Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Big Tentacles: Bri'onte Dunn, Urban Meyer, Taylor Martinez, 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.)

Dunn escapes drug charges.
Incoming Ohio State freshman Bri’onte Dunn will not be facing drug charges, even though he was allegedly caught with " a minute amount of marijuana" and a marijuana pipe during by the police. Dunn still faces disorderly conduct and seat belt violation charges.  (The Canton Repository)

Anger is an energy.
Urban Meyer wants Ohio State to be an "angry" team going in to 2012. Hey Urb, what's to be angry about? Oh yeah, bowl ban, losing to Michigan last season, players getting arrested right and left...(The Columbus Dispatch)

The only easy day was yesterday.
Big Ten champs Wisconsin won't find the road to its third Rose Bowl in a roll easy. And that's including the fact that fellow Leaders Division teams Penn State and Ohio State are ineligible for post-season play. (The Quad City Times)

Taylor Made.
Brian Bennett profiles Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez. (ESPN)

Mealer vs. Burzynski.
Michigan offensive lineman Elliott Mealer will be fighting walk-on Joey Burzynski for the Wolverines' left guard position. (The Detroit Free Press)

Saint Dominic's Preview. 
Iowa defensive lineman Dominic Alvis tells what the recovery process from a knee injury last season was like. (The Quad City Times)

All Along the Watchtower. 
Black Heart Gold Pants looks at what to watch on the Iowa offense as the Hawkeyes begin fall camp on Friday. 

Down on the cornerback. 
A Lion Eye profiles Illinois cornerback Jack Ramsey. 

Throwing stones. 
Off Tackle Empire blogger (and Nebraska fan) Jesse Collins mocks Ohio State and Michigan players recent troubles with the law. Live in glass houses much? Just sayin'.

Dancing in the Ruins, Mike Stoops, Kansas, Oklahoma, and more.

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's regular look at the new Big XII Conference that's rising out of the ruins of the old one.)
Back in the Saddle Again.

Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops talks about what it feels like to back with the Sooners after spending the last eight years as Arizona HC. (The Oklahoman)

This is for the questions that don't have any answers.
Rock Chalk Talk asks five question about Kansas going into fall practice, including "Is Charlie Weis The Right Choice?" as the Jayhawks head football coach.

Stand By Your Man.
Kansas tight ends coach Jeff Blasko says he has confidence in his boss, Jayhawk HC Charlie Weis. (The Lawrence Journal-World)

How You Ben?
John Shinn profiles Oklahoma center Ben Habern. (The Norman Transcript)

Roman Holiday.
Bring on the Cats profiles Kansas State defensive back Roman Fields. 

On the offense.
Wide Right & Natty Light looks at the Iowa State offense.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Zach Mettenberger, Rob Bolden, Tavarres King, and Bear Bryant's fashion sense.

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

I was of a feeling it was out of control. 
A look at the LSU QB Zach Mettenberger hype machine. (The Baton Rouge Advocate)

The Bolden and the Beautiful?

Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden, who lost his starting job to Matt McGloin last season, may transfer to LSU. (The Shreveport Times)

King of all Georgia wide receivers. 

Chip Towers profiles Georgia wide receiver Tavarres King. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

For I'm going to Louisiana for to see my Susyanna.
Georgia long snapper Billy Johnson transfers to Tulane. (ChuckOliver.net)

This is the Day. You're life will surely change.
Auburn begins fall practice on Tuesday. (al.com)

This is for the questions that don't have any answers. 
Ryan Wood tries to figure out which Auburn quarterback has the edge in winning the starting job. (The Opelika-Auburn News)

Don Kausler breaks down Alabama's depth chart at linebacker. (al.com)

Pass the football on the left hand side.
A look at the Tennessee passing game. (Rocky Top Talk)


Florida recruiting news.
Florida high school rising senior wide receiver Chris Thompson commits to Florida's 2013 recruiting class. (The Gainesville Sun)

2014 can't come too soon.
Florida high school rising junior defensive tackle Travonte Valentine commits to Florida's 2014 recruiting class. (The Gainesville Sun)

LSU recruiting news.
Mississippi high school junior QB/safety  Devin Voohries commits to LSU's 2014 recruiting class. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Crossing Jordan.
Georgia HSRS tight end Jordan Davis commits to Georgia's 2013 recruiting class. (The Athens Banner-Herald)


Fashion Nugget.
A look at the fashion sense of legendary former Alabama head football Bear Bryant. The man was more than just a houndstooth hat, you knoe. Eat your heart out, Tim Gunn. (Roll 'Bama Roll)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Was Les Miles trying to send LSU a message in NCAA Football 13 commercial?


                                                    The NCAA Football 13 commercial in question.

Was there more to LSU head football coach Les Miles' "Put some pants on " comment to Mike the  Tiger after Miles had stripped the cosplaying mascot naked in that NCAA Football 13 commercial  than meets the eye? Kevin Scarbinsky thinks so.

"Peel back a layer, and it could be, probably should be the theme for the LSU football team as it gets ready to report for practice for the 2012 season.

Sure, you got undressed by Alabama in your own home-away-from-home stadium in your own state in the BCS Championship Game.

Yes, 13 straight victories against the toughest schedule anyone can remember unraveled into insignificance with 60 minutes of incompetence and inferiority.

So what? It's over.

Forget about it. Grow up. Be a man.

Put some pants on."

