Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Florida, Vanderbilt, LSU and more

I didn't do it! No one saw me do it! There's no way you can prove anything! Floirda denies the Gators trashed the visitors' locker room at FSU after losing to the Seminoles last Saturday. (Orlando Sentinel)

 Fools' Gold? Vanderbilt is looking at Vanderbilt's is looking at Temple head football coach Al Golden to replace Robbie Caldwell. This is  the rare case where a coaching job in the SEC would be considered a step backward. (The Tennessean)

The Decider. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva says that head football coach Les Miles will have the only say in changes to his coaching staff. (The Advocate)

Trading down. Georgia replaces Louisville on the 2012 schedule with Florida Atlantic. Not quite replacing a Lexus with a Yugo, but only because Louisville isn't actually a Lexus. (Athens Banner-Herald)

Lessons learned? Mike Bianchi questions whether Florida head football coach Urban Meyer learned any leadership skills from former quarterback Tim Tebow. Shut up, Mike. (Orlando Sentinel)

Bruce Pearl says "I miss Lane Kiffin.'' Which would make him the only person who misses Lane Kiffin. Of course, he Kiffin would've made a better human shield for Pearl than Derek Dooley does. (The Dagger)

Big Tentacles: Michigan State, The Outback Bowl, Wisconsin's James White, and ...Mike Tyson?

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


FOOTBALL
 


 Big Pimpin'. Mark Dantonio  making his case for why Michigan State deserves a BCS bid. (Detroit Free Press)

Sugar Time. Like it or not, the Sugar Bowl seems to be the likely BCS destination for Ohio State. (Along the Olentangy)

Money's Too Tight To Mention. Large buyout clauses in FBS coaches' contracts like Mississippi State's Dan Mullen may hamper Minnesota's search for a new head football coach. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Tie Me Kangaroo Down. Iowa, Penn State, and Illinois are in the running to represent the Big Ten in the Outback Bowl.  (examiner.com Philadelphia)

The Freshman. Wisconsin running back James White named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by coaches and media voters. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

Do pinstripes and orange go together? The inaugural Pinstripe Bowl looks to be the bowl season landing spot for Syracuse. (Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician)

Are the Iowa Hawkeyes the new Mike Tyson? The Iowa Hawkeyes' 2010 season compared to the downward spiral that was Mike Tyson's boxing career. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

BASKETBALL

Ladies, look at your Irish. Notre Dame wins the Old Spice Classic over Wisconsin. (Rakes of Mallow)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Florida, Georgia, Houston Nutt, and...Molly Sims?

More rats leaving a sinking ship? Florida assistant coach Dan McCarney jumps ship and takes job as head football coach of North Texas. (Orlando Sentinel)

Turning the ship around? Derek Dooley has seemingly managed the impossible task or restoring some resemblace of honor to Tennessee after the Lane Kiffin decacle.  (Rocky Top Talk)

Gratitutious Cam Newton update. Nothing new to report on Cam Newton. (Team Speed Kills)

Standing Still. Mark Richt says he hasn't been approached about leaving Georgia for Miami. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

 Me too. Houston Nutt swats down stories he's headed for Colorado.(The Clarion-Ledger)

I did it all for the rookie. Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray and Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins shared the SEC Freshman of the Week honors. It's the third time that Bray has taking home the honor since becomming the Vols' starting QB. (Go Vols Xtra)

Fixing Georgia. You're gonna need a lot of duct tape. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

War Molly! Molly Sims was on hand in Tuscaloosa for the Iron Bowl. (The War Eagle Reader)

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Is Boise State the college football version of Eddie Murphy's Mr. Robinson?

It sucks to be Boise State right now. A missed field goal blew the Broncos' BCS chances out of the water. Plus, if that wasn't bad enough, the move to the Mountain West Conference is once again looking less and less of a brilliant idea.
Since it was first announced that Boise St. would be leaving the WAC and joining the Mountain West, the MWC have lost their three biggest schools. First Utah left for the Pac-10. Then BYU decided to go independent. Now TCU is jumping over to the Big East. To replace them the MWC has added Nevada, Fresno State, and reportedly Hawaii. In other words, the MWC is looking more and more like the WAC. That's probably not what Boise St. had in mind.
Boise St. is starting to look like Mr. Robinson, the Eddie Murphy parody of Mister Rodgers who appeared in the "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood" sketches on Saturday Night Live.  Because as Mr. Robinson used to sing:

"I hope you live in your neighborhood, someday.
The problem is when I move in, y'all move away!"

It just doesn't seem like anybody really wants to have Boise State in their conference, does it?  The latest move by TCU to the Big East does nothing to quash that idea.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Big Tentacles: Ohio State Michigan, Nebraska-Iowa, Wisconsin, and more.

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


All 7 and we'll watch them fall. Saturday's edition of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry marked the seventh win in a row for the Buckeyes. (Off Tackle Empire)

The subject was Roses. Wisconsin all-but guaranteed its trip to the Rose Bowl by pounding Northwestern 70-23. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

Next year all our troubles will be out of sight (maybe). Next year's Thanksgiving game between Nebraska and Iowa will commence a better season-ending rivarly game than either Nebraska-Colorado or Iowa-Minnesota. (Husker Extra)

I'll Stick Around. Penn State junior wide receiver Derek Moye will be returning to the Nittnay Lions next year, and not entering the NFL Draft. (NFL Draft Bible)

Do you know where you're going to? Notre Dame can possibly look forward to a berth in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando on December 28, or it could possibly go to the Holliday Bowl in San Diego. (Rakes of Mallow)

