Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mike Leach named new Washington State head football coach.

Folks in Pullman, Wa. had better batten down the hatches and lock up all their fat little girlfriends. Mike Leach has finally found a school willing to hire him as their head football coach. Bruce Feldman reports that Leach will replace Paul Wulff as head coach of Washington State.

    "Mike Leach has verbally agreed to become the next head coach at Washington State. Leach was offered the position late Tuesday afternoon, CBS learned.
 
The 50-year-old Leach replaces Paul Wulff, who was dismissed Tuesday morning.  The hiring of Leach would seem to mesh with Washington State athletic director Bill Moos' comment earlier at the press conference where he announced Wullf's firing that he likes a "flashy, high-octane offense that lights up the scoreboard."


 No word yet if the Cougar fans who get their Washington State flag in the crowds at every ESPN College GameDay stop will add a skull and crossbones flag to the mix in honor of Leach, but that wouldn't be too much of a shock. 

(via CBS Sports)

Is Derek Dooley's Hot Seat the new Tennessee meme?

Derek Dooley's Hot Pants?
Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley has been a meme generator like no other since he took over the job in Knoxville two seasons ago. First there was Derek Dooley's hair, then it was Derek Dooley's hat, and of course, there was Derek Dooley's orange pants. Now in the wake of a less-than-stellar 5-7 season comes the inevitable meme of Derek Dooley's Hot Seat.

Athlon Sports asked its contributors if Dooley was on the Hot Seat. Most agreed with the question. Here's the response of Mitch Light.

"I believe it’s fair to say that Derek Dooley will be on the hot seat in 2012, his third season in Knoxville. He didn’t inherit an ideal situation at Tennessee, but he has done nothing in his two seasons to prove that he is the long term answer for the Vols. In five years as a head coach (three at Louisiana Tech and two at UT), Dooley has a 16–24 record in conference play. In his two seasons at Tennessee, he is 4¬–12 in the SEC, with two wins over Vanderbilt and one win over Ole Miss and Kentucky. That simply isn’t good enough. His 2011 team was hit hard by injuries, losing star wideout Justin Hunter to a torn ACL in Week 3 and quarterback Tyler Bray to a broken thumb for five games. That can explain some of this team’s struggles, but there is no reason that Tennessee should have had so much difficulty running the ball. The Vols ranked 117th in the nation in rushing, averaging a paltry 90.1 yards per game. That is inexcusable.

It’s always dangerous to throw out a number of wins required for a coach to keep his job, but Dooley will probably need to win at least eight games in 2012. Regardless, though, his team needs to look like it has improved — something that can’t be said for each of the last two seasons."

An online poll by the Knoxville News Sentinel has more telling information.  When asked "Do you approve of the job Derek Dooley did this season?" 74% of the responders said "no." There are also stories of dissension in the ranks within the Tennessee football team.

Dooley will probably survive the offseason, but he may have to show vast improvement to survive past a third season in Knoxville, and produce more wins than memes.

(via Athlon SportsThe Knoxville News Sentinel, Mr. SEC)






Dan Mullen blames Penn State rumors on "rival institutions."

It looks like it's time to dust off the old "the voices in your head don't count as reliable sources" line again. Jackson, MS TV station WAPT reported that “sources close to Mississippi State University’s program have said that football coach Dan Mullen is close to signing a deal to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State.”

Mullen has denied the claims, which he called "irresponsible," and placed the blame for the rumors on unnamed "rival institutions."

 “Yeah I heard about the TV report," Mullen said Tuesday night at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson. “It’s the most irresponsible reporting that I’ve ever heard of.”

Mullen said he had not been so much as contacted by Penn State “or any other school.”

Mullen, in town for the Conerly Trophy presentation dinner, then took it a step further.

“I blame it on rival institutions trying to ruin our recruiting which we have dominated in this state over the past three years,” Mullen said."

Mullen didn't identify exactly which "rival institutions" he was speaking of. Though schools with a bone to pick with the Mississippi St.  program over recruiting quarterbacks (Auburn), or getting embarrassed by the Bulldogs several years in a row. (Ole Miss) come to mind for some reason. 

Of course it should be noted that Urban Meyer denied talking to Ohio State before he was named Ohio St. head football coach. So take that as you will. Just don't believe every backwoods TV and radio station when they report a story like this.

(via The Clarion-Ledger, WAPT. HT: Mr. SEC)


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Georgia Bulldogs muzzle Isaiah Crowell and Carlton Thomas.

Crowell in less troubled days.
Don't expect to hear much from Georgia troubled tailbacks Isaiah Crowell and Carlton Thomas in regards to the upcoming SEC championship game against LSU, or on any other subject for that matter. Georgia has make them off-limits to the media, according to The Macon Telegraph.

"We will continue to have extensive coverage this week, but don't look for any comments from the Georgia tailbacks. We were informed yesterday that Isaiah Crowell, Carlton Thomas, Ken Malcome ... the whole group is off-limits this week."

With the amount of time Crowell and Thomas have been in Mark Richt's doghouse this season, this should come as no shock. It does lead to questions about whether the two troubled tailbacks' future next season at Georgia.


(via The Macon Telegraph)


Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Trent Richardson, Gus Malzahn, Jarvis Jones, and more.

