Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Big Tentacles: Urban Meyer, Marcus Coker, and more.

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


What's mine is mine, what's yours is mine. 
The speed of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer's ability to get high school recruiting candidates to switch their commitments is declared to be "alarming." (FOX Sports Ohio)

Just Another Day. 
With most of its recruiting class in the bag, Michigan expects it to be a quiet signing day without many surprises. (The Detroit Free Press)


On the Verge. 
Michigan State already has a strong recruiting class, but signing four blue chip players could give the Spartans a top 25 recruiting team in the nation. (The Detroit Free Press)

Back to the Future?
Bill Rabinowitz asks if the recent recruiting success of Ohio State and Michigan will bring back the days of the "Big Two" dominating the Big Ten. (The Columbus Register)

Stony End. 
Former Iowa running back Marcus Coker is transferring to Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Jeremy Liggins, Adam Henry, Will Muschamp and more.

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

Maximum pwnage. 
Mississippi high school quarterback Jeremy Liggins commits to LSU - in the middle of downtown Oxford, MS. This may be one of the greatest examples of trolling ever. (The Clarion-Ledger)

Oh Henry! 
LSU is reportedly hiring former Oakland Raiders tight ends coach Adam Henry as the Tigers' new wide receivers coach. (The Advocate)

Beyond the Borders. 
Florida is hitting the recruiting trail outside of the Sunshine State a little harder under head football coach Will Muschamp. (The Palm Beach Post)

No harm done. 
The move from the Big12 to the SEC isn't hurting Texas A&M when it comes to recruiting. (Fox Sports Southwest)

Something's missing.
Tennessee's 2012 recruiting class lacks any offensive lineman. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Taking up the challenge.
Missouri looks at the new challenge of recruiting as an SEC school. (Fox Sports Midwest)

A-Day like no other. 
Alabama announces that the A-Day spring football game will be held on April 17. The Homecoming game for the 2012 season will be against Mississippi State on Oct. 27.(al.com)

Georgia's secret recruiting weapon - dining hall food.

Georgia apparently has a secret weapon when it comes to luring recruiting candidates into committing to the Bulldog program - The UGA dining hall. It was enough to get North Carolina high school running back Todd Gurley to commit to the Dawgs.


"Gurley mentioned on more than one occasion, including when he committed to Georgia on Jan. 13, how much he liked the dining hall food served at the school.

“Every time I go up there I just have to make sure that I go to the cafeteria and eat there,” Gurley said last week. “The food is just so good — everything.”

Gurley says he was won over specifically by the buffalo wings, pizza, strawberry landslide and hamburgers at the all-you-can eat Village Summit in East Campus Village."


Well, they did say that "the meal plan was amazing" in that atrocious "Party in the UGA" video.
 

(via The Athens Banner-Herald)




Dancing in the Ruins: Charlie Weis, Art Briles, and more.

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

Wish List.
Pete Fiutak looks at what Big 12 schools need when it comes to recruiting. (FOX Sports)

Breaking Up is Hard to Do. 
Kansas head football coach Charlie Weis releases a pretty bitter statement over the former Jayhawk quarterback Brock Berglund finally getting his release from the program. (ESPN)

The Art of Recruiting. 
Baylor head football coach Art Briles continues the Bears' upward trend in college football relevance with a success on the recruiting trail for 2012. (SB*Nation Dallas Ft. Worth

Those were the days, my friend, we thought they'd never end. 
Iowa State defensive coordinator Wally Burnham shares his recruiting trail adventures back in the day when he was a member of FSU head football coach Bobby Bowden's staff. (The Des Moines Register)

Family Tradition. 
Oklahoma commitment Sterling Shepard wants to follow in the footsteps of his late father, Sooner great Derrick Shepard (The Tulsa World)


Florida primary item of the day.
Comparing the Big 12 to notable figures in the Republican Party. Warning: This one might tip a little more to the left than MSNBC. (Wide Right and Natty Light)

MEN'S BASKETBALL


My protein shake brings all the boys to the yard. 
Oklahoma State redshirt forward Michael Cobbins claims to drink around six protein shakes per day to add weight to his frame. (The Amarillo Globe-News)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mario Cristobal breaks off talks with Rutgers, will stay at FIU.

Florida International head football coach Mario Cristobal, who was in negotiations to become the new head football coach, has reportedly broken the talks off and will stay at FIU. There's no official word why talks broke off, but CBS Sports Brett McMurphy tweeted that money was the issue. No shock there.

(via The Washington Post)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Landon Collins, recruiting, and Krystal.

