Monday, April 30, 2012

FSU goes after the "Brony" crowd with new horse mascot.

It looks like FSU is trying to reach out to the "Brony" crowd. (You know, the male fans of My Little Pony? Trust me, you don't want to know.) Meet Cimarron, Chief Osceola's special friend and right-hand man, who is the spanking new FSU mascot. Well, maybe not so spanking new, as FSU claims that the horsey was used back in the day,  that's being revived.He'll be doing all the dirty work of appearing at special events so the Chief can focus on his traditional role of throwing the spear at football games.

From the FSU press release introducing Cimarron.

"Under the supervision of FSU's cheer and spirit groups, Cimarron will make appearances at many Florida State athletic events and functions.

In addition, the character will make public appearances and will be available for functions at area schools and service projects. Cimarron will also serve as the mascot of the Florida State University Kid's Club. Fans can find officially licensed products bearing Cimarron's likeness at retailers soon.

"Osceola and Renegade are revered and honored symbols of Florida State athletics as has been recognized by their recent selection as the best tradition in all of college football," said FSU Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing and Promotions Jason Dennard. "We treat our symbol with great honor and respect and they appear only at football games, Homecoming and Fan Day. Cimarron has been revived to give a promotional presence at other designated events.

"It also allows us to participate in some opportunities that were not appropriate for the distinguished symbol of Osceola and Renegade.        

Translation: It's being done for the money. FSU probably couldn't get away with a Chief Osceloa plush toy, so they're going to use a horse instead. Mind you a Chief Osceloa action figure would awesome to place next to the old Starting Lineup action figures, but it just isn't going to happen due to bowing down to the politically correct Taliban. Horsy toys, well that's permissible. Though apparently Renegade isn't good enough to turn into a plush toy.

(via Deadspin, Lost Lettermen,,

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: NFL Draft fallout, Derek Dooley, Hines Ward's future, and more.

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

It's the SEC's world, the BCS and NFL only lives in it.
Mike Herndon looks at how the SEC dominated both the 2012 NFL Draft and the negotiations to replace the current BCS system with a playoff system. (The Mobile Press-Register)

On the outside looking in.
Team Speed Kills looks at the reasons why no former Florida players were selected in the 2012 NFL Draft's first round. (Team Speed Kills)

Building a Mystery.
Texas A&M head football coach Kevin Sumlin is working to put the Aggies on a firm foundation as the program enters its first season as an SEC member. (The Dallas Morning News)

Seven the Hard Way. 
Tennessee HC Derek Dooley talks about having to replace seven assistant coaches this off-season.  (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

What if Derek Dooley had a potty mouth?
The bigger question is whether or not the Vols would win more games if he did. (Tennessee Sports Radio)

In My Dreams.
Former Georgia, Pittsburgh Steeler, and Dancing With the Stars legend Hines Ward talks about his dream about becoming a coach for UGA, while admitting he has "easier" opportunities being a TV analyst. (The Athens Banner Herald)

Fore Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.
Track 'Em Tigers celebrates former Auburn men's golf team member Jason Dufner on his first PGA Tour win in the Zurich Open on Sunday. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Kellen Moore, Steve Spurrier, Les Miles, and more.

Iron Lion Zion.
Former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore signs with the Detroit Lions after going undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft. (The Idaho Press-Tribune)

If You Wanna Leave Me Can I Come Too?
Former Stanford tight end Coby Fleener joins former teammate Andrew Luck at Indianapolis. (The San Jose Mercury News)

The agony and the irony are killing me. 
Jon Solomon refers to the recent three years probation handed down to South Carolina by the NCAA as Gamecock head football coach Steve Spurrier's "Free Shoe's University" moment. (

Adding fuel to the fire. 
LSU head football coach Les Miles says the Tigers are using the loss to Alabama in the BCS title game as fuel for the 2012 football season. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

A Few Small Repairs.
LSU's Board of Supervisors gives its approval for renovations to Tiger Stadium. (

A Few Small Repairs, Part Deux.
A look at the recently remodeled Penn State weight room. (Black Shoe Diaries)

Step By Step.
Michigan State is moving ever so closer to its shot at the BCS title. (The Lansing State Journal)

Gone Daddy Gone.
Former Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims claims that his decision to transfer was due to "a personal matter." (

There's a possibility, but no chance.
John Klein says that a BCS playoff would  benefit Conference USA. (The Tulsa World)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: South Carolina, Tommy Tuberville, and more.

Stop - Hammertime! 
The NCAA gives South Carolina  three years probation for recruiting violations. (

Time for a cool change?
David Harris and Rob Clark discuss the possibility of new uniforms for Texas A&M as the Aggies head to the SEC. (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)

Texas Tech is on the rebound. 
Because Texas Tech head football coach Tommy Tuberville said so. (The Abilene Reporter-News)

Tag, you're it!
Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze explains why he uses the #WinTheDay hashtag on his Tweets. (

Down in a Hole.
The Southern Mississippi is dealing with being $1 million in debt. (AP by The Mississippi Press)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Will the SEC Championship Game get a new $1 billion dollar home?

It's only in the discussion stages now, but there is a plan being worked out for a new stadium home for the Atlanta Falcons. One that would in all probability also be the new home for the SEC Championship Game, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, and the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

The Atlanta Falcons have been talking with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which manages the team's current home in the Georgia Dome, about a new retractable roof stadium. The reported cost of the new facility is estimated by the GWCC to be around $947.7 million. However, two outside analysts say the project's costs could reach over $1 billion.

The new stadium would also be in all probability be used for annual events like the SEC Championship Game and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, as well as possible future events such as the Super Bowl or NCAA Final Four. That would be due to the fact that the Georgia Dome would be demolished.

