Sunday, July 31, 2011

Big Tentacles: Kirk Cousins, Luke Fickell, Kirk Herbstreit, and more.

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

Why is this picture of Herky Hawk here?
Because I saw Captain America last week and it was awesome. Need a better reason?

Hungry Like the Wolf. 
Michigan State senior quarterback Kirk Cousin's plan for the Spartan's conquest of the Big Ten in 2011 involves keeping the team hungry and motivated. (The Grand Rapids Press)

I Will Not Take These Things For Granted. 
Despite a successful 2010 season, Michigan State free safety Trenton Robinson doesn't go around thinking that he's entitled to be a starter in 2011. (The Grand Rapids Press)

Ain't nobody gonna hold him down?
P. Diddy's son, Justin Combs, is being recruited by Illinois. (The Sports Bank)

Strong enough to be your man. 
The Heisman Trophy campaign for Northwestern QB Dan Persa now has its own Twitter hashtag with #Persastrong.  And a Twitter account featuring the man himself. (Sippin' on Purple)

How's the Hawkeye reaction to the Iowa-Nebraska "Heroes Game" name?
About what you would expect. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

October. And kingdoms rise. And kindgoms fall. 
With Nebraska, Michigan St., and Ohio St. on Wisconsin's  schedule for October, the Badgers should know if their in the penthouse or the poorhouse when comes to the Big Ten Leaders division title by the time Haloween rolls around. (Dr. Saturday)

Jim Tressel was "a tragic hero."
Because Michigan St. head football coach Mark Dantonio said so. (Detroit Free Press)

An uphill climb. 
Ohio State head football coach Luke Fickell has a tough job ahead oh him keeping in-state prospects from skipping the beleaguered Buckeyes in favor of its Big Ten rivals. (The Detroit Free Press)

Plausible denial.  
Kirk Herbstreit denies that moving his wife and unholy band of Aryan hellspawn cute little kids from Columbus, OH to Nashville, TN had anything to do with Ohio State fans mad over his remarks about former Buckeyes' head football coach Jim Tressel. (The Oklahoman)

Mark Richt's favorite song was written by his son.

ESPN gave the coaches of the SEC a questionnaire containing the usual assortment of touchy-feely questions. Included in the batch was one asking what the coaches' favorite song and/or musician. Answers ranged from the totally obvious (Tennessee's Derek Dooley being a fan of the school's number one jock sniffer, Kenny Chesney),  to the somewhat disturbing and hard to comprehend (please tell me Les Miles was kidding about listening to Lil' Wayne). Florida's Will Muschamp gets bonus points in picking Van Morrison's "Crazy Love," the song he and his wife first danced to as husband and wife.

As for Georgia head football coach Mark Richt, he had to go the full sentimental route and picked a song written by his second oldest son, David. The title of the song is "Thinking About You," and not surprisingly, it's a praise and worship song.

Sure Richt went all dad with his answer. But honestly who could blame him?

(via ESPN)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Trent Richardson, Mark Richt, Les Miles, and more.

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) 
Leaders of the Pack.
Alabama tailback Trent Richardson and South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore lead the pack of SEC Heisman Trophy hopefuls. (

Where'd You Go?
Alabama is dealing with a slew of departing players. (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

Superstition ain't the way.
T. Kyke King of Dawg Sports is a little unnerved over the fact that Georgia head football coach Mark Richt claims that he isn't a superstitious person. (Dawg Sports)

On a related front,
Georgia not getting hammered by the NCAA over Mark Richt's inadvertent text message to a recruit is apparently being credited to Richt, uh, murdering a unicorn. With a kitten. Someone's obviously been  reading Black Heart Gold Pants' too much. (Year of the Dawg)

Auburn fans reveling in 'Bama's T-Town Menswear mini-brouhaha?
Of course they are. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Head exploding scary thought of the day:
Les Miles listens to Lil' Wayne. (ESPN)

Northwestern begins pimping Dan Persa as a Heisman Trophy candidate.

There's strong, and then there's "Persa Strong."* That's the slogan Northwestern will be using in its campaign to promote senior quarterback Dan Persa as a Heisman Trophy candidate. And school is going to splash it on billboards in Chicago and  Bristol, CT. Latter being where ESPN is headquartered.

The Bristol location for one of the billboards makes sense as ESPN has greater influence on the college football world than any sports media guru in New York City. Which was the site of the most notorious example of using a billboard in a Heisman campaign involving Oregon's 2001 pimping of QB Joey Harrignton in Times Square in. It also makes sense in the fact the credit for the inspiration (or blame) for the inspiration of the slogan is being given to ESPNs' Bruce Feldman.

"NU officials chose the theme "Persa Strong" after's Bruce Feldman named Persa the 10th-strongest player -- and strongest quarterback -- in the nation. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Persa can bench-press 360 pounds and squat 520."

Northwestern will also be sending out 7 lb. purple dumbbells to 80 lucky members of the media. Because Persa's number is no. 7, get it?  That idea was so cheesy Wisconsin should have used it.

*Apologies to the U.S. Army

(via The Chicago Tribune)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Alabama, Tennessee, and LSU.

