Friday, December 31, 2010

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Big Tentacles: Michigan, Michigan State, Bret Bielema, and more

Gardner party. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner will back-up Denard Robinson after Tate Forcier was declared to be inelligible for the Gator Bowl due to academic reasons. (Detroit Free Press)

Sparta, what is your new profession? Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell will leave the program after the Capital One Bowl to become head football coach at Miami of Ohio.  (Detroit Free Press)

Growing up Badger. Wisconsin's Bret Bielema is maturing into his role as head footaball coach of the Badgers. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

Fry in the Roses. Legendary Iowa head football coach Hayden Fry has been inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. (Dubuque Telegraph-Herald)

Not with a bang, but with a whimper. Nebraska close out their membership in the Big 12 with a loss to Washington in the Holiday Bowl. The Huskers will get a chance at redemption against the Huskies as a member of the Big Ten next September. (Dr. Saturday)

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

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



Orange crushed. Tennessee's chances for a winning season were shattered in a 30-27 double OT loss to North Carolina in the Music City Bowl. (Go Vols Xtra)

Dog gone. UGA VIII will be absent from the Georgia sidelines for the Liberty Bowl due to a  “gastro-intestinal condition.” Substitute bulldog Russ will replace him for the game. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

New Deal. Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen gets a new $10.6 million contract, with a $1.4 million buyout. That's a pretty low buyout there. (ChuckOliver.net)

Bowl swag. Alabama players went on a shopping spree at Best Buy via a $400 gift card from the Capital One Bowl. (Dothan Eagle)

No reply. Alabama defense coordinator Kirby Smart says that he has not talked to new Florida head football coach Will  Muschamp about a coaching the Gator's defense. (al.com)

New Year's Day games need to matter again. Because Tony Barnhart said so. (Mr. College Football)

In the end. Steve Spurrier claims that the Chick-fil-A Bowl will end differently for South Carolina than the Gamecocks' previous bowl game losses. (The State)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The saddest New Year's Eve in America just got sadder

The saddest New Year's celebration in the country has to be the Peach Drop in Atlanta. How sad is it? Imagine every Joy Division song wrapped together in one sorrowful dirge. Now that's sad. Don't believe me? Just watch this video of a past Peach Drop, ye mighty, and despair.




That's how sad it is. A sad, pathetic, shadow of the ball drop in Times Square. Only the ATL doesn't even get a lighted spheroid. It gets a somewhat flattened fiberglass peach with spotlights flashed upon. This occurs down in Underground Atlanta,  an albatross around the ATL's neck that no one is willing to just plow over and turn it into something useful like a Wal-Mart. Now imagine this sadness amongst a drunken crowd with the warm smell of colitas rising up through the air. Yeah, I'd rather spend the night at the house too.
This year's "celebration" will be a little more sadder than usual, however.


"Underground Atlanta has announced that Jackson, along with his mother, Katherine, and other family members will be ringing in the new year at the 22nd annual Peach Drop.
In addition to Jackson 5 songs, Jackson is expected to perform two songs from his upcoming solo album, "So Far, So Good."

LaToya must have had something better to do tomorrow night.


(via Access Atlanta)

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, and more

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


Promises, promises. According to Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel The Buckeye players involved in "Tatgate" had to agree to return next season and serve their suspensions, and not enter the NFL Draft in order to play in the Sugar Bowl. Hope he got that written in blood. It probably still won't work even then. (Rivals.com)

Hyperactive. Injured Michigan cornerback Troy Woolfolk was so wired in training camp he reportedly kept his roommates awake doing things like pushups and brushing his teeth. No wonder he got injured in camp. (The Detroit News)

Move along, nothing to see here. Nebraska AD Tom Osborne sees nothing improper about the licensing deal Nebraska signed with a company owned by Husker quarterback Taylor Martinez's father. This is the same Tom Osborne whom Jim Rome used to refer to as "Brubaker." (Rivals.com)

Same as it ever was. Another day, another story about Joe Paterno not retiring. (The Times-Tribune)

Media daze. A report on Wisconsin's Rose Bowl media day. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)


After the Glitter Fades. A look at what Iowa needs to do during the offseason. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Fighting Illini celebrate beating Baylor in the Texas Bowl. Ron Zook winning a bowl game for the first time in the history of Zook or bowl games. They celebrated by saving a kitten in a tree. (IlliniHQ.com)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Aaron Murray, Cam Newton, and more

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


How You Remind Me. North Carolina head football coach Butch Davis says Tennessee freshman quarterback Tyler Bray reminds him of Ken Dorsey, the Miami QB who went on to help the Hurricanes win the BCS Title in the 2001 season. Davis and The Tar Heels face Bray and the Volunteers in tonight's Music City Bowl. (Go Vols XTra)

