Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aggiegeddeon, Jordan Jefferson, Isaiah Crowell, and more.

All KFC's should look like this.
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) 

So, anything big happen today? 
Oh yeah, Texas A&M told the Big 12 it's leaving. (Rivals.com)

Hello, old friend. 
Arkansas reaction to Texas A&M's announcing its intentions to leave the Big 12, on its way to the SEC. (Arkansas Sports 360)

One Hit To the Body.
The man allegedly assaulted by suspended LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson reportedly received "a facial fracture, a concussion, fractured teeth and facial and body bruises" during  the melee.  (ESPN

The Adjustment Bureau.
Georgia freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell discusses how he's adapting to college life in Athens. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

I am the Greatest. 
Georgia Bulldog legend Hershel Walker is looking to open up a sports bar inside Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport called "The Greatest Bulldog." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Always on the Run.
Both Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley and star QB Tyler Bray expect a lot from the Vols' running game in 2011. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

A Bumpus road ahead for Mississippi State? 
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen is happy with how receiver Chad Bumpus' development is progressing. (ESPN)

Why Can't We Be Friends? 
First-year Florida head coach Will Muschamp refuses to end his friendship with FSU head coach  Jimbo Fisher. Or their sharing of a beach house, either. (ESPN)

All Our Yesterdays.
A unique look at the University of Florida campus, past and present. (UF Then & Now)



The End is Here: Texas A&M formally announces it's leaving the Big 12.

The beginning of Aggiegeddon is as official as it can get. Texas A&M has informed the Big 12 that it wants to jump ship.


"Texas A&M has notified the Big 12 that it plans to apply for membership to a new conference, and if accepted, it will end its membership with the Big 12 on June 30, 2012.
The announcement comes after conversations between Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin and SEC commissioner Mike Slive that began on July 21, the day after a meeting of the Texas A&M board of regents."

By now the announcement is pretty much anti-climatic. Everyone knows what was going to happen, and what will happen next with Texas A&M and the SEC. The only real question is how messy it's going to get. 

(via ESPN)


Crossing the Atlantic: Miami, Randy Edsall, Lamarcus Joyner, and more.

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

Eight is Enough?
The NCAA banhammers eight Miami players with one-to-six game suspensions, including quarterback Jacory Harris. (Yahoo! Sports)

Why don't you take a seat over there? 
Miami players who received improper benefits from convicted Ponzi scheme felon Nevin Shapiro are reportedly going to be subpoenaed  by the bankruptcy trustee trying to recover money for Shapiro's victims. (Dr. Saturday)

Let's go to the tape.
A visit with first-tear Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall in the Terrapins' film room. (CSNWashington)

The Importance of Being Lamarcus Joyner.
Tomahawk Nation declares Lamarcus Joyner as "the Most Important Player On Florida State's Defense."(Tomahawk Nation)

"Boston College Needs Strong Start"
Because Heather Dinich said so. (ESPN)

Yo, I'm taking a survey.
Georgia Tech is implementing idea taken from a survey of ticket purchasers on how "improve its marketing strategy and game-day experience." The suggestions to replace football with Quidditch were obviously ignored. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Dubious Achievement Award of the Week. 
Miami's season debut against Maryland has been named by T. Kyle King as the "Labor Day Weekend College Football Game of Disinterest." (Dawg Sports)


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Auburn has a new nickname: Puppyville.

Puppyville's Big Dog T'Sharvan Bell.
It's time to add another name to the ongoing identity crisis that is Auburn University. East Alabama Male College, Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Plainsmen, Tigers, War Eagles...Auburn has had almost as many  names and nicknames as Dream of the Endless. Now you can add another one to the list - "Puppyville." Or at least that's what you can call Auburn's group of mostly inexperienced underclassmen in its secondary, as coined by junior cornerback T'Sharvan Bell.


"I’m a puppy too. This is the first time that I’m going to be a full-time starter," Bell said.d "So I try to tell the guys that just because I played last year, it gives me a little bit of an advantage, but I’m a first-time starter this year just like them, so when I look at you and you look at me, you’ve got to know that we’re in the same boat.

"I know you got my back and I want you to know that I’ve got yours. That’s what I try to tell the guys."

While "Puppyville" might be a more appropriate term for either a)That school to the west in Starkville, Miss. Or b) That school to the east in Athens, Ga. It does provide a good description for a team that coming off a BCS championship  season, seems to be back at squart one when it comes to putting together a squad that can truly compete for another.

(via oanow.com)




Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims, Auburn, and more.

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

How Georgia can beat Boise State.
Chuck Oliver's game plan for UGA to overcome #7 Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. It involves Bulldog quarterback Aaron throwing a lot. (ChuckOliver.net)

The Heat Is On.
Tom Dienhart interviews UGA head football coach Mark Richt. Yes the words "Hot Seat" are mentioned. (Rivals.com)

Has the Alabama quarterback controversy between AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims been resolved yet?
No. (The Birmingham News)

Youth movement.
Auburn's underclassmen players can expect to see action in the season opener against Utah State. (al.com)

It's All About to Change.
The Florida team that will emerge in October will be a lot different from the team that walks on the field in the season opener this Saturday. Because Pat Dooley said so. (The Gainesville Sun)

Redemption Song. 
Ole Miss looks to rebound from a hideous 4-8 record during the 2010 season. (The Commercial Appeal (Memphis))

Auburn's War Eagle VII has a Twitter account?
Auburn's War Eagle VII has a Twitter account.


Aggiegeddon: A Texas A&M to the SEC song parody.

