Monday, December 31, 2012

Boise State decides it's just not that into joining the Big East, will stay in Mountain West.

ESPN is reporting that Boise State has decided to remain a part of the Mountain West, and not join the Big East as planned in 2013. The Broncos were supposed to join the conference as a football-only member, with the rest of the school's athletic teams joining the Big West.

The Big East is still a higher-profile conference even with the planned defections of three schools to other conferences (Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC, Rutgers to the Big East), and the decision by seven of the conference's basketball schools to form their own league. If Boise State is deciding staying in the MWC is a better long-term decision, than the Big East may be even less stable than originally thought.

(via ESPN)

Former Dawg David Pollack learns to be hated by Georgia fans.

Uga IX does not approve of this pic of David Pollack and Revile.

In his college football days as a linebacker at Georgia, ESPN college football analyst was one of the most beloved players on the team, along with quarterback David Green. In fact Loran Smith wrote a book about the duo called Beloved Dawgs. Nowadays, Pollack is learning to deal with the criticism from Dawg fans when he expresses a negative comment lobbied at the team or his former head football coach, Mark Richt.

“I catch flak from Georgia fans when I pick against Georgia,” Pollack said. “They definitely don’t like that too much. They call me a traitor and get upset with me and stuff like that, but I take my job really serious. Do I want Georgia to win every game? Absolutely. You can’t tell me that anybody that ever went to their alma mater would ever feel any different. You always cheer for them. You always wish a bunch of success on them, but it’s your job. Your job is to call things like you see it. Your job is to be objective and give the people something that they want to listen to, that they want to hear. I’m not a big fan of the people that are blatant homers. I think you should be more professional than that. I think you should do a good job of serving the fans. I don’t think you serve the fans by always being a homer or anything like that.”

Pollack will be part of the trio in the ABC announcers booth for the Capital One Bowl featuring Georgia vs. Nebraska. It will be his first time in the booth for a UGA game.

(via The Athens Banner-Herald)

Cleveland Browns fire head coach. Nick Saban to Browns rumor meme can officially commence.

From the "Least. Shocking. News. Ever." department comes news that the Cleveland Browns have fired head football coach Pat Shurmur. This of course means that rumors and memes about Alabama HC Nick Saban leaving Tuscaloosa for the Mistake on the Lake most beautiful and serene village  on the Cuyahoga River  to take the Browns HC job may officially commence.

Just to make raise the stakes a little higher, The Browns also fired general manager Tom Heckert. Could Saban be tempted away from the Crimson Tide with both the Browns' HC and GM jobs? Just a thought.

(via ESPN)

New Year's Eve Bowl Game Schedule

Now the real bowl season (meaning the part of bowl season where the SEC actually plays) begins.

All times Eastern. All games on ESPN unless otherwise noted.

Music City Bowl
N.C State vs. Vanderbilt (Noon)

Sun Bowl
USC vs. Georgia Tech (2:00 PM, CBS)

Liberty Bowl
Iowa State vs. Tulsa (3:30 PM)

Chick-fil-A Bowl
LSU vs. Clemson (7:30 PM)

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Johnny Manziel on the high cost of his new found celebrity status.

Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel's life since winning the Heisman Trophy hasn't all been meeting NBA basketball players and presenting Megan Fox baby clothes on national television. There have been some drawbacks when it comes doing the simple things in life. Like going to the mall, for instance.

"I just went to go buy a video game and pick up a few things and I couldn't really do that," said Manziel. "I might have to go with a mustache sometimes or maybe a hoodie or something."

Then, of course, there's that always troublesome condition of being an athlete on Twitter.

"Before you could put pictures on Twitter and it's not a big deal," Manziel said. "Now you put a picture of a Christmas gift or a picture of you sitting at a game and you have NCAA violation this, illegal benefit that. It's something that people enjoy doing stuff like that. It's crazy to see how the microscope has come down on me."

The picture in question is probably one Manziel's sister posted of the sibling's Christmas presents - twin Rolex watches. The incident at the Heat-Mavericks game you already know about. The news that the Manziel family is somewhat well off hasn't quite become common knowledge, obviously.

Still, Manziel's ability to adapt to his new-found fame is going to be one of his biggest challenges for the next year or so. It's going to take a lot to make sure he stays grounded while trying to mature as a QB and prove his freshman season wasn't a fluke. 

(via Fox Sports Southwest)

The Fallout: Johnny Manziel, A.J. McCarron, bowls,and more.

Welcome to the Fallout

Bowl game scores.

Armed Forces Bowl 
Rice 33
Air Force 14

Pinstripe Bowl
Syracuse 38
West Virginia 14

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Arizona State 62
Navy 28

Alamo Bowl
Texas 31
Oregon State 27

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Michigan State 17
TCU 16

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Brent Zwerneman takes a look back at the Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winning starting quarterback Johnny Manziel victory tour, and the scrutiny Manziel finds himself under as well. (The San Antonio Express-News)

I have to praise you like I should.
Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron is named the 2012 Coastal Alabama Sportsman of the Year.  (

Alabama player profile no. 1.
Don Kausler Jr. profiles Alabama cornerback Geno Smith. (

Alabama player profile no. 2.
Andrew Gribble profiles Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood. (

Not quite done yet.
Matthew Osbourne believes Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas needs to stay in school as opposed to entering the 2013 NFL Draft. (Southern Pigskin)

Jim Mora Jr. being Jim Mora Jr.
UCLA head football coach Jim Mora Jr. may be interested in the possibly soon-to-be vacant San Diego Chargers HC job.

