Monday, October 31, 2011

"Fear the Pants" flash mob at South Carolina-Tennessee game, featuring Johnny Majors.

Okay, maybe a "Fear the Pants" flash mob might have been a touch cooler back when Tennessee was still winning games, and not on the recent losing streak. But good flash mobs need time to be perfectly executed and so did this one. Especially when you need to line up a surprise guest.



Yes, that's former Tennessee All-American and coaching legend Johnny Majors donning the orange trousers for this endeavor, like he was known to do early in his coaching career. Thus inspiring Derek Dooley's recent revival of the pants that's become a Vols nation obsession.

(via Knoxville News-Sentinel)

Unquiet on the Western Front: Lane Kiffen, Chris Petersen, and...The Miami Dolphins?

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

Lie To Me.
USC head football coach Lane Kiffin claims he was lied to by Pac-12 referees on the field in regards to events in the final seconds of regulation of the Trojans' three-overtime loss to Stanford. (ESPN)

My Heart Will Go On.
Former Arizona head football coach Mike Stoops says that his heart ""is still with these (his former Wildcat) players." (Tuscon Citizen)

Include me out. 
Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen has reportedly taken gone ahead and his name out of consideration to replace Bob Stoops as Arizona head football coach. (Arizona Sports)

Bath time for Oregon? 
Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly says the Ducks need to "clean up: mistakes before going up against Washington this week. (The Oregonian)

The Heat is On. 
The Pac-12 has quite a few coaches on the Hot Seat, including UCLA's Rick Neuheisel, Washington State's Paul Wulff, and Cal's Jeff Tedford. (The Deseret News)

The Miami Dolphins are just about sick and tired of the "Suck for Luck" meme. (The New York Daily News)


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bad Halloween Costumes: Harvey Updyke and Toomer's Corner Oak Tree.



Okay, is anybody really shocked that someone dressed up as Harvey Updyke and/or a Toomer's Corner Oak Tree for Halloween? The only thing shocking about this is how un-tree-like the costume on the left looks. That's a tree for reals? It looks more like a reject from Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, for crying out loud.

(via Outkick the Coverage)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Nick Saban, Les Miles, and more.

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

Bittersweet Symphony. 
Georgia beats Florida for only the third time in the Mark Richt era. Sadly, Georgia still can't beat Florida in a year where the Gators are truly a relevant team in the BCS title picture. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Reverse psychology.
Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones says remembering how former Florida head football coach Urban Meyer told him while being recruited that "If you decide to sign with the Bulldogs rather than the Gators, we will beat you every year you are there" motivated him while getting four sacks on gator quarterback John Brantley. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Ready to Exhale.
Georgia head football coach Mark Richt expresses both relief and praise to his Creator after the Dawgs defeated the Gators. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

No excuses.
Florida can't fall back on excuses like inexperienced quality opponents or inexperienced QB's for losing to Georgia. Because Matt Hinton said so. (Dr. Saturday)

Too Low for  Zero.
With the loss to Georgia, Florida is 0-4 in the month of October this season. (The Gainesville Sun)


In Other non-World's Largest Outdoor (Censored by Dr. Michael Adams) news...
Oh yeah, LSU and Alabama are playing a game of some significance next week. (The Shreveport Times)

The 2011 Alabama team is Nick Saban's Masterpiece.
Because Paul Finebaum said so. (SI.com)

Grace Under Pressure. 
LSU head football coach Les Miles has led the Tigers through a sea of chaos including drug suspensions, players losing family members, and other tumultuous event. (The Times-Picayune)

At the center of attention.
Ted Lewis seeks the importance of the LSU-Alabama game at legendary Tuscaloosa restaurant Rama Jama. (The Times-Picayune

Yes, Virginia...
There are Alabama fans in New Orleans. (The Times-Picayune)


Tennessee QB Justin Worley is more of a Halloween trick than a Halloween treat. 
Because John Adams said so. The Vols obviously can't wait until Tyler Bray's right thumb fully heals. (Knoxville News Sentinel)






Saturday, October 29, 2011

Whiteout at Penn State.



No, Penn State didn't suddenly buck tradition and all that's sacred in Happy Valley and go all Boise State by installing  white field turf in Beaver Stadium. That's snow down on the gridiron. I'm sure this will make Joe Paterno all nostalgic for the wintery days as a young lad when he and his father would so hunting wooly mammoth together. Of course those wintery days were in July, but who's counting?

(via @PlannedSickDays on Twitter)

Game Day Goulash: Keith Nichol, Aaron Murray, Andre Ellington, and more.

Frogs plague Cougars.
TCU beats BYU 38-28. (Rivals.com)

Riley Nelson is "BYU's Own Tim Tebow?"
Well, somebody had to take the job after Jimmer Fredette left school. (The Deseret News)

Back on the Chain Gang. 
After a week of playing the hero of the Michigan State victory over Wisconsin,  receiver Keith Nichol gets ready to get back to work as the Spartans take on Nebraska. (The Chicago Tribune)


Ready to Take a Chance Again. 
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is ready for his second chance at the impossible task of leading Georgia to victory over Florida. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

 Those Were the Days.
 Mark Bradley looks back at the time when Georgia dominated Florida in the annual World's Largest (Censored by Dr. Micheal Adams), which hasn't happened since Ronald Reagan was in office. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Will he or won't he?
Clemson wide receiver Andre Ellington is listed as "questionable" for the Tiger's game against Georgia Tech. (The Post and Courier)

Geometry means everything to football.
Because Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele said so. (The Post and Courier)

Vampire Weekend.
Next weekend's LSU-Alabama showdown is "sucking (the) life out of of (the) rest of SEC." Because Paul Finebalm said so. Shut up, Paul. (SI.com)






Friday, October 28, 2011

West Virginia invited to join the Big 12.

