Thursday, June 30, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Stephen Garcia, Heath Schuler, and more.

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) 
 
 Risky Business.
Dawg Sports lists what kind of risks Georgia head football coach Mark Richt should take in 2011 in order to possible keep his job in Athens. (Dawg Sports)

Cause for Concern?
Meanwhile, Georgia quarterback legend Buck Belue raises some questions about the Dawgs' offensive line in 2011. (Savannah Morning News)

Ain't No Stopping Up Now (well, almost).
The only thing that could stop South Carolina from being a serious SEC title contender could be whether or not quarterback Stephen Garcia can cut down his rate of interceptions. Well, than and Garcia keeping his nose clean off the field. (Saturday Down South)

Back to School?
Former Tennessee QB and current North Carolina Congressman Heath Schuler is being mentioned as a possible candidate to replace former Tennessee athletic Director Mike Hamilton. (Third Saturday in Blogtober)

UPDATE: Shuler's office says the Congressman is "actively preparing for the next re-election campaign in 2012. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

To be settled in October?
The Belly of the Beast compares the back tattoos of QB's AJ McCarron of Alabama and Tennessee's Tyler Bray. Like you didn't see that one coming. (The Belly of the Beast)

BASKETBALL
Former Tennessee head men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl is looking for a job. Unfortunately for him, ESPN isn't interested. (Sports By Brooks)


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Is AJ McCarron the next Tyler Bray, at least back tattoo-wise?

Going in to 2011, Alabama will probably be ranked either no.1 or no.2 in the country. This despite having someone other than Greg McElroy as starting quarterback. Instead, Philip Sims and A.J. McCarron will be battling it out to see who gets the nod.

This, however, may have Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban a little concerned about McCarron's judgement abilities, which are essential for a modern-day QB - McCarron's alleged back tattoo


Now, there's nothing wrong with getting a tattoo of Jesus (although some backwoods Southern Baptists might disagree with me on that one).  But honestly, there's way too much stuff going on with this tramp stamp. Mentions of 'Bama and family are all crowded into one image, which kind of makes it a mess. Also, it just about does the impossible by making Tennessee star QB Tyler Bray's back tat look respectable.

Mind you, even with the star-spangled trapezoids,  Bray managed to become one of the breakout QB's in the SEC last year. So who knows whether or not lightning will strike twice when it comes to McCarron. On the other hand, 'Bama fans may want to hope that Sims comes on top of the QB battle for now.

Oh wait, didn't a Simms start out as starting QB last year at Tennessee, only to lose the job to Bray? Lightning may indeed strike twice.

(via Friends of the Program)

Crossing the Atlantic: Jimbo Fisher, Georgia Tech, and Miami.

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

Driving around in circles. 
Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher will be the Grand Marshal for the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona on July 2, (The Florida Times-Union)

Was it just a dream? Were you so confused? Was it just a giant leap of logic?
Will Newton of ChuckOliver.net asks if Miami's success in the 80's and 90's was more of an aberration than fans of "The U" would like to admit. (ChuckOliver.net)

How can Georgia Tech fill up Bobby Dodd Stadium?
Not trying to out-underachieve Georgia every year would help. (From the Rumble Seat)

Dancing in the Ruins: Bob Stoops and Missouri

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference...or at least what's left of it. And as you can't tell by today's edition, there isn't much.
 


 What About Bob?
Crimson and Cream Machine wonders if "Big Game Bob" will make an appearance in 2011. (Crimson and Cream Machine)

Digital Love Thing.
Missouri is looking at an online "Mizzou Network" to compete with the Texas and ESPN ever-looming evil Longhorn Network lovechild. (Columbia Daily Tribune)


Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: The Battle of New Orleans reenacted in LEGOs.



This is so awesome there's really nothing much to ad to it. Only that Johnny Horton was a talent from us way before his time. But he left a legacy of songs that truly reflected the American spirit.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Chris Petersen, and more.

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

Ranking Pac-12 quarterbacks. 
Surprise! Stanford's Andrew Luck is no. 1. USC's Matt Barkley comes in second. (Orange County Register)

More than meets the eye.
There's more to Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen than a bunch of trick plays and a cheesy ESPN College GameDay ad. Because Jeremy Mauss says so. (Mountain West Connection)

I'm looking for a partner. Someone who gets things fixed. 
The Pac-12 is looking at an online partnership with either Google or Apple. (San Jose Mercury News)

The Climb.
The Pac-12 Network will have an uphill climb when it comes to reaching cable subscribers. Because Scott D. Pierce says so. Shut up, Scott. (The Salt Lake Tribune)

The Look.
An examination of what Arizona State's makeover may mean when it comes to giving the Sun Devils a new attitude on the field. (House of Sparky)

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
Bruins Nation looks at the UCLA  hires of offensive coordinator Mike Johnson and defensive coordinator Joe Tresey, and whether they can make a difference in 2011. (Bruins Nation)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: C.J. Johnson, Charile Weis, Tyler Wilson, and more.