                                                                             - DC Comics
(Conquest Chronicles)

Dawgs over Disney World. 
A few Georgia players found they're way to Walt Disney World after Saturday practice for the Capital One Bowl. There are some benefits from getting punked out of the Sugar Bowl. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Fun and games. 
Roger Sherman takes a look at how Northwestern players are spending their free time between practices for the Gator Bowl. (Sippin' on Purple)



If Bowl games were real bowls of something.
If Deadspin really thinks that a bowl of inedible cotton is better than a bowl of Chick-fil-A, its Yankee liberal media bias is showing through.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Game Day Goulash: Aaron Murray, Lane Kiffin , bowls, and more.

Game Day Goulash

Your Saturday bowl schedule.

All Bowls on ESPN unless otherwise noted. All times Eastern.

Armed Forces Bowl - Air Force vs. Rice (11:45 am)

Pinstripe Bowl - West Virginia vs. Syracuse (3:15 pm)

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl - Navy vs. Arizona St. (4:00 pm, ESPN2)

Alamo Bowl - Texas vs. Oregon St. (6:45 pm)

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl - TCU vs. Michigan St. (10:15 pm)

This state of Independence shall be. 
Ohio defeats Louisiana-Monroe 45-14 in the Independence Bowl. (AP?Yahoo! Sports)

Hokies beat Rutgers.
Virginia Tech manages to defeat Rutgers in overtime 13-10 in the Russel Athletic Bowl. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Red Raiders beat Golden Gophers.
Texas Tech defeats Minnesota 34-31 in the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Take a Chance On Me.
Don Kausler Jr. profiles Alabama left guard Chance Warmack, including his preparations for facing the Tides BCS title game opponent, Notre Dame. (

That Don't Impress Me Much.
Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez describes the defense of the Huskers' 2013 Capital One Bowl opponent Georgia as being "another typical Big Ten defense." (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
Georgia QB Aaron Murray still hasn't made a decision yet about staying in Athens for his senior year, or declaring for the 2013 NFL Draft. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Out in the West Texas town of El Paso.
Conquest Chronicles looks at the mess USC and its head football coach Lane Kiffin have caused in El Paso while preparing for their Sun Bowl appearance against Georgia Tech. 

You Could Have Been With Me (aka Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day).
Texas fans are still smarting over the fact that the Longhorns failed to successfully recruit both this year's  Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who wound up at Texas A&M, or last year's Heisman winner Robert Griffin III, who went to Baylor. (The Dallas Morning News)

Sooners suspend McGee.
Oklahoma suspends defensive tackle Stack McGee for the 2013 Cotton Bowl after his arrest on Christmas Eve for DUI. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Texas suspends Case McCoy and Jordan Hicks for The Alamo Bowl for "breaking team rules.," may be players accused of sexual assault. .

The other shoe may have dropped in the case of the two Texas Players accused of sexual assault in San Antonio the night before Friday's Alamo Bowl showdown against Oregon State. Texas suspended linebacker Jordan Hicks and backup quarterback Case McCoy for the ambiguous "breaking team rules." Both players match descriptions of the accused in the police report on the incident.

 #1= black male age 20, 6'2" and 235 pounds. Bald. Medium build. #2= white male, age 21, 6'0" and 180 pounds. Brown collar length hair. Green eyes.
 McCoy is the brother of former Texas QB Colt McCoy, currently with the Cleveland Browns.

(Via SB*Nation, ESPN)

Two members of the Texas Longhorns football team accused of sexual assault in San Antonio. (UPDATED)

San Antonio TV station KENS is reporting that two members of the Texas Longhorns football team are being accused of sexual assault according to the San Antonio Police Department. This comes a day before the Texas is supposed to face Oregon St. in the Alamo Bowl. The identities of the accused players have not been revealed at this time.

"Police were called at 2:48 a.m. Friday to the Holiday Inn Riverwalk in the 200 block of North St. Mary.
A woman told police she met two UT players out partying overnight and invited them back to her room at the Holiday Inn. She later made the allegations of sexual assault to police.

Officers said University of Texas football coaches have been notified of the situation. The players have had initial talks with police and were expected to be further questioned by police sexual assault detectives Friday morning.

The names of the players have not been released, since no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed."

Texas head football coach Mack Brown is supposed to be taking part in an Alamo Bowl related press conference noon Friday. The investigation is still ongoing.

(UPDATE: According to KEYE sports directot Bob Ballou on Twitter, Mack Brown announced that  the two players have been suspended and sent home. Their identities are still being kept anonymous.)

(via KENS. HT: Deadspin)

Clemson HC Dabo Swinney and his team look like convicts in all-orange team warm-up unis.

Remember the joke about Tennessee wearing orange so the players can go from the football field back to prison without changing clothes? Well prison unis were the first thing that came to mind seeing these Clemson players, along with the Tiger's head football coach Dabo Swinney, at some unknown Chick-fil-A Bowl-related event in their all-orange warm-ups.

Heck, Swinney and the team's facial expressions even look like they're in court awaiting arraignment or sentencing or something.

Even sadder looking are the Chick-fil-A cows dressed in orange behind them. The cows look like all those acts of vandalism writing "Eat mor chikin everywhere finally caught up with them.

(via Throw the Flag)

Covering Dixie: Barrett Jones, Johnny Manziel, Derek Dooley, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC, where bowl games before Dec. 31 are only marginally acceptable. 

Keeping the streak alive.
Mississippi State tries to keep its five-bowl winning streak alive against Northwestern in the New Year's Day 2013 Gator Bowl. (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

Break the Cycle.
Georgia tries to end a two-bowl losing streak against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Gratuitous Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Sean Lester looks at the end-of-the-year list that Texas A&M Heisman winning starting  quarterback Johnny Manziel has found himself on. (The Dallas Morning News)

Alabama injury update.
Injured Alabama center Barrett Jones (sprained foot) and linebacker Denzel Devall (sprained knee) may be able to participate in practice next week for the BCS title game on Jan. 7. (

The Back-up Plan.
Andrew Gribble profiles Alabama back-up center Ryan Kelly, who may be called upon in the BCS title game if Barrett Jones is unable to play due to injury. (

The year in 'Bama.
Team Speed Kills looks at Alabama as part of its ongoing look back at 2012.

