Tuesday, August 31, 2010

BYU bolts Mountain West

BYU is bolting the Mountain West Conference to for independence in football in 2011. For basketball and other sports, the Cougars will be joining the West Coast Conference, home of Gonzaga, St. Mary's, and Pepperdine. It leaves the MWC with seven current members sticking with the conference, Utah, who will be leaving in 2011 for the Pac-10, and  three future members Boise St., Nevada, and Fresno St.
Expect the MWC to scout out schools like Houston and UTEP for the elusive twelth members in its ongoing quest to win a permanent spot in the BCS. As for BYU, expect the Cougars to learn that independence won't get them any closer to a crystal football.
(via ESPN)

NCAA gives Ole Miss the thumbs down on playing Jeremiah Masoli this season.

The NCAA has refused to give quarterback Jeremiah Masoli a waiver to play for Ole Miss this season. Masoli had transferred to Ole Miss following a scandal-ridden stint at Oregon. He will have to wait a year before he can play for the Rebels. Ole Miss will appeal the decision.

(via The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS))

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Alabama, Tennessee, and more

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) 


Mark Ingram injury. The latest on the Alabama linebacker's injury, and what it means for the Crimson Tide. (ESPN)

Hunter cleared for takeoff. Tennessee freshman wide reciever Justin Hunter has been cleared to play by the NCAA Eligibility Center. (Go Vols Xtra)

Greg McGarity off and running. Day one for the new Georgia AD isn't until tomorrow, but that hasn't stopped McGarity from getting down to business. (Athens Banner-Herald)

The SEC will not have any undefeated teams this season. Because Gary Danielson said so. (Mr. College Football)

Auburn's "Top Openers of the Past 30 Years." Sadly for the Tigers, the top three are all losses. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Coincidence? A look at the eerie similarities between opening week opponents Northwestern and Vanderbilt. Somebody call George Noory. This is obviously an Illuminati plot. (Sippin' On Purple)

Capital One Mascot Video Challenge is back.

It's that time again. The college football season is upon us, and so is the Capital One Mascot Video Challenge.  Sixteen mascots compete for America's hearts in a competition that borders on the surreal.



Personally I have to be going for Sebastian. If only because of the skateboarding.

Mark Ingram recovering from surgery, out for season opener

Alabama running back Mark Ingram is recovering from arthroscopic surgery after injuring his left knee in practice Monday. The  2009 Heisman Trophy winner will miss the season opener against San Jose State, and could possibly miss the Sept. 11 showdown against Penn State.

(via ESPN)

Big Tentacles: Iowa, Terrelle Pryor, and more

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big 10 and the teams it not-so-secretly covets.)  


Learning from past mistakes. Iowa is counting on experience to avoid making the kind of errors that almost cost them wins against Northern Iowa and Arkansas State last season. (Bleacher Report)

Of course, that doesn't mean Iowa fans are optimistic. Black Heart Gold Pants give the "Top 10 Reasons Why Illinois Will Lose to Eastern Illinois." (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Can Terrelle Pryor speak French in Russian? The Ohio State QB was named one of "2010 Most Interesting Men in Gridworld" by Pat Ford. Somehow I doubt that sharks have a week in honor of him. Ricky Stanzi, on the other hand... (ESPN)

Your "Rich Rodriguez on the Hot Seat" story of the day.  The Wolverines have to overcome a lot of hurdles from within and from the rest of the Big Ten for Rich Rodriguez to be able to survive this year. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Wolverine Liberation Army back to...uh, "normal." The Godless communists at Wolverine Liberation Army had switched over their loyalties from Michigan to Northwestern. But apparently that didn't last long, and the WLA are back to supporting the Maize and Blue, whether Michigan likes it or not. (Wolverine Michigan Army)



2 days until college football season starts

Monday, August 30, 2010

Crossing the Atlantic: Virginia Tech, Boston College, and more

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.) 


Virginia Tech's David Wilson will not be redshirted. The sophomore had been impressive during preseason practice, but the question of whether to redshirt let him or to let him play had been hovering over the team. (Gobbler Country)

Herzlich returns to practice. Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich returns to practice after suffering a stress fracture in his right foot. He could possibly start in the Golden Eagles' home opener. (Boston Globe)

Out of Time? ESPN's Heather Dinich lists North Carolina, Boston College, and Virginia as teams who might not be completely prepared for the season's start. (ESPN)

Your "coach on the hot seat" of the day. Looking at Maryland's Labor Day showdown against Navy. A loss to the Midshipmen could foreshadow whether the Terps will be able to bounce back after last years' 2-10 record. If not, Ralph Friedgen might not be back next season. (Baltimore Sun)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: South Carolina, Alabama, and more

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)
 