Okay, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Some Texas A&M fans (a father and daughter named Keith and Bethany Barber, specifically) with what passed for musical talent made up a musical parody and posted up over on YouTube. The bad thing about it was that they decided to write their musical opus to the tune of Don McClean's legendary American Pie. All eight-plus friggin' minutes of it. Get ready to stick icepicks through your ears, sports fans.



The really sad thing about this is that they actually believe that the Aggies could really compete against the SEC. Worse, they think SEC fans are scared of Texas A&M coming to the conference. Well, they're scared of how the Aggies might bring the conference down. As for events on the actual field of play,  just remember what a mediocre Georgia did to Texas A&M in the 2009 Independence Bowl.

Dancing in the Ruins: Aggiegeddeon, Garrett Gilbert, Darius Williams, and more.

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


 Dear John letter? What Dear John Letter?
Texas A&M denies it's sent the Big 12 a letter announcing it's intent to leave the conference. (ESPN)

Exit provisions in the Big 12 bylaws are a mess.
Because Clay Travis said so. (Outkick the Coverage)

What's Oklahoma doing during while Aggiegeddon/Longhorn Network rages?
Secretly dreaming of its own Sooner Network, apparently. Because Barry Trammel said so.(The Oklahoman)

Big 12 should look at BYU as Texas A&M's replacement. 
Because Blair Kerkhoff said so. (Kansas City Star)

And in actual football news...

Ready to Start. 
Texas taps Garrett Gilbert as starting quarterback in the Sept. 3 opener against Rice. (ESPN)

Crawling Through the Wreckage.
Kansas is still trying to recover from the meteoric rise and fiery fall of the Mike Mangino era. (Kansas City Star)

Follow Your Bliss.
Linebacker Darius Willis says that he's glad that he decided to transfer to Kansas from Buffalo after the school tapped Buffaloes' head football coach Turner Gill to replace Mangino. (Kansas City Star)

Texas A&M leaving the Big 12. Aggiegeddon is upon us.

It has begun.

"The New York Times said in a story posted on its website Monday night that Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin sent a letter to Missouri Chancellor and Big 12 board chairman Brady Deaton to inform the league it was leaving. The report cited two unidentified college officials with direct knowledge of the decision."

Let August 30, 2011 go down in history as a great day of mourning and repentance. When the dreaded Juggernaut of chaos began their its march toward the heart of college football. When Texas A&M, with its Aggie football team, its Freudian Corps of Cadets, and the abomination above all abominations called male cheerleaders Yell Leaders, began its long march toward the SEC. 

In the future, those who did not live to see this day will be called the lucky ones.

(via ESPN)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Derek Dooley bans mother from Paul Finebaum radio program.

Barbara Dooley with husband Vince.
Tennessee head football coach may have finally found a solution to one of his bigger "problems." He's found a way to silence his ever vocal mother, Barbara Dooley. His Hairness has reportedly banned his mom from appearing weekly on the Paul Finebaum radio program. His reasoning? It hurts recruiting for the Vols.

"Reached by OKTC today, Barbara Dooley confirmed that she'd been yanked off the airwaves. Aghast at the injustice, I told her that anyone who wasn't coming to Tennessee because of her radio appearances was a recruit the Vols didn't need. Barbara laughed anew. She'd previously been banned from regular appearances on airwaves in the state of Tennessee, which meant we could only schedule her occasionally. Yet every time she appeared with us, she was appointment radio."

Obviously an injustice like this can't stand. The #FreeBarbaraDooley movement on Twitter begins now!

(via Outkick the Coverage)

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, James Vandenberg, Russell Wilson, and more.

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

The Future's So Bright. 
Northwestern's long-term future seems to be on a solid footing with head football coach Pat Fitzgerald and athletic director Jim Phillips signed to long term deals. As for the 2011 season? Well, that's a little more up in the air. (The Chicago Tribune)

The Adjustment Bureau. 
Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa's success in 2011 may depend on his ability to be more of a pocket passer to adjust for his still-recovering Achilles tendon. (Lake the Posts)

Talking up a storm. 
Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins plans to be more vocal this season when it comes to the Spartan offense. (Detroit Free Press)

I want to be a history maker in this land. 
Indiana wide receiver Damarlo Belcher has some big goals in mind when it comes to breaking school records. (The Indianapolis Star)


Fisherman's Blues.
Iowa QB James Vandenberg is not a great fisherman, according to his teammates. They'd better hope he's a better QB. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Darkhawk?
The Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein says Iowa is a team flying "under the radar" in 2011. (The Chicago Tribune)

Dance With My Father. 
The legacy of Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson's late father still plays an important part in his son's life. (Wisconsin State Journal)

This is for the questions that don't have any answers.
Who's going to be Michigan's starting running back? Good question. (ESPN)

David Pollack dresses like a ninth grader for ESPN U.


Really, David Pollack (seen here with Jason Seahorn)? Dress shirt and tie with cargo shorts? Look, I know as you pointed out on Twitter that "The beauty of TV is you only see the top half of us at the desk." That doesn't mean you can dress like a ninth grader. ESPN is big boy TV, David. Now that you've got a regular show with Jesse Palmer on ESPN U (Palmer & Pollack), it's time to dress like one.

*Sigh* At least it wasn't jean shorts. The Bulldog nation's collective brain would have exploded. 

(via David Pollack on Twitter)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Barrett Trotter, Mark Richt, and more.