Thank you sir, can I have another?
Team Speed Kills also looks at the coaching changes in the SEC in 2012.

Peachy Keenh.
Randy Rosetta profiles LSU punter Jamie Keehn who is taking over for the suspended Brag Wing in the Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Defending Dooley.
David Climer tries to give credit to former Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley for leaving the Vols' program "better than he found it." (The Tennessean)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Alabama QB A.J. McCarron may be dating Miss Alabama, an Auburn grad.

Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron may have found himself a girlfriend. And shock the world, she's a beauty queen. Katherine Webb, is the 2012 Miss Alabama USA. (That's the one which goes to the Miss USA pageant, duh.) She is described as working as "a training director for Chick-fil-A."

And now for the only moment that really matters...Miss Alabama in a swimsuit.

Now for the downside, Bama fans - Webb is an Auburn grad. Yes, McCarron, BCS winning Alabama QB, is dating a member of Auburn's class of 2011. Expect this to be made an issue on the Paul Finebaum show if The Crimson Tide loses to Notre Dame in the BCS title game.

(via Lost Lettermen)

Covering Dixie: Aaron Murray, Johnny Manziel, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. Nuff said. 

Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?
Georgia starting quarterback Aaron Murray on whether or not he returns to school in 2013, or declares for the NFL Draft: "“I’m not making any decision or saying anything until after this game and want to sit down with my parents and discuss it from there.” (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Johnny Manziel will not repeat as Heisman Trophy winner in 2013. 
Because Andy Staples said so. (

A Few Small Repairs.
Brent Zwerneman looks at plans at Texas A&M to renovate Kyle Field. (The Houston Chronicle)

Goodbye Says It All.
Florida offensive tackle Matt Patchan is transferring to another school, possibly either Ohio Stateor Boston College. (The Gainesville Sun)

I've seen the future and it will be. 
Jon Cooper predicts new Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn will be the most successful of the SEC's new HC hires? The worst: Kentucky's Mark Stoops. (Saturday Down South)

Movie news. 
Former Alabama HC Gene Stallings will be attending a showing of American Man, a documentary on the life of former Crimson Tide and NFL fullback Kevin Turner, at The Montgomery Performing Arts Centre on Jan. 18, 2013. Turner will also be in attendance. (

Dear Derek.
Jones' Flat Top aka the Tweeter formerly known as @DooleysPants, sends a Dear John letter to former Tennessee HC Derek Dooley. 


GIFs of the year.
Jason Kirk counts them down, and the SEC is well represented.  (SB*Nation)

LSU turns hotel conference room into team weight room for Chick-fil-A Bowl

Most hotel athletic centers are nothing to crow about. They usually just consist of an exercise bike, a treadmill, and little else. The more lavish hotels may have an elliptical and maybe a piece or two multi-use gym equipment, and that's it. Gold's Gym they ain't.

So what do you do if you're Tommy Moffitt, the strength and conditioning coach for LSU, and  having to deal with keeping the team on at least something as close as humanly possible to its regular S&C program while preparing for its Chick-fil-A Bowl showdown with Clemson in Atlanta?

Simple, you bring the weight room with you, of course. He turned one of the Atlanta Hilton's conference rooms into a makeshift weight room.

As Clint Eastwood said in Heartbreak Ridge, "Improvise, adapt, and overcome."

(via @TommyMoffitt. HT: @valleyshook)

The Ruins: Collin Klein, Major Applewhite, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins - The new Big 12 emerging from the ruins of the old. 

Holidays in the Sun.
Baylor represents the Big 12 against UCLA in the Holiday Bowl (7:30 ET, ESPN). (SB*Nation)

Collin Klein is one step closer to sainthood. 
A touching story of how Kansas State starting quarterback Collin Klein saved one young fan's Christmas. (Gamedayer)

Where is the Love?
Kirk Bohls bemoans the lack of excitement over Texas' appearance in the 2012 Alamo Bowl against Oregon State. (The Austin American-Statesman)

Lay It on the Line.
New Texas co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite could lose his status as a beloved figure in Texas Longhorn history very quickly if the Longhorns lose to Oregon St. in the Alamo Bowl. (The San Antonio Express-News)

The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in not in Buffalo. Nor is it wild. Nor does it have winds. Discuss amongst yourselves. 
Frogs O' War previews the upcoming 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl featuring TCU vs. Michigan State.

I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it. 
Oklahoma players express their excitement in Cowboys Stadium as the Sooner get ready to face Texas A&M in the 2013 Cotton Bowl. (The Norman Transcript

Too many cooks?
Oklahoma State's offense against 2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl Purdue in the could be hampered by the play-calling by committee resulting from the departure of former OC Todd Monken to become the new Southern Miss head football coach. (The Oklahoman)

Georgia's John Jenkins will miss Capital One Bowl for "academic reasons."

From the "things Mark Richt didn't need to happen before a bowl game" comes news that Georgia senior nose guard John Jenkins will miss the 2013 Capital One Bowl for "academic reasons."  It would have been the last game of Jenkins college career.

"Nose guard John Jenkins won’t play in the Capital One Bowl because of an “academic-related” issue, ending his college career, coach Mark Richt said.

“He will not be at the bowl,” Richt said Wednesday afternoon as the team arrived at the Renaissance Orlando Hotel.

Richt said there were no other academic casualties for the bowl." 

The loss of Jenkins will make it tougher for the Dawgs to hold off Capital One Bowl opponent Nebraska's offense.

(via The Athens Banner-Herald)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Big Tentacles: Gary Andersen, Urban Meyer, and more.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and it's influence over college football. 

