Thursday, March 31, 2011

The NBA has 99 Problems with Jay-Z's visit to Kentucky locker room.

The NBA is looking into a visit to the Kentucky locker room by part-owner of the New York Knicks Jay-Z. The Association's rules bar contacts with non-draft eligible players by team officials, and apparently Jay-Z counts as being one.

An NBA spokesman confirms that the league is investigating Jay-Z’s presence in Kentucky’s locker room after the Wildcats clinched a Final Four berth.
The rapper visited the players after their victory over North Carolina on Sunday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J, home of the Nets. Jay-Z is a part-owner of the team and attended the Nets’ 120-116 loss at New York on Wednesday.

No word from the NCAA yet about the NBA probe. But you just have to know they're looking for a reason to go after John Calipari. Jay-Z may have handed it too them.

(via Rivals.com)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Your Freudian Nightmare of the Night: J Leman as...Red She-Hulk?


This is supposed to be former Illinois linebacker J Leman, who usually takes on the role as precursor/tag-team partner of America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi over at the Iowa blog/Fantasy Factory known as Black Heart Gold Pants. Here, he's taking on the roll of American Gladiator's Malibu in a bizarre dream sequence Stanzi is having. Though to be honest, he look more like this:

 
Betty Ross Banner a.k.a The Red She-Hulk!

Scared? So am I. I have enough nightmares coming from the Big Ten for She-Leman to start going after me. Imagine what'll happen when she, Bucky Badger, and Purdue Pete start ganging up on me.

(via Black Heart Gold Pants)

Houston Nutt targets lack of discipline at Ole Miss.

Anyone who reads Entertainment Weekly on a frequent basis knows about it's back of the book "The Bullseye" feature, which rates the week's hits and misses in entertainment news (or what passes for it). Houston Nutt seems to have taken that idea to a whole new level, by using it to shame his players into submission. He's simplified the thing, by getting rid of the near misses not hitting the bullseye being good, and making sure the players who stray from his rules know they're on his "List You Don't Want to Be On" (To borrow disgraced former CNN media personality Rick Sanchez's spiel.)


“Started back in January,” Nutt said. “As soon as they got back we made what we call a circle of champions. That’s a circle of excellence. And what that means is we want everybody to do it the right way.”

This goes back to what Nutt has said before, of course, the part about how a lack of discipline and the so-called ‘little things’ were a big reason why the Rebels went 4-8 last season after back-to-back nine-win seasons. In Nutt’s first two seasons, he said, there was an assumption, based on strong leadership, that things would be done the right way. This offseason, he wanted to, essentially, force the issue.

“So when we got back we said that everybody’s going to pick a partner,” Nutt said. “And if your partner doesn’t go to class, you both run. One of you oversleeps? Both of you overslept. And both of you have got to pay a penalty. And so you get so many penalties and you start, you get outside — you don’t want to be outside the blue. What I’m excited about, with 121 right now, I think we’ve got four names up there.”

Four, because of the partner system."

The players who have apparently lost Nutt's trust, by the way, are wide reciever Ja-Mes Logan, defensive back Wesley Pendleton,  wide reciever Korvic Neat, and running back Brandon Bolden.  Or at least one member of each pair has. The other partner gets the thumbs down for not keeping the other in check.

(via The Clarion-Ledger. HT: Dr. Saturday)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Big Tentacles: Mark Dantonio, Taylor Martinez, and Jesse James (really)

Taking it personal. The Jim Tressel scandal hits close to home to Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantoinio, who was Tressel's former defensive coordinator. (Detroit Free Press)

Please adjust your schedules accordingly. Wisconsin's home opener against UNLV may be moved to Thursday night, Sept. 1. Yes, ESPN is involved with this. (Las Vegas Sun)

Indiana Wants Me. A Big Ten Welcome to Nebraska from an Indiana blogger. (Off Tackle Empire)

The elephant in the room. The upcoming inner-divisional Big Ten rivalry between Nebraska and Penn State naturally brings up the legendary 1994 meeting between the two schools. (Corn Nation)

Comfort zone. Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez says he feels “a lot more comfortable” with with talking to the media than he was as a freshman. (Big Red Today)


Massaro out. Penn State defensive end Massaro will miss the 2011 season due to a torn ACL. (Linebacker U)

The James Gang. Penn State has a 2012 commitment from a recruit named Jesse James. Insert obvious joke about Joe Paterno meeting the real Jesse James back in the Old West here. (Black Shoe Diaries)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Steve Spurrier, Cuonzo Martin, Mike Anderson, and haiku about John Brantley.

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


Least shocking news out of South Carolina spring practice. South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier is already criticizing the play of his quarterbacks. (The Post and Courier)

The Usual Suspects. A list of the "Top 10 Games involving SEC teams in 2011" features the usual top SEC rivalry matchups, plus a few high-profile games against non-conference opponents. (Bubba 'n Earl Sittin' on the 50)

Vanderbilt spring scrimmage highlights. And stop chuckling. (ChuckOliver.net)

Just visiting. Former Ohio State wide receiver Duron Carter is reportedly expected to pay an unofficial visit to Alabama this coming weekend. He's the son of former Vikings great Chris Carter. (al.com)

Let it Flow. A flow chart to help Auburn find a quarterback to replace Cam Newton. (The Belly of the Beast)