According to ESPN, the Big 12 has formally invited West Virginia to join the conference.


"West Virginia, a member of the Big East Conference since 1995, has been formally invited to join the Big 12.

Big East spokesman John Paquette confirmed that the Mountaineers have notified the league of its withdrawal.

The Big 12 plans to remain at 10 schools, a source within the conference told ESPN's Joe Schad."

The list of ten members includes the remaining Big 12 members (minus Texas A&M and Missouri), TCU, and West Virginia. Or at least it will when the dust settles. 

(via ESPN)

Will Muschamp Halloween pumpkin looks nothing like Will Muschamp.







This is supposed to be an image of Florida head football coach Will Muschamp immortalized as a Halloween pumpkin, complete with the immortal Muschamp stare. Emphasis on the the "supposed to be." Honestly, it looks more like Guy Smiley from Sesame Street.





See the resemblance?

(via SB Nation)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aaron Murray, Gus Malzahn, Tyler Wilson, and more.

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


The Impossible Dream. 
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray looks to lead Georgia to a that that first rare and elusive victory against Florida since 2007.  (ESPN)

Every Dog Has Its Day. Just not this one. 
Florida will beat Georgia. Because T. Kyle King said so. (Dawg Sports)

Stock report. 
Evan Woodbery asks if Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's stock as a potential head coaching candidate will be hampered by the Tiger's less-than-stellar season. (al.com)

Welcome to the Black Parade
Kentucky jumps on the black jersey bandwagon. The Wildcats  should ask Georgia how that worked out. (The Courier-Journal)

Ohhhh, what a rush!
How the Road Warriors would pimp the LSU-Alabama showdown on Nov. 5. As if the game isn't hyped enough already. (And the Valley Shook)

Where Do We Go From Here?
What Tennessee should do now that freshman QB Justin Worley is starting against South Carolina. (Rocky Top Talk)

There's a possibility, but no chance. 
Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin doesn't want to talk about the possibility of the Commodores going to a bowl game this season. (The Tennessean)

Awkward Achievement of the Week.
Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson is given the nod as Grantland writer John Brandon's "Hunk of the Week." But completly in a hetero sort of way. (Grantland)

T. Boone Pickens and Barry Switzer are Mack Brown's biggest fans.

Texas head football coach Mack Brown might be feeling a little unloved around the Lone Star these days. The Longhorns have struggled on the field for the past couple of seasons, culminating in back-to-back losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Despite the obligatory calls from disgruntled voices in the Longhorn nation that Brown be replaced, he can rest easily knowing at least two people out there have his back. The bad news is that those two people happen to be Oklahoma coaching legend Barry Switzer and  billionaire oilman and  Oklahoma State sugar daddy T. Boone Pickens.

Pickens expressed support for Brown at Wendsday's Jim Thorpe Association’s Leadership Luncheon held in Oklahoma City.


"Pickens said Swtizer sent him an email after OU ran over Texas 55-17. Pickens says Switzer suggested that Oklahoma State shouldn’t “beat them as bad as the Sooners did because we want to keep Mack Brown as coach — we want somebody that both of us can beat.”

Switzer was sitting in the audience and laughed along with Pickens"

With friends like Pickens and Switzer, Mack Brown doesn't need many enemies. If Texas' struggles in the Big 12 continue, he might need all the "friends" he can get.

(via Barking Carnival)

Big Tentacles: Kirk Cousins, Taylor Martinez, Dan Persa, and more.

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

Michigan is not going to collapse in the second half of the season again.
Because Wolverine quarterback Denard Robinson said so. (ESPN)

I'm Moving On. 
Michigan State defensive lineman  William Gholston is ready to move on from the on-the-field swing he took at an opposing Michigan player that got his suspended from the Spartans' victory against Wisconsin. (CBS Sports)

Kirk Cousins is the football Mateen Cleaves.
Drew Sharp compares the Michgan State quarterback with the  former Michigan St. basketball guard as a player who led his team to national prominence. (The Detroit Free Press)

No Turning Back.
After two weeks of huge wins over Michigan and Wisconsin, Michigan St. is planning for a letdown against Nebraska. (The Detroit News)


Everyone knows it's Windy?
Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez claims that Denard Robinson was more hampered by winds in Michigan's loss to Michigan St., and not by the Spartans' defense. Keep telling yourself that, Taylor. You'll find out if you're right on Saturday, when you and the Huskers have to face that same Spartan defense. (The Detroit Free Press)


Is Ron Zook an underperformer?
Yes, the Illinois head football coach is an underperformer. (Coaches by the Numbers)

Put me in coach. 
Northwestern QB Dan Persa says he plans to plans to play in the Wildcats' game against Indiana despite a case of turf toe received in last Saturday's loss to Penn St. (ESPN)

Wish List.
Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly wants a Jumbotron installed at Notre Dame Stadium. (CBS Sports)


BASKETBALL

Digital Display.
Michigan State and North Carolina will be donning uniforms with a digital camouflage design in their respecting team colors for thier Veteran's Day Carrier Classic showdown on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson. (The Dagger)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew, Tyrann Mathieu, Mark Richt, and more.