I've seen the future and it will be.
Clayton Fain of looks five years into a SEC future with Texas A&M and Oklahoma as members. A nightmare scenario if there ever was one. (

Tiger Talk.
LSU offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe touted the Tigers' experience on the offensive line at an event in Baton Rouge. (The Times-Picayune)

Walking in to  Memphis. 
Alabama wide receiver Keiwone Malone will reportedly be transferring to Memphis. (

Alabama adds Tennessee-Chattanooga to its 2013 schedule.
The Tide are playing Virginia Tech in that year's Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, so the desire to get all over them for putting a cupcake school on the schedule is kind of muted. But only kind of. (

Tennessee-Chattanooga gets around.
The Mocs will be facing the big dog school in the Volunteer State, Tennessee in 2014. (

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Norm Chow, Lary Scott, and more

(Unquiet on the Western Front is SWRT's look at the Pac-12, WAC, Mountain West, and other West Coast/Rocky Mountain schools extravaganza.) 

Pressing their Luck.
With a new head football coach in David Shaw, Stanford is depending on quarterback Andrew Luck more than ever. (Deseret News)

There's a possibility, but no chance. 
Oregon's off-the-field issues and Stanford's new coach could give another Pac-12 North team a chance to rise to the top of the division. A very small chance. (FOX Sports West)

Boise State's first season in the Mountain West will not be a cakewalk. 
Because Stewart Mandel said so. (

Ace in the Hole. 
Utah's will get help navigating the somewhat terra incognita of the Pac-12 from offensive coordinator Norm Chow, who was OC at both USA and UCLA. (KTVX)

That uneasy feeling.
BYU's non-football coaches are felling a little verklempt about joining the West Coast Conference while the football team goes independent. (Deseret News)

Cougars vs. Utes is all the buzz in Utah. 
With Utah now in the Pac-12, and BYU as independent, the Sept. 17 rivalry game between the two schools is becoming a highly anticipated game. At least in The Beehive State. (Deseret News)

Will Larry Scott save the NCAA, or destroy it?
The Pac-12's Commissioner Larry Scott is seen as the man who could someday lead the NCAA. If the doesn't get the major conferences together to rebel against it, that is. (SB Nation Bay Area)

Worth the wait. 
The Golden Bears may have to wait for Memorial Stadium's renovations to be completed in 2012, but Cal's brand new Student-Athlete High Performance Center will be ready to open in October. (San Jose Mercury News)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Luke Fickell, Nebraska-Iowa, and more.

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

Dan Persa is scary. 
Because Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald says so. (The Chicago Tribune)

Ready to Start.  
As for the Northwestern quarterback himself,  Persa believes he can improve on his injury-shortened performance from last season. (The Chicago Tribune)

Too soon to call?
The Omaha World Herald's  Dirk Chatelain takes umbrage to the crowning of Iowa as Nebraska's biggest Bug Ten rival even before the Huskers' first game as a Big Ten member. (Omaha World Herald)

Laying down the law. 
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany gathered the twelve Big Ten coaches together and told them to keep their collective noses clean following the Tresselgate debacle at Ohio State. (The Chicago Tribune)

State of Shock.
Ohio State head football coach Luke Fickell was a little taken aback by the size of the media presence at Big Ten Media Days. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Not letting his guard down. 
New Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke doesn't view eternal Wolverine rival Ohio State as being "wounded" by Tresselgate. (Detroit Free Press)

Tag Team back again. 
Purdue head football coach Brady Hope says that he'll use both Robert Marve and Rob Henry in a two-quarterback system in 2011. This won't end well. (The Chicago Tribune)

Four more years! Four more years!
Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno thinks he can coach for another "four or five years." (The Patriot News)

Nebraska-Iowa game to be called the "Heroes Game." Seriously?

Nebraska is known for corn. Iowa is known for corn. Combine the two, throw in some pigskin, and you get the corniest name for a college football game possible. In the spirit of the Big Ten's "Leaders" and "Legends" division monikers, Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne joined his Iowa counterpart Gary Barta  to announce that the new Cornhuskers-Hawkeyes annual rivalry will be called the "Heroes Game."

"The schools are taking this "Heroes" tag seriously. They plan to recognize one Iowa citizen and one Nebraskan for an extraordinary act prior to each year's game. Friends, neighbors or co-workers can nominate people for the heroes distinction, and those chosen will be honored on the field during the game and will have their name and hometown etched on the Heroes Game trophy. The schools also plan to use proceeds from the game to benefit the Iowa and Nebraska chapters of the American Red Cross."  

Not to belittle the fact, but seriously? Is "Heroes Game" the best they could come up with? This is what happens when you let faceless media guys and university officials come up with a name, instead of letting things happen organically. Do you think school officials at Florida or UGA came up with "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party?" (Bite me, Dr. Adams!) Or "The Iron Bowl?" No, those sort of happened over time.

Seriously, the fans can come up with something better, and they will. Personally, I prefer to call it "Black and Blue Friday."

(via ESPN)

Nick Saban wants kids to grow up to be like Freddie Kruger.

"One, Two, Saban's coming for you..."

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has a way with words. And he used a lot of them when speaking to 8-14 year old boys at Alabama's 2011 football camp. Among other things, he spoke to the campers on being relentless, and used A Nightmare on Elm Street villain Freddie Kruger as an example of relentlessness.

"What makes Freddy Krueger such a horrible character? What makes him scare you to death? You can't get rid of the guy. He never goes away. You can't kill him. You think he's dead, and his hand comes through the wall and chokes you to death again. That's because the guy's relentless. That's what relentless is."
Here's the visual proof of Saban's little talk to the future leaders of America:
Uh, Coach,  Freddie Kruger might not be the character you would want young boys to use as a role model. In case you've forgotten, Freddie was a child killer in life, and went on to kill teenagers in their dreams in the afterlife. In other words, Freddie's not quite the person you want the youth of America to grow up to be like. 
Maybe you should find another role model to give to to your happy campers. Like maybe Former Navy Seal and Afghanistan veteran Marcus Luttrell maybe Or Navy Seal Team Six relentlessly took out the enemy of out people, Osama Bin Laden. Or Medal of Honor winner Corporal Dakota Meyer (USMC). Just not a fictional child killer, okay?

