterback-turned-tight end A.J. Derby. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

On the Road Again.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt hits the road for the annual speaking tour of Georgia booster groups. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Red Bull on Parade.
Mark Weiszer looks at first-year Georgia inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler a.k.a. "Coach Red Bull." He supposedly has a deal with the energy beverage producer, which makes the branded refrigerator in his office is well-stocked with its products. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Alabama gets 2015 commitment from Hoover (Al.) High linebacker Christian Bell.

Christian Bell. Via al.com.


Alabama has landed yet another commitment  for its 2015 recruiting class. Hoover, Al. high school junior linebacker Christian Bell announced Wednesday via Twitter regarding his intentions to take his talents to Tuscaloosa in 2015.




Bell, who attends Alabama high school powerhouse Hoover High School, is 6'4" and weighs 220 pounds.

(via al.com)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nick Saban and Mark Ingram in group with Hugh Freeze and Sean Tuohy for Chick-fil-A Bowl Golf Challenge.

Fore Unlawful Carnal Knowledge

Would you trust Nick Saban with a golf club? Photo via golf.com


From the "Fore Unlawful Carnal Knowledge department comes word that Alabama head coach Nick Saban and partner Mark Ingram will be grouped with Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and partner Sean Tuohy for the annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Golf Challenge.

Saban, Freeze, and 9 nine other head coaches, including Auburn's Gus Malzahn and South Carolina's Steve Spurrier, along with "celebrity" partners associated with their schools will tee up with at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga. to compete for a share of $520,000 in scholarship money for their respective school. Malzahn will be partnered with Bo Jackson, while Spurrier partners with Sterling Sharpe.

Of note is that the tournament still goes by (as of now) the "Chick-fil-A Bowl Golf Challenge." Apparently CFA hasn't gotten around to changing the golf tournament's name to mirror the CFA Bowl's rebranding as  the Peach Bowl once more. These things apparently take time.

(via The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Big Tentacles: Donovan Clark, Indiana, Iowa, and more.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and its influence over college football.



Condolences go out to the family of Kirk Ferentz, whose father-in-law, former NFL referee Gerry Hart, passed away at the age of 83. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Now on to the regular news and notes. 

You Make Me Feel Brand New. 
Mike Jones looks at the new landscape of the Big Ten that will be unleashed for the 2014 season. It includes new divisions, bowl game tie-ins and of course, Rutgers and Maryland as first-year member schools. (Off Tackle Empire)

Keeping up with the Joneses.
Kyle Rowland looks at all the renovations going on at Big Ten stadiums ahead of the 2014 season. (Eleven Warriors

Black Celebration.
Rutgers announces that its October 4th night game at home against Michigan as a "blackout" game. This won't end well. (College Spun)

Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Maryland will have its own "blackout" game on Nov. 15 when it hosts Michigan State. (College Spun)

A Change Will Do You Good.
Michigan State offensive lineman Donavon Clark discusses his transfer from left tackle to right tackle. (mLive.com)

I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability.
Derek Reinglass takes a look at the "strategy" in how the Big Ten Network schedules Big Ten games for its prime time schedule. (Big Ten Network)

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off. 
Indiana opts out of a scheduled 2015-2016 home-at-home series with South Florida. (The Tampa Bay Times)

The Replacements.
Indiana replaces USF with Florida International. Yeah, huge upgrade there. (FB Schedules)

Depth perception.
Patrick Vint looks at Iowa's quarterback depth chart. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce.
Iowa recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson has left the coaching staff of Kirk Ferentz to open a Culver's fast food quick service restaurant in Hendersonville, Tn. (The New York Daily News)

Insanity


Why don't you have a seat over there for me, please.
Patrick Vint looks at the real reasons behind Johnson's departure. That's as far as I'm going to go with explaining this one, except to say that this one may be a little too much for some people. (Black Heart Gold Pants)



Michigan St. QB Connor Cook calls offseason stregnth and condition program "a living hell."

Connor Cool after 2014 Rose Bowl. Via Bleacher Report.


What was Michigan State's offseason strength and conditioning program like.? Spartan quarterback Connor Cook described the workouts he and his teammates went through as "a living hell."

"Wake up at 4:30, go over and get my ankles taped, and then bust your butt for an hour and a half, sometimes two hours, and you have multiple (workout) stations,'' Cook said. "Sometimes it's an agility day or power day; you're pushing sleds, pulling sleds, you have the ropes, it's just a living hell.

"All the coaches, every single position coach is out there pushing you, but that's how champions are made. In our indoor facility we have all these quotes on these boards, and one says 'Champions are built on 1,000 invisible mornings,' and that's what we do.''
 
Of course it's that "living hell" Cook and the rest of the Spartan team need to go through in order to repeat as Big Ten Champions in 2014, and get the opportunity to participate in the inaugural College Football Playoff. Moving to the new Big Ten East division with Ohio State, Penn State, and Michigan is going to make that goal a lot harder to achieve.  

(via mLive.com)