Better late than never. Indiana finally gets a win in the Big Ten in the last game of the season by beating Purdue. (Big Ten Rant)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Vanderbilt, Alabama, and more

Mark Richt in the Eye of the Hurricane? Embattled Georgia head coach Mark Richt is already being talked about as a possible candidate to replace recently fired Miami head football coach Randy Shannon at Miami. (SB Nation)

Vandy eyes Guz Malzahn. Vanderbilt reportedly has Auburn defense coordinator Gus Malzahn atop their list of candidates to replace the recently resigned Robbie Caldwell as head football coach for the Commodores. This is one of those rare cases where the job of head football coach is a step down for an offensive coordinator. (ESPN)

It wasn't that bad. Alabama's choke-job in the Iron Bowl isn't as bad as the one in 1972, according to Kevin Scarbinsky. Besides, there's the chance it'll be wiped from the records anyway, thanks to Cam Newton. (al.com)

Twenty-six and counting. Tennessee defeats Kentucky for the 26th straight time, making the Vols' bowl eligible in the first year of the reign of Derek Dooley. (Go Vols Xtra).

Always look on the bright side of life. There's some positive things to come out of Florida losing to FSU. Like the possibility of Urban Meyer firing Steve Addazio. If they actually happen, that is. (The Miami Herald)


Should I Stay or Should I Go? Kentucky wide reciever Randall Cobb is contemplating whether to go pro next year, or stay with the wildcats. (Go Vols Xtra)


"The Strip" Personifies a Champion." Auburn defensive end Antonie Carter stripping the ball from Alabama running Back Mark Ingram is used to personify the Tigers' victory against Alabama. The phrase "The Strip" personifies also personifies what will happen to Auburn if they get the hammer from the NCAA over Cam Newton. (al.com)

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40,000 Hits. Thanks, y'all

Shirts With Random Triangles went over the 40,000 hit mark on Saturday. I want to thank everybody for checking things out, especially those who have stuck around.
Also, sorry for not having anything up yesterday, but the cold I've been fighting the past week finally won out. Hopefully I'll be able to put up a little more on Sunday.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Game Day Goulash: Black Friday edition

Iron Lion Zion. Who's feeling the heat in Tuscaloosa for today's Auburn-Alabama? Answer: the home team. (Rivals.com)


War...Ibis? Kevin Scarbinsky all but anoints Auburn as the new Miami, including suggesting the Tigers  "should be decked out in fatigues" when they get off the bus at Bryant-Denny stadium.  (al.com)

It's been real. It's been fun. But It hasn't been real fun (if your Colorado). Colorado welcomes Nebraska to the Mile High State for the final regular season Big 12 game for the both of them. (Corn Nation)

My Bad. Tennessee offensive coordinator takes the bullet for Vols' quarterback Tyler Bray's shaky performance in last week's victory against Vanderbilt. (GoVolsXtra)


If you don't know me by now. Tony Barnhart predicts South Carolina will handle Clemson on Saturday. The Rubber Chickens think otherwise. (The Rubber Chickens)

Heart and soul. ESPN interviews Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich on BC's season, his recovery from cancer, and his hopes for a career in the NFL. (ESPN)

Black Friday for College Football and the BCS

Today is Black Friday, which semi-officially marks the start of the Christmas Shopping season and according to tradition, was when many retailers finally made it "in the black" and made a profit. Today also marks a huge day for college football, by the end of which the BCS Championship may either be crystal clear, or completely muddied beyond all recognition.
Three games on the schedule each feature one of the top three teams in the human polls, Oregon, Auburn and Boise State. At least two of these games could end up being more trickier on the field than they look on paper. One is a high-profile game where even if the higher-ranked team wins, it could end up all for naught in the end.

Arizona at Oregon. Oregon, the number one team in the country, has two obsitcles in the way of punching its ticket to the BCS. The first, Arizona come today when The Ducks face the Arizona Wildcats at home. Recent games have, in the words of Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly "have been real knockdown drag-outs." The chance is that this game will be no exception. Having damaged Iowa's BCS championship dreams earlier in the season, Arizona certainly would love to do the same to the Ducks.

 Auburn at Alabama. Whether or not this is the biggest Iron Bowl game is quite debatable. It does,  has to rank among the most hyped, however,even if for all of the wrong reasons. The off the field Cam Newton story has all-but eclipsed a remarkable on-the-field story. The investigation of Newton's eligibility his literally taken Auburn's season hostage, and replaced the War Eagle's giddiness and joy with an impending sense of doom. Auburn's biggest struggle may end up being with keeping off the field events from interfering with the game. While it didn't hamper play against Georgia a couple of weeks ago, the stakes are sky high in Tuscaloosa.

Boise State at Nevada. Boise State doesn't have the off-the-field distractions that Auburn has. Unless you count Ohio State President Gordon Gee's snarky "Little Sisters of the Poor" comment. (Which, as Around the Horn's Woody Paige pointed out on Wendsday, insulted both Boise St. and the Little Sisters of the Poor.) Facing the No. 20 team in the country, Nevada, however, is a whole different matter. Chris Ault has managed to put forth a somewhat potent offense. While Nevada comes into the game with a decade-long losing streak to the Broncos, that won't stop them from trying to bust Boise's BCS-busting bubble.

Add into that mix the final Big 12 regular season game between Colorado and Nebraska (which will be more historical than epic, but still noteworthy), and an at better than average Big East showdown between West Virginia and Pittsburg, and you have one of the bigger Friday-after-Thanksgiving football schedules in recent years.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Big Tentacles: Ohio/Michigan, Wisconsin, and....Cam Newton? (Oh, why not!)