Coveirng Dixie Like Mildew: Stephen Garcia, Will Muschamp, Gus Malzahn, and more.

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

Back Where They Belong?
Both South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia and his QB coach G.A. Mangus could possibly be reinstated next week after separate alcohol-related incidents. (The Post and Courier

Alabama's depth crisis.
Alabama's is facing a shortage of running backs after a summer of attrition through injury and transfers. (

On a related front, 
Alabama wide receiver Darius Hanks will miss the first two games of the season due to archane NCAA regulations.  (Tide Sports)

Always look on the bright side of life.
Despite issues like the ismmering T-Town Menswear controversy, Alabama AD Mal Moore is optimistic on 'Bama's 2011 season. (The Huntsville Times)

Muschamp does The Bristol Stomp. 
A summary Florida head football coach Will Muschamp's trip to the ESPN campus in Bristol, CT. (Orlando Sentinel)

Florida can thank air conditioning for its football success.
Because Clay Travis says so. Shut up, Clay. (Outkick the Coverage)

Dodging a bullet.
Arkansas fans are thankful that some of their number didn't get their wish for scandal-plagued ex-UNC head football coach Butch Davis to coach the Razorbacks. (Arkansas Sports 360)

Malzahn in UNC's sights? 
Bruce Feldman suggests that Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn might be a candidate to replace Butch Davis at UNC. (ESPN. Note: You'll have to pay to get the whole article)

The screening room.
ESPN will air a documentary on the Alabama-Auburn rivarly called "Roll Tide/War Eagle" as part of a new series of 30 for 30-esque documentaries. (Birmingham News)

Heath Schuler is an ex-candidate for Tennessee AD.
North Carolina Rep. Heath Schuler will run for re-election, pretty much eliminating him for consideration as Tennessee AD. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Another day, another injury at Georgia.
Georgia freshman linebacker Brandon Burrows is out for the season due to a shoulder injury. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Bye Bye Bye.
T. Kyle King takes a look at Georgia's Oct. 22 bye week. Take the buy in the points. (Dawg Sports)

Bye Bye Buyout?
LSU head football coach Les Miles might lose the buyout on his contract due to the school's recent hit for rules violations by the NCAA. (Shreveport Times)

List of the Day: "Top 20 Auburn All Time Greatest Athletes."
Surprise! Cam Newton isn't at #1. Do you know who takes that spot? Bo does. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Oklahoma State tries to out Oregon Oregon.

Just in time for the new season of Project Runway comes the first look at Oklahoma State's new uniforms. Fresh out of the deviant minds of Nike, the  unis feature at least 48 different combinations of black, white, orange, and grey jerseys, pants, and even helmets. Yes, I said gray. Sadly it seems the nightmare of all grey unis that's been seen on the basketball court has finally reared its head on the gridiron. Hide your kids, hide your wife.

Obviously Oklahoma St. is trying to mimic the fashion fowardness of Phil Knight's number one son Oregon.  Which is okay as long as they haven't tried to mimic the Ducks by having ties to Willie Lyles. Oh wait...

(via Dr. Saturday)

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, The Pac-12 Network(s), Boise State, and more.

(Unquiet on the Western Front is SWRT's look at the Pac-12, WAC, Mountain West, and other West Coast/Rocky Mountain schools extravaganza.) 
 It's a trap! There's seven of them! 
The Pac-12 announced the formation of the Pac-12 Network, along with six regional networks that will be dedicated to programming on two member schools each. (San Jose Mercury News)

"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."
Andrew Luck says he is ready for the media attention he'll be garnering in his junior (and what he says will be his final) year as Stanford's starting quarterback. (San Jose Mercury News)

Boise State can't wear all-blue uniforms at home on the blue turf.
Because the Mountain west Conference felt it was too matchy-matchy. (ESPN)

Utah State will not be leaving the WAC to join the MWC.
Because WAC Commissioner Karl Benson said so. (Mountain West Connection)

The L Word. 
Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly refused to talk about the Willie Lyles scandal during Pac-12 Media Days. (Addicted to Quack)

Fear the Beard.
Meanwhile, a reporter asked Luck about his scraggly beard he's been growing. (Outside the Boxscore)

Life in the Fast Lane. 
Conquest Chronicles has a little talk with USC heaf football coach Lane Kiffin. (Conquest Chronicles)

"We're good enough, we're smart enough, and doggone it, people like us."
Washington State head football coach Paul Wulff seemed to be channeling the spirit of Stewart Smalley in saying "We're going to go compete for a championship. We've got enough experience. We want to win our division title." (The Seattle Times)

It's Now or Never.
Arizona State head football coach Dennis Erickson is definitely on the hot seat this year. (House of Sparky)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Butch Davis is an ex-UNC head football coach.

ESPN is reporting that North Carolina has fired head football coach Butch Davis after a year-long eligibility scandal involving Tar Heel players.

"Davis, whose Tar Heels had a promising season derailed in 2010 when 14 players missed at least one game and seven were forced to sit out the entire year because of academic and eligibility issues, said earlier this week at the ACC's media day that he had not thought about quitting amid an NCAA investigation of his program for improper benefits and academic misconduct."

