Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban on playoffs, Connor Shaw, David Yost's hair, and more.

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

Kid tested, Saban approved. 
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban gives his seal of approval to the new college football playoff system. He also predicts an almost guaranteed "two-hour ESPN show on who got left out." It'll probably end up being a three hour show, actually. (The Huntsville Times)

Leaving the 20th Century.
The SEC announces that football officials will "experiment" with using wireless communications in conference games for the upcoming season.  (The Birmingham News)

Cruising under your radar,  watching from satellites. Take a page from the red book, keep them in your sights.
South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw is underrated. Because Matthew Osbourne said so. That will happen when you've been living in the shadow of the never-ending bro-fest of Stephen Garcia, and didn't begin to grow into your until the end of the season. (Southern Pigskin)

I am not a number. I am a free man!
Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo is no. 6 on The Gainesville Sun's "Top 25 Players in the SEC" countdown. (The Gainesville Sun)

I Second That Promotion.
When nobody was looking, Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was given the new title of "associate head coach." (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Remington Steele.
Former Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele has reportedly joined the LSU HC Les Miles' coaching staff in an administrative role. Which probably means that Miles wanted Steele on staff, without having to worry about him causing a debacle similar Clemson's defense being manhandled by West Virginia in the 2012 Orange Bowl. (The Baton Rouge Advocate)

Pease, Pease, Pease, Let Me Get What I Want.
Spencer Hall runs down the coaching changes in the SEC, and while doing so claims that first-year Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease "May be (a) giant talking P90x box." (SB*Nation)

Pumped Up Kicks.
Alan Smith profiles Kentucky kicker Landon Foster. (Wildcat Blue Nation)

The Downward Spiral. 
Ole Miss season ticket sales are 3,000 sales lower than the amount sold at the same period last year. (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

The Ghost of Jay Cutler.

Christian D'Andrea wonders if Vanderbilt QB Jordan Rodgers can break former Commodore/Current Chicago Bear QB Jay Culter's single-season total offense record. (Anchor of Gold)

Vanderbilt player profile of the day.
David Paschall profiles Vanderbilt left tackle Barrett Gouger. (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

Let's look at linebackers. 
Brad Sheppard looks at the Tennessee depth chart at linebacker. (Rocky Top Talk)

2012 Season previews.

Missouri: Threat or Menace?
Andrew Hall looks at how big of a threat to Georgia's chances of starting out the 2012 season on strong footing. The Bulldogs go to Faurot Field to face the Tigers on Sep. 8. (Chuck

With Six You Get Eggroll.
LSU vs. Texas A&M on Oct. 20 comes in at no. 6 on The Gainesville Sun's "Top 25 SEC Games" countdown. (The Gainesville Sun)

On the rebound.
Mike Huguenin sees Mississippi State rebounding from a disappointing 2011 season. A weak out-of-conference schedule should help the Bulldogs in achieving that goal.  (Yahoo! Sports)

Men on Vols. 
Andrew Gribble previews Tennessee's 2012 season, from an Alabama man's point of view.  (


Hair apparent?
Spencer Hall obsesses over the scraggly, Sammy Hagar-esque hair of Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost, who is kind of the anti-Derek Dooley when it comes to grooming. (EDSBS)

Separated at birth?
Have you ever seen South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier and former WWE Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund in the same place at the same time? Bunkie Perkins would like to know. (Friends of the Program)