Ohio Express. Rich Rodriguez is trying to revive Michigan's past success in recruiting players from Ohio to choose the Wolverines over the Buckeyes (or anybody else, for that matter). (The Columbus Dispatch)

Rich Rodriguez is not getting fired. At least not yet.(CBSSports.com)

Ohio State/Michigan still matters. Because...well, it just does. (Off Tackle Empire)

Terrelle  Pryor vs. Cam Newton? CBS Sports predicts Ohio State will be facing Auburn in the Sugar Bowl on January 4, 2011. And yes,  Gordon Gee, than does mean CBS Sports has Boise State facing Oregon in the BCS Championship. (CBSSports.com)

Ladies, look at your basketball team. Now look at the Wisconsin Badgers. Now back at your basketball tea. Now back to the Badgers. Sadly, they aren't the Badgers. Wisconsin will be taking on Manhattan in the Old Spice Classic at 2:00 PM. Sadly, Bucky probably won't be riding a horse for this one. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

Out for blood? Purdue looks at facing Indiana this weekend, and possibly beating another coach out of a job. In this case Indiana's Bill Lynch. (Hammer and Rails)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Alabama-Auburn, The Egg Bowl, Barbara Dooley, and more.

Can Alabama defeat Auburn? Not with the way the Tide have been playing recently. (Roll 'Bama Roll)

My own worst enemy? If Alabama does manage to beat Auburn, it will be due to the Tiger's "below average" defense. (Dr. Saturday)

Know your enemy. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and other members of the Bulldogs were on hand to watch rival Georgia Tech defeat Duke at Bobby Dodd Stadium. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Par for the course. The Egg Bowl will feature one team that's done reasonably well this year (Mississippi State), and one that hasn't (Ole Miss). Which is generally what happens in this annual matchup. (The Clarion-Ledger)

So (un)emotional. Tyler Bray admits it was tough to maintain his usual "flat-line" unemotional approach when it came to his performance against Vanderbilt. (GoVolsExtra)

Oh no, she didn't! Barbara Dooley on the Paul Finebaum show Tuesday:

'If you find me dead, I've told people to go look at Michael Adams (Pres. UGA)...he'll slit your throat to make himself look good.'

Yeah, that sounds just about right. (via @Finebaum's Twitter)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pat Dye slams Urban Meyer over Cam Newton.

Former Clemson head football coach Pat Dye lashed out at  Florida head football coach Urban Meyer for not defending Cam Newton's reputation.

“I am disappointed that (Florida head coach) Urban Meyer didn’t step up and say something on that kid’s behalf, because (Newton) left Atlanta to go to Florida and fulfill his dream as college football player,” Dye said. “He made some bad choices and bad decisions, which young people will do.”

Does Pat Dye serious want Urban Meyer at defend Cam Newton? Florida had a hard job defending against Alabama and South Carolina this year. Does Dye think Meyer would stand a chance defending Newton.
Seriously though, it's not Meyer's job to defend former players. He has to spend way too much time defending keeping Chris Rainey on the team after the "Time to die" mess.

Happy Birthday, Miley Cyrus!

It's Miley Cyrus' 18th birthday. I'm sure there will be a lot of Miley fans celebrating at Penn State.



(Yes, I'll use any excuse to repost this.)

Things younger than Joe Paterno

Do you know the difference between Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno and Penn State frat boys? The frat boys drink Samuel Adams, while JoePa drank with Samuel Adams.
But seriously,  Joe Paterno has announced that he will be back to coach  the Nittnay Lions in 2011. That will mark his 45th year at Penn State.
Joe Paterno was born on December 21, 1926, and he'll turn 74 this year. Born in Brooklyn, he's older than New York landmarks like The Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. Here are some other notable cultural icons younger than JoePa.


  • FIFA World Cup (first held 1930)
  • Boise State University (founded as Boise Junior College in 1932)
  • The SEC (established 1933)
  • 20th Century Fox (created by merger of older Fox Films and 20th Century Pictures, 1935)
  • Superman (First appearance in 1938)
  • Scrabble (c. 1938. 1948 in its current form)
  • M&M's (introduced 1941)
  • Duct tape (developed c. 1942)
  • ABC (established 1943)
  • The NBA (founded 1946)
  • Tupperware (developed c.1946)
  • Atlantic Records (founded 1947)
  • The US Air Force (created as separate branch of the military in 1947)
  • LEGO (c. 1949)
  • TV dinners (invented 1953)
  • Sports Illustrated (first published 1954)
  • Disneyland (opened 1955)
  • Kenya (became independent 1963)
  • Sesame Street (first aired 1969)
  • Miley Cyrus (born Nov. 23, 1992. Happy Birthday!)

(via Rivals.com)
 

Big Tentacles: Joe Paterno, Northwestern, Iowa, and more

FOOTBALL

He'll be back. Joe Paterno says he plans to coach Penn State in 2011. (Big Ten Network)

They might be back.  Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips says he'd like to see the Wildcats play another game in Wrigley Field someday, if the safety issues can be fixed. And assumably if the right end zone gold post is somewhere other than attached to the wall. (ESPN)

One step at a time. Wisconsin is focusing on its game against Northwestern, and not on winning at least part of the Big Ten title or a possible BCS bowl appearance. (Rivals.com)

One step forward, two steps back. Iowa has a problem with reaching the level of becomming an elite team, yet failing to secure its posistion there. (Hawk Central)

Wither Big Ten Defense? 2010 may go down in history as the year the Big Ten defense died. (Off Tackle Empire)

Nothing left to lose. Iowa and Minnesota go into their last game of the season with nothing to really fight for, other than to beat each other. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Remembering Rob Lytle. MGoBlog celebrates the life of former Wolverine and Denver Bronco Rob Lytle, who passed away this weekend. (MGoBlog)

BASKETBALL

Cha-Na-Na. In a tougher than expected matchup, Michigan State and The Izzo managed a win against the Chaminade Silverswords, the Hawaiian school best known for defeating the Virginia team  that featured Ralph Sampson in 1982. (The Only Colors)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Cam Newton, the Iron Bowl, UGA, and more.

