Monday, January 31, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Sylvester Croom, Georgia, Kentucky, and cheerleading

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) 
 
 Overqualified candidates? Former Mississippi State head football coach Sylvester Croom is being interviewed for the vacant wide receivers coach. Former Virginia head coach Al Groh is also in the mix for the job. (Tide Sports)

The Color of Money is apparently burnt orange. Former Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searles will be getting a $135,000 pay raise when he left UGA for the same job at Texas. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Help Wanted. Meanwhile, Georgia has placed the vacant wide receivers coach position on the University of Georgia's employment website. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Recruit bait? The expansion of the Butts-Mehre athletics building may be one of the reasons for Georgia's success in recruiting as of late. (The Lady Sportswriter)

Cheerleading is not a sport. Because the University of Alabama says so. (The Sports Jury)

Government intervention. Mike Bianchi wants the new Florida Governor Rick Scott to intervene in the  alleged South Florida blocking of  Central Florida's bid to join the Big East. Shut up, Mike. (Orlando Sentinel)

BASKETBALL

Rise up. Kentucky enters rises to the #10 team in the AP Basketball poll. (Lexington Herald-Ledger)

Volunteer honored. Tennessee freshman power forward Tobias Harris has been named the SEC's Freshman Player of the Week. (Go Vols Xtra)

Volunteer honored, part deux. Tennessee will retire Allan Houston number 20 in a ceremony on March 6 before the Vol's home game against Kentucky. (Go Vols Xtra)

Former Vol QB Tee Martin gets a job promotion at Kentucky.

Tee Martin may have helped win Tennessee the mythical National Championship that it didn't win with Peyton Manning at the quarterback helm, but as of late he's been helping rival Kentucky win football games as a wide receivers coach. The hard work seems to be paying off, as Wildcat head football coach Joker Phillips has given Martin a promotion to passing game coordinator, along with a contract extension and a raise. It's a sign Martin is moving up in the coaching ranks, and it's not going unnoticed. Martin was reportedly being looked at by Alabama to be the Tide's wide receiver coach. The way things are going, you might be seeing Martin as a head football coach in the next few years.

(via ChuckOliver.net, Lexington Herald Ledger)

Urban Meyer is an ESPN analyst.

If you would have told me four months ago that a then-SEC coach would be named an ESPN analyst by the end of January, 2011, I would have put my money on it being Mark Richt. As it is, the fates have a funny way of weaving their threads together. Richt is still at Georgia, and it is Urban Meyer, who's  become the newly minted analyst at the World Wide Leader. 
According to ESPN, Meyer "will work weekly regular-season games during the season, as well as providing studio analysis on ESPN's "College Football Live" and "College GameDay. " He'll make his debut as an official WWL employee during ESPNU's coverage of Signing Day on Wendsday, Feb. 2.
There's no word yet if this means Meyer will be keeping this office on the Florida campus. or if he'll have to give it up as it could be considered  a conflict of interest. Then again, the network could just do like FOX and turn it into a studio for him to work out of.

(via ESPN)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Big Tentacles: Michigan's Zach Novak, Penn State's Matt McGloin, Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan, and more

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

Michigan's Zach Novak is "a younger, sweatier Matthew Stafford." Because Mitch Albom says so. Sadly for Brady Hoke, Novak's a guard/forward on the basketball team.  (Detroit Free Press)

 Oh, and one more thing - shut up, Mitch.

No turning back. The recent hospitalization of thirteen Iowa football players isn't causing recruits from changing their commitments to the Hawkeyes. (Hawk Central)

Young Lions. Which Penn State quarterback has the best chance of being the starter when the 2011 season comes around? Matt McGloin has the best shot. (The Morning Call)

Package deal. Former Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan called "The Total Package" at the Senior Bowl. Sadly for Kerrigan, the Torture Rack is banned by the NFL. (Tampa Bay Online)

Good impressions. Former Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi made a good impression on former Green Bay Packer Matt Bowen during Senior Bowl practice. (Madison.com)


Living on the Edge. Michigan State will squeak into the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament due to its reputation. Because Drew Sharp says so. (Detroit Free Press)

Derek Dooley more prepared for Tennessee job than his dad was for UGA?

Former Georgia head mens' basketball coach Hugh Durham was asked recently about his thoughts on Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley and his father, former Georgia head football coach Vince Dooley. According to  Durham, His Hairness was more prepared for the Tennessee job than his father was for Georgia.



Considering that the senior Dooley is winningest football coach in UGA history, that is saying a lot.

(via Go Vols Xtra)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The road to Cam Newton's (official) pro career runs through San Diego.

Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton will be showing off his football skills to the media in a Feb. 10 workout in San Diego.  Newton isin San Diego  getting prepared for the NFL combine. He's being trained by quarterback coach George Whitfield Jr. No word if Cecil Newton will be allowed to show up.

(via Rivals.com)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Covering Dixie ...With Tentacles?

(It's been a little busy with other stuff today, so I'm combining "Covering Dixie Like Mildew" with "Big Tentacles" for a massive SEC/Big Ten extravaganza.)