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

There's a possibility, but no chance. 
Joel A. Erickson looks at Georgia's chances of beating LSU in the SEC championship game. (The Macon Telegraph)

Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Alabama tailback Trent Richardson talks about the possibilities of forgoing his senior year to enter the 2012 NFL Draft. (The Montgomery Advertiser)

I'll Stick Around.
Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn reportedly says he will return to Auburn in 2012. Don't hold your breath on that one quite yet. (Auburn Undercover)

Big talk of the day. 
Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones says the Dawgs' defense is as good as (or better than) LSU's. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

A Brief History of Time.
A look at the pretty uneventful search by Ole Miss to fill its head football coaching vacancy. (The Belly of the Beast)

The Stars My Destination.
With the BCS out of the picture thanks to losing to LSU, Harry King looks at Arkansas' likely bowl destinations. The Capital One Bowl and the Cotton Bowl are the most likely landing spots. (Arkansas News)

More Gators leaving the sinking ship? 
Florida defensive end Lynden Trail and safety Joshua Shaw are both transferring to other schools. (College Football Talk)

Crawling from the Wreckage.
Tennessee looks to rebound after a disastrous 2011 season. (The Knoxville News-Sentinel)

Shakedown 1979.
Bourbon Meyer declares the 2011 Florida college football season to be "the worst Gators football season since 1979." (Bourbon Meyer)

The End of the Road.
Seth Stokes reflects on the end of Tennessee's winning streak over Kentucky. (ChuckOliver.net)

Crossing the Atlantic: Georgia Tech, Frank Spaziani, Clemson, and more.

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

Dog Days Are Over?
Joseph Wyatt casts some positive light on  Georgia Tech's future following its 31-17 loss to Georgia. The main hope coming in the form of quarterback Synjyn Days. (ChuckOliver.net)

Out of his shell.
Maryland defensive end David Mackall is leaving Maryland after a dispute over "academic issues" with Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall. (The Baltimore Sun)

Stand By Your Man.
Eric Avidon defends Boston College head football coach Frank Spaziani over calls for his firing. (The MetroWest Daily News)

Oh yeah?
Brian Favat of BC Interruption has a few bones to pick with Avidon's defense of Spaziani. (BC Interruption)

Six of one, or half a dozen of the other.
Virginia Tech's bowl options going into the ACC championship game against Clemson seem to have come down to either the Orange Bowl if it wins, or the Chick-fil-A Bowl if it loses. (Gobbler Country)

All or Nothing?
Clemson right tackle Landon Walker stresses the importance  to defeat Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game in the light of the Tigers' end of the season collapse. (The Post and Courier)


All Eyez On Me.
Cincinnati head football coach Butch Jones is reportedly being looked at by Illinois, North Carolina, and UCLA to fill head coaching vacancies. (Down the Drive)

Well, somebody had to to do it.
The Liberty Bowl will pick a Big East team in part of its annual game, but only because the SEC doesn't have enough bowl-eligible teams. (Cardiac Hill)


Monday, November 28, 2011

Dan Mullen a candidate to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State?

Don't look now, Mississippi State, but another school may be eying Dan Mullen. Black Shoe Diaries, a Penn State-centric blog,  picked the Mississippi St. head football coach to start off its profiles of possible candidates to replace Joe Paterno. And talk on Twitter is that Mullen might be in serious contention for the job.

Here's some of what Black Shoe Diaries said about Mullen.


"Dan Mullen was born in Philadelphia, raised in the northeast, and went to college at Ursinus. Besides either A) Having direct Penn State ties, or B) Direct ties to other major programs in Pennsylvania, that's about as good a personal/cultural fit as we'll find. Mullen hasn't been connected to any major NCAA violations, and the only blemishes on his record as a head coach are in the form of a few secondary violations that seem more like administrative missteps and miscommunications than anything nefarious. Another point to be considered: Mullen is a longtime friend of Urban Meyer. He may relish the opportunity to compete head to head with his mentor every year.

The question is whether he'd leave the SEC to come up north. I think he would. Penn State is a step up from Mississippi State in terms of resources, facilities and support - even in spite of recent events. I think at this point, Mullen has to look at the teams he's competing against in the SEC West in Alabama, LSU, Arkansas and Auburn, and think that he'll never have the same amount of ammunition as them. The ceiling in Starkville is low, and at some point soon he's going to try to move up the ladder. Penn State may very well be that move."

There may be more to the Mullen to Penn St. meme than just the Christmas List from a blog. Fooball Rumor Mill tweeted that Mullen is being looked as "a legit candidate at Penn State."

Whether that's true or not, Mullen is and will continue to be a popular name on the wish list of any school looking for a new head football coach. And Mississippi State might not be able to keep him in Starkville if the right school comes calling.

(via Black Shoe Diaries)

Big Tentacles: Urban Meyer, Luke Fickell, Brady Hoke, and more.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Urban Meyer.
An owners manual for Ohio State's new purchase, Urban Meyer. (EDSBS)

Tired old commentary of the day.
Pat Forde blasts Urban Meyer's taking the Ohio St. Job after Meyer's "leaving Florida to spend time with his family" line. (Rivals.com)

And what of Luke Fickell?
The current Ohio St. coach's future seems to involve being the Bill Yoast to Urban Meyer's Herman Boone. (Dr. Saturday)

Search for Tomorrow.
The other school that was reportedly in the running for Meyer, Penn State, sets up a search committee to replace Joe Paterno as  head football coach. (GoPSUsports.com)


And in non-Urban Meyer news relating to Urban Meyer:
Illinois is reportedly looking at Temple head football coach Steve Addazio to replace Ron Zook. Addazio was a former Florida offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. (The Chicago Tribune)

Not again.
Wisconsin is not planning to fall to Michigan State for second time this season as the Badgers face the Spartans in the inaugural Big Ten championship game. (The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

What, Me Worry?
Michigan State doesn't seem to bothered about being 9.5-point underdogs in the Big Ten champion game against Wisconsin. (The Detroit Free Press)

Michigan deserves a spot in a BCS bowl.
Because Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke said so. (The Detroit Free Press)

The waiting is the hardest part.
The bowl picture for the Big Ten is still in a little bit of a flux. (The Chicago Tribune)

Brady Hoke not worried by Urban Meyer coaching Ohio State.