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) 
 Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends. We're so glad you could attend. Come inside! Come inside!
The Alabama quarterback competition between A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims is still going on. (The Tuscaloosa News)

Learning to Breathe. 
A look at the maturation of Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray. (Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

Grace Under Pressure.
Auburn's Barrett Trotter is feels relaxed the week before his first start as the Tigers' starting QB. (al.com)

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Tennessee Football Coaches* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
A capsule rundown of Tennessee football coaching history. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

We're gonna have Les Miles to kick around a little longer. 
LSU gives Les Miles a contract extension. (CBS Sports)

Mark Richt on the Hot Seat?
Mark Richt on the Hot Seat. But it's not as hot as other coaches outside the SEC have it. (Rivals.com)

Missouri should not become an SEC school.
Because Chadd Scott said so. (ChuckOliver.net)

Rules of thumb for SEC expansion.

Like it or not, it's looking more an more like Texas A&M will be an SEC school more sooner than later. With the Aggies on board, the SEC will have a baker's dozen of schools, which makes things a bit uneven. There's going to have to be a 14th team to make future scheduling less of a hassle. With that, there are a few rules of thumb the SEC really needs to follow in looking for the perfect fit.

1. Stay within the "traditional" South.
This may offend my political connects, but by "traditional" South I pretty much mean states that joined the Confederacy in the Civil War. Wanting to expand the market for the SEC may sound like a good idea, but do Missouri or Kansas really sound like SEC country? The SEC needs to take a cue from where the ACC made mistakes in its bout of expansion silliness (hello, Boston College!).
While this may look like it cuts a lot of potential expansion targets out, it leaves ones that make more sense as SEC schools, such as Virginia Tech, Louisville, Texas Tech, and many of the emerging FBS schools.


Exceptions to this rule: Oklahoma (Sooners, duh), West Virgina (which was carved of the part of Virginia that didn't want to join in the shoot-yourself-in-the-foot party that was the Confederacy), and Notre Dame (because Southern Indiana has more in common with the South than either Indiana or the South care to admit).


2. Be American Idol, not Celebrity Rehab
Texas A&M is wanting to come to the SEC because it sees the conference because of the more equitable division of revenue.  That's not really the kind of program you want to see in the conference. The SEC should be looking for programs that are on the rise, hungry, and ready to prove that they can play with the big boys of the BCS.

There are certainly quite a few schools like that around the South. Texas Tech, ECU, Central Florida, USF, and Houston all would make good SEC schools. They'd at least try harder to compete than Vanderbilt.

3. Beware of Fool's Gold.
Be free to translate this as Miami, FSU, and Georgia Tech. The Hurricanes, if they don't get the Death Penalty, are going to be radioactive for a long time to come, because of Nevin Shapiro. FSU may look all nice and shiny, but that just because of the pants. It may be back on the rise due to Jimbo Fisher, but will it be able to compete week in and week out against the heavier competition of the SEC? As for Georgia Tech, it pretty much plays the Aggies to UGA's Longhorns, even with it being in a separate conference.

And while on the subject of the ACC...

4. Stay away from North Carolina. 
Does any SEC school besides Kentucky really want to see Duke,  UNC, NC State, or Wake Forest in the SEC? Thought so. North Carolina schools scream "basketball." And sorry, expansion is all about football.

5. Clemson or bust.
Above any Southern football program, Clemson is the one that shouts "SEC" without actually being in the SEC. It has the kind of aura and tradition you're looking for in a potential SEC team. It also has deep connections to SEC schools that other schools don't. Clemson may share some of the negative traits brought up in the above rules, but the positives greatly outweigh the negatives.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Texas A&M telling the Big 12 it plans to leave?

Aggiegeddon is one step closer to being reality. Texas A&M has reportedly talked to the Big 12 Conference's board of directors about the school's plans to leave the conference.


"A person with knowledge of what was discussed during a conference call of the Big 12 board of directors Saturday told the Associated Press that Texas A&M officials talked about their anticipated departure. 


"No major surprises," said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. "A&M didn't say they were leaving, but certainly gave every indication that's what they plan on doing." 

An official announcement could come this week. All of that could depend on whether or not the SEC is ready to admit that it's interested in Texas A&M as a member,

(via CBS Sports)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Jordan Jefferson, Aggiegeddon, A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims, and more.

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

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
With Jordan Jefferson's suspension after being charged with his alleged involvement in a bar fight, LSU can move forward with preparing for the start of the 2011 season. (The Times-Picayune)

Your story has become tiresome!
The NCAA pubically says Danny Sheridan's claims of knowing who the "bagman" in the Cam Newton affair are full of hot air. (ChuckOliver.net)

Carry That Weight. 
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has added ten pounds of muscle to his frame after being steamrolled by Nick Fairley in the Bulldogs' 2010 defeat against Auburn. (Athens Banner-Herald

Heat of the Moment.
Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen is expecting playing conditions during the season opener at Memphis to be hotter than they were during training camp. (The Clarion Ledger)


Great Expectations. 
ESPN' Edward Ascroff and Chris Low each name Ole Miss and Tennessee as SEC teams that will exceed the expectations of what they're expected to do in the 2011 season. (ESPN)

The New Rules.
Track 'Em Tigers gives potential member schools of the SEC the skinny about the Conference. The part of equatable distribution of revenue should keep at least one Texas school out of the conference.  (Track 'Em Tigers.)

Break It Down Again.
T. Kyle King runs down all that you need to know about Aggiegeddon. (Dawg Sports)


Not going anywhere for a while?
The battle for the Alabama starting quarterback position between A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims doesn't seem to be ending any time soon. (ChuckOliver.net)

Where Did It All Go Wrong?
Saturday Down South asks why Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban, and Bobby Petrino failed as NFL coaches. Basically, it comes down to their running their respective teams like they were college football programs. (Saturday Down South)

Friday, August 26, 2011

ESPN artwork for Boise State-Georgia game is just wrong.