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

Gamecocks taste first blood in Omaha.
South Carolina defeated Florida in the first game of the College World Series. (The Post and Courier)

More proof that athletes and Twitter don't mix.
Ole Miss freshman linebacker C.J. Johnson deleted his Twitter account after using it to say you probably wouldn't say in front of your mother. (The Clarion-Ledger)

Naval gazing. 
Garnet and Black Attack takes at look at South Carolina's Sept. 17 opponent Navy. (Garnet and Black Attack)

Where is my motivation?
A look at what may be motivating Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis to succeed. Probably a lot has to do with his trying to make up for the lack of success at Notre Dame. (Saturday Down South)

Hold the Eggs Benedict.
Georgia freshman guard Brent Benedict will transfer to another school. (Athens Banner-Herald)

Tyler Wilson: The other white meat. 
Video of Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson talking about his predecessor Ryan Mallett. (Arkansas Expats)

Where Do We Go From Here? 
Looking at Auburn now that former North Carolina State quarterback Russel Wilson picked Wisconsin over the Tigers. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Georgia athetes Jarvis Jones and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope may have received improper benifits.

Georgia has contacted both the NCAA and the SEC in regards to accusations involving possible improper benefits received by linebacker Jarvis Jones and basketball recruit  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope while the two participated in an AAU basketball team in Columbus, Ga.  The alleged benifits came to light in a report by the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

"Columbus police interviews conducted during an investigation of the Parks and Recreation Department reveal that director Tony Adams and top lieutenant Herman Porter may have jeopardized the amateur status of two University of Georgia athletes who played on the Georgia Blazers, their city-funded, Nike-sponsored AAU basketball team.

Police records show that an unauthorized bank account controlled by Adams and Porter was used to pay for flights to and from Los Angeles for Jarvis Jones, a two-sport star at Carver High School who played football for one season at the University of Southern California, and for the cell phone bill of the mother of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a five-star shooting guard from Greenville High School."

While Georgia athletes involved with NCAA rules is nothing new (see A.J. Green), a scandal that could affect both the football and basketball programs at the same time has to be one for the record books.  And probably something that neither Mark Richt or Mark Fox was looking forward to.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Wisconsin transfer merry-go-round: Wilson gets on, Brown gets off.

Wisconsin had a good news/bad news kind of day when it came to transfers on Monday. The good news is that former North Carolina State quarterback Russel Wilson announced his intent to transfer to Wisconsin. The bad news came with the news of the transfer to Pittsburgh by running back Zach Brown.

Wilson had been highly sought-after by both Wisconsin and Auburn since his decision to transfer from NC State earlier this year. He had been deciding on whether to continue playing college football, or to continue as a member of the  Colorado Rockies minor league farm system. Russel graduated from NC State after three season, and will be eligible to play in 2011.

On the other hand, running back Zach Brown announced he was transferring to Pitt on Monday as well. While he ran for 568 yards in his freshman year,  his playing time had been limited due to the Badgers being loaded at the running back position. Like Russel, Brown graduated from Wisconsin and is eligible to play for the Panthers in 2011. 

(via ESPN, CBS Sports)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aaron Murray, Mark Richt, Tiger Stadium, and more.

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


Sophomore slump? What sophomore slump?
Fletcher Proctor asks whether Gerogia quarterback Aaron Murray can duplicate the sophomore year success of predecessors David Greene and Matthew Stafford. (ChuckOliver.net)

Mission Accomplished.
Mark Richt has returned from a week-long fact-finding trip with World Vision to Honduras. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Time to upgrade?
Scott Rabalias questions whether an expansion to LSU's Tiger Stadium is really necessary. Shut up, Scott. (The Advocate)

Time to upgrade? Part deux. 
Meanwhile, ticket sales due to Mississippi State's recent success may force the school to expand Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field in 2013 0r 2014. Better make sure Dan Mullen sticks around first. (The Clarion Ledger)

Big screen excitement.
Mississippi State, Alabama, and Georgia are picked by The Chattanooga Times-Free Press has having the best pre-game videos. (Chattanooga Times-Free Press)


Recruiting analysts say watch out for Vanderbilt.
Because recruiting analysts are never wrong when it come to this kind of thing, right? (The Birmingham News)


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Cam Newton gives more proof that athletes and photo shoots don't mix.



As if the cases of Kobe Bryant and that group of skivvy-clad soccer players weren't enough, along comes Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton to once again show the world that athletes should stay far, far, away from fashion shoots. This shot of Newton is from the July, 2011 issue of GQ. All he needs is a pair of Army-issue birth control glasses, and he'd be Steve Urkel in that outfit.

Meanwhile, Newton has also been filming a commercial or commercials for Under Armour in Valencia, California. Tom Brady also involved in filming the ads. And reportedly Justin Timberlake is along for the ride to. He must be out there helping Newton bring sexy back.

(via al.com, The War Eagle Reader)

Friday, June 24, 2011

An Alabama-Virginia Tech rematch in the works for 2013?

Alabama's defeat of Virginia Tech in the 2009 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game set the stage for the Crimson Tide's undefeated BCS championship season. Reports are surfacing that a return visit to Atlanta could be in the works for the Crimson Tide and the Hokies in 2013.


"(Virginia) Tech athletic director Jim Weaver confirmed Friday that he is in negotiations for a potential rematch between the Hokies and Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff to start the 2013 season, which would be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

“There’s some potential to it,” Weaver said. “It’s nothing that’s set in stone. The executive director of the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Gary Stokan, approached us.”

The 2009 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game helped put that yearly event on the map as a major event on the college football calendar.  Like most Hollywood sequels, though, a lot will depend on making the possible Tide-Hokies rematch as successful as the first one. How the two programs fare on the gridiron in the next two seasons will be the main one.