Bold prediction of the day. Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green claims that Bulldog QB Aaron Murray will be a Heisman candidate in 2011. Too bad Green will probably be in the NFL next season, and will probably not be there to help make his claim a reality. (The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Georgia outside linebacker Justin Houston is going to have to decide soon whether to remain at UGA, or enter the NFL Draft (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

"So this is Christmas, and what have you done?"  Auburn QB Cam Newton volunteered for a couple of hours at the annual Hosea Feed the Hungry Christmas dinner for homeless people on Christmas Day. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

"The Year of the Tiger!" A look back at Auburn's 2010 season. Enjoy it before the NCAA changes its mind about Cam Newton, Tiger fans. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Meat eaters. South Carolina and FSU team members enjoyed a night at Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian steakhouse in Atlanta getting ready for the Chick-fil-A bowl. Apparently that "Eat More Chicken" thing isn't working as well as Truett Cathy would have hoped here. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Yes, Steve Spurrier, you're going to have to sit through hearing the Tomahawk Chop again at the Chick-fil-A Bowl when your South Carolina team faces FSU. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The End of the Line. Alabama senior QB Greg McElroy's college playing days will soon be over. They'll be over  in the  Capital One Bowl on New Years Day, 2011, to be exact. (al.com)

Game Day Goulash: Your Dec. 30th Bowl schedule.

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (12:00 PM ET, ESPN)
Army vs. SMU. No word if the Army Mule will be at the game, but if it does, let's hope Army keeps better track of it than Air Force did with its Falcon at the Independence Bowl.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl (3:20 PM ET, ESPN)
Kansas State vs. Syracuse. Why this game isn't called the Yankee Bowl I'll never know.

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (6:40 PM ET, ESPN)
North Carolina vs. Tennessee. Time to see if Tennessee's Tyler Bray can handle himself in a bowl game. 


Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (10:00 PM ET, ESPN)
Nebraska vs. Washington. The game would have been a lot more interesting if it were last year when Ndamukong Suh played for the Huskers, and Jake Locker still was relevant.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Gus Malzahn headed to Maryland?

It's only just chatter on Twitter right now, but Track 'Em Tigers is reporting that Auburn offense coordinator Gus Malzahn may be close to being named the new head coach at Maryland. The source of this story is from Chris Level, the Publisher of RedRaiderSports, siting sources close to former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, another much-talked about candidate for the Terrapin head coaching job.
There's nothing from the reliable sources about this story yet, but Malzahn to Maryland would make logical sense. He's the real brains behind Auburn's success this year. He's a less combustible candidate than Mike Leach, who still has that electrical shed thing still hanging over his head. Not to mention a still-in-progress lawsuit involving Leach's former employer, Texas Tech.  

(via Track 'Em Tigers)

Big Tentacles: Denard Robinson, JoePa, Ricky Stanzi, and Dan Mullen?

Your Dan Mullen to Michigan rumors start here. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson expresses liking  Mississippi State Head coach Dan Mullen, who tried to recruit Robinson as an assistant coach at Florida. (Detroit Free Press)

Does the Sugar still tastes as sweet? A look at what effect  Ohio State's "Tatgate"will have on the Sugar Bowl. (Eleven Warriors)

JoePa is STILL not retiring. This story is starting to take  on aspects of Brett Favre-dom, with fewer lewd cell-phone pics (thank goodness) . (Centre Daily Times)

Hot Wheels. TCU defense coordinator Dick Bumpas compares the Rose Bowl matchup between TCU and Wisconsin as a competition between "a Ferrari and a dump truck." TCU had better hope that the Rose Bowl is a race, and not a came of chicken.  (Madison.com)

Yes Virginia, there is an American Football World Cup; and somebody wants America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi, to lead Team USA in this year's tournament in Austria. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Auburn, Georgia, Urban Meyer, and more

The BCS title game is "Auburn's biggest game ever." In other news, water is wet. (al.com)

Be afraid, Auburn. Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn has reportedly interviewed with Maryland for the soon to be vacant head coach's job. (CollegeFootballTalk)

2010: The Year Dawgs Make Contact. Georgia and  Ohio State agree on a deal to play a home-at-home series in 2020 and 2021. (Athens Banner-Herald)

Revisionist history. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray could possibly rewrite a few entries in the UGA record books in the Liberty Bowl. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

A Liberty Bowl is "crucial" for UGA. Because T. Kyle King says so. (Dawg Sports)

Meyer at Bristol? Soon to be stepping down Florida head football coach Urban Meyer says working for ESPN next year is possible. (Orlando Sentinel)

The next stage for Tyler Bray. The Music City Bowl matchup between Tennessee and North Carolina will be the Vols'  freshman quarterback Tyler Bray's toughest challenge to date. (Rocky Top Talk)

Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Alabama wide reciever Julio Jones (his mama named him that!) contemplates staying at Alabama next season, or entering the NFL Draft. (al.com)

Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino named "Newsmaker of the Year" in Arkansas. It's been a slow news year in Arkansas, obviously.  (Arkansas Sports 360)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Big Tentacles: Terrelle Pryor, Iowa, Big Ten Logo, and...Werewloves!