What, me worry?
What does the head football coach of Ohio State's number one rival think of Urban Meyer's hire as Buckeye head football coach. Brady Hoke acts like he's not too concerned about it.


"He's not going to play a down and neither am I," Hoke said. "Me, knowing Urban, he's a good football coach, good guy, going to welcome him in. But this is still Michigan and Ohio and it's still going to be that rivalry and neither one of us is going to play a game."

Where the coaches might matter more is on the recruiting trail. In Hoke's first full class, he so far has nine commitments from Ohio.

Hoke wouldn't say that Meyer's arrival will make it more difficult for Michigan to recruit.

"I don't think that matters," Hoke said. "There's a lot of respect, two tremendous universities."

Hoke does seem to be worried too much about Michigan's number one rival being coached by a man with two BCS championships on his resume.  This could just be an effect of Michigan's first victory over Ohio State since 2003. Hoke certainly doesn't seem to be shaking in his boots over this. Time will tell how he's feeling when Hoke and Meyer face each other in 2012.


(via ESPN)

Urban Meyer is Ohio State head football coach.

It looks as Urban Meyer is all but officially the new head football coach of Ohio State. Meyer's agent, Trace Armstrong, has confirmed the story. According to his agent, Urban Meyer has agreed to become the next head coach at Ohio State University. No word yet if Kirk Herbstreit will be following Meyer to Ohio State as his quarterback coach, however.


 (via USA Today)

Unquiet on the Western Front: Dennis Erickson, Rick Neuheisel, Andrew Luck, 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.)

Hand in your pitchfork. 
Arizona State reportedly fires head football coach Dennis Erickson. (Rivals.com)

Welcome to My Nightmare.
The inaugural Pac-12 championship between Oregon and UCLA is described as "Your Nightmare Pac-12 Championship Game." (Pacific Takes)

If the inaugural Pac-12 championship were held at a neutral site, it would have been sparsely attended. Because Ken Goe said so. (The Oregonian)

UCLA needs to fire Rick Neuheisel.
Because TJ Simers said so. (The Los Angeles Times)

Pretzel Logic.
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will definitely be drafted by the Indianapolis Colts. Why? Because Peyton Manning isn't even being permitted  play golf due his neck injury. (SB Nation Kansas City)

The obligatory Mike Leach to ___________ story of the day.
Bud Withers comments on reports that Washington State would like to replace head football coach Paul Wuff with former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach. (The Seattle Times)


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Welcome to the Fallout: Urban Meyer, Derek Dooley, Trent Richardson, and more.

 (Welcome to the fallout is SWRT's wrap-up of Saturday's action.) 


Urban Meyer is still not Ohio State head football coach.
Though it's looking more and more like he will be named to the job pretty soone. (The Sporting News)

Use Your Delusion.
Georgia can beat LSU for the SEC championship. Because Jeff Schultz said so. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Derek Dooley on the Hot Seat?
Tennessee's first loss to Kentucky since 1984 has put head football coach Derek Dooley's record under scrutiny. (Dr. Saturday)

Nick Saban would give the Heisman Trophy to Trent Richardson. 
Of course he would. Sadly, Saban doesn't have a Heisman vote. (The Montgomery Advertiser)

We've got to start meeting like this.
Michigan State will once again faces Wisconsin in the inaugural Big Ten championship game. (The Detroit Free Press)

And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder. 
Harry King looks at what's in the near future for Arkansas now that the Razorbacks' hopes for a BCS bowl appearance are pretty much toast. (The Arkansas News)


Ohio State to play Florida in the Gator Bowl.
Insert your own Urban Meyer-related joke here. (theOzone.net)


The UCLA-Oregon Pac-12 championship game is a farce.
Because Dennis Dodd said so. (CBS Sports)

Ron Zook is an ex-Illinois head football coach.

Ron Zook once again in the familiar position of being an ex-football coach. Illinois has reportedly fired Zook, in his seventh year as head coach of the Fighting Illini. Illinois started out the year 6-0, before an epic 0-6 collapse in the second half of the season. Zook's record as Illinois head coach was 34-51.

(via The News-Gazette (Champaign, Il), HT: CBS Sports)

Andrew Luck shows off his best Heisman Trophy stance.



It was probably inadvertent, but Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck struck his best Heisman Trophy pose during the Cardinal's 28-14 beating of Notre Dame.  Luck's long been the favorite in this year's race for college football's most overrated prestigious award for individual achievement. Though strong cases for players such as Baylor QB Robert Griffin III, and Alabama running back Trent Richardson can be made, however, 

(via CBS Sports)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

You won't be seeing Urban Meyer on ESPN this weekend.