 Danged if you do, danged if you don't. South Carolina players may avoid suspensions over allegations of beneficial living arrangements  at a Columbia-area hotel. But there could be suspensions over their falling behind on their rent at said hotel. (The Herald (Rock Hill, SC), Garnet and Black Attack)

Success hasn't spoiled McElroy yet. Alabama QB Greg McElroy helped the Tide win the BCS Title last year, but it hasn't changed his need to be a perfectionist.  (Al.com)

Two rivals are better than one? Should the SEC bring back having teams face two permanent inter-league rivals each year? Red Cup Rebellion has an argument for it. One reason to do it: more quality TV match-ups. (Red Cup Rebellion)

Auburn and Gene Chizik will have a successful 2010 season. Because "History" says so. (Track 'Em Tigers)

It took 56 hours for Tennessee to hire Derek Dooley. In comparison, it's taken the school a year to find a new president, and it still hasn't done so yet. The joke about making Barbary Dooley UT president is starting to sound better the longer this search goes on. (Go Vols XTra)

Virginia Tech alternate uni looks, well, kind of hokey.

The leaked image on the left is reportedly of the Nike Pro Combat uniform that Virginia Tech will be donning for at least one game this season. (This year's uniforms and the teams wearing them will be officially announced on September 1.) The uni pretty much appears to be all black with orange trim and numbers. The numbers seem to have  images inside, which is reminiscent of the images on the back of the alternate uniforms worn by the Duke men's basketball team last season.
While it probably will look better in real life, the uni looks rather uninspiring. All-black uniforms can look formidable, but they can also be rather predictable. All maroon might have been a more interesting choice.
Of course the real selling points of the Nike Pro Combat line are it's lightweight, moisture-wicking material. Design does count for something, though. And Nike could have done a lot better with Virginia Tech.

(via Gobbler Country)

The quest for the future UGA VIII continues.

Finding a successor UGA VII, the white bulldog who served as Georgia mascot until hid untimely death last season may not seem  to important outsiders. But to Georgia fans, it's as significant as finding the successor to the Dalai Lama. News of the search has been scarce, but this item appeared in the August 28 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Junkyarg Blog:

"Speaking of bulldogs, a friend who raises them passes along a gossip update about the search for a new Uga mascot. He says that two different all-white males in the Uga bloodline who are old enough to serve now as mascot have been offered to the university, but Sonny Seiler, who has overseen the mascots since the 1950s, rejected the offers. Seiler reportedly has identified an all-white Uga relation who’s likely to be Uga VIII, but not until midway through the season, meaning interim mascot Russ will reign at least until then. (I still think if he’s undefeated come homecoming, Russ might get to stick around for the whole season.) My friend says that anyone who gets a pup in the Uga line has to sign a contract in which Seiler gets first pick of any all-white male offspring. (No, he doesn’t personally have all the prospective Ugas running around his Savannah home.) There are also restrictions that prevent owners of the dogs from publicizing the fact that they have an Uga relation or from cashing in on that connection. After all these years, Seiler has his territory well marked, it seems."

It would seem like Russ, the substitute mascot (disqualified from being UGA VIII due to non-white markings on his fur), still has a job for a the moment. Meanwhile, Leather Helmet Blog is selling a "Keep Russ" t-shirt on its site. Russ would be happy to know he has supporters out there.

(via Junkyard Blog, Leather Helmet Blog)

20,000 Hits!

Shirts With Random Triangles got it's 20,000 hit Sunday. Thanks to everybody who's visited, and especially those who have come back.

3 days until college football season starts

Yeah, somebody goofed on their counting. My bad.





But just to be complete, here's #4, featuring probably the best comic book cover ever.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Are you ready for some FootVOL? Swiperboy Style

It wasn't if  Renaldo “Swiperboy” Woolridge would be releasing a rap song about the 2010 Tennessee Volunteers, it  was  it was only a matter of when. Last year the Tennessee basketball forward dropped his officially sanctioned "Eric Berry for Heisman" rap on the unsuspecting world. Then he promised the world that he'd "Never Leave You Like Kiffin."  So naturally, it was obvious that Swiperboy would unleash a rap to launch the Derek Dooley era at Tennessee sooner or later.
And lo and behold, Swiperboy hasn't let anybody down. Called "Footvol," Swiperboy manages to mix rap with "Rocky Top" into an ode that manages to throw shout outs to His Hairness, Eric Berry, General Neyland, Peyton Manning, Reggie White, and everybody except you-know-who. Scratch that. He does rap about how "We're drivin' in a new lane/forget the last one." Sneaky.



I'm not quite sure what Felice and Boudleaux Bryant would think of their masterpiece "Rocky Top" being sampled in a rap song, but as long as their estate gets a royalty, I'm sure they wouldn't mind.

