Friday, September 30, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Damiere Byrd, Houston Nutt, and more.

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

Grace Under Pressure.
Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray normal "chill" demeanor come in handy when dealing with questions with his performance in  the Vols' loss to Florida two weeks ago. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Byrd on a Wire.
South Carolina wide receiver Damiere Byrd will return from a four-game illegal-benefits related  suspension on Saturday. (SI.com)

South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is overrated. 
Because Saturday Down South said so. (Saturday Down South)


Houston Nutt on the Hot Seat?
Houston Nutt on the Hot Seat. Worse, he tops the AP's Ralph D. Russo's list of coaches on the hot seat. (The Miami Herald)

Is Mark Richt on the AP's Hot Seat list with Houston Nutt?
Yes, Mark Richt is on the AP's Hot Seat list with Houston Nutt. (The Miami Herald)

The Long Run.
Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell, is looking for more opportunities to "break more long runs." (Athens Banner-Herald)

Dee Ford out. 
Auburn defensive end Dee Ford is out for the rest of the 2011 season following back surgery. (al.com)

A Few Small Repairs.
Texas A&M is looking at expanding Kyle Field to accommodate all those extra fans who will come flying to Aggieland now that they're going to the SEC. Maybe I should have used "Use Your Delusion" for the tag instead. (CBS Sports)

South Florida loss means Big East has been all but eliminated from this year's BCS championship.

The college football season is only five weeks old, but for the Big East, it's all over when it comes to the BCS championship. Worse, it can blame it on the actions of not one, but of its own teams. Albeit one that is soon to be an ex-Big East team.

Thursday night's 44-17 victory by Pittsburgh over previously unbeaten South Florida all but guaranteed that the Big East will be on the outside looking in (as usual) when it comes to a real chance at the BCS title. The Bulls were previously the only Big East team that hadn't been beaten this season. With their loss, the chances for a Big East team to reach the BCS title game became slim to none.

Not that a Big East team had a real chance of a BCS title in the first place, of course. But the South Florida loss put the nail in the coffin. Even if no school goes unbeaten this season, the chances that the BCS title game would feature a team from the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, and even the ACC are greater than those of the Big East, who are definitely the junior partner in the BCS coalition.

Pittsburgh has already been beaten by Iowa, so the Panthers had nothing to lose, really. And considering that the Panthers are leaving the Big East for the ACC, they probably won't be losing any sleep over it.

(via Rivals. com)

Forget Les Miles. Brady Hoke is becomming a Mad Hatter in his own right.

Does this look like a sane man to you?
Remember when Michigan tried to hire Les Miles away from LSU? Well, it seems that Wolverine head football coach Brady Hoke is turning out to be a Mad Hatter in his own right. In this case, though he's more like Jervis Tech, the Batman chapeau-obsessed arch-enemy who goes by the the Mad Hatter moniker than a Mad Hatter like Miles, whom is, well, mad. It seems that Hoke has gotten into the habit of confiscating Wolverine player's headgear that feature sports teams that are not Michigan.  


"Those are hats from players that don't wear Michigan hats in here," Hoke told the San Diego Union-Tribune while showing off his collection, which now includes specimens touting the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Penguins — though no one, thankfully, has had the audacity to walk in wearing a logo from another school. "You only wear Michigan in here."

Hoke's "Michigan only" philosophy is of the kind that, if found outside of a college sports program, would be possibly be labeled as cult-like. Michigan players should pray that they don't show up to practice one day to find Hoke standing at the door between twin vats of applesauce and Kool-aid. Or that The FBI doesn't show up at the Michigan practice facility in full riot gear.

And Heaven forbid that a player decides to show up wearing a cap from another school, especially if that school is Ohio State. Hoke may add the cap to his horde...along with the player's head.

(via Dr. Saturday)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

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

The road to the Georgia Dome continues.
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  
 

 Is a SEC Network for cable on the way? 
That's what Clay Travis claims says is likely to happen. (Outkick the Coverage)

The SEC will expand beyond 13 teams.
Because new Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said so. (CBS Sports)

Jefferson reinstated. 
LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson has been reinstated after charges involved with his participation in a bar fight were dropped to a misdemeanor. Jarett Lee is still scheduled to start in LSU's game against Kentucky. (ESPN)

My Own Worst Enemy.
What's the only thing keeping LSU head football coach Les Miles from winning his second BCS title as Tiger's coach? Les Miles, of course. (The Belly of the Beast)

Fun with Photoshop.
Four pages of Les Miles' photoshopped head on pro wrestler's bodies. The one with Miles as Goldust is particularly disturbing. (TigerDroppings.com)

Touring the facility and picking up slack.
Tennessee tight end Mychal Rivera is picking up the slack resulting from Justin Hunter's season-ending injury. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Chill Out. 
University of Mississippi chancellor Dan Jones asks Ole Miss fans to tone down their calls for athletic director Pete Boone to be fired. (ChuckOliver.net)

Dawgs leaving a sinking ship?
Fletcher Proctor questions whether the departures of eight players who left Georgia for reasons not counting leaving for the NFL or medical issues indicate troubles ahead for UGA head football coach Mark Richt. (ChuckOliver.net)

Dancing in the Ruins: Brandon Weeden, Landry Jones, Bryce Brown, and more.