Back on the Block.
LSU players Tyrann Mathieu,  Spencer Ware, and Tharold Simon have returned to practice following their suspensions for failing individual drug tests. (The Times Picyaune)

I Think I Can Meet Mike Tyson.
LSU-Alabama as compared to various boxing scenarios, with LSU being Mike Tyson in at least one. (The Mobile Press-Register)

Mark Richt on the Hot Seat if Georgia loses to Florida?
Mark Richt on the Hot Seat if Georgia loses to Florida. Because Tony Barnhart said so. (CBS Sports)

Those that ignore history are doomed to repeat it. 
Georgia's coaching staff is trying to focus on defeating on Saturday, and not on the Bulldogs' 3-18 record in the past 22 years. (ESPN)

It's Getting Better all the Time.
Mississippi State's disappointing offensive line is seeing improvement. (The Clarion Ledger


Halloween costume of the Year (so far): A little Vols fan as Derek Dooley.


Aw, how cute! Someone's going as Derek Dooley for Halloween. The fact that the kid's parent's had to resort to some kind of bizzare Elvis-looking plactic hair-helmet to match His Hairness' perfect coif is a little unsettling, though.

(via Busted Coverage)

Crossing the Atlantic: Clemson, Paul Johnson, and...Pat Fitzgerald?

Eight-Ball just came back from seeing Paranormal Activity 3
(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC, Big East and other schools on the East Coast.) 

Talent Pool.
A comparison of Clemson and Georgia Tech's recruited talent. Needless to say, Clemson comes out on top. (Shakin' the Southland)

Stand By Your Man.
Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson defends Yellow Jacket quarterback Tevin Washington. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Plenty of seats available. 
ACC schools are finding it tougher to fill the seats in their stadiums. (The Daily Press)

Disappointed a few people.
The Baltimore Sun asks whether Maryland or Navy has been the most disappointing team in the Old Line State. (The Baltimore Sun)

Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald should be North Carolina's new head football coach.
Because Chadd Scott said so. Shut up, Chadd. I'm hoping UGA taps Fitzgerald to replace Mark Richt (when the time comes). (ChuckOliver.net)


Unquiet on the Western Front: Cliff Harris, Boise State, and (sigh) Mike Leach.

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

Arizona should hire Mike Leach as its new head football porch. 
Because Dan Bickley said so. (The Arizona Republic)

Call the Shots.
Arizona quarterback Nick Foles was handling play calling in the Wildcats' victory over UCLA. (The Arizona Republic)

Disappointed a few people. 
Oregon Coach Chip Kelly describes the arrest of now-suspended cornerback Cliff Harris for driving on a suspended license as "very disappointing." (ESPN)


Obvious and uninspiring Andrew Luck pun of the day.
"Stanford's Luck has yet to run out." (The Daily Breeze)

Tuel out for season?
Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel went to the emergency room due to complications caused by acute compartment syndrome. He could possibly miss the remainder of the season. (CougCenter)

Speak No Evil.
Cal head football coach Jeff Tedford has told his team to keep mum about the six suspensions received by UCLA players as a result of the brawl during the Bruins' loss to Arizona. Cal plays UCLA on Saturday. (San Jose Mercury News)

Utah's QB situation is a mess. 
Because Lya Wodraska said so. (The Salt Lake Tribune)


Scary thought for the week before Halloween.
Air Force's fake punt attempt against Boise State almost worked. (One Bronco Nation Under God)

Andrew Luck is the "Perfect QB." Because Lane Kiffin said so.

Guess which Pac-12 quarterback who doesn't play for USC was praised by Trojan head football coach Lane Kiffin? You guessed it, Stanford's Andrew Luck. Kiffin went as far as comparing him to that other famous Stanford QB, John Elway.


"I don't know how you could find a more efficient quarterback that's ever played college football," Kiffin said Tuesday. "If you put his numbers up, what he's done, wins and losses and red-zone production. ... He's pretty much perfect." 


Asked later if he really meant what he said and wasn't just trying to hype up USC's opponent this week, Kiffin stood by it. 

"I do believe that, and I'm not the only one," he said. "People have been saying that for two years. You hear draft people say that he's the best quarterback prospect since Elway. You had a team come out and say before he declared that he was going to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. 

"I can't imagine that's been said many times, ever." 

Matt Barkley should be so thrilled to hear his coach heaping massive helpings of praise to the QB of the team USC is meeting this Saturday. Then again this could be the some kind of psychological mind games Kiffin is playing on Barkley to get his game up to spoil the Cardinal's BCS title hopes.

(via ESPN)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban, Aaron Murray, Tyler Bray, and more.

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

Bye, Bye, Bye.
Edward Aschoff looks at how Alabama and LSU are spending the bye week both teams have before their Nov. 5 showdown. (ESPN)


It's Getting Better All the Time.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban says quarterback AJ McCarron is continuing to improve. (Mobile Press-Register)


Aaron Murray is Georgia's best chance to beat Florida.
Because Fletcher Proctor said so. (ChuckOliver.net)

Mark Richt on the Hot Seat?
The Georgia-Florida game revives Hot Seat chatter over UGA head football coach Mark Richt's future in Athens. (The Telegraph (Macon, Ga.)



See You Later, Alligators. 

Florida tight end Gerald Christian and wide receiver Robert Clark are planning to transfer. (Only Gators Get Out Alive)

He said, he said.
Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray tweets that he'll be back on the field faster than people think. His coach, Derek Dooley doesn't think so. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)


The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday.
South Carolina will find it difficult to replace running back Marcus Lattimore. (ESPN)

West Virginia reportedly headed to the Big 12.

Missouri hasn't left the Big 12 for the SEC yet (and let's continue to pray that somehow doesn't happen, shall we?), but it appears that there's already a school ready to take it's place. And that school is West Virginia. 