Poetry Corner. A haiku about Florida quarterback John Brantley? A haiku about Florida quarterback John Brantley. (EDSBS)

BASKETBALL

The Butler...well, you know. Dissecting Florida's NCAA Tournament loss to Butler.Which may end up being the only time this year the Gator's lose to a school with the nickname "Bulldogs" (Miami Herald)

Call the Shots. Mike Bianchi criticizes Florida's shot selection in the loss to Butler. Shut up, Mike. (Orlando Sentinel)

The new guy. Reaction to the Tennessee's hiring of Cuonzo Martin to replace the embattled Bruce Pearl as head men's basketball coach. (Rocky Top Talk)

The other new guy. Evaluating the hire of Arkansas' new head basketball coach, Mike Anderson. (Arkansas Expats)

History lesson. How Nolan Richardson's coaching philosophy at Arkansas became known as "40 Minutes of Hell." (Swish Appeal)

What if The NCAA Final Four were - The FRIGHTFUL FOUR?

Longtime readers of Shirts With Random Triangles might recall last year that  I compared the 2010 NCAA Final Four to the stars of The World's Greatest Comic Magazine, The Fantastic Four. Lots of things have changed in a year. Johnny Storm, The Human Torch, was killed off, the FF's book was canceled. And the remaining FF members have reformed into something called the Future Foundation. (Though I suspect Johnny and the FF will be back in time for what would be the 600th issue of Fantastic Four.)
Add to that the fact that it would be pretty hard to truly consider this year's Final Four to The Fantastic Four. It's not that some of the school's aren't fantastic in their own way. It's just that some of this year's Final Four basketball teams are just too freaking evil to compare to  Reed Richards and crew.

So with that in mind, what better group to compare this year's Final Four to than the Fantastic Four's evil opposites - The Frightful Four! First appearing as together as a unit in Fantastic Four #36, the Frightful Four have come together over and over again to plague the world's greatest adventurers in one form or another. Just to keep things simple, I'm going to use the groups original line-up of The Wizard, The Trapster, The Sandman, and Madame Medusa to compare against Kentucky, VCU, UConn, and Butler.

Kentucky as - The Wizard!

The scheming brains behind the Frightful Four, The Wizard (aka The Wingless Wizard) is the obvious group member to compare to Kentucky and its head coach John Calipari. Both the Wizard and Calipari are ruthless, ethicless, and just downright unlikable. Also they usually come up short in their desperate schemes, leaving nothing but ruins and shattered dreams in their wake. Be warned, Wildcat fans. That Final Four you have so desired may turn out to be like another classic Marvel villain - The Vanisher.

UConn as - The Sandman!



Another quite easy choice. The Sandman is the Frightful Four member that is the most dangerous, but which everyone somehow seems to underestimate when push comes to shove. This is in so may ways similar to UConn and its head basketball coach Jim Calhoun. Many people underestimated the Huskies this year, and paid for it with busted brackets.

VCU as - The Trapster!


No one really expects The Trapster to give them much trouble. But time and again, he surprises them with his guile and his more-dangerous-that-it-looks paste gun. Don't laugh, that thing releases an adhesive that even The Thing has trouble breaking out of.  Like The Trapster, nobody expected VCU to give them much trouble in the NCAA Tournament. With each game, however, the Rams plastered even favored teams like Purdue and Kansas.

Butler as - Madame Medusa!


Medusa isn't really evil. In fact, she only got involved with the Frightful Four because she had lost her memory and forgotten her life as a member of the Inhuman Royal Family.  She eventually learned her true identity, however, and left the life of crime to take her rightful place beside her true love, Black Bolt. She even switched sides and joined the Fantastic Four once! That said, Butler is the obvious choice to pair up with Medusa because she's not really evil. And like Butler, enemies don't expect her and her stretchable, malleable, mane of hair to be a serious threat. Both she and Butler usually prove them wrong.



Sunday, March 27, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tavarres King, Vince Dooley and Gene Chizik as Willy Loman

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

Under Pressure. Gerogia receiver Tavarres King says he's feeling the pressure of replacing A.J. Green. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Numbers game. Georgia center Ben Jones will be changing the number on his jersey from 61 to 60, to honor his late father. The number 60 was previously unavailable to Jones because offensive lineman Clint Boling had been wearing it. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Garden Party. Vince Dooley has decided to share his obsession with gardening with the rest of the world in his new book, Vince Dooley's Garden: a Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Please adjust your calendars? Mississippi State's season opening game against Memphis may be moved from Saturday, September 3, to Thursday, September 1. (ChuckOliver.net)

Moore suspended. Alabama suspends defensive end Brandon Moore for unspecified violation of  "team rules and policy." (Montgomery Advertiser)

Tennessee wallpaper. For when you absolutely,  positively, need a Tennessee background on your computer. Sadly, a wallpaper featuring Tyler Bray's infamous back tattoo is not available. (Go Vols Xtra)

Gene Chizik = Willy Loman? Auburn's head football coach is described as "the guy who made that one big sale, got puffed up, then rested on his laurels for an eternity" by an Alabama Blog annoyed at his constantly reminding people he won the BCS Championship. (Capstone Report)

Rex Ryan wants his son to go to Alabama. Nick Saban must be thrilled.

It should come as no one's surprise that outspoken New York Jets head football coach Rex Ryan has a son that plays football. Young Seth Ryan, according to his father, has "Kill" and "Mad skills. At least that's what Rex Says. And it looks like he's eyeing Alabama as the school where he wants to send his son to.