Well, it's a more interesting idea than Miles trying to pretend that Mike the Tiger was the only one in that commercial who would've wanted to have Robert Griffin III as LSU quarterback last year. Still, Scarbinsky might want to take Sigmund Freud's advice to heart when it comes to interpreting behavior that "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."

(via The Birmingham News)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Ohio State incoming freshman RB fought the law, and the law won.

Get ready for more Urban Meyer bashing. Incoming Ohio State freshman running back Bri'onte Dunn has become the latest Buckeye to  allegedly get in trouble with the law.

"Those seeking gasoline for the fuel to criticize Urban Meyer the disciplinarian's track record just got another couple gallons of unleaded. ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland is reporting that Ohio State incoming freshman running back -- and a talent that supposedly had turned some heads to point -- Bri'onte Dunn was arrested over the weekend."

This may or may not be the second time Dunn has gotten in trouble.
"UPDATE: Interestingly enough, the only public records presently listed involving Bri'onte Dunn and Alliance, Ohio (the site of the purported arrest) come from a June 2nd, 2012 incident in which Dunn was cited for a failure to control - exercise reasonable control in a motor vehicle accident. The status of the case also lists 'arrested':"

It's hard to tell who's in bigger panic mode right now - Buckeye fans or Michel Phelps supporters.  

(via Land Grant Holy Land)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Alabama, Iowa, and recruiting.

Best Defense. 
Andrew Gribble looks at the Alabama defensive line. (al.com)

In Your Honor.
Iowa will honor Veterans' Day at its Nov. 10 game against Its Most Hated Rival Purdue with alternate Nike Pro Combat uniforms with the nameplates replaced by the military branch of the Hawkeye player's choice. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)


Mount Vernon.
Florida high school rising senior Vernon Hargreaves III commits to Florida's 2013 recruiting class. (The Gainesville Sun)

Mississippi State recruiting news. 
Alabama HSRS defensive end Trent Simpson commits to Mississippi State's 2013 recruiting class. (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Northwestern, Georgia, and more.

Doing "Welcome to the Fallout" a day early this week for family-related stuff.

Hungry Like the Wolf Wildcat.
Northwestern goes into preseason practice hungry to put a less-than-spectacular 2011 season behind it. (Lake the Posts)

Black and Blue Friday.
The  West Virginia vs. Iowa State "Riot Bowl" has been moved to Nov. 23, the Friday after Thanksgiving. Which means WVU fans will be able to get some good deals on couches in the morning at the Black Friday sales, then go home and burn them after the game. (West Virginia Illustrated)

Malcolm Mitchell is "probably" Georgia's best cornerback.
Because Georgia secondary coach Scott Lakatos said so. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

New 2012 Mississippi State uniforms. 
Just imagine Texas A&M's 2012 unis, only more boring. Yes, that is possible. (For Whom the Cowbell Tolls)


How to recruit Penn State players.
Big hint: Don't brag about up the quality of the showers in your locker room. Touchy subject there. (The Detroit Free Press)

Michigan St. head coach Mark Dantonio is not amused with talk of Michigan as Legends' Division favorite.

What does Michigan head football coach Mark Dantonio think about the talk about in-state rival Michigan being the favorite to win the Big Ten Legends Division? Not much.

"Well, why do you guys bring that up on me?" Dantonio said. "I would just say they've been favored pretty much the last four years. ... They do an outstanding job there. But it only matters: Are they favored or not in the locker room? And in our locker room, they won't be favored. So we'll start with that."

It's not clear whether he was talking about U-M being "favored" in the preseason or in the game vs. MSU or in general."

Dantonio may feel cocky with the Spartans holding a four-game winning streak against the Wolverines. But going into the season without former quarterback Kirk Cousins, this year's game is going to be a little tougher than he thinks. Then again, "Don't bet against The Dantonio" has become as much of a maxim in SWRT land as "Don't bet against The Izzo" has in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, so don't count Sparty out too soon.

(via The Detroit Free Press)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Derek Dooley comments on Tyler Bray's bottle-throwing debacle, criticizes Bray's accuracy.

You think Dooley was mad at Bray then...
Poor Derek Dooley. One week ago the Tennessee head football coach was praising the growing maturity of his star quarterback Tyler Bray at SEC Media Days. Now, His Hairness has to defend Bray after the "mature" QB was allegedly caught throwing beer bottles off his apartment balcony and damaging one (and may two) neighbors' vehicles. 

“He’s made some progress in a lot of areas, but that’s just silly behavior,” the Vols coach said Thursday night at the 46th annual UT All-Sports Picnic at Lipscomb’s Allen Arena. “Any time we get a little negative publicity for our program, we take it seriously.”

Later Dooley said: “Obviously, his accuracy isn’t where it needs to be. He missed the trash can.”

Bray's accuracy is probably the least of his problems right now. Dooley said that "matter that would be handled internally."

(via The Tennessean)

Under Armour unleashes new Northwestern unis.

Darren Rovell has provided the world with its first look at the new Under Armour-designed Northwestern uniform for 2012. Yes, those are stripes on the jersey and the arms of the compression shirt. You have to give UA credit for coming up with a design that comes off as being both understated and WTF at the same time. Now that's something that's hard to pull off.

(via @darrenrovell)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Auburn, Alabama, and Arkansas recruiting news,

Every Rose Has Its Thorn. 
Auburn defensive back Jonathan Rose has decided to transfer to another school. (al.com)

Auburn depth chart.
Charles Goldberg looks at the Auburn defensive backs depth chart. (al.com)

Alabama depth chart. 
Andrew Gribble looks at the Alabama depth chart at wide receiver and tight end. (al.com)


Arkansas recruiting news. 
Tennessee high school rising senior TE Hunter Henry commits to Arkansas recruiting class of 2013. (Arkansas Expats)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tyler Bray allegedly throws beer bottles off balcony, damages vehicle windshield.