I'm sorry, so sorry. Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor on other Ohio State players suspended for the start of the 2011 season (but not the Sugar Bowl) apologize for their actions. (Rivals.com)

Going to pot. Suspended Iowa running back Adam Robinson has been arrested and charged  for possession of marijuana. (KCCI)

Oh look. Black Heart Gold Pants has already made up a little song about Robinson's arrest. Guess which Simon and Garfunkel it's supposed to be sung to? (Black Heart Gold Pants) 

As for the bowl game Adam Robinson won't be participating in...A preview of the Insight Bowl, featuring Missouri against Iowa. It will be the last meaningful college game America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi, will ever play in.  (Rivals.com)

This just in, Joe Paterno still doesn't plan on retiring. (Rivals.com)

We Are The Champions. Well, not yet anyway. ESPN is already selling Wisconsin Rose Bowl Champion t-shirts.  (Friends of the Program)

Meanwhile, Bret Bielema's dream comes true. He finally gets to meet Mickey Mouse. (Dr. Saturday)

Rose Bowl parade 9/11 tribute. Meanwhile, the Tournament of Roses Parade will feature a float marking the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (yahoo.com)

Defending the new Big Ten logo. Good Luck. (FastCoDesign)

I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at One Eyed Jakes, and his hair was perfect. How alleged werewolf Marcus Coker compares to other werewolves of yore. The bad news? He ranks just behind Teen Wolf. The good news? He's far ahead of Twilight's Jacob. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Monday, December 27, 2010

RIcky Stanzi's Last Dance: A retrospective.

Tuesday night's Insight Bowl will feature Iowa going up against Missouri. It will be notable for being the last appearance of America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi, in a meaningful college football game. (If you can call the Insight Bowl "meaningful," that is.) It's probably not the game either Stanzi or Iowa wanted to appear in at the end of the 2010 season, but that's how the ball bounces.
Stanzi shot to national prominence in the 2010 Orange Bowl as much for his off-the-field fervor for America than the Hawkeyes' on-the-field shellacking of Georgia Tech. As the year went on, the patriotic aspect of Stanzi took on a mind it it's own. With that in mind, here is a brief look back of the phenomenon that is America's Quarterback.

The postgame interview that started it all:



The Manzi's explanation of the comment months later.




Stanzi's back tattoo, which Tyler Brays back stamp wants to grow up to be like. 




One of the multiple mash-ups involving Hulk Hogan's entrance music.



Stanzi comparing throwing interceptions to  watching a flag burning.



Iowa embracing the whole darn thing.






And a little video to show there's more than just talk to America's Quarterback.




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Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, and more

The King is gone. Georgia running back Caleb King has been ruled ineligible for the Liberty Bowl for academic reasons. Two other players are also ineligible. (Rivals.com)

This behavior's not unique. King has missed five games in 2010 for various reasons. (Atlanta-Journal Constitution)

Missing you. Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson missed practices for the Music City Bowl in Knoxville for unspecified personal reasons. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

The other former Michigan State coach on the Alabama coaching staff. Alabama special teams coach joins head coach Nick Saban as former Michigan State coaching staff members on the Crimson Tide coaching staff. (al.com)

Face to face. How Auburn's offensive line stands up to BCS Title game opponent Oregon's defensive line. (al.com)

A Peach of a bowl. The King of College Football, Chuck Oliver, takes a  brief look back at the history of the Chick-fil-A Bowl (formerly known as the Peach Bowl in Atlanta. It's gone from a struggling minor-league bowl game in the 70's and 80's, to one of the few non-BCS bowls to consistently sell out every year. A worthwhile read. (ChuckOliver.net)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Big Tentacles: Jim Tressel, Ricky Stanzi, RichRod, and more.