All Over But the Cryin'. Picking up the pieces after Michigan State's 61-57 loss to Michigan. (The Only Colors)

The Back-Up Plan. If Greg McElroy doesn't get drafted on the NFL, he wants to work for ESPN. Be very afrain, Jessie Palmer. (No Guts, No Glory)

Here for the long haul.  Wisconsin signs head football coach Bret Bielema to an extension through 2016. (UWBadgers.com)

About that Ralph Friedgen as Georgia's new offensive line coach rumor. It seems to be news to Friedgen and his agent. (Athens Banner Herald)

The blame game. Newly minted Georgia strength and conditioning coach Joe Tereshinski claims the makeshift workout room used by players while the Butts-Mehre building is being renovated may have been a factor in the Dawg's lackluster 2010 season. (Dr. Saturday)

As for what REALLY matters in Athens, Georgia students want the restrictions tailgating loosened. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

A Few Small Repairs. The Superdome will get an $85 million dollar sprucing up for its hosting the BCS title game  and the FInal Four in 2012. (Rivals.com)

Big Blue vs. The Wild Blue Yonder. Michigan will open the 2012 season by facing Air Force. (The Michigan Daily)

Conspiracy Theory. Mike Bianchi believes South Florida is trying to block Central Florida's entry into the Big East. Here's your tinfoil hat, Mike. (Orlando Sentinel)

Remembering Gus Grissom. Last week, Hammer and Rails honored astronaut and Purdue alum Roger Chaffee, who died in a launch-pad accident in 1967. This week, his crewmate, Gus Grissom, also a Purdue grad. (Hammer and Rails)

Bear-apalooza. Lots and lots of Bear Bryant. Have a dance off with your pants off, 'Bama fans. (Coaches Hot Seat Blog)

The new Big Ten Basketball Tournament logo.


Let the mocking begin. Oh wait, it already has.

(via SB Nation Chicago)

Insane rumor of the day: Ralph Friedgen as Georgia offensive line coach?

There are rumors and then there are rumors. The one that started swirling around Thursday night about former Maryland head football coach Ralph Friedgen heading to Georgia to be offensive lines coach , however, is a doozy that ranks near the one about Jamie Lee Curtis' extra, uh, plumbing.
A tweet from Football Rumor Mill suggested Friedgen was "one of 3 candidates" to take over the job recently vacated by Stacey Searels, who left to become OL coach at Texas. This seems totally out of the air, with only the fact that Friedgen follows Mark Richt on Twitter giving it any possible credence.
Dawg fans still remember the days when Friedgen was the offensive coordinator under George O'Leary at Georgia Tech, when the Jackets beat the Dawgs three years in a row from 1998-2000. So it would be sweet irony if this story did turn out to be true.

(via SB Nation, Dawg Sports)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa, Ricky Stanzi, and more

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


 Iowa workout illness update. Iowa says it will investigate how thirteen football players became seriously ill after working out in the offsesaon. (Rivals.com)

Brutus boils Purdue Pete. Number one Ohio State rolls over Purdue 87-64. (Our Honor Defend)

In the Navy. Michigan State and North Carolina are inching closer to signing a deal to play each other on a US Navy aircraft next season. (NBC Sports)


In the Meantime, The Spartans look at extending the 1,000-plus day period since Michigan beat Michigan State in either football or mens' basketball. (The Only Colors)

Spartan no more. Michigan State guard  Korie Lucious has been dismissed from the team for "conduct detrimental to the team." (The Detroit News)

Fortune Faded. Northwestern looks as their chances to make the NCAA tournament take a turn for the worse. (Sippin' On Purple)

FOOTBALL

Open arms. Wes Bunting criticized Iowa senior defensive lineman Karl Klug as being short armed, and might have trouble . Black Heart Gold Pants responds by saying it hasn't hurt former Hawkeye, and now Super Bowl bound Green Bay Packer Bryan Bulaga. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

And speaking of Bryan Bulaga, he made the Pro Football Writers of America's NFL all-rookie team. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Stanzi update. Despite a shaky start, America's Quarterback Ricky Stanzi is beginning to impress people during Senior Bowl practice. (Big 10 Rant)

Severing ties. Nebraska is ending a controversial licensing agreement with Corn Fed Apparel Inc., a company owned by the father of Husker quarterback Taylor Martinez. (Rivals.com)

Keep hope alive. Lake the Posts "Top 10 Reasons To Be Optimistic For 2011" countdown hits #2 by looking at the freshmen and sophomores for the 2011 season. (Lake the Posts)


Photo Finish, Big Ten style. Maize n Brew tries to one-up EDSBS by examining the Big Ten's "Family Portrait" from the late Sixties (the one in the upper left corner of this article). (Maize n Brew)

Is Brady Hoke burying the hatchet with Michigan high schools?

To say that Brady Hoke has a lot of damage to fix at Michigan may be an overstatement. Even though many people believe Rich Rodriguez turned the Wolverine football program into a disaster area, he did manage to have a winning season in 2010, and the program seemed to have bottomed out.
One big problem RichRod did have, apparently, was a poor relationship with Michigan high school programs. The Detroit Free Press reports how Rodriguez alienated some high school coaches by recruiting players outside The Great Lakes State, quoting ESPN's Tom Luginbill, who said "“The state of Michigan doesn’t necessarily produce year in and year out the style of player that Rich Rodriguez wanted. So he went elsewhere and I think that damaged some relationships that needed to be repaired." Lunginbill claims this was a reason RichRod was let go.
Hoke's work to repair the bridges Rodriguez burned seems to be ahead of schedule. He has already gotten six comittments to Michigan in the short time he's been on the job.