The Shape of Things to Come? The use if "established fact" in the SEC's eight conference game suspension of Tennessee head basketball coach Bruce Pearl could be a forshadowing of how the conference handles the Cam Newton situation. At least that's what Clay Mathews theorizes. (Fanhouse)

Will this year's Auburn-Alabama game be "The Biggest Iron Bowl Game of All?" Thanks to Cam Newton, it will probably be the most scrutinized. (Track 'Em Tigers)

On the other hand, it won't be "The Ultimate Iron Bowl." (al.com)

State of Decay? Georgia's ability to recruit inside its own state borders is on the decline from 2007-2010. (ChuckOliver.net)

Generation Gap. Why did Florida underachieve this year? The failure of the veteran players to mesh with the freshman class was a lingering issue this season. (Team Speed Kills)

Less than perfect. Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray's completed pass streak may be over, but his record as a starting QB is still 3-0, and that's all that really matters in football. (GoVolsXtra)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Georgia-Boise State, Greg McElroy, Tennessee, and more

Inquiring minds want to know. The inside scoop on how the 2011 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game between Georgia and Boise State came to be. (ChuckOliver.net)

Not ready for prime time? Georgia may not be in the best of shape to compete against Boise State. (ChuckOliver.net)

 Looking for Sugar to fall out of the sky. Next weeks' LSU-Arkansas game could wind up being a shot at an at-large berth in the BCS (probably the Sugar Bowl). (Team Speed Kills)

Oxford Blues. Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy's dreams for a Rhodes Scholarship came crashing down yesterday when he was turned down by Oxford. (Al.com)

Youth Gone Wild. Some of Tennessee's inexperience showed up in its win against Vanderbilt. (Rocky Top Talk)

Missing you already. Looking at the Florida senior squad, and which members of the group will be sorely missed next year. (Miami Herald)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Auburn FAIL on college prank.



Duct-taping an Auburn t-shirt to the statue of Bear Bryant? Seriously, Auburn Fan? You couldn't even find t shirt big enough to pull over the head of The Bear's likeness? This is a just an absolute "FAIL" on so many levels.

(via Friends of the Program)

Game Day Goulash: Georgia-Boise State, Greg McElroy, Ricky Stanzi, and more

(Game Day Goulash is SWRT's game day loot at college football.)

It's official. Georgia and Boise State will face off in next year's Chick-Fil-A kickoff classic on September 3, 2011. (ESPN)

The Rhodes Warrior. Having defeated FCS program Georgia State on Thursday, Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy will be spending his Saturday in the interview process for a chance of becoming a Rhodes Scholar. (ESPN)

American Idol. Saturday beings both Ohio State and Senior Day to Iowa. Which gives The Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa a good readon to do a majorly patriotic profile of America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi. (The Gazette)

Last Tango in Aggieland. The Nebraska Big 12 Farewell Tour stops at College Station, Texas, to face off against the Aggies of Texas A&M for one last time as conference opponents. (Dr. Saturday)

OutFOXed.  FOX Sports reporter Thayer Evans was looking to dig up dirt on Cam Newton by pestering Auburn professors on the phone for information. One of them got back at Evans by posting his phone number on a number Auburn  message boards. (MoonDog Sports)

Institutionalized. The Wall Street Journal did a study of those commercials for colleges (or "institutionals,"as they're called) that run during the football and basketball games. Minnesota's institutional came out on top, with Missouri's featuring Mad Men's John Hamm ad also earning a a nod for "Best Cameo." (The Wall Street Journal)

 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Bruce Pearl suspended for first eight SEC conference games

Tennessee head basketball coach Bruce Pearl has been suspended from the first games of conference play by the SEC. The suspension runs from January 8 until February 5. This is a punishment for admitted NCAA rules violations, according to CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish.

(CBSSports.com, Rocky Top Talk)

Big Tentacles: Ricky Stanzi, Michigan, Wisconsin, and more

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

FOOTBALL

One shot. Injuries kept Iowa quarterback (and Ohio native) Ricky Stanzi from playing against Ohio State; the team he grew up rooting for as a kid and which wasn't interested in him coming out of high school. (Cleveland.com)

In question. Wisconsin running back John Clay is questionable for Wisconsin game against Michigan Saturday. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)


FOX to air the Big Ten Championship game. Because FOX's BCS Bowl coverage was so awesome. (Dr. Saturday)

GameDay ettiquette. A primer for Northwestern fans going to see the ESPN GameDay broadcast at Wrigley Stadium before the Northwestern Illinois game. (Lake the Posts)

Run for the Roses. ESPN's Adam Rittenberg looks at the Rose Bowl and BCS at-large scenarios for Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Michigan State. (ESPN)

The Downward Spiral. Zach Travis of Maize n Brew laments on the state of Michigan football. While this year's 7-3 record (so far) is an improvement over last year, it's not what Wolverine fans who expect  their team to be in the hunt for a BCS Championship every year. . (Maize n Brew)

End of the Rainbow. Notre Dame's game against a resurgent Army at Yankee Stadium should be a bigger game than it is. The declining nature of Fighting Irish football has diminished the game in the eyes of many, to the point that the equally meaningless Northwestern-Illinois game at Wrigley Field is garnering all of the attention. (Black Shoe Diaries)

Lame Duck. Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio (D) was one of three members of the US House of Representatives to vote against a resolution honoring Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno's 400th victory. (And yes, he he got his MS at Oregon) (The Matador Sports)

BASKETBALL

Top Gun. An announcement that Michigan State and North Carolina will face each other on the hardball court on an aircraft carrier. The date 11/11/11 is emblazioned on the floor at the Breslin Center. I'm calling Tom Izzo dressed as Maverick for the Spartan's Midnight Madness next year. (It's Always Sunny in Detroit)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Georgia to play Boise State in the Georgia Dome?