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

This just in. The rumors about Jim Tressel being out at Ohio State are total bull. (The Sports Bank)

The story about Jim Tressel being a serial killer is also not true. But it is still funny. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Gold Pants, sans Black Hearts. Ohio State Buckeye brothers Connor and Spencer Smith gave the gold pants trinkets they earned for defeating Michigan to their mom, and wouldn't dare of selling them like Terrelle Pryor did. (Columbus Dispatch)

That Don't Impress Me Much. America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi isn't too excited about his stats as Iowa quarterback. The Hawkeye's late-season meltdown has a lot to do with it. (The Gazette (Cedar Rapids))

All The Right Moves. Wisconsin senior offensive lineman John Moffitt considered entering the NFL Draft after last season. Instead, he stayed in school, helped the Badgers win a Big Ten title, and will be playing in the Rose Bowl. And he helped raise his stock for this coming NFL Draft too. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

The trouble with RichRod. Detroit News columnist Neal Rubin explains why  Rich Rodriguez's character issues should be taken into account whether he stays or goes at Michigan. (Detroit News)

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas With the (Blue) Devil


"The Elves are dressed like Laettener
And the Tar Heels are in chains
(Christmas with the Blue Devil)
Georgia Tech is rancid
And the Wolfpack is in flames 
(Christmas with the Blue Devil)
Andre Dawkins' in my belly
And Kyle Singler's in my brain
Someone's climbing down the chimney
And Krzyzewski is his name!
(Christmas with the Blue Devil)"

(Photo via @dukeblueplanet's  Twitter Feed, apologies to Spinal Tap)

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Big Tentacles: JoePa, RichRod, Ricky Stanzi, and more

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

Another day, another Joe Pa retirement rumor. Ho hum. (College Football Talk)
 
Senior Trip. America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi, in among three Iowa Hawkeyes invited to the Senior Bowl. (Hawkeye Nerd)

Schrodinger's Wolverine. Michigan head football coach Rich Rodriguez says he won't campaign to keep his job in public. But isn't he doing that by talking about the subject? (Dr. Saturday)

Come On to the Future. Despite surgeries on both knees, Wisconsin is looking for redshirt  freshman defensive end Pat Muldoon to take on a greater role in the future. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Panic on the streets of East Lansing.  Yes, Michigan State's recent slide is cause for concern. (The Only Colors)

Analyze This. Looking at reports that Purdue's drug testing policies are too lax. (Boiled Sports)

Chase the Sun. Notre Dame's appearance in the Sun Bowl on New Year's Eve recalls the whirlwind tour made by Knute Rockne's 1924 squad on the way to it's first bowl appearance in the 1925 Rose Bowl. (Blue and Gold)

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas to all!

Big Tentacles: Terrelle Pryor, Notre Dame, Iowa, and more

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

Ohio State Tattoo-gate fallout. Prepared to go pro or not, Terrelle Pryor may end heading to the NFL next year. Even if he's not ready for the League . Thanks his four-game suspension for selling memorabilia for that. (Fanhouse)

Awkward headline of the day. "Buckeyes Tattoo Golden Grizzlies" (Eleven Warriors)

Let me see your papers. Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly has confiscated his players' passports to stop them from jaunting off to Mexico while preparing for the Irish's Sun Bowl face-off against Miami. (Dr. Saturday)

A Pirate Looks at Forty, or something like that. Iowa offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe is running around in a pirate costume. Yes, it's another fun-filled Black Heart Gold Pants extravaganza. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. Penn State head football coach sees the Outback Bowl as the both the end of the 2010 Nittnay Lion season, and the start of the 2011 season. (York Daily Record)

BASKETBALL

Stepping up. Purdue's DJ Byrd, Ryne Smith, and John Hart, among other players, have filled the gap left by the injured Robbie Hummel, and current NBA D-League players  Chris Kramer and Keaton Grant. (Hammer and Rails),

Thursday, December 23, 2010

If Joe Paterno was a year older for every retirement rumor that popped up, he'd be older than Methuselah. Oh wait...

Call it an inevitable circumstance after Joe Paterno's birthday. Call it a slow news day around. It's probably just called Thursday around Happy Valley. But yet another story involving possible retirement for the Penn State head football coach is popping up.
This time around, the rumors involve reports that JoePa's assistants looking at the then-vacant Temple head football coaching position (now filled by Steve Addazio),and those pesky health-related stories that persist around JoePa. Outside events such as Urban Meyer's retirement at Florida (The Nittany Lions' Outback Bowl opponent), and the forcing out of Maryland's Ralph Friedgen probably don't help things, either.
The fact of Paterno's age and concerns over his health tend to overshadow that he has managed to lead Penn St. to its third New Year's Day bowl game in a row. That at least has to say something about whether or not he is still able to coach a college football team. It's outside events that probably make Nittany Lions' fans a little more anxious.The annual shifting sands of the post-season coaching landscape do a lot to increase speculation and/or debate about Paterno's future. With every high-profile coach de jour that takes a new job, it means one less possible candidate for Penn State should something actually happen to Paterno.
There are going to be rumors regarding Joe Paterno's continued employment as Penn State head football coach for as long as he continues to coach. That's a given for any coach. Penn State will probably not force the issue as long as JoePa can manage to field a reasonably successful team in the Big Ten, he'll be able to coach as long as he wants to. Until then, health concerns will guide the chatter of whether or not it is time for Paterno to step down. But JoePa will obviously be the one who has the last word.
(via Onward State, Linebacker U)