"West Virginia is headed to the Big 12, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation, a move that leaves the Big East with five football programs and an uncertain future. The person said Tuesday that the Mountaineers had “applied and are accepted,” leaving only legal entanglements from making the move official. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been formally announced."

Even though West Virginia is half a country or so away from the heart of the Big 12, this move just feels right somehow.  Unlike Missouri to the SEC, West Virginia looks like it could slip into the rough-and-tumble regional culture of the Big 12 comfortably. Hide you kids and hide your wives, Big 12. And hide your couches as well.

(via The New York Times)

Ohio State's new Nike Pro Combat uniform looks sad.

Be very afraid, Ohio State fans, for you are about to enter Nike Pro Combat Hell. Here is the new Nike Pro Combat uniform Ohio State will be wearing for its game against Wisconsin at the Horseshoe. If you thought the unis Georgia wore getting its beatdown by Boise State in the  Chick-fil-A Kickoff game were bad, you might want to cover your eyes. Or at least go hide the icepicks before you look at the image a bit too close.





Is Nike even trying anymore? This year's batch of Pro Combat unis have for the most part been ranging from boring to downright boring. At least Under Armour hasn't done that so far this year. On the other hand, Nike hasn't come up with a Freudian nightmare like Maryland's state flag inspired uni that looked like Garth Brooks and Harley Quinn's mutant lovechild, either. And the helmet looks way too sadly familiar. As in looking way too much like Georgia's from the front.

Nike has been pretty much shooting blanks this year when it comes to alternate unis. It might be just a fluke year, or proof that Uncle Phil's House of Fashion is running out of ideas.

(via Kegs 'N Eggs)

Dancing in the Ruins: Justin Blackmon, Seth Doege, Turner Gill, and more.

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


Please Don't Go. 
The Big 12 board of directors wants Missouri to stay in the conference. (Rivals.com)

Use Your Delusion.
In spite of Oklahoma's loss to Texas Tech, the Sooners are still competing for a shot at the BCS title game. Because Oklahoma running back Roy Finch said so. (The Tulsa World)

Seth Doege for Heisman? 
Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege should be considered as a Heisman Trophy candidate. Because Red Raiders head coach Tommy Tuberville said so. (The Dallas Morning News)

Blackmon okay to play?
Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon,  who was taken out of the Cowboys' win over Missouri after showing symptoms of a concussion, has reportedly been cleared to play in Saturday's game against Baylor. (The Tulsa World)


Kansas head football coach Turner Gill on the Hot Seat?
Kansas head football coach Turner Gill on the Hot Seat. (Dr. Saturday)

Running Down a Dream. 
Texas may depend on its running game against Kansas. (The Austin American-Statesman)


Big Tentacles: Kirk Cousins, Keith Nichol, Dan Persa, and more.


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

What a long, strange trip it's been.
Matt Charboneau looks at the divergent paths of Kirk Cousins and Keith Nichol, who competed for the starting QB at Michigan State in 2009. Nichol later switched to wide receiver, and was responsible for catching Cousins' Hail-Mary pass that led to the Spartans' last-second victory over Wisconsin.
(The Detroit News)

Share and share alike. 
Cousins shares the Big Ten's offensive player of the week award with Iowa wide receiver Marvin McNutt. (The Detroit Free Press)

Rewriting the record books. 
Meanwhile,  McNutt is set to break several Iowa records this season. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

I have given a name to my pain. 
Phil Mitten tries to define the level of Wisconsin's loss to Michigan State, which he places at The Stomach Punch level on Bill Simmons's infamous Levels of Losing. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

Your mind powers will not work on me, Sparty.
Nebraska is working on focusing on it's own performance, and not worrying about Michigan State's growing reputation of not being able not to play nice with others. (The Omaha World-Herald)


That which does not kill Dan Persa makes him questionable for gametime. 
Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa  is listed as questionable for the Wildcats' upcoming game against Indiana after receiving a toe injury in his left foot in the Wildcats' loss to Penn State. That is the same foot where he suffered his season-ending Achilles tendon injury last year. (The Chicago Tribune)

This is the song that never ends. It just goes on and on my friends...
Despite Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin's success in last Saturday's game against Northwestern, Nittany Lion head coach still isn't ready to name him the  full-time starting QB over Rob Bolden. (The Patriot-News)

Don't count your Buckeye coaches before they hatch.
Bob Hunter tries to pour some cold water on the speculation about Ohio State's next head football coach (especially that speculation involving Urban Meyer) while the NCAA is still investigating Tresselgate. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Notre Dame gave up on USC.
Because USC QB Matt Barkley said so. Shut up, Matt. (Dr. Saturday)


RichRod on the shelf. 
Three and Out by John Bacon, which looks at the Rich Rodriguez coaching era at Michigan, comes out Tuesday. (CBS Sports)


Monday, October 24, 2011

Pat Angerer declares Iowa its own soverign nation.

The Indianapolis Colts' long national nightmare without quarterback Peyton Manning seems to be taking its toll on linebacker Pat Angerer. He's begun to think his alma mater of Iowa is its own country.



"The United State of Iowa?"  Granted, years of reading Black Heart Gold Pants will convince anyone that Iowa is its own state of mind, and one that usually requires some form of controlled substance to get to (legal or otherwise). Angerer's comments on Sunday Night Football takes the cake, however. Declaring Iowa as a sovereign nation is truly an act of bravado that can only come after weeks of a kind of humiliation that even drafting Andrew Luck won't ever completely compensate for. 

(via Black Heart Gold Pants)




Covering Dixie Like Mildew: LSU-Alabama, Trent Richardson, Brandon Boykin, and more.