5 days until college football season starts

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Georgia's Aaron Murray, Nick Saban, and more.

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) 


Aaron Murray meets his predecessors. Georgia starting quarterback got to spend time during the summer with Georgia QB legend David Greene and former Dawg/current Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford. Murray and Greene even sat down to watch film together. (OnlineAthens.com)


Clay Travis claims Urban Meyer and Nick Saban are underpaid. So are most professors at Florida and Alabama. What's your point, Clay? (Fanhouse)

Speaking of Nick Saban. Saban's campaign/crusade/jihad against pimps shady agents is picking up steam. (TideSports.com)

Robbie Caldwell has a Twitter account? Robbie Caldwell has a Twitter account. Yes, the Vanderbilt coach does have a genuine Twitter account (or vice verse). No tweets on his days on the turkey farm yet though. But he did refer to the person who brought Chick-Fil-A for the team as "the chicken man." Classic Caldwell (Anchor of Gold)

6 days until college football season starts

Friday, August 27, 2010

Ricky Stanzi is humble when it comes to Ohio State

Iowa's Ricky Stanzi, America's Quarterback, knows the true meaning of humility. When asked if Iowa and Ohio State were on the same level, Stanzi declined to say that the Hawkeyes were.
  
"No, why should we be?" Stanzi replied. "What would be the reason to categorize us with them? Because we had a close game with them last year? They've won five straight titles; we haven't won five straight titles. Until a team beats them in the Big Ten, I don't think any team has a reason to hype up that game.

It's remarks like these that make Stanzi the kind of person you would want your kids to grow up to be like.

(via ESPN)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Washaun Ealey, Alabama, Tennessee and more

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)

Washaun Ealey update. The latest on the Georgia running back's visit to Mr. Po-Po's house includes information on Ealey failing to appear in court this summer "on speeding and vehicle registration charges." Mark Richt and new Ad Greg McGarity aren't going to be too pleased about this. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Bulldogs vs. Bulls. Georgia is scheduling a meeting with the Buffalo Bulls for Sept. 1, 2012. The Bulls are the team Tennessee scheduled after dumping UNC. (http://blogs.onlineathens.com/node/2198)

Bulldog Trifecta. Longtime Bulldog sideline reporter Loran Smith will be replaced this season by former Atlanta sportscaster Chuck Dowdle. Smith will still be involved with the Bulldogs'  pregame broadcast.  (OnlineAthens.com)


Is Nick Saban really Greedy Smurf in disguise? The Alabama coach scoffs at claims that the Crimson Tide is "stockpiled" with talent, and thinks that "room for lots more." Hope he can count better than Les Miles can, 'Bama Fans. (Al.com)

A rising star on Tennessee's coaching staff? "The King of College Football" profiles former broadcast partner and current Tennessee defensive line coach Chuck Smith. The former NFL defensive end may end up being "one of the best recruiters in the entire conference." (ChuckOliver.net)

Florida injury report. Gator left tackle Xavier Nixon will miss the Sept. 4 season opener against Miami (Ohio) after "arthroscopic surgery on his right knee." His backup Matt Patchan is also out recovering from "a broken right wrist." (ChuckOliver.net)

Obey the dress code, Ole Miss fans. Ole Miss releases a "dress code" for home games in Oxford this season. Fans are asked to wear white for the season opener on Sept. 18, then alternate between red and blue for the remainder of the season. And yes, shoes are required. (OleMissSports.com, Red Cup Rebellion)

Crossing the Atlantic: North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Miami and more

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.)

Tar Pit. The latest on the growing  investigation of possible North Carolina football academic impropriety. When the tutor to head coach Butch Davis' son is involved, you know things are going to ger real messy real quick. (ESPN)

Virginia Tech defense vs. Kellen Moore. Looking at whether or not the Hokies' defense will be able to stop Boise State's Heisman hopeful quarterback. (Gobbler Country)

Miami will win the ACC Championship. Because Kirk Herbstreit says so. ('Canes Watch, The 7th Floor)

Walk on : Clemson has 11 walk-on players who have been given scholarships. Which may seem to some to be a result of a poor recruiting record from Dabo Swinney. (Shakin' the Southland)

ACC Basketball Jones of the Day: The Dagger has a list of the top 15 "can't miss" ACC games of 2010-2011. Michigan St. at Duke on December 1 is on the top at number one. And the Dookies have four of the top five spots. (The Dagger)

Dawgageddon: Time for Mark Richt to go Red Stripe on the Dawgs?

With the latest auto-related arrest of Georgia RB Washaun Ealey coming early Friday morning it might be time for Mark Richt to lay down the law in Athens. Richt may have to just get the team together and make them all hand over their car keys to him. And if they refuse, Richt should make them hand over their pants to him. In other words, he should go Red Stripe on their sorry rear ends. Hooray Responsibility!