(via The Virginian-Pilot. HT: ChuckOliver.net)


 

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Urban Meyer, Barrett Trotter, and more.

 Taking the lead. 
Mississippi State is fast becoming the "flagship" school in the  Magnolia State, outpacing Ole Miss by a mile. (Banditref)

Urban Legend.
Urban Meyer will be in the booth as an ESPN color commentator. Insert snarky comment about "wanting to have more family time" here. (Dr. Saturday)

The Grand Tour.
A video look inside Auburn's new practice facility. (al.com)

The Basement Tapes, Auburn edition.
Auburn quarterback Barrett Trotter recently spoke at The Basement, a youth ministry in Birmingham. (The War Eagle Reader)

A Few Small Repairs.
Tennessee is spending $255,000 to refurbish practice fields, which had drainage issues in 2010. (ChuckOliver.net)

Unquiet on the Westrern Front: Utah, Oregon, Washington, and the New Mexico Bowl

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

Membership has its privileges. 
New Pac-12 member Utah stands to benefit from more exposure via the conference's $3 billion dollar television deal. (The Salt Lake Tribune)

A Few Good Ducks.
The Oregon-Will Lyles saga re imagined as the courtroom showdown between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson's characters in A Few Good Men.  (Addicted to Quack)

Washington-Nebraska game preview. 
UW Dawg Pound thinks The Huskies have a chance against the Huskers. I don't. (UW Dawg Pound)

Well, somebody had to do it. 
After four years, he New Mexico Bowl finally gets a sponsor in apparel manufacturer  Gildan. (The MWC.com)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dan Persa rehab update.

Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald gave an update on quarterback Dan Persa's rehab from the Achilles' tendon injury than ended his 2010 season at a Coaches' Caravan stop at Ditka's Restaurant in Chicago.


"* Fitzgerald said that rehabbing quarterback Dan Persa is "on a pitch count -- 75 balls a day. He’s probably trying to throw a few more. He’s a workaholic. If the workout is called for two hours, he’ll do four. Then he’ll go (voluntarily) to watch tape and take some teammates with him.”

Fitzgerald added: "If you didn’t notice, at the end of last year, we really stunk without (Persa). So, yeah, he’s really important."

Considering that with Persa, Northwestern is being considered a dark horse for the Big Ten championship. Fitzgerald comment on Persa isn't an overstatement.

(via  The Chicago Tribune)

Big Tentacles: Kirk Ferentz, Northwestern, and Nebraska

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

Movin' on up to the top.
With Jim Tressel out, Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz becomes the Big Ten's best coach when it comes to beating the spread. The worst? Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald. (The Gazette)

Caravan of Love.
Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips spoke to Northwestern fans at a Coaches' Caravan stop at Ditka's Restaurant in Chicago about refurbishing the school's sports facilities, and a possible new football practice facility. (The Chicago Tribune)

Hand in Glove
Adidas provides Nebraska with new gloves emblazoned with the school's  big "N" on them. (Corn Nation)

Is Stephen Garcia "The Most Interesting Man in the World?"



Stephen Garcia as The Most Interesting Man in the World? Probably not. Though I can believe that when he does drink beer, he's probably downed a Dos Equis or two before.

(via Block-C)

Crossing the Atlantic: John Blake, Butch Davis, Kyle Singler, and stories not involving UNC.

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

 J'accuse!
A look at the charges the NCAA is making against former North Carolina defensive line coach John Blake. (Dr. Saturday)


How Will the Wolf Tar Heel  Survive?
Meanwhile, Tom Dienhart discusses whether or not Blake's former boss, Butch Davis, will be able to keep his job as North Carolina head football coach in the wake of the scandal that rocked Chapel Hill. (Rivals.com)

Taking it to the bank.
Maryland schedules games at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore against West Virginia in 2013, and ACC rival Virginia Tech in 2014. (SB Nation Washington DC)

 Bees in the Georgia Dome?
An argument as to why Georgia Tech should accept a possible invitation to the 2013 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. (From the Rumble Seat)


What if West Virginia and Pittsburgh joined the ACC?
Because the ACC's first raid on the Big East has done so much for the conference. (BC Interruption)


BASKETBALL

How You Remind Me.
Deadspin came up with "A List Of People To Whom The Internet Has Compared Kyle Singler." You can pretty much guess where the list went from there. (Deadspin)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

JoePa Day in Pennsylvania?

Penn State head football coach may be receiving a big honor. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has a bill in front of it calling for September 3, 2011  to be declared "Coach Paterno Day" in honor of Joe Pa. The resolution states the following.

"Encouraging The Pennsylvania State University to appropriately recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of football coach Joseph Vincent “Joe” Paterno, affectionately known by fans as “Joe Pa,” for his 62 years of service to The Pennsylvania State University students and athletes and to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and recognizing September 3, 2011, as “Coach Paterno Day” in Pennsylvania."

Sept. 3, of course, is the anniversary of when Europeans first entered the region Pennsylvania, and were greeted by there by JoePa.

Of course, how do celebrate Coach Paterno Day? Have a "Party in the USA," of course.



Penn State, you're never going to live that moment down. Never.

(via ESPN)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dancing in the Ruins: Bob Stoops, Mike Leach, and Oklahoma State.

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference...or at least what's left of it.) 


Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? 
Oklahoma State reveals plans for a new indoor training facility for football. (ESPN)


College Football is not in trouble.
Because Oklahoma head football Bob Stoops coach says it isn't. (Tulsa World)


The Man Without a Country (or a coaching job, for that matter).
 Chadd Scott  examines former Texas Tech head football coach Mike Leach's Sirius/XM radio program, and declares that his views make him "unhireable" by another college football program. (Chuck Oliver.net)

Alabama Alumni Magazine provides Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day



A storm-battered American flag is used to symbolize the spirit of the Tuscaloosa area that was ravaged by tornadoes in April. Alabama Alumni Magazine's latest issue looks at how the community banded together to recover from the massive damage left behind, and profiles the Alabama alumni who volunteered to help storm victims and to clean up storm damaged areas. It also mentions  Toomers for Tuscaloosa, the organization of Auburn fans who organized online to help recovery efforts.

(via Roll 'Bama Roll)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Derek Dooley, Charlie Weis, and more.

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

Sykes-out.
Tennessee announces that defensive tackle Rae Sykes is off the team “at this time” for academic-related issues. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Night at the Museum.
Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley spoke last Friday night at a Rotary Club function held at the Museum Center at 5ive Points in Cleveland, TN. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Weight of the World.
While at the Museum, Dooley responded at a question about whether or not Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray had added any weight to his rake-thin frame this offseason by saying “I don’t get a daily weight report on Tyler, but he is working hard.” (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

You're not a kid anymore. 

A judge in the state of Alabama refused to give youthful offender status to Shaun Kitchens, one of the four former Auburn players accused of armed robbery in the incident that broke the Fulmer Cup. (al.com)

Florida's Charlie Weis is the SEC's most intriguing offensive coordinator. 
Because David Paschall said so. Shut up, David. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Please release me, let me go. 
Arkansas grants the request of guard Rontei Clarke to be released from scholarship so he can transfer. (Arkansas Sports 360)]

In Your Honor. 
Retired Mississippi State  play-by-play announcer Jack Cristil will be honored with a stretch of Highway 82 near Starkville, MI named after him. (The Clarion Ledger)

Monday, June 20, 2011

One ring to rule them all isn't enough for Auburn.

One ring may have been good enough for Sauron, but apparently not Auburn. for Auburn players are getting three rings for their BCS championship season. One is from winning the BCS title game, one for the SEC title, and one for winning that ever mythical NCAA national championship. While these rings won't be able to harness the energies of the emotional spectrum per se, they are already instilling  a lot of feelings of envy and anger for a lot of non-Auburn fans. Not to mention all of the obvious jokes and snarky comments about NCAA violations.

(via Kegs n Eggs)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: Michigan St.-UNC game may be played on ship that buried Bin Laden at sea.

USS Carl Vinson
The upcoming Veterans Day college basketball game between Michigan State and North Carolina was already going to be special, as it will be played on a US Navy aircraft carrier. But now word comes that it might any aircraft carrier. The game will in all probability be played on the USS Carl Vinson, which was the aircraft carrier upon which Osama Bin Laden's bullet-laden corpse was buried at sea.

“Now that the Carl Vinson is back safe and sound, and America is now well-aware of the important mission that was tasked to the Carl Vinson, we find it to be a source of pride that this ship will make history twice in 2011,” (Morale Entertainment Foundation spokesman Mike)Whalen said."

There's still a chance the game might be played on the USS Ronald Reagan, but it's looking more and more like a remote chance.

(via the Detroit Free Press

Big Tentacles: Iowa's James Vandenberg, Jim Tressel, Herbie Husker, and more.

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

Hi, Herbie. We'll get back to you in a moment. 

An athlete and a scholar. 
James Vandenberg, the man taking the reins of the Iowa quarterback position in 2011, talks about his educational background, and his major in integrated physiology. (The Gazette

You're not my real father! 
Coaches should be wary of trying  to be father figures like Jim Tressel tried to do at Ohio State with Terelle Pryor. Because Rob Oller said so. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Gimmie a beat!
The Penn State Blue & White Society plans to add two "Beat Zones" flanking the student section ("The S Zone") for certain Nittany Lion home games at Beaver Stadium. (Victory Bell Rings)

Let's Make a Deal. 
Northwestern is working on a new contract for athletic director Jim Phillips. Philips has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Tennessee AD job. (The Chicago Tribune)

Dream On.
An in-depth look at Northwestern recruiting trends, including prospects saying Northwestern is their "Dream School." (Lake the Posts)

Leading the race. 
Former Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr will be the Grand Marshal Sunday for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway. (Detroit Free Press)

Michigan recruiting. 
More Michigan recruiting news than you can shake a stick at. (Maize n Brew)

Michigan vanity license plates.
More fun with Michigan license plates than the Michigan Department of Motor Vehicles ought to allow. (Maize n Brew)

Husker Du. 
Nebraska mascots Herbie Husker and Lil' Red are profiled, along with the Nebraska Spirit Squad. (Corn Nation)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Derek Dooley, Mark Richt, and more.