It would seem that the other shoe is about to fall at UNC, and the NCAA is probably going to be the one wearing it. 

(via ESPN)

Big Tentacles: Mark Dantonio, Dan Persa, Notre Dame, and more.

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

Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?
Matt Hinton looks at who could replace Ohio State as the Big Dog in the Big Ten. (Dr. Saturday)

Not Ready for Prime Time Players?
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis would be all for the annual Michigan-Michigan State rivalry game at night. As for Michigan AD Dave Brandon? Not so much. (The Detroit News)

Ready to repeat. 
Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio is ready to defend the Spartans' piece of the 2010 Big Ten title, with his eyes on the whole thing (Detroit Free Press)

You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.
Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald wants to see a Chicago host a bowl game. (The Chicago Sun-Times)

Dan Persa through Nebraskan eyes. 
A look at Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa, from a Cornhusker point of view. (Lincoln Star Journal)

From the two bald man fighting over a comb department:
Nebraska and Iowa plan to announce that yes, there will be a trophy involved in the two schools now annual Big Ten rivalry game. Now if they will just dub the game "Black and Blue Friday" like I suggested, everything will be okay. (ESPN)

Signing on for fifteen more years. 
Notre Dame and Navy agree to continue their 84 year-old rivarly through 2026. (The Chicago Tribune)

A giant Texas A&M male cheerleader Yell Leader? A giant Texas A&M male cheerleader Yell Leader.

Do you need another reason to keep Texas A&M out of the SEC? Well here's one. The Aggies have no female cheerleaders. That's right, none. Nada. Zilch. Instead they have a group of male "Yell Leaders" who stand in their place. Apparently Texas A&M thinks cheerleading is too strenuous of a job for dainty females to handle down there in College Station, and that it must only be handled by men.

This explains why Texas A&M senior David Benack , a 6'10  obelisk of a man is conspicuous standing between Kansas  cheerleader Emily Kemph, and her very sequined Oklahoma State counterpart Megan Mayberry at the Big XII Media Days event.

The SEC has a high set of standards, and that includes having the most beautiful women in the world at the sidelines  cheering on the players of their respective schools. Yes, there are male cheerleaders in the SEC. But the schools in the conference have the common sense to admit that yes, they are male cheerleaders. They don't stoop down to try to hide that fact like Texas A&M does with that audacious "Yell Leader" handle.

(via Busted Coverage)

Coveirng Dixie Like Mildew: Alabama and T-Town, Malik Jackson, Mark Richt, and more.

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

Lookout Mountain on the Tennessee-Georgia-Alabama border.

"Alabama's Timeline Makes No Sense" in regards to the T-Town Menswear drama. 
Because Clay Travis says so. (Outkick the Coverage)

And from the Bill Clinton "I did not have sex with that woman" dept.
Meanwhile, Izzy Gould reports that the University of Alabama sent a letter to T-Town Menswear owner Tom Albetar cutting ties between the two,  while not actually admitting there were any ties between the two entities in the first place. (

The Stepford Lineman? 
ESPN's Chris Low interviews Tennessee defensive lineman and Derek Dooley dress-alike Malik Jackson in all his Stepford Wives-esque glory in video from SEC Media Days. (ESPN)

Talk is Cheap.
Tennessee head football coach and human quote machine Derek Dooley is ready to do more walking the walk than talking the talk. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

I'll Stick Around.
LSU athletic director Joe Alleva has turned down an offer to become Tennessee AD. (

The announcement of Georgia wearing Nike Pro Combat uniforms in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game brings up the ghosts of the now-infamous black jerseys and black helmet "wardrobe malfunctions" in losses to Alabama and Florida. (

Hot Seat? What Hot Seat?
Your "Mark Richt on the Hot Seat" item of the day. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Jeff Demps is now a  one-sport man.
Florida  running back Jeff Demps will focus on football instead of pursuing both football and track and field in his senior season. (Associated Press)

"Kentucky Can't Beat Tennessee or Florida."
Because Mark Inabinett says so. (

"SEC Looking to Invade Europe"
Don't laugh. The Sorbonne could be a FBS powerhouse in a few years. (Saturday Down South)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Stephen garcia's QB coach joins him in the doghouse after being arrersted.

It's time for South Carolina Quarterback Stephen Garcia to make some room in the Gamecock doghouse.  His quarterback coach, G.A. Magnus has been suspended for his own alcholol related run-in with the law. According to reports, Magnus was arrested after being found by police relieving himself in public. The reports also state that he "was unsteady on his feet with a strong smell of alcoholic beverages." Steve Spurrier must be having a load of cattle after this one.


Greg McElroy pimps for T-Town Menswear.

Here's former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy in a  commercial for Tuscaloosa clothing retailer T-Town Menswear.  The store has raised eyebrows recently for its connections to former Alabama players including McElroy, Mark Ingram, and Julio Jones. 

I seriously hope the clothes T-Town sells looks better than that sweater-vest McElroy is wearing. Wait, did someonw just say sweater vest? That may be why Alabama sent the retailer a cease-and desist letter barring the store from "the sale or distribution of items depicting student-athletes," and selling " items autographed by student athletes"in December. The ghost of Tresselgate is going to cast a giant shadow over the NCAA for a long time to come.

(via The Birmingham News,

Coveirng Dixie Like Mildew: Dan Mullen, Gene Chizik, expansion silliness, and more.