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


 One, two! One, two! And through and through.
LSU and Alabama hold down the one and two spots respectively in the second iteration of the BCS standings. (ESPN)

Adjust your schedules appropriately.
CBS moves the LSU-Alabama showdown on November 5 to 8:00 PM EDT. (ChuckOliver.net)


The future in now. 

The November 5 LSU-Alabama showdown may well be the biggest game ever played in the history of Bryant-Denny Stadium. (al.com)


Making a stance.

Izzy Gould looks at Alabama running back Trent Richardson's chances for the Heisman Trophy hopes after the Tide's victory over Tennessee, and on the cusp of the LSU-Alabama game. (al.com)


Justin Worley is (red)shirtless. 

Tennessee's struggles without an injured Tyler Bray results in the activation of previously redshirted freshman quarterback Justin Worley. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Florida needs an consistent offense.
Because Jeff Barlis said so. (The Gainesville Sun)


Boykin on Boykin. 

Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin gives some tips to Atlanta Journal-Constitution on reporter Stave Hummer on how to "approach" a story on Brandon Boykin. Because if you're a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, you need all the help you can get. (The Atlanta-Journal Constitution)


Use Your Delusion.
Doug Murray mocks Florida by touting Georgia's dominance against the Gators. (There aren't enough drugs in the world to explain this one (legal, synthetic, or otherwise). (SB Nation Atlanta)



Come On to the Future.

Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo spent last weekend's scouting for the "UGA's QB of the future."  Most Dawg fans hope Bobo isn't a part of that future. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Blue-eyed dressed for every situation. 

Auburn first-time starting QB Clint Moseley sees the Tiger's defeat by LSU as "a learning situation." (al.com)

This is for the questions that don't have any answers.
Dan Mullen and Mississippi State spent the Bulldogs' bye week looking for the answers to the team's struggles this season. (The Clarion-Ledger)



SEC Bowl Predictions.
If you're a Kentucky or Ole Miss fan, don't bother clicking on the link. (ESPN)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Big Tentacles, Special Michigan State victory over Wisconsin edition.

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets. This special edition highlights Saturday nights' dramatic Michigan State win over Wisconsin)    

One for the Ages. 
Michigan State defeated the Badgers in dramatic last-second fashion in an absolute game for the ages. If this game wasn't an Instant Classic for ESPN Classic, then nothing is.  (Rivals.com)

And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder. 
Wisconsin's hopes for a BCS championship appearance (along with those of the Big Ten, in all probability) pretty much came crashing down in East Lansing.(The Wisconsin State Journal)

Master and Commander. 
Credit Michigan St. QB Kirk Cousins directions to running back Le’Veon Bell on a pivotal third down were key to setting up the Spartans' last second touchdown against Wisconsin. (The Detroit Free Press)

Michigan St. victory proves instant replay works in sports.
Because Andrew Wagner said so. (OnMilwaukee.com)

Hero of the Day. 
Former Oklahoma QB Keith Nichol transferred to Michigan St. hoping to lead the Spartans to victory under center. Instead, he became a wide receiver and scored the dramatic last-second winning touchdown against Wisconsin, guaranteeing him football immortality in East Lansing. (The Lansing State Journal)

Let's Twist Again.
Michigan State's victory over Wisconsin could in all probability prove to be merely a preview of the first Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis on Dec. 3. (The Detroit News)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Game Day Goulash: Kirk Cousins, Tyrann Mathieu, Lee Corso, and more.

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


Upset in the Carrier Dome. 

Syracuse upsets fellow Big East school (for now) West Virginia 49-23. (Rivals.com)


LSU in stealth mode. 

LSU is still keeping silent in regards to the reported suspensions Tyrann Mathieu, Spencer Ware,  Tharold Simon for failing drug tests. (The Shreveport Times)

Rick Neuheisel on the Hot Seat?
What do you think? (The Los Angeles Times)


Under the Radar. 

Michigan State Quarterback Kirk Cousins' success this season is getting overshadowed by things such as William Gholston's suspension. (MLive.com)


Out of the frying pan in to the fire. 

Michigan State's defense goes from shutting down Michigan QB Denard Robinson last Saturday to facing Wisconsin and its star QB Russell Wilson. (The Detroit News)


Head Games.
Today's ESPN College GameDay in East Lansing, MI for the Wisconsin-Michigan St. game  marks the 200th time Lee Corso dons a mascot head during the pics segment. That joke isn't funny anymore. (The Oakland Press)

On the road and on the ropes. 

Georgia Tech finds itself in a must-win situation on the road against Miami if the Yellow Jackets want to keep their hopes for an ACC championship alive. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)


For the Boys.
Georgia head football coach Mark Richt is spending the Bulldog's bye week by watching oldest son Jon Richt's football game at Mars Hill College, and second oldest son's David perform at a venue in Atlanta. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

EPIC FAIL: Charter Cable Resurrects the Hartford Whalers.

(Way off topic, but this is my blog, dangit!)



This is a shot of my TV of the Charter Cable TV Guide listings for FOX Sports South with the listing for the Hartford Whalers - St. Louis Blues replay on Friday night. . Apparently, nobody told Charter cable that the Whalers left Hartford and became the Carolina Hurricanes back in 1997. And no, the Hurricanes weren't wearing retro jerseys tonight, either.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyrann Mathieu, Missouri, and...The Human Centipede?