Mark Richt Derek Dooley has lost control of Tyler Bray.  The Tennessee star quarterback and his roommate have been implicated in one (and possibly two) incidents of damaging vehicles in their apartment complex.

In the first incident, a neighbor, one Bradi Hudson discovered her Ford Special's windshield was cracked, and had also been dented. 

"When Hudon saw the damage, she also found a note on the vehicle that stated, "I know what happened to your car." The note contained the name and phone number for Kirstie Allen, 21, who resides at the Landings.

DeBusk said Allen provided Hudson with the names of Bray and Michael C. Grandinetti, 26, who share an apartment at The Landings, as the people responsible for the damage.

Allen told Hudson that "there had been males drinking and throwing beer bottles and golf balls at her vehicle," according to a police report."

Allen said that Bray and Grandinetti had been "throwing beer bottles off the balcony." (Presumably of the pair's apartment)

Hudson has declined to press charges against Bray, as he has agreed to pay for repairs.

As for Allen, the story gets a little messed up here. As she claims here windshield has been smashed "in retaliation" for reporting the incident.

"Allen went into her apartment Monday to eat lunch about 1:10 p.m., according to the incident report. When she left her apartment about 30 minutes later, she saw that the front windshield of her car had been smashed. She estimated the damages at more than $500.

Allen said an office manager in the apartment complex told her Bray and Grandinetti had been served with an eviction notice just prior to her arriving home for lunch.

DeBusk said because no one witnessed the vandalism to Allen's vehicle, no charges are expected."

The school and Derek Dooley have been notified of the incident.  His Hairness will probably not be amused by the incident. 

(via The Knoxville News Sentinel. HT: Lost Lettermen)

Big Tentacles: Penn St., James Vandenberg, Kyle Prater, 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.) 

The elephant in the room.
Penn State hasn't seen a rash of players transferring out of the program or recruits decommitting...yet.  (The Columbus Dispatch)

The Space Between.
A few ideas on what to do with the space left behind by the removal of Joe Paterno's statue at Penn State. A statue of former Heisman Trophy winning Nittany Lion running back John Cappelletti and his late younger brother Joey may be the most interesting (if not ironic) choice. The pair's story was told in the classic TV movie Something for Joey. (Lost Lettermen)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
With Penn State and Ohio State banhammered, 2012 might be the best (if not only) chance for Purdue, Illinois, or Indiana to win the Big Ten Legends Division. One word to explain why that won;t happen: Wisconsin. (Eleven Warriors)

James the Irreplaceable. 
Marc Morehouse profiles Iowa's bear-slaying quarterback James Vandenberg, who is described as being the Hawkeye's "most irreplaceable player." This is mostly due to the the lack of experience on the remainder of the Iowa QB depth chart. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Where is the Love?
Steve Batterson looks at the lack of media less-than-positive projections of Iowa's success in the upcoming 2012 season. Most pundits see the Hawkeyes doing no better than fourth in the Legends division. (The Quad City Times)

Can Michigan go for the trifecta? 
Nick Baumgardner asks if Michigan can defeat its three biggest rivals Ohio State, Michigan State, and Notre Dame. (AnnArbor.com)

Moore retires. 
A broken neck as the result of diving accident causes Michigan St. long snapper Steve Moore to end his football career. (MLive.com)

Now or Prater.
Chris Johnson  profiles Northwestern wide receiver Kyle Prater. (Inside Northwestern)

Anything you can do I can do better.
Rodger Sherman double dips with Northwestern player profiles of safety Joe Cannon, and  punter Zak Kucera. (Sippin' on Purple)

Illinois player profile of the day. 
A Lion Eye profiles Illinois safety Earnest Thomas.

Hey Joe. 
Hammer and Rails profiles Purdue linebacker Joe Gilliam. 

Dehn departs Wisconsin. 
Wisconsin offensive lineman Cody Dehn has left the program, possibly for academic reasons. (The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)


The First Cut is the Deepest.
Michigan receives the commitment of Ohio high school rising senior cornerback Ross Douglas, who had previously committed to Penn St. You can guess the reason why he flipped. (The Detroit Free Press)

I'll have the Salmon. 
Florida HSRS defensive tackle Devyn Salmon commits to Michigan State's 2013 recruiting class. (MLive.com)


With great power comes great instability. 
If you thought Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany's desire to  have the power to fire the coaches of B1G member schools was a little too much, wait 'till you read the other powers he wants. Yes, this is a joke, son. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban, Gene Chizik, Justin Hunter, and more.

Don't be that guy. 
Alabama running back should be themselves, and not try to be the next Trent Richardson. Because 'Bama head football coach said so. (al.com)

Hunter High and Low. 
Will Shelton asks how Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter will perform after recovering from a 2011 season-ending ACL injury against Florida. (Rocky Top Talk)

Express Yourself.
WarBlogle says that Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik needs to work on his public persona a little more to be able to promote the AU football program a little better.  (WarBlogle)

Lay it on the Linebacker. 
Charles Goldberg looks at the Auburn linebacker depth chart. (al.com)


A House Divided. 
Clay Travis has too much fun mocking a beach photo of a family of Alabama fans...with an obvious LSU fan as a son-in-law. (Outkick the Coverage)

More 'Bama being 'Bama fun. 
An Alabama paper proudly declares with the NCAA's docking late Penn State HC Joe Paterno 111 wins by celebrating that Bear Bryant has the 2nd most wins among FBS college-football programs. (Awful Announcing)

Big Tentacles: Penn St., Kirk Ferentz, 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.) 