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


Mother Mayhem. 
Alabama commitment Landon Collins' LSU-leaning mother, April Justin, accuses Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban of bribing her son to commit by offering his girlfriend a job. (al.com)

No Rest for the Wicked.
Alabama is already hard at work on recruiting for 2013.
(CBS42.com)

The Winter of Our Discontent.
January has been a disaster for LSU when it comes to recruiting. And that's not even putting the BCS championship loss to Alabama into the mix. (The Shreveport Times)

All Eyez on Me.
Mark Weiszer looks at Georgia commitment John Theus, considered "pivotal" for the success of the Dawgs' 2012  recruiting class. (The Athens Banner-Herald)


Dawg-napped. 
Mississippi State snatches a commitment from Georgia high school quarterback Nick Schuessler from under the noses of those other Bulldogs in the SEC East. (The Clarion-Ledger)


The Ghosts that Haunt Me.
Tennessee has been haunted by the recruiting disasters of year's past. Because John Adams said so. (Knoxville News Sentinel)


Don't count your recruiting classes before they hatch. 
A look at the attrition record of the recruiting classes of Auburn and Florida in recent  underscores why football fans should put their favorite team's Signing Day success in perspective. (Team Speed Kills)

The Last Word. 
The first part of Alligator Army's final review of Florida's defensive line. (Alligator Army)

Jeep Hunter? Apparently not a good one.
Scott Hood points to recently fired South Carolina assistant coach Jeep Hood's lack of success on the recruiting trail as a possible reason that Gamecocks head football coach Spurrier let him go. (Rivals.com)

The hottest spot in New Orleans.
Friends of the Program takes a trip to New Orleans' hottest new tourist attraction, the Bourbon Street Krystal where the alleged "Alabama Teabagging" incident took place. (Friends of the Program)

Big Tentacles, Bill O'Brien, Urban Meyer, John Beilein, and more.

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

It's Like, You Know...
Stefanie Loh tries to explain incoming  Penn State head/soon-to-be-former New England Patriots offensive coach football coach Bill O'Brien's coaching style. Or at least trying to describe it in a way without using the phrase "hand the ball to Tom Brady." (The Patriot-News)

What's mine is mine, what's yours is mine. 
Urban Meyer and Ohio State strike again on the recruiting by beating out Michigan for the commitment of high school cornerback Armani Reeves. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Come around to my way of thinking.
Michigan head men's basketball coach John Beilein seems to have picked up Wolverine head football coach Brady Hoke's habit of referring to rival Ohio State as simply "Ohio." (The Detroit Free Press)

Reversal of Fortune.
Wisconsin's 2012 recruiting class, once considered to have a lot of potential, has lost momentum on the way to National Signing Day. (The Wisconsin State Journal)

Now or Prater. 
Northwestern will try to get the NCAA to declare recent transfer from USC Kyle Prater to be eligible for the 2012 season, and avoid the the usual one-year layoff. (The Chicago Tribune)

The List You Don't Want To Be On. 
Northwestern men's basketball uniforms have been named by Lost Lettermen to be the worst unis in college basketball. (Lost Lettermen)

Walk on the Wild Side.
Nebraska is looking at a talented group of walk-on players, including high-school wide receiver Brandon Reilly. (The Lincoln Journal-Star)


Changing Lanes. 
High-school linebacker prospect B.J. Bello switches his commitment from Western Michigan to Illinois. (The Chicago Tribune)

Kirk Ferentz takes the Artic Plunge for Iowa wrestling.


This past Saturday Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz joined Hawkeyes wrestling coach Tom Brands (right, the one man in this photo who should be allowed to go out in public shirtless) in taking a chilly Arctic Plunge swim near the Riverside Casino and Golf  Resort in Riverside, Iowa. The swim benefited  the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. The group supports wrestlers who compete in national and international competition after their college careers are over.

Here's some video of the event. 



 And if the sight of a shirtless Kirk Ferentz is more than enough to fill your Nightmare Closet, consider that his half-nakedness was probably the tamest thing seen this past Saturday. I won't scar your retinas here, but if you really are in a masochistic mood, here's a link to more photo coverage of the Arctic Plunge. Don't say I didn't warn you.

(via The Iowa City Press Citizen, The Daily Iowan, KCRG)


Would you hire Jim Tressel as a college administrator?

Jim Tressel has a new career goal in mind. After a brief fling with the Indianapolis Colts regarding the then-vacant head coaching position (which eventually went to Chuck Pagano), Tressel has reportedly decided that he wants to stay on the college side of the football spectrum. This time as an administrator. At least according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.









This already sounds like Tressel is going to have a very hard time with this one. After trying to shove the Terrelle Pryor and the "Tat Five" scandal under the carpet at Ohio State, it's doubtful any respecting college is going to hire him as anything but a coach.

(via SB*Nation, Lost Lettermen)



Sunday, January 29, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Mike Leach, Brandon Boykin, Bobby Engram, and more.

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

North and South.

The North beats the South in the Senior Bowl 23-13. (ESPN


Boykin injured. 

Former Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin suffered a leg injury during the Senior Bowl. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

The All-Winners Squad. 
Bud Withers looks at how new Washington State head football coach Mike Leach assembled his coaching staff of "winners." There's a Charlie Sheen joke around here somewhere. (The Seattle Times)

Courtesy call.
Rutgers interviews interim head football coach Kyle Flood to take over the job recently vacated by Greg Schianio on a full-time basis. (Rivals.com)

Tenpenny Opera. 
Alabama scores another verbal commitment for its 2013 signing class with Arkansas high school running back Altee Tenpenny announcing his decision to commit to the Tide. (al.com)

Dramarama. 
Wednesday could prove to be another dramatic National Signing Day for Georgia. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Walking with a Panther. 
Former NFL wide receiver Bobby Engram joins Pitt's coaching staff as its new wide receivers coach. (rivals.com)