Let the conspiracy theories commence! Urban Meyer will reportedly not be appearing on any of ESPN's college football related broadcasting this weekend. This reportedly comes at the request of Meyer, who had been the subject to rumors all week that he and Ohio State had reached a deal that would make him the Buckeyes' next head football coach.

(via Rivals.com)

Game Day Goulash: Tyrann Mathieu, Rex Burkhead, Isaiah Crowell, and more.

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

The Honey Badger doesn't give a **** about Arkansas.
Tyrann Mathieu's 92-yard punt return for a touchdown helps rally LSU to a 41-17 defeat of Arkansas. (rivals.com)

Hero of the Day.
Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead rushes for 160 yards and scores a touchdown in Nebraska's 20-7 win over Iowa in the inaugural Heroes Game. (rivals.com)

Miami and first-year head football coach Al Golden agree to a four-year contract extension. 
This move should at least in theory should squash any talk of Golden bolting the scandal-rocked school for green pastures. (CBS Sports)

Up in the Air. 
The status for Georgia tailbacks Isaiah Crowell  and Carlton Thomas is still uncertain for Satirday's game against Georgia Tech. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

A Dream Deferred.
Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers' hopes for a season with 1,500-yard 100 catches will have to wait for next year, thanks to quarterback Tyler Bray's thumb injury. An 1,000-plus rushing season isn't a bad consolation prize, though.(The Tennessean)

Florida - FSU is not "The Salvage Bowl."
Because Pat Dooley said so. (The Gainesville Sun)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Game Day Goulash: Trent Richardson, Denard Robinson, Urban Meyer, and more.

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

And the horse you're riding out on. 
Texas leaves Texas A&M packing with a 27-25 victory in the two teams final (for now) meeting. (Rivals.com)

Everything counts in large ammounts.
A lot is on the line  as no.1 LSU faces off against no.3 Arkansas. (The Times-Picayune)

Urban Meyer is still not Ohio State head football coach.
Because Urban Meyer still says so, (Rivals.com)

It's Still Rock and Roll to Me. 
Despite BCS implications, Alabama vs. Auburn is still a game that is more important in itself. (The Huntsville Times)

Heisman hopes on the line.
A good showing in the Iron Bowl could help Alabama running back Trent Richardson's Heisman Trophy hopes. (al,com)

The Leaser of the Pack. 
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is maturing as a leader at Michigan (Detroit Free Press)


One to grow on. 
Nebraska and Iowa's first meeting as Big Ten Legends Division rivals has the makings to become a huge rivalry. (The Omaha World-Herald)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Game Day Goulash: Texas-Texas A&M, Les Miles, Andrew Luck, and more.

Oh, don't act so surprised.
 (Game Day Goulash is SWRT's  all-encompassing Game Day college football extravaganza.)    


We'll meet again. Don't know where. Don't know when.
Kirk Bohls looks at the final meeting (for now) of Texas and Texas A&M. (The Austin American-Statesman)

Andrew Luck isn't enrolled for next quarter at Stanford.
And we're supposed to be shocked by this? (Rivals.com)

LSU can handle big games.
Because Les Miles said so. (The Times-Picayune)

A Spanner in the Works?
Auburn seeks to derail Alabama's hopes for a shot at the BCS Championship game in Friday's Iron Bowl showdown. (al.com)

Trip Around the Sun. 
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron looks back at his "first true test" subbing for the injured Greg McElroy in last year's Iron Bowl. (al.com)

All the Marbles.
Your guide to the Virginia Tech-Virginia game, which will be for bragging rights in the state of Virginia, as well as for the ACC Coastal Division title. (Gobbler Country)

So I am thankful that I'm incapable of doing any good on my own.
Despite a tumultuous year for the Tennessee athletic department, the Vols nation has plenty to be thankful for. Because Mike Strange said so. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Links in a chain passed down through the years.
A looks at the family connections of Miami players Jacory Harris, Sean Spence, and Tommy Streeter, whose fathers have been lifelong friends since attending the same high school. (The Miami Herald)

You say you want a revolution?
Bruins Nation looks at successful movement by Ole Miss supporters to remove former athletic director Pete Boone as a template for an organized effort to remove UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero. (Bruins Nation)

The Big Ten isn't strong enough for the BCS. 
Because Drew Sharp said so. (The Detroit Free Press)


They're just not into you.
BYU will not be a member of the Big East. (ESPN)

Mum's the world. 
Georgia head football coach Mark Richt is keeping quiet about the status of tailbacks Isaiah Crowell (sprained ankle) and Carleton Thomas (can't stay out of trouble) for Saturday's irritation of Clean Old Fashioned Hate against Georgia Tech.  (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)


We could be heroes, just for one day.
An Iowa sheriff and a Nebraska cancer survivor are the first "citizen heroes" to be honored on the trophy of the first-ever "Heroes Game" between Iowa and Nebraska. (The Quad City Times)

An LSU-Arkansas drinking game?
An LSU-Arkansas drinking game.  (Outkick the Coverage)

Is Urban Meyer becoming Schrodinger's Kitten?

Last January, as it seemed that former Michigan head football coach Rich Rodriguez was not long for Ann Arbor, I described him as being like Schrodinger's Kitten. The kitten, if you don't know the story, is a modern mythological creature in a thought experiment that goes a little something like this:

A kitten (or cat) is locked  is locked in a box built to detect the decaying of an atom of radioactive material. If the atom decays, a vial of poison is released and the kitten dies. If it doesn't the kitten lives. However the observer of the experiment doesn't know if the experiment has been proven or not. So it can be said that the kitten is both alive and dead while the box is unopened.