There's got to be a morning after.
Spencer Hall provides the only article on Penn State getting banhammered that you really need to read. (SB*Nation)

Mark Richt has lost control of Michigan.
Michigan suspends tailback Fitz Toussaint after being arrested on charges of drunk driving. (The Chicago Tribune)

I've got a little list, I've got a little list. 
Jesse Collins gives his list of the Best Big 10 games of the season. Surprisingly, Wisconsin-Michigan State beats out Michigan-Alabama. (Off Tackle Empire)

With Ferentz like this...
Marc Morehouse interviews Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz. Link to part one is here, and link to part two is here. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Hyde and Seek. 
Marc Morehouse profiles Iowa cornerback Micah Hyde. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

More, More, Morehouse.
Marc Morehouse profiles Iowa wide receiver Keenan Davis. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban, Barrett Jones, Tyler Wilson, and more.

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

The Go-to Guy. 
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban's success has led to his being asked about his views on issues involving both the SEC and the NCAA. (Team Speed Kills)

And the clipboard goes to...
Andrew Gribble looks at Alabama's depth chart at quarterback. That basically means who looking at whether Phillip Ely or Alec Morris will hold A.J. McCarron's clipboard in 2011. (al.com)

Shift happens. 
David Paschall looks at Alabama senior Barrett Jones's position switch from left tackle to center. (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

The Battle for the Bowl.
Jon Solomon looks at the competition between Atlanta and Dallas for the right to be the home for the future Champions Bowl between the SEC and Big 12. (The Birmingham News)

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
Team Speed Kills calls first-year Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze "Mark Richt with an Edge" when it comes to working the podium at SEC Media Days. So does that mean that when Freeze loses control of Ole Miss, he'll be more edgier while losing it than Richt has at Georgia? (Team Speed Kills)

John L. Smith might be the right coach for Arkansas.
Because Pat Dooley said so. (The Gainesville Sun)

Taking a stance. 
Garner and Black Attack looks at South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore's chances to win the 2012 Heisman Trophy. (Garnet and Black Attack)

Tyler, Tyler, burning bright. 
David Paschall  profiles Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson. (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

He's touring the facilities, and picking up slack.
Georgia looks to Richard Samuel to help its issues at tailback. (The Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Cool for August.
Auburn will begin fall practice on August 1. (al.com)

This is for the questions that don't have any answers.
Jay Coulter has a few questions about Auburn in 2012. (Track 'Em Tigers)

It's your birthday, It's your birthday!
Happy seventh birthday to LSU live mascot Mike VI (LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. HT And the Valley Shook)

Over or under. 
Brandon Marcello asks if SEC QB's are overrated or underrated. (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

Penn State gets banhammered.

The NCAA dropped the banhammer on Penn State over the school's handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. And it punished the program severely .

"The NCAA has hit Penn State with a $60 million sanction, a four-year football postseason ban and a vacation of all wins dating to 1998, the organization said Monday morning.

The career record of Joe Paterno will reflect these vacated records, the NCAA said. 

Penn State must also reduce 10 initial and 20 total scholarships each year for a four-year period."

This move is going to be debated for a while. 

(via ESPN)

Unquiet on the Western Front: Matt Barkley, Jeff Tuel, Boise State, and more.

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

Taking a stance.
Avinash Kunnath looks at potential Heisman Trophy candidates coming out of the Pac-12. It's pretty much down to USC quarterback Matt Barkley and Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas. (Pacific Takes)

Everyone Else is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Jeff Nusser looks at the chances for Washington State QB Jeff Tuel or Marquess Wilson wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy. (CougCenter)

Aw, how cute!
The Mountain West and WAC hold their media days this week. (The Idaho Statesman)

Standing Patti.
Boise State freshman QB Nick Patti discusses his confidence in winning the starting QB job left open by Kellen Moore's departure. (The Idaho Statesman

Wright, you're bloody well Wright.
Drew Roberts profiles Boise St. RB Drew Wright. (One Bronco Nation Under God)

Culture Club. 
Doug Haller looks at the "culture change" at Arizona State beyond first year head football coach Todd Graham's  war on player individuality. (The Arizona Republic)

Round and Round.
House of Sparky holds a round table on how many wins Arizona St. will get in 2012. (House of Sparky)

Kiko and the Lavender Moon.
Rod Moseley profiles Oregon middle linebacker Kiko Alonso. (The Eugene Register-Guard

Least. Shocking. News. Of. The. Day.
Nike founder Phil Knight is named the "most influential" person in Oregon sports. (The Oregonian

Utah needs to "step up st home."
Because Block U said so. (Block U)

Bye BYU Bye. 
BYU running back Josh Quezada has announced his decision to transfer to another school. (The Salt Lake Tribune)

Los Lobos.
Mountain West Connection looks at the 2012 New Mexico Lobos. (Mountain West Connection)

Till Depth Do Us Part.
Bruins Nation looks at the UCLA defensive back depth chart. (Bruins Nation)


Jacob's Ladder. 
California high school rising senior offensive tackle Jacob Alsadek commits to Arizona's 2013 recruiting class. (The Tuscon Citizen)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Army vet gets ready to become Clemson walk-on by training in a protective mask.