The reason for the new stadium? Falcons' owner Arthur Blank reportedly wanted a new open-air stadium for the team, which would provided new revenue in comparrison with the Georiga Dome, which arguably had peaked as a revenue-producing facility. The GWCC wanted a facility that could be used year-round. A compromise was obviously reached with the retractable roof. That or Blank was playing poker for a new retractable roof stadium roof from the start, which wouldn't be a shock.

(via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Matt Kahill, and way too much NFL Draft news.

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

 The first day of the rest of Andrew Luck's life.
As expected, former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck was chosen by the Indianapolis Colts as first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. (The San Jose Mercury News)

Andrew Luck is a nerd. 
Because Andrew Luck said so. (USA Today)

The other one. 
Former Stanford offensive guard David DeCastro joins Luck as the only Cardinal players selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, going to the Pittsburgh Steelers at no. 26. (The San Jose Mercury News)

Valhalla I am coming.  
Former USC left tackle Matt Kalil is picked no. 3 in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. (The St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Get up. Pack it in. Let me begin.
The Green Bay Packers selected USC defensive end Nick Perry at no. 28 as their first round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. (The Orange County Register)

I have to praise you like I should.
Dan Pompei has good things to say about the Chicago Bears' first round 2012 NFL Draft pick, former Boise State outside linebacker Shea McClellin. (The Chicago Tribune)

Two Boise St. Broncos gettin' drafted 1st round for the first time in the history of Boise St. or NFL Draft.
Former Boise St. running back Doug Martin joins McClellin as the first Bronco tandem to go in the first round of the NFL Draft, picked at no. 31 by Tampa Bay. (The Idaho Press-Tribune)

Ute Better Ute Bet?
Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham talks about the Utes' performance in spring practice, praising the progress with the defensive line and the development of the Utes' QB's. (The Salt Lake Tribune)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Big Tentacles: Urban Meyer's recruiting prowess, Notre Dame, Michigan, and more.

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten, its sway over the college football landscape and that school in South Bend it not-so-secretly covets.)

Ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no valley low enough, ain't no river wide enough to keep me from you. 
Nothing will stop Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer from recruiting players outside the state of Ohio and the Big Ten's borders. (The Lantern)

That's when Gordon Gee takes a tug on upon the string that held the line of trees behind the house he lived in.
Luke Zimmerman profiles Ohio State E Gordon Gee in a manner less absurd than use of the above headline swiped from an R.E.M. song. (Off Tackle Empire)

The Rose Bowl is not impeding the move to a playoff system.
Because Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany aid so. (AP via The Sacramento Bee)

Give 'em the boot.
Nebraska running backs coach Ron Brown should be fired for anti-homosexual remarks he made in front of the Omaha City Council. Because Adam Jacobi said so. (The Bleacher Report)

The Downward Spiral. 
Notre Dame leads the list of  the "10 College Football Powerhouses that fell from glory." Nebraska and Michigan represent the Big Ten on the list. (Matador Sports)

From South Bend to South Florida. 
Former Notre Dame defensive end Aaron Lynch formally transfers to South Florida. (The Chicago Tribune)

In Your Honor.
The College Sports Information Directors of America will honor the late former Penn State HC Joe Paterno with its 2012 Dick Enberg Award. (ESPN)

We've Only Just Begun.
Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz says work on rebuilding the Hawkeyes' offense and defense wasn't finished with the end of spring practice. (The Quad City Times)

The Defenders.
MGoBlog looks at the Michigan defense for 2012. (MGoBlog)

Georgia defensive tackle sucks his thumb in his sleep.

From the "What goes on the internet stays in our collective nightmare closet" department comes this somewhat disturbing image of a sleeping Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins sucking his thumb taken by Bulldog wide receiver Tavarres King. First, you probably don't want to know where that thumb has been. Second, you definitely don't want to know what's going on in Jenkins' dreams while this thumb-sucking is going on. Let's just leave it there and continue on with out lives as if this image isn't burned into our retinas, shall we?

(via Friends of the Program)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: John L. Smith, Floirda, Nick Saban and more.

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)
I've been beat up, I've been thrown out, but I'm not down.
New Arkansas head football coach John L. Smith says that the Razorbacks will compete for the BCS title this season. I'm not going to say they're not, but I'm not going to say they're going to sink to the bottom of the SEC West either. (ESPN)

Bayou big bucks.
LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis is set to a receive a new three-year contract. (USA Today)

Heck no, we won't go! 
Team Speed Kills looks into the reasons given why Florida doesn't play teams west of Arkansas. (Team Speed Kills)

Fly Like an Eagle.
Georgia Southern is ready to make the jump from the FCS to the FBS. (

The "Saban Factor."
Former Alabama players who are expected to be late-round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft hope that their years under the tutelage of Crimson Tide HC Nick Saban. (

Speaking of Saban...
Nick Saban was in Dallas on his Crimson Caravan tour, talking about the future of the BCS, and the 2012 NFL Draft. (The Tuscaloosa News)

Big Tentacles: Brady Hoke, Kirk Ferentz, and Woody Hayes reincarnated as a goose?

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and that school in South Bend it not-so-secretly covets.)