(via Detroit Free Press)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Florida, Gene Chiznik's dirty mouth, and more.

Spring forward. The dates for the SEC's spring games. (ESPN)

Checking the books. CSS's Miss Sports Biz looks at the revenues and expenditures of SEC football programs, and questions whether Georgia is spending enough on the program. (Miss Sports Biz)

Speared. Florida is losing out in the race to sign the Sunshine State's top prospects to Florida State. (ESPN)

Senior Skip Day. Florida senior center Mike Pouncey will skip out in playing in the Senior Bowl. (Orlando Sentinel)

Oh yeah, Jay Cutler's a Vanderbilt grad. (Anchor of Gold)

War Potty Mouth. Kevin Scarbinsky slams Auburn head football coach Gene Chiznik for shouting "War D@mn Eagle" at a couple of public appearances. Shut up, Kevin. (al.com)

Photo finish. EDSBS' Spencer Hall dissects the "SEC Family Portrait," c. 1969.  (EDSBS)

Houston Nutt's son is ready for his close-up

Houston Nutt III may have been a bust as a football player, but that's not stopping the son of Ole Miss' head football coach from trying to make it on the silver screen. Nutt is one of the stars of the low-budget $25K, which is described by director Billy Chase Goforth as "homage to 70's southern drive-in films."
The plot involves bail bondsmen who "encounter drug runners, corrupt cops, and other trouble when they find a treasure map promising $25,000." In other words, good old-fashioned exploitation movie fun.
Judging from the movie poster, it seems that Nutt may have been cast as much for his looks than for any acting ability. But you can find out for yourself when the film screens at the Oxford Film Festival on February 12, or when it goes direct-to-DVD soon after.

(via Friends of the Program, Arkansas Sports 360)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: LSU, Senior Bowl, Swiperboy, and more.

Crystal ballin'.  The King of College Football, Chuck Oliver, sees a 9-3 season in 2011 for LSU. (ChuckOliver.net)

Use Your Delusion. Dan McGill says he "wouldn’t be surprised if Aaron Murray quarterbacked Georgia to the national title this year." Everybody else in the civilized World would. (Athens Banner-Herald)

Ever seen a grown man naked? SEC seniors went through the traditional ritual of Senior Bowl weigh-in in nothing but a pair of Under Armour compression shorts. (al.com)

Connecticut's Bobby Louder. Robert Burton, the Connecticut booster who wants the school to return a $3 million dollar donation wanted the school to hire former Florida Gator offensive coordinator Steve Addazio as Randy Edsall's replacement as head football coach. Somebody must've ignored Florida football this season. Or that Addazio had already been hired by Temple to be their new head football coach. (ESPN)

BASKETBALL

Thank you Mark Fox for teaching us how to smile again. Georgia head mens' basketball coach has transformed the Dawgs' into something worth watching again. Maybe UGA should let him coach football. (Athens Banner-Herald)

I didn't do it, no one saw me do it, there's no way you can prove anything! Tennessee says Renaldo "Swiperboy" Woolridge didn't violate any NCAA regulations after getting"free access" to a Knoxville club to film a music video. (Rivals.com)

Is Tennessee becoming Tattoo U?

Tennessee is slowing becoming the school for players with awkward tattoos. First came Tyler Bray that infamous back tat of his name. Now comes Marlin Lane, a high school running back who has committed to the Vols, who has a shoulder tattoo with an awkward story of its own.

"Lane had been committed to Clemson for more than a year -- he even has a Tigers tattoo on his shoulder -- before the school pulled his scholarship. Lane refused to stop taking visits, and when Clemson backed away he reopened his recruiting and quickly became one of the hottest properties as schools look to fill out their recruiting classes."

Lane and Bray should become BFF's real fast. 

(via Go Vols Xtra. HT to VolNation)

Big Tentacles: Senior Bowl, Northwestern, Wisconsin, and more

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


Longhorn Network fallout. Would Big Ten schools ditch the Big Ten Network and start their own cable networks? Probably not. BTN might have to make some room on the schedule for some new Big Ten members, however.  (Off Tackle Empire)

Senior Bowl Week, Day One. Indiana offensive tackle James Brewer had a good day in the first Senior Bowl practice on Monday. (The Sporting News)

How's America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi doing in Senior Bowl practice? Not so well. (NFL Mocks)

Redemption Song. Former Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is looking at rebuilding his life and getting ready for the NFL Draft after pleading guilty to a charge of marijuana possession charge in a plea bargaining agreement. (Black Heart Gold Pants, CBS Sports

Leadership position. Northwestern fans can look to senior leadership being another reason for optimism in 2011. (Lake the Posts)

Just a Job To Do. Rich Rodriguez will be an analyst for CBS Sports on National Signing Day. Because he has nothing else better to do that day. (Detroit Free Press)

BASKETBALL

Ohio State vs. Purdue. The Boilermakers looks to take down the number one Buckeyes tonight. Watch them try on ESPN at 9:00 EST, or go watch something less significant like the State of the Union Address.  (Hammer and Rails)

Record breaker. Wisconsin freshman guard Josh Gasser became the first Badger to score a triple-double during Sunday's victory over Northwestern. The last freshman to do so in a Big Ten game was Magic Johnson (Michigan State) in 1977. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

Panic Room. Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo finds the Spartans 12-7 record "definitely disturbing." (Detroit Free Press)

Irish Spring. Norte Dame defeats Pitt 56-51 in a battle between two schools the Big Ten not so secretle covets. (Rakes of Mallow)


Hanging By a Moment. Michigan tries to hold on to its fading chances to make the NCAA Mens' Basketball Tournament. (Detroit Free Press)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Auburn, Georgia, and...Texas A&M?