The above image  is some artwork accompanying an ESPN the Magazine article on the upcoming Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game featuring Boise State vs. Georgia. Naturally, ESPN decides to go the cartoon character route with an anamorphic bronco versus a an equally anamorphic bulldog.  At least I think it's supposed to be a bulldog. To be honest, I don't know what the heck that thing is with lightning coming from its jaws. Is it a dog? A pig? A fish? What could it be?

Incidentally, the issue this appears in features Michael Vick on the cover. Artwork featuring a horse fighting a dog in an issue with a man who went to jail for involvement with dog fighting on the cover. Oh, the agony and the irony are killing me.

(via One Bronco Nation Under God, ESPN)

Unquiet on the Western Front: Rick Neuheisel, Kyle Whittingham, 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.) 


Hot in Here.
After three years as UCLA head football coach, Rick Neuheisel finds himself on the hot seat. (Los Angeles Times)

It's Now or Never?
With Jim Harbaugh gone and quarterback Andrew Luck possibly gone after next season, 2011 may be Stanford's last shot at being in the spotlight. (The Los Angeles Times)

Wake Me Up When September Ends.
Stanford fans will have to wait until mid-September to see what the Cardinal's Nike Pro Combat uniforms look like. (Rule of Tree)

Horsing around. 
Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham name Secretariat as his favorite athlete as a kid. (ESPN)

Hair apparent. 
Utah linebacker Chaz Walker claims he hasn't cut his hair since his freshman year. (The Salt Lake Tribune)

Not a hot ticket, at least Golden Bears-wise. 
Cal is being outsold ticket-wise by Fresno State in the two team's neutral site season opening game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. (San Jose Mercury News)

There's a possibility, but no chance. 
ESPN lists BYU, Fresno State, San Diego State, Nevada, and SMU as programs from non-automatic qualifying conferences that could someday go to a BCS bowl. (ESPN)

Losing a Whole year.
Arizona loses cornerback Jonathan McNight for the season due to a torn ACL. (Arizona Desert Swarm)

Armageddon It.
Boise State's white Nike Pro Combat helmet with its large white Bronco emblem is declared by Deadspin to be a sign of the Apocalypse. (Deadspin)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Trent Richardson, Tyler Bray, expansion silliness, and more.

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


Know your role. 
Alabama running back Trent Richardson has fully taken up the mantle of leadership on the team, even if it involves dealing with more than enthusiastic students on campus. (al.com

There can be only one.
The first serious QB competition involving Alabama in recent years is gaining more attention. (Saturday Down South)

There can be only one - Part deux. 
ChuckOliver.net's Fletcher Proctor looks at the Georgia's battles for starting jobs involving the tailback  (featuring Isaiah Crowell) and nose tackle positions. (ChuckOliver.net)

Growing Up Bray.
Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray's maturity process includes meeting with Vols' offensive coordinator Jim Chaney. (Knoxville News Sentinel)


Making the best of a bad situation. 
Tennessee defensive back Prentiss Waggner looks to be the benefactor of  Janzen Jackson's ejection from the Vols' football program. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

The Tennessee athletic program needs an exorcism. 
Because Clay Travis said so. Shut up, Clay. (Outkick the Coverage)

Replacing Derek Sherrod isn't as easy as it looks. 
Mississippi State's search to replace left offensive tackle Derek Sherrod  hasn't been an easy one. (The Clarion Ledger)

A Few Small Repairs.
Auburn is sprucing Jordan-Hare Stadium by installing huge photos of Tiger legends. That includes Heisman winners  Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson,  and, Cam Newton. (al.com)

What Texas A&M fans need to know about the SEC.
Because Pat Dooley said so. (The Gainesville Sun)

Expansion silliness. 
Holly Anderson gives three proposals for SEC expansion. All of which are as much reality based as a Samuel Coleridge opiate binge. (SI.com)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Shirts Without Random Triangles, or apostrophes, either.



OOPS! Now here's a hamdinger of a screw-up. Old Navy is coming out with a line of licensed collegiate t-shirts, all apparently using the phrase "Lets Go (insert school or team nickname here). " Notice anything wrong here with this Michigan t-shirt? Yes, the word "Let's" is missing an apostrophe. 

What's worse? All the t-shirts across the line are apparently like this one, missing that same darn apostrophe. It's enough to give English professors conniptions. Not to mention C.E.O.'s and media relations people. On the other hand, economics professors will probably get kicks in seeing how these tees do on e-Bay. 

(via Yahoo!)


Janzen Jackson is an ex-Tennessee Volunteer.

The long, strange trip of Janzen Jackson's time at Tennessee has come to a close. The embattled safety left school during spring semester to handle what were referred to as "personal problems" before returning to the program during the summer. Now reports say he has been dismissed from the team.

Vols' head football coach Derek Dooley commented on the dismissal.


“Our program has devoted a tremendous amount of energy, resources, support, and care in an effort to help Janzen manage his personal challenges,” Dooley said in the release.  “I will always be there to help him as a person, but there comes a time when a player’s actions preclude him from the privilege of playing for the University of Tennessee football team.

“Although I’m disappointed with this outcome, we will never compromise the long-term organizational values and goals we maintain here at Tennessee.”

No word as to why the departure has taken place.

(via Knoxville News Sentinel)


Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Russell Wilson, Jerry Kill, and more.