Hoke and Glory. 
Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke talks about the Michigan-Ohio State rivarly that looks to be taken to a new level with Ohio State's hire of Urban Meyer as HC. (FOX Sports Ohio)

Fool's Gold (or Fool's Maize, as the case may be).
MGoBlog shows why Michigan's 2012 season opener against Alabama at Cowboys Stadium (a.k.a Jerry Jones' Heathen temple to His Own Avarice) in Arlington, Tx is not the cash cow many (especially Wolverine supporters mad at reports that the Michigan Marching Band won't be going for the trip) think it would be. (MGoBlog)

The Michigan Marching Band will be going to Arlington for the Michigan-Alabama game after all. (The Detroit News)

Tough Enough?
Michigan and Michigan State are ranked having the Big Ten's toughest schedules in 2012. (The Detroit News)

Bang! Bang! Maxwell's knee got hammered. 
Michigan St. quarterback Andrew Maxwell will not participate in the Spartans' spring game this coming Saturday due to a knee sprain. (The Detroit Free Press)

Roll With the Changes.
Black Heart Gold Pants looks at the coaching staff changes at Iowa, and whether or not they will make an impact on the coaching style of Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Is That All There Is?
Mike Hlas bemoans Iowa's lone prime-time game against Penn State on Oct. 20 on the Big Ten Network. By comparison, Indiana has three. Yes, Indiana. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Bo knows contract extensions. 
Nebraska extends Cornhusker head football coach Bo Pelini a one year extension on his contract, and bumps his salary up to $2.875 million a year. (ESPN)

All of the Lights.
Northwestern's season opening game at home against Vanderbilt will be shown in prime time by the Big Ten Network. (The Chicago Sun-Times)

A drinking stadium with a football problem?
The Minnesota state legislature approves the sell of beer during Minnesota Golden Gopher home games at  TCF Bank Stadium. The bill is on its way to the desk of Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who is expected to sign it. (The St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Morning Norwood. 
Minnesotta names Norwood Teague as its new athletic director. (The St. Louis Pioneer Press)

Read my lips: No more cupcakes. 
Penn State should stop playing "non-conference nobodies," and start scheduling more competitive out-of-conference teams. Because Steve Heiser said so. (The York Dispatch)

Dinner and a college football season preview.
Off Tackle Empire's "Potlook"look at Ohio State's 2012 season includes dish suggestions as "Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Cream Cheese and Almonds," "Creamy Potato and Prosciutto Salad," "Skyline Chili" and " Chocolate-Peanut Butter Buckeyes," with links to the recipes to boot. (Off Tackle Empire)

Wish List.
Matt Brown provides his list of possible future opponents he would like to see Ohio State compete against. It includes Washington State, West Virginia, and Appalachian State (the team responsible for what is possibly Michigan's most embarrassing loss ever). (Land-Grant Holy Land)

Woody, is that you?
The Detroit News' Michigan beat writer Angelique S. Chengelishas a nasty run-in with a goose on the Ohio State campus. The goose may or may not have been Woody Hayes reincarnated. (The Detroit News)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Robert Griffin III bust made of chicken? Ewwww!

Seriously, Subway, this is the best you could do to honor new spokesman Robert Griffin III? Our Daily Bears probably said it best this morning with "I don't want to live in this country anymore." I just know this is going to join Bucky Badger in my nightmare closet.

(via USA Today HT Our Daily Bears)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: John L. Smith fallout, Les Miles hits the road, and more.

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

A snake in the grass endorses his successor snake in the grass.

Former Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino gives his endorsement to his successor John L. Smith. (

You're no good, you're no good, you're no good, baby you're no good.
Gene Wojciechowski criticizes John L. Smith for his leaving Webber State for the head coaching job at Arkansas. (ESPN)

You're not the only ship adrift on this ocean.
Jeff Gordon joins the chorus of critics of John L. Smith, saying that "Winning trumps ethics in the SEC." (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Long Road to Ruin.
Kevin Scarbinsky describes the Smith hire by saying that "common sense hits the road." (The Birmingham News)

Meanwhile, back in the real world...

Don't make those New Year's plans just yet. 
There's a chance that the SEC's expansion to fourteen teams could mean that some bowl eligible teams could find themselves shut out from actually going to a bowl at the end of the year. (The Birmingham News)

Hit the Road, Les.
LSU HC Les Miles talks about the upcoming 2012 season as he kicked off the annual Tiger Tour. (The Shreveport Times)

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
Alabama's stream of players in the NFL is compared to that of Miami in the last decade. Yes, if your program is being compared to Miami, it might be something to worry about. (Especially if your team has been slammed by the NCAA in the not-so-recent past. (AP via

Things Can Only Get Better.
Tennessee HC Derek Dooley is feeling optimistic about the Vols' chances for success in 2012. (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

A New Hope?
Joel Hollingsworth find hope for Tennessee with the Vols' ground game. (Rocky Top Talk)

I've got a little list, I've got a little list. 
Track 'Em Tigers lists Clemson, Texas A&M, and Arkansas, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt as Auburn's biggest games behind the "Big Three" games against LSU, Georgia, and Alabama. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Florida's offense will be better in 2012.
Because Robby Andreu said so. (The Gainesville Sun)

Leaving the program. 
Missouri cornerback Robert Steeples has decided to transfer to another school. (The Kansas City Star. HT: Rock M Nation)

Shirts Without Random Triangles. 
Some new t-shirt ideas for Texas A&M in the wake of the Aggie Outfitters debacle. Here's a sample:

Yeah, Texas A&M still needs a little talk about those male cheerleaders Yell Leaders they have running around the place. (Cowboys Ride for Free)

Dancing in the Ruins: Charlie Weis lays down the law, Dana Hologorsen returns, Larry Brown and more.

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

Oh yes my clown, you're new in town?
Matt Tait looks at new Big 12 members TCU and West Virginia, along with first-year Kansas head football coach Charlie Weis. (The Lawrence Journal-World)

Wish List. 
Texas Tech HC Tommy Tuberville thinks that the Big 12 should add two more members so the conference can get back to actually having 12 members, and the conference championship game that goes with it. (The Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

On the playoff bandwagon.
Texas HC Mack Brown wants a college football playoff system. (College Football Examiner)

Include us out.
Count Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops and Kansas State HC Bill Snyder as not being on the  playoff bandwagon. (The Kansas City Star).