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


 Party Out of Bounds. Around 78,000 fans attended the official celebration of Auburn's BCS title in Jordan-Hare Stadium. (al.com)

In the footsteps of giants. Auburn comitt Kiehl Frazier plans to compete for playing time in the race to  replace Cam Newton as the Tiger's starting quarterback. (al.com)

Everybody Hates Gene Chizik. And that's a good thing. (ChuckOliver.net)

Standing Still. Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn will return for his senior season. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Stupid question of the day. Should Florida hire Mike Leach as an assistant coach? Should you bet your life savings on the Los Angeles Clippers to win the NBC Championship? Same answer. (Miami Herald)

Just Shut Up. Jacksonville Jaguar Maurice Jones-Drew compares Jay Cutler leaving Sunday's NFC Championship Game due to injury to Urban Meyer's leaving Florida, saying they're both "quitters". Shut up, Maurice (Orlando Sentinel)

University of Alabama-Birmingham is "The Most Exciting Team in College Football." More proof that statistics lie and people who use statistics are liars. (Sports Biz with Darren Rovell)


Not this again! The creation of The Longhorn Network revives speculation that Texas A&M might look at joining the SEC again. (Austin-American Statesman)

Stephen Garcia is Velvet Jones


Here's South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia at Saturday night's Kentucky vs. South Carolina men's basketball game on Saturday night. Yes, that's a maroon velvet jacket he is wearing. Don't laugh. Pimping ain't easy, even for an SEC quarterback. Besides no one tells an Ayn Ryan obsessed man like Garcia what to. He's wear whatever he wants, because he doesn't conform to the fashion constraints of everyday man.

(via evanmilligan on Twitter.)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Gene Chizik, Cam Newton, Houston Nutt, and more.

War White Whale? Gene Chizik is the Moby Dick to Nick Saban's Captain Ahab. Because Kevin Scarbinsky said so. Does this mean that  Les Miles is Saban's Ishmael? (al.com)

Gene Chizik, the early years. As awkward and rednecky as you would expect it to be. (Friends of the Program)

The Client. Cam Newton hires Brett Favre's agent Bus Cook as his representation in the 2011 NFL Draft. Come up with your own joke here. (CBS Sports)

The Dawg Whisperer.  A lexicon of online Georgia Bulldog phraseology. (Dawg Sports)

Together again. Ole Miss head football coach Houston Nutt hires Keith Burns his former defense coordinator from his Arkansas days. (Red Cup Rebellion, Ole Miss Sports )

Big plans. Arkansas unveils  plans for  its new football operations center. (The Slophouse)

BASKETBALL

More Rocky Top Schadenfreude. Tennessee indefinitely suspends freshman guard Jordan McRae, reportedly over a verbal altercation with another player. (Go Vols Xtra)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Big Tentacles: Badgers, Wildcats, Spartans and more

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

Finding the right people. Wisconsin head football coach Bret Bielema's hiring of Dave Huxtable to be the Badgers' linebackers coach shows his knack for making good hires on his coaching staff. (Madison.com)

Alvarez bound and determined. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez is determined to keep the Badgers' offensive coordinator  Paul Chryst from being snatched up by another college or NFL team. (Madison.com)

Totally committed.  A revived commitment to the Northwestern football program in areas ranging  from marketing to facility improvements to a new deal for head football coach Pat Fitzgerald is a reason for Wildcat fans to be optimistic. (Lake the Posts)

Post mortem. Looking back at the highs and lows Ohio State's 2010 football season. (Our Honor Defend )

In excess. Notre Dame may have one too many quarterbacks than necessary for next season. (Chicago Tribune)

I Heard a Rumor. Nike Pro Combat uniforms for Purdue? Maybe. (Boiled Sports)


Remember the Name. Hammer and Rails continues its series of honoring notable Purdue alumni by profiling astronaut Roger Chaffe, who died in a fire on the launching pad in an accident with two other astronauts in 1967. (Boiled Sports)

BASKETBALL

Last Chance for a Thousand Years (or at least this season)? Iowa's game against Indiana on Sunday may be the best chance for the Hawkeyes to avoid going 0-18 this season in the Big Ten.

Ready to rebound. Michigan State guard Durrell Summers to working to get out of the slump that's plagued him this season. (Detroit Free Press)

In Your Honor. Former Michigan head mens' basketball coach Johnny Orr (1969-1980) will be one of six inductees into Michigan's Hall of Honor during Saturday night's game against Minnesota. (Detroit Free Press)

HOCKEY

Wolverine vs. Hockeybear! Michigan hosts the Alaska  Nanooks in Ann Arbor in the second of two games on Saturday night. Michigan beat Alaska Friday night in a 2-0 shutout. (MGoBlog, Detroit Free Press)

Friday, January 21, 2011

The good and bad about Penn State underclassmen staying in Happy Valley

Penn State has no underclassmen entering the 2011 NFL Draft. On one hand this means that the Nittany Lions won't suffer any of the setbacks that programs like Georgia have suffered in the past several years with underclassmen leaving school before graduation or their eligibility runs out. On the other hand, this means that Penn State isn't attracting or producing underclassmen who would be draftable if they did leave school early.
This either says  that Joe Paterno is producing either loyal players, or players who aren't quite ready for the NFL. In fact, only six players from Penn State were drafted in 2010.