(Thanks to Randy Maddox for inspiration.)

Dawgageddon: Another Georgia player arrested.

Mark Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald is reporting via Twitter that Georgia running back Washaun Ealey has been arrested "on charges of hit and run of a parked vehicle and driving with a suspended license." Which is just what Mark Richt needs a week before the season starts. 


(via Mark Weiszer on Twitter)

7 days until college football season starts

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: Star Wars is All-American


The Statue of Liberty wielding a light saber. 'Nuff said. 

(via Film Drunk)

Twelve Angry Programs: Texas, Colorado, and more

 (Twelve Angry Programs is SWRT's look at the Big 12, a conference where nobody can really seem to get along with each other. )

Texas and USC ink deal. The Longhorns and Trojans will play in a home-at-home series in 2017 and 2018. (ESPN)

Colorado's Dan Hawkins wants a contract extension. Embattled Colorado coach Dan "Cheaper to Keep Him" Hawkins thinks the solution to the Buffaloes' on-the-field struggles is to give him a contract extension. Hawkins is the only person on Earth  who thinks he deserves a contract extension (at least the people on Earth not related to him). (Dr. Saturday)

In other schadenfreude-related Colorado news: It looks like money woes will keep Colorado in the Big 12 until 2012. (Dr. Saturday)

Nebraska's Bo Pelini to Twitter users: Get a job! The Nebraska coach responded to a reporter's questions about an alledged fake Twitter account for freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez by proclaiming “If people have time to follow Twittering and tweeting, then they need to get a job.”  (The Husker, Husker Extra)

Texas Tech AD Gerald Meyers announces retirement.  Meyers, who has overseen the Red Raider's rise to prominence in the past 14 years, will retrire in May 0f 2011. Don't expect Mike Leach at thr retirement party, though. (ESPN)

Auburn fans declared "The SEC's most obnoxious fans."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has declared fans of the Auburn Tigers "The SEC's most obnoxious fans." Columnist Mark Bradley invited readers to give their input on the list, though the final say in the matter was all his. Why did Auburn's fanbase get the nod?
  
"Because Tiger fans still worship at the tainted feet of Pat Dye. Because they run off coaches on a whim. Because they’ve grown as arrogant as Alabama backers without one-tenth the justification. Because they’re still whining over the national championship they didn’t win in 2004. Because the world’s worst fan — the Montgomery banker Bobby Lowder — is an Auburn man. And because I would pay money (though not a lot) to see Bobby Lowder in jean shorts."

Bobby Lowder reason would be enough for the title, even though he's kind of disgraced himself with the Colonial Bank failure. The demand to be crowned 2004 National Champion in the wake of the USC debacle seals the deal.
Auburn's followed on the list by Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, and Alabama in the top five.

(via Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: South Carolina, Mississippi State, The Heisman race, and more

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)

Gamecocks ready to take the punishment? Steve Spurrier says that if the NCAA gives South Carolina the smackdown over the Weslye Saunders situation, it will accept the penalties handed down without protest. (Rivals.com)

Is Mississippi State a trap game for Florida? Coming after Alabama and LSU games on October 16, and just before the Gators buy week, a loss here could derail the chances for a BCS title. (Team Speed Kills)

Tony Barnhart's Heisman hopefuls.  Barnhart placed Arkansas'  Ryan Mallett at the top of his list potential Heisman winners. Last year's winner, Alabama's Mark Ingram, comes in at number three. (Mr. College Football)

More than just a mock game. Not only did Tennessee hold a mock game in Neyland Stadium, the team went through traditional pre-game rituals, including the "Vol Walk" and the reading of General Robert Neyland's football maxims. (Go Vols Xtra)


Urban Meyer's Town Hall meeting. Florida held it's first annual "Student Town Hall Meeting" for students with Urban Meyer and members of his coaching staff in attendance. Needless to say, the media weren't allowed in. (Only Gators Get Out Alive, Swamp Things)

8 days until college football season starts

About time I used a football-related cover.



Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Your Freudian Nightmare of the Night goes to Austria

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Ole Miss, Tennessee, Alabama and more

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  

Ole Miss with the toughest two games in a row? ESPN's Chris Low says Ole Miss' back-to-back games against Alabama (Oct. 16) and Arkansas (Oct. 23) as the "SEC's toughest two-game stretch." (ESPN)

Derek Dooley profiled. How His Hairness has been winning over Tennessee supporters by honoring tradition and being personable. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

I'm your captian. Florida center Mike Pouncey named team captain. (Alligator Alley)

SEC Basketball Jones of the Day. The basketball version of ESPN College Gameday will begin its season in Knoxville on Jan. 15, 2011 covering both the Vols'  men's and women's games against Vanderbilt. (ESPN MediaZone, Anchor of Gold)

SEC Basketball Jones of the Day, Part Deux. ESPN College Gameday will be in Gainesville on Feb. 5, 2011 for the Kentucky at Florida. (ESPN MediaZone)

"Hate me now, thank me later!" Roll Bama Roll has a selection of MP3 playlist of quotes of Alabama Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Scott Cochran. I'm having flashbacks from boot camp now. (Roll Bama Roll

 

Big Tentacles: Minnesota, Purdue, and more

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big 10 and the teams it not-so-secretly covets.)  
 
 "Pivotal" games for Minnesota. Northwestern, Purdue, Michigan St., and Illinois aren't the powerhouses in the Big Ten  But they are the four that may determine whether Minnesota ends up going to a bowl game at the end of the year. (the Gophers have to face Wisconsin, Penn St., Ohio St., and Iowa as well, Big Ten-wise). (Daily Gopher)

Gratuitous basketball item of the day: Purdue's Robbie Hummel, whose late season injury kept him from playing in the NCAA men's basketball tournament,  was seen "on the floor, shooting, on day one of fall workouts." (Hammer and Rails)

Shocking defection of the day: The Wolverine Liberation Army, the notorious Michigan blog that makes Black Heart Gold Pants look like The New York Times,  had turned traitor and is now the Wildcatz Liberation Army, a Northwestern blog Or is it?  (Wolverine Wildcatz Liberation Army)

A few words on true heroes. Maize n Brew comments of the true meaning of the word "hero," and how Brock Mealer, the brother of Michigan linebacker Elliot Mealer, worked hard to regain the ability to walk after a terrible automobile accident. (The brothers' story was featured on an edition of ESPN's  E:60 last year.) Brock Mealer is scheduled to lead the Wolverines out of the tunnel and in to The Big House on Sept. 4. (Maize N Brew)

Fight Song Hero?

Schools take their time-honored and closely cherished traditions seriously. Take the University of Kansas, for example. It has come out with a video tutorial to help fans clap properly to "I'm a Jayhawk."



After looking at this, it's obvious that Guitar Hero and Rock Band are seriously missing a market for college fight songs. Who wouldn't want to stay up all night trying to master "Hail to the Victors" or "Ramblin' Wreck From Georgia Tech?" That's a license to print money there.

(via Dr. Saturday)

Leave Lane Kiffin Alone! No seriously, leave him alone, Vols Nation.

Dangit, Vols Nation. Are you still lashing out at Lane Kiffin? Sheesh! You have Derek Dooley, a new coach with a truckload of integrity, perfect hair, and a spiffy looking hat. Can't you spend more time on that instead of  putting out Lane lame dribble like this?



Cue the Carolina Liar. And call Chris Crocker's  lawyers.

Seriously, enough with the Kiffin bashing, Tennessee fans. Unless it's actually funny, that is. And no, this doesn't count either.



Same fellow in both videos, by the way. Luckily he didn't go for the trifecta.

(via Crum35)

9 days until college football season starts

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ricky Stanzi calls award watch lists "bogus"

Iowa's Ricky Stanzi  has been put on several of the award watch lists for the 2010 season. They include the watch lists for the Davey O'Brien, Manning, and the Premier Player of College Football Awards. Not to mention frequent chatter of Stanzi possibly being a Heisman candidate.
So what does America's Quarterback think of all these watch lists? Not much.

"I think that watch lists or anything like that are pretty bogus," said Stanzi. "I mean, they put 30 guys on there. What's the point, you know?
"It's kind of stupid, if you think about it. Nobody even finds out who the winners are until the end, right? So, I mean - it's great to be on a watch list. It's awesome. We've got some guys honored that way. But we'd rather win the first game than stay on a watch list."

This is probably a good reaction to the pre-season hype that many players get. Stanzi is more focused on winning games, not awards. It's just more proof of how humble and level-headed Stanzi is.

(via Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courrier)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Now ACC free edition.

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)

(Note: Coverage of the ACC has been moved to the new "Crossing the Atlantic" feature. Click here to check it out.)