What's that have to do with college football? Well in some cases the rumors surrounding coaches or possible coaches jobs can cause bizarre paradoxes to occur, in which a person both is and isn't a head football coach at any given moment.

This is the situation surrounding Former Florida head football coach/current ESPN analyst Urban Meyer, and his possible taking the head coaching job of the embattled Ohio State football program. Rumors are circulating that Meyer has accepted an offer from the school, which Meyer has denied is happening.

Reports have claimed  that Meyer is waiting for Ohio State's rivalry game against Michigan to make it official. Meyer, it seems, reportedly doesn't want to step on current head football coach Luke Fickell's fingers quite yet. Meanwhile Meyer continues to deny the story is happening.

So what we have here is a classic Schrodinger's kitten moment where Urban Meyer may or may not be the next Ohio State head football coach. It's a paradox which will eventually be solved, but as for now, Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer is neither alive nor non-existent.

(via WKMG, ESPN)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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

Classic photo from 1993.
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) 

The photo of UGA V staring at a Thanksgiving turkey decoration on the left is from the Georgia-Georgia Tech game in 1993, which was the last time the two schools met on a Thanksgiving Day. (The Anti-Orange Page)


Now do you know how to reach Planet BCS?  Well, I wish you'd explain it to me some time, buster!
Jerry Palm discusses three SEC-related scenarios for the BCS title game. (CBS Sports)

Top of the Pops.
Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart top Bruce Feldman's list of the "Fastest-rising assistant coaches." (CBS Sports)

Tennessee's Mr. Terrific.
Derek Dooley has shown himself to be a virtual "Man of 1,000 Talents" in his two years as Tennessee head football coac. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Tennessee will not be playing Ohio State in 2018 and 2019.
Ohio State has canceled the series, citing the Big Ten's expansion to nine conference games per year. (ESPN)

No glove, no love. 
Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray says he's ditched the glove he was wearing on his injured throwing hand after getting his second interception in the Vols' victory over Vanderbilt. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Unknown Legend.
Alabama nose guard Josh Chapman's contributions to the Alabama defense tend to get overlooked due to the star power on the squad. (al.com)

What's in a win? 
Seth Stokes loos at what last Saturday's Tennessee win over Vanderbilt means for the struggling Volunteers. (ChuckOliver.net)

I beat the crap out of Tulane for this?
The Tiger Rag, the blanket awarded annually in the LSU-Tulane rivarly, has been named by Lost Lettermen as "CFB's Worst Rivarly Trophy" (Lost Lettermen)

Lip Service.
Georgia head football coach Mark Richt's passionate kiss with wife Katheryn after the victory over Kentucky comes after a year where Richt was considered to be on the hot seat for most of the season. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Mr. College Football remembers the Voice of the Georgia Bulldogs.
Tony Barnhart celebrates the life of former Georgia broadcaster Larry Munson, who passed away Sunday. (CBS Sports)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The last time Ole Miss beat a team in the SEC...

Monday marked the two-year anniversary of Ole Miss' last win in the SEC: a 25-23 win over LSU on Nov. 21, 2009. Since then, it's been nothing but pain and woe for the Rebels. This Saturday's game against in-state rival Mississippi State will probably mark the second straight season without a win for Ole Miss. Two years doesn't seem like a long time, but a lot has happened since then. This is what the world looked like the last time Ole Miss won in the SEC.

Mike Leach was head football coach at Texas Tech.

Reggie Bush was a Heisman Trophy winner.

Jay Mariotti was the voice of morality in sports on Around the Horn

Moammar Gadaffi was  in charge of Libya.

Moammar Gadaffi was alive.

"Fireflies," by Owl City was the number one song in America.

Conan O'Brien was still on NBC. 

Lane Kiffin was head football coach at Tennessee.

Charlie Sheen was still on Two and a Half Men

Ben Roethlisberger could still enter bars in  Milledgeville, Ga. 

The Democrats had a majority in Congress.

Brett Favre was looked up to as a family man.

Prince William was a bachelor.

The Winnipeg Jets were  the Atlanta Thrashers.


Big Tentacles: Urban Meyer, Brady Hoke, Bret Bielema, and more.

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

Urban Meyer is still not the new head football coach of Ohio State. 
Because Urban Meyer said so. (The Gainesville Sun)

US Senate to hold hearing on Penn State scandal. 
Because the Senate has nothing better to do right now, right? (ESPN)

Grace Under Pressure.
Penn State players have earned respect for their perseverance and character in their handling of the Jerry Sardusky scandal that has engulfed their school. (The Altoona Mirror)

The natives are restless. 
Wisconsin head football coach Bret Bielema is a little concerned about fan reaction when the Badgers face Penn State this weekend in light of the Sardusky scandal and with the Big Ten Leaders Division title on the line. (Wisconsin State Journal)

The triple option.
Wisconsin prepares its defense for the possibility of not one, not two, but three different Penn State quarterbacks this weekend. (The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

I Won't Back Down.
Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke is still refusing to refer to Ohio State as Ohio State. (The Detroit Free Press)

Ohio State-Michigan should not be moved to earlier in the season.
Because Rob Oller said so. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Nothing Left to Lose. 
Ohio State seeks to avoid insult to injury by preserving its winning streak over Michigan to finish a disastrous 2011 season. (The Detroit Free Press)