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love it or Leave it" Moment of the Day.

Daniel Rodriguez. (via Throw the Flag)

Think your CrossFit is tough? Daniel Rodriguez would probably disagree. This former Army combat veteran,  who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan (where he was awarded both the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart) recently earned a place on the Clemson football team. He's getting ready for the fall running the stadium bleachers of Death Valley wearing a protective mask. Yeah, he's motivated.

It was Rodriguez's dream to play college football after being discharged from the Army, and he'll be getting his chance this fall. He's also gotten offers from Hollywood to tell his story on the big screen, but those will have to wait until his playing days at Clemson are over.

It's stories like this that remind us of the good things about college football when the darker side rears it's ugly head. 

(via Throw the Flag, College Football Talk, Fredericksburg.com)

Welcome to the Fallout: BYU, Florida, Baylor recruiting, and more.

 How do rumors get started?
The "BYU to the Big 12" stories are back in play. (Vanquish the Foe)

I Secondary That Emotion.
Robbie Andreu looks at Florida's secondary for 2012, and says it "has the potential to be one of the elite secondaries in college football." (The Gainesville Sun)

Superback, superback, wish I could fly like superback. 
Rodger Sherman profiles Northwestern superback Tim Riley. (Sippin' on Purple)

Boise State player profile of the day. 
Drew Roberts profiles Boise State wide receiver D.J. Dean. (One Bronco Nation Under God)


What's it all about, Alfred?
Texas high school rising senior safety Alfred Pullom commits to Baylor's 2013 recruiting class. (Our Daily Bears)

More Baylor recruiting news. 
Former Michigan wide receiver Darryl Stonum transfers to Baylor. (Our Daily Bears)

Paterno statue to be removed by Penn State.

The Statue of Joe Paterno will be removed by Penn State. 

 "Penn State University will remove the famed statue of Joe Paterno outside its football stadium, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant.

The university said Sunday that it will take down the larger-than-life monument in the face of an investigative report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh that found the late coach, along with three top Penn State administrators, concealed the abuse claims against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago in order to shield the university and its football program from negative publicity.

A spokeswoman for the Paterno family did not immediately return phone and email messages Sunday morning."

The statue has been covered with a blue tarp and surrounded by a chain-link fence. 

(via AP - The Chicago Tribune)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Miami being Miami, Tyler Bray's footwork, recruiting, and more.

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

This behavior's not unique. 
Miami is in hot water again as Charles Robinson reports members of Hurricane head football coach Al Golden's coaching staff used an associate of former booster Nevin Shapiro to get by NCAA recruiting rules. Shapiro is in jail for running a Ponzi scheme. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Elimination Chamber.
Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray talks about trying to eliminate "lazy" footwork on the field that may have led to the Vols' lackluster 2011 season. (ESPN)

Nick Saban does not have too much power at Alabama.
Because Nick Saban said so. (The Birmingham News)

How Lowery can you go?
Marc Morehouse profiles Iowa cornerback B.J. Lowery. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Risky Business? 
Georgia has been hurt by "risky recruitting." Because Mark Schultz said so. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Northwestern player profile of the day.
Rodger Sherman profiles Northwestern linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo. (Sippin' on Purple)

Kharyee on Wayward Son.
Drew Roberts profiles Boise State defensive end Kharyee Marshall. (One Bronco Nation Under God)


Surly you Josh.
North Carolina high school rising senior tight end Josh McNeil commits to Alabama's 2013 recruiting class. (al.com)

Flipping  ain't easy. 
Georgia HSRS offensive guard Andy Dodd reportedly has flipped his class of 2013 commitment from Alabama to LSU. (al.com)

Hawaii HSRS linebacker Colton Goeas commits to Tennessee's 2013 recruiting class. (Rocky Top Talk)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Big Tentacles: Jim Delany, Illinois, and Iowa.

Delany denied.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany will not be given the power to fire coaches of member schools. (Yahoo! Sports)

Illinois player profile of the day. 
A Lion Eye profiles Illinois defensive tackle Austin Teitsma. (A Lion Eye)

Iowa player profile of the day.
Marc Morehouse profiles Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Unquiet on the Western Front: Arizona RB's, Oregon unis, USC recruiting, and more.

Avinash Kunnath continues to rank the the best Pac-12 games of 2012 with a look at 80-71 here, and 70-61 here. (Pacific Takes)

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

Running back tradition? What running back tradition?
Anthony Gimino looks at Arizona's lack of producing future NFL running backs. (The Arizona Republic)

The Safety Dance. 
Brad Denny interviews Arizona Safety Keelan Johnson. (House of Sparky)

Say! Any of you guys know how to Madison?
BYU and Wisconsin have reportedly finalized an agreement for a home-at-home series beginning with the Cougars heading to Madison in 2013. (The Deseret News)

Wings over Eugene.
Addicted to Quack indexes the "winged" jersey era at Oregon, complete with a rundown of wins and losses of each uni variation. (Addicted to Quack)

Drew Roberts profiles Boise State tight end Jake Hardee. (One Bronco Nation Under God)

Dutch Treat.
Drew Roberts profiles Boise St. defensive tackle and Netherlands native Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe. (OBNUG)

Lay it on the Line.
UW Dawg Pound looks at Washington's defensive line. (UW Dawg Pound)

This behavior's not unique.
Bruins Nation bashing UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero? Bruins Nation bashing UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero. This time they're blaming him on delays on the renovation of the Rose Bowl. (Briuns Nation)


USC recruiting news.
California high school rising senior Max Redfield commits to USC's 2013 recruiting class. (SB*Nation)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Wilson on Bobby Petrino, Mark Richt, Nick Saban, and more.