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

Taking a (Heisman) stance.
Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden is starting to make waves and making a name for himself in the Heisman Trophy race. (Rivals.com)

The kids in Bristol are sharp as a Pistol (Pete).
Weeden's coach at Oklahoma State (and dancin' fool), Mike Gundy, will be a guest analyst for ESPN this weekend during the Cowboy's bye week. No word if he'll do the Bristol Stomp while he's up there. (ESPN)

Movin' On Up.
Oklahoma QB Landry Jones' status on Mel Kiper's infamous Big Board is climbing. (ESPN)

The Insider.
Barking Carnival apparently has a mole in the Texas football program, who lays down the skinny on the Longhorn's preparations against Iowa State. (Barking Carnival)


Least. Shocking. Event. Ever. Of the Day. 
Members of the Texas State Legislature may try to make sure the annual showdown between Texas and Texas A&M continues by state law after the Aggies leave for the SEC in 2012. (Dr. Saturday)

Up in the Air.
Kansas State running back Bryce Brown's status as a player is in question due to undisclosed " difficult times." (CBS Sports)

Is Georgia Tech "trippy?"

Is Georgia Tech as "trippy" as this clip played at Yellow Jacket home games in Bobby Dodd Stadium would attest? Well, for a school whose fan base still believes it's a national powerhouse,  the answer would have to be a "yes." Then again, Georgia fans believe that as well. Blame it on the polluted waters of the Chattahoochee River.  



(via EDSBS)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Will Muschamp and Nick Saban, Texas A&M, Justin Hunter, and more.

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

When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the master. 
Oh wait, Will Muschamp said he hadn't seen Star Wars, right?  Oh well, why let a good Star Wars quote go to waste when talking about Muschamp and his Florida Gators meeting up against former boss Nick Saban and Alabama in The Swamp. (SI.com)

Aggiegeddon survival guide. 
A Texas A&M priner for SEC fans trying to get used to the idea of a school with all-male cheerleaders Yell Leaders. (Rivals.com)

SEC for Dummies Aggies.
And on the flipside, here's an SEC primer for Texas A&M fans.  Pay no attention to the allegations of occult practices at LSU and Auburn. (Leather Helmet Blog)

This is for the questions that don't have any answers. 
Auburn and South Carolina go into facing each other in Columbia each wondering how to solve their respective problems on the defense and offense. (ESPN)

Justin Hunter update.
Surgery to repair Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter's season-ending torn left ACL has been labeled as a success.  (Knoxville News Sentinel)

On a related Tennessee injury front:
An partially torn ACL in his right back knee isn't keeping Tennessee mascot Smokey from watching the Buffalo-Tennessee game at Neyland Stadium from the sidelines, though. (Dr. Saturday)


Look at the birthday cake falling out of the sky! Look at the birthday cake falling out of the sky!
A happy 89th birthday to retired Georgia broadcasting legend Larry Munson. (Dawg Sports)

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Kirk Ferentz, Brady Hoke, and more.

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

I'm gonna be a history maker in this land. 
Nebraska and Wisconsin are getting ready for the their first meeting as Big Ten conference rivals. (The Chicago Tribune)

Back in the Saddle Again.
Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa will finally make his season debut against Illinois this Saturday. (CBS Sports)

Not Fade Away. 
The return of Dan Persa to the Northwestern starting QB role doesn't mean that backup QB Kain Colter will be becoming a benchwarmer. (The Chicago Tribune)

Who are you, Thomas Nardo?
More background on Thomas Nardo, the senior Iowa defensive tackle who in only his second career start was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. (The Gazette)

It's a good thing.
Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz sees this week's early-in-the-season bye week as a good thing for a young Hawkeye squad. (The Gazette)

Kansas City here I come?
Meanwhile, rumors are swirling that Kirk Ferentz is being looked at to replace Todd Haley as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, reuniting him with Ricky Stanzi. (The Big Lead)

Cause for concern?
Despite Michigan's 4-0 start  head football coach Brady Hoke is concerned about the Wolverine's passing game. (The Detroit Free Press)

Going into stealth mode.
Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio has shut down media access to Spartan players in preparation for Saturday's road game against Ohio State. (The Detroit Free Press)


The Frightful Four. 
Ohio State faces an October against four ranked football teams in a row (Michigan State, Nebraska, Illinois, and Wisconsin) for the first time since 1959. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Get in the Ring. 
A college football career apparently cut short due to a knee injury didn't keep  Indiana running back Darius Willis from alledegly part in a professional wrestling match while the Hoosers played North Texas. (The Indianapolis Star)

Crossing the Atlantic: Virginia Tech-Clemson, Al Golden, Rick Pitino, and more.

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


Was it just a dream? Were you so confused? Was it just a giant leap of logic?
Heather Dinich questions if Florida State was overrated following back-to-back losses to Oklahoma and Clemson. (ESPN)

There can be only one. 
A preview of Saturdays battle of the unbeatens between Virginia Tech and Clemson. (Gobbler Country)

The Blame Game.
Miami head football coach Al Golden puts the blame on the Hurricanes' loss to Kansas State to poor execution. (The Miami Herald)

How to succeed in the ACC?
It apparently takes cohesion amongst the coaching staff. (The Post and Courier)

Born of Frustration.
One word to describe Virginia's loss to Southern Miss: "Frustrated." (Streaking the Lawn)

"A unique situation."
Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson describes his teams selflessness when it comes to carrying the ball as "a unique situation." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
 
Cheap seats.
Joseph Wyatt gives Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich some ideas on how he could sell more game tickets to fill up Bobby Dodd Stadium, including lowering ticket prices. Sadly none of the ideas involve dropping football for mundy Quidditch, which would actually gets Tech students to buy tickets. (ChuckOliver.net)

Walk On the Wild Side. 
UConn taps walk-on Johnny McEntee as its starting quarterback. (SI.com)

BASKETBALL

Famous Last Words.
Louisville head men's basketball coach Rick Pitinio criticizes UConn for looking at bolting the Big East for the ACC. Remember this quote when Louisville bolts the Big East for the ACC or SEC. (Card Chronicle)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy is a Dancin' Fool.

Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy is an internet sensation once again. Four years after his now-legendary "I'm a Man! I'm 40" rant, video of him taking part in the celebrations in the Oklahoma State locker after the team's defeat of Texas A&M has been unleashed.  It's sure to seal the Cowboys' coach's status an internet viral video immortal.

The fun begins around the 3:00 mark, when Gundy lets the moment take over, and he gets down with his bad self.



But to be honest, Coach Gundy, that is not how Cowboys are supposed to dance. This is how Cowboys are supposed to dance.


(all rights reserved.)

8 Seconds, FTW. 

(via Kegs N' Eggs)



Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Texas A&M, Les Miles, Mike Leach, and more.

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

I'm not going to get used to seeing The Alamo among the SEC area landmarks.  

 Be My Frenemy.
I Am the 12th Man asks who Texas A&M's cross-division rival will be in the SEC. (I Am the 12th Man)

No Big Deal.
LSU head football coach Les Miles says that being the number one team in the country is "no burden." (Rivals.com)

Pirate of the Mississippi?
Ole Miss tops the Lost Lettermen list of schools where former embattled Texas Tech head football coach Mike Leach could end up coaching next season. Kentucky and Georgia also make the list as SEC representatives. (Lost Lettermen)

Just carryin' on an old family tradition. 
Former Alabama and NFL running back Sean Alexander talks about current Tide standout  Trent Richardson and the Tide's "family tradition" of great running backs.   (The Huntsville Times)

Back-to-back.
Chip Towers compares Georgia freshman running back Isaiah Crowel's performance through his first four games to that of legendary Bulldog RB Hershel Walker. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Oh Mojo, Where Are Thou?
Auburn continues to look for its "offensive mojo" while getting ready to face South Carolina on the road this Saturday. (The Montgomery Advertiser)


South Carolina's offense will be it's "undoing. "
Because Tony Barnhart said so. (CBS Sports)

A Spanner in the Works.
A Florida victory games against either Alabama or LSU (the Gators' next two opponents) could through a monkey wrench in either team's hopes for a SEC and/or BCS championship. (ESPN)


A Few Small Repairs.
Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen admits "We have a bunch of things we need to fix up but we haven't hit a panic button. We're not scrapping anything that we're doing right now." (The Clarion-Ledger)

Should Kentucky leave the SEC?
Only if they can talk Vanderbilt into joining tit. (A Sea of Blue)

Yes, there's a t-shirt honoring Derek Dooley's orange pants.

From the "Shirts Without Random Triangles" dept.:



It may have taken a week or two, but some enterprising capitalist has come up with a way of making money off of Derek Dooley's now legendary orange pants and the hoopla surrounding them, without having to go out and make a pair or two himself. One 10 Threads has come out with it's own "Fear the Pants" t-shirt, and is selling it for the Rocky-Top bottom price of $20.00. If you can't afford the $199-$399 that Dooley's tailor, John H. Daniel is asking for a similar pair of custom-made trousers, then this is the way to go.

(HT: @Dooleys_pants on Twitter)

Tennessee again hit with allegations of Kiffin-era recruiting violations.

As much as Tennessee tries to shake off the train wreck of the one-year head football coaching tenure of Lane Kiffin, it seems it has once again come back to haunt the program. Yahoo! Sports reported on Monday that one of Kiffin's staff members allegedly paid for a recruit and his mom to make "an unofficial trip" to Knoxville. Even worse, infamous recruiting scout Willie Lyles is involved as well.


"Former Tennessee assistant Willie Mack Garza paid for a top recruit and his mother to fly to Knoxville for an unofficial recruiting trip during Lane Kiffin’s tenure at the school, Yahoo! Sports reported Monday night.

Garza followed Kiffin when he took over at Southern California, but the secondary coach resigned Sept. 1, citing “personal issues unrelated to USC.”

Yahoo! Sports reported Garza wired $1,500 to talent scout Will Lyles in July 2009 and the money was used for plane tickets for running back prospect Lache Seastrunk and his mother, Evelyn."

Tennessee just dodged a major bullet coming from the Kiffin era after being investigated by the NCAA. It may not be so lucky this time around. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Taylor Martinez, Nebraska-Wisconsin and a really fugly Illinois helmet.

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

Pray that neither Nike nor Under Armour find this article on the helmets worn by Illinois from 1971-1976 like the one on the left. (Lost Lettermen)

The Wait Is Over. 
Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa finally gets his chance to get on the field on Saturday against Illinois.  (The Chicago Sun-Times)

Arrogance, we has it. 
Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez personifies the casual arrogance of the Nebraska Cornhuskers as the team gets ready for Big Ten conference play against Wisconsin by saying "We're Nebraska. They gotta play against us." (The Omaha World-Herald)

True Men Don't Kill Coyotes.
They just beat the living snot out of them like Wisconsin did the South Dakota Coyotes 59-10. The Badgers won't kind Nebraska that easy. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

Comin' to Your City.
ESPN College GameDay will be on the scene in Madison, WI. for the Nebraska's first in-conference showdown with Wisconsin. (ESPN)

Happy Together. 
Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke has been successful so far in producing a close-knit team in his first season. (The Detroit Free Press)


Penn State loses Mauti for the season. 
Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti will be out for the rest of the year after tearing his left ACL during the Nittany Lions' victory over Eastern Michigan. (Rivals.com

The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday. 
Freshman Ohio State QB Braxton Miller is going to find things getting harder and harder as Big 12 in-conference play begins on Saturday against Michigan State. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Reversal of Fortune? 
Michigan State looks to change its fortunes against Ohio State in The Horseshoe on Saturday, where the Spartans haven't won since 1998. (The Detroit Free Press)

Remember the Name. 
Iowa senior defensive tackle Thomas Nardo made a name for himself with 12 tackles in the Hawkeyes' game against Louisiana-Monroe. (Quad City Times)


This is for the questions that don't have any answers. 
Josh Tinley asks "Why Isn’t Notre Dame Already in the Big Ten?" It can't get over itself, basically. (Midwest Sports Fans)

Is there something embarrassing than Indiana losing to North Texas?
Yes, but it also involves Indiana losing to another team. (The Indianapolis Star)



Sunday, September 25, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Stephen Garcia, Marquis Maze, Isaiah Crowell, and more.