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tavarres King, Auburn, Chick-fil-A Bowl and more

King in the corner? Expect Georgia to rely more on split end Tavarres King next year if/when A.J. Green leaves for the NFL Draft. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

We must protect this War Eagle! Auburn has raked in the cash under a new deal with Under Armour. (al.com)

Sellout with me. While many bowl games are struggling with ticket sales, the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta featuring South Carolina vs. FSU has reached it's  14th sellout in a row. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)


And now the bad news. Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio's departure to Temple may actually end up hurting the Gators on the offensive line as well as in recruiting. (Orlando Sentinel)

A.J. Green leaving Georgia for the NFL Draft?

WSB-TV reports that Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green will be leaving school at the end of the season to enter the NFL Draft.  The station's sports director, Zach Klein was told that “There is a 100 percent chance he is gone, and a possible (NFL) lockout has no bearing on his decision.”
Green was suspended for four games earlier this season for selling his Independence Bowl jersey for $1,000, which was partially to blame for Georgia's lackluster 6-6 season.

(via WSB-TV)

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: A Marine with a reindeer stocking

You never know what you're going to get when you type in the words "bored Marines" over on YouTube. Take for example this gem from 2007.



The Few, The Proud, The Jolly. 

But to be serious for a moment, make sure you take time over the next few days to remember our servicemen and servicewomen who are serving away from home this Christmas. Especially those overseas.

Addazio leaves Florida for Temple. Gator fans rejoice.

Florida fans gave  offensive coordinator Steve Addazio more than his fair share of blame for the Gators' steep decline from the heights of the Tebow era. Now they can rejoice and thank Santa for an early Christmas present. For according to ChuckOliver.net, Addazio has accepted the job of head football coach at Temple, replacing the recently departed Al Golden (who left for Miami).

Critical anyalsis of this move on the part of  Temple can be easily summarized in the following image.







(via ChuckOliver.net)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Things younger than Joe Paterno, Part Deux. JoePa birthday edition

Happy 74th birthday, Joe Paterno! JoePa was born on December 21, 1926. And what better way to celebrate than with another installment of "Things younger than Joe Paterno?"

  • Mickey Mouse (first appeared 1928) 
  • Fritos (introduced c.1932)
  • Sen. John McCain (born Aug. 29, 1936) (Had to be said)
  • Red Ryder BB Gun (introduced 1938. You'll shoot you're eye out!)
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (first published in 1939)
  • Captain America (first appearance Captain America Comics #1, April, 1941)
  • The Slinky (invented 1945)
  • The microwave oven (invented 1945)
  • The baseball helmet (invented 1951)
  • Alaska (became a US state 1959) The Pac-10 (established 1959)
  • The Flintstones (first aired September 30, 1960)
  • Brett Favre (born Oct. 10, 1969)
  • Peter Billingsley  (aka Ralphie from A Christmas Story) (born April 16, 1971. You'll shoot you're eye out!)
  • National Air and Space Museum (opened 1976)
  • A Christmas Story (released 1983) (You'll shoot you're eye out!)
  • The Outback Bowl (first played in 1986 as the Hall of Fame Bowl. Which just happens to be where Penn State will be facing Alabama on Jan.1)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tennessee, Gus Malzahn, and more

Tennessee secondary violation the first: Tennessee reports a secondary violation involving Derek Dooley inadvertently posting a message on a potential recruits' Facebook wall. (Go Vols Xtra)

Tennessee secondary violation the second. Tennessee also reported on players getting "VIP treatment" at Bar Knoxville, where the infamous "Vol Brawl" happened last July. (Go Vols Xtra)

It pays to be an assistant coach. The SEC has the highest paid assistant coaches in the country. (USA Today)


Sticking with the usual. Auburn offense coordinator Gus Malzahn says he doesn't plan any major changes to the Tiger offense for the BCS Championship. (al.com)

Final destination? Guz Malzahn would be a perfect for Maryland, according to one pundit. (Arkansas Sports 360)

Believe it, or Not! This year's Georigia defense was better than last year's. (Team Speed Kills)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Be afraid. Derek Dooley is armed with a guitar.

Derek Dooley received the formal invitation  to the Music City Bowl in Nashville, complete with a guitar. 