Making the Grade.
Lost Lettermen gives Wisconsin an "A-" for its hiring of new head football coach Gary Andersen. For what it's worth Arkansas, who hired ex-Badger HC Bret Bielema away from Madison, got a B+. Purdue's hire of new HC Darrell Hazell got a B+.

Urban development. 
Doug Lesmerises looks back at Ohio State HC Urban Meyer's "top 6 moments of 2012." (The Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

Note: "Big Tentacles" and "Covering Dixie Like Mildew" held a cage match to see who would feature the next item. "Covering Dixie" won. 

Pizza! Pizza!
Frank Schwab previews Wendsday night's Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl matchup featuring Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan. (Dr. Saturday)

Here comes the rain again.
Rain forces Michigan to practice for the Jan 1, 2013 Outback Bowl inside a Tampa area high school gym. (The Detroit Free Press)

Lane Kiffin wearing a sombrero? Lane Kiffin wearing a sombrero.

USC head football coach wearing a sombrero? Of course it's going to be covered here. This is a part of the Sun Bowl's annual festivities to a) Promote Mexican and Hispanic culture, and b) To embarrass the crap out of college football head coaches. In their respective team colors, no less.

(via The Big Lead)

Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel, Tyrann Matheiu, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC and just the SEC

Pimping out Johnny Manziel.
Brad Townsend looks at how Texas A&M's "non-Heisman-campaign campaign" in promoting eventual Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel's candidacy for the award, and it's post-Heisman marketing of Manziel. (The Dallas Morning News)  

Downfall of a Honey Badger. 
The drug-related fall from grace of former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu is ranked by Team Speed Kills as the eighth-biggest SEC story of 2012.

Let's make the best of a situation.
Georgia tries to make the most of the fact it's going to play Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day, and not in either the Sugar Bowl or the BCS title game. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Staycation, all I ever wanted. 
Jon Cooper previews the New Year's Eve Music City Bowl in Nashville, featuring home town team Vanderbilt facing off against North Carolina State. (Saturday Down South)

There was a guy named Joel, not too different from you or me. 
Washington running backs coach Joel Thomas leaves Seattle to become RB coach on new Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema's coaching staff. (


Back Where You Belong.
Tennessee prep school offensive lineman Brandon Hill, recommits to Alabama's 2013 recruiting class. (

On the Road.
Glenn Logan looks at Kentucky recruiting as new Wildcats HC Mark Stoops and his new coaching staff hit the recruiting. (A Sea of Blue)

Someone actually suggests that LSU should leave the SEC.

The end of the year always brings a string of slow news days in the media. That may the logical reason to explain why Scott Rabalais of The Baton Rouge Advocate would publicly suggest that LSU leave the SEC.

His reasons? Among other things, unfair scheduling (LSU has to face Georgia and Florida, Alabama gets Tennessee and Kentucky. Poor babies), permanent cross-division rivals (Again LSU gets Florida, Alabama gets Tennessee), and Alabama (see a pattern here?)

But where would LSU go? What would LSU do? Rabalias says the Big 12.

Where could LSU go? With the Big East dissolving, the ACC in flux, the Big Ten and Pac-12 too far away and independent status not a viable option for scheduling and economic reasons, LSU’s only real option would be to join the Big 12. It’s the conference closest to LSU in terms of physical location and philosophy.

It would be a coup for the Big 12 to nab LSU. There is also minute chances of this ever happening. Unless Texas A&M ends up knocking the Tigers' off their top tier rung on the SEC West ladder. That's probably not going to happen, even if The Aggies' success continues after Johnny Manziel is long gone.

(via The Baton Rouge Advocate. HT: And the Valley Shook.)

Butch Jones did not ride on Brian Kelly's coattails. Because Butch Jones said so.

Butch Jones styling the popped collar. Photo via SB*Nation.

New Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones, has had an odd career trajectory before arriving in Knoxville. His previous head coaching jobs at Central Michigan and Cincinnati, both times replacing current Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly.

Needless to say, that's led to criticism that Jones' success at both schools owes a lot to Kelly. Jones, of course, disputes this argument.

"I think it's accurate that I've followed him," Jones said. "I have a tremendous amount of respect and he's a very close friend of mine, but I think that's the furthest thing from the truth. I think he'd tell you that, too. Every team is different, and every team has its own personality. You look at the body of work. You look at the amount of newcomers that played for us.

"I can't concern myself with that. All I know is we had two great places, and we were very fortunate to win four championships in six years. I don't think that happens by mistake, but I can't concern myself with that. The only thing I can concern myself [with] is rolling my sleeves up and making the University of Tennessee football program the best possible football program we can."

Jones can disprove at lot of this argument by succeeding at Tennessee, a program where fromer HC Derek Dooley had nowhere near the success that Kelly had before Jones took over.

(via The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Family gives Alabama-fan grandfather tickets to BCS title game.

The family of one Alabama fan got him something really special for Christmas. And it wasn't the Bear Bryant hat. It was two tickets to the BCS title game between the Crimson Tide and Notre Dame.

Hmmm...Santa wears a red suit. You don't think...?

(via Kegs 'N Eggs)

Virginia Tech will honor victims of Sandy Hook and '07 VT campus shootings in with helmet decal for Russell Athletic Bowl.

Virginia Tech will be sporting a helmet decal honoring the victims of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct. along with the victims of the 2007 shootings on the Virginia Tech campus for the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28.

The decal is half-orange (one of VT's school colors), and half-green (one of Sandy Hook's school colors). The number 58 on the decal represents the combined number of victims of the two schools. The word "prevail" is wrtitten across the number 58,

The decal will appear on the back of Virginia Tech's helmets (not the side as shown in the above picture) word during the Hokies' matchup against Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl (the old Champs Sports Bowl) in Orlando, Fl.

