Thursday, August 30, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: AJ McCarron, Nick Saban, Les Miles,'s college football season!

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

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
The 2012 SEC college football schedule kicks off tonight as South Carolina takes on Vanderbilt in Nashville. (The Charleston Post and Courier)

Riding the Storm Out.
LSU head football coach Les Miles discusses how the Tigers are handling Hurricane Issac. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Highly Evolved.
Don Kausler looks at the  evolution of Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron from awkward starter at the start of the 2011 season, to a Heisman Trophy candidate in 2012. (

The Saban Rules.
The Wall Street Journal's Rachel Bachman and Ben Cohen look at how Nick Saban turned Alabama around.

Aggies and Hogs are Jerryworld bound in 2014. 
Texas A&M and Arkansas agree to face each other at neutral-site Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tx. beginning in 2014, and continuing through 2024. (ESPN)

Friday I'm In Love...NOT!
Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley says that the Vols' will probably not repeat playing a Friday night game like the one it plays this Friday night in this season's Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against North Carolina State in the Georgia Dome. He says it has a negative impact on fans and high school football. (The Knoxivlle News Sentinel)

The waiting is the hardest part.
Daniel Kramer looks at Georgia backup QB Hutson Mason, who is waiting on his chance to replace starting Bulldog QB Aaron Murray. Many in the Bulldog nation hope he has to wait a season or two to do this. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Let's go streaking!
Mark Inabinett looks at season-opening winning streaks in the SEC. (The Mobile Press-Register)

Blast from the past.
Team Speed Kills looks at the wonderful world of classic SEC coaches pimping in commercials, including the legendary Bear Bryant "Have you called your mama today? South Central Bell spot.