The early Wolverine gets the worm.
With a recruiting class  being described as "elite" already in hand, Michigan's early jump on recruiting could still reap benefits for the Wolverines on National Signing Day. (The Detroit Free Press)

Living on a Prater. 
Northwestern head football coach Pay Fitzgerald announces the decision of former USC wide receiver Kyle Prater announces to transfer to the Big Ten school. (ESPN Chicago)

Bigger than it seems. 
BYU recruiting coordinator Joe DuPaix claims that a rather small Cougar recruiting class will be bolstered by a bumper crop of players returning from Mormon missionary service. (The Salt Lake City Tribune)

Please Come to Boston. 
Maine and Boston College reportedly agree to face each other this coming season on Sept. 8. (BC Interruption)


All a-Twitter. 
LSU is keeping a close eye on its players' Twitter feeds to make sure things don't get out of hand. (ESPN GeauxTigerNation)


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Baylor fans are Neon but the Brave.



The two things on Baylor's agenda today were apparently 1) Beat Big 12 rival Texas at home, and b) Make America's collective eyeballs bleed. The Bears have at least accomplished one of those today by giving the crowd at the Ferrell Center neon yellow t-shirts to “blind the national TV audience with Baylor neon pride.” (The game's still going on at the time of this article's posting)

Combine the neon t-shirts with the yellow sneakers (which look more like Timberland boots in HD, for some reason) and ringer socks that some of the Baylor players are wearing, and you're dealing with a whole lot of fashion nightmare.

(via CBS Sports)

Barrack Obama gives Denard Robinson a Presidential shout-out.

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson got just about the biggest shout-out one can get in America when a very special visitor to the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, MI dropped his name in a speech. The visitor in question was President Barrack Obama.

 “Where’s Denard? I thought I read that he was in the house,” Obama said as he started a speech on the affordability of college.

And it didn’t stop there. A student hollered “Denard Robinson in 2012!” Obama replied: “He’s got to graduate before he runs for president. There’s an age limit.” 


He finished the thought by playing to the Wolverine crowd. “It’s good to be in the home of the Sugar Bowl champions. And with Denard coming back, it will be a team to be reckoned with,” he said.



Robinson thanked the President for the shout-out later through a statement released by the University. 



"Seeing President Obama speak is something I'll never forget. Him calling me out, I didn't even know he knew who I was. It was an honor, though. A lot of people ask why I went to Michigan ... in the last month, I was part of a team that won the Sugar Bowl, and I got to see the President of the United States speak on the same field our team practices on. Like our fight song says, the leaders and best."

(via the Detroit Free Press)


Welcome to the Fallout: Barry Switzer and T. Boone Pickens, Bret Bielema, Kellen Moore, and more.


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

We're strange allies with warring hearts. 
Dave Sittler speculates on the level of ecstasy that former Oklahoma coaching legend Barry Switzer and billionaire Oklahoma State sugar daddy T. Boone Pickens are in following the Texas board of regent's approval of a four-year extension of embattled Longhorns head football coach Mack Brown. Pickens and Switzer mocked Texas' on-the-field troubles last season. (The Tulsa World)

Let's Stay Together.
Wisconsin gives head football coach Bret Bielema a contract extension through 2016. (Rivals.com)

Seven the Hard Way.
It may take a seven-win season for Texas Tech head football coach Tommy Tuberville to keep his job in Lubbock. (The Dallas Morning News)

Moore Love. 
Minnesota Vikings and Bill Musgrave has some positive things to say about former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore. (The Idaho Statesman)


Read more here: http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2012/01/26/ccripe/espn_plans_another_round_jon_gruden_qb_specials_will_kellen_moor#storylink=cpy
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.
Boise State has been looking for a opponent for a possible 13th game in the 2012 season. (The Idaho Statesman)

Thieves in the Temple?
Rutgers is reportedly interested in Temple head football coach Steve Addazio to replace the recently departed Greg Schiano. Somewhere, Spencer Hall is laughing ecstatically.  (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

New Kid in Town.
John E. Hoover has a sit-down with new Oklahoma linebackers coach Tim Kish. (The Tulsa World)

Setting a play-date. 
BYU and ECU will play a home-at-home series in 2017 and 2018. (Chuck Oliver.net)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Mike Hamilton, Bobby Petrino, and more.

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


Come around to my way of thinking. 
Georgia head football coach Mark Richt goes on the road to try to woo Alabama and Auburn commits to the Athens. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Georgia needs more linemen. 
Because Dawg Sports said so. (Dawg Sports)

The Tide is High.
A look at Alabama's 2012 recruiting class shows the Tide will have another stellar National Signing Day. (al.com)

There's always a loophole. 
Mississippi State may be able to sign three commitments more than the new NCAA 25-man limit thanks to some early JUCO player's enrollment in school. (The Clarion Ledger)

Stuck in a Moment That You Can't Get Out Of.
LSU seniors haven't gotten over the BCS championship game loss to Alabama. (The Shreveport Times)

Covering the bases. 
Arkansas is taking steps to ensure that an accidental meeting between Razorbacks head football coach Bobby Petrino and top prospect Dorial Green-Beckham does not result in NCAA  recruiting violations for the school. (The Arkansas News)

Rocky Times on Rocky Top. 