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   
   
Order Has Been Restored. 
South Carolina hands Vanderbilt its first loss of the season. (The Post and Courier)

Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was...
Florida beat Kentucky for the fifteenth time in a row. (The Gainesville Sun)

Now comes the hard part.
Florida's grueling October schedule begins next week against Alabama, and continues through the month with LSU, Auburn, and Georgia coming right behind. (The Gaineville Sun)

Stand By Your Man.
Even though South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia threw four interceptions in the game against Vanderbilt, Gamecocks head football coach Steve Spurrier said the embattled QB will start against Auburn next week. (The Post and Courier)

LSU is the real no. 1 team in the country.
Because Brett McMurphy said so. (CBS Sports)


Texas A&M will be an SEC member "shortly."
Because Texas A&M president R. Bowden Loftin said so. Sadly, the Aggies' loss to Oklahoma State won't be any bearing on the school's admission.  (CBS Sports, Rivals.com)


That's me in the corner. That's me in the spotlight.
Marquis Maze makes a case that he's Alabama's next great cornerback with an 83-yard touchdown in Saturday's Tide victory against Arkansas. (The Birmingham News)

Saturday Night Live.
Next week's showdown between Florida and Alabama will air on CBS at 8:00 P.M. EDT. (The Gainesville Sun)

It's Getting Better All the Time.
Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell continues to improve on the field as he ran for 147 yards against Ole Miss. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

That Don't Impress Me Much.
Jeff Schultz looks at Georgia's 27-13 victory over Old Miss, and still sees areas in need of improvement. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Houston Nutt on the Hot Seat?
Houston Nutt on the Hot Seat. (The Commercial Appeal)


Was the obsession over Derek Dooley's orange pants inspired by Kenny Chesney?


Tennessee's loss to Florida on Sept. 17 has failed to stop the growing obsession over the orange pants worn by Vols' head football coach Derek Dooley. The pair of pants has its own 25,000-plus member Facebook page, as well as the inevitable Twitter account, featuring it's own set of General Neyland-esque Maxims. Now comes the awful truth that Tennessee fans may have to thank metrosexual country music star, BFF of Peyton Manning, and hated enemy of college sport bloggers Kenny Chesney for His Hairness' inspiration to don the orange trousers.

Coach Dooley says his inspiration for wearing the pants came from watching "The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story," which told the story of the first African-American starting quarterback in the SEC. It featured footage of former Tennessee  coach Bill Battle wearing orange trousers.


"Holloway's coach, Bill Battle, would occasionally wore orange pants, but his game outfit of choice was an orange shirt with a tie and slacks of a more conservative color. His successor, Johnny Majors, wore orange polyester pants, a white polo-style shirt with orange collar, a white belt and white shoes to games during the first few years of his Tennessee career, which stretched from 1977-92, but opted for a suit for games later in his career.


"There's nothing better than old footage," Dooley said. "I just remember seeing the old footage of the coaches out there and they all had orange pants on. So I asked (team equipment manager Roger Frazier) if he could get a pair of orange pants. He didn't think I'd wear them. He thought I was wasting my money."

The Color Orange aired earlier this year on ESPN.  It was produced by Chesney, who has a reputation of being an all-around college football jock-sniffer aficionado. So, he can apparently take some credit for a fashion craze and internet meme that's gotten completely out of hand.

And on top of that, Chesney has also helped bolster the bottom line of Knoxville clothier John H. Daniel, who made the original pair of trousers for Dooley. The company sells versions of the pants ranging from $199 to $399, depending on the fabric used. (Apparently dying wool orange is a tricky business)

"Because all of the pants are custom made, the turn around on them is about three weeks. That means the Tennessee fans who ordered theirs immediately after the season opener will get their first chance to wear them at Neyland Stadium on Oct. 1, when the Vols (2-1) host Buffalo.

The company has taken so many orders, Taylor can't keep up with the number. Since receiving a mention during CBS's broadcast of the Tennessee-Florida game, orders have come in from as far away as California.

"I didn't know what to expect," Taylor said. "On game day when he first wore them, my phone was blowing up."

Who knew that Kenny Chesney and Derek Dooley would turn out to be helping out the economy?

(via The Houston Chronicle)


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Game Day Goulash: Dan Persa, Nick Isham, Chuck Neimas, and more.

(Game Day Goulash is SWRT's  all-encompassing Game Day college football extravaganza.