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  
 
 
There's strong, and then there's PersaStrong.
Adam Rittenberg details how Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa's discipline and training in the weight room inspired the "PersaStrong" Heisman Trophy campaign. (ESPN)

The Mark of Kain.
Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald refers to  Persa's backup, Kain Colter as being "1b" on the depth chart. (The Chicago Tribune)

One of the guys. 
Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson has quickly been accepted by his Badger teammates since transferring from North Carolina State. (Rivals.com)

Jim Tressel will coach again.
Because his brother, Ohio State running back/special teams coach Dick Tressel, said so. (The Chicago Tribune)

Joe Paterno could save college football from itself. 
He only has to quit coaching to do it. (The Patriot-News)

My Life With the Thrill Kill Cult.
ESPN's Adam Rittenberg sits down for a Q&A session with first-year Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill. (ESPN)

Learning to Crawl.
Iowa sophomore C.J. Fiedorowicz describes learning to play football at the college level during his freshman year as a "humbling experience." (Quad City Times)

Making up for lost time.
Nebraska offensive guard Andrew Rodriguez is looking to make up for a disappointing 2010 season. (Omaha World Herald)

Wolverine no more.
Michigan wide reciever Je'Ron Strokes has left the team. (ESPN)

Children of the Sun.
A Michigan environmental group wants Michigan to install solar panels at Michigan Stadium. Don't hold your breath. (The Detroit News)

Is Dan Persa limping or pimping?

Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa has been walking around in preseason football camp with what appears to be a noticeable limp. While Persa himself admits rehabbing his ruptured right Achilles tendon takes a toll on his body, Wildcats head football coach Pat Fitzgerald has a more fanciful explanation.

‘‘Your limp could be somebody else’s pimp walk,’’ Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald said after the team’s practice Monday at Naval Station Great Lakes."

Now there's a statement you don't want to hear from your college football coach. For one thing, it's such an obvious ruse to try to hide Persa's still-rehabbing ankle injury. Worse, Fitzgerald knows what a pimp walk is. Or at least he thinks he knows what a pimp walk is. It's never a good thing when a authority figure tries to hip, and Fitzgerald proves it.

On the other hand, it would be cool if the Northwestern Marching Band played Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin'" after every completed pass Persa made the way Iowa's band played "Born in the USA" did with Ricky Stanzi last year.

(via The Chicago Sun-Times)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Jordan Jefferson, Alabama, Auburn, and more.

Why don't you have a seat over there?
LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and three other members of the team met with Baton Rouge police investigators over an alleged bar fight  (Rivals.com)

I have my heroes, but no one knows their name. 
Alabama will honor first responders who aided residents of Tuscaloosa and other parts of Alabama after the April 27 tornadoes that ravagedthe state. (al.com)

When I Grow Up To Be a Man.
Alabama senior defensive lineman Nick Gentry wants to be a coach someday. (al.com)

Fly Like An Eagle. 
The flight of Auburn's Nova the eagle before its home games was chosen by Sports Illustrated as college football's second best tradition, second only to Ohio State's "Script Ohio." (Sports Illustrated)

No love for the Aggies in Nashville. 
Vanderbilt vice chancellor of athletics David Williams doesn't want Texas A&M as a member of the SEC. ( City Paper (Nashville))




New Cy-Hawk Trophy gets deep-sixed.

Well, that didn't last long. After a massive outcry, the newly- unveiled version of the Cy-Hawk Trophy is getting the heave-ho. Iowa Corn, the trophy's new sponsor, had recently unveiled a new trophy, given to the winner of the annual game between Iowa and Iowa State. Fans of both teams protested the new trophy, due in part to it's having nothing to do with football, and more to do with corn.

Well, Iowa Corn has heard the protests of the masses, and has now acted.


"The new Cy-Hawk Trophy is being dumped, Iowa Corn officials announced Tuesday. They will open a process for fans to pick its replacement."

It's probably a smart move to replace the trophy. It's an even smarter move to have fans vote on a new design. Hopefully, Iowa Corn can figure out a way to cut down on trolls trying to vote the ugliest potential selection into the victory circle.

(via Quad City Times)




Monday, August 22, 2011

Tennessee opens a door to Nowhere.

Tennessee's motto for 2011 is apparently "Opportunity is now here." There were so happy with the motto, they decided to put it on the door and...



Somebody apparently had an issue with trying to get that to fit on the door. A somebody needed to get a smaller font somewhere."

(via Deadspin, Dr. Saturday)

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Miami reaction to Nevin Shapiro not shocking whatsoever.



Really, Miami fans? Do you think threatening Nevin Shapiro with bodily harm is showing any form of maturity when it comes to U-Gate? Worse, that little not-mama-approved word I bleeped out that's kinda defamatory to women isn't helping you're case with the NCAA, either.

(via Dr. Saturday)

Big Tentacles: Terrelle Pryor, Dan Persa, Nebraska, and more.

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


Terrelle Pryor drafted by the Raiders in NFL Supplemental Draft.
Least. Shocking. Event. Ever. (Yahoo! Sports)

It's hard to be humble. 
Ohio State freshman quarterback Braxton Miller is more humbler than Terrelle Pryor. At least according to Bob Hunter. (The Columbus Dispatch)

It's "Not your father's Big Ten anymore."
Because Adam Rittenberg said so. (ESPN)

...But is it enough?
Pat Forde says that even with all the modernization in the Big Ten, the conference will still find it hard to compete with the SEC and other Sun Belt schools when it comes to recruiting. (ESPN)

Not out of the woods yet. 
Even though quarterback Dan Persa is supposed to be "100 percent healed" from the Achilles' tendon that shortened his 2010 season, Northwestern coaches aren't ready to take chances with the Heisman Trophy candidate getting injured again. (The Chicago Tribune)