(via The Morning Call)

"Party in the USA" Ohio State basketball edition.

It's time to  admit that Miley Cyrus and college athletics just don't mix. As if those infamous Penn State and Georgia YouTube clips weren't enough proof, here are Ohio State basketball players Jon Diebler, Aaron Craft and Jared Sullinger to once again prove that point.  



Why does Ohio State let these happen? You don't think Jim Tressel would try to be hip like these basketball players...



Aw, forget it.

(Via Eleven Warriors on Twitter, SB Nation)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Alabama, Les Miles, March Madness dark horses, and more

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) 
 
 Fulmer Cup season is underway! It's time for the SEC to defend it's other "championship," won by Georgia in 2010. Hide your kids. Hide your wives. Hide your laptops.  (EDSBS)

Tide rolling out. Alabama wide recievers coach and recruiting coordinator Curt Cignetti is leaving to become head football coach of FCS division Indiana University of Pennsylvania. (Roll 'Bama Roll)

The agony and the irony. Daniel Moore, commonly associated with his paintings of Alabama football that the University of Alabama sued him over for trademark infringement (and lost), has been selected to paint the commemorative painting  of Auburn's victory over Oregon in the BCS title game by the U.S. Sports Academy. (Birmingham Business Journal)

Storming the ranks. Florida has commitments from six prospects on the Rivals250 list. (Orlando Sentinel)

Fulfillment of a dream (at least partially). Georgia manages to snatch tight end Jay Rome, and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, both of Valdosta High. The two were prospects on Georgia's "Dream Team" wish list. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Trading Spaces. LSU-Arkansas will be returning to its traditional Friday after Thanksgiving spot on the calendar in 2011, while the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn will return to its traditional Saturday after Thanksgiving date. (The Advocate (Baton Rouge)

A Few Small Repairs. Mississippi State's long-term master plan for its campus includes expansion of Davis Wade Stadium. (The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS)

The Long Run. "Is Les Miles the long-term answer" for LSU? ESPN's Chris Low thinks so. (ESPN)

BASKETBALL

Dark horses. Tennessee, Georgia, and Vanderbilt lead the way on Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated's list of sleeper contenders for the NCAA men's basketball championship. (Sports Illustrated)

Atmospheric conditions. The NBA-style atmosphere at South Carolina basketball games is a turn off to "the middle-aged to older fan,"  says The State's Ron Morris. Shut up, Ron. (The State)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Big Tentacles: Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State and more.

 The Big House get a new big screen. Michigan Stadium will be getting a new HD scoreboard, along with Crisler Arena and Yost Ice Arena, which will be ready for the 2011-12 season. (MGoBlue)

It's been real, it's been fun, but it's not been real fun. Reaction to Tate Forcier's departure from Michigan. (MGoBlog)

I'm special, so special. Improvement on special teams is another reason for Northwestern fans to be optimistic. (Lake the Posts)

Parody Pow Wow. Jim Delaney had a little chat with Big Ten coaches and AD's over the "Leaders" and "Legends" debacle. Off Tackle Empire goes Black Heart Gold Pants. (Off Tackle Empire)

BASKETBALL

Still on top. Ohio State goes to 19-0 after defeating Iowa Wendsday night. (Out Honor Defend)

U.S. against The World. Purdue head basketball coach Matt Painter had been named as head coach of the USA Basketball team for the 2011 World University games in Shenzhen, China. (NCAA.com)

Hero of the Day. Purdue's JaJuan Johnson gets props for leading Purdue to a comeback win against Penn State. (Hammer and Rails. Bonus props to H&R for pairing it's blog entry with Skillet's "Hero." Double awesomeness.)

Tate Forcier: It's so hard to tweet goodbye to yesterday.

It was the least kept secret that Tate Forcier was not going to be playing quarterback for Michigan any longer. Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon made that clear last week. But now the once hailed, but now much maligned quarterback has officially announced he was leaving Michigan, via the always tasteful and mature platform of Twitter. Some of the highlights from  QB Force, the Forcier family's Twitter account:

"I’ve been kicked, pushed, knocked down, publicly berated, belittled, emasculated and more."

And that was just against Iowa. 

"The humility of it all is indescribable and that is exactly my point."

Translation: I lost my starting job to a guy who can't tie his own shoelaces.

"I had to reach rock bottom in order to see the light, and for that, I am thankful."

Rock bottom meaning declared academically ineligible.

"It was not until then, I realized that it was my lack of accountability and maturity and not to pass blame."

Forcier, immature?

"I do hope all my young fans forgive me and benefit from my lessons that I have learned."

 They forgive and forget. Emphasis on the latter. They won't even remember who you are by next week.

"I had fun celebrating with the fans."

The frat parties were awesome.

"I really wanted to stay. I was not giving up on Michigan, but in the end, it was made clear they had given up on me."

Uh, what was that about not placing blame again?

"With that being said, its time for me to go."

And as Roy Clark said, "Thank God in Greyhound You're Gone"

"I promise the Michigan family and fans I will make you proud again."