"I want him to learn football," Ryan said. "He wants to be a coach and all
that. Alabama's not going to be excited about him. He's not a great
player, but he's a good one. But he's going to be a great coach one day.
I want him to be around the best, and that's why I want to bring him
here."

Well that's just what Nick Saban needs. His own personal Craig and Adam James combo. You can imagine how that coach/player/player's dad relationship is going to turn out. Especially in dealing with an ego like Rex Ryan's. Hopefully for Saban, if Seth Ryan does go to Alabama, Big Daddy Rex will still be coaching the Jets and be too busy making watching films to be too much of a helicopter dad. That and that young Seth is a better player and less of a brat than Adam James was. Otherwise, the Alabama maintenance staff may want to make sure that their electrical sheds  are all locked.

(via al.com)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Steve Spurrier's "arrest" video.

South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier fakes his own arrest. Obviously for crimes against humanity. The fun begins about 1:26.



This has to be a subtle message to Stephen Garcia to get his act together.

(via GamecockAnthemTube on YouTube)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Steve Spurrier laid down the law to Stephen Garcia, and made him get a haircut too.

Garcia before Coach Spurrier made him chop his hair off.
South Carolina starting quarterback Stephen Garcia spoke to the media for the first time since his week-long suspension. Garcia spent a week out of practice as punishment over an alleged night of debauchery night in Atlanta before the team's appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. He promised the media that such a thing wouldn't happen again.

"Just got to be smarter, that's the bottom line," he said. "You know the last time I got in trouble was three or four years ago..it was a bad decision on my part down in Atlanta. Nothing bad is going to happen again. That's a guarantee," Garcia said following practice."

Garcia said that he had spoken to South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier about the incident, and asked what he could do to make amends. Needless to say, The Old Ball Coach took very good advantage of the situation.

"Garcia said Spurrier gave him a list of “10 or 12 suggestions” on improving himself during his final season with a USC team expected to once again contend for an SEC title. Garcia would only divulge one: cutting his long hair."

Obviously, the world "suggestions" is a Spurrier code word for "Do make me do to you what I used to do to Georgia back in the day, boy." As you can tell from the video below, Garcia went to the barber and got his mangy locks chopped off. Spurrier was apparently  merciful and didn't tell him to shave, though.



There is no word about what the other twelve "suggerstions" were, but they probably involve avoiding drinking and co-eds in varying states of undress.

(via Anderson Independent Mail, WLTX)

Jim Tressel shared e-mail information about Pryor, but not with Ohio St. or NCCA.

News of Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel's involvement with "Tatgate" keeps getting worse and worse. The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Tressel  shared information regarding e-mails he had received about Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor's involvement with a tattoo-parlor owner/alleged drug trafficker to Ted Sarniak, a businessman described as Pryor's "mentor." Who Tressel didn't share the information with , of course, were officials of either Ohio State or the NCAA. This is why Tressel is suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season.

(via The Columbus Dispatch)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Florida plays Quidditch. (aka Harry Potter Wears Jean Shorts).

Great, here's another sport that Florida can beat Georgia in. What's whose: It's a made up sport from the Harry Potter books. Quidditch, the imaginary game played on broomsticks, has gained popularity with college students wanting to stall their journey to adulthood as much as possible. (While at the same time, consuming as much adult beverages as they can.) Sadly these muggles can't fly. But that hasn't stopped college students from embarrassing themselves, their parents, and various university officials before.

<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&amp;brand=foxsports&amp;from=sp&amp;vid=375bbf77-6555-42d3-8806-dcbfde545eda&amp;src=FLCP:sharebar:embed" target="_new" title="College Experiment: Quidditch Cup">Video: College Experiment: Quidditch Cup</a>

If you think this is bad? Wait until The Gators face the Bulldogs in the World's Largest Outdoor Butterbeer Party. Then things get really out of hand.

(via EDSBS)

Your Freudian Nightmare of the Night: A kid dressed up as Jim Tressel

Here's a photo from a recent Jim Tressel autograph signing. Funny, I never knew Ralphie was an Ohio State fan.



What kind of deranged parents would allow their child to dress up like this? Okay, besides Kurt Herbstreit?

(via No Guts No Glory)

Big Tentacles: Nebraska, Michigan, Lou Holtz and...Bruce Pearl?

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

Youth Movement. Nebraska looks to have an offensive line with limited or no starting experience in 2011. (Big Red Today)

Welcome to the Jungle. An Iowa blogger welcomes Nebraska to the Big Ten. Sadly for Nebraska, it's one of the Black Heart Gold Pants crew. (Off Tackle Empire)

Doctor Doctor. Notre Dame plans to give Lou Holtz a genuine honorary doctorate. Now if we can only find a school that will make John Cena an actual  honorary Doctorate of Thuganomics. (Dr. Saturday)

New Low. Six Air Force pilots who took part in a flyover of last year's Ohio State-Iowa game are getting reprimanded for flying too low to the ground. (Dr. Saturday)

Maize Heart White Pants? Rumors are going around than Michigan may be planning to wear white pants sometime during the 2011 season. (Maize n Brew)

BASKETBALL

Highly Evolved? Ohio State's Jon Dieber has gone from a disappointment to one a candidate for the title of "best offensive player in basketball." (Eleven Warriors)

Eye of the Tiger on Painter? Missouri may be looking at Purdue's Matt Painter to replace the recently departed Mike Anderson. (Rock M Nation)

Bold prediction of the day: "Bruce Pearl could return to coach Iowa" in 2012. Personally I think the Mayan Apocalypse has a better chance of happening. (Business Insider)

Mississippi State invents trophy porn.