(via Southern Pigskin)

Covering Christmas Like Mildew: Butch Jones, Tavarres King, Les Miles, and more.

And in Atlanta, Georgia, there's peace on Earth tonight.

Merry Christmas y'all. Kind of taking it slow today, it being Christmas and all. Plus I sprained my ankle yesterday, so I've kind of been in a little pain today. Still didn't stop me from spending some time with my twin nephews for their first Christmas, though.

Here's a special Christmas wrap-up for you.

A Sort of Homecoming. 
SMU defeats Fresno State 43-10 in the Hawaii Bowl held at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Christmas Eve night. SMU head football coach June Jones coached the Hawaii Warriors in Aloha Stadium from 1999-2007. (ESPN)

Tennessee Christmas.
New Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones talks about his history of taking HC jobs at Christmas. (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

He's the King of them all, y'all.
Georgia wide receiver Tavarres King discusses what it's like to hold the record for most games played in UGA history. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

What Christmas Means to Me.
LSU HC Les Miles gives his thoughts on Christmas. (The Shreveport Times)

Come On to the Future.
Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin is already working on the Aggies' 2014 recruiting class. (The Houston Chronicle)

My Grown-Up Christmas List. 
Bill Riley has his "Christmas wish list for Utah," which could use some Christmas magic after a less-than-successful 5-7 record in 2012.  (The Deseret News)

Thank you, sir. Can I have another?
Hammer and Rails has its own wish list for Purdue and Boilermaker alumi such as New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Johnny Manziel takes in round of golf with 2/3 of the Jonas Brothers.

The latest chapter of the Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel victory tour sees Manziel on the golf course with a couple of Jonas Brothers, Joe and Nick. The all-growed up teen idols  took in a round of golf with Manziel. No work where older Jones Brother Kevin was. And no, I don't honestly really care enough  to find out.

(via Dr. Saturday)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Game Day Goulash: Johnny Manziel, A.J. McCarron, Cody Vaz, and more.

Game Day Goulash - Yes, there's actually a bowl game tonight. 

Aloha, oi!
Fresno State and SMU face each other in the Hawaii Bowl Christmas Eve night  (8pm ET, ESPN)in the only time young men wish they weren't in Hawaii for Christmas. (

Manditory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winning starting quarterback Johnny Manziel "can throw just as good as he can run." Because Oklahoma defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland said so. Texas A&M and Oklahoma face each other in the 2013 Cotton Bowl. (The Norman Transcript)

Alabama QB A.J. McCarron is "a grizzled veteran." 
Because Don Kausler Jr. said so. (

Cody wants a pony.
Quarterback Cody Vaz has been given the starting job for Oregon State against Texas in the Alamo Bowl. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

And here's to you, Mr. Robinson. 
Mark Snyder sees the 2013 Outback Bowl as a way for Michigan QB Denard Robinson to make up for a injury-hampered 2012 season. (The Detroit Free Press)

A first rounder?
Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris believes the Tigers' QB Tajh Boyd could someday be a first-round NFL Draft pick. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

The Big Ten needs to win three bowl games this season.
Because Graham Filler said so. (Off Tackle Empire)


Oh look at the weed eaters falling out of the sky! Oh look at the weed eaters falling out of the sky! 
The Poulan Weed Eater Independence Bowl nabs the top spot in Phil Watson's list of "The 10 Most Ridiculous College Football Bowl Game Names." It's either a prime example of common sense, or an uncalled for attack on the capitalist system. (Yahoo! Sports)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Derek Dooley trolls Tennessee fans, Clay Travis on Twitter.

Former Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley has a lot of free time on his hands these days. And he's apparently using some of it for trolling on Twitter. A Derek Dooley twitter account appeared on Nov. 25. Wes Rucker says it's the real deal, so it must be His Hairness, right?

Dooley has tweeted on some of the things he's claims been doing since being booted out of Knoxville. The first one sounds like a shot at the Vols' fans who lustfully wanted Jon Gruden to be his replacement.

His next tweet took a swipe of longtime "Dool-Aid" critic Clay Travis.

If this is indeed Dooley, Twitter is about to get more interesting. This will whet the appetite of the fans of His Hairness until he takes his rightful place as a college football analyst for ESPN.

(via Throw the Flag)

Oklahoma QB Landry Jones' college career will come full circle at Cowboys Stadium.

Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones' college football career will end at the same place it began.

That may be normal for a college student at a low performing school who's first and last games at their home stadium. In this case, however, the scene is on a much grander scale. Jones's first game took place at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tx. in a neutral site game against BYU. (The Sooners lost 14-13). Now his final college football game will again be at Cowboys Stadium, this time against Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.

Jones' wife, Oklahoma women's basketball guard Whitney Hand, was the first to point out the fact to him.

"Whitney actually told me, I think it was the day after the Cotton Bowl was announced, that we were gonna go play there," Jones said of Cowboys Stadium. "She said how interesting it was to see how I've come full circle." 

Jones' quest to redeem himself after that first loss won't be easy, with the Sooners' facing Texas A&M and the Aggies' Heisman Trophy winning QB, Johnny Manziel. 

(via The Tulsa World)

The Fallout: Johnny Manziel, bowls, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout -The Sunday news wrap-up.