Laying down the law.
Kansas HC Charlie Weis dismisses  Jayhawk linebacker Collin Garrett and defensive back Chris Robinson after the two were arrested for "battery and interference with duties of an officer." Ohhh, Fulmer Cup points. (The Lawrence Journal World. HT : Rock Chalk Talk)

A Sort of Homecoming. 
West Virginia HC Dana Hologorsen is no stranger to the Big 12, as he was an assistant coach under Oklahoma State HC Mike Gundy and former Texas Tech (now Washington St.) HC Mike Leach. (AP via San Antonio Express-News)

This is for the questions that don't have any answers. 
Cowboys Ride for Free looks at questions answered after the Oklahoma St. spring game. (Cowboys Ride for Free)

Shontrelle Johnson's future still undecided. 
Iowa State will have to wait until July to find out whether or not tailback Shontrelle Johnson will be cleared to play in 2012. Johnson's 2011 season was cut short by a neck injury in the game against Texas on Oct. 1, 2011. (The Des Moines Register)

We're working harder to be #2.
Oklahoma  QB's Drew Allen and Blake Bell are still competing to see who will win the job to be Sooner starting QB Landry Jones' backup and presumed successor in 2013. (Crimson and Cream Machine)

Men's Basketball.

Please allow me to introduce myself.
Coaching legend Larry Brown was introduced Monday as the new SMU head men's basketball coach. (AP via The Ames Tribune)


Congratulations to former Iowa St. wrestler Jake Varner, and former Oklahoma wrestlers Jared Frayer and Sam Hazewinkel, who will be representing the USA at the 2012 Olympics. (The Ames Tribune, Crimson and Cream Machine)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Report: Arkansas hires John L. Smith as intirim head football coach, or Hawgpocalypse Now.

Just call this Hawgpocalypse Now.  The AP is reporting that Arkansas has hired John L. Smith as interim head football coach to replace the fired Bobby Petrino. Smith had been the HC at Webber State, was special teams under Petrino at Arkansas, and was HC at Michigan State from 2003-2006. The later part of his resume is where this delightful gif comes from:

It's always a bonus when the person in mention provides his own facepalm, or at least what comes close enough to it to put an entire state in panic mode.

(via Team Speed Kills)

Dancing in the Ruins: Mike Gundy, Kansas, Oklahoma, and more.

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

Get the Balance Right. 
Oklahoma head football coach Mike Gundy has been looking to maintain physicality in practices, without the amount of injuries that usually goes with it. (The Tulsa World)

In Your Honor. 
Lawrence, KS and the University of Kansas announce plans to rename two streets in honor former Jayhawks coach Don Fambrough, who passed away last September. (The Lawrence Journal-World)

Rock Chart, Jayhawk.

Rock Chalk Talk looks at the Jayhawk depth chart at the defense end position. (Rock Chalk Talk)

Eight is more than enough.
Eight returning players on offense means that Kansas State HC Bill Snyder has added diversity with play calling in 2012. (The Kansas City Star)

The Sign of the Four. 
Crimson and Cream Machine looks at four Oklahoma players who may be "stars in the making." (Crimson and Cream Machine)

The eyes of Texas are upon you. 
The Austin American-Statesman take a look at where the Texas football program is on the road to the start of the 2012 season. (The Austin American-Statesman)

Has Arkansas found a coach?

The following was posted on the Twitter feed of Arkansas sports radio personality Bo Mattingly claiming Arkansas is going to announce a replacement for ex-head football coach Bobby Petrino this afternoon.

Just remember the regular mantra about rumors like this - "The voices in your head don't count as reliable sources." So don't be shocked if nothing happens.

Forbes tries to make the University of Florida and college football look bad.

Forbes' Steven Salzberg has written an article on the possible elimination of the University of Florida computer science department has rubbed a lot of bloggers (and Gator fans) the wrong way. Here's the opening paragraphs of the story.

"Wow, no one saw this coming.  The University of Florida announced this past week that it was dropping its computer science department, which will allow it to save about $1.7 million.  The school is eliminating all funding for teaching assistants in computer science, cutting the graduate and research programs entirely, and moving the tattered remnants into other departments.

Let’s get this straight: in the midst of a technology revolution, with a shortage of engineers and computer scientists, UF decides to cut computer science completely?"

Salzberg went on to compare the possible cutting of the computer science program to a rise in the athletic department's budget.

"Meanwhile, the athletic budget for the current year is $99 million, an increase of more than $2 million from last year.  The increase alone would more than offset the savings supposedly gained by cutting computer science.

Now, I’m not saying that UF has chosen football over science.  (Imagine the outcry, though, if UF cut a major sport instead of a major science department.) Actually, the real villains here are the Florida state legislators, who have cut the budget for their flagship university by 30% over the past 6 years."

Uh, yeah, Salzberg, you're saying "UF has chosen football over science." Here's the proof in your final paragraph:

"Heads up, Gov. Scott: no one is going to believe that you’re supporting technical education when your flagship university is eliminating its Computer Science Department. Since cutting support for universities seems to be a major agenda item for you and the legislature, why stop at 30%?  With just a bit more cutting, you could get rid of those annoying universities entirely.  Let the rest of the country worry about higher education! Florida can focus on orange groves and golf courses. Oh, and football."

Of course, the Gator Nation is boiling mad about the article. Here's what Andy Hutchins of Alligator Army had to say about it.