How can you leave when you won't go away?

"Tate Forcier #5 - A Michigan Man Forever - Go Blue"

Until you sucker find another FBC that will take you in.

With that said, best wishes to Forcier where ever he lands.  With that, here's the inelidible image that fans will remember him by:





Shine on, you crazy Wolverine.

(via ESPN, QB Force Twitter account)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: LSU, Georgia, and the NFL Draft

New Kid in Town: LSU hires former Louisville head football coach Steve Kragthorpe as its new offensive coordinator. (nola.com)

Best reaction to the Kragthorpe hire on Twitter: "Les Miles would jump into a shark tank with a meat suit on and be oblivious to the ramifications. Im now convinced of this."  (Friends of the Program on Twitter)

LSU will win the 2011 BCS championship. Because Clay Travis says so. Shut up, Clay. (Fanhouse)

Another Dawg coach gone. Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels  leaves to become Texas OLC. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Shocking news of the day: Todd McShay's NFL mock draft is chock full of SEC players. (ESPN)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mississippi State grad wants Mississippi legislature to restore Colonel Reb's role as Ole Miss mascot...Wut?

A Mississippi State alum and member of the Mississippi House of Representatives is introducing a bill that would restore Colonel Reb as Ole Miss's mascot. Rep. Mark DuVall (D) drafted Mississippi House Bill 1106, which seeks to force Ole Miss to bring back the beleaguered ex-mascot, and to order the Mississippi marching band to play "Dixie" at football and basketball games.
If this was a Republican, this would probably be seen as some kind of backward attempt to restore what more than a few people see as imagery related to the Civil War and segregation. As it is, it sounds a little more like a lame attempt by an alum of a rival school to cause trouble on a grand scale.

(via Red Cup Rebellion)

Texas Longhorns get their very own network

Ah, Texas. A state that's more of a state of mind than a State of the Union. The former Republic of Texas has an independent streak only somewhat reeled in by it's marriage of convenience with the rest of the US. And that streak extends to the University of Texas, who just forged a deal with ESPN and ING (the holder of Texas' multimedia rights) to create its very own network, to debut in the fall.
Announced this morning, The Longhorn Network will feature University of Texas athletics, and non-sporting "cultural events" (as if Texans could tell the difference between the two) involving the college.  So in many ways it would be like the old SportsSouth before Time-Warner sold it to FOX.
On the athletics side, there will be at least one Texas Longhorns football game a year on the network, which in all probability would be a bottom-feeder FBS team or a FCS team that ESPN or other networks wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole. The rest of the time, expect men's and women's basketball, baseball, and "other sports" (which probably means lots of women's sports). 
As for that pesky "cultural" stuff, it will include events on the University of Texas campus, and what's described as "high-level, entertaining cultural, music, scientific, Discovery Channel, History Channel kind of stuff” by University of Texas President William Powers Jr. Though Dr. Saturday's Matt Hinton suggested the network feature "retrospectives on the 1975 Bluebonnet Bowl, all-night Cat Osterman marathons and reruns of "Friday Night Lights" and "Austin Stories" Though honestly, The Longhorn Network should probably hire Cat Osterman for some on-the-air role for something.The former Longhorn softball star and Olympic gold medalist would probably be perfect eye candy for the network.
Probably the biggest deal with The Longhorn Network is that it won't have to share any revenues with other schools in this venture. That was one of the deal breakers in the proposed Texas defection to the Pac-10. That means the rest of the Big 12 are left out of the cold with this deal. The other big deal? That this won't be the last of its kind of one-school network, though probably on less of a bigger scale. Which is probably the way Texas would like it. 
(Sports Business Journal Daily, Barking Carnival, Austin American-Statesman, Dr. Saturday )

Big Tentacles: Brady Hoke, Tom Izzo, and more

 (Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  
 
 
Back Where You Belong. Greg Mattison, most recently defense coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, is leaving the NFL to return to Michigan in the same role. (Detroit Free Press)

Beat the Clock.  Brady Hoke is trying to make up for time lost on the recruiting trail following the debacle of the Rich Rodriguez firing and his hiring as Michigan head football coach. (Detroit Free Press)

The Price is Right. Ohio State nabs top recruit Ejuan Price. (Along the Olentangty)


Let's Make a Deal. Wisconsin and head football coach Bret Bielema have worked out a new compensation package agreement for the next two seasons. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

Welcome to the Boiler Room. Purdue hires Patrick Higgins, most recently from BYU, as its new defense coordinator. (Boiled Sports)


 BASKETBALL

A work in progress. Tom Izzo believes the no. 17th ranked Michigan State is improving on defense. That still didn't help the Spartans against no. 24th ranked Illinois, who beat them 71-62 on Tuesday night. (Detroit Free Press)

Under the radar. Purdue senior center JaJuan Johnson is quietly making a case for himself as the player of the year. (Beyond the Arc)

Up the creek. Indiana sophomore guard will be out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury. (BT Powerhouse)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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

On to the next one. Looking at what SEC teams could reasonably compete for the BCS title in 2011. (Team Speed Kills)

Georgia not on their minds. The Liberty Bowl, site of Georgia's humiliating loss to Central Florida, had one of the biggest drops in attendance from the previous year of all the bowl games. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Give me strength. Tennessee names Ron McKeefery as the Vols' new stregnth and conditioning coach. (Go Vols Xtra)

The bad news for Auburn. Reciever Darvin Adams leaving school for the 2011 NFL Draft. (ESPN)

The good news for Auburn. Despite losing Cam Newton and Nick Fairley, Auburn has had better luck in keeping its coaching staff intact. (al.com)

Lack of Commitment. Florida loses out as lineman lineman Chase Hounshell de-commits to Florida and opts for Notre Dame instead. (Orlando Sentinel)

BASKETBALL

Rocky Top in the Classic City. A tumultuous Tennessee  travels to Athens to face a rising Georgia basketball team. (Dawg Sports)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Don't make Brady Hoke angry

You won't like Brady Hoke when he's angry.