What happens when an in-state rivalry trophy meets a bowl game trophy? Two minutes of pure YouTube cheese, that's what. Warning: You might want to send the kids out of the room before you click on this one.  



(via Friends of the Program)

Should Urban Meyer replace Jim Tressel at Ohio State? In a word, no.

Should Urban Meyer replace Jim Tressel at Ohio State? That's what Mike Bianchi is reported to have said on 740-AM in Orlando.

What do I have to say about the idea?To quote Nick Swisher in my favorite ESPN commercial of last year: "No way, dude."

If the idea for Ohio State were to "clean up" its program after Tressel and his handling of "Tatgate," then Meyer might not be the best candidate for the job. Sure, Meyer led Florida to two BCS championships. But put aside the crystal footballs and Tim Tebow, and you might see a few troubling issues for Ohio St. Namely, the arrests of at least 24 Florida players under Meyer's tenure as head football coach in Gainesville. That list just might be long enough to cover up that plaque with Tebow's "Promise Speech" Meyer had erected on the side of the Florida athletic facility.

It might be a popular play for Ohio St. to pick Meyer to replace Tressel, but with the Buckeye's issues being off the field, replacing a winner with a winner may not be the only thing the program needs. It What it would really need is a coach who isn't willing to look the other way when trouble is afoot. Besides, with the possibility of big-time NCAA sanctions hanging over the program, it may not be a too attractive place for Meyer in the first place.

(via The Fan Hub)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: SEC schedule, Tyler Bray, Bruce Pearl, and more.

The official SEC 2011 football schedule is out. As if you already didn't know when most of these are going to be played already. (SECSports.com)

Monkey Business. EDSBS looks at the early season SEC football schedule with a little help from Flash Rogue Gallery member Gorilla Grodd. (EDSBS)


If a player has a Pro Day without any scouts present, is it still a Pro Day? The NFL Lockout meant that A.J. Green worked out on Georgia's Pro Day without the presence of actual NFL scouts. (Athens Banner-Herald)

Getting back to normal in Knoxville. Mike Strange believes with Bruce Pearl gone, football can once again regain its rightful place as the biggest sport  in the Vols Nation. (Go Vols Xtra)

Growing Pains. Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley expect starting quarterback Tyler Bray to mature in his sophomore year and become a leader on the team. Mature meaning "no more throat-slashing gestures." (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Same as it ever was. Auburn offensive coordinator  Gus Malzahn will once again be starting spring practice with having to replace a starting quarterback. With Cam Newton the quarterback being replaced, that could become a truly daunting task. (al.com)

A little bit better than I used to be. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban expects the Tide's now more experienced  defense to be better in 2011. (ESPN)

BASKETBALL

And the nominees are: Reviewing potential candidates to replace Bruce Pearl as Tennessee head men's basketball coach. (Rocky Top Talk)

Gone Daddy Gone. South Carolina basketball players Stephen Spinella and Ramon Galloway are now ex-Gamecocks. (Gamecocks Online)

UGA's Aaron Murray hits somebody in the face with a football on Spring Break.

Ah, Spring Break in Key West. And what happens in Key West, goes on YouTube. Obviously for Georgia starting quarterback Aaron Murray, this might not be a good thing. Neither for his target in the video.



I'm sure Mark Richt and Mike Bobo are going to be really happy about this one.

(via David Ching on Twitter)

Tim Tebow calls Jimmer Fredette "Gator Bait."

What does Tim Tebow think of America's mancrush, Jimmer Fredette? Not enough to root for him and BYU against His Tebowness' alma mater on Thursday.


Admit it, you'd like to lock Tebow and Fredette in a room and see which one converts the other over to his religion first.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Your moment of Jimmer Fredette manlove of the day, Sports Illustrated edition


Okay, so the cover shows his back and not his front. But with an image like that you really can't complain that much.

(via SportsGrid)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Bruce Pearl, LSU's Spencer Ware, and more.

The Downward Spiral. Getting fired by Tennessee might not be the worst thing that happens to Bruce Pearl. (Lonely Tailgater)

When Bruce met Mike (kind of). Recalling The Jimmy Collins-Deon Thomas scandal. Involving a then-young assistant coach named Bruce Pearl, and a then attorney named Mike Slive as part of the cast of characters. (Deadspin)

It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday. Tennessee assistant basketball coach Mark Pancratz says goodbye to the Vols' Nation on his blog. (The Pancratz Full Court Press)


Are you pondering what I'm pondering? The inevitable question on whether or not Tennessee athletic directer Mike Hamilton will be the next to lose his job in the Bruce Pearl recruiting scandal. (Go Vols Xtra).