"That's just not true: Florida athletics are run by the private, non-profit UAA (PDF), which is not funded by UF and has, indeed, donated more than $60 million to UF (PDF) since 1990.
Without getting too political, the fault for CISE's potential demise lies with a legislature (and an electorate) that does not provide the proper funding for public education as is, and a school administration that has struggled to secure that funding for Florida's flagship university. If you want to blame football for that, or "imagine the outcry, though, if UF cut a major sport instead of a major science department," you're gravely mistaken, and likely working with facts that simply don't pertain to your writing. And if you're writing that Florida is eliminating CISE — the current plan calls for the elimination of a slew of faculty positions and the merger of CISE with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, which is not quite "dropping its computer science department" — you're also wrong.

Alas, no amount of scary, fact error-riddled media coverage is likely to reveal the error of the Florida legislature's ways: This is the path for public education that was paved when Jeb Bush took office in 1999. But the least reporters could do is get the facts right."

Make no bones about it, Salzberg was trying to make UF, college athletics, Floridians, college football fans, and possibly the entire South in general look bad in this article. He totally ignored the fact (or was too lazy to find out) that The UAA donates money to the university regularly. The sick sad truth is that it (and every other athletic department and athletic foundation in the country) do not make enough money to pay for the continued financing of higher education. 

Oh yeah, Salzberg's bio says, among other things that he's "a Professor of Medicine and Biostatistics in the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine." It says nothing about him having any actual training in journalism. Which would have probably helped in digging up facts in this article. If that was the point of it. 

(via Forbes, Alligator Army)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tennessee, Toomers for Tuscaloosa, Ole Miss, and more.

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

We are not amused.
Andy Hutchins takes aim at a Forbes article on the possible elimination of the University of Florida computer science department, which throws in the fact that the Florida athletic department's budget is going up. (Alligator Army)

Always Look On the Bright Side Of Life. 
Despite a sloppy Orange and White spring game, Tennessee supporters do have reason to be hopeful that the 2012 season won't be as minor disaster that the 2011 season was.  (Rocky Top Talk)

The gift that keeps on giving.
The Toome'rs for Tuscaloosa organization, founded by Auburn supporters help out victims of the tornadoes that hit the Tuscaloosa in 2011 continues to provide aid to those still recovering from the disaster a year later. (The Birmingham News)

Too be continued...
Chadd Scott looks at the storylines that will dominate the summer on the way to the start of the 2012 season. (

He cave his coaching career for tourism. 
The site of ex-Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino's motorcycle accident near Crosses, AK has become a beacon for tourists. Well, what else are they going to go see in Arkansas? (CBS Sports)

I Still Haven't Found What They're Looking For.
Ole Miss quarterbacks Barry Brunetti andBo Wallace both had highlights during the Rebels' spring Grove Game, but neither did enough to earn the title of starting QB going in to the 2012 season. (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

Forget all that macho **** and learn how to play guitar.
Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze a guitar emblazoned with "Ole Miss" on it from the Meridian Ole Miss Club. (Team Speed Kills)

Ole Miss honors Eli Manning with a 10 MPH speed limit.

How do you honor a former Ole Miss quarterback who went on to win two Super Bowls? You do it in the dorkiest way possible, apparently. Ole Miss has decided to pay tribute to former Rebel and current Super Bowl champion New York Giants QB Eli Manning by lowering the speed limit on Manning Way (named in honor  Eli's dad, Ole Miss legend Archie Manning) from 18 MPH to 10 MPH (10 has been Eli's number both as a Rebel and as a Giant, 18 was Archie's number).

One would have to wonder if Ole Miss could have come up with a more tactful way to honor the younger Manning without having to resort to a level of quirkiness that rivals anything college football has to offer.

(via Lost Lettermen)

Big Tentacles: Urban Meyer, Notre Dame, Badger trivia, and...Courtney Love? .

 (Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and that school in South Bend it not-so-secretly covets.)

Something old, something new. 
First-year Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer sets out to continue traditions at Ohio State, while trying to add at least of his own to the list. (The Lantern)

The Airing of Grievances.
Off Tackle Empire's week-long look at Ohio State begins with the "traditional" mentions of Tresselgate, Terrelle Pryor, Urban Meyer rubbing fellow Big Ten coaches Bret Bielema of Wisconsin and Mark Dantonio of Michigan State the wrong way with his "stealing" their recruits, that Sporting News article, etc. (Off Tackle Empire)

Notre Dame has "enough players out there to compete."
Because Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly said so. (

Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was...
Notre Dame's spring game did not do much to raise confidence in Fighting Irish supporters that things would be different this year than the previous three decades of mediocrity. (The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel)

Courtney Love verbally commits to Nebraska.

No, not that Courtney Love. She just needs to be committed.  This Courtney Love is a Ohio high school junior linebacker, who verbally committed to the Huskers 2013 recruiting class. (The Omaha World-Herald)

No one gets out unscathed. 
The contract settlement negotiations between Penn State and the family of the late former Nittany Lion HC Joe Paterno ended up making both parties look bad. (Deadspin)

No Price Too High.
Football ticket prices in the Big Ten are on the rise. (The Detroit News)

Roll With the Changes. 
Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says he supports changes to the BCS format.  (The Wisconsin State Journal)

Test your Badger Knowledge.
Andy Baggot provides readers a Wisconsin athletics trivia quiz. (The Wisconsin State Journal)

A Teague of its Own? 
Minnesota is eying VCU athletic director Norwood Teague for the job of the Golden Gophers' new AD. (AP via

Texas Tech wants its own network.