Then again, the folks at Michigan State might get a kick out of seeing the new head football coach at Michigan turn green. 

(via Wolverine Liberation Army)

Big Tentacles: Denard Robinson, Adam Robinson, Jim Tressel, and more

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


 And here's to you, Mr. Robinson. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson officially (decides to remain with the Wolverines. (ESPN)

Take Me Back. Former Iowa running back Adam Robinson wants to rejoin the Hawkeyes after being dismissed from the team after being arrested for possession of marijuana. (Hawk Central)

Ten years of sweater vests. Today marks the tenth anniversary of Ohio State's hiring of Jim Tressel. (EDSBS)

Always Look On the Bright Side of Life. Quarterback Dan Persa, returning to Northwestern for his senior year following a season cut short by injury, is a reason for the Wildcats to be hopeful in 2011. (Lake the Posts)

Another reason for Northwestern to be optimistic? As Woody Paige always says, "Look at the schedule!" (Lake the Posts)

Everything you really wanted to know about Michigan, but were afraid to ask. A simple graph showing Michigan's record from the days of Bo Schembechler to Rich Rodriguez. (MGoBlog)

Money for Nothing. The Salvation Army made $12,930 off the items donated by fired Michigan head football coach Rich Rodriguez. (Rivals.com)

BASKETBALL

Freak of the Week. Michigan State junior forward Draymond Green named Big Ten Player of the Week. (Big Ten Conference official website)

Baby freak. Ohio State freshman guard Aaron Craft named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. (Big Ten official website)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

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

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



Auburn will not go gentle into that dark night. Despite what Andre Ware said, don't expect Auburn to have a losing season in 2011, despite losing Cam Newton and Nick Fairley. (al.com)

As Good As It Gets? Was 2010  the last year of SEC dominance of college football? (Team Speed Kills)

Don't believe the hype. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban denies that the Denver Broncos have contacted assistant coach Sal Sunseri about a position under  Broncos' new head coach, John Fox, the Bronco's new head coach and Sunseri's former boss at Carolina.

More Mark Richt on the Hot Seat talk? More Mark Richt on the Hot Seat talk. (Rivals.com)

Another Dawg gone. Georgia outside linebacker Justin Houston is the latest Dawg to enter the 2011 NFL Draft. (Athens Banner-Herald)

Be cruel to your school? Looking at the recent ruffling of  Georgia's feathers by Bulldog legends Vince Dooley and Fran Tarkenton. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Would you take $950,000 to have you face kicked in by Oregon? Arkansas State will, in 2012. (Arkansas Sports 260)

BASKETBALL

On the scene. A look at ESPN College GameDay's visit to Knoxville for the Tennessee men's and women's basketball team's dual victories over Vanderbilt. (Go Vols Xtra)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

One good (?) Star Wars parody poster deserves another

Remember that New York Jets  Return of the Jedi parody the New York Post published Friday? Well here's the Michigan version.




Coming soon: The SEC version of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. (I hope, sort of)
(via Maize n Brew)

Big Tentacles: Michigan, Tom Izzo, and a wrestler fought the law (and the law won)

 (Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  
 
 Stuck Like Glue. The Big Ten will be keeping those absurd "Legemds" and "Leaders" division names, at least until the end of next season. (Rivals.com)

Two peas in a pod. Michigan and Michigan State are more similar than you might think. Because Dew Sharp says so. Shut up, Drew. (Detroit Free Press)

Big shoes to fill (relatively speaking). Illinois looks ahead to replacing key players who are headed fot the 2010 NFL Draft. (Hail to the Orange)

Slim pickings. Don't expect to see a lot of Penn State players getting picked in the 2011 NFL Draft. (The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)

Locked Up? Iowa has quarantined beloved mascot Herky Hawk after the recent bird deaths en masse.  Yes, Black Heart Gold Pants is at it again.

Brady Hoke pointing at things? Brady Hoke pointing at things. (Wolverine Liberation Army)

Brady Hoke pointing at more things? Brady Hoke pointing at more things. (MGoBlog)

Are Michigan fans arrogant? Is the Pope German? (Maize n Brew)

BASKETBALL

David and Goliath. The only thing standing in the way of Ohio State and the no. 1 spot in the basketball polls is Penn State, who have gotten into the habit of upsetting Big Ten powerhouses like Michigan State and Illinois. (Our Honor Defend)

On the rebound. Credit Penn State's recent turnaround to an improvement in rebounding. (Black Shoe Diaries)

Screaming for Vengeance. Northwestern looks to avenge its loss to Michigan State this afternoon. (The Chicago Tribune)

Unfamiliar Territory. Michigan State is in the unexpected position of  being on the bubble for an NCAA men's basketball tournament bid. (SB Nation)

I got a peaceful easy feeling. That said,  Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo is a little more at ease with the Spartans' improvement in recent games. (Detroit Free Press)

WRESTLING

Close, but no banana. Iowa wrestler Michael Evans was arrested for drunk driving a van after police officers investigated "a report of three males damaging a bicycle." Sorry, Iowa. This doesn't count for the Fulmer Cup. (Hawk Central)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Fairley, John Brantley, Alabama, and...Bill Cosby?