What, me worry?
The Omaha World Herald's Sam McKewon expressed concern with a string of "nagging" injuries Nebraska's offensive line. (The Omaha World Herald)


What, me worry? Part deux.
Wisconsin's o-line has also been hit with the injury bug. (Wisconsin State Journal)

A wingman for the winged helmets? 
Devin Gardner is looking to be developing as a solid back-up QB for Denard Robinson at Michigan. (The Detroit Free Press)

The time for Iowa's Keenan Davis has arrived.
Because Keenan Davis said so. (Quad City Times)

Chain Reaction.
How are Iowa fans reacting to the new Cy-Hawk Trophy? Not too well. (The Gazette (Cedar Rapids))

The Big Ten is NOT looking to expand any further at the moment.
Because the Big Ten said so. Jim Delany then went down to his basement to salivate in front of his shrine to Notre Dame. (Off Tackle Empire)






Sunday, August 21, 2011

This just in: Tyler Bray got a haircut.

It looks like Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray has joined Stanford's Andrew Luck in getting a haircut.



Bray's obviously going for the longer buzz with enough puppy scruff to look like he's not just out of boot camp look straight out of the box. Sadly, it took Luck a little longer to Luck to figure that one out.

(via Knoxville News Sentinel)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Welcome to Nike Pro Combat Hell, Georgia!

Nike unveiled the uniform Georgia will be wearing in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Sept. 3. If you were a Bulldog fan worried about the return of black jerseys or black pants, or (Hershel Walker forbid) black helmets,  then you have nothing to worry about. If you're a little anal about silver britches, however...



To be honest, this isn't one of Nike's best looks. The silver helmets are okay, though the stripe could have been a little smaller. As for the almost all-red uni...well, it could have used a little black on the pants. Black pants would have been really cool with that jersey, but it seems Georgia might be a little too gun-shy about those kind of things after the 2008 beatdown by Florida.

 A silver or black compression shirt might have been a better idea for this uni, too. It could have broken up the monotony of the red shirt and pants. Or Nike could have tried to come up with the shiniest silver britches possible for the uni. That might have been just enough to raise the level of Bulldog Nation nervousness from queasiness in the stomach to complete ulcer-developing levels.

(via SB Nation Atlanta)

Friday, August 19, 2011

The new Cy-Hawk Trophy is neither Cy nor Hawk. Discuss.

The Cy-Hawk Trophy, given annually to the winner of the Iowa-Iowa State game, has been given an extreme makeover. Here's the old version, which looks like just about any generic football trophy you could find at a local trophy and engraving shop.



And here's the new version. A creation of corporate synergy provided by the Cy-Hawk Trophy's new sponsor, The Iowa Corn Growers Association.



This says absolutely nothing about football. It says more about the trophy's new sponsors, but not much. And in the end, it looks way too much like one of those generic sculptures you see at one of The Avenue shopping malls than anything vaguely related to football.

(via Black Heart Gold Pants, KCRG)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew:Nick Saban, Barrett Trotter, Steve Spurrier, and more.

Nick Saban's assistant coaches who coached at Miami not tainted by Shapiro scandal.
Because Nick Saban said so. (CBS Sports)

Georgia tight end Orson Charles cleared of possible NCAA Miami-related recruiting violations.
Because Georgia said so. (ChuckOliver.net)

Ready to Start.
Barrett Trotter is named as the new starting quarterback for Auburn. (Rivals.com)

One Big Happy Family.

Florida players say there aren't any internal rifts on the team between upperclassmen and underclassmen  like there reportedly were in 2010. (The Gainesville Sun)

Demon in a Bottle. 
Steve Spurrier has his own wine called "Gamecock Garnet." Of course he does. (Dr. Saturday)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Unquiet on the Western Front: Chip Kelly, the Fiesta Bowl, 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.) 
 

 Stand By Your Man.
Oregon head coach Chip Kelly is standing by quarterback Darron Thomas after the Cliff Harris traffic incident. (Rivals.com)

Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?
There's already talk about Stanford's future at the quarterback position after Andrew Luck leaves for the NFL. (San Fransisco Chronicle)

Please adjust your calendars. 
There's a good possibility that the Fiesta Bowl will move it's Jan 5, 2012 scheduled date up to Jan 2. (CBS Sports)


DeBoskie-Johnson back in shape.
Cal running back Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson is regaining his explosiveness after losing weight during the summer. (San Jose Mercury News)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Big Tentacles: Terrelle Pryor, Kirk Cousins, Joe Paterno, and the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Why is this mascot smiling?
(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  


With one breath, with one flow, you will know. Synchronicity. 
The NCAA is investigating a spring break trip in taken by Terrelle Pryor to...wait for it...Miami. (CBS Sports)

Standing in the Shadows of Love. 
First-year Michigan strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman prefers to stay out of the spotlight while helping Wolverine players shape up for the 2011 season. (The Detroit News)

Fly Me Courageous.
Michigan State head football coach defended quarterback Kirk Cousins against comments by former Spartan QB Tony Banks said the senior needed "to be more courageous"  and "play better." (The Detroit News)

Don't mess with a missionary man.
Notre Dame signee Chris Badger is hoping to be able to finish his two-year Mormon mission to Ecuador early to enroll in school in January of 2012. (The Chicago Tribune)

Don't mess with an 84-year old man, either. 
Running back Stephfon Green is an ex-Nittany Lion. Because he "had some problems with" Joe Paterno. (CBS News)

Similar Features.
Besides both using the initials "NU," Nebraska and Northwestern both run a similar spread offense using the pistol. (Lake the Posts)

Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before.
Another year, another "Notre Dame is back" article. (ESPN)

That Don't Impress Me Much.
The Wall Street Journal's Darren Everson mocks Heisman Trophycampaigns like Northwestern's "PersaStrong" campaign for senior QB Dan Persa, saying that it's more to promote the school. (The Wall Street Journal)

Nobody Told Me. 
Ohio State president Gordon Gee says that he never knew that the Little Sisters of the Poor were an actual religious order when he referenced them in mocking TCU and other BCS buster schools last year. Well, now you know. (CBS Sports)

 Famous Last Words.
"There will never be a repeat of the 2002-2003 BCS Title Game." Because Off Tackle Empire said so. The 02-03 game of course being between Ohio State and Miami. Now here's a case where you really want to see Instant Karma get somebody. (Off Tackle Empire)

Who will benifit from Miami's downfall?

It's not "if" or "when" Miami will get banhammered for the alleged multiple violations of NCAA rules reported by Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson, it's going to be how bad the program gets banhammered. The other major question coming out of the scandal is who will reap the benefits of the downfall of "The U."

Ingram Smith of ChuckOliver.net believes that the smaller schools in Florida, South Florida and Central Florida, will be the ones to take the opportunities coming out of the Miami chaos.

"For a couple of years now I have heard the term “Big Two – Middle Three.” With the previously mentioned Florida State and University of Florida being the big two and Miami, UCF, and USF constituting the middle three. Yesterday’s report by Robinson essentially insures this happens. Florida State and Florida will continue, as they have in the past three or four years to recruit at an elite level. The real winners in this will likely be the programs located in Orlando and Tampa."

Perhaps, but then again, the recruits who may have gone to Miami will probably look to the bigger BCS programs before looking at USF or UCF. Florida and FSU are the most likely destinations for the blue chippers, with schools outside the Sunshine State right behind them. USF and UCF will get what's left over, it there is anything left over. As usual.

(via ChuckOliver.net, Yahoo! Sports)


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Is Nevin Shapiro the Miami Hurricane's Katrina?

Scandals tend to get overblown in sports. But the one Yahoo! Sports has been investigating involving convicted ponzi-scheme mastermind Nevin Shapiro and the players from the Miami Hurricanes might be the real deal when it comes to reaching DefCom One levels. 

"In 100 hours of jailhouse interviews during Yahoo! Sports’ 11-month investigation, former Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro described a sustained, eight-year run of rampant NCAA rule-breaking, some of it with the knowledge or direct participation of at least seven coaches from the Miami football and basketball programs. At a cost that Shapiro estimates in the millions of dollars, he said his benefits to athletes included but were not limited to: cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play (including bounties for injuring opposing players), travel and on one occasion, an abortion."

The ACC might be looking for a new 12th member soon.

(via Yahoo! Sports)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Derek Dooley, Les Miles, Blair Walsh, and more.

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

The SEC will grow to a 14-team conference. 
Because Mark Bradley said so. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Climbing up the depth chart. 
Florida freshman quarterback Jeff Driskel is quickly earning a spot as John Brantley's back-up. (The Gainesville Sun)

A Few Small Repairs.
Derek Dooley has revamped Tennessee's practice schedule for the 2011 season. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Moving forward. 
LSU head football Les Miles coach likes his team's rate of progress in camp. (The Times-Picayune)

Making the switch?
Mississippi State safety Jonathan Banks may switch over to the offense in 2011. (The Clarion-Ledger)

Pumped Up Kicks.
Georgia kicker Blair Walsh has added a some muscle on his frame for his senior year. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

A Walk-on to Remember. 
Eight Auburn walk-ons receive scholarships. (al.com)

Big Tentacles: Bubba Starling, Brandon Vitable, Notre Dame, and more.

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

It's Money That Matters. 
Bubba Starling picks baseball over quarterbacking for Nebraska. (Dr. Saturday)

Remember the Name.
Northwestern freshman offensive lineman Brandon Vitabile (Vuh-TOB-uh-lay) is quickly making a name for himself in preseason camp. As well as earning a shot at a starting posistion. (The Chicago Tribune)

Days Go By.
Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke has a sign in the Wolverine locker room that marks the number of days since Michigan last beat Ohio State. (Dr. Saturday)

Roll With the Changes.
Indiana defensive back Chris Adkins is learning to adapt to a new coach in David Wilson, and in competing for a new position at free safety. (Indianapolis Star)

Ready to Start. 
Ohio State linebacker Etienne Sabino finally gets his chance to play after spending 2010 redshirting as a junior. (The Columbus Dispatch)

There can be only one. 
Penn State QB's Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin are still competing for starting job. (ESPN)


There can be only one, part deux.
Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly says the competition for starting quarterback between Dayne Crist and Tommy Rees will come down to the "slightest of margins." (The Chicago Tribune)

Teach Me How To...Dooley? Swiperboy strikes back with new rap song.

Tennessee forward Renaldo Woolridge a.k.a Swiperboy a.k.a. SB apparently had discovered the same thing Ozzy Osbourne did about retirement - retirement sucks. After announcing he was giving up rapping to focus on his senior season with the Vols, he's turned around and changed his mind. . This time, its somewhat of a sequel to last year's "FootVOL," focusing on that hot new dance on Rocky Top, The Dooley.



Okay, it's another "Teach Me How To Dougie" rip-off. This craze of "Dougie" rip-offs is coming down with a severe case of "This Joke Isn't Funny Anymore." Especially after "Teach Me How To Jimmer." I won't even mention the mother of all sports "Dougie" parodies, "Teach Me How to Badger," which still gives me nightmares.