From the "Everyone Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?" department comes news that Texas Tech is looking at joining Texas and Oklahoma in having it's own television network. It would be more on the lines of Oklahoma's network, which would provide programming to already existing outlets, as opposed to the full-flown Texas-centric Longhorn Network, which despite it's hype, hasn't actually caught the world on fire.

"Texas Tech is researching the feasibility of its own network, and learned through Bortz Media and Sports Group that its football games between 2008 and 2010 ranked second in ratings — behind only Texas — in six market areas within the league footprint, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and St. Louis.

"I would say we're past the initial stages," Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt told me last week. "I'd say we'll decide something in the next 12 to 18 months. The opportunities are there. Oklahoma's is the format we would follow."

Tech's enrollment has almost topped 34,000, and is projected to surpass 40,000 by 2020."

It should be noted that the 2008-2010 period mentioned coincides with the last two years of the Mike Leach era. Sadly, the Mad Pirate isn't in Lubbock anymore, and Tommy Tuberville has a nice comfy spot on the Hot Seat right now. In other words The Red Raiders' success on the football field, which is stirring the pot of this scheme, might derail it in the end.

(via The Austin-American Statesman. HT: The Dallas Morning News)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: An Urban Meyer user's guide, Tyler Bray, Kirk Cousins, and more.,

(Welcome to the Fallout is the SWRT off-season weekend wrap-up of college football related news.)

Urban Meyer for Dummies.
Florida blog Bourbon Meyer gives a more positive take on what Ohio State supporters can expect from the Buckeyes' new head football coach that what was reported in The Sporting News. (Bourbon Meyer)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
A crowd of 81,112 Ohio State supporters got a chance for themselves to see Meyer in action with the Buckeyes' Scarlet-White spring game, and saw a team that still has a long way to go before the 2012 season begins. (The Canton Repository via The Massillion Independent)

And I'm done, done and I'm on to the next one.
Former Michigan State players such as senior quarterback Kirk Cousins prepare to go to the next level while getting ready for the 2012 NFL Draft. (The Lansing State Journal)

The Loran Smith memorial obvious headline of the day.
 The headline for Lenn Robbins story in the New York Post on Penn State HC Bill O'Brien read "O’Brien has big seat to fill at PSU." Duh. (The New York Post)

Speaking of Loran, whatchagot?
The former sideline reporter for The Georgia Bulldog Radio Network and foil of the late Larry Munson honors Bulldog halfback/QB and NFL Hall of Fame Member Charley Trippi. (The Dalton Daily Citizen)

Under Pressure. 
Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson is under more pressure to to provide leadership for the Razorbacks in the wake of the firing of former HC Bobby Petrino. (FOX Sports)

Is That All There Is?
Mark Wiedmer wonders if improved skills and maturity from Tennessee star QB will be good enough to get the Vols over the hump in 2012. (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
Attendance at Tennessee's Orange and White Game was 35,421, which is described as being "(a) a tribute to Vols loyalty, (b) an indictment on entertainment options throughout the rest of Knoxville on Saturday or (c) both." (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

Born Under a Bad Sign?
The scoreboard after the Tennessee Orange and White Spring game read "TENN 14 NCSU 17." That's doesn't bode well for Vols' head football coach Derek Dooley now, does it? (The Tennessean)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Terry Francona has a message for Boston.

Welcome to the Mayan Apocalypse, Boston.

Welcome to the Fallout: DeAndrew White, Urban Meyer, Tyler Bray, and more.

(Welcome to the Fallout is the SWRT off-season weekend wrap-up of college football related news.)

Crimson Tide WR in fight. 
Alabama wide receiver  DeAndrew White was hospitalized Thursday with a concussion after being involved in a fight in a bar in Tuscaloosa. (The Montgomery Advertiser)

Byrne Notice. 
Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne will not remain at the school past the end of his Aug. 13 contract's expiration date, and may not last that long. (The Houston Chronicle)

Feeling the burn.
The not-so-spectacular state of Florida football is blamed on the school convincing former head football coach Urban Meyer to stay around after his notorious December 2009 "resignation." (The Florida Times-Union)

No revenue spike from Meyer.
Meyer's current employer, Ohio State, hasn't seen a boost in donations due to his hire. (The Toledo Blade)

Things Can Only Get Better. 
Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray is hoping Saturday's Orange and White spring game goes better than his less-than-stellar performance in last year's game. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

King Ghidorah, the Three-headed Blue Devil.
Duke will use three QB's in 2012, according to Blue Devil HC David Cutcliffe. (

Black Heart Old Pants.
Iowa will wear throwback uniforms for the Sept. 8 Cy-Hawk rivalry game against Iowa St. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Quotations from Chairman Dantonio.
A brief look at the evolution Michigan State HC Mike Dantionio's comments about Michigan. (

Everything Old is New Again.
The four-headed quarterback controversy at Notre Dame is compared to a similar one in 2007. (The South Bend Tribune via WSBT)

The natives are restless.
Meanwhile, Notre Dame's notoriously fickle supporters are reportedly losing patience with HC Brian Kelly. (The Chicago Sun-Times)

A Spanner in the Works. 
The plan for Big Ten vs. Pac-12 interconference play beginning in 2017 is hitting a few snags. (ESPN)

Never too early. 
Lake the Posts looks forward to the Northwestern season opener against Syracuse. (Lake the Posts)

Wish List. 
A look at who is on Oregon's 2013 recruiting wish list at the QB position. (Addicted to Quack)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Will Muschamp, UGA, Bobby Petrino, and more.