The Athens-Banner Herald is reporting that Georgia might be working on a game against Boise State in 2011, which would be played in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. No word if this would be the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, but UGA already has a game scheduled against on September 3 against Louisville, and Boise St. is scheduled to play Ole Miss in Oxford, MS. Though when Truett Cathy and his cows come-a-calling, people listen and drop what their doing. Especially if there's a big payout.
With Georgia athletic director  Greg McGarity stating he doesn't want the Bulldogs traveling out west (because he's a yellow-bellied coward), and canceling a home-at-home series against Oregon in 2014 and 2015 earlier this fall, this move could be seen as trying to show Georgia is willing to play BCS contenders outside the SEC and or Georgia Tech. The Broncos get a high-profile game against a higher-profile SEC opponent (which Ole Miss really isn't).
The last time Georgia played Boise State, it was a 48-13 blowout for the Bulldogs in Athens. A lot has changed since them, and Boise is a different team from then. For either team, this would be a make-or-break game. And it could be another nail in the coffin for Mark Richt's tenure as Georgia head football coach if the Dawgs lose.

(via Athens Banner-Herald)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Cam Newton, Tennessee-Vanderbilt, and more

Hazardous material. The Cam Newton scandal will probably end up in NCAA rules changes on parents asking for money without their children knowing about it, which will probably cause a truckload of more problems, and more ineligible players. (Team Speed Kills)

Cecil Newton's lawyer speaks, and doesn't really say much. (WSB-TV)

Does the SEC front office play favorites? Gee, Auburn has sure been getting a lot of Mulligans when it comes to on-and-off the-field dubious behavior, hasn't it? (Red Cup Rebellion)

Dubious commitment.  Former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger, kicked off the team after a fight in a Remberton, Ga. bar, may commit to LSU this weekend. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

First impressions. This year's Tennessee-Vanderbilt game will be unique in that both teams have first-year coaches. (The Tennessean)

This just in: Vanderbilt is not serious about fielding a true SEC-caliber football program. Least. Shocking. News. Ever. (The Tennessean)

Is Paul Hewitt "the worst basketball coach in the country?"

Mark Bradley of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution isn't a fan of Georgia Tech head basketball coach Paul Hewitt. That should be kept in mind when reading the following opening sentence in his column on the Yellow Jackets' 80-63 loss to Kennesaw State.

"If Paul Hewitt isn’t the worst basketball coach in the country, it’s only because ours is a mighty big country. And now, having said that, I ask: At this late date, who needs convincing?"

Ouch. That hay be a little too harsh, but Hewitt has massively underperformed at the helm of Georgia Tech basketball since losing to U-Conn in the 2004 NCAA Basketball Championship. It's mostly due to the ridiculous $7 million dollar buyout in his contract that he still has a job. In the meanwhile, Georgia Tech's basketball continues to sink into mediocrity getting closer and closer to the bottom of the ACC barrel than the top.

(via The Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Crossing the Atlantic: Virginia Tech, Gerogia Tech, Miami, and...Bears?

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.) 
 
 
Dubious achievement. Virginia Tech may become the first ACC team with ten straight victories following two losses at the start of the year. It's those two losses that most people are going to remember. (Fanhouse)

Special teams? Not so much. Georgia Tech's special teams have issues in punting situations. (From the Rumble Seat)


At least Boston College games aren't boring. Under head coach Frank Spaziani, Boston College margin of victory in games against teams in BCS conferences  is 8.63. It's 5.29 if you exclude a 2009 52-20 victory over NC State. (BC Interruption)

Changes in Attitudes. Miami's focusing more on the running game under Jacory Harris' replacement, Stephen Morris, has resulted in two wins in a row. (Miami Herald)

Duke Blue Bears? Miami (Ohio) basketball coach Charlie Coles blames his team's poor play against Duke on fear. Going as far as comparing fear of Duke to the fear of a bear because "It's bigger and stronger." (Duke Blue Planet)

Big Tentacles: Special Northwestern vs. Illinois at Wrigley Field edition.

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

This edition of Big Tentacles takes a look at Saturday's Northwestern-Illinois game, which will be played at Wrigley Field. This game should have been played on Thanksgiving Day, as it's turning out to be a royal turkey of an idea.

Whose bright idea was this anyway? The right end zone attached to the wall? It's not a question of what happens if someone gets hurt, it's a matter of what happens when someone gets hurt. (Rise Northwestern)

Making adjustments. Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald is altering his gameplan to conform to the rather, em, unique not-so-friendly confines of Wrigley Field. (ESPN)

Vote of confidence. Illinois head coach Ron Zook suggested that his team should consider this game as preparing them for the Arena Football League.

"I just told them they're getting ready for the Arena League," Zook said. "If they don't make it to the NFL, you go to the Arena League."