His Hairness may not know how to play a guitar, bit it's still a deadly weapon in his hands. Think Jeff Jarrett or El Kabong, and be ready to be scared.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Georgia, Tyler Bray, Stephen Garcia,

Go midwest, young man. Georgia is reportedly in talks with Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio St., and Penn St. for home-at-home games later in the decade. (Dawgs 247)

Who will quarterback Arkansas next year? Hint: It probably wont be Ryan Mallett. (Arkansas Expats)

Making new friends. Tennessee freshman quarterback Tyler Bray has been hanging out with Vols senior players Denarius Moore and Gerald Jones, which is something unusual for the senior players to do. (Go Vols Xtra)

Fuzzy math. South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia says he's "500 percent" improved" as a QB from the 2009 Outback Bowl. (The Post and Courier)

Worst head football coaching jobs in BCS Conferences. Surprise! Vanderbilt is at number one. But don't laugh too much at that. Kentucky. You're at number eight. (Lost Lettermen)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Georgia debates letting players keep Bowl game jerseys.

One of the reasons why Gerogia's 2010 season went south so quickly this year was due A.J. Green's suspension for selling his 2009 Independence Bowl jersey for $1,000. So it comes as no surprise that UGA athletic director Greg McGarity is evaluating whether players could keep their bowl game jerseys as a gift after the game.

"In light of what’s happened in the past and in light of what’s happened at other institutions, that is something that we need to review and at this point we just haven’t discussed it administratively," McGarity said."

What's notable about this is that Georgia hasn't make the decision regarding game jerseys before now.  Even if it took until the last game of the year for the Dawgs to get to the 6-6 bowl eligibility Mendoza Line, you would have thought a decision like this would have been made by now. 

(via Athens Banner-Herald)

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Game Day Goulash: Bowls, Bobby Petrino, and more.



And the stars in the Milky Way, they're giving a party for New Mexico. The New Mexico Bowl features BYU vs. UTEP in the Land of Enchantment. I'm not sure what kind of enchantment led the Cougars and Miners to this bowl, but it must be close to the one the Wicked Witch of the West put into those poppies. (El Paso Times)

Walking to New Orleans. The New Orleans Bowl features Ohio vs. Troy. Not quite Ohio State vs. USC, but what do you expect this early in the bowl season? (Montgomery Advertiser)

OOPS! Ticketmaster sold 800 duplicate tickets to the Sugar Bowl to customers, which are pretty much useless. (Friends of the Program)


Famous last words. Bobby Petrino claims Arkansas " is the job I want." It's not that I don't believe a word Bobby Pertino, it's just that I don't believe a word Bobby Petrino ever says. (ESPN)

Training like a pro. Tennessee linebacker LaMarcus Thompson says practices for the Music City Bowl are more like NFL practice sessions, which is what Derek Dooley wants it to be. (Go Vols Xtra)

Iowa crank calls. Another moment of greatness from Black Heart Gold Pants

Friday, December 17, 2010

Say it ain't so, Izzo!

According to ESPN, Tom Izzo will be suspended for Michigan State's game against Prairie View A&M this Saturday. This is a result of "asecondary violation of NCAA rules tied to a summer basketball camp."

"Michigan State officials said late Friday that the school employed someone associated with a potential recruit during a basketball camp last June. The person was paid $475 for five days of working with middle schoolers. Izzo says he regrets what happened and called it an unintentional violation of the rules."

Izzo will only be suspended for one game. 

(via ESPN)

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Philiadelphia billboard gets farklempt cover Cliff Lee



Please, don't get this billboard started. It's getting emotional. It's feeling a little farklempt.

Talk amongst yourselves. I'll give you a topic...The Golden State Warriors are neither Golden nor a State nor are they Warriors. Discuss.

(via Darren Rovell's Twitter Feed)

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Big Tentacles: Rich Rodriguez, Wisconsin swag, and more

Help, I'm slipping into the Twilight Zone. Michigan fans are frustrated over the still uncertain future of Wolverine head football coach Rich Rodriguez. (Maize n Brew)

Upon further review. The Big Ten might be reconsidering those "Leaders" and "Legends" division names. (ESPN)

Send lawyers, guns, and money. Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, facing charges of possession of cocaine, marijuana, and prescription drugs without the perscription, has hired a prominent Iowa attorney to handle his case. (Rivals.com)

Moc-up. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs will be Nebraska's first opponent as a Big Ten Team. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Swag patrol. Wisconsin players got their chance to check out the Rose Bowl gift suite before a recent practice for the Jan. 1 game is Pasadena against TCU.  Some reportedly used the chance to get gifts for relatives, including recliners for their fathers. (Madison.com)