Woolridge's un-retirement does raise some questions with his senior season of basketball. But on the other hand, it reignites the possibility of a Swiperboy/TJ Ferdette concert tour.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Lane Kiffin, Air Force, Logwone Mitz, 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.) 
 


 Not quite done yet. 
USC head football coach Lane Kiffin says the Trojan offense is still struggling in the preseason. (The Orange County Register)


Air Force goes into Expansion silliness stealth mode.
Air Force is trying to not comment on rumors that the service academy is a possible target by the Big 12 to replace Texas A&M. (Mountain West Connection)

A giant among (admittedly short) men. 
A huddle of Washington State running backs is described as being "a bit like a jockey convention. With one big horse in the middle." The "horse" being 6'1 Logwone Mitz. (The Spokesman-Review)

Go West, young man?
Wide receiver Josh Gordon is looking at transferring to Utah after leaving Baylor. (KWTX)


Next Position Please.
A number of Oregon State players are switching positions. (Building the Dam)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Someone drags the Civil War into the whole Expansion Silliness mess where it doesn't belong.

Maybe it was inevitable that with Expansion Silliness running amok once again due to Aggiegeddon, someone would exploit the cultural divide that splits North and South way more than it should 150 years after the War Between the States. But dangit, the ones doing the exploiting kind of caught me off-guard. Off Tackle Empire features an article titled "Conference Realignment: I don't want any slaver schools in the B1G." (The "B1G" being a mocking term for the Big Ten and its ridiculous new logo.) This in regards to the possibility of former Big 12 schools joining that other "Big" conference with a history of having problems with math.

"The south remains fundamentally and culturally different than the north. Why, one hundred and forty six years after we put down the insurrection at great cost in lives and treasure, when the south still maintains a legacy of hatred towards us and covert segregation, should we reward any institution from these former bastions of evil with inclusion into the greatest amalgamation of intelligence and athletic prowess in the land? Why should we share our vast resources and wealth with those who most assuredly despise us?"

Hey! What's with dragging the Civil War into the already murky conference expansion landscape, Yankee? That's the South's job, dangit! It's the part of the country that's supposed to be still fighting the bloodiest conflict in American history a century-and-a-half after it ended. Not some Big Ten blogger.

(via is Off Tackle Empire)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aggiegeddon, Dont'a Hightower, Trey Burton, Gene Chizik, and...Whack-a-Bianchi?

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

Aggiegeddon shows that the NCAA has lost its way.
Because Jeff Schultz said so. Shut up, Jeff. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

It's just a flesh wound. 
Dont'a Hightower doesn't expect a surgically repaired left hand to keep him from playing in Alabama's first game of the 2011 season on Sept. 3. (al.com)

Next Posistion Please. 
Pat Dooley wonders what position (or positions) Florida plans to use versatile Trey Burton at in 2011. (The Gainesville Sun)

Bulldogs and scooters don't mix. 
Georgia linebacker Ray Drew's right shoulder was injured in an accident while driving a scooter on Sunday. Sadly, this the first scooter accident for a Bulldog. (CBS Sports)

Iron sharpens Iron.
The presence of much-talked about transfer quarterback Zach Mettenberger has made LSU senior QB Jordan Jefferson work harder during pre-season practices. (The Times-Picayune)

Making an impression. 
Tennessee freshman Curt Maggitt linebacker is impressing members of the Vols' coaching staff, including the not easy to impress defensive line coach Lance Thompson. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Gene Chizik receives the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award from the U.S. Sports Academy. 
Admit it, you expect me to make a snarky remark about the Cam Newton-mess here. But I'm not. (Mobile Press-Register)

Winner of South Carolina-Georgia game on Sept. 10 will win the SEC East.
Because Matt Hinton said so. (Dr. Saturday)

Attack of the Two-Headed Monsters?
A number of SEC teams could be playing with a two-quarterback system in 2011. Including BCS championship favorite Alabama. (ESPN)

I've seen the future and it will be.
A look at what a 13-team SEC schedule might look like. Pray the conference finds 14th potential member found before this happens. (Team Speed Kills)


Ever wanted to whack Mike Bianchi?
Now's your chance with the "Whack-a-Bianchi" game. (Orlando Sentinel)

Big Tentacles: Brady Hoke, Pat Fitzgerald, James Vandenberg, and more.

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

Rebuilding? Whose rebuilding? 
Michigan head fooball coach Brady Hoke takes umbrage to talk that the Wolverines are "rebuilding." (The Post-Tribune (Northwest Indiana)

Kicking it old school. 
Northwestern opens up Camp Kenosa, which is described by head football coach Pat Fitzgerald as being "football, 24-7,” "old school" and with players lacking their "creature comforts." (The Chicago Tribune)

Pound for pound.

New York Post writer Lenn Robbins vows to carry one of the 7 lb. "PersaStrong" dumbells Northwestern sent out to reporters promoting quarterback Dan Persa as a Heisman Trophy candidate. I'm not holding my breath on this one. (New York Post)

A Few Small Repairs. 
Iowa QB James Vandenberg admits that Iowa needs to make a lot of improvement after a lackluster practice on Saturday. (Quad City Times)

Oh, behave!
Indiana head football coach David Wilson needs to learn how to act better when talking to radio personalities. Because Bob Kravitz said so. Shut up, Bob. (The Indianapolis Star)

The sharpest tool in the shed?
Illinois freshman QB Reilly O'Toole is impressing Fighting Illini offensive coordinator Paul Petrino. (The Chicago Tribune)