Former Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton discusses the tumultuous final two-and-a-half years in Knoxville, including the infamous hirings of former and current Vols'  head football coaches Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley, and the downfall of men's head basketball coach Bruce Pearl. (The Chatanooga Times-Free Press)

Vols Coiner the market. 
Tennessee is reportedly to hire veteran NFL coach Charlie Coiner as the Vols' new special teams coach. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Gerogia Tech to prospect visiting Miami: Don't go there!

Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson has a little bit of thin-skinnedness when it comes to recruiting. He's been known in the past to rescind a scholarship offer to a prospect if he visited another school. Now, high school defensive back Antonio Crawford, who is committed to the Yellow Jackets, is planning a visit to Miami and Hurricane head football coach Al Golden. And once again, Johnson is on the warpath, and threatening to pull GT's scholarship offer to Crawford.

"Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson heard about Miami’s flirtations and had a 20-minute phone conversation with Crawford on Thursday. Crawford said his Georgia Tech scholarship will be jeopardized if he boards the plane to Miami on Friday.

“Coach Johnson basically said ‘If you’re looking around, then we’re looking around,’” Crawford said. “He said if I take my visit to Miami, they are bringing in a guy at Georgia Tech this weekend for a visit. If that guy commits, then he takes my spot.”

Is Crawford willing to take the risk? “I’m still visiting the University of Miami this weekend,” he said."

Johnson's attitude toward prospects shopping around comes off as being massively short-sighted. This is especially true considering that Georgia Tech is hardly what anyone would call an "elite" program. A simple reminder to Crawford that Miami is facing down the NCAA banhammer due to the Nevin Shapiro scandal should have been enough.  Threatening to pull a prospect's scholarship offer certainly won't win Johnson any brownie points in the Peach State, where most hated rival Georgia and head football coach Mark Richt has a little more sensible view when it comes to prospects shopping around.

(via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Shirts Without Random Triangles: What all the unrepentant Alabama fans will be wearing this spring.




It figures that Alabama fans will have a somewhat skewered view of recent events in the college football world. So naturally, those views have found their way on a crimson-colored t-shirt. This shirt about touches every notable Tide-related event of the past three years, with the exception of the Teabagging incident in a Baton Rouge Krystal. That's probably because  a) it happened after the shirt went into production, b) no one could figure out a word to describe the Teabagging that rhymed with "Tide," or c) someone actually had common sense not to celebrate that particular event.

(via Friends of the Program)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Phil Fulmer, Chris Samuels, Toomer's Corner, and more.

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

A Sort of Homecoming.
Former Washington Redskins offensive tackle Chris Samuels returns to his alma mater Alabama as a graduate assistant. (The Montgomery Advertiser)

Phil of life. 
Former Tennessee head football coach Phil Fulmer talks about life after coaching the Vols, including turning down chances to coach again. (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

Any excuse for a party.
The Baton Rouge River Center will be the site for LSU fans to celebrate National Signing day with an event sponsored by the Tiger Gridiron Club on Feb. 1.(The Advocate (Baton Rouge))

From the "Never a good sign" department:
Newly enrolled-at-school Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace was cited by the police in Oxford for underage possession of alcohol.  (The Clarion Ledger)

 Plans for the future. 
Auburn approves arrangements for the future of Toomer's Corner if the famous oaks that were poisoned last year don't survive. (The Opelika-Auburn News)

So much to do in so little time. 
David Ubben looks at what Texas A&M needs to do before it makes its SEC debut. (ESPN)

As Good As It Gets.
Arkansas Expats salutes the former Razorbacks that made it to the Super Bowl. (Arkansas Expats)


Dancing in the Ruins: Charlie Weis, Brandon Weeden, and more.

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

Here we go again. 
Big 12 expansion may be back on the table, with BYU and Louisville as potential member schools. (SB*Nation Kansas City)

Reserve clause. 
Kansas head football coach Charlie Weis seeks to shore up the Jayhawks somewhat depleted quarterback reserve. (The Lawrence Journal-World )

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Brandon Weeden, But Were Afraid to Ask.
Your NFL Draft scouting guide to former Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden. (Cowboys Ride for Free)

Kish on My List.
Oklahoma hires Tim Kish to be the Sooners' new linebackers coach. (The Tulsa World)

After the Gold Rush.
Krista Pirtle looks at the state of Baylor football following the departure of quarterback Robert Griffin III. (The New York Times)

What About Bob?
Former Iowa State secondary coach Bob Elliott explains the reasons why he's leaving the Cyclones to become safeties coach at Notre Dame. Hint: one of the reasons involves money. (The Des Moines Register)


Big Tentacles: Kirk Cousins, Urban Meyer, Tom Izzo, and (Kellen) Moore.