Matt Simms closing in to title of Tennessee starting quarterback.  Tyler Bray still has the title of "lamest tattoo in the history of the NCAA," however. (Go Vols Xtra)

Is Ole Miss better off at QB without Jevan Snead? With Nathan Stanley as the presumed starter, with former Oregon Insane Clown Posse member Jeremiah Masoli as backup, the answer is a definite "up in the air." (Red Cup Rebellion)


Weslye Saunders suspended at South Carolina. A closer look at the suspension of the tight end's suspension. (ChuckOliver.net)

Nick Saban: Gamechanger world premiere is tonight. Guess who won't be showing up for the premiere? Saban claims he has a football season to get ready for. (al.com)


Alabama to honor Gene Stallings. The Tide will hold an "On-Campus Salute" to the former Alabama coach in conjunction with the October 2 game against Florida. Stallings is set to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame later this year. (al.com)

Playing those mind games forever. Urban Meyer claiming that he's "hitting the panic button a little bit," over the Gators' preparedness for the upcoming season. Sure, Urban. (Alligator Army)

Ryan Mallett sucks on the road. Ryan Mallett sucks, period.  (Arkansas Expats)

Will Tennessee be a trap game for Ole Miss?

Team Speed Kills is listing the Ole Miss vs. Tennessee game on November 13 as a possible trap game for the Rebels. The reason being that a) the difficulty of the visiting team to win in Neyland Stadium for any team, regardless of how the Vols are doing (and they could be 3-5 by then), and c) Ole Miss might be looking ahead to the following week's game against LSU on Nov. 20, and c)Well, TSK couldn't find a better choice.
But is the Tennessee game a true tap game for the Rebels? SWRT asked it's resident Ole Miss expert for his analysis of the game:



Admiral Ackbar says it, I believe it.

(via Team Speed Kills)

Crossing the Atlantic: Wake Forest, Christian Ponder, Boston College, and more.

(Starting today SWRT is splitting up it's ACC and SEC coverage into two different features. Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.)

And your starting quarterback for Wake Forest is...Ted Stachitas will be the starting QB for the Demon Deacons, with Tanner Price riding shotgun as his backup. (Blogger So Dear)

Christian Ponder profiled by McPaper. USA Today does a feature on the FSU starting QB, who is the ACC's best candidate for the Heisman. (USA Today)

Is Boston College a "BCS sleeper?" Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel thinks so. It's the only ACC or SEC school of the five teams he looks at. (Sports Illustrated, BC Interruption)

What's Georgia Tech's "most important" game of the year? GT fans might say it's the rivalry game against Georgia, but Coley Harvey of Macon.com says it just might be the Nov. 4, trip to Virginia Tech that makes or breaks the season for the Yellow Jackets. (Macon.com)

Maryland's history of starting slow. That's what you get when you name your team the "Terrapins." (Testudo Times)

Colin Cowherd thinks Virginia Tech is overrated. Shut up, Colin. (The Roanoke Times, Gobbler Country)

Brutus and Ralphie sittin' in a tree? Ohio St. adds Colorado to 2011 schedule.

Ohio State is adding Colorado to it's 2011 schedule. The Buckeyes will be paying the Buffaloes a reported $1.4 million to come to Ohio Stadium next season for a Sept. 24, 2011 meeting.  No word if Colorado will bring Ralphie for a rare east of the Rockies appearance for the occasion.

(via ESPN)

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: Northwestern practices at Naval Station

Northwestern held a football practice at Naval Station Great Lakes, which serves as the Navy's basic training facility for the entire country. It was a meaningful experience for both the team and the Navy personnel who were on hand to watch the practice.



"We just got the upmost respect for what our military does for our country not only here, but obviously abroad," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "It's special to come into their house, into their backyard and have a chance to improve and get better. We're very appreciative."

(via ESPN)

10 days until college football season starts

The season is so close now that you can count the days down on your fingers.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Iowa's Kirk Ferentz at a kickball game? Iowa's Kirk Ferentz at a kickball game.

Iowa's Kirk Ferentz at a kickball game?  Iowa's Kirk Ferentz at a kickball game.



Kirk Ferentz wearing flip flops? Kirk Ferentz wearing flip flops. Apparently Ricky Stanzi hasn't introduced his coach to Vibram five fingers yet.


(via Black Heart Gold Pants)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: UNC, Clemson, Virginia Tech and more

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    

Caught between a rock and a hard place. UNC has it rough. If the NCAA Agentgate investigation doesn't do them in, a tough ACC Costal division just might. (WRALSportsFan.com)

Could Kyle Parker be an NFL quarterback? Dabo Swinney thinks so. So does Kyle Parker's dad (duh). (The Post and Courier)

Full circle for Wake Forest?  The Demon Deacons find themselves back to where they were in 2006, with having to break in a new quarterback. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The David Wilson dilemma. The sophomore Virginia Tech running back has been making it hard to justify redshirting him. (Gobbler Country)

Robbie Caldwell refers to Vanderbilt's non-veterans as "young ones." So who which one is supposed to be Vyvyan? (The Tennessean

The SEC and ACC are  the "deepest" college football conferences. Because Tony Barnhart said so. (Mr. College Football)

And in the "Things I'm not sure Mark Richt would approve of " Department: Dawg Sports is planning a "Sacrificial Goat Roast" for October 2, 2010 in Athens when Georgia is on the road facing the Colorado Buffaloes. Wouldn't a trip to Ted's Montana Grill be more appropriate? (Scratch that, there's not one one in Athens. My bad.) (Dawg Sports)


More video of Derek Dooley and his hat

Here's the latest (non-)exclusive footage of Derek Dooley and the most famous hat in Tennessee.