Don't Call It a Comeback.
BYU gets back on solid footing after its embarrassing 54-10 loss to in-state rival Utah last week by beating Central Florida 24-17. (ESPN)

Ready To Start. 
Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa expects to be on the field when the Wildcats face in-state rival Illinois on Oct. 1. (The Chicago Tribune)

Daddy says he too young, but he's old enough for Louisiana Tech. 
Mississippi State might be in for a shock as it faces Louisiana Tech and its 17 year-old QB Nick Isham. Yeah, you heard me. He's only 17. (The Clarion-Ledger)

No Hard Feelings.
San Diego State head football coach Rocky Long claims there aren't any bad feelings about the Aztecs' former head coach Brady Hoke going in to the two school's meeting on the field on Saturday. (The Detroit Free Press)

Destination Unknown.
The question of whether or not Missouri stays in the Big 12 or bolts to the SEC is still up in the air. (CBS Sports)

Holding Out for a Hero. 
Nominations are being taken for "Citizen Heroes" to be honored at the inaugural "Heroes Game" between Nebraska and Iowa the day after Thanksgiving. (I still think the game should be called "Black and Blue Friday.") (The Gazette)

Rest assured this will not last, take a turn for the worse.
Vanderbilt puts its 3-0 record on the line against equally 3-0 South Carolina. One team will come out still undefeated. Don't hold your breath about the Commodores being that team. (The Tennessean)

Use Your Delusion. 
Interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas claims his mission is to bring the conference closer together. Like anybody thinks he's going to be holding the long enough for that to happen. (ESPN)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Brett Favre to do color commentary for Rice-Southern Miss game.

Brett Favre just couldn't keep away from football. The retired (for now) NFL legend will begin his post-on-the-field career by doing color commentary for the Oct. 1 Comcast Sports Southeast broadcast of the game between Rice and Southern Mississippi. Farve played for Southern Miss from 1988-1990. The came is scheduled for a 7:30 EDT start.

Whether or not this means that Favre is not just really retired, but really most sincerely retired is yet to be seen. But at least for one night, he'll have something to do other than stay at home sending text messages.

(via Shutdown Corner)

Covering Dixie Likie Mildew: Jarett Lee, Hutson Mason, Derek Dooley, and more.

Don't call it a comeback.
LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee has made the most out of his return chance as a starter. (ESPN)

Put me in, Coach. 
Chip Towers asks if Georgia back-up QB Hutson Mason should get more playing time on the field. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Fourteen is enough. 
University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides would like to see the SEC cap its expansion after it finds a fourteenth member school. (ESPN)

200,000 more reasons to like Derek Dooley. 
Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley and Variety of Eastern Tennessee teamed up to donate $200,000 to eight Tennessee charities. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Bobby Petrino is overrated.
Because Saturday Down South said so. (Saturday Down South)

Crossing the Atlantic: Lamar Miller, Spenser Rositano, and more.

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

Great Expectations. 
Miami running back Lamar Miller seeks to become the first Hurricane to rush for 1,000 yards since Willis McGahee in 2002. (The Miami Herald)

Where my peeps at?
Georgia Tech is having attendance issues at Bobby Dodd Stadium, even as the Yellow Jackets have a 3-0 record with North Carolina coming into town on Saturday. (ACC Sports Journal)

Death Valley showdown.
Clemson faces a tough challenge as it gets ready to host Florida State on Saturday. (ChuckOliver.net)


Meet Spenser Rositano.
Boston College freshman safety Spenser Rositano is beginning to get people noticing his on-the-field performance. (The Boston Herald)


Calling the Big East a kettle (or something like that).
Deadspin takes a few shots at pointing out some of hypocrisy surrounding the Big East when it comes to conference expansion. (Deadspin)

Unquiet on the Western Front: Vontaze Burfict, Kellen Moore, Lane Kiffin, 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.) 


Vontaze Burfict is "a dirty player." 
Because USC quarterback Matt Barkley said so. Barkley claims that Arizona State linebacker tried to hurt him when they faced each other in a high school football game. (The Los Angeles Times)

I'll Be You. 
Boise State QB Kellen Moore spoke to the media about the Broncos' upcoming game against Tulsa, and he wore a Shane Falco (aka Keanu Reeves in The Replacements)Washington Sentinels' t-shirt while doing it. (KTVB, One Bronco Nation Under God)

Road to redemption. 
After a heartbreaking loss to Washington in 2010 Cal tries to seek redemption in this season's faceoff against the Huskies on Saturday. (San Jose Mercury News)

Where's a Babel Fish when you need it?
Zachary Clark attempts so translate Arizona head football coach Mike Stoops' responses in a press conference into English. (Arizona Sports)

Let's get physical. 
Colorado head football coach Jon Embree expects the Buffaloes' road game against Ohio State to be a "physical game" that will be like "an old Big Eight-type game." (The Denver Post)

Not quite done yet.
Oregon's young front seven on defense still haven't quite gotten the "scheme and discipline" thing quite right yet. (Addicted to Quack)

When Nebraska comes to town. 

Wyoming prepares to host Nebraska on Saturday, and a whole slew of Husker fans as well. (The Denver Post)

Least. Shocking. News. Of. The. Day.
USC head football coach Lane Kiffen tops Lost Lettermen's list of the "Top 10Most Hated Football Coaches." UCLA's Rick Neuheisel (#4), Arizona State's Dennis Erickson (#6), and New Mexico's Mike Locksley (#8) also make the list. (Lost Lettermen)

BASKETBALL

All Hands on Deck.
Arizona and UConn  have reportedly agreed to play in the 2012 Carrier Classic, which will be played on the deck of a US Navy aircraft carrier. (CBS Sports)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Marcus Lattimore, Joker Phillips, Barrett Jones, and more.

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   
   
An ill wind comes arising across the Loveliest Village on the Plain.
Media gadfly Paul Finebaum looks at Auburn's evolution from hapless Chicago Cubs-like angst to 2010's BCS championship that was wrapped in the Cam Newton controversy, to the chaotic whirlwind surrounding this year's squad. (SI.com)

The Blame Game. 
Auburn athletic director puts much on the blame for the Tiger's so-far lackluster season on former head football coach Tommy Tuberville. (The Birmingham News)

Too much of a good thing?
Saturday Down South questions if South Carolina's reliance on running back Marcus Lattimore will hurt Lattimore's NFL career. (Saturday Down South)

Welcome to the club.
Kentucky head football coach Joker Phillips joins Georgia's Mark Richt and Ole Miss' Houston Hutt as SEC coaches on the Hot Seat. (Mobile Press-Register)

Not fiddling around. 

Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones is looking for the reporter who told Trent Richardson about his playing the violin. (al.com)
Collective Soul.
The members Alabama's receiving unit are collectively picking up the slack left behind by Julio Jones' departure to the NFL. (al.com)


Upset Bait?
Grantland's Shane Ryan picks Saturday's Vanderbilt at South Carolina faceoff as the biggest potential upset of the week. (Grantland)

Mark Richt needs to ignore the Hot Seat talk. 
Because Fletcher Proctor said so. (ChuckOliver.net)

Poetic license.
T. Kyle King to looking to exorcise the demons plaguing Georgia through a poetry writing contest. If this doesn't work, could solving UGA's woes through interpretive dance be far behind? (Dawg Sports)




Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Marvel Teams Up with USC

If you ever wanted to see The Mighty Thor smite USC head football coach Lane Kiffin by shoving his mystic Uru hammer Mjolnir where the sun doesn't shine, you might be out of luck. Thor, along with other characters of the Marvel Universe will be appearing on officially licensed USC t-shirts and apparel produced by Silver Star Merchandising.

"Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a global character-based entertainment licensing company, announced today that its famed Super Heroes are heading back to school and enrolling in the University of Southern California (USC). Through an agreement with Silver Star Merchandising, the apparel, manufacturer and distributor subsidiary for the Dallas Cowboys, Marvel has licensed its Super Heroes for a co-branded apparel program dedicated to USC.

The collection combines one of the most recognizable athletic programs in the nation with some of the most popular Marvel Super Heroes of all-time including Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Wolverine. Featuring apparel and headwear for infants, kids, and adults, the collection will feature your favorite Super Heroes in USC's school colors of Cardinal and Gold, along with its Trojan mascot and logos."

Wolverine on a USC t-shirt is probably not going to make many Michigan fans happy. 
But the chances that Marvel characters will appear on apparel for other college teams is always out there. And there are quite a few characters who would be perfect for certain teams. Such as:

Captain America - Army
 
The Beast - Boise State

The Thing - Tennessee

Hawkeye - Iowa (Duh! Though they've got a good argument for Captain America as well.)

The Lizard - Florida

Juggernaut - Alabama

Howard the Duck - Oregon

The Rawhide Kid - Texas A&M

Hank Pym (a.k.a. Ant-Man a.k.a. Giant-Man a.k.a. Goliath a.k.a Yellowjacket) - Auburn

Sub-Mariner - Navy

Storm - Miami

Daredevil - Arizona State

Mephisto - Duke

The possibilities are endless.


(via The Outhouse)








Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Jordan Jefferson, Derek Dooley, and more.

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

The SEC should take another look at West Virginia.
Because John Adams said so. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

To Tell the Truth.
LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson will appear before the grand jury investigating the Shady's bar fight incident next week. (CBS Sports)

You make me wanna scream. 
Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley declined to speak to the media after giving the Vols a serious tongue lashing at practice on Tuesday.  (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Growing Pains. 
Alabama's 41-0 victory over North Texas wasn't without it's showing areas where the Crimson Tide needs to improve. (isportsweb)

NERD ALERT! 
Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones is a nerd. Because Tide running back Trent Richardson said so. (The Commercial Appeal)

The Road I'm On.
Georgia goes on the road to face Ole Miss on Saturday. The Dawgs have gone 1-7 on the road since last year. (Athens Banner Herald)

Least. Shocking. Event. Ever. Of. The. Day.
Georgia vs. Ole Miss game has been dubbed "The Hot Seat Bowl," in honor of coaches Mark Richt and Houston Nutt. (Athens Banner-Herald)

Oregon cheerleaders in Nike Pro Combat uniforms. 'Nuff said.

Photo via Busted Coverage.


Finally, a Nike Pro Combat uniform we can all appreciate.  Oregon's cheerleaders wore these camo cheerleading unis during the Sept. 10 game against Nevada. And there are 27 more photos where this came from.You can thank me for the unproductive day at the office later.

(via Busted Coverage)

Dancing in the Ruins: Pac-12 fallout, Dan Beebe, and the Ghost of Ron Prince.

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

Welcome to the fallout.
Texas and Oklahoma are left without many options except to work together after the Pac-12 decides not to expand. (The Oklahoman)

The Blame Game.
Of course the Pac-12 debacle is all Texas' fault. (Crimson and Cream Machine)

Dead Man Walking?
Oklahoma may demand that Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe be fired as part as it's continued involvement in the conference. (Dr. Saturday)

The Back-Up Plan.
Iowa State and the Mountain West have been talking about the Cyclones joining  in case the Big 12 becomes an ex-conference. (The Des Moines Register)

Use Your Delusion.
T. Boone Pickens thinks Texas A&M can still be convinced to stay in the Big 12. Shut up, T. Boone. (The Oklahoman)

Gilbert's season is over.
Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert had surgery on his right shoulder, and will be out for the rest of the season. (The Austin American-Statesman)

The Ghost of Ron Prince.
Saturday's Kansas State  road game against Miami is the result of deals made by former Wildcat head football coach Ron Prince during his tenure. (ESPN)

Texas and Oklahoma won't be joining the Pac-12.

The Pac-12 has decided that they just want to be friends with Texas and Oklahoma. The conference has announced that it will not be expanding beyond it's current 12-member school configuration after much speculation that Texas and Oklahoma (and whatever Big 12 teams they would be dragging along with them) would be making the move from the ever unstable Big 12.