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

Inside Information. 
Former Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins says he talked with former Boise State QB Kellen Moore about how to beat Georgia in the Outback Bowl. Moore led the Broncos in a blowout victory over the Bulldogs in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the beginning of the 2011 season. (The Idaho Statesman)

Nothing Ever Goes As Planned. 
Michigan State's plan to install new state-of-the-art scoreboards in Spartan Stadium will cost more than initially expected. This is news? (MLive.com)

Citizen Kain. 
Northwestern QB Kain Colter, who appeared in ten games in 2011 (including three as starting QB), will compete with two other Wildcat QB's for the full-time starting job in 2012. (ESPN)

Urban Meyer nabs a Dolphin. 
Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer reportedly hires former Miami Dolphin linebackers  coach Bill Sheridan to be on his staff. (The Lantern)

I'm Just Wild About Harry. 
Notre Dame hires former Tennessee assistant coach  Harry Hiestand as its new offensive line coach. (Rivals.com)

Talk Talk. 
Part Two of Off Tackle Empire's interview with the Big Ten Network's Dave Revsine. (Off Tackle Empire)

MEN'S BASKETBALL

The Big 4-0-0. 
Michigan State head men's basketball coach Tom Izzo celebrates his 400th career victory as the Spartans defeat Minnesota 68-52. (The Lansing State Journal)


Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble. 
Minnesota, Northwestern, and Purdue are listed as Big Ten teams on the NCAA Tournament bubble by Andy Glockner. (SI.com)


Rumor: Rutgers' Greg Schiano could become Tampa Bay Bucs' new head coach. (UPDATED)

Football Rumor Mill is reporting that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are interested in hiring Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano to become its new head coach. Tampa Bay tried and failed to lure Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly away from Eugene earlier this week.

UPDATED: Adam Schefter is reporting the deal between Schiano and Tampa Bay is being finalized

(via Football Rumor Mill, ESPN)

Mark Richt's recruiting trip lands him in jail.

How far would Georgia head football coach Mark Richt go to land a blue-chip prospect? To jail, apparently. 

Richt was in Valdosta, GA for  the obligatory in-home visit with Josh-Harvey Clemons, an outside linebacker declared by ESPN to be the number one high school football prospect in the state of Georgia. Clemons grandfather and legal guardian, Woodrow Clemons, owns a bail bondsman service, which Josh works as a bail bonds agent. Richt, along with offensive coordinator Mike Bobo in tow, went to a Wednesday night Church service with Clemons' family and friends.


"In the middle of the church service, Clemons got a business call. He’s the co-owner of a Bail Bondsman’s service in Valdosta, and three people needed a get-of-out-jail card immediately. Clemons quietly got Josh’s attention and explained the situation, eventually dispatching his grandson and daughter – who are both bail bond agents – to do the prison job.

“I told Coach Richt ‘Josh has to go to jail and get somebody out. You can go with him or stay here until he gets back,” said Clemons, who added that Richt initially decided to stay."

Just like any respectful Hollywood movie set in the Deep South, things got a little complicated from there.


"This is where it gets more interesting: “My daughter called because she happened to leave her ID in the van at church,” said Clemons. The ID was needed to post bond for the clients. “Coach Richt and Coach Bobo went to jail with my wife to take the ID to them. Coach Richt wanted one more time to talk with Josh before they hit the road. They talked at jail for about 20 or 30 minutes I guess.”

There's no word if this was Richt's first visit to jail. Though with the record of Georgia players winding up in trouble with the law for one reason or another, there's at least an outside chance that it wasn't.  At least this was a situation where the player he was going to see wasn't the one behind bars.

(via the Atlanta-Journal Constitution)








Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Trent Richardson, Mike Slive, and more...cowbell.

Hello, ladies.
Living on a Prayer. 
Georgia head football coach Mark Richt will be attending church services with highly sought-after prospect Josh Harvey-Clemons. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Agent of Fortune.
Former Alabama running back Trent Richardson has hired Jimmy Sexton to be his agent. Sexton also represents Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban. (al.com)

Road Trip.
New Auburn offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler joins new Tiger defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder on the recruiting. (al.com)


Three teams, one cup. 
Georgia and Florida are tied with New Mexico for first place in the Fulmer Cup. (EDSBS)

On the mend. 
Tennessee blue tick coonhound mascot Smokey is recovering from successful surgery on his right rear knee. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Ding Dong School.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive reportedly opened an orientation session with officials from new SEC conference member Missouri by ringing a cowbell. (SB*Nation)

Crossing the Atlantic: Bobby Bowden, Brent Venables, and more.

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC, Big East and other schools on the East Coast.) 

Let's bury the hatchet, wipe out the past. 
Mike Bianchi believes now is the time for FSU to bury the hatchet, and avoid awkwardness of the situation Penn State finds itself in with Joe Paterno's death. (The Orlando Sentinel)

Trading Places.
Boston College and Army switch the sites of their 2012 and 2013 meetings. Army will now be the home team in 2012, while the Golden Eagles will host the Black Nights in 2013. (BC Interruption)


The more things change, the more they stay the same. 
Navy planned move to the Big East will not put an end the annual gridiron rivalry game with Notre Dame. (ESPN)

Checking out the new guy.
Shakin' the Southland looks at the recruiting record of new Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, and likes what it sees. (Shakin' the Southland)

Wrestlemania.
Members of the Georgia Tech coaching staff were seen at the wrestling meet where Georgia high school defensive tackle  Dalvin Tomlinson had a match. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Dancing in the Ruins: Robert Griffin III, Mack Brown, Mike Stoops, and...Hooters?