Nice vote of confidence there, Coach. Will that be where you're coaching next year? (ESPN)

Meet Evan Watkins. The Northwestern freshman quarterback will be getting his baptism of fire the weekend, replacing Dan Persa, who is out with a season-ending injury. (Rise Northwestern)

There's a possibility, but no chance. Illinois is looking for one more victory to become bowl eligible. It'll be a shock if it happens at Wrigley Field. (Writing Illini)

Is Ron Zook the new Jim Mora?



Maybe. But I don't see him wearing a  shirt with...well, you know. (The Last Angry Fan)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Urban Meyer reacts to the Tony Parker-Eva Longoria split



Think that one's bad? You should see what The Rubber Chickens came up with.

(via The Rubber Chickens)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Cam Newton, Nick Fairley, Alabama and more

Has Cam Newton violated SEC bylaws? And if so, why isn't the SEC trying to seriously investigate this? Clay Travis makes some good points. (Fanhouse

Conspiracy theory. Auburn message boards are trying to connect the Cam Newton scandal to other shady goings-on in the state of Alabama, including a gambling scandal and the collapse of Auburn uber-booster Bobby Lower's Colonial Bancgroup. (Team Speed Kills)

At least they tried. Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity claims that Georgia "followed proper protocol" and “exhausted every avenue” when it came to dealing with Auburn defensive lineman Nick Fairley's  hits on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray. (Dawgs 247)

Welcome back, Curry. Alabama welcomes back former head coach Bill Curry, now coaching Georgia State, an FCS  program in it's first season of play. Be gentle, Tide fans, and leave the bricks at home. (Tide Sports)


Got to try to fill the void.  Urban Meyer says “There’s a void in our team right now" down which of late he cannot help but fall. (Orlando Sentinel) (And yes, that's an Elbow reference)

Wasted days and wasted nights. 2010 was "a waste of a season" for Gerogia. (ChuckOliver.net)

Tennessee's Tyler Bray's is an "all-star." And yes, that's a pun on his back tattoo. (Mr. SEC)

The Crazy Train goes straight through Rocky Top

You may have noticed Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray making the international hand gesture for crazy during the game against Ole Miss on Saturday. Someone asked the Vols' head football coach Derek Dooley about the gesture in his press conference Monday, and he responded in a way only His Hairness could. With an explanation including the epic line "I never know if they tell me the truth," and a rather bluish Bull Durham reference added in as a bonus. .



Comments like that makes one think that yes, folks on Rocky Top really do get their corn  from a jar. But His Hairness' kind of crazy is a whole lot better than the crazy of Lane Kiffin. Almost every Vols fan would probably agree to that statement.
And yes, there's already a gif of His Hairness making the crazy motions.



You'll have to provide the appropriate Ozzy Osbourne song yourself.

(via GoVolsXtra, Rocky Top Talk)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cam Newton dances with himself

Cam Newton reportedly after the victory against Georgia.





Quick, alert the media.

(via Friends of the Program)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Cam Newton, Urban Meyer, Tennessee, and more

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


Sit down and let's have a little talk. The FBI had a little sit-down with John Bond. (al.com)

Be afraid, Auburn. Newton-gate going nuclear "would take Auburn decades to recover from a worst-case scenario." Because Cecil Hurt said so. (al.com)

The big letdown. Florida joins teams like Texas and Washington on the list of "Teams that didn't live up to their billing and let their fans down." (Los Angeles Times)

Is Urban Meyer the new Mark Richt? The Florida head football coach is standing behind his beleaguered offensive coordinator, Steve Addazio. He should ask Mark Richt how that's worked out with his OC, Mike Bobo (or his ex-DC, Willie Martinez. (The Gainesville Sun)

No Action. Despite reports of Colorado interest in Mark Richt replacing Dan Hawkins, there has been no contact from the school about the job opening. (Athens Banner-Herald)

McElroy on "Spankgate." Alabama QB Greg McElroy responded to Nick Saban's  spanking of his backup AJ McCarron. (al.com)

The SEC champion should play for the BCS championship. Because Les Miles said so. Shut up. Les. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Change of plans. The emergence of Tyler Bray as Tennessee starting quarterback has resulted in the Vols relying more on the passing game than they have in the Dooley regime, (GoVolsXtra)

Speaking the language. Derek Dooley's press conferences are showing off His Hairness' unique way with words. (ChuckOliver.net)

Big Tentacles: Rich Rodriguez, Mark Dantonio, Wisocnsin, and Iowa

You will have RichRod to kick around. Michigan's 7-3 record and pretty much guaranteed bowl game means Rich Rodriguez will be back next season. Which sucks if your a Wolverine backer with visions of Jim Harbaugh dancing in their heads. (Off Tackle Empire)

Don't bet against the Dantonio. Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio sat down with Rivals.com's Tom Dienhart to discuss the season so far, beating Michigan three years, and his heart attack earlier in the season. (Rivals.com)

Wisconsin should have gone for 100. Because Dan Wetzel said so. And it's all the BCS's fault (Death to the BCS

There's a possibility, but no chance. Iowa still has a shot at a BCS berth, Just not a big one. (Hawk Central)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Look upon your new starting quarterback, ye Dolphins fans, and despair.

Chad Pennington out for the season. Chad Henne injured (but might be "available" for Thursday night's game against the Bears). Now the Miami Dolphins are all out of quarterbacks named Chad, and are now left with Tyler Thigpen as their starting quarterback.



Look upon Tyler Thigpen's works, ye Dolphins fans, and despair.

(via ESPNYahoo! SportsDeadspin)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Cam Newton, UGA, Tennessee and...Bon Jovi?