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

 "The SEC should expand by adding Texas A & M University as soon as possible."
No, it shouldn't. (Leather Helmet Blog)

Workin' at the Car Wash.
Looking at the first day of the SEC Coaches' to The Melting Pot of Sin ESPN's Bristol campus. (SEC Digital Network)

More than just a cowbell. 
Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen relates a story regarding the funeral of the late Bulldog  player Nick Bell, and how it brought home to him the importance of the school's cowbell ringing tradition. (ESPN)

Meet Fletcher Cox.
ESPN's Chris Low has a video interview with Mississippi St. defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. (ESPN)

No More Mr. Nice Guy? 
It's time for Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik to quit being so nice when it comes to the media. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Looking for Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game tickets?
Tough. The remaining 800-plus tickets for the Georgia-Boise State sold out in less than two minutes on Monday. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Humor in Uniform. 
Georgia players got their first look at the Nike Pro Combat uniforms they'll be donning against Boise St. in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game via a little prank from their head coach Mark Richt. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Rough break for Jarvis Landry. 
LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry is recovering from surgery on his right foot after breaking it in a 7-on-7 game. (CBS Sports

Tennessee linebacker Austin Johnson arrested on alcohol-related charges. 
Insert obvious joke about Tennessee players wearing orange here. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Stay Golden.
Alabama broadcasting legend Eli Gold signs a new four-year contract extention which will keep him announcing Crimson Tide games through 2017. (Tuscaloosa News)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Let the "NCAA letting Ohio State off easy" conspiracy theories begin.

Is it time to call in George Noory and Alex Jones about Tresselgate? With the news that the NCAA won't drop "failure to monitor" charges on Ohio State, there are already charges that the news sounds a little suspicious itself. Bob Hunter of The Columbus Dispatch already seems to be doing so.

"It's hard to believe Tressel was the only one who knew, that he didn't discuss the situation with anybody at the university. It's all Tressel's fault? How convenient.

It's also remarkable the NCAA couldn't find much beyond the initial violations. Not because Ohio State runs a dirty program, but because a serious investigation of any program would turn up at least some minor violations. I keep thinking about how those ineligible players were allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl with the NCAA's blessing, and I'm trying to convince myself that the hypocrisy stops before it gets this far."

The next thing you know, someone will claim this was the man the NCAA sent to investigate the Buckeyes:

Pretty soon, Ohio State getting off easy will be blamed on everybody from the BCS, to the Trilateral Commission,the CIA, the Illuminati, the Bilderberg Group, Opus Dei, etc.Oh wait, Opus Dei backs Notre Dame. So scratch that last one.

(via The Columbus Dispatch, ESPN)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Coveirng Dixie Like Mildew: Trent Richardson, Mark Richt, and cake.

SEC Media Days is "The most eventful 'nonevent' in captivity."
Because the Los Angeles Times Chris Dufresne said so. Shut up, Chris. (Los Angeles Times)

Where is my motivation?
Alabama tailback Trent Richardson is motivated to win in 2011 by last season's loss to Auburn, and by the tornado that ravaged Tuscaloosa in April. (The Tennessean)

Your Mark Richt on the Hot Seat Item of the Day.
T. Kyle King of Dawg Sports questions if Georgia head football coach Mark Richt's character might be what saves his job in a college football sea full of rules violations. (Dawg Sports)

That Don't Impress Me Much.
A Sea of Blue's Glen Logan doesn't believe the sanctions Tennessee imposed on itself didn't go far enough. I wonder if he'll think the same if/when Kentucky eventually placed sanctions upon itself over head men's basketball coach John Calipari's actions. (A Sea of Blue)

Sweet Home Alabama. 
A selection of Alabama-themed cakes. Complete with a couple of cakes in the shape of Bear Bryant's legendary houndstooth hat. (Roll Bama Roll)

Should Alabama play in-state schools besides Auburn?

It's been 67 years since Alabama played another in-state college football team other than Auburn. That was Howard College (which is now Samford) back in 1944. This fact hasn't hasn't gone unnoticed in the Cotton State, where programs like Troy and UAB have made it to the FBS level.

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban was asked about this on Friday at SEC Media Days in Birmingham. He gave a reply saying he wouldn't mind playing another in-state program.

“I personally do not have an issue playing in-state schools,” Saban said. “In fact, we sort of instituted at LSU that we do that. We played Tulane, but they hadn’t played the other schools. We started to do that so it promoted all the programs in-state. So I certainly would support the effort to do that in our state in Alabama.”

Obviously the state of Alabama hasn't had a rich history of Division I football outside of  either Tuscaloosa or Auburn. But with the emergence of Troy and UAB as respectable lower-lever FBS schools (if not true mid-majors), and the fledgling  South Alabama program, the state is joining Florida as the only SEC-affiliated states with four noteworthy FBS programs.  It would seem natural for Alabama to play them once in a while.

Naturally there are two genuine reasons for the smaller schools to play Alabama, and the odds of winning against the Tide isn't one of them. As mentioned, promotion of the programs is one reason. The other obvious reason is money. Alabama would obviously have to pay the schools to come to Tuscaloosa (the chances of the Tide playing an away game at Troy are slim to none). It's assured the smaller programs would gladly cash the check from a beatdown by the Tide.

This does bring up the question of whether or not anybody outside Alabama (other than alumni of Troy, UAB, and South Alabama) really want to see the Tide play non-Auburn in-state schools. With only four non-conference dates on the calendar every year, the chances to see Alabama play a respectable non-conference team every year are usually few. (Though the Tide face Michigan in 2012, and Virginia Tech in 2013. Both in neutral-site games) Most college football fans would probably rather see the Tide play at least a mid-level Big Ten or Big XII team than a lower-level in-state program.