Fell On Black Days.
Nebraska's first year as a Big Ten member hasn't quite gone as head football Bo Pelini had planned. (The Gazette)

No Rest for the Wicked.
Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio says he won't be resting up any starters for Saturday's game against Northwestern in preparation for the Big Ten championship game a week later. (The Detroit Free Press)

There's a reason for that.
A Michigan State victory over Northwestern might help keep Michigan from getting to a better bowl game. (The Detroit Free Press)

Looking for insurance. 
Bowl eligible at 6-6, Northwestern looks for an upset against Michigan State to guarantee the Wildcats a fifth straight bowl appearance. (The Chicago Tribune)

Dubious achievement of the week.
Two of Michigan State's most fought-for trophies, The Land Grant Trophy (Michigan St.-Penn St.) and the Megaphone Trophy (Michigan St.-Notre Dame) make Lost Lettermen's list of "CFB's Top 10 Worst Rivalry Trophies. (Lost Lettermen)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Derek Dooley talks about that Tennessee victory celebration video.

The video of Tennessee's post-Vanderbilt locker-room victory celebration has taken the internet by storm. Naturally, some enterprising reporter brought it up to the Vols' head football coach, Derek Dooley during his Monday post-game press conference. The fun starts around the 1:24 mark.



His Hairness didn't apologize directly for that four letter word you wouldn't want your four year old to say. He did seem more annoyed that the video got out. ("A sacred place? Really, Precious?) Which is of course standard operating procedure for any blossoming college football scandal.

(via Knoxville News Sentinel)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Larry Munson, Trent Richardson, Les Miles, and more.

It's getting closer every day.
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) 


Condolences to the family of Arkansas tight end Garrett Uekman, who died Sunday of unknown causes in his dorm room. (Rivals.com)

Larry Munson remembered.
Broadcasters celebrate the life of Larry Munson, who for over 40 years was "The Voice of the Georgia Bulldogs" in the radio booth.  (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

I've never had to, but I better knock on wood. 'Cause I know someone who has.
LSU head football coach Les Miles says the Tigers don't plan to choke against Arkansas on Saturday like other BCS championship contenders have in the past few weeks. (The Times Picayune)

Alabama would "be better off" if it didn't play for the SEC championship. 
Because Mark Bradley said so. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Making spirits bright. 
Alabama receives the Disney Spirit Award for its players' efforts to help rebuild the Tuscaloosa area after the devastating tornado and storms hit the area last April. (rolltide.com)

Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before.
Alabama running back Trent Richardson suggests that he might return to Alabama for his senior season.  I'm not holding my breath for that one. (The Montgomery Advertiser)

Party Like a Rock Star. 
Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray's return from injury gave the Vols reason to celebrate after a 27-21 overtime victory over in-state rival Vanderbilt. (Knoxville News Sentinel)


Derek Dooley has a potty mouth.

Tennessee really hasn't had much to cheer about this season. The team has underperformed mostly due to the right thumb injury to star quarterback Tyler Bray and the Justin Hunter's season-ending ACL injury. So when the Vols manage to salvage their bowl game hopes and prevent a shutout against SEC opponents by defeating Vanderbilt 27-21, it's excusable if the team gets a little emotional.

How emotional? Emotional enough for Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley to drop his usual proper attitude and say one of those words Mama Barbara would probably put him across her knee and spank him for.

(Warning: Non-Mama approved language)





A victory against Vanderbilt may not seem much to get overexcited about, but in a season that hasn't had much to talk about outside of Derek Dooley's choices in apparel, you get your reasons to celebrate when you can. 

(via Outkick the Coverage)




Larry Munson remembered.

Former Georgia announcer Larry Munson passed away Sunday night. He was 89.

It's hard to really describe what Munson meant to Georgia. For 42 years, he described the happenings on the field to the Bulldog Nation from the confines of the announcer's booth. The best way to explain why Munson was such an integral part of Georgia life for four decades is to let him speak for himself.



Condolences to the Munson family and to Georgia fans everywhere.

(via WSB)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

"Virginia Teach" invades the Orange Bowl? Virginia Tech won't be amused.

I know the BCS picture is looking real messed up right now, but I didn't know who messed up it was until I read Jerry Palm's bowl predictions.


"Virginia Teach?" Is that a Conference USA school? This gives whole new meaning to the term...



It should be noted that Palm  has LSU vs. Alabama in the BCS title game, Michigan vs. Houston in the Sugar Bowl, Oklahoma State vs. Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl, and Wisconsin vs. Oregon in the Rose Bowl. ESPN is so happy with itself getting the rights to the BCS right now.

(via CBS Sports HT: Card Chronicle)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Game Day Goulash: Oklahoma State-Iowa State, Trent Richardson, Urban Meyer, and more.

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

 If your a pediatrician in or around Ames, Iowa, I'd get ready for a spike in business in the next nine  nine months.  Along with a spike in births.