Will Texas face Maryland in 2017 and 2018? Will Mike Leach be coaching the Terps by then?

The rumor has been floating around for a while, but it seems that Texas and Maryland will be playing each other in 2017 and 2018. The 2017 game will be a home game for Texas, while the following year's matchup will be on the neutral site of Fed Ex Field in Landover, Md.
Is the idea of the Longhorns facing the Terrapins not intriguing enough? Consider this idea for a possibility - by 2017, Maryland may have a coach who is very familiar with the Longhorns. One by the name of Mike Leach.
The possibility that Leach, fired by Texas Tech last year over the Adam James electrical shed incident, could replace Ralph Friedgen at Maryland is months old. But with the start of the 2010 college football season creeping closer and closer you can expect that story to gain more steam. Especially if the Terps start the season out miserably under Friedgen.
And why would Maryland take a shot at Craig James' favorite coach? Under Armour, that's why. Kevin Plank, the company's founder, was a walk-on for Maryland. He eventually became special teams captain. He is also a member of the University of Maryland's Board of Trustees. Leach has a deal with Under Armour, so the connection is there.
Of course this is just speculation. Even with Plank's influence, it will be up to the University of Maryland's new president, Wallace D. Loh, and the still-yet-to-be-hired to decide athletic director who decide whether Friedgen will be replaced or not. Or who will succeed him for that matter. So the Longhorns will have to wait a while longer to see if the Maryland team they'll facing will be coached by Friedgen, the familiar face of Mike Leach, or someone else. One of the latter two choices would seem to be the correct option.

(via Testudo Times, ESPN)

11 days until college football season starts

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Brett Gardner gives the worst emergency evacuation advice ever.

South Carolina's Office of Homeland Security tapped New York Yankee outfielder Brett Gardner for a video on speedy evacuation planning in case of an emergency for it's "Be Ready SC" campaign. Because the Yankees are the Palmetto State's favorite baseball team, right? (Actually Gardner is a native of Holly Hill, SC. Who knew?) Sadly, this is one of the worst videos of this type ever.








Picking your family over your Star Wars collection? In the immortal words of Gardner's Yankee teammate Nick Swisher, "No way, Dude." In the Zombie Apocalypse, Star Wars  action figures will be worth  more than those rinky-dink little gold coins shilled by Glen Beck on the radio. A first edition Boba Fett alone will get you at least three months supply of canned food and ammo.
Your family? Well, there's only so many times you'll be ever to sell your family members into slavery for supplies. Pretty soon it'll be just you and Grandma. And unless she knows a lot of ways to skin and cook opossum,  she probably won't go for much. A decent sized Star Wars collection, rationed properly, will allow you to survive in the wastelands for years, or until all the zombies are destroyed, whichever comes first.

(via SB Nation)

12 days until college football season starts

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Twelve Angry Programs: Texas, Iowa State, and Kansas

(Twelve Angry Programs is SWRT's look at the Big 12. A conference whose members can't seem to get along.)

Texas signs deal with BYU. Texas was scheduled to go up against BYU in 2011. Now the Longhorns agreed to home-at-home series against the Cougars in 2013 and 2014. Exactly what conference BYU will be in by then (if any) is still up in the air. (Rivals.com)

How to seduce an Iowa State fan. Apparently this takes a little more effort than asking "If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me?" The line "I would love to plow your field of dreams" does seem like one you should keep in the  back of you pocket though. (Cowboys Ride for Free)

Kale Pick named Kansas starting QB. He probably has to be good  to overcome a name like that.  It has to go down in the unfortunately named books along with pitcher Bob Walk. (Kansas City Star, Rock Chalk Talk)

13 days until college football season starts

Friday, August 20, 2010

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Virginia Tech vs. Boise St., Nick Saban, and more

Scouting Boise State. Gobbler Country looks at the efficiency rating of Virginia Tech's Week One opponent in a game that could make or break the season for both teams (Gobbler Country)

Nick Saban, the motion picture. An interview with the producers of Gamechanger, the film about Alabama's Nick Saban. (Roll 'Bama Roll)

Big deal or no big deal? Looking at the recent departures from Florida by Adrian Coxon and Adrian Haden, and seeing if there's any reason to make something out of them. (Alligator Army)

SEC West division championship to be settled in the Iron Bowl. Because Kirk Herbstreit said so. (al.com)

Meet the new whipping boy, same as the old whipping boy. Steve Spurrier takes his first shots at Tennessee of the Derek Dooley era. (Chattanooga TimesFree Press)

Big Tentacles: Tate Forcier, Wisconsin, Iowa, and more.