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

RGIII's the Manning.
Former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III wins the Manning Award. The Colts are still probably pick Andrew Luck as the overall no. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, though. (baylorbears.com)
 

Where Do We Go from Here? 
Carter Strickland asks what's next for Texas after signing head football coach to a four-year extension that keeps him around Austin (in theory) until 2020. (ESPN)

Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of. 
The Big 12's 2012 schedule remains in a holding pattern while new conference member-n-waiting West Virginia and Big East fight over when the Mountaineers can officially change allegiances. (The Tulsa World)

Sealing the deal. 
Oklahoma signs new defensive coordinator Mike Stoops to a three-year, $1.8 million-dollar contract. (Rivals.com)

The Commitments. 
Kansas adds a pair of commitments in Houston, TX high school defensive back Greg Allen and JUCO transfer defensive lineman Chaquil Reed. (The Kansas City Star)

The Big 12: Delightfully tacky, but unrefined. 
Dave Sittler suggests that Hooters CEO Terrance Marks (or someone like him) should be the next Commissioner of the Big 12. Sadly, this move wouldn't be in time to force Texas A&M to allow women to be Yell Leaders.  (The Tulsa World)

Nick Saban brings his Caravan of Love to Alabama boosters across the South.


Alabama has released the schedule for the Crimson Caravan, its version of the college booster club rubber chicken circuit. The Crimson Caravan brings Nick Saban and other Crimson Tide dignitaries to cities across the South to meet and greet with the team boosters.

The 2012 schedule is as follows:

April 17, 2012..... Huntsville, Ala.......Von Braun Center
April 19, 2012..... Atlanta, Ga...........Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel
April 24, 2012..... Dallas, Texas.........Marriott Dallas City Center
May 1, 2012........ Mobile, Ala...........Mobile Convention Center
May 3, 2012........ Orlando, Fla..........Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel
May 8, 2012........ Birmingham, Ala.......Cahaba Grand Conference Center
May 10, 2012....... Memphis, Tenn.........Memphis Cook Convention Center
May 15, 2012....... Florence, Ala.........Marriott Shoals Hotel
May 17, 2012....... Columbus, Ga..........Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center

Alabama fans should adjust your schedules accordingly.

(via rolltide.com)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Navy to join the Big East in 2015.

The Big East is adding another member to it's ranks. This time it's Navy, who will join as a football-only member in 2015.

“While our independent status has served Navy football well to date, Big East conference affiliation will help ensure our future scholar-athletes and athletic programs remain competitive at the highest levels for the foreseeable future,” said Vice Admiral Michael Miller, superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Big East Commissioner John Marinatto was to hold a conference call Tuesday afternoon with Miller, athletic director Chet Gladchuk and football coach Ken Niumatalolo."

Navy joins the list of new Big East football schools, which includes Boise State, Central Florida, Houston, and San Diego State, all joining a couple years ahead on the Midshipmen in 2013.

(via Rivals.com


Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban, Jarrett Lee, Joker Phillips, and more.

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

Stopping in for a visit. 
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban stopped by Senior Bowl practice to check in outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw and other former Crimson Tide players. (al.com)

Making an impression. 
Former Arkansas receiver Mike Adams is making some head turn around and notice him during Senior Bowl practices. (The Arkansas News)

Motley Krewe. 
LSU  quarterback Jarrett Lee and center T-Bob Hebert will be co-grand marshals of the Krewe of Zeus parade in Metairie, LA. (The Times-Picayune)

Marcel Yates' new coaching gig ('em).
Texas A&M hires former Boise State assistant coach Marcel Yates to be the Aggies' new co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach. (The Austin-American Statesman)

From the Don't Count Your Chickens Dept.
Clay Travis claims that an SEC Network would bring in a billion dollars a year. (Outkick the Coverage)

Kentucky head football coach Joker Phillips on the Hot Seat?
Kentucky head football coach Joker Philips on the Hot Seat. (Team Speed Kills)

A Few Small Repairs.
South Carolina announces plans to install a new $6.5 million dollar video board in Williams-Brice Stadium, along with a new area for tailgating near the stadium. (The Post and Courier)

Florida Gator gets a slight makeover.



Florida has reportedly made some slight changes to it's Gator icon. As you can tell, the skin under the Gator's head has lost the light green spot under his jaw, and it now all one color. Also, the "bumps" on the lower jaw have turned into lines, making the lower jaw look less flabby and more muscular. Because there's nothing worse than a alligator with a double chin now, is there?

(via Chris Creamer's Sports Logos Community. HT: EDSBS)

Big Tentacles: Joe Paterno, Jim Tressel,Tom Izzo, and more.