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

Battening down the hatches. 
Florida head football coach Will Muschamp is getting ready for possible player requests for tranfers to other schools. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

Best Defense. 
Muschamp also took time at a Gator Gathering speaking engagement to depend his predecessor, Urban Meyer, from recent criticism on Meyer's time as Gator HC. (The Gainesville Sun)

Bobby Petrino will find a job as a head football coach somewhere.
Because Gene Wojciechowski said so. (ESPN)

Work in progress.
Georgia is working on the proficiency of its special teams. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

 Meeting a higher standard. 
Missouri's move to the SEC meaks that the school has to raise its academic standards for student athletes. I can hear you snickering out there. Stop it. (The Maneater)

A Few Small Repairs. 
The LSU Board of Supervisors will look at plans for the expansion of Tiger Stadium on April 27. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

This behavior's not unique.
Think that Aggieland Outfitters t-shirt that included North Carolina in SEC territory is the only FUBAR shirt the company sells? Think again. (SB*Nation)

Woman stalked by crazed Washington State fans, and possibly Mike Leach.

The Washington State Cougar Athletic Fund has released a video for it's "Wave It" campaign (which is an obvious reference to that annoying Washington St. flag that shows up every week in the fall on ESPN College GameDay. (What, you thought they were talking about something else? Pervert!) In it, an unsuspecting woman is shamelessly stalked by crazed Cougar fans in their hideous Cougar gear. (And yes, a flag is involved). Cougar head football  coach Mike Leach makes a cameo appearance in the end.

 The purpose or making this poor woman's life a living hell? It looks like to promote membership in the CAF, along with one of those cliche rubber bracelets.

This clip may be the best argument for "Stand Your Ground" laws yet.

(via CougCenter)

Unquiet on the Western Front: Stadium rennovations, Jim Mora Jr., Mike Leach, 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.)

Be True to Your School.
Arizona State is hoping that alumni and other supporters of the athletic program will step up and provide donations to the funding of the schools lofty goals, which include renovations to Sun Devil Stadium and the refurbishing of the Sun Devils' former training camp site, Camp Tontozona. (The Arizona Republic)

Cut the Crap.
Kyle Ringo calls for the University of Colorado to slash through the red tape and bureaucracy so that plans to renovate Folsom Field can take place. (The Brush News-Tribune

In the Red. 
Jon Wilner puts more focus on Cal's issues with financing renovations to Memorial Stadium. (The Oakland Tribune)

Grazing in the Grass. 
UCLA announces plans for 80 yd.-long natural and synthetic practice fields for. (The Los Angeles Times)

Not a Moment Too Soon.
The news of  new field surfaces comes on the heels of a knee injury to cornerback Librado Barocio, which is blamed on field conditions at the Bruins' Spaulding Field. (Bruins Nation)

Stepping up.
New UCLA head football coach Jim Mora Jr. talks about his appreciation for college life, and how the football program needs to step up on a campus that routinely sees celebrities such as Venus and Serena Williams using the school's facilities for practice. (The Sporting News)

I've got a little list. I've got a little list. 
Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas tops Althon Sports' list of the Pac-12's top running backs. (Althon Sports)

From the "Any excuse to mention Mike Leach" dept.
Washington State HC Mike Leach talks about the Cougars' practice on Thursday. (CougCenter)

I'm Still Standing. 
UNLV president Neal Smatresk denies reports that the proposed merger of the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA is in jeopardy of falling through. (The Las Vegas Review Journal)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Big Tentacles: Urban Meyer's excited, Penn State is healing, and more.

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

I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it.
Urban Meyer shares his excitement for his first spring game as Ohio State head football coach/ (The Morning Journal)

The healing process at Penn State goes on. 
Penn State HC Bill O'Brien is helping further along the healing process of a program rocked by the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the death of Joe Paterno through success on the recruiting trail. (

Number one with a bullet. 
Indiana high school junior quarterback Danny Etling is Purdue's first verbal commitment for the 2013 recruiting class. (The Indianapolis Star)

With greater freedom comes greater responsibility. 
Nebraska receivers are adapting to the greater freedom and decision making ability in running routes provided by the Huskers' offensive coordinator, Tim Beck. (ESPN)

A basketball school with a football problem.
Indiana HC Kevin Wilson says the only "culture" he's concerned about is "The culture is my locker room." and not the outside world of a school that is historically more a basketball school than a football school. (

The Full Morty. 
Northwestern president Morty Schapiro talks about the success of the Wildcat football program and its new notoriety as a "hot" school for recruiting. (Lake the Posts)

Children of the Corn.
Black Heart Gold Pants takes a look at "rejected" Cy-Hawk Trophy designs in a series that gets more and more surreal as it goes on. (Like you would expect anything less from BHGP?) (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Pat Summit honored, Steve Spurrier vs. Urban Meyer, Nick Saban in D.C., and more.

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

In Your Honor.
Joe Solomon celebrates the career of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, who retired today after leading the Lady Volunteers to eight NCAA women's basketball tournament championships in her coaching career. (The Birmingham News)

The Game Changer.
Gene Wojciechowski discusses how Summit changed women's basketaball not just for Tennessee, but for the sport in general. (ESPN)

Let's Get Physical.
Tennessee is becoming a more physical team, according to Vols' offensive coordinator Jim Chaney. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

A strong show of support. 
Arkansas receives a $1 million dollar donation from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation in the name of Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long in the wake of the firing of ex-head football coach Bobby Petrino. (USA Today)

Mr. Saban goes to Washington.
Alabama head football coach describes how big of an honor it is for he and the 2011 BCS champion Crimson Tide to be able to visit the White House on Thursday, (The Tuscaloosa News)

Straightening things out at Georgia. 
Georgia HC Mark Richt says that issues involving suspended players like Bacarri Rambo will be able to turn things around and learn from their mistakes. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Coming out of the rain.
Rainy conditions in Starkville followed Mississippi State into its indoor practice facility, where "the effects of slippery fields and wet gloves" led to what Bulldogs HC Dan Mullen called a "sloppy" practice. (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

Living in the Past.
George Diaz looks at the debate over whether Steve Spurrier or Urban Meyer was the greatest coach in Gator history. Spurrier wins hands down, despite Meyer's two BCS titles to his pre-BCS "national championship." (The Orlando Sentinel)

Pete Caroll and Phil Fulmer on the Arkansas head coaching radar?