Still going. Despite missing practice on Monday with a sprained ankle, Florida guard Kenny Boynton is expected to play Thursday night against BYU. (Rivals.com

FOOTBALL


In other SEC recruiting scandal news, The NCAA is reportedly nearing the end of an investigation into alleged LSU recruiting violations in 2009. (nola.com)

The King's eye on the Tiger. Chuck Oliver takes a look at LSU running backs as part of his "College Football Today" segment on Atlanta's 680 The Fan, and says Spencer Ware is someone you should keep an eye on. (ChuckOliver.net)


A.J. McCarron or Phillip Sims?  Alabama's quarterback controversy officially begins with the start of the Crimson Tide's spring practice. (al.com)

Oh snap! J.T. Bowtie's a reality TV "star!"

Oh snap! Tyler Fortenberry, aka J.T. Bowtie, has somehow managed to get on a reality TV show. Fortenberry became infamous for his pro-Alabama alter ego, a Bama-banged fratboy who ridiculed fans of other SEC schools during the 2009 season on YouTube. Well, at least he did until death threats made him pull his videos. Now he's made it to the hallowed fields of basic cable.

Fortenberry is a cast member of a Flavor of Love knockoff called Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too, which will air on Oxygen. (If this was subtitled "Naughty Girls Need Love Too" I'd be more inclined to watch it). In his bio, Fortenberry claims that "prides himself in being the epitome of a Southern gentleman." (Ahem) He's also listed as "a manager and in-store model at Abercrombie and Fitch." Like you needed another reason to hate him.

(via Friends of the Program)

Derek Dooley rewrites the calendar, and declares 2011 as Year One.

Derek Dooley is at it again. First His Hairness tried to realign state borders for his own recruiting purposes. Then  he tried to ban his own mother from entering the state of Tennessee. (That one didn't quite work out, however.) Now Dooley is taking delusional shows of power by SEC coaches to a new level by altering the calendar.  This isn't 2011 anymore, Tennessee fans. This is Year One.

“I kind of feel like this is Year One and last year was Year Zero,” Dooley said in his pre-spring practice press conference on Monday. “It was such a unique situation that we walked into last season, it didn’t feel like your first year. I feel like right now, this is Year One."

So if this is Year One, does this mean Dooley is  Jack Black? And if so, does it make Tyler Bray Michael Cera?

At least you can't say that Derek Dooley doesn't think big. Or that he doesn't have delusions of grandeur, for that matter. Both of which tend to be qualities of either a great football coach, or a completely insane football coach. Or in many cases, both. 

(via Go Vols Xtra)

Bruce Pearl is the $948,728 Man.

How much does it take to get rid of a college basketball coach? If you're Tennessee it costs $948,728. That's what it cost the school to pay Bruce Pearl as part of his dismissal agreement. This along with paying the salary of his assistant coaches on his staff through July 31. That's pretty cheap, when considering what it costs to get rid of a coach for being lousy as opposed to being juts crooked.

(via Rivals.com)

Big Tentacles: Nebraska, Jim Tressel, Michigan, and more.

 The Times They Are A-Changin'. Nebraska begins spring practice with a new offensive coordinator, a new offensive strategy, and an  up for grabs starting quarterback job.  (Big Red Today)

Just sayin'. Comparing Jim Tressel to Bruce Pearl, which is  just what you would expect a Michigan blog to do. (The Big House Blog)

To market, to market. Lake the Posts interviews Northwestern senior associate athletic director in charge of marketing Mike Polisky looking back at 2010 and looking forward to marketing the 2011 football season. (Lake the Posts)

Naming the trophy for the Nebraska-Iowa rivalry. Naturally, the word "corn" shows up a lot with two of the three top corn producing states in the nation. (Corn Nation)

BASKETBALL

Don't Believe the Hype. One of the keys for Michigan to repeat it's 2010-11 success not to listen to hype between now and the start of the 2011-2012 season. (Detroit Free Press)

First stage: Denial. Boiled Sports reacts to Purdue's ouster in the NCAA Tournament by declaring "It wasn't supposed to end this way." (Boiled Sports)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Tennessee students paint The Rock to protest Bruce Pearl's firing

Tennessee students who support now fired Tennessee head men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl showed their disapproval of the firing by painting messages of support for Pearl on  The Rock.



They may be naive in their support for Pearl, but they've got a good point in saying that Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton should be let go too.

(via Go Vols Xtra)

Bruce Pearl fired?

According to sources at both the AP and ESPN, Bruce Pearl is an ex-Tennessee men's basketball coach. The school has yet to make an official statement, however.

Pearl has been  embroiled in a recruiting scandal all season, which ended for himself and the Volunteers last Friday with a loss to Michigan. The only thing holding up the official announcement, according to ESPN, is a financial settlement for Pearl and his coaching staff.

(via Rivals.comESPN)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Alabama's Mark Barron arrested.

Alabama has a player in trouble with the police on the eve of spring football practice. Safety Mark Barron was arrested in Mobile, AL, on hindering prosecution charges. Nick Saban is probably not too pleased about this.

(via al.com)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Bruce Pearl, Urban Meyer, Arkansas, and more.