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

The NCAA shouldn't do anything to honor the memory of Joe Paterno. 
Because Mike Bianchi said so. Shut up, Mike. (The Orlando Sentinel)
  
Walking in Your Footsteps.
New Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien says he's honored to be following in the footsteps of Joe Paterno. He also talks about finishing out his old job as New England Patriots offensive coordinator preparing for Super Bowl XLVI  (ESPN)

Jim Tressel would be a bad head coaching hire for the Indianapolis Colts. 
Because Danny Helfand said so. (Eleven Warriors)

Basic Training. 
The Detroit News looks at a Plymouth, MI training facility where former Michigan players are preparing for the 2012 NFL Draft. (The Detroit News

Recruiting face turn of the day. 
Iowa high school running back Barkley Hill has reportedly switched his commitment from Iowa State to Iowa. (The High Porch Picnic)

The interview session. 
Off Tackle Empire interviews the Big Ten Network's Dave Revsine. (Off Tackle Empire)

Hero of the Day?
Mike Hlas asks if former Iowa safety Tyler Sash is responsible for the New York Giants' victory against the San Francisco 49ers that sent them to Super Bowl XLVI. (The Gazette)

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.
A look at the Iowa's ongoing search for a new defensive coordinator. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

MEN'S BASKETBALL

We are not amused.
Michigan State head men's basketball coach Tom Izzo says the school is looking for the fan who heckled Purdue's Robbie Hummel, hoping the senior forward reinjured the ACL that kept him from playing the past two seasons. (The Detroit Free Press)






Monday, January 23, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Brison Williams, recruiting, and more.

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


Williams suspended. 
South Carolina safety Brison Williams has been suspended for "conduct detrimental to the South Carolina football team." (ESPN)

Archers of Loeffler. 
Auburn taps Scot Loeffler,  to become the football program's new offensive coordinator. Loeffer was the former quarterbacks coach at Florida in 2009. (Rivals.com)


Ready to Start. 
New Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and linebackers coach Lance Thompson are ready to help the 2011 BCS title holds attempt a repeat in 2012. (The Montgomery Advertiser)

All About the Benjamins. 
Missouri and Texas A&M could add $114 million in value to a future SEC Network deal. If such a thing was in the direction the SEC wanted to go in. (Outkick the Coverage)

Heading to Baton Rouge. 
LSU lands Louisiana high school linebacker Lorenzo Phillips as its latest commitment for 2012. (The Advocate (Baton Rouge)

Taking his talents to The Swamp. 
North Carolina high school defensive end Alex McCalister commits to Florida. (The Gainesville Sun)

Signs, signs, everywhere signs. 
Mississippi State removes a seires of billboards that were placed around the Magnolia State due to possible NCAA rules violations. (NEMS Daily Journal)

Summer, Summer, Summertime.
Long-inactive Twitter personality "Summer of Mallett," who is twice as interesting as the real life former Arkansas quarterback/current New England Patriot clipboard holder Ryan Mallett, has been revived for the Pats' latest Super Bowl run. (Friends of the Program)





Big Tentacles: Joe Paterno remembered by Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, Mark Dantonio, and others.


(This special edition of Big Tentacles takes a look at  reaction to the passing of former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno around the Big Ten, as well as from outside the conference . In light of that, the regular format of BT is slightly altered for the occasion.)

Drew Sharp asks readers to remember the Joe Paterno the man, and not the Sardusky scandal that clouded his final months of life. (The Detroit Free Press)

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett orders that state flags be flown at half-mast in honor of Joe Paterno until the former Penn State head football coach's funeral. (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer calls Paterno "the ultimate football coach." (The Columbus Dispatch)

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban recalls Paterno, whom he coached against as head coach of Michigan State, as well as the Crimson Tide. (al.com)


Current and former Georgia head football coaches Mark Richt and Vince Dooley reflect on the life of Paterno. (The Athens Banner-Herald)


Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne and head football coach Bo Pelini give their thoughts on JoePa's passing. (Lincoln Journal-Star

Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke and Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio give their remembrances of Joe Paterno. (The Detroit Free Press)

Spenser Hall compares Joe Paterno to Prospero, the exiled duke and magician from Shakespeare's final play, The Tempest. (SB*Nation)







Unquiet on the Western Front: Chip Kelly, Dan Guerrero, and...Raylan Givens?

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

Chip Kelly is the new Billy Donovan.
Because Andy Hutchins said so. (Alligator Army)

Rest assured this will not last, take a turn for the worst. 
George Schroeder reminds relieved Oregon fans that someday, Chip Kelly will truly leave Eugene and never return (at least as an employee of the University of Oregon). (The Register-Guard)


Panic Room.
A look at the comment thread Addicted to Quack's initial report on the Chip Kelly to Tampa Bay story shows that there hasn't this much panic in Oregon since Mount St. Helens first erupted over the border in Washington. (Addicted to Quack)

Drawing a line in the sand.
New UCLA defensive line coach Adrian Klemm seeks to reverse the Bruins' decline in recruiting quality offensive linemen. (The Daily Breeze)

The natives are restless.
UCLA blog Bruins Nation continues its campaign for the ouster of UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero. (Bruins Nation)

Be True to Your School. 
Arizona Cardinals guard Daryn Colledge donates $150,000 to the athletic department of his alma mater, Boise State. (The Idaho Press-Tribune)

Howard's End. 
Cal hires Todd Howard as the Golden Bears' new defensive lines coach. (The San Jose Mercury News)

Colorado Rocky Top.
Tennessee high school prospect Kenneth Crawley commits to Colorado. (The Ralphie Report)
 
 Justify My Love.
Brad Denny shows what Arizona State could learn from Justified keeper of the peace Raylan Givens. (House of Sparky)


Remembering Joe Paterno.

Thought and prayers go out to the family and friends of former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno. Regardless of the controversy surrounding him and the Penn State football program. JoePa will be remembered as one of the greatest coaches in college football history. And someday, we'll be able to put his full life in perspective, including the events of the past few months.