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

Tyler Bray profiled.
ChuckOliver.net's Seth Stokes does an in-depth profile on Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray, and looks at what he needs to do to continue the Vols' "loco" ways in his sophomore year. (ChuckOliver,net)

Going before the board. 
Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley says that he learned "a lot of lessons" from Tennessee's  eleven-hour hearing before the NCAA infractions committee. They probably all are on the line of "don't do anything that Lane Kiffin would do." (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Not so fast, my friend. 
Socrates of Leather Helmet Blog says that Georgia fans shouldn't expect the upcoming season opener against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game to be anything the butt-kicking the Dawgs gave the Broncos in Athens back in 2005. (Leather Helmet Blog)

Man on a mission. 
Georgia head football coach Mark Richt will be heading to Honduras on a mission trip next week. (Athens Banner-herald)

One Step Closer.
Mississippi State's planned new football facility took another step towards becoming reality with the leasing of the property the projected facility will be built upon. (The Clarion-Ledger)

Hog wild. 
Arkansas' improving defense is seen as key to continued success in 2011. (Mobile Press-Register)


100,000 Hits!

Sometime around 1:00 in the morning on Saturday SWRT got it's 100,000th hit. Or at least the 100,000th hit according to the counter. Thanks, y'all. Keep on enjoying the blog, and here's to another 100K hits in the near future.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: Bubba Watson's pants salute the US Military.


Bubba Watson has been making quite a few headlines involving fashion this week. (With the term "fashion" being used in the loosest way possible. First there was that now-infamous  "Golf Boys" music video (and again that term is used loosely) where he danced around the golf course shirtless in a pair of overalls. 

Then you may have noticed the camo golf pants that Bubba Watson has been wearing the past couple of days at the U.S. Open and wondered what was going on.  They're part of a  "millitary-inspired outfit paired up with a shirt created in a contest help by Travis Mathew.


"Watson and golf apparel maker Travis Mathew have teamed up for the limited-edition 2011 "U.S. Open Polo" that was created through the company’s Design Bubba’s U.S. Open Polo contest.
Watson and Travis Mathew selected the design because it "best represents the theme of the U.S. Open," the company said in a news release. 

Watson will wear the polo shirt each day, as well as Travis Mathew "Camo Pants.' "

The shirts are on sale at Travis Mathew's website, with $10 from every sale going to the PGA Tour's "Birdies for the Brave" program for military vets.

(via The Tour Report)


Will Michigan get a mascot to roam The Big House?

Michigan fans might want to sit down for this one. Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is talking about a big change on the Wolverine sidelines. Not any kind of coaching change or improvements to The Big House, mind you. Instead, it's something that's never been seen before, at least Michigan-wise - a mascot.


"We're interested in doing a mascot but it has to be something that fans love, that children love and everyone can embrace," Brandon said. "So far, we haven't figured out a way to do it. Until we come up with something we love, we don't have a mascot. 

"I'm struck by the fact that when opposing teams come to our stadium, and they bring a mascot, all of our young fans are lined up to see if they can get a picture taken with it, whether it's the Penn State Nittany Lion or Sparty. That's a little annoying to me. You can't get your picture taken with a Block M. Mascots are really embraced by the youth demographic, and we want to take advantage of that, for all the reasons that are obvious"

Of course,  Brandon doesn't mention the licensing money that Michigan is missing out of from merchandising deals that fellow Big Ten  and NCAA schools make from their mascots. Ohio State has at least dozens of licensing deals for Brutus Buckeye merchandise. Obviously, it's a lucrative racket that Brandon, the former CEO of Domino's Pizza, wants in on.

Up-Oh! Did someone mention Domino's?


Brandon might want to remember the nasty little situation that occurred when a real-life man with the surname of Noid took a Domino's Pizza hostage.  He might want to avoid another situation like that one involving  a Michigan mascot.

Of course the worst that could really happen is that Michigan joins the list Big Ten schools with Freudian nightmare-inducing mascots. Why should Bucky Badger and Purdue Pete have all the fun?

(via Detroit Free Press)

Crossing the Atlantic: UNC, Mike Glennon, Jim Kelley's nephew, and more.

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

 No Parking on the Dance Floor.   
North Carolina players fined over $13,000 for parking tickets. (ESPN)

Mikey Ice?
North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon is already being compared to Atlanta Falcon's QB Matt Ryan. (Rivals.com)

Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? 
Maryland is looking into building an indoor practice facility. (Testudo Times)

Dotting the I's and crossing the T's.
Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson wants to make sure the Yellow Jackets have the right deal in place before agreeing to play in the Chick-fil-A kickoff game. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Jim Kelly's nephew chooses Clemson.
Chad Kelly, a high school QB, commits to Clemson. Expect the Tigers to go to four BCS championship games in a row. And lose four BCS championship games in a row. (Rivals.com)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Will Tate Forcier go Hawaii 5-0?

Forcier jamming to "The Hawaiian Wedding Song?"
Time to add another school to the list of football programs that former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier is looking to transfer to. Now it seems he's looking at Hawaii (Hawai'i, whatever) as a possible landing strip from his current holding pattern.

"Tate Forcier, one of the top "free-agent" quarterbacks in college football, has contacted the University of Hawaii football team.

According to people familiar with the situation, UH received a three-page letter from Forcier, including a copy of his scholarship release from Michigan, where he played the past two seasons."

The University of Hawaii would have obvious drawing power of a growing young man like Forcier. It might also be the perfect place to keep him away from the glaring eyes of the ever-watchful college football media/blogosphere. 

Mind you, Forcier will have to sit out a year, (unless he's found a Jeremiah Masoli-sized loophole). And Hawaii doesn't make the headlines like it did under former head football coach June Jones. But things might can work out for both parties.