Tennessee is "botching" Bruce Pearl situation. Because Jeff Schultz said so. Shut up. Jeff. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

You think? Tennessee assistant coach Terry Jones blame's the Vols' early NCAA Tournament exit on the team being "distracted." (Go Vols Xtra)

A tale of two programs. The state of the Tennessee men's and women's basketball teams are as different as night and day. (Go Vols Xtra)

"No shame, little glory" in Georgia's first round loss in NCAA Tournament. Because Mark Bradley said so. Shut up, Mark. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

"The five stages of Commodore fandom." How Vanderbilt fans handle a first round loss in the NCAA Tournament.  (Anchor of Gold)

FOOTBALL

Least shocking statement of the day. Urban Meyer says he misses coaching. (ChuckOliver.net)

Putting two and two together. Meyer misses coaching. Ohio State may be needing a coach by the end of the 2012 season. Hmmm...(Leather Helmet Blog)

Thug life. Auburn players making gang signals. (Sports By Brooks)

"Tyler Wilson will make Arkansas fans forget Ryan Mallett." Because Chadd Scott said so. Shut up, Chadd. (ChuckOliver.net)

By the way, Chadd Scott got fired from his job at 680 the Fan in Atlanta for tweeting complaints about a station sponsor. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

How to waste $900,000. Georgia adds home game against South Alabama to 2014 schedule. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Digger Phelps makes me motivated.

Motivated enough to make this.

Bruce Pearl gets Obamaed


Yes, Bruce Pearl supporters went there. At least they didn't use this pic for the Obamafying:


Of course the next obvious question is if there's a Team Pearl, can a cookbook a la Team Leach's Fat Little Girlfriends Cookbook be far behind?  (If it is, let's hope Team Pearl remembers to make all the dishes kosher.)

(via Rocky Top Talk)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Are West Virignia fans the worst college sports fans in America?

GQ has come out with its list of "The Worst Sports Fans In America." It's no surprise that Philadelphia tops the list. Not only that, it takes the top two spots, with one each  for Phillies and Eagles fans. But West Virginia Mountaineer fans might be a little hot under the collar for landing the #3 spot on the list, thus becoming the de facto worst college sports fans in America.

What earned West Virginia the dubious spot over the amazingly annoying Cameron Crazies of Duke (who only merit a #8 on the list) or the more violent antics of Penn State (#7)? Apparently a hopeless devotion to pyromania

"But what really defines the West Virginia University faithful is their devotion to celebratory arson. The school led the nation in intentionally set street fires from 1997 to 2003, lighting up an unmatchable 1,120 blazes."

1,120, blazes in seven years? That apparently counts for more than even the worst riots by #5 Maryland on the list (including one that did $500,000 of damage in 2001).

The other school fanbases on the list include Penn State (#7),  LSU (#10), Wisconsin (#13), and Oregon (#14).

(via GQ)

PAWL!



Oh, like you weren't thinking the same thing anyway. Thanks to  Jonathan Whalen for letting me post this. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mike Hamilton apologizes to Bruce Pearl for radio interview comments.

Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton started an internet frenzy yesterday. In an interview with a Knoxville radio station, he placed doubts on the Vols' head basketball coach Bruce Pearl's employment status after the end of this season. Today reports come out that Hamilton called Pearl to apologize for the statements.

Pearl is reported to have said that "I think Mike would have prepared for it to not come out like this."It doesn't sound like the eventual meeting between the two following the team's exit from the NCAA Tournament will be a very warm and fuzzy occasion.

(via Go Vols Xtra)

Packer's Jordy Nelson and Kansas State mascot in the cheese(head)iest commercial ever.

Before he was a Super Bowl champion wide reciever for the Green Bay Packers, Jordy Nelson played for the Kansas State Wildcats. Which would explain the appearance of Willie the Wildcat at the end of has to be the cheese(head)iest commercial ever filmed. This being how he bought his wife a car from Kansas State Motors for their anniversary. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll be embarrassed by the cheesy script Nelson was given.



(via Total Packers)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Big Tentacles: Brady Hoke, Michigan and Ricky Stanzi.

Hangin' Tough. Brady Hoke is apparently making Michigan a tougher football team. Or at least he said one form of the word "toughness" or another lot in a news conference on Tuesday. (ESPN)

Be afraid, be very afraid? Should Michigan fans be concerned about recruit Chris Barnett's connections to Baron Flenory, a person of interest in the recent recruiting scandal?  Maybe.  (M Go Blog)

Former Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi scored a 30 on the Wonderlic Test, which is five points or so  what a good QB should get on the test apparently. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Is Bruce Pearl era at Tennessee ending?

Is the Bruce Pearl era at Tennessee nearing an end? In an interview with Knoxville radio station WNML, Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton says he isn't sure whether or not Pearl, the subject of an NCAA investigation, will return to coach next season.


"Asked point blank if Pearl will be UT’s coach next season, Hamilton said: "We don’t know the answer today. We’ve done a lot of soul searching about the direction of our program and we’ll continue to do that and we’ll decide after we’re out of the NCAA Tournament what direction it is that we’re going to go next."

Hamilton wasn’t specific as to a timetable on determining Pearl’s future.

"That’ll be a decision we make in the short term or we’ll wait and make it a little bit further down the road," Hamilton said. "But the jury is out on what’s going to happen with that at this point. … He knows that, by the way."


Hamilton also said in the interview that Tennessee  was unaware of Pearl committing a "bump" violation involving a recruit four days after the coach admitted to lying about about improper contacts with recruits at his home in a press conference until the NCAA reported it to the school.



"The NCAA charged that Pearl committed a "bump" violation four days after a tearful press conference announcing he lied to the NCAA about cookout at his home in 2009. Pearl did not report it to UT because he didn’t think it was a violation.

That apparently hasn’t sat well with Hamilton and the UT administration, which learned of the incident from the NCAA.

If the Volunteer's run in the NCAA Tournament is short. Pearl's tenure at Tennessee might end soon after.