(via The Gasden Times)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Pat Fitzgerald, and Michigan mocks Michigan State.

Dodging the bullet?
Ohio State won't get a "Failure to Monitor" charge from the NCAA because of Tresselgate. (The Columbus Dispatch)

  Double your pleasure?
Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald would like the Wildcats to play in Wrigley Field again in the future. (The Chicago Tribune)

The Big (Glass) House.
MGoBlog mocks the news that Michigan State will be wearing alternate Nike Pro Combat uniforms in their game against Michigan. Uh, what's Michigan wearing against Notre Dame again? (MGoBlog)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Unquiet on the Western Front: UCLA, Stanford, Utah, and more.

(Unquiet on the Western Front is SWRT's look at the Pac-12, WAC, Mountain West, and other West Coast/Rocky Mountain schools extravaganza.) 

Please come to Boston (or vice versa). 
Bruins Nation wants UCLA to play Boston College. (Bruins Nation)

Back to Black.
Utah plans for a "blackout" game against Oregon State on October 29. (Block U)

Get into gear. 
Stanford will be donning Nike Pro Combat uniforms against Notre Dame on November 27. (Rule of Tree)

Hot ticket.
Stanford's ticket sales are up 33% from last year. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Awkward headline of the day.
In discussing the California-Fresno State game at San Francisco's Candlestick Park, California Golden Blogs asks "Is Candlestick Bear Territory?" Uh, do you really want an answer to that question?  (California Golden Blogs)

Tennessee players dressed like Derek Dooley at SEC Media Days.

While no one has been looking, Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley has been building a small cult of personality in the Volunteer State. Dooley's followers are obsessed with his hairhis hat, his incredible way with words, and now apparently his fashion sense. At Tennessee's SEC Media Days session on Thursday, Vol seniors Tauren Poole, Malik Jackson, and junior Dallas Thomas were conspicuous in the fact that they were all dressed like His Hairness' "black suit, orange tie and a Power T on the lapel."

"Thursday's dress might have appeared orchestrated, if not mandated. But this display of team unity actually was achieved independently.

Thomas laughed with surprise when told during a News Sentinel Sports Page radio interview that he was dressed no differently from head coach Derek Dooley. He laughed again when the coach — dressed almost identically — took his place at the microphone.

"I guess Coach Dooley is influencing us," Thomas said later."

Want visual proof? Here it is.

Defensive tackle Malik Jackson.

Running Back Tauren Poole.

Left tackle Dallas Thomas.

Poole still had a little bit of individuality. Dooley will be sure to work on that as the 2011 season progresses. A little bit of conformity is okay, but it can be taken to extremes. If the Tennessee squad all decide to get Tyler Bray-esque tattoos on their backs, then it'll be time to panic.

(via Knoxville News-Sentinel)


Covering Dixie Like Mildew:Expansion Silliness, Aaron Murray, Jordan Jefferson, and more.

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


Today in Expansion Silliness:

More talk about the possibility of Texas A&M and Oklahoma jumping from the Big XII to the SEC. (

On a related note...

A Sea of Blue looks at what the Longhorn Network's existence means to the SEC. Besides the threat of Texas A&M joining. (A Sea of Blue)

Tattoo You.

Another look at the tattoos of Tennessee star QB Tyler Bray, and Alabama QB A.J. McCarron, this time from a woman's point of view. (Outkick the Coverage)


Georgia will be sporting Nike Pro Combat uniforms in Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
Be afraid, Bulldog Nation. Be very afraid. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The Weight of the World.
With Georgia still feeling the losses of Caleb King and Washaun Ealey during the summer , more responsibly for success is falling in the hands of quarterback Aaron Murray. (Athens Banner-Herald)

Another "Mark Richt on the Hot Seat" article? 
Another "Mark Richt on the Hot Seat" article. (

He's Baaaaack!
The Steve Spurrier that we all know and loathe love re-emerges. (Dr. Saturday)

Still a work in progress?
Head football coach Derek Dooley still has a lot of work to do at Tennessee. (The Daily Times)


Alabama might hive its own mini-Ohio Stateesque scandal on its hands. 
Because Clay Travis thinks so. Shut up, Clay. (Outkick the Coverage)

Meet Vick Ballard.
An ESPN video interview of Mississippi State running back Vick Ballard. (ESPN)

LSU QB Jordan Jefferson could be a Heisman Trophy candidate. 
Because Jordan Jefferson says so. (Sports Illustrated)

Beer Run.
LSU to produce its own microbrewery beer for educational purposes. Yeah, right. (Kegs 'n Eggs)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Big Tentacles: Rick Reilly, Dan Persa, Michigan State, and more.

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


This just in: Rick Reilly is not funny.
Rick Reilly gives Nebraska a guide to the Big Ten, complete with unfunny and unoriginal snarky comments guaranteed to make you want to stick red-hot forks in your eyes. (ESPN)

And what do Nebraska fans think of Reilly's unwarranted expertise?
Not much when you really come down to it. (Husk Guys)

All we need is just a little patience.
Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald and his staff are taking things slow and steady when it comes to quarterback Dan Persa's recovery from a ruptured Achilles' tendon from last season. (ESPN)

Black and Gold.
Iowa wants fans to wear gold to the game against Pitt, black and gold for the Northwestern, and black for Michigan. (Fight for Iowa)

Michigan State to wear Nike Pro combat uniforms Oct 15 game against Michigan.
Be afraid, be very afraid. (Detroit Free Press)


Stop Your Sobbing.
Eleven Warriors complains about the coverage of Tresslegate when compared to NCAA investigations of schools like LSU and Georgia Tech. (Eleven Warriors)

Staph infection at Ohio State.
Ohio State tight end Reid Fragel is recovering from a staph infection in his leg. (The Columbus Dispatch)


Fighting Irish Fatal Four-Way.
Notre Dame head football coach has a doozy of a quarterback controversy with four possible candidates for the position. (The Chicago Tribune)


Did He Jump or Was He Pushed?
Questions abound as to whether Iowa forward Anthony Hubbard left the team on his own, or was kicked off. (The Gazette)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aaron Murray, Will Muschamp, Mark Richt, and more.