(via Honolulu Star-Advertiser. HT: Mountain West Connection)

Unquiet on the Westrern Front: Cliff Harris, UCLA, and New Mexico State

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

Harris gets suspended.
Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris has been suspended for at least the first game of the 2011 season for his 188 mph traffic citation. (The Register-Guard)

Why Can't I Be You?
Bruins Nation blogger Bellerophon why UCLA uniform outfitter Adidas doesn't hook up the Bruins with spiffy looking alternate unis like they've done with Michigan and Notre Dame. (Bruins Nation)

Well, it had to be somebody.
New Mexico State is ranked 120th in Rivals'com's list of the 120 top FBS teams. (Rivals.com)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Les, Miles, Jordan Jefferson, Barry Brunetti, and more.

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  
  
Take the Money and Run.
Florida's athletic department gives the school $6 million. (The Gainesville Sun)


Stop Me If You Think That You've Heard This One Before.
Ole Miss could be looking at another transfer as its quarterback this season, with former West Virginia QB Barry Brunetti playing the role of Jeremiah Masoli. (al.com)

The five worst SEC games of 2011.
Because Pat Dooley said so. Shut up, Pat. (The Gainesville Sun)

Great Expectations.
LSU head football coach Les Miles expects a lot from QB Joedan Jefferson this season. (Shreveport Times)

Choice Hogs. 
Arkansas wide receivers Joe Adams, Greg Childs and Jarius Wright are named by ESPN to be the SEC best receiving corps. (Arkansas Sports 360)

What do Vanderbilt quarterback Charlie Goro and Lionel Richie have in common?
Answer: They are now both ex-Commodores. (ChuckOliver.net)

OOPS! Mark Richt's accidental texts leads to secondary NCAA violations.

 Nobody's perfect, even goody two-shoes Gerogia head football coach Mark Richt. (Though you could obviously tell that from the Dawgs' record the past couple of seasons). Georgia had to report two secondary violations to the NCAA due to Richt "accidentally" texting a high school prospect...twice.


"In Athletic Director Greg McGarity’s letter of explanation to the SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, dated May 27, he explains that Richt accidentally sent two text messages from his Blackberry to the father of football prospect Jordan Jenkins of Harris County on May 26th (text messages to prospects or their family members are impermissible per NCAA rules until one day after a prospect has signed a national letter of intent with the school). In the first instance, Richt received a text from Ron Jenkins asking for camp dates. Since Richt did not have the number programmed in his phone, the text was identified as “unknown.” Richt intended to forward the text to a recruiting assistant for identification but accidentally replied to Mr. Jenkins, which was a violation NCAA Bylaw 13.4.1.2.

Richt immediately reported the inadvertent violation to compliance director Eric Baumgartner, who subsequently asked if Mr. Jenkins had replied. In an attempt to forward Mr. Jenkins’ response to Baumgartner, Richt accidently replied to Mr. Jenkins again, hence he had to report another text violation."


Oh well, it could have been worse. He could have sent the recruit a picture like this one:



Anthony Weiner, anybody?




(via Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Dancing in the Ruins: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and the Longhorn Network.

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference...or at least what's left of it.)

The waiting is the hardest part.
Oklahoma-Oklahoma State may be more anticipated than Texas-Oklahoma is this year. (The Oklahoman)

Paint It Black.
A brief history of Oklahoma State's black alternate uniforms. Shut up, Mark Richt.(Cowboys Ride for Free)

TV time in Texas. 
A partial schedule for the Texas-based Longhorn Network has been released. (ESPN Media Zone)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Gene Chizik, and more.

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  
 
 Joining the no-kickoff club.
Georgia head football coach Mark Richt is the latest coach to come out in support of getting rid of  kickoffs. (Athens Banner-Herald)

Gene Chizik's raise is "well-deserved."
Because Barrett Sallee said so. Shut up, Barrett. (ChuckOliver.net)

Depth perception.
The injury to Tennessee linebacker Herman Lathers is causing ripples on the Vols' depth chart. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Yo, I'm taking a survey.
LSU is asking season ticket holders about possible expansion of Tiger Stadium. (The Times-Picayune)

At the newsstand. 
The Gainesville Sun looks at what the college football preview mags are saying about the Florida Gators. (The Gainesville Sun)

Big Tentacles: Brian Kelly, Zach Brown, Jim Tressel, and...Dirk Nowitzki?

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

Jim Delany spends his nights dreaming of ways to capture  this Leprechaun.


Zero Sum.

Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly doesn't see the Fighting Irish gaining any recruiting advantages in Ohio resulting from the fallout of Tresselgate. (The Chicago Tribune)

Together again.
Penn State and Pittsburgh will renew their rivalry with games in 2016 and 2017. (Rivals.com)

Badger no more?
Wisconsin running back Zach Brown is considering transferring to Pittsburgh. (ESPN)

Brush Up Your Shakespeare.
Eleven Warriors compares Jim Tressel  with the titular character of Shakespeare's Othello in regards to the pitfalls of passion.  (Eleven Warriors)

Rich Rodriguez lands a job at CBS Sports Network.
Which may be the only general cable sports network with a lower profile than Vs. (Detroit Free Press)

Rotten to the core.
A look back at the notorious Illinois-Iowa "Apple Bowl" of 1952, which included Illinois' John "Rocky" Ryan punching Iowa's Richard Wolfe, Iowa fans throwing apples (among other things at the Fighting Illini players, and a fifteen-year gap between Buckeye-Illini meetings. (The Gazette)

Beautiful Nebraska.
Off Tackle Empire's Nebraska week continues with a profile of the Bugeater Cornhusker State. (Off Tackle Empire)

What if?
Dirk Nowitzki could have gone to Northwestern. (The Chicago Tribune)

Duck Amuck: Things get stranger in Cliff Harris speeding case.