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

Think the Cam Newton story is a circus now? Just imagine how the eleven day period between now and the Iron Bowl is going to be. Because Tony Barnhart said so. (Mr. College Football)

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity "has some learning to do." Because Ivan Maisel said so. And judging from McGarity's handling of Richt's struggles this season, Maisel may have a point. (ESPN)

The Usual Suspects, UGA edition. A list of possible candidates to replace Mark Richt if/when he is no longer UGA head football coach is predictable, boring, and in some cases, not realistic. (Chuck Oliver.net)

Robbie Caldwell on the hot seat? Caldwell was tapped for the head coaching job at Vanderbilt after Bobby Johnson's abrupt retirement from coaching. There's a chance that he might not get a second season to show whether or not that was the right decision. (The Tennessean)

Hunter's Orange. Tyler Bray isn't the only Tennessee freshman who is starting to turn some heads. Wide reciever Justin Hunter is starting to get a lot of attention too. (The Tennessean)

Dooley noted. Vince Dooley was no where to be seen when alma mater Aubrun beat Gerogia, the team he coached for 25 years. He and wife Barbara Dooley were in Knoxville watching son Derek Dooley's Tennessee Vols defeat Ole Miss. It was His Hairness' first victory against an SEC opponent. (NESM360)

Explaining Cam Newton's father. Apparently he's a practitioner of "prosperity gospel" theology. As explained by a faux-Joel Osteen. (Friends of the Program)

Bad Bon Jovi-related pun of the day: "Livin' on a Brayer" There's an old school Bon Jovi hair related joke involving Derek Dooley around here somewhere...(Rocky Top Talk)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Dawgageddeon: Georgia AD Greg McGarity is "in the hole" with Mark Richt.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity has an unfortunate way of expressing his support for head football coach Mark Richt. He says that he's "in the hole" with Richt and his staff.
"Asked if he, reciprocally, has signaled to Richt that Georgia wants to keep him, McGarity said: “I think so. I tell you what: One thing we’re going to do is spend all the time necessary with our coaches to give them all the resources they need. We’re in the hole with them. When we lose, we’re right there with them: ‘What can we do to help?’ I think you actually work harder when you have some adversity. It’s easy when things are going right to pat yourself on the back."
This is the image that comes to mind when I hear that comment.




(via Leather Helmet Blog)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Cam Newton, Mark Richt, Tyler Bray, and more

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) 
 
 Controversy? What Controversy? Cam Newton leads Auburn past Georgia despite the pay-to-play allegations surrounding him and his family. (Dr. Saturday)

The Gamecocks are heading to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game.  Expect a level of decorum for South Carolina fans not seen since The Aggie Dance in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Hide your kids, hide your wives, ATL. (Rivals.com)

Florida's Rude Awakening. The Gators' loss to South Carolina was a "wake-up call for change," according to Pat Dooley. Translation: Urban Meyer needs to fire Steve Addazio. (GatorSports.com)


Famous last words. Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said he expected Mark Richt to be back coaching the Bulldogs next year. Of course this was before Georgia blew a 21-7 first quarter lead. McGarity also said he hadn't heard from Colorado about the Buffaloes being interested in Mark Richt, either. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Not-so overnight sensation. The on-the-field success of new Tennessee starting quarterback Tyler Bray didn't develop overnight. The trust building began back in the summer when Bray was just another wet-behind-the-ears incoming freshman with an embarrassing tramp-stamp on his back. (GoVolsXtra)


The Honeymoon is over. Houston Nutt's embarrassing lack of success this season has pretty much erased any good will  he had built up in the previous two seasons. (NEMS360.com)

Tennessee unveils statue of General Neyland in Knoxville



With the race between schools to erect statues to honor their football coaches and players of past and present reaching Cold War levels, it's not surprising that Tennessee wanted to get in on the act. And who better for Tennessee to honor than the man who looms larger over the football program than anyone else, General Robert Neyland.
The statue, the work of artist Blair Buswell, was unveiled Friday at Neyland Stadiun, where it is located between Gates 15 and 17. It's an excellent tribute to a man who served is country in both World Wars, and who helped to put Tennessee and Southern football on the map.

(via GoVolsXTra)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Dawgageddeon: If I were Mark Richt, I'd be learning the lyrics to this song just about now.

Colorado looking at Mark Richt to replace Dan Hawkins?

It's rare when you see a story that seems equal parts respect, mockery, humiliation, and desperation. But that's what happens when Colorado reportedly decides to look at Georgia head football coach Mark Richt to replace recently fired Dan Hawkins. Hawkins and the Buffaloes beat Richt and the Bulldogs earlier this year 29-27.
The delusional part comes in where it comes to price range. Richt makes around $2.8 million dollars a year currently at UGA, while Colorado reportedly doesn't want to pay more than two million a year for their next coach. With Colorado seen as a cash-strapped program, it's doubtful that Richt would be interested. Unless he's actually needing to look for work at the end of the year.

(via Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Game Day Goulash: Cam Newton, Iowa-Northwestern, Texas and more

2 Minutes to Midnight. Still no comment from Auburn about Cam Newton's status. (ESPN)

Is Iowa vs. Northwestern a rivalry? It depends on who you talk to. But there is certainly animosity that has grown since the Wildcats have lost four of the last five meetings between the two programs. (The Daily Northwestern)

Money for nothing? ACC Commissioner John Swofford gets a huge pay raise, even though his conference's stock has fallen. (Triangle Business Journal)

Desperate But Not Serious. Minnesota is down to five eligible offensive linemen, but is unwilling to use any redshirt freshmen to add any depth to the squad. (Dr. Saturday)

The Dangling Conversation. The two sides of Doug Gillett contemplate the Gerogia-Auburn game. (Hey Jenny Slater)

There Will Be Blood. It's looking more and more likely that Mack Brown will be making changes to his Texas coaching staff. (Dr. Saturday)

Cam Newton's father admits seeking payments from Mississippi State?