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
Second ranked Oklahoma State falls to Iowa State in a double-overtime  37-31 loss that puts the BCS championship picture in chaos. (Rivals.com)

Opportunity Knocks for Trent Richardson?  
Oklahoma State and Cowboy quarterback Brandon Weeden's meltdown at Iowa State may have given the Heisman Trophy hopes of Alabama running back Trent Richardson a huge boost. (al.com)

I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man.
Urban Meyer is not working out a deal to become head football coach of Ohio State. Because Urban Meyer said so. (SB Nation)

Hot in Here?
Derek Dooley on the Hot Seat? At least one blogger says so. (Rocky Topics)


Georgia (Dome) On My Mind.
Georgia looks at beating Kentucky to clinch the SEC East and a shot at the SEC Title in Atlanta. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

And I would run 500 yards . And I would run 500 more. Just to be the man who ran a thousand yards to fall down at your door.
Georgia freshman tailback  Isaiah Crowell looks for his first 1,000 yard rushing season. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Food for thought on Penn State.
The Washington Post's Colbert I. King writes on how the Jerry Sardusky scandal at Penn State needs to stay focused on Sardusky's alleged criminal actions instead of the hoopla surrounding the scandal.
(The Washington Post)



Friday, November 18, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Dan Mullen, Brandon Boykin, James Franklin, and more.

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


Could things get any worse at Auburn?
Yes. Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn could always leave to be a head coach somewhere else. (al.com)

Out of line(men)?
Alabama may be without the services of offensive linemen Barrett Jones and Darius Hanks against Georgia Southern. (al.com)

One More for the Road.
Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin is looking for "one more kick return for a touchdown" to finish out his senior year in Athens. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Pain Lies by the Riverside.
Tennessee tailback Tauren Poole describes the Vols' 2011 season very bluntly: "It's been painful" (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Dan Mullen taking notes from the competition. 
Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen says he takes lessons from Arkansas in recruiting in-state when it comes to building the Bulldogs into a competitive team in the SEC.  Fans in Starkville had better hope Mullen isn't taking lessons from Bobby Petrino when it comes to upward mobility in the coaching world. (The Dispatch)

Staying on topic.
Vanderbilt head football coach James Franklin and his team are successful at staying on message in interviews with the media and not letting loose any embarrassing off-the-cuff comments. (The Tennessean)

Bad Analogy of the Day.
Clay Travis declares James Franklin as "Vanderbilt football's own Bruce Pearl." Uh, Clay, you should have remembered  how the Bruce Pearl era at Tennessee ended before you wrote that. (Outkick the Coverage)

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It" Moment of Tebowness: Tim Tebow Gets Tebowed by a sailor.



It's been a while since I did either a "Your Moment of Tebowness" post or a "Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It Moment of the Day" post. Mostly since I decided to put the blog's focus more on college football than on general sports. So to rectify that situation, here's a mash-up of both SWRT classics with His Tebowness getting personally Tebowed by one of America's defenders from the US Navy. You can't get any more American than that*.

*(Even if Timmy was actually born in The Philippines. But who's counting? )

(via Kissing Suzie Kolber)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel arrested for DWI.

Gary Pinkel's mug shot.
Say that you're the president of the University of Missouri. You're still in the afterglow of the Best Week Ever where your school joined the SEC, and beat Texas. What could possibly get you down outside of a Jerry Sandusky-level scandal? Well, hearing that your football team's head coach, Gary Pinkel,  had been arrested for a DWI charge, probably would.

"COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 has confirmed Boone County sheriff deputies arrested MU football coach Gary Pinkel Wednesday night for DWI. Pinkel posted a $500 bond and was released from the Boone County Jail." 

Yeah, that's not the kind of thing you want to hear when you walk into the office first thing in the morning. But at least you're schools quickly adapting to the SEC's culture of drinking schools with football problems.

(via KOMU, HT: EDSBS)

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


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


The Gus Malzahn to Ole Miss meme is on the march.
Auburn offensive coordinator is not surprisingly being mentioned as Houston Nutt's replacement as Ole Miss head football coach. (The Sun Herald)

Put me in, coach.
Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray is tired of watching the game on the sidelines while recovering from a broken thumb, and is ready to play this weekend. Vols head football coach Derek Dooley has the final say on that matter, though. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Rank and file.
Georgia QB Aaron Murray is compared to other QB's of the Mark Richt era, and ranked ahead of many of them. (ChuckOliver.net)


Not quite done yet. 
Arkansas running back Knile Davis still isn't ready to return to action, according to Razorback head football coach Bobby Petrino. (The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

Rest assured it will not last. take a turn for the worst. 
South Carolina recent on-the-field success is "The New Norm." Pardon me if I take that with a grain of salt. (Saturday Down South)

South Carolina can still end up having a 10-win season. 
Because Tony Barnhart said so. (CBS Sports)

There can be only one.
Tennessee and Vanderbilt both look for a win in Knoxville this Saturday in a game that could seal their fates when it comes to a bowl appearance this year. (Saturday Down South)

Branded.
Texas A&M and Missouri see their joining the SEC as a way to "grow their brands nationally." I see it as more of a search for fool's gold. (ESPN)

BASKETBALL


60 minutes of 40 Minutes of Hell.
ESPN is producing 40 Minutes of Hell, a documentary on former Arkansas head men's basketball coach Nolan Richardson as part of the SEC: Storied series. (The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Behold! The Tennessee Vols' orange ceramic dog!


An image of the orange ceramic dog that Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley has brought to practice has finally shown up via CBS Sports. The dog is supposed to help Dooley's struggling team deal with negative energy. Having it moved around the practice field on a dolly is a little odd, though. On the other hand, if it was pushed around on it's own little cart, or even worse, it's own golf cart or ATV, people might start to question His Hairness' sanity. (Like they didn't do that with the "Rommel" press conference. Then again, people might just write it off as being Vince and Barbara's kid.