“After careful review, we have determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the statement."

According to Pete Thamel of The New York Times, it seems that Texas' well-known habit of not being able to play well with others had once again gotten in the way of the Longhorns joining the Pac-12.

"After (Pac-12 commissioner Larry) Scott met with Texas officials in Los Angeles over the weekend, and the details of what Texas wanted from the Pac-12 leaked out, it became apparent that the Longhorns could not fit into what Scott called in his statement a “culture of equality.” 

Translation: Scott wasn't having any of Texas' "me first" mentality that's caused so much havoc in the Big 12 that Nebraska and Texas A&M wanted out of the conference.

It looks now like there will be a last ditch effort to keep the Big 12 around. It probably won't happen unless Texas is willing to make compromises on major issues, and if the remaining member schools can find some potential members who can handle a little drama in the otherwise serene lives.  



(via The New York Times)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Crossing the Atlantic: Expansion silliness, Jim Boeheim, EJ Manuel, and more.

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


If You Wanna Leave Me Can I Come Too?
Rutgers is reportedly talking with the ACC about joining Syracuse and Pittsburgh in bolting the Big East. (Newark Star-Ledger)

Rutgers and UConn will join Syracuse and Pittsburgh in bolting for the ACC.
Because Syracuse head men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim said so. (The Birmingham News)

Notre Dame should join the ACC.
Because Dan Wetzel said so. (Rivals.com)

Manuel injured. 
FSU quarterback EJ Manuel is listed as day-to-day after injuring his non-throwing left shoulder in last Saturday's loss to Oklahoma. (ESPN)

Pretty Vacant.
North Carolina vacates its 19 wins during the 2008 and 2009 seasons in response to the NCAA's allegations of impropriety during that period. (Dr. Saturday)

I Ain't Ever Satisfied.
Despite a resounding 66-24 victory over Kansas, Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson can still find areas of the Yellow Jacket's game that could use improvement. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Miami should sit Jacory Harris, make Stephen Morris starting QB.
Because Greg Cote said so. (The Miami Herald)

Let's bury the hatchet, wipe out the past. 
Miami head football coach Al Golden is working to patch relations between "The U" and Florida International University, which pretty much have been nonexistent since the infamous on-the-field brawl between the two teams in 2006. (The Miami Herald)

Clemson has the biggest fan base in the ACC.
Because The New York Times says so. (The New York Times)



Nick Saban's toughest critic may be his wife.

Nick and Terry Saban
Forget Paul Finebaum and his endless parade of bat-guano insane callers. The toughest critic of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban isn't a media gadfly or an anonymous phone caller who dwells more on Crimson Tide football than Saban does. No, Saban's toughest critic is someone he sees every day - his wife, Terry Saban.

"Nick Saban looks no further than the breakfast table for second-guessing of Alabama's offensive strategy.


There sits his wife, Terry Saban, waiting with a critical eye and a few pointed questions.
"Why did you run that play" Why didn't you run another plays is what she says," Nick Saban said.
His answer is just as blunt.

"How about if we ran that play right? Because when we ran it right, we made 50 yards," Saban said with a smile. "So then she doesn't have anything to say about that."

Obviously, Terry Saban is smarter than most of the Alabama fans and haters, because she obviously knows when to stop griping about her husband's on-the-field decisions. Which is a lot more than you can say about the average Finebaum caller.

(via The Montgomery Advertiser)

Monday, September 19, 2011

South Carolina gets "Notice of Allegations" from NCAA.

South Carolina fans may want to sit down for this one. The NCAA has decided to spoil the party the Gamecock nation has been having over the football program's success by sending the school a "Notice of Allegations." According to The State, ten football players and two members of the women's track team are alledged to have received some of those ever-popular and ever-improper "extra benifits."

"South Carolina athletes or prospective athletes received $55,000 worth of extra benefits from representatives of the school’s athletic interests and the university failed to properly monitor two potentially improper situations, according to a notice of allegations sent Monday from the NCAA.
Ten football players and two women’s track athletes received reduced rates at the Whitney Hotel worth $47,000 total, the notice states. In addition, nine of the football players were provided improper loans in the form of delayed rent payments, the NCAA determined. 

South Carolina disassociated Jamie Blevins, who works at the Whitney Hotel, on Friday, according to a letter it sent Blevins.

The second violation the NCAA found, according to its letter, involves the Student Athlete Mentoring Foundation and its president Steve Gordon and treasurer Kevin Lahn. The SAM Foundation, Lahn and Gordon provided $8,000 worth of recruiting inducements and extra benefits to prospective football athletes."

The State goes on to report that the accusations are “considered to be potential major violations,” and the school could be considered to be a repeat offender on account of ruled broken during the Lou Holtz era.

In other words, enjoy your success while you can, Gamecock fans. This may get ugly.

(via The State. HT: ChuckOliver.net)

West Virginia turned down by the SEC?

In the latest development in college football expansion silliness, rumors are abuzz about the possibility of a school actually getting rejected by a conference. BearcatLair ($) is reporting that West Virginia request to become the SEC 14th member was actually turned down by the conference.

Mind you, the story that West Virginia had applied to the SEC has never been officially gone past the rumor mode. (Or at least it doesn't seem to have been picked up by ESPN,Rivals, or any of the other truly reliable sources or verified). So "the voices in your head don't count as reliable sources" rule is in full effect here.

(via BearcatLair)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Justin Hunter, Mark Richt, Michael Dyer, and more.

Hunter out. 

Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter will miss the rest of the season following an injury to his left knee. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Two Worlds Collide.
This Saturday's SEC West showdown between Arkansas and Alabama will spotlight how the Razorbacks' defense will handle The Tide's offense. (The Montgomery Advertiser)

The only easy day was yesterday.
The remainder of Alabama's schedule doesn't get any easier with SEC conference play on the horizon. (The Times Daily (Florence, Al))

Mark Richt is Captain Obvious.
Georgia head football coach Richt says the Bulldog need an SEC win. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Maximum exposure.
Auburn's loss to Clemson exposed many of the flaws that the team was able to either keep hidden or keep under control in the first two games of the season. (The Montgomery Advertiser)

Dyer Hard.
Expect Auburn sophomore running back Michael Dyer to get the ball more often. (The Montgomery Advertiser)

Not living in the past.
Florida head football coach Will Muschamp says the Gators are looking at Saturday's game against Kentucky, and not looking back at the 24-game winning streak against the Wildcats. (The Gainesville Sun)

Poll dance. 
Looking at the national polls from an SEC point of view. (CBS Sports)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

West Virginia to the SEC?

SB Nation is reporting that West Virginia has applied to join the SEC. This is based from a Tweet by Colin Dunlap, radio host on Pittsburgh radio station 93.7 the Fan. Dunlap, was the former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter who former West Virginia head football coach Bill Stewart wanted to "dig up dirt" on  coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen.

If the report is true, then the SEC will have the 14th member needed to balance out things with Texas A&M's admission. It would also mean that the potential for the Big East's stability is rather limited at the moment, with Syracuse and Pittsburgh moving to the SEC.

So far, the Dunlap's tweet has yet to be collaborated from other media sources. So the SWRT mantra that "The voices into your head don't count as reliable sources" is in full effect.


(via SB Nation)

Barrett Trotter forgets all about that macho **** and learns how to play guitar.

How are Auburn players coping with Saturday's loss to Clemson, which was the team's first since 2009? Well there's a good chance quarterback Barret Trotter is probably consoling himself by playing  a little guitar, a pastime that he apparently likes to do.



While bluegrass seems to be Trotter's forte, it's not out of the range of possibilities that he might be strumming a little blues right now.

As for this "Jimmy Dean and the Breakfast Trio" thing, I doubt seriously that Trotter is half the musician that the real Jimmy Dean was until I see further proof. That said, he'd better be able to do a mean version of "Big Bad John" if he wants to live up to that name.

(via Rant Sports, ESPN)

Big Tentacles: Week 3 fallout, Denard Robinson, Russell Wilson, and more.

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

Michigan State can only blame itself in losing to Notre Dame.
Because Michael Rosenberg said so. (Detroit Free Press)

Beat the Devil.
Illinois upsets #22 Arizona State in a 17-14 victory. (ESPN)


In the end, there are no winners here. 
In the battle of teams beleaguered by NCAA rules violations, Ohio State falls to Miami in a 24-6 loss. (ESPN)

Army Strong > PersaStrong.
Northwestern falls to Army at West Point. Wildcat quarterback Dan Persa was on the sidelines, but didn't play for a third straight week. (Wall Street Journal, CBS Sports)

I feel  like a monster.
Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson has a "monster" three touchdown performance in the Badgers' 49-7 defeat of Northern Illinois. (Wisconsin State Journal)

Michigan depends too much on Denard Robinson. 
Because Mitch Albom said so. Shut up, Mitch. (The Detroit Free Press)

Role reversal.
Nebraska is depending more on its offense than its defense this season. (ESPN)

Identity Crisis.
Iowa is either an inept team that "has its helmet on backward, or it's "The Most Interesting Team in the World" that can come back against Pittsburgh. (The Gazette)

Don't Believe the Hype. 
Big Ten comissioner Jim Delany says the conference isn't looking to expand following the news of perennial rumored conference expansion targets Syracuse and Pittsburgh moving to the ACC.  Translation: The Big Ten's non-so-secret lust for Notre Dame and Rutgers continues to grow. (The New York Times)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Memo to TCU: Apply to join the SEC now!

Dear TCU,

With the news of Big East stalwarts Syracuse and Pittsburgh reportedly applying to join the ACC, it is a good possibility that the conference's days are numbered. This is bad news for you, as you were supposed to join the conference next year.

Right now, I see you have three options:

1)Do nothing and pray there's still a Big East in some form in 2012.
2)Decide to remain in the Mountain West.
3)Try to join another conference.

At this point option 2) might seem the safest bet, but it means possibly being left out in the cold as the superconferences develop when comes to getting a shot at being in a BCS automatic qualifier school. Plus, you will feel the brunt of laughter and humiliation  from Boise State and the other conference schools you tried to leave behind.

The third option may the riskier, but if will get you where you to go, which is in a BCS conference. Now you could follow the pack to the ACC, but it seems a lot of teams want to join that conference right now. (Which begs the idea for the conference adopting Adam Ant's "Desperate But Not Serious" as an official conference song.) Or you could look somewhere else. Worse, Texas is reportedly interested in the ACC, and there's no way you'll be able to escape the Longhorns' big shadow if they join. Worse, they'll bring Texas Tech and Baylor with them, leaving you out in the cold.

This is where the SEC comes in, and the SWRT official stance that you, TCU, should join. In a perfect world, this would be at the expense of Texas A&M, who are ready to contaminate the conference with Collie mascot, Corps of Cadets, and male cheerleaders yell leaders. I have said all along that the SEC should be American Idol, and not Celebrity Rehab (which is exactly what Texas A&M wants it to be). Now is your chance to make that idea real.

TCU, The SEC should be you ideal soft landing spot in the chaos that is expansion in college football. There are going to be winners and losers, and not being in a superconference is going to make you a loser.

(via ESPN)