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big 10 and the teams it not-so-secretly covets.) 
 
Teacher says that every time a bell rings a Michigan quarterback  earns his wings. Tate Forcier, who had been practicing with a plain blue helmet due to perceived shortcomings on and off the field, has earned the right to wear the regular Michigan "winged" helmet.  (ESPN)

Bucky's Dream Home. Wisconsin seeks permission to build a new $76 million dollar football facility. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

Is James Vandenberg the next great Iowa QB, or the next Ultimate Fighter? Vandenberg, Ricky Stanzi's backup at Iowa, tells how he made Pat Angrier tap out in "impromptu" MMA matches last year...once. (The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette)

"Don't want to be your monkey wrench."  The heck I don't.  Iowa and Nebraska are mentioned as teams that could "throw a wrench into the BCS." (Lindy's Sports)

"But don't ask me what I think of you. I might not give the answer that you want me to." Black Heart Gold Pants talks to "Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God" (not to be confused with The God of The Bible) over the calamities involving Iowa running backs. Which brings up an awesome Lewis Grizzard joke about Pat Dye and Auburn. (Black Heart Gold Pants)




14 days until college football season starts

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Internet's war on Kenny Chesney continues

Ever since ESPN and ABC decided to ram Kenny Chesney down their viewer's throats last year during broadcasts of college football games, the short, bald, man-pal of Peyton Manning as been Public Enemy Number One of college football bloggers. Or at least close to it. This year, Chesney released the song "The Boys of Fall," an anthem to his love of the game.



So naturally, the song sooner of later had to become the target of disdain from somebody. That somebody was Spencer Hall AKA the blogger formerly known as Orson Swindle. It's not to say that Hall savaged the song and video, because it's more like he napalmed it.

"He sucks, and most things do, but when he dips his toes across into the realm of football they deserve to be chainsawed off at the nearest convenience. The entire song is supposedly about football, but it's really about how Kenny Chesney should be bound and gagged, bundled into an uninsulated rocket filled with honey badgers, and shot into the sun. Oddly enough, this is what we think every Kenny Chesney song is about. Hm."


It doesn't seem that Hall is crazy about Chesney's farmer's tan, is he?
Chesney's obsession with football is notorious enough that Deadspin reported on a photo taken of Chesney with a female other than his girlfriend. Mind you the female was  ESPNs Jenn Brown,  but let's keep little details like that out of the discussion.

(via EDSBS, Deadspin)

Athletes and photo shoots don't mix: LeBron James edition

The LeBron James ego-driven unintentional path of self-destruction continues. This time it stops for a GQ magazine photo shoot. What could possibly go wrong?


What's sad that this sweater is a piece of clothing that James supposedly owns



I could be wrong, but this looks like it's supposed to be LeBron's interpretation of  the cover of the classic reggae-filled soundtrack of  The Harder They Come.



(via GQ)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: James WIlder Jr. to FUS, BC's Mark Herzilch, and more

FSU strikes gold (as well as garnet).  Much sought after recruit James Wilder Jr. commits to  the Seminoles. (Tomahawk Nation)

Mark Herzlich gets a check-up. The Boston College linebacker who has fought a form of cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma, was given a "clean bill of health" from his  doctors  after a check-up. His current broken foot is the only thing keeping from practicing with the team right now. (Boston Herald, BC Interruption)

Contest for coolest piece of Georgia Tech memorabilia. Not to say that the entries in this competition are underwhelming, but when two of the three entries involve last season, and the other is an original copy of "Ramblin Wreck" sheet music...well, the entries are underwhelming. You would expect better from a program with GT's history. (From the Rumble Seat)

Spencer Hall on the Tennessee-UNC fiasco. Leave it to the blogger formerly known as Orson Swindle to turn an embarrassing situation for the Vols into a Obama-like stimulus plan for UNC and Buffalo.

According to University of Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton, financial relief will be directed through the Tennessee football program in the form of payments made to the University of North Carolina and the University of Buffalo, schools located in two of the states hit hardest by the recession. 
(EDSBS)

Nike Pro Combat unis return. Several SEC and ACC schools will be once again wearing the unique looking Nike Pro Combat uniforms that debuted last year. They include Alabama, Florida, Miami, and Virginia Tech. (HokieSports.com, Gobbler Country)

SEC inter-divisional factoid of the day. Since the SEC expanded into two divisions in 1991, there have been three teams with five perfect inter-divisional records (Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee). (Team Speed Kills)