They'll be back?
Suspended LSU players Tyrann Mathieu, Spencer Ware, and Tharold Simon, who reportedly tested positive for synthetic marijuana use  could be off suspension  in time to play against Alabama. (CBS Sports)

In an ironically related story...
Alabama freshman running back Brent Calloway was arrested for possession of marijuana. And not the synthetic kind either. (Rivals.com)

Standing in the Shadows of Love.
Paul W. Bryant Jr. discusses his life as the son of the legendary Alabama head football coach Bear Bryant. (The Crimson White)

One step closer to the edge. 
The University of Missouri's governing curators give school chancellor Brady Deaton the power to leave the Big 12 on the way to applying to join the SEC. (ESPN

The Tennessee-Alabama football rivalry must survive SEC expansion.
Because Tennessee athletic director (and Alabama alum) Dave Hart said so. (Knoxville News-Sentinel)

The Winter of the state of Florida's discontent.
Next weekend's Georgia-Florida game comes at a remarkable down point in the history of college football in the Sunshine State where Florida, FSU, and Miami are all unranked. It still doesn't mean that Georgia is going to win next week, though. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Aggie Flesh is his fantasy. 
Texas A&M's move to the SEC transformed into a retelling of The Human Centipede.


 Gee, the image of the Aggie male cheerleader Yell Leader used here looks strangely familiar for some reason. (Wide Right and Natty Light)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, William Gholston, Notre Dame, and more.

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


Hair Raiser. 
Northwestern  quarterback Dan Persa shaved his head the Sunday morning after the Wildcats loss to Iowa. (The Chicago Tribune)

Always Look On the Bright Side of Life.
Northwestern defensive tackle Tyler Scott is one of the few bright spots during the Wildcats' four-game losing streak. (The Chicago Sun-Times)

Sparta, what is your suspension?
Michigan State defensive end William Gholston has been suspended by the Big Ten for punching a Michigan player.  (Rivals.com)                                       

Shiny Happy People.
Notre Dame will debut new helmets that more closely match the golden hue of the Gold Dome of the Main Administration Building for Saturday's game against USC. (Kegs 'N Eggs)

I'm Not Over. 
Michigan defensive coordinator says that the memory of last Saturday's loss to Michigan State will  "not leave us, not for a year." (The Detroit Free Press)

The Huntsman.
Iowa QB James Vandenberg plans to hunt bears in Canada next year. (The Gazette)

Covering Dixie Live Mildew: Tyrann Mathieu, John Brantley, Barrett Jones, and more.

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

Even Better Than the Real Thing?
LSU suspended Tyrann Mathieu, Spencer Ware, and Tharold Simon after the trio positive for synthetic marijuana. (The Times Picayune)

I Love to Dance a Little Sidestep.
LSU head football coach did his best to dodge questions about the Mathieu, Ware, and Simon's suspensions in a press conference on Wednesday. (The Times Picyaune)

The SEC facing an epidemic of star players getting injured.
Because Mike Herndon said so. (The Mobile Press-Register)

Back on the Block?
Injured Florida quarterback John Brantley could be back in time for the Georgia-Florida game on Oct. 29. (The Gainesville Sun)


Barrett Jones is Alabama's "most indispensable player."
Don Klausler jr.  points to the Tide's loss last season to Auburn when the offensive lineman was out due to injury as proof. (al.com)

Metal Health.
Injured Tennessee star QB Tyler Bray had a metal plate inserted into his hand to help the healing process of his broken thumb. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Ready to Start. 
Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers will make his first start in an FBS-level game against Army on Saturday. (Rivals.com)


Georgia-Auburn is "The Dirtiest College-Football Rivalry"
Because the The Wall Street Journal said so. Nick Fairley should be so proud of this achievement. (The Wall Street Journal. HT: Get the Picture)

Which one's Tony?
The Todd Grantham-James Franklin incident in the Oct. 15 Georgia-Vanderbilt game compared to an episode of The Sopranos. (ChuckOliver.net)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

LSU's Spencer Ware and Tyrann Mathieu suspended?

The LSU student newspaper The Daily Reveille is reporting that running back Spenser Ware and cornerback Tyrann  "Honey Badger" Mathieu have both failed drug tests, and have been suspended for Saturday's game against Auburn.

"LSU sophomores Spencer Ware and Tyrann Mathieu will be suspended for Saturday's game against Auburn after reportedly failing a drug test, a source told The Daily Reveille on Wednesday.

The suspensions could turn into multiple-game suspensions as well."

If accurate, the news could affect how LSU, the top ranked school in the BCS, does against Auburn on Saturday. It could also seriously damage any Heisman Trophy talk surrounding Mathieu.

(via The Daily Reveille)

Dancing in the Ruins: Bob Stoops, Landry Jones, Jeremiah Hatch, and more.

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

Your heartwarming/heartbreaking story of the day. 

Berry Tramel provides a rare glimpse of Oklahoma head football Bob Stoops' regular visits to patients at an Oklahoma childrens' hospital. (The Oklahoman)

Red Zone blues.
Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones is trying to work on  the Sooners'  troubles with scoring touchdowns in the red zone. (The Edmond Sun)

Taming the tongue. 
Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken says he's trying to work on controlling his cussing after the recent Cowboy edition of ESPN's  Depth Chart featured him being bleeped out a lot. (The Oklahoman)

Storm Warning. 
Oooh, there's a quarterback controversy brewing at Iowa State between regular starting QB Steele Jantz and backup Jared Barnett. (ESPN)

Down the Hatch.
Kansas center Jeremiah Hatch is hoping injury won't keep him from playing in the Jayhawks' rivarly game against undefeated Kansas State on Saturday. (The Wichita Eagle)

Halfway Gone.
A look at the first half of Texas 2011 season. (Austin American-Statesman)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Kansas State president Kirk Schulz believes there is a good possibility that ESPN College GameDay could come to Manhattan, KS for the Oklahoma-Kansas St. game on Oct. 29. (The Wichita Eagle)

Daniel Tosh dressed up as Jim Tressel.