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

All Apologies.
Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson has said that former Razorback head football coach Bobby Petrino called him to apologize for the behavior that led to Petrino's firing. (ESPN)

Mark Richt has lost control of SEC Media Days.
Georgia HC Mark Richt took questions about the dismissal of former Bulldog tailback Isaiah Crowell at SEC Media Days. You can figure out that the rest of the questions Richt got were about discipline issues in Athens. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Mr. Jones strikes up a conversation.
Alabama center Barrett Jones talks about returning for his fifth year of eligibility, Crimson Tide HC Nick Saban, quarterback A.J. McCarron, and picking up bowling and golf during the offseason. (al.com)

I'm not over you just yet.
Tennessee HC Derek Dooley still hasn't gotten over the Vols' end of the regular season loss to Kentucky in 2011. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Least. Shocking. News. Of. The. Day.
Nick Saban is popular in Alabama. (al.com)


How to draw Gene Chizik.
There are some things the Art Institute of Atlanta just won't teach you to do. (EDSBS)

Derek Dooley channels Richard Nixon and Elvis at SEC Media Days.

"I am not a Derek Dooley."
Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley has been know as being a human quote machine. But now the beleaguered HC may have bitten off more than he can chew by channeling Richard Nixon at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Al.

 "It's been a tough four years at Tennessee and I know the SEC has enjoyed taking advantage of our tough times," he said to sprawling room of media members, "but you're not going to have Tennessee to kick around anymore."

But wait, there's more. His Hairness dropped in a little Elvis as well.

"Asked by the News Sentinel before the press conference what his gameplan was, Dooley said, "I'm not here to sell. It's like that old song, 'A Little Less Conversation, A Little Less Action.' That's about where we are. Selling ain't going to do me any good. We've got to go out and win."

If Dooley can't turn around a program that has best been mediocre in his two years in Knoxville, these may end being famous last words in more ways than one. 

(via The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Barrett Jones says Nick Saban would be "best shoe shiner you've ever met."

To say that Alabama center Barrett Jones thinks highly of his coach, Nick Saban, would be an understatement. He even thinks that Saban would succeed at anything he did. That includes being a humble shoe shine boy.

"Knowing Coach Saban the way I know him, I think he would succeed at anything he did, whether that was working at a gas station, whether he was a CEO. If he was a shoe shiner, he'd be the best shoe shiner you've ever met. he's an innovator and kind of a pioneer of the game. I'm so honored and privileged to play for a guy like that."

I bet if Saban were a shoe shine boy, he wouldn't even need a ring to hold his secret Underdog pill in it. I'm sure many ladies in Alabama would love to have Saban play Tom Hanks' role as the naughty boot-black in their very own SNL "Tales of Ribaldry" sketch as well.

(via al.com)

Big Tentacles: Penn State, recruiting, 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.) 

The elephant in the room.
Former Georgetown head men's basketball coach John Thompson talks about Joe Paterno. (CBS Sports)

Paterno's statue should stay put.
Because Jeff Seidel said so. (The Detroit Free Press)

Clearing the air. 
Eric Thomas asks for sanity in the Penn St. mess. (Black Shoe Diaries)

Meanwhile, back in reality...

Power grab?
The Big Ten is looking into giving commissioner Jim Delany the power to fire coaches at member schools. Guess what this is a reaction to. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Hawkeye fought The Law, and The Law won. 
Incoming Iowa freshman running back Greg Garmon plead guilty for possession of drug paraphernalia in Erie, Pa. His was fined $309 dollars. (The Quad City Times)

The Morris the merrier. 
Marc Morehouse profiles Iowa middle linebacker James Morris. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Zach Attack!
A Lion Eye profiles Illinois RB Zach Becker. (A Lion Eye)

Collin all in transit.  
Rodger Sherman profiles Northwestern LB Collin Ellis. (Sippin' on Purple)


Buckeye recruiting news. 
Maryland high school rising senior wide recriver Tavion Jacobs commits to Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class. (Land Grant Holy Land)

Double your pleasure, double your fun.
Northwestern adds two outside LB's to its 2013 recruiting class in Florida HSRS Anthony Walker Jr., and California HSRS Brett Walsh. (Lake the Posts)


Surprise! Another Zach Attack!
2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson meets up with Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz. The fact it's being mentioned here should give you enough of a clue who came up with this. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Company that flew anti-Paterno banner over Penn St. also flew anti-Tiger Woods banner over 2010 Masters.

It seems that the company that owns the plane that flew a banner over Penn State demanding the removal of Joe Paterno's statue has been involved in that kind of thing before. ESPN reports that Air America Aerial Ads, the plane's owner was also involved with an anti-Tiger Woods banner that flew over Augusta National during the 2010 Masters tournament.

"The plane is licensed to Air America Aerial Ads of Genoa, Ohio. A person who answered the phone at Air America declined to give his name or identify who paid for the flight.

Federal Aviation Administration records show the agency grounded a plane from the same company after it towed banners taunting Tiger Woods during the 2010 Masters golf tournament."

This puts the situation in a different light. This person or persons involved with this banner may not be as concerned with the Jerry Sandusky scandal as much as it is just part of a greater attempt to express contempt for the moral state of sports in general. Which in the end is more crass trolling than actual concern.