Has Chip Kelly changed his mind about leaving Oregon for Tampa Bay Bucs?

Well, which is it?
The internet ran amok last night with the report that Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly was in negotiations with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to become the NFL team's new head coach. Now reports are circulating out of Oregon that Kelly has changed his mind and is staying with the Ducks.

"University of Oregon football coach Chip Kelly told a highly placed UO source late Sunday night that he has reversed course and decided to turn down an offer from the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The source told The Register-Guard earlier Sunday night that Kelly had reached an agreement to become Tampa Bay’s head coach. “It’s done,” the source said.

Just before midnight, Kelly changed his mind, telling the source: “I’m staying.”

Kelly told one assistant coach Sunday night that he had been offered the Tampa Bay job, but Kelly told him he wasn’t certain what he would do.

An athletic department spokesman said earlier Sunday that Kelly’s status at the UO had not changed."

What caused Kelly to change his mind about leaving aren't known. Though one could speculate that Oregon's number one sugar daddy, Nike chairman of the board Phil Knight, may have had a little talk with Kelly overnight to convince him that his home was in Eugene.

Is Chip Kelly an ex-Oregon head football coach?

Chip Kelly - Gone Ducky GOne?
Reports were circulating Sunday night that Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly is working on a deal to become the head football coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Multiple sources on the local level in Oregon and Tampa Bay are claiming that the deal is being finalized.

If the stories are indeed true, this certainly puts Oregon in a bind as it has to scramble to find a new head football coach. It also brings into question if the school's allegedly improper relationship with scouting service owner Willie Lyles may result  is some serious NCAA violations.

(via KGW, The Tampa Bay Times)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout, Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney, Craig James, and more.

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

At the time of this article's writing, former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno was still listed as being in serious condition in a Pennsylvania hospital for complications involving his fight with lung cancer. Whatever your opinions over JoePa's involvement with the Sandusky scandal engulfing Penn St. are, please keep him  and his family in your thoughts and prayers. (Rivals.com)

Do It Again?
Kevin Scarbinsky believes that a third BCS title in four years isn't out of the question for Alabama and head football coach Nick Saban. (The Birmingham News)

I've seen the future, and it will be. 
Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino claims that the Razorbacks are ready to compete for an SEC or BCS championship next season. Did Alabama and LSU fall off the map or something? (Rivals.com)

Spending money like it's going out of style.
Clemson is opening up the checkbook to nab former Oklahoma co-defensive coordinator Brent Venables,  and shelling out extra cash to head football coach Dabo Swinney and offensive coordinator Chad Morris. (Southern Pigskin)

UGA cornerback arrested. 
Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings was arrested on a  domestic violence/simple battery charge. (The Athens Banner-Herald)


Time for a brand overhaul?
Nebraska isn't quite the "brand name" it used to be. Because Stephen M. Sipple said so. (Lincoln Journal Star)


Feel-good political news of the day. 
How's former ESPN analyst Craig James' campaign for Texas' US Senate seat going? Not so well. (The Fort Worth Star-Telegram)


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Nick Saban, Joker Phillips, Dan Persa, and more.

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

He's out on bail, and out of jail, and that's the way it goes.
Brian Downing, the alledged "Alabama Teabagger," is has been released from jail after posting a $10,000 bond. (Rivals.com)

For What It's Worth. 
Jon Solomon looks at the returns Alabama have reaped in since their initial $4 million-dollar investment in head football coach Nick Saban. (The Birmingham News)

The Plot Thickens. 
You can get a funeral plot near the final resting place of former Alabama head football coach Bear Bryant for just $2,200.  Get yours before Harvey Updyke and Brian Downing scoop them all up. (Friends of the Program)

We're caught in a trap I can't walk out. 
Steve Eubanks comments on the "Catch-22" situation of Kentucky head football coach Joker Phillips of being at a basketball school with a football problem. (FOX Sports Florida)

The last, best hope. 
Former Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa is hoping that his performance in the East-West Shrine Game will help raise the value of his NFL Draft stock, which was hampered during last season due to the lingering effects of an ACL injury in 2010. (The Chicago Tribune)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Kirk Bohls names USC, Oregon, and Oklahoma as part of his list of six teams that could end the SEC's stranglehold on the BCS championship. Don't hold your breath. (The Austin American-Statesman)

I Ain't Ever Satisfied. 
ESPN and CBS are requesting that  SEC schedule "more attractive" games during the first and last two weeks of the season. (The Birmingham News)


Friday, January 20, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Derek Dooley, Gene Stallings, Orson Charles, and more.

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

Gator busted for ganja. 

Florida defensive tackle Leon Orr was arrested for possession of marijuana. (The Independent Florida Alligator)

Make yourselves at home. 
This weekend sees ten potential Florida recruiting candidates visiting the Gator's campus in Gainesville. (The Gainesville Sun)

Party Out of Bounds. 
Alabama will celebrate it's second BCS title in three years on Saturday at Bryant-Denny stadium. And no, it won't be sponsored by Krystal. (ChuckOliver.net)

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they'd never end.
Former Alabama head football coach Gene Stallings remembers