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


Fly Like a (War) Eagle. Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley joins Cam Newton in leaving school for the 2011 NFL Draft. (Dr. Saturday)


Pat Dooley tweets on Fairley's decision. "Interesting fact: Fairley could be No. 1 pick in draft and was on neither the coaches nor media pre-season all-SEC first or second team." (Pat Dooley on Twitter)


It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday. Looking at the legacy of Kentucky quarterback Randall Cobb, who is leaving school to enter the 2011 Draft. (A Sea of Blue)

Standing Still. Quarterback John Brantley will stay at  Florida. (Gator Bytes)

Working for the Weekend. Alabama prepared for what may be a huge weekend for recruiting. (al.com)

Representing. Ryan Mallett has picked Athlete's First to represent him in the 2011 NFL Draft. 

Talking a leap? TCU offensive coordinator Justin Fuente will interview for the same position at LSU. (ChuckOliver.net

Reach Out, I'll Be There. Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said that he had a conversation  with Fran Tarkenton after  the Georgia quarterback legend criticized Mark Richt's performance as head football coach. (Dawgs 247)

Sour grapes? Central Florida is better off with hiring George O'Leary as head football coach than other candidate at the time Gene Chizik. Because Mike Bianchi says so. Shut up, Mike. (Orlando Sentinel)

Bill Cosby's advice to Cam Newton:  "Make the supreme commitment, because this is not street football, and millions of people are counting on you," (al.com)

BASKETBALL

Commodores vs. Volunteers. Previewing the Vanderbilt at Tennessee showdown that could be a must-win for the Volunteers. (Anchor of Gold)

By any other name. "Party Like It's High School" is Renaldo Woolridge aka Swiperboy aka SB's latest musical release. Just don't party with those high school girls, SB. (Hot New Hip Hop)

Let the speculation on Cam Newton's Wonderlic test performance commence!

Yes, Virginia (and Auburn), people are already taking predictions on how now-former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton will do on the NFL's Wonderlic test. In fact, EDSBS has gone so far as to open up its own predictions thread over the matter. Of course, the obvious jokes are making the rounds too, as Drew Magary tweeted "I assume Cam Newton believes the Wonderlic is some kind of envelope sealing contest."

To be honest, I'm more interested with what Ryan Mallett does on the Wonderlic. Well, I'm actually more interested in what his fake Twitter avatar, @SummerofMallett, has to say about it. It's sure to be something closer to the NSFW line than necessary.

(via EDSBS)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cam Newton enters the NFL Draft

Cam Newton is leaving school a year early and is entering the 2011 NFL Draft. Least. Shocking. Event. Ever. Seriously, who didn't see this coming. Dr. Midnight could see this one coming even without his infra-red goggles. Just get prepared for all the lame comments from bloggers and commenters ready for those ever original "but I thought he already went pro" snarky comments.



(via ESPN)

Ryan Mallett is on twitter. The real one. No, seriously.

Former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett now has a Twitter account. It's @Ryan_Mallett_15. The now-infamous fake Twitter account @SummerofMallett  is still bound to be more interesting.

Big Tentacles: Michigan, Purdue, Iowa, and..."cats and dogs living together?"

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


 I'll Stick Around? Denard Robinson will probably not transfer from Michigan with Brady Hoke at the helm. (MGoBlog)

As for Tate Forcier? He is apparently an ex-Wolverine. (The Detroit Free Press)

Laying it on the line. The Hoke hire puts Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon's legacy (and probably his job) on the line. (Detroit Free Press)

An offer he can't refuse? Northwestern is working on a contract extension for head football coach Pat Fitzgerald in the hopes of keeping him around "for life." (Chicago Tribune)

Still a Domer. Notre Dame junior wide receiver Michael Floyd will be back for his senior year. (Rakes of Mallow)

Could Purdue become the next Oregon in college football? They would probably need a Sugar Daddy as sweet as Phil Knight to do it. (Hammer and Rails)

How did Michigan go about hiring Brady Hoke? Your handy-dandy Michigan coaching hire flow chart. (Wolverine Liberation Army)

What if Iowa hired Rich Rodriguez to be co-offensive coordinator with Ken O'Keefe? Would the tandem be called KOKaine and RichRodbin? (Black Heart Gold Pants)

BASKETBALL


"Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!" Penn State's victories over Michigan State and Illinois have helped make the start of conference play chaotic. (Hammer and Rails)

Purple Reign. Northwestern defeated Iowa 90-71 in only the Wildcats third win against the Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since 1946. (Chicago Tribune).

Identity crisis? After Michigan State's overtime victory over Wisconsin, the Spartans may have figured out who they are as a basketball team this season. (Detroit Free Press)

We're (almost) Number One! Florida State's upset victory over Duke sets the stage for Ohio State to become the Number One team in the country. (ESPN, BT Powerhouse)