(via ESPN)

A Joe Paterno groom's cake? A Joe Paterno groom's cake.

Here is yet another entry for the "Bad groom's cake" department. This was one comes from Darren Rovell's twitter feed. And this one might just be the winner: A Joe Paterno groom's cake.

It's hard to tell which if the worst idea here is the actual concept of a Paterno Cake. The fact it exists, or that Paterno looks like a Muppet. Luckily, this was apparently served at a rehearsal dinner, and not the actual wedding, because this is the sort of thing that would definitely ruin the happiest day of some bride's life. 

It does bring up the absurdity of people who support Joe Paterno even after all that has been revealed. It also gives me the chance to bring up that I sometimes believe the final fate of the Paterno statue at Penn State should be inspired by what Moses did with the Golden Calf in the Bible - burn it, grind it to powder, mix it with water, and make Paterno supporters eat it. (Exodus 32:20) But that's only when stuff like the above happens. Otherwise, Andrew Sharp may have been right in saying that "The best punishment is definitely keeping the statue up."

(via Throw the Flag, @darrenrovell)

Dancing in the Ruins: Charlie Weis, Josh Heupel vs. Sam Bradford, recruiting, and more.

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's regular look at the new Big XII Conference that's rising out of the ruins of the old one.)

You've Got a Friend in Me. 
Matt Tait looks at the mutual admiration between first-year Kansas head football coach Charlie Weis and KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger. (The Lawrence Journal-World)

Red Crimson letter day for sports bloggers. 
Barry Switzer has gotten a Twitter account. The universe just got a little more interesting.  (Crimson and Cream Machine)

Legal notes.
The Big East conference drops its lawsuit against TCU for bolting to the Big 12. (Frogs O' War)

Heupel > Bradford?
Josh Heupel edges out Sam Bradford on Jason Kersey's lost of the top Oklahoma quarterbacks under Sooner HC Bob Stoops. Yeah, I'm having a hard time with this one too. But, winning a BCS title beats out winning a Heisman Trophy any time. (The Oklahoman)

Fifty ways to make enemies. 
West Virginia wide receiver Stedman Bailey claims that he expects the Mountaineers to score "nothing less than 50 points a game" in the school's first season in the Big 12. (The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Construction Time Again.
The Waco, Tx. City Council approves $35 million in funding towards the construction of a new football stadium for Baylor. (Our Daily Bears)

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off.
The ACC's expansion to nine conference games has resulted in the cancellation of the  2019 and 2020 series between Oklahoma State and Clemson. (The Oklahoman)

Life of Ryan. 
Bring on the Cats profiles Kansas State defensive end Ryan Mueller. (Bring on the Cats)

I'll have "Things that won't end well" for $1,000, Alex.
West Virginia AD Oliver Luck announces plans for a party deck for Milan Puskar Stadium. (The Charleston Daily Mail)


Paint Your Waggoner.
Texas high school rising senior J.D. Waggoner commits to Iowa State's 2013 recruiting class. (The Ames Tribune)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Big Tentacles: Matt McGloin, Nebraska, Iowa, 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.)  

On the Matt. 
Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin discusses being named Nittany Lion starting QB, and how he has improved since the end of last season under new Penn St. head football coach Bill O'Brien. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are underachievers. 
Because Graham Watson said so. (Dr. Saturday)

Sean Collins is an ex-boilermaker.
Purdue kicks cornerback Sean Collins off the team after he was arrested over the weekend for alleged public intoxication, resisting arrest, and battery.  (The Columbus Dispatch)

Gone Daddy Gone.
Michigan State offensive lineman John Deyo is reportedly transferring to Western Michigan. (The Detroit Free Press)

Iowa player profile of the day. 
Marc Morehouse profiles Iowa outside linebacker Christian Kirksey. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Can you smell what Fritz Rock's been cooking? 
A Lion Eye profiles Illinois wide receiver Fritz Rock.  (A Lion Eye)

Louisiana Tech channels George C. Scott to promote WR Quinton Patton.

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, love it or leave it" moment of the day. 

You're Louisiana Tech. You have a wide receiver named Quinton Patton who has been named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list. What are you going to do to promote him to voters who usually would focus on players from the BCS conferences?

His last name is Patton, so isn't it obvious? You channel George C. Scott, of course.

LA Tech went all out and played the Ricky Stanzi card with a flier playing off the legendary opening monologue of Patton, the 1970 Academy Award for Best Picture biopic of General George S. Patton. The one where Scott, as Patton, says "Americans play to win all the time." Hey, if the player shares the name with the general, just roll with it. And it if people complain, go a little Stanzi and play the  "if you don't love it, leave it!" card as well.

(via Dr. Saturday. Image via The Shreveport Times)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: SEC Media Days, Gary Pinkel on Joe Paterno, Tyrann Mathieu, and more.


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


SEC Media Days


The elephant in the room, SEC edition.
Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel took time in his first SEC Media Days press conference to defend late Penn State HC Joe Paterno, saying ''I'm sure maybe if (Paterno) could do it (the Sandusky scandal) over again he would (have) followed up a few things.''  (Yahoo! Sports)

Cool as Ice.
First-year Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin was cool under pressure during his first SEC Media Days press conference. (Team Speed Kills)

The Old Ball Coach's anti-UGA comment of the day.
South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier on scheduling: "If I made the schedule, Georgia would be playing LSU and we'd be playing Ole Miss." (Team Speed Kills)

Meanwhile. back in the real world...