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) 
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. 
SEC Media Days begin today. (The Huntsville Times)

The Usual Suspects.
Saturday Down South's ranking of the ten best quarterbacks in the SEC has Georgia's Aaron Murray on top of a list that includes Arkansas' Tyler Wilson, South Carolina's Stephen Garcia, Mississippi State's Chris Relf, and Tennessee's Tyler Bray in the top five. (Saturday Down South)


It's just a flesh wound. No really, it is.
LSU gets slapped with probation and loss of scholarships by the NCAA for one year. (

"LSU could become the next BCS champion from the SEC with an asterisk."
Because Kevin Scarbinsky said so. Shut up, Kevin. (The Birmingham News)

You're not helping.
The NCAA's investigation of Auburn and Cam Newton is being hampered by all sorts of spurious allegations made by Alabama fans. (Outkick the Coverage)

But Seriously, Folks. 
Mississippi State needs to take the University of Alabama-Birmingham  as a serious opponent after a close game with the Blazers in 2010. (For Whom the Cowbell Tolls)

Baby, you're a firework.
High-energy new Florida head football coach Will Muschamp is profiled by's Charles Goldberg. (

Your "Mark Richt on the Hot Seat" item of the day.
This one comes from Bill King of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Junkyard Blog." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Dawg and Pony show.
Dawg Sports' T. Kyle King takes a look at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between Georgia and the Boise State Broncos. (Dawg Sports)

Back for More.
Looking at Vanderbilt's returning running backs. (Anchor of Gold)

List of the Day.
"Top 10 Tennessee Comebacks since 1990." (Rocky Top Talk)

The Texas A&M to the SEC meme. Just. Won't. Die.

(Note: portions of this article were printed originally here, and here.)

Texas A&M's Board of Regents are set to get together and have a little talk about rival Texas' much-ballyhooed Longhorn Network on Thursday. This is added more fuel to the fire of the long-dormant talk of the Aggies bolting the ruins of what's left of the Big XII for the sunnier pastures of the SEC that has recently been reignited. While succession from the Big XII isn't reportedly on the agenda, it still is on the minds of many in Aggieland.

It's at this point that I should mention that I absolutely do not want Texas A&M in the SEC.  I'd rather see a team like TCU, who are on the rise, and hungry with something to prove join the SEC. So what if they're set to join the Big East? The SEC is Don Corleone, and could certainly make the Horned Frogs an offer they couldn't refuse. Despite a decent season last year, The Aggies have been on the downside for a decade, and 2010 could turn out to be a fluke.

With that in mind, I think it's time to review the main reasons why Texas A&M shouldn't be an SEC team.

The state of Texas has fielded two teams that appeared in either the BCS or BCS bowl games in the past three years. The Aggies weren't one of them.

Texas barely counts as the South. Sure, Texas was in the Confederacy. But I don't recall hearing about Sherman marching through Dallas. (Yeah, there was Galveston. It doesn't really count as driving Old Dixie down.)

 TAMU had to bail out the $16 million in-the-hole athletic department. In contrast, the Georgia athletic department gave the school $2 million of its $7 million dollar surplus in 2010 to help overcome budget shortfalls.

Speaking of Georgia, The Aggies lost the 2009 Independence Bowl to the worst UGA team since Ray Goff was coach. And at 6-6, they barely qualified for it in the first place.

 This tweet from Dr. Saturday's Matt Hinton:

"Scanning photo wires for last post reminds me again that Texas A&M leads the nation by far in homoerotic rituals."

"The Aggie Song" from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which is too much of a Freudian nightmare even for this blog. And speaking of Freudian nightmares...
The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. There's nothing like an ROTC program transformed into a full-fledged Freudian Nightmare.

This could possibly be the best reason to reinstate "Don't Ask Don't Tell."

Texas Governor Rick Perry is a Texas A&M graduate. 'Nuff said.

So is Neal Boortz.

Reveille, the Texas A&M mascot.

Seriously? A collie? And a female collie if that? Imagine what would happen if she and Uga got loose at the same game at the same time. Think of what the puppies would look like.

Speaking of the Georgia Bulldogs, The Aggies lost the 2009 Independence Bowl to the worst UGA team since Ray Goff was coach. And at 6-6, they barely qualified for it in the first place.

This epic fail of a flash mob.


The Aggies don't have cheerleaders, they have Yell Leaders.

I'm beginning to think Matt Hinton was right.

And the best reason to keep Texas A&M out of the SEC:

The SEC already has two teams where Bear Bryant was head coach (Kentucky and Alabama). That's more than enough.

(via The Houston Chronicle, Corn Nation)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Crossing the Atlantic: Paul Johnson, FSU, East Carolina, and more.