It looks like Tosh.0 star Daniel Tosh has found his Halloween costume for this year. And look, he's going as disgraced former Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel. Actually, Tosh wore this outfit on the latest episode of Tosh.0. Now if we can get him to go on camera wearing a pair of Derek Dooley orange pants, it'd blow the internet up.

(via Kegs 'n Eggs)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Todd Grantham, Nick Saban, Jordan Jefferson, and more.

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

Walking on thin ice?
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham should be fired if his in another incident like the one he was in Saturday with Vanderbilt head football coach James Franklin.  Because Fletcher Proctor said so. (ChuckOliver.net)

Poole Party.
Tennessee running back Tauren Poole discusses this Saturday's Tennessee-Alabama game. (al.com)

Alabama head coach Nick Saban is "The Bill Belichick of SEC Coaches."
Because Clay Travis said so. (Outkick the Coverage)

Baby better come back later next week. 'Cause you see I'm on a losing streak.
Ole Miss has lost nine SEC games in a row under head football coach Houston Nutt. (The Clarion Ledger)

I'll take "Things that won't end well" for $500, Alex.
Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen says the starting quarterback job will be up for grabs between Chris Relf and Tyler Russell for the rest of the season. (The Clarion Ledger)

Sam McCorkle asks if Florida can "find salvation."
Two years after Tim Tebow leaves, and the programs already slipped backed into its heathen ways. (Bourbon Meyer)

Out long national nightmare is over.
Baton Rouge City Police has returned to LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson the remaining sixteen pairs of shoes they took as evidence in investigating the Shady's bar fight incident. (The Times Picayune)

Missouri inching ever so closer to becoming an SEC school.

It seems that the one thing worse than Texas A&M as an SEC member school - which would be Missouri as an SEC member school - is inching ever so closer to painful reality.

"The New York Times reported Monday that Missouri's decision to officially apply for membership in the SEC is "inevitable and imminent."

Missouri has already been allowed to explore conference options outside of the Big 12, and reports have surfaced of late that the school is very interested in the SEC.


An official familiar with school decisions involving conference affiliation told The Times that Missouri officials expect to get enough votes among SEC presidents to become a member of the conference, but the school still needs a formal invite from the league.


Interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas had said that he expected Missouri to stay in the league, while SEC commissioner Mike Slive has made it clear that the league isn't openly pursuing any other schools at the moment. Well, according to The Times' source, Missouri could join the SEC as soon as next year. "


The fact that the conference usually considered the best in the country is half-hardheartedly taking in Big 12 strays, while other conferences like the Big 12 get teams like Nebraska, is rather embarrassing. College football is slowly starting to look like It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. And sadly, while the other conferences get the goodies, the SEC is wearing the sheet with all the holes cut into it, and getting nothing but rocks. 

(via ESPN)

"Suck for Luck" meme spawns a board game.

Just in time for that busy Christmas shopping season, Sports Pickle has come out with your very own chance for the NFL services of Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. The "Suck for Luck" board game features an Stanford S-shaped board with spaces that mock the quarterback situations of various unnamed NFL teams. Thinly-veiled jibes include "Your team hasn't had even a half-decent QB since the era of Dan Marino MOVE UP TWO SPACES," and "Your second-year QB has many flaws, but is seen as some sort of Football Messiah by local fans. MOVE BACK TO START." (Gee, I wonder who they could be talking about there?)

The Andrew Luck sweepstakes may have just started, but rest assured, it's not going to end until Luck's name is called in next year's NFL Draft.

(via Sports Pickle. HT: NESN)

Big Tentacles, Denard Robinson, Isaiah Lewis, Wisconsin-Michigan St., and more.

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

Despite Michigan State loss, Denard Robinson is still Michigan's starting Quarterback.
Because Brady Hoke said so. (AnnArbor.com)

This behavior's not unique.
Ohio State's lackluster victory against Illinois is evidence of freshman QB Braxton Miller's ineffectiveness as a passer. Or at least his inexperience. (The Columbus Register)

There can be only one.
Our Honor Defend eyes Wisconsin and Michigan State as meeting in the first Big Ten Championship Game. (Our Honor Defend)

I'm Not Over.
Wisconsin hasn't forgotten the feeling of last season's 34-24 loss to Michigan State. And the Badgers sure to be keeping it in mind while preparing to face the Spartans again on Oct. 22. (Wisconsin State Journal)

Pimping ain't easy. 
Michigan State safety Isaiah Lewis is pimping the Spartan's defense ahead of the team's showdown against Wisconsin. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Michigan State compared to the honey badger.
Tyrann Mathieu is not going to be amused by this comparison. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

Huskers don't play that.

Nebraska turned down an Adidas plan for the alternate uniforms and helments. (The Omaha World-Herald)

Show me, show me, show me how you do that trick?
A behind-the-scenes look at how Iowa pulled off the patriotic card-stunt honoring America and its farmers before the Hawkeyes' victory over Northwestern. (The Gazette)

Early recognition.
Iowa will use the Saturday Nov 5 home game at Kinnick Stadium to recognize Veterans Day and honor nine Iowa servicemen who lost their lives serving our country in the past year. (The Gazette)

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Chris Petersen, and...The Honey Badger?