(via Mr. SECWNML)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Big Ten Potato Bar? A Big Ten Potato Bar.

Apparently, spectators at last weekend's Big Ten basketball tournament the option of 11 different kinds of hamburgers and baked potatoes in Conseco Fieldhouse.  The baked potato bar being the most surreal of the two. Not to mention most appropriate, as this is the Big Ten we're talking about here. (And yes, Nebraska, you got hosed. You'll have to wait for next year to get yours)

Just hope that Northwestern head football coach wasn't at the tournament. You see a potato bar, he sees an army that he can conquer the world with.

(via SB Nation, Illinois Fighting Illini official athletic site, Off Tackle Empire)

Stephen Garcia suspended. (UPDATED)

The Post and Courier's Travis Haney is reporting on Twitter that South Carolina quarterback "Stephen Garcia has been suspended for at least the first week of spring practice." No word on whether this involves Garcia's wild night with five women in an Atlanta hotel room before the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

UPDATE: Haney is reporting on The Post and Courier's website that Garcia and sophomore QB  Andrew Clifford  have been suspended due "to an incident during the team’s bowl week in Atlanta." 

(via Travis Haney on Twitter, The Post and Courier)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: NCAA Tournament talk, Mark Richt, and more

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


Five against 63. The SEC sends five representatives to the NCAA Tournament. (Team Speed Kills)

Alabama named a #1 seed in the NIT Tournament. Meaning the Tide gets a chance to be the 69th best team in the college basketball world. (Roll 'Bama Roll)

The best of all possible worlds? Tennessee's first second round match-up against Michigan is described as "The Best Possible Draw for Tennessee." (Rocky Top Talk)

No interest. LSU head men's basketball coach Trent Johnson says he is not interested in currently vacant job at Utah. (LSUSports.net)

Nothing Else Matters. Georgia making the NCAA Tournament matters. It really, really matters. (Dawg Sports)

Least shocking reaction of the day. Former Arkansas men's basketball coach John Pelphrey says he disagreed with his firing. (Arkansas Sports 360)

FOOTBALL

Mark Richt's punishment for Isaiah Crowell recruiting violation? The Gerogia head football coach won't be allowed to call recruits and/or their parents in on the phone in April. (Athens Banner-Herald)

Altered Images. Kevin Scarbinsky says that Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik has to "rebuild Auburn's image" following the arrest of four (now dismissed) players on charges of armed robbery. Like Auburn has an image of being a pillar of piety in the SEC in the first place. (al.com)


Tower of Strength. New Tennessee strength and conditioning coach Ron McKeefery says he is already seeing improvements with in the team's bench press and squats. (ChuckOliver.net)


On to the next one. Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson wants to pick up where Ryan Mallett left off. The fathers of Fayetteville's  daughters are probably real happy to hear that.   (Rivals.com)

Georgia self-reports recruiting violation involving Isaiah Crowell. (UPDATED)

Isaiah Crowell with UGA VI decedent.
The prevailing philosophy in the NCAA seems to be that if you aren't committing recruiting violations, then you aren't trying.  Mind you, a coach even breathing the wrong way on a recruit is probably an NCAA violation, so it isn't that hard to do. So give Georgia credit at least for finding a way to commit one while recruiting tailback Isaiah Crowell, and for self-reporting the violation to the NCAA.

"Coach Mark Richt committed a violation when he included Crowell in a simulated “missing man” formation with current  Georgia players during Crowell’s visit to campus in January, according to a March 4 letter from UGA athletic director Greg McGarity to the NCAA. The letter was obtained by the AJC and other media outlets today under open-records requests."

Of course, Richt says he didn't know letting Crowell get involved in a simulated formation was a recruiting violation...sort of.

"According to the letter, Richt knew it would be against NCAA rules to use equipment or run a play involving a recruit, but did not know the limited Jan. 23 activity was against the rules.  The SEC subsequently informed Georgia that the incident constituted a violation of the NCAA rule against “game day simulation” for prospects."

Richt claiming that he didn't know he was committing an NCAA violation may have been a  cheesy move,  but he's one of the few SEC coaches who you could actually take his explanation on face value...almost.

UPDATE:  As punishment for the Crowell recruiting violation, Richt is "barred from phoning recruits and their parents" in April, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

(via Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Athens Banner-Herald)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Big Tentacles: Insane Ohio State fans, Kurt Herbstreit, Michigan, and more.

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

 It's Selection Sunday, so what better time to talk about what really matters - football.

First, we'll harass all the lawyers. Christopher Cicerom  the lawyer who told Jim Tressel about the "Tat 5" scandal says he has gotten death threats since his story went public this week. And they say Big Ten fans aren't as insane as SEC fans. (Rivals.com)

Next, we'll run Kurt Herbstreit out of town. Insane Ohio State fans have finally forced Kurt Herbstreit to move to Nashville. (Dr. Saturday)

Ohio State should fire Jim Tressel. Because a Michigan blog says so. Least. Shocking. Reaction. Ever. From. An. University. Of. Michigan. Blog.  (Maize and Blue Nation)

Revenge is a dish best served with Wolverines. Michigan running backs coach Fred Jackson says the Wolverines have to "get back" at rivals Ohio State and Michigan State. (Detroit Free Press)

Saying hello to the new neighbors. A Wisconsin "Howdy" to the new Big Ten member Nebraska. (Off Tackle Empire)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Florida beats Alabama to the punch in the Great SEC Statue Race.