Cecil Newton, father of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, may have admitted that he spoke to somebody connected to Mississippi State about payments for Newton's signing to play there, according to an Atlanta TV report. 

"A source close to the situation exclusively told Channel 2 Action News investigative reporter Mark Winne that the player's father, Cecil Newton, has admitted having conversations with an ex-Mississippi State University player about the possibility of under-the-table money if Cam Newton signed to play football at Mississippi State, though he's steadfastly maintained that no money ever changed hands and said no official at Mississippi State ever made such an offer.
According to Winne’s source, Cecil Newton said his son’s hands are clean, and has made it clear that Cam Newton himself and his mother knew nothing about the money discussions, nor did Auburn University, with whom the Westlake High School grad from College Park eventually signed with out of junior college."

(It should be noted that the reporter in the story, Mark Winne, attended Auburn University.)
 No word from Auburn about the situation, which has become very tight-lipped about Newton and his eligibility to play. 
(via WSB-TV, ESPN)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, and more.

The Ghost of Recruiting Scandals Past. The Judge presiding over to libel suit brought by former Alabama assistant coach Robbie Cottrell against the NCAA (among others) claims that the suit was "little more than a hoax." The case involved Cottrell's claim he couldn't find work as a coach after the Albert Means recruiting scandal. (TideSports)

Oh Chizik, My Chizik. An ode to Gene Chizik in these troubling times at Auburn. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Georgia "beating Auburn and Georgia Tech would make a lot of people happy." Because UGA president Dr. Michael Adams says so. Shut up, Dr. Adams. (Athens Banner-Herald)

You can take the quarterback out of California, but...Tennessee's Tyler Bray (a Kingsburg, CA native) says he hasn't been able to find a good place that serves Mexican food in Knoxville (at least to his standards). He'd like to see In-N-Out Burger open in Knoxville. (ESPN)

Crunch time on Rocky Top. The chances of Tennessee going to a bowl game at the end of the year are on the line this weekend against Ole Miss. (Team Speed Kills)


Florida's three-quarterback offense needs a name. So says The Miami Herald's Gator blogger Mike McCall, and he's open for suggestions. I'd suggest King Ghidorah, the three-headed Japanese monster,  but I used that name for the Pac-10 a couple of months ago. (The Miami Herald)

Covering Dixie Cam Newton Like Mildew: More Cam Newton than you could shake a stick at

The Cam Newton story is getting out of hand. Tony Barnhart gives a pretty good summary of what's happened up to now. (Mr. College Football)

Silence on the Plains. Auburn has become quiet on the Cam Newton story. Too quiet. (CBSSports)

A bigger mess than you could possibly imagine. If Cam Newton were declared ineligible before the season is over, it could be a royal mess for the SEC and the BCS, according to Clay Travis. (Fanhouse)

What do reporters and Orkin Pest Control have in common? According to Cecil Newton, it's that they are "trying to find roaches in the corner." (Orlando Sentinel)

Is Auburn nervous?  Dan Wetzel thinks so. (Rivals.com)

Auburn should keep Cam Newton out of the Georgia game. Because Mark Bradley says so. Shut up, Mark. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Leave Cam Newton alone! Because Terence Moore said so. Shut up, Terence. (Fanhouse)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cam Newton story getting wilder, with Kenny Rogers going on the record.

Kenny Rogers, the former Mississippi State player and one the persons at the center of the Cam Newton controversy went on the record in an interview with ESPN 103.3 in Dallas.  And making Newton's father, Cecil Newton, look pretty bad. 

"Kenny Rogers, live on the radio in Dallas this afternoon, said he listened in person last year as Cecil Newton told two Mississippi State coaches that it would take between $100,000 and $180,000 for Newton's son Cam to sign with the Bulldogs."

This situation is a becoming a  mess, and is looking as if a lot of supposedly mature adults are going to bring down the best year in a young man's life.


(via al.com)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tennessee, Georgia, Stephen Garcia, and (sigh), Cam Newton

Cam Newton is still starting on Saturday. Whether you like it or not. (al.com)

Mississippi State did the right thing in turning Cam Newton in. Or at least "what it was supposed to." Because Tony Barnhart said so. (Mr. College Football)


What are little  Cam Newtons made of? According to Georgia's coaching staff it's "a blend of Tebow, Young, Roethlisberger and Vick." Apparently the Tebow comparisons are more for His Tebowness' on-the-field skills, as opposed to his moral character. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)


Lane Kiffin claims that Newton never asked Tennessee for money. Shut up, Lane. (GoVolsXtra)
  
Meanwhile, that other team in The Yellowhammer State. Alabama's offensive line is ready to fix problems following the loss to LSU. (The Anniston Star)

Slow and steady wins the race (too bad this is football). Believe it or not, Tennessee is improving.
(Rocky Top Talk)

"Who is Stephen Garcia?" An Ayn Rand-esque piece of short fiction, straight from the mind of Orson Swindle Spencer Hall. (EDSBS)

Going off the rails on a Dookie train

What better way to get ready for real kick off of college basketball than a clip of Duke Basketball and a bunch of Cameron Crazies? 



I don't know about you, but the scariest thing in that clip was the little kid in the Duke jersey. More frightening than all the Children of the Corn combined.