Smuggery will get you nowhere. Not-so-gently mocking of the Pitt and West Virginia coaching situations, from a Penn State point of view. (The Altoona Mirror)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Cam Newton, Jeremiah Masoli, Will Muschamp, and more

Be True to Your School. Cam Newton donated his $200 appearance fee from his Late Show with David Letterman appearance (which the NCAA wouldn't let him keep) to an elementary school he did volunteer work. (oanow.com)

In other Cam Newton news, the Auburn quarterback  is on the cover of  the current issue of The Sporting News. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Greg McElroy is a Mobile quarterback. Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. (Tide Sports)

I Feel Fine. McElroy also says he's fully recovered from the concussion he received in Alabama's season-ending loss to Auburn. (al.com)

Getting to know Zach Mettenberger. A profile of the former Georgia quarterback who just committed to LSU, with only a slight mention of the trouble that got him banished from Valdosta, Ga. (And the Valley Shook)

Thank You. Ole Miss quarterback  Jeremiah Masoli thanked Rebel fans for supporting him this season after transferring from Oregon. (Mr. SEC, Red Cup Rebellion)

Coming up short. Tennessee goes into practice sessions for the Music City Bowl with personnel issues in its secondary. (Go Vols Xtra)

Can I graduate? Georgia tight end Aron White will be the student commencement speaker for UGA's fall graduation ceremony. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Why Can't We Be Friends? New Florida head coach Will Muschamp can't co-own a beach house with FSU's Jimbo Fisher anymore. Because Mike Bianchi says so. Shut up, Mike (Orlando Sentinel)

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"Cam Newton" channels Tupac.

There are lame videos on the internet, and then there are lame videos on the internet. But honestly, this animated clip of "Cam Newton" channeling Tupac Shakur is in a category of lameness all its own.






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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Cam Newton, John Brantley,and more

Closing the barn door after the Tiger got loose.  The NCAA is trying to work on rules to keep another Cam Newton incident from happening. (ESPN)

In other related NCAA foolishness, Arkansas may have broken NCAA rules by allowing prospects to wear Razorback home jerseys. Yes, that's a no-no according the the NCAA. (ChuckOliver.net)

Isn't is strange? Mike Bianchi finds the set-up in Florida where new head football coach Will Muschamp wants former coach Urban Meyer to still have a role with the team curious. Shut up, Mike. (Orlando Sentinel)

Blackout. Central Florida will don black jerseys against Georgia in the Liberty Bowl. Insert joke/ironic comment here. (Dawg Sports)

Treat him right. How Auburn fans and alum treated Cam Newton in New York City for the Heisman Award ceremony. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Reply hazy, try again later. Florida quarterback is uncertain about his future under the new regime of head football coach Will Muschamp. (Gator Sports)

The First Cut is the Deepest. Tennessee loses its first basketball game of the season to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. (Go Vols Xtra)

Hide your kids, hide your wife. A version of "Bed Intruder" from...Liberty University?

A version of "Bed Intruder" performed at a Christmas Coffehouse at Liberty University that devolves into a mutated "Carol of the Bells." Hide your kids, hide your wife, and get ready for you head to explode, sports fans.



This is exactly what Jerry Falwell had in mind when he founded Liberty University, isn't it?


(thanks to Adam Wynn for the tip via Facebook)

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Is Mike Gundy hiring Mike Leach the dumbest idea ever, or the dumbest idea ever?

It is officially pre-bowl silly season. When writers will come up with anything to justify their employment in the shrinking newspaper industry by trying to make some kind of racket that they hope will be heard all the way to Bristol, CT. Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman has done just that, by suggesting that if Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy should have to replace offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen (who could be headed to West Virginia), he should look to former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach to fill the job.
Yes, you just read that. Hiring Mike Leach to be Mike Gundy's OC.



"What a bold move hiring Leach would be. It's understood that Leach would be a short-term solution; hard to imagine him lasting more than one year. If the OSU offense again piled up 500 yards and 45 points a game — and why wouldn't it? — Leach would be plucked away for a plum job.
By then, perhaps Gundy would have in place an anointed assistant ready to take over the Leach/Holgorsen offense."