Outrageous Fortune.
Isaac Rauch expresses more "outrage" over the "outrage" over Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel's courtside seats at Thursday night's Heat-Mavericks game in Dallas. (Deadspin)

Louisiana Saturday Afternoon.
Louisiana-Lafayette defeats East Carolina 43-34 in the New Orleans Bowl. (ESPN)

Broncos bust the Huskies. 
Boise State beats Washington in the Las Vegas Bowl 28-26. (ESPN)

Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk will win the 2013 Heisman Trophy.
Because Lache Seastrunk says so. (Dr. Saturday)

Drive Like Jehu.
Mark Snyder looks at Michigan freshman receivers Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh. (The Detroit Free Press)

Junior achievement.
Andrew Gribble profiles Notre Dame guard Mike Golic Jr.  (

Erk Russell, the motion picture.
Film producer Beau Turpin discusses plans to bring the life story of Georgia Southern head football coach Erk Russell to the silver screen. Russell served as defense coordinator at Georgia for 17 years, and there are still a lot of Bulldog fans still annoyed he was never given a chance to be the Dawgs' HC after Vince Dooley stepped down from the role. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Pour Some Sugar on Me. 
Robbie Andreu previews the 2013 Sugar Bowl matchup between Florida and Louisville. (The Gainesville Sun)

I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it.
Oklahoma players discuss how "excited" they are to play in the 2013 cotton bowl against Texas A&M. (The Norman Transcript)

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Game Day Goulash: Nick Saban's power, bowl games, Johnny Manziel, and more.

Game Day Goulash - The Saturday grab bag of college football.

Meaty, Beef O', Big and Bouncy.
Central Florida defeats Ball State 38-17 in the 2013 Beef O'Brady's Bowl. I'm not sure if I'm more shocked that the Beef O'Brady's Bowl still exists, or that Beef O'Brady's still exists. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

What happens in Vegas is a mediocre bowl game.
Washington faces off against Bosie State in the  Macco Las Vegas Bowl in what is possibly the only case you'll see young men wishing that they were somewhere other than Las Vegas. It's like the Sugar Bowl, only massively more insignificant. (ESPN)

Walking to New Orleans.
East Carolina will take on Louisiana-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. (ESPN

Famous Johns in Aggie history.
Brent Zwerneman looks at the the most notable former Texas A&M players named John that preceded the Aggies' 2012 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Johnny Manziel. Included is the Aggies' first Heisman winner, running back John David Crow. (The Houston Chronicle)

The Power and the Glory.
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban is listed by Forbes as the most powerful head coach in college. (Slideshow warning: Forbes list is in slideshow format. The Cedar Rapids Gazette provides a non-slideshow version here.)

I'll Be Back.
Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley announces his plans to return to Tuscaloosa for his senior season. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Let's Stay Together?
Boise State may decide to remain the Mountain West Conference instead of heading off to the Big East next season. (ESPN)

And the nominees are...
Hobnail Boot Blog looks at candidates to replace former Georgia recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner, who left to join Gus Malzahn's new coaching staff at Auburn.

Mr. Jones strikes up a conversation.
Notre Dame wide receiver T.J. Jones explains why he decided to go to his late father Andre's alma mater in South Bend over its 2013 BCS title game opponent Alabama. Andre Jones was a member of ND's 1988 national title team. (

Friday, December 21, 2012

Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel's tickets, Nick Saban rumors, Rodney Garner, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - SEC and just SEC.

Much Ado About Nothing.
Bryan Floyd uses Thursday night's brouhaha over Johnny Manziel's courtside seats at the Heat-Mavericks game to slam the "gotcha" culture that surrounds the NCAA thanks to its archaic rules on amateurism. (SB*Nation)

This is the song that never ends. It goes on and on my friends. Some people started singing it not knowing what it was,And they'll continue singing it forever just because.....
More rumors surface about Alabama head football coach Nick Saban leaving Tuscaloosa to become HC of the Cleveland Browns. (

I ain't missing you at all.
Fletcher Proctor explains why former Georgia recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner's departure to his Auburn alma mater won't be a problem for the Dawgs. (

The ones that got away.
T. Kyle King compares the Georgia's 2012 to 2003, which is another year where the Dawgs went to the SEC championship game and lost. (Dawg Sports)

Meet the Press.
New Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones introduces his coaching staff to the media. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)


Rumph Shaker.
Mississippi JUCO wide receiver Jonathon Rumph commits to Georgia's 2013 recruiting class. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Foster the People.
Pennsylvania high school senior WR Robert Foster commits to Alabama's 2013 recruiting class. (


Johnny Photoshop.
Good Bull Hunting has a little too much fun with Johnny Manziel's celebrity status.

Johnny Manziel, LeBron James, and a demon-eyed Longhorn fan.

Now that we've established that Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel can afford courtside seats to Thursday night's Mavericks-Heat game, here's a shot of Johnny Moneybags with LeBron James. But forget about LeBron - check out the demon-eyed dude in the back throwing the "Hook 'em horns" hand gesture. Texas is the debil, ya'll.

(via @HarrybJohnson)

Yes, Johnny Manziel could afford courtside seats to the Heat-Mavericks game.

Johnny Manziel and some special friends. Yes, that's Lebron James.

Texas A&M Heisman winning quarterback Johnny Manziel was seen courtside at the Miami Heat-Dallas Mavericks game on Thursday night. As soon as the TNT cameras caught him, the obvious questions about where he got the seats came from.

That was Steve Kerr, ladies and gentlemen, accusing Manziel of NCAA violations without any facts.

Manziel responded to the accusations on Twitter.


For the record, the Manziel family isn't quite dirt poor. The family has interests in oil, gas, and real estate. It owns The Oil Palace, a famous concert and event center in Tyler, Tx. Manziel's maternal grandfather also owns a popular and successful restaurant in Tyler as well. Plus his uncle is a successful Texas men's clothier (and helped dress Manziel for the Heisman Trophy ceremony.)

(via Diehard Sports)

Auburn lures UGA defensive line coach Rodney Garner back home.

Auburn just provided Georgia with a big shock to the system by luring the Dawgs' long-time defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner away from Athens. Garner, an Auburn offensive lineman from 1984-1988 had been with UGA since 1998.