Things might be getting a little harrier in the case of Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris' speeding arrest. It turns out that the latest member of Oregon's Insane Clown Posse was driving a rental car that was rented under name of an university employee.



"On Tuesday, officials from the compliance office of the UO athletic department spoke multiple times with Mindy Schmidling, the payroll specialist in the university’s office of business affairs who rented the car and loaned it to Harris and another unidentified player.

In an e-mail exchange with The Register-Guard, Schmidling described herself as a friend of Harris’ who rented the car for her own needs Friday night and extended the rental at the request of the players, who compensated her financially for the use of the car. She said she was told that another player, whom she would not identify, would be behind the wheel.

Schmidling, 27, said she is not a UO graduate, nor has she worked in the athletic department."

Oops. The NCAA Infractions Committee is probably not going to be happy with this one.  

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Rick Neuheisel, Boise State, and more.

(Unquiet on the Western Front is SWRT's look at the Pac-12, WAC, Mountain West, and other West Coast/Rocky Mountain schools extravaganza.)  
 
Luck of the Draw.
Bookmakers have Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck as the early favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. (Rule of Tree)

Deep in the Heart of Texas.
The Lone Star State is becoming a hotbed for Boise State when it comes to recruiting players. (Mountain West Connection)

The high cost on moving up in the world.
Utah is raising ticket prices and student fees to help it get ready to compete in the Pac-12. (The Salt Lake Tribune)

The Blame Game. 
USC's probation woes are the fault of former athletic director Mike Garrett, not former head football coach Pete Caroll. Because Michael Lev, says so. Shut up, Mike. (The Orange County Register)

Gone Bowling.
University of Arizona President Robert Shelton is stepping down to become executive director of the beleaguered Fiesta Bowl. (Arizona Desert Swarm)

It's getting hot in here.
Yes, UCLA's  Rick Neuheisel is on the hot seat. (The Orange County Register)

Then again...
"It is not hot at all...who would they get to replace him. Not a big name under the cash strapped UC system..." (Conquest Chronicles)

Shirts Without Random Triangles. 
Washington State is asking fans to create a t-shirt for it's "Undefeated Fans" program of displaying a school flag in places where it probably doesn't belong. (CougCenter)


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Gene Chizik, Aaron Murray, and...Prince William?

He could have been an Auburn Tiger.
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  
 
 
I'll take "Things that probably won't end well" for $300, Alex. 
Gene Chizik's new deal with Auburn does away with a stipulation that allows the school to suspend the head football's coach's pay if investigated by the SEC, the NCAA, or itself.  (The Birmingham News)

Top Dawg.
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is ranked by ESPN's SEC Blog as the top QB in the SEC. (ESPN)

Georgia fans and Auburn fans should hate each other.
Because T.Kyle King says so. Shut up. Kyle. (Dawg Sports)

There's a possibility, but no chance. 
Looking at Georgia's chances to win the SEC East in 2011. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

And the nominees are...
Looking at the Florida players who could become the first Gator player to rush for 1,000 yards for the first time since 2004. (The Gainesville Sun)

First Time in a Long Time. 
Tennessee enters the 2008 season with the same coach as the previous year for the the first time since 2009. (Team Speed Kills)

The (Hall of) Fame Monster.
An update on the still yet to be constructed new home for the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Bizarre fact of the day. 
Auburn awarded Prince William an honorary football scholarship when he was born in 1982. (Track 'Em Tigers)  

Them's fightin' words!
Someone in Alabama has the audacity to suggest that  Army-Navy is a greater rivalry than Alabama-Auburn . Mind you, they may have a point. (Mobile Press-Register)

Monday, June 13, 2011

College football apparently doesn't exist in Grantland.

Grantland, ESPN's  much-ballyhooed sports and pop culture website created by Bill Simmons debuted last week. The idea was to create a one-stop site on the web for quality sportswriting. Mind you, Deadspin has been crawling in that direction for years, you just have to crawl through the layers ofcheap fratboy humor sometimes to find it.

Content-wise, Grantland has been what you expect. Simmons mixing NBA Finals commentary with references to The Wiggles and Tony winning play, The Book of Mormon. Profiles on Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey and the Barcelona-Manchester United Champions League soccer final. Chuck Klosterman musing on a 1988 junior college basketball game. And a three-page look at video game de jour L.A.. Noire.

What's missing? College football talk. Mind you, most people go to Bill Simmons for his keen insight and knowledge of college football like they go to McDonalds for a gourmet meal. And also mind you that  Grantland has been around less than a week, and fall is still a way off, timewise.

So what's the big deal? Well it is a little ironic that a site named after Grantland Rice, the sports writer that coined the name "The Four Horsemen" to describe Notre Dame's 1924 backfield, for one thing.  And in a week where the end of Jim Tressel's scandal-plague path at Ohio State dominated the sports headlines as much as the LeBron James meltdown into Atlanta Braves-esque goatville, the lack of commentary of the subject is noticeable.