Alabama assistant injured. 
Alabama offensive analyst Kelvin Sigler was among 17 people injured in a shooting incident in Tuscaloosa. His injures were described as being "non-life threatening." (The Huntsville Times)

True Confessions.
Paul Crewe admits he doesn't like LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu. He goes on to explain why The Honey Badger's "swagger" makes him unlikable. (And the Valley Shook)

The List You Don't Want to Be On. 
Auburn, Tennessee, and Texas A&M represent the SEC on Crimson and Cream Machine's "Top Ten Most Overrated Programs in College Football" list. (Crimson and Cream Machine)


Auburn recruiting news.
Tennessee high school rising senior running back Jordan Wilkins commits to Auburn's 2013 recruiting class. (al.com)

Tennessee recruiting news. 
Maryland HSRS wide receiver Paul Harris commits to Tennessee's 2013 recruiting class. (Rocky Top Talk)

Dancing in the Ruins: Charlie Weis on Bill Parcells, Gary Patterson, recruitting, and more.

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's regular look at the new Big XII Conference that's rising out of the ruins of the old one.)

Charlie on the Tuna. 
Matt Tait looks at what first-year Kansas head football coach Charlie Weis learned from NFL coaching legend Bill Parcells. Most notably is the ability to motivate through "button pushing." (The Lawrence Journal-World)

TCU head football coach Gary Patterson is a "rock star."
Because TCU associate athletic director said so while discussing Patterson's mark on the school and the city of Ft. Worth. (The Oklahoman)

What a long, strange trip it's been.
Bryan Curtis looks at the long and winding life odyssey of Oklahoma offensive tackles and tight ends coach Bruce Kittle, whose life before coaching included being both an attorney and an United Church of Christ pastor. (Grantland)

Kansas State player profile of the day.
Bring on the Cats profiles Kansas State defensive end Marquel Bryant. (Bring on the Cats)

The Safety Dance. 
Gina Mizell profiles Oklahoma State safeties coach Van Malone. (The Oklahoman)


Double your pleasure, double your fun.
Baylor gets commitments for its 2013 recruiting class from California high school rising senior offensive tackle Simo Kulmaviita and Texas HSRS defensive tackle Byron Bonds. (Our Daily Bears)

The 12th (Censored by Texas A&M). 
Texas HSRS Ranthony Texada becomes the 12th player to commit to  TCU's 2013 recruiting class. (Frogs O' War)

I will be your father figure. Put your tiny hand in mine.
Florida HSRS cornerback D.A. Williams commits to Iowa State's 2013 recruiting class. He said that Cyclone secondary coach Troy Douglas reminded him of his dad. (The Ames Tribune)

Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9...
Iowa State's ninth class of 2013 commitment comes from Texas HSRS running back Justin Webster.  (The Des Moines Register)

A Penn State student camped out to protect Joe Paterno statue.

Tuesday morning a plane carrying a banner reading "Take the (Joe Paterno) statue down or we will" flew over the Penn State campus. All it did was to take an increasingly awkward situation, and turn it into a potentially uglier one. Tuesday night, the inevitable reaction to the banner came, as a Penn St. student was camped out to protect the statue.
The sign reads "Protect the Paterno statue."

Dealing with how to handle Paterno's legacy at Penn State was never going to be easy. People on both sides of the argument have just made it that much worse.

(via @KhanmanPSU. HT @Ben_Jones88)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Oregon HC Chip Kelly ran with the Bulls in Pamplona?

Have you done anything exciting or out of the ordinary this summer? Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly apparently has. Oregon wide receivers coach Scott Frost (on the right) tweeted out the post below with himself Kelly and an unknown third person allegedly in Spain for the annual act of stupidity time honored tradition known as the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona.
Oregon has not confirmed if the story was true yet, but you can guess school officials might not be too happy of the Ducks' HC and a member of his coaching staff putting their lives on the line for an event that has resulted more than a few deaths over the years. Especially after going through his dalliance with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the start of the year. There might be a new restriction or two on his next contract extension.

(via The Oregonian)

Big Tentacles: Penn St., an Iowa player (alledegly) shoplifting, 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.) 

The elephant in the room.
Insane Penn State fan reactions on Facebook to the school renaming the tent city that pops up outside the stadium during football stadium from "Paternoville" to "Nittanyville." it includes a pretty vulgar jab at Tim Tebow that I'm not going to post here. (Deadspin)

The elephant outside the stadium.
A look at the controversy around Joe Paterno's statue, from the statue's point of view. (The Bleacher Report)

I am still living with your ghost.
Ramzy Nasrallah uses the shadow of Al Capone that hangs over Chicago as an example of why the Sandusky scandal, and Joe Paterno's part in it, will continue to hang over Penn St. for years to come. (Eleven Warriors)

Meanwhile, back in reality...

Cleptomania runs wild.
Iowa walk-on running back Marcus Binns was arrested over the weekend for alleged shoplifting. Mark Richt has obviously lost control of Iowa. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

EDIT: Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz says Binns has been off the team "since spring." (@ESPN_BigTen)

Nepotism? What nepotism?
Marc Morehouse profiles Iowa center James Ferentz, who just happens to be Hawkeye head football coach Kirk Ferentz's son. He does happen to good enough to make the Remmington watch list for America's top college football center. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Toy boat or Troy boat?
Rodger Sherman profiles Northwestern cornerback Troy Shepard. (Sippin' on Purple)

Pizza! Pizza!
Little Caesars will continue to sponsor the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit through 2013. (The Detroit Free Press)