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


Not handling things well.
Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson lashes out against the NCAA sanctions that resulted in the school being forced to vacate the 2009 ACC title. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)


FSU is back.
Because Matt Hinton says so. (Dr. Saturday)

Living in the past? 
Boston College best days seem to be behind them at the moment. (Dr. Saturday)


ECU Pirates preview. 
Anthony Harvey looks at the East Carolina 2011 schedule. (

Monday, July 18, 2011

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Mike Vrabel, and ...H.R. Pufinstuf?

This is NOT the new Michigan mascot.
(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)   

Contender or Pretender?
Chris Emma crunches the numbers on Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa to see if he is a genuine contender for the Heisman Trophy in his senior season. (

Please come to Boston. 

Off-Tackle Empire looks at three of the marquee games of the Big Ten's first week of the 2011 season, including Northwestern's trip to Boston College. (Off Tackle Empire)

A Commodore coming to the Brick Big House?
According to reports,Vanderbilt lineman James Kirrredge will transfer to Michigan State. (Detroit Free Press)

The high cost of cupcakes. 
Iowa is reported to be paying Louisiana-Monroe $1.05 million to be a home game punching bag for the Hawkeyes on Sept. 24. (Black Heart Gold Pants)


Experience to extremes. 
Ohio State linebackers are getting a treasure trove of experience from their new linebacker coach,  Mike Vrabel, who won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Meet Chris Carlino.
Hammer and Rails profiles Purdue senior linebacker Chris Carlino, who has been a workhorse on the Boilermaker team for the past few years. (Hammer and Rails)

Who's your friend when things get rough?
Maize n Brew compares new Indiana head football coach Kevin Wilson to...H.R. Pufnstuf? Does that make Nebraska head football coach Sigmund the Sea Monster? (Maize n Brew)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Les Miles, Dan Mullen, Tyler Bray and...Clemson?

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


A man of few words.
LSU head football coach Les Miles had a few words to say about LSU's turning over of information involving it's involvement with infamous scouting service director Willie Lyles. With the emphasis on "few." (CBS Sports)

Dan Mullen question time. 
Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen say down to answer questions from The Clarion Ledger's Brandon Marcello. (The Clarion-Ledger)

Same reporter, different coach.
Marcello also had an interview with Ole Miss Head football coach Houston Nutt. (The Clarion-Ledger)

Mississippi State will beat Arkansas in 2011.
Because Team Speed Kills said so. (Team Speed Kills)

Alabama offensive lineman Tyler Love dresses like Harry Potter.
This should please Alabama head football coach Nick Saban to no end. (Friends of the Program)


These Dawgs fall like dominoes, dominoes.
Georgia tailback Carlton Thomas has been suspended for at least the season opening Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Boise State, becoming the latest casualty for the Bulldog depth chart. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Good seats still available.
Sales for Tennessee football season tickets are down 2,000-2,500 from that of this point in 2010. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Tyler Bray's star is still rising. 
Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray has been added to the Davey O'Brien watch list. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Learning Curve.
Kentucky head football coach on his first year on the job. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

Too good to be true?
The SEC reportedly had Clemson ready to jump ship from the ACC if Texas A&M had bolted from the then-collapsing Big XII. Or at least that's what the story going around the internet is saying. (Team Speed Kills)

Boise State's Epic Fail Blue Turf Cartoon Mascot.

Really, Boise State? Trying to turn your "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore*" blue football field into an impossibly lame cartoon character? Even Nike couldn't pull this one off.

The worst part of "Spongebob Bluefurf?" The angry face is on the brown dirt side of the sod, and not on the blue turf side. Get it right, dangit! It reminds me of the joke where the landscaper keeps having to yell to his new Auburn grad employee that the green side of the sod goes face up, not the brown side. Oh well, you can't win them all.

(EDIT at 9:30 AM 7/18/11): I just hope that thing never shows up on the sidelines as a cosplaying costumed mascot. Kids are going to be scared to death and mentally scared for life.

*(Apologies to The Smiths)

(via The Legend of Cecilo Guante, SB Nation Seattle)

Tyler Sash planking? Tyler Sash planking.

Okay, I'm just as tired of planking as you are. But even I had to admit this one was at least slightly cool. Especially considering the plankee is former Iowa defensive back and current New York Giants draft pick Tyler Sash planking down (up?) an escalator.  Kids don't even think of trying this.

(via Tyler Sash on Instagram)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Jim Donnan, Marcus Lattimore, Courtney Upshaw, and more.

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

More than a game.
SEC football on the horizon gives Southerners relief from the severe weather that hit the region in the spring. (The Birmingham News)


Donnan in the doghouse with the Feds?
Former Georgia head football coach Jim Donnan is being accused of being directly involved in the Ponzi  that resulted in his declaring bankruptcy earlier this week. (

Scary thought of the day.
In discussing the Donnan situation, T. Kyle King brings up the scary fact that much maligned former head Georgia football coach Ray Goff may have been smarter in investing his severance money from the school than Donnan or any of the other coaches involved with the GLC Limited Ponzi scheme. Goff famously invested his money in Zaxby's. (Dawg Sports)

All of the Lights
Kentucky's new "Thursday Night Lights" team cardio program is a hit with Wildcat players. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

Speaking from his heart. 
South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will be speaking at "REAL Men, REAL Talk “A Night of Worship, Testimony and Invitation” at First Baptist Church of Columbia (SC) on July 28. (Leftover Hot Dog)


Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw is a valuable part of head football coach Nick Saban's strategy to "affect" the opposing quarterback. (

Handing it over.
LSU has turned over recruiting information provided to the program by Willie Lyles, the scout in the center of the Oregon recruiting scandal, to the NCAA. (CBS Sports)