Now judging a website after a week might be risky (go back to SWRT's earliest days, and see where this site has evolved/devolved.) And further monitoring to see what, if any college football stories show up. But for now, Grantland seems far away from the blue-gray October sky from where the Four Horsemen rode out of.

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Brady Hoke, and Dan Persa.

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

It's just a flesh wound.
Ohio State University president E. Gordon Gee claims that the school's scandal-rocked football program problems are "but a temporary condition." (ESPN)

 Jim Tressel's Muppet Babies.
A look at the kids named after Jim Tressel in the wake of the Ohio State Tresselgate scandal. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Brady Hoke using Ohio State scandal as a "teaching moment" for Michigan players. 
Of course he is. (Detroit Free Press)

Swarbuck interviewed. 
The Chicago Tribune interviews Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbuck on various issues including night games, the future of the Big East Conference, and the possibility of a future "Notre Dame Network" in the style of the Longhorn Network. (The Chicago Tribune)


Boston College Men on Northwestern. 
A look at Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa, from a Boston College man's point of view. The Wildcats go on the road to start the season against the Golden Eagles on Sept. 3.(BC Interruption)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tennessee, Joker Phillips, Charlie Weis, and more.

Why don't you have a seat over there?
Tennessee officials, along with former coaches Lane Kiffin and Bruce Pearl, wentr before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions on Saturday. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Love Can Build a Bridge (and a house too).
Members of the Tennessee football team teamed up to build a house with Habitat for Humanity. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.
Looking if Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis do to quarterback John Brantley  what he did with New England Patriots' QB Tom Brady. Don't hold your breath. (Mobile Press-Register)

I bless the rains down in Africa. 
Kentucky head football coach Joker Phillips, along with players Stewart Hines and Danny Trevathan, went on a  goodwill trip to three cities in Ethiopia where they delivered food and sports equipment. (Lexington Herald-Ledger)

Don't Worry, Be Happy. 
Kentucky officials aren't worried about the 9:30 p.m. EST starting time of the Wildcats' season opener against Western Kentucky at LP Field in Nashville on Thursday, Sept. 1, will hamper ticket sales. (Lexington-Herald Ledger)

Mythbusters.
An investigation into allegations that Auburn fans rolled Toomer's Corner when former Alabama head football coach Bear Bryant died finds no evidence that this ever happened. Too bad this investigation had to wait until after Harvey Updyke poisoned the famous Toomer's Corner oaks. (al.com)

High school punter commits to Georgia.
Which means that the future at the most important  position for Georgia football seems secure for now. (Athens Banner-Herald)


BASKETBALL

This just in:
Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari and Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino are both jerks. (ESPN)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Bill Stewart is an ex-Mountaneer coach.

Bill Self has resigned as head football coach at West Virginia. This after a debacle of a week only slightly less embarrassing as Rep. Anthony Weiner's. He will be replaced by Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia's offensive coordinator and "coach in waiting" Dana Holgorsen.

"Stewart resigned Friday during a meeting with Luck, clearing the way for Holgorsen’s promotion and capping a tumultuous two weeks in which both Holgorsen and Stewart made headlines for the wrong reasons.

An intoxicated Holgorsen was escorted out of a casino last month, although no charges were filed. More recently, a reporter said Stewart had approached him shortly after Holgorsen’s hiring to “dig up” dirt on his eventual successor.

During a news conference in Morgantown, both Holgorsen and Luck tried to sidestep questions about the issues that had gotten the university plenty of media attention. Luck said the recent developments had to be addressed."

If anything, the Bill Stewart situation ought to be a teaching lesson to college athletic directors that maybe this "coach in waiting" isn't such a brilliant idea after all. West Virginia should have had the sense to fire Stewart in the first place, instead of going through a series of convoluted hoops to replace him in a year's time.

(via Rivals.com



Friday, June 10, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Gene Chizik, Nick Saban, Isiah Crowell, and more.

The Big Money.
Auburn rewards head football coach Gene Chizik a raise and a contract extension. (al.com)

"Not awarding Auburn the 2004 BCS title was the right move."
Because Joe Solomon said so. (The Birmingham News)

It's All Over Now. 
Tennessee defensive tackle Montori Hughes is leaving the program. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

No Big Deal.
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban isn't too worried about new SEC rules on recruiting. (al.com)

It's your thing. Do what you wanna do. 
Georgia legend Hershel Walker's advice to freshman running back Isiah Crowell is for him to "just do his thing." (Athens Banner-Herald)


Florida QB John Brantley is a dark horse Heisman Candidate?
ESPN's KC Joyner thinks so. KC must like to think htree impossible things before breakfast. (ESPN)

Joe Paterno is going on a Skype hunt for recruits.


Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, of all people is pioneering the use of Skype to recruit players. Yes, the idea that JoePa is using technology invented after 1960 as a recruiting tool is more mind blowing than the fact that Nick Cannon married Mariah Carey, and is the father of her twins. (It still boggles my mind how in the heck that happened.) But stranger things have happened in Happy Valley.

"Several media outlets have reported that the 84-year-old Penn State Hall of Fame coach has had face-to-face conversations with a three igh school recruits via Skype, an online Internet service that allows you to see a person on a webcam and talk to them."

It going to be even more mind-boggling when we look back twenty years from now and realize that JoePa will be the one responsible for NCAA regulations regarding the use of Skype in recruiting, if not the outright banning of it. Who would have ever thought that would have happened?

(via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)