The Honey Badger goes wherever he wants.
(Unquiet on the Western Front is SWRT's look at the Pac-12, WAC, Mountain West, and other West Coast/Rocky Mountain schools extravaganza.)   
 
NFL teams shouldn't try to "suck for Luck."
Because Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck said not to. (The New York Times)

The more things change, the more thing will probably stay the same.
Ahead of 5-1 Washington's game at Stanford on Saturday, John Berkowitz looks at how things have changed for the Huskies since last year's 41-0 to the Cardinal. QB Keith Price is one of them. (UW Dawg Pound)


Chris Petersen should not consider leaving Boise State for Arizona.
Because Paul Coro said so. (The Arizona Republic)

Broncos vs. The Honey Badger?
Jeremy Mauss predicts a Boise State-LSU matchup in the Sugar Bowl. I'm sure the Broncos are already looking forward to facing The Honey Badger (Tyrann Mathieu). (Mountain West Connection)

From the "Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic" department.
Interim Arizona head football coach Tim Kish is trying to "rebrand" the Wildcats in the wake of former head coach Mike Stoop's firing. (The Arizona Republic)

No Holding Back.
Despite the fourth- quarter injury to running back LaMichael James in Oregon's 36-15 win against Cal, Ducks' head football coach Chip Kelly says that he's hesitant to pull starting players from the game early in blowout situations. (The Oregonian)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Todd Grantham, Trent Richardson, Marcus Lattimore, and more.

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

Why don't you take a seat right over there?
Both Georgia and the SEC are investigating the incident after Saturday's Georgia-Vanderbilt game between Bulldog defense coordinator Todd Grantham and  Vandy head football coach James Franklin. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Taking a (Heisman) stance.
Alabama running back Trent Richardson's attracts Heisman Trophy consideration his performance Saturday against Ole Miss. (Rivals.com)


Alabama's defense should be nicknamed "The Tsunami."
Because Don Kausler Jr. said so. The nation of Japan would like to have a word or two with Mr.  Kausler. (al.com)

Panic on the streets of Gainesville. 
Early reaction to the Florida loss to Auburn. (Throw the Flag)
 
Pyrrhic Victory of the Week.
South Carolina loses tailback Marcus Lattimore for the rest of the season due to a knee injury received in the Gamecocks' victory against Mississippi State. (ESPN)

Always Look On the Bright Side Of Life.
Chuck Oliver tries to talk Gamecock fans off the ledge after the season-ending injury to Lattimore. (ChuckOliver.net)


Wishin' and hopin' and thinkin' and prayin'.
Auburn hopes injures wide receiver Emory Blake will be healthy enough to play against LSU. (al.com)

Will Muschamp was not a "one-year hire" for Florida. 
Because Pat Dooley said so. (The Gainesville Sun)


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Big Tentacles: Kirk Cousins, Denard Robinson, Russell Wilson, and more.

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

Sweep Disposition.
Michigan State defeats Michigan for the fourth-consecutive year. It's the first four-game streak the Spartans have had against the Wolverines since the one from 1959-1962. (The Detroit Free Press)

Walking Tall.
Michigan St. quarterback Kirk Cousins tells the home crowd at Spartan Stadium that "For the rest of our life, we will walk the streets of this state (with pride)," after beating Michigan for the fourth year in a row. (The Grand Rapids Press)

The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday.
Michigan State can't celebrate it's four-game sweep of instate rival Michigan too much with Wisconsin coming to East Lansing next Saturday. (The Lansing State Journal)

Hide your kids. Hide your wide. Hide your mascot heads.
ESPN College GameDay headed to Michigan State for Badger-Spartan showdown next Saturday. (ESPN)


Michigan's Denard Roninson is a "one-dimensional" quarterback.
Because Drew Sharp said so. (The Detroit Free Press)

Who says Andrew Luck should have all the fun?
Wisconsin quarterback Russell does Stanford QB one better by catching a touchdown pass in Saturday's Badger 59-7 romp of Indiana. (Wisconsin State Journal)

Bye, Bye, Bye.
Tom Shatel takes Nebraska's bye week to look ahead at the Huskers' Big Ten gauntlet to come. (The Omaha-World Herald)

The Downward Spiral.
Northwestern's 2011 season continues on its downward trend with a loss to Iowa 41-31. (Lake the Posts)


The dream is gone. 
Illinois hopes for an unbeaten  season come crashing down as Ohio State beats the Fighting Illini 17-7. (The Chicago Tribune)


Chip Kelly tells annoying fan to "SHUT UP!"

Ever have one of those days when you're trying to get through an interview with Erin Andrews, but some overprivlidged snot-nosed Oregon fan wanting his fifteen seconds of  fame is getting in the way? That what Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly had to deal with Saturday night after he led the Ducks to 41-27 victory over Arizona State. A lesser man might have tried to ignore the goober and let the officers of the law on hand to deal with him. However, Chip Kelly is not a lesser man, and he proved it to the world by showing who's the boss around Eugene, OR.



You will not mess with Chip Kelly in the presence of a woman. Especially if that  woman is Erin Andrews.

"Well, he likes to seem intellectual.
And to be a musician he goes to school.
And the way he acts is so uncool.
I just can't stand him.

You better tell that fan to shut up.

You better tell that fan I'm gonna beat him up.

You better tell that fan.
You better tell that fan.
You better tell that fan."



And you know Nike is just waiting for Phil Knight to give the order to start making "WILL YOU SHUT UP!" T-shirts. Methinks someone will try to beat the Swoosh to it though.

(Apologies to Transvision Vamp and/or Holly and the Italians)

(via Regie on Sports)