(via CBS Sports)

Peyton Manning as new Ole Miss head coach is the insane rumor of the day.

Most embarrassing Peyton manning image I could find. 
It was something that probably had to happen sooner or later. A rumor started floating around that Ole Miss might be interested in the services of currently injured Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to replace Houston Nutt as the school's head football coach. Pey-Pey's obvious family connections to the school (father Archie Manning and little brother Eli) paid a big part of this totally but-nuts idea.

Of course, there's not a single shred of reality behind it.Archie Manning has already shot the story down.

“I’ve gotten about 20 or 25 e-mails from people in that regard,” Archie Manning said, via the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “I passed that on to Peyton. He said, ‘Just tell them that I’m 0-10 as an assistant for Indianapolis.’”

You think that would put an end it all of this, but it probably won't for at least a day or two.

(via Pro Football Talk)

Has anybody seen Landry Jones tires? (Yes, they really were stolen.)

Landry Jones' personal Sooner Schooner, sans tires.



What  sounded at first like it was a simple prank is turning out to be something of a more serious (and quite real) crime. Yesterday, Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones posted an image of his truck on Twitter, sans tires. At first it sounded like it was a typical college prank. But now it seems that yes, the Sooner star QB was the victim of a crime.

"Turns out … his tires really were stolen. I (The Oklahoman's Travis Haney) just ran into one of his teammates while I was eating lunch, and he told me the strangest part of this is that everyone thinks it’s a joke. But Jones’ tires really were taken from his truck at some point early Tuesday morning."

Well, that's a bummer. Jones has already gotten new tires, and should probably be thankful that nothing more serious was taken (like the whole freakin' truck). I know the term "Sooners" refers to the land grab when the territory was open to settlers, but this is ridiculous.

(via The OklahomanKegs N' Eggs)


China desert lines mystery solved by Boston College helmet.

You have probably heard by now about the mysterious grid-like lines discovered in the China's Gobi desert. What they're supposed to be has been the source of much discussion on the internet.




That said, I think I've figured out what the lines are supposed to be:



The "stained glass" stripe on Boston College's helmets.

Well, that or the Chinese Communist government is trying to create its own  ginormous version of  The Pattern from The Chronicles of Amber.  Or maybe it's the Pattern's Courts of Chaos counterpart   the Lorgus.

(via ABC News)

Urban Meyer will not be the next Arizona head football coach.

Who wants to be the next Arizona head football coach? Not Urban Meyer, apparently. Reports claim that the former two-time BCS championship winning Florida head football coach had talked about the position  with Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne. Meyer has since decided he's just not into the idea of coaching the Wildcats.

"According to a Tuesday report from the New York Times, Byrne and Urban Meyer met in Miami "early last week" to gauge Meyer's potential interest in the Wildcats' head coaching position. The meeting ended with Meyer reportedly "intrigued" by the potential offer.

Apparently that interest didn't last long; Meyer then telephoned Byrne Monday to tell him he "was not going to pursue the job," the Times reported."

So what are Meyer's future plans? It probably doesn't involve going the John Gruden route at ESPN. Meyer has been constantly linked to the Ohio State head coaching job ever since Jim Tressel's resignation. Talk of Meyer replacing Joe Paterno at Penn State was brewing even before the Jerry Sandusky  scandal broke. Wherever he lands, the hype macing is bound to be work overtime.







 (CBS Sports)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Derek Dooley brings an orange ceramic dog to Tennessee practice.

Derek Dooley's madness knows no ends.
It time to add another icon to the growing carnival of the absurd that is the Derek Dookey era at Tennessee. This time, His Hairness has added an orange-colored ceramic dog that Tennessee equipment manager Roger Frazier discovered in Sweden. Apparently a live bluetick coonhound and a cosplaying counterpart weren't enough canine representatives for His Hairness. Dooley means for it to be a symbol of positive thinking for his struggling team.


"The significance of the dog went back to a metaphor Dooley provided the Vols (4-6, 0-6 SEC) with on Sunday, one day after their worst loss of the season, a 49-7 rout at Arkansas. Along with throwing out the Arkansas film, Dooley told the players to feed the "orange dog," which symbolizes positive thinking, and not the "red dog," which symbolizes negative thinking.

"We get so emotionally invested in the results in our country that it can really sabotage your thinking," Dooley said Monday. "It can sabotage your performance, and it has our team. I don't think there's any question, those teams that you say, 'We just didn't get the breaks and we were close.'

"You're missing that juice, that confidence and every day you wake up, you've got one side that wants to be negative and wants to feel sorry for yourself and wants to make excuses and blame others. Then you've got another side who thinks good thoughts and has a lot of encouragement, is a little more solution-oriented and isn't so emotionally drawn to the results. That's the side we need to feed ourselves with, and that's hard to do, it's hard for all of us."

The fact that red is a team color of many of Tennessee's rivals (Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, etc.) that the Vols' have fallen to this season is probably not coincidence. The idea does sound hauntingly familiar to Gerogia head football coach Mark Richt's talk of 'the energy bus" and "energy vampires" from before the start of the season.

The orange ceramic dog joins Derek Dooley's hair, his hat, his orange pants, and his mother as symbols of what has already become a surreal era of Tennessee football history. Oh, and don't forget that hideous tat on Tyler Bray's back. No matter what the win-loss records eventually comes out too. Dooley's time in Knoxville will soon not be forgotten.

(via The Knoxville News Sentinel)