"Auburn has always been a very special place for me and my wife, Kimberly, who is also an Auburn graduate," Garner said in a statement. "I owe a lot to Auburn and the men who helped mold me to who I am today both professionally and personally. I'm very appreciative to Coach Malzahn for this opportunity and I feel very strongly that I can be an asset to the program. I have a lot of love for Auburn and I felt this was a great chance to help give back to a place that has given me so much. I look forward to helping get Auburn back to where it belongs."

Garner's departure comes seven weeks before National Signing Day. There's some concern some Georgia recruits and commitments might decide to follow Garner to Auburn.

(via The Macon Telegraph)

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tyler Bray reportedly entering 2013 NFL Draft.

 Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray is reportedly taking his talents (and his back tat) to the NFL. According to CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman, the junior Volunteer QB is going to forgo his senior season in Knoxville and will enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

"Scouts praise Bray's stature, arm and his gunslinger mentality, although the latter, coupled with questions about his maturity, will also give other NFL personnel people plenty to ponder." has Bray being a third round selection by San Diego in its most recent 2013 NFL Mock Draft (63rd pick).

(via CBS Sports)

Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel, Kevin Sumlin, recruiting, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew.

Are you ready for some (Johnny) Football?
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel says he's ready to return to the football field after a whirlwind media tour following his being awarded the Heisman Trophy. (AP/San Jose Mercury News)

Good friends, better enemies.
Brent Zwerneman looks at the friendship of 2013 Cotton Bowl coaches Kevin Sumlin of Texas A&M and Bob Stoops of Oklahoma. (The Houston Chronicle)

By George! 
Arkansas hires former Miami wide receivers coach George McDonald to do the same job on new head football coach Bret Bielema's coaching staff. (The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

Counting to None.
Garnet and Black Attack ranks South Carolina's top six games in 2013.


New York JUCO offensive lineman Leon Brown becomes the first player to sign a 2013 National Letter of Intent to become a member of Alabama's 2013 recruiting class. (

Mississippi State
Mississippi JUCO defensive back Justin Cox commits to Mississippi State's 2013 recruiting class. (For Whom the Cowbell Tolls)

1, 2 , 3, 4, 5 against one.
Arkansas signs five JUCO players to its 2013 recruiting class. (Arkansas Expats)

Christmas with the Blue Devil (A SWRT classic)

(An SWRT classic originally posted on Dec. 25, 2010)

"The Elves are dressed like Laettener

And the Tar Heels are in chains

(Christmas with the Blue Devil)

Georgia Tech is rancid

And the Wolfpack is in flames 

(Christmas with the Blue Devil)

Andre Dawkins' in my belly

And Kyle Singler's in my brain

Someone's climbing down the chimney

And Krzyzewski is his name!

(Christmas with the Blue Devil)"

(Photo via @dukeblueplanet's  Twitter Feed, apologies to Spinal Tap) - <br>Best Sports Blogs, Sports Blogger Rankings

LSU suspends punter Brad Wing for Chick-fil-A Bowl after failed drug test.

Another LSU cult favorite player from the 2011 season has been reportedly suspended on drug related issues. Punter Brad Wing, whose notoriety last year inspired a dance move, has been suspended for the New Year's Eve Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. He has reportedly failed a drug test, according to

"According to one source in the athletic department, Wing’s suspension is related to a failed drug test. Wing was suspended for LSU’s opener against North Texas, also a result of a failed drug test, the source said."

LSU claimed at the time that Wing sat out the North Texas game due to a "sore hamstring."

(via The New Orleans Times-Picayune,

Official: Oklahoma St. to play FSU in 2014 Cowboy Classic.

The long-talked about 2014 Cowboy Classic meeting between Oklahoma State and Florida State was officially announced on Wednesday. The game, to be held on August 30 in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tx. The scheduling of the neutral-site game reportedly became a bone of contention between Oklahoma St. head football coach Mike Gundy and the school's athletic director, Mike Holder, as Gundy wasn't too keen about playing two season-opening neutral-site games in a row. (The Cowboys play Mississippi St. at Reliant Stadium in Houston for the 2013 season opener.) Looks like he's stuck with it now.

(via The Oklahoman)

Nebraska RB Abdullah not intimidated by the SEC.

The SEC has gained a mystique over the years as being the best conference in college football. And that was even before its schools won six consecutive BCS titles. None of that, however, impresses Nebraska running back Ameer Abdulah, who grew up smack dab in SEC territory in in Homewood, Al. He and his Cornhusker team face SEC in the New Year's Day 2013 Capital One Bowl.

“I hate when people say 'beat an SEC team.' It's a football team,” Abdullah said. “You know what I mean? It doesn't really matter what conference a team comes from. It's how good they are. There's a lot of good teams around the country. It's not just because they come from the SEC that they hold some kind of special powers or something like that, where they're so much better than other conferences.”

This might be either an advantage or a disadvantage for Abdullah. On one hand, he doesn't seem intimidated facing Georgia. On the other hand, he might be taking the Dawgs too lightly.

(via The Omaha World-Herald)

Unquiet: David Shaw, bowl games, Jeff Tuel, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front - The Pac-12 and West Coast extravaganza. 

The Poinsettia Bowl is neither a poinsettia nor is a bowl. Discuss amongst yourselves.
BYU faces San Diego in the Poinsettia Bowl (8:00 pm ET, ESPN). (Dr. Saturday)

I'll Stick Around.
Stanford and its head football coach, David Shaw agree to a contract extension. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Search for Tomorrow.
Utah State offensive coordinator Matt Wells interviews to replace his former boss, Gary Andersen as the Aggies' next HC. Andersen left the school to become Wisconsin's new HC. (Mountain West Connection)

And the nominees are...
Avinash Kunnath looks at possible candidates for the job of USC defensive coordinator. (Pacific Takes)

If we took a holiday, took some time to celebrate just one day out of life, it would be, it would be so nice.
Mark C. Moore looks at the Dec. 27 Holiday Bowl matchup between UCLA and Baylor. (Our Daily Bears. Yes, this is a Baylor blog. Deal with it.)