It looks like Florida is going to win the race between the school and Alabama in which SEC member school can erect a statue the fastest. Florida has announced that the unveiling of the statues of the school's three Heisman Trophy winners, Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel, and Tim Tebow, will be at halftime during the Gator's April 9 spring game. This beats Alabama's plan to unveil its statue of BCS championship winning coach Nick Saban on April 16, at the Crimson Tide's spring game.

It looks like Alabama will have to console itself with the title of scariest statue in the SEC, if not the actual South. (I'd say the ugliest, too. But the hideous statue of Athena in Nashville's Parthenon replica beats it hands down.)

(via ChuckOliver.netEDSBS)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Auburn, Zach Mettenberger, and more.

Oh noes! The four (now former) Auburn players arrested for armed robbery  have gone and broken the Fulmer Cup! (EDSBS)

Auburn punk'd by ESPNU? ESPNU decides to air Alabama's April 16 spring game instead of Auburn's. (ChuckOliver.net)

Tough job. New Tennessee linebacker coach Peter Sirmon is facing some big holes to fill on the Vol's  2011 squad. (Go Vols Xtra)

Walk On. Former Boise State back quarterback MikeTamburo has decided to transfer to Georgia, and try to make the team as a walk-on. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Time for a cool change. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger looks for a fresh start in the SEC after being dismissed from Georgia and playing at Butler Community College last season. (USA Today)

Take It To the Limit. The Arkansas coaching staff is making its players face their limitations on a daily basis to help the players overcome them. (Arkansas Sports 360)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Big Tentacles: Jim Tressel, Michigan State, Bo Pelini, and more.

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


We Love You. Bobby Knight, Rich Rodriguez, and Brady Hoke are standing behind Jim Tressel. (Dr. Saturday)

Let's make the best of the situation. Who in the Big Ten will benefit the most from Tressel and the "Tat Five's" suspensions? Michigan State is the only Big Ten team the Buckeyes will face during the Terrelle Pryor and company's suspension. Then the player's return just in time to meet the Big Ten's new best friend, Nebraska. Illinois is the first of the Buckeye's "Leaders" division-mates to step up to the plate. (Lake the Posts)

Two Michigan State football players walk into a bar. No, this one doesn't end well. Max Bullough and  Brian Linthicum were arrested for "underage possession of alcohol" (Bullough), "assault in the third degree" (Linthicum), and "eluding officers" (both). (Rivals.com)

A prickly relationship. Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini hasn't too keen dealing with the media in the past, but he seemed to be cordial during his spring practice press conference. (Corn Nation

Keeping it simple. Nebraska plans to simplify its offense in 2011. (Rivals.com)

Jersey Orange.  Syracuse agrees to play ten additional games in the Meadowlands Stadium between 2019 and 2038, along with the four already scheduled games the Orange are to play there.  (Rivals.com)

BASKETBALL

Let's Stay Together. Minnesota is working on a contract extension with head men's basketball coach Tubby Smith. (ESPN)

Barry Switzer compares Jim Tressel's troubles to "jaywalking."

Tressel from back in the day when he and Circuit City still had a level of respect.
If you think Jim Tressel's recent actions lying to the NCAA about what and when he knew about "Tatgate" at Ohio State are troubling, you're not alone. But to legendary former Oklahoma head football coach Barry Switzer, it's not even a drop in the bucket.

"Jim Tressel's situation, that's jaywalking to me," said former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer. "These things don't surprise me. This stuff has gone on forever."

Switzer's remarks came in an article in The Wall Street Journal on the Internet's involvement in bringing to light recent college scandals such involving Ohio State, Oregon, and North Carolina.

(via The Wall Street Journal)

Thoughts and prayers for Japan.

I've been watching the earthquake and tsunami coverage. Devastating.  It's probably going to get worse as things go along.

Pray for Japan.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Mike Leach's inspires a "Fat Little Girlfriends" cookbook.



College football has crossed over into the cooking world multiple times, but this one has to be the both one of the weirdest cases (as well as one of the most politically incorrect) possible. The Fat Little Girlfriends Cookbook has been published by Team Leach, the group of supporters of former Texas Tech head football coach Mike Leach.

Team Leach was on Facebook organized after Leach's firing over the incident involving locking player Adam James in an electrical shed.  It's evolved into an online community to the point where it has created a scholarship in the embattled coach's name at Texas Tech for would-be coaches. Now Team Leach has put together the Fat Little Girlfriends cookbook as a fundraiser for the scholarship.  The title inspired by Leach's infamous remark about his player's listening to their "fat little girlfriends."

Leach himself has written a forward to the cookbook, where he explained the origins of the idea, and to thank his supporters.

"To raise money, a fantastic  woman named Kerry Morrison came up with the idea of putting together this cookbook. That’s when the press conference from the A&M game came up. “Let’s call it the Fat Little Girlfriends Cookbook,” Morrison told her friends on Team Leach. It stuck, and the work on the cookbook began."

Sadly, there are no examples of the recipes that are in the book online. There's a joke or two to be made musing on how you cook a "fat little girlfriend," but I won't do it here. The book is available for $20.00, plus taxes, shipping and handling, with the proceeds going to the Mike Leach Scholarship Fund.

(via Dr. Saturday)