If you believe the reports of a TV station out of  Fayetteville, AR,  The University of Arkansas is interested in former USC and current Seattle Seahawks head football coach Pete Carroll to replaced the disgraced ex-Razorbacks HC Bobby Petrino, The only problem is that Carroll has no interest in return for the job. He has also placed his support via Twitter behind another coach connected with the  Arkansas coaching search, former NFL coach Steve Mariucci.

Meanwhile yet another former reported candidate for the Arkansas job, former Tennessee HC Phil Fulmer, says he has not been in contact with the school about replacing Petrino, but did not sound like he was shooting down the idea of coaching the Razorbacks.

"When I left Tennessee, I was asked if I would coach again, and I said I would consider it if it was at a place where I could compete for a championship," Fulmer said. "Arkansas does qualify as that kind of place, as there is a very solid foundation there."

It any of the above stories are true, then you can't fault Arkansas for aiming high when it comes to replacing Petrino. On the other hand, such purported attempts to land a big-name coach will only lead to disappointment and grumbling among the fanbase when a lesser talent is finally named as head football coach.

(via KFSM, CBS Sports)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Producer of Texas A&M t-shirt that added North Carolina to the SEC apologizes for mistake.

The producer of the Texas A&M t-shirt that mistakenly added North Carolina to a map of pre-expansion SEC member school states has apologized for the mistake. A representative of Aggieland Outfitters  posted the following  message at

Howdy Ags – This is Aggieland Outfitters. We have a sponsor username for, but I didn’t want to offend our friends at CC Creations who sponsor this board, so I thought I’d repost this under a new personal account to follow the guidelines of
All I can is that we messed up on this shirt.

The original design was meant to have the old SEC states with Texas on the back as an addition to the conference. Somewhere from sketch to finished product North Carolina got added. Sometimes mistakes happen and we just plain missed it.

Funny enough, the SEC licensed the shirt and didn’t notice it either, so maybe they know something that we don’t know about expansion in North Carolina?

Hopefully we didn’t totally ruin anyone’s day with this. We’ve got lots of great SEC merchandise coming out, and we’ll make sure that the maps are correct next time!

Aggieland Outfitters

The company elaborated further on the incident on its Facebook page.

"The t-shirt was originally designed to reflect the SEC states before expansion on the front, and then refer to the addition of a “Texas style of football” on the back. The original sketch did not have North Carolina on it, but when an artist drew the map, it was added by mistake.

Texas and Missouri were never part of the design, as it was supposed to be a nod to the original 12 members of the SEC.
The shirts have been pulled from the stores and website, and we’ve addressed the issue internally. We have also put several measures into place to make sure that this sort of error does not happen again.

While it was a simple error, our biggest concern is that Texas A&M is associated with it, and that was never our intention. We strive to be the No. 1 retailer of Texas A&M merchandise, and will continue to design and sell the best possible selection for Aggies and A&M fans everywhere."

I could nitpick here that South Carolina and Arkansas were not "original" members of the SEC, but I won't. 

Of course in apologizing for the error,  Aggie Outfitters threw the SEC under the bus in missing the mistake as well. Then again, someone in the licensing department in Birmingham might have caught the error and let it pass just to cause much massive schadenfreude in  College Station, but I'll save that conspiracy for Paul Finebaum (or George Noory) to investigate.

(via Saturday Down South)

Big Tentacles: Urban Meyer praises John Simon, Al Borges gets paid, and more.

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

Thorn in My Pride.
A proposal to preserve the traditional Big Ten/Pac-12 Rose Bowl rivalry within the framework of a new BCS scheme, which described as having"Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany’s fingerprints all over it,"  is not getting much of a warm response. That goes double from SEC commissioner Mike Slive. (The Tennessean)

Oh no, he didn't!
Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer described Buckeye defensive lineman John Simon as "Tebowish." (AP via The Washington Post)

I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight.
Iowa is expected to have play a night game during the 2012 season, but it probably want be the Cy-Hawk Rivarly game between the Hawkeyes and Iowa State.  (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Round and Round.
A Big Ten Network roundtable looks at what Wisconsin needs to do during the spring to get ready to compete for its third Big Ten Title in a row. (Big Ten Network)

Feast or famine?
Off Tackle Empire wonders what kind of season Illinois will have under first season head football coach Tim Beckman. (Off Tackle Empire)

Is Dan Persa special?
ESPN draft expert Todd McShay thinks that former Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa might be a good fit on a special teams squad for an NFL franchise, but doesn't know if Persa "fits into the NFL from a skills perspective." (The Chicago Tribune)

Raise the roof.
Michigan gives Wolverine offensive coordinator Al Borges a raise and a new three-year contract. (The Detroit Free Press)

I am not a number, I am a person.
MGoBlog speculates on which incoming Michigan freshmen will be wearing which numbers on their jerseys. Yep, it's a slow news day in Big Ten land. (MGoBlog)

From the "Well, somebody had to do it" dept. 
The Crimson Quarry wants to remind everyone that yes, Indiana has actually accomplished things  in football during the past 50 years or so. (The Crimson Quarry)