So Mike ("I'm a man! I'm 40!) Gundy should hire Mike ("fat little girlfriends") Leach? Hide your kids, hide your wife, and lock all the electrical sheds on the Oklahoma State campus. This already sounds like a clash of egos waiting to happen. It would probably be a 8.5 on the Terrell Owens ego clash scale. 
There are some ideas that look good on paper, but would probably not work in real life. Then there are ideas that even Shakespeare couldn't make look good on paper. The suggestion that Mike Leach would make a fine offensive coordinator for Mike Gundy has to be one of the later.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Cam Newton, Will Muschamp, Nick Saban, and more

Cam Newton winner, Dan Mullen loser in Newtongate mess. Because Paul Finabaum says so. Shut up, Paul. (al.com)

The 13.7 million dollar man. Will Muschamp will reportedly get a five-year, 13.7 million deal to coach Florida. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

First impressions of Nick Saban. Former Michigan State head coach George Perles recalls  when as a  defense coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers, a young Nick Saban would frequently come to visit to study the legendary "steel curtan" defense as an assistant coach at West Virginia. (al.com)

Franklin is a Commodore? Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin will reportedly be the new Vanderbilt head football coach. (ChuckOliver.net)

Lafyette, we are here. Mississippi State wide receiver coach Mark Hudspeth is leaving to take the head coaching job at Louisiana-Lafyette. (For Whom the Cowbell Tolls)

Big Tentacles: Big Ten logo, Iowa, John Clay, and Bo Pelini

It's official. The new Big Ten logo is a dud. (Off Tackle Empire

Upon further review. Iowa's drug-testing policies after the arrest of Derrell Johnson-Koulianos. (Rivals.com)

Ready to Clay. Wisconsin running back is healthy and will be able to play in the Rose Bowl. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

Not happy. Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini isn't happy with the media reports that he was interested in the Miami coaching job. (Rivals.com)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Will Muschamp, Gus Malzahn,

How are Gator fans reacting to new head coach Will Muschamp? Gator fans seem to be enthusiastic about it. (Alligator Army)

How are Georgia fans taking (former Bulldog) Muschamp's hire by Florida? They aren't taking it  so well. (Dawg Sports)

A Smart move? There is talk about Alabama defensive coordinator defecting to Florida to serve under Muschamp. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

SEC East or bust? Mark Bradley says if Georgia can't win the SEC East in 2011, it should be curtains for Mark Richt's reign as UGA head football coach. Shut up, Mark. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

A dependable Carr?  With Mississippi State wide receiver Chad Bumphis  missing the Gator Bowl due to  injury, The Bulldogs will be depending on freshman Michael Carr to carry the slack. (The Dispatch)

Back to the drawing board. Gus Malzahn is sticking at Auburn (for now), so Vanderbilt will have to look somewhere else for a new head coach. (The Tennessean)

If the black hat fits. With the Bruce Pearl controversy hanging over the Tennessee basketball team, they might as wear play the  role of the villain on the court. (Rocky Top Talk)

Oh yeah. Cam Newton won the Heisman this weekend. For now. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Behold, the new Big Ten logo!



Look upon your logo, you Big Ten Nation, and despair. Tyler Bray's back tattoo is no longer the lamest thing in college football.

(via Big Ten Conference official website.)

Big Ten Divisions named Leaders and Legends? EPIC FAIL

The Big Ten finally decided on the names for its two new divisions. They're "Leaders" for the division with Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois and Indiana, and "Legends" for the division with Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern and Nebraska.


A cheap, lame, response? Yes. But words truly uh, fail to describe the clusterflock of these names. What, "East" and "West" weren't good enough for the Big Ten? Heck, "Ro*Tel" and "Barbasol" would have been better. As would have any of the following names.


"Lock" and "Load"
"Lewis" and "Clark"
"Rock"and "Roll"
"Superman" and "Batman"
"The Young" and "The Restless"
"Love It" or "Leave It "

(via ESPN)

Is coaching Vanderbilt a promotion or a demotion for Gus Malzahn?

Reports from ESPN say that Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is being offered the job as head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores. There is no official word yet whether he will take the job, but he is apparently mulling it over.
One question Malzahn should consider is if coaching Vanderbilt is a step forward for him or a step back. After pretty much being what is considered by many to be the brains behind Gene Chizik's operation, Malzahn could have any vacant coaching that he wants (at least the ones offered to him). Though it would seem that some of the plum jobs have already been filled, with Will Musschamp replacing Urban Meyer at Florida, and Temple's Al Golden reportedly taking the head coaching vacancy at Miami.
So if Vanderbilt is all that's left, Malzahn has to decide if going to what is traditionally seen as the biggest joke in the SEC (other than Georgia's chances of beating Florida) is the right director for his career.
Though to be very blunt, leaving the OC job at Auburn for the head coaching job at Vanderbilt would seem to be like a vice-president of Walmart leaving to become the manager of of a furniture store in South Georgia. While you may be the guy in charge, it's really not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. Malzahn really needs to consider if Vandy is the best option in the long run, or whether it's better to stay at Auburn for another year until a bigger and truly better comes along.

(via ESPN)

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