Time for Me to Fly.
Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel announces his plan to enter the 2013 NFL Draft. (CougCenter)

Viva Las Vegas.
Ryan Priest looks at the offense of Washington's Las Vegas Bowl opponent, Boise State. (UW Dawg Pound)


California JUCO cornerback Trent Trammel commits to BYU's 2013 recruiting class. (The Deseret News)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A house divided: Georgia HC Mark Richt's cousins are supporters of Dawgs' Capital One opponent Nebraska.

Mark Richt was born and raised in Nebraska. Naturally, he grew up a fan of the Cornuskers, just like the rest of his extended family. As an adult he became the head fooball coach at Georgia, which plays Nebraska in the New Year's Day 2013 Capital One Bowl.

That's where things get awkward.

“I’m sure they’ll be cheering for the Huskers,” said Bill Richt, first cousin of the Georgia football coach, of his brothers Greg and Dave, who could split the family’s loyalties for this game. “They’ll have to be kind of quiet because I think they’re getting the tickets through the Georgia athletic department. I’m sure they’ll be fine. I know they’ll be bringing our banner and they’re bringing all their T-shirts.”

They call themselves the “CornDawgs.” They travel with a “Nebraskans For Georgia” banner that includes an insignia of a Bulldog with an ear of corn on its head."

That someone would willingly refer to themselves as "CornDawgs" should get a chuckle out of some LSU haters. Just keep your little jokes to yourselves. 

(via The Athens Banner-Herald)

Nick Saban talks about Bear Bryant and Ara Parseghian.

The showdown between Alabama and Notre Dame for the 2012 BCS title is twenty days away. With that in mind, Alabama head football coach Nick Saban was asked about his thoughts on the two respective greatest coaching legends of both schools, Bear Bryant and Ara Parseghian.

"When Saban was playing at Kent State (1970-72), what did he think of then-Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and then-Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian?

“When you're a coach, you really look up to people who did a fantastic job not only in their ability to be successful but in the example that they set. I know that when I was a kid growing up, I always liked Alabama. I always emulated some of the things that they tried to do, but being a Catholic kid growing up, I always watched Notre Dame and everybody in my family was interested in what Notre Dame did. I think Ara Parseghian probably was as classy a coach and as classy a human being, not only relative to what he did as a coach but all that he's done since he's not been coaching in terms of raising funds and money for research and fighting disease and different things that have affected his family. I just think he's one of the all-time classy coaches that has ever had success. … Coach Bryant, in his tenure here, to have the kind of success that he had over time, consistency in performance over all that time and winning all those championships, the intangibles that his teams always seemed to play with, are the things that you really try to get your team to do. Whether it's the physical toughness, the effort, the finishing, the discipline to execute. I know that when I first started coaching, I read Coach Bryant's book, and it had a tremendous impact on me, in terms of some of the important things that would help you be successful as a coach. I know it's a little bit disappointing that you have to settle for … the two coaches that we have in the game, but I guess that's the way it is.” 

On the brink of winning his fourth BCS title, Saban has all but cemented his status of ranked aside Bryant and Parseghian as being considered on of the greatest coaches in college football history.


Alabama center Barrett Jones discusses sprained foot injury.

Alabama center Barrett Jones sprained his left foot during the Crimson Tide's SEC championship game victory over Georgia on Dec. 1. As his foot is in a cast, he won't be able to participate in team practices for the Tide's BCS title game showdown against Notre Dame on Jan. 7, 2013.

Jones spoke to the media about the injury on Tuesday.

When he arrived in the media room, on crutches, he took a seat and didn't even wait for a question.

"All right," Jones said. "Sprained foot. Gonna be fine. Can’t wait to play. That's that."
One-hundred percent sure?


J ones injured the foot during the Tide's 32-28 victory over Georgia on Dec. 1 in the SEC Championship Game.


"First quarter," Jones said. 

What happened?

"I don’t really know," Jones said. 

Jones is currently restricted to riding a stationary bike during practice until the 26th. 


Report: Wisconsin offers head coaching job to Utah State head coach Gary Andersen.

Wisconsin's long national nightmare may be over. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the school is ready to make an offer to Utah State head football coach Gary Andersen to replace the now-departed Bret Bielema.

"A source close to the UW program confirmed Tuesday Andersen was the pick to replace Bret Bielema, who told (Wisconsin AD Barry) Alvarez on Dec. 4 he was leaving to take over the Arkansas program.

"That is the direction it is heading," the source said.

The Wisconsin State Journal first reported Andersen, 48, was Alvarez's top pick."

The Andersen-coached Utah State  played Wisconsin on Sept. 15, when the Badgers squeaked by the Aggies 16-14. This reportedly left a lasting impression on Alvarez. Utah St. defeated Toledo in last Saturday's Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 41-15.

Andersen's pre HC resume may have played a part in Alvarez's decision to hire him as well. Before becoming HC at Utah St., Andersen was a defensive coordinator at Utah from 2004-2008. He sered his first year with the use under then-HC Urban Meyer. Perhaps Alvarez thinks that will help Wisconsin defeat the Meyer-coach Ohio State  next season.

(via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Eagle tries to snatch a French-Canadian child and fly away with it.

It was just your average day in the park in Montreal, Canada. People were out having a good time in the cool December weather. Some watched an majestic eagle fly through the air. Then they watched in shock as the same said eagle swooped down, grabbed a small French-Canadian child, and then tryed to fly away with it.

This is why you shouldn't dress you kids up like animals when it's not Halloween, folks. A eagle might try to fly off with him and eat him for dinner.

That said, this gives whole new meaning to the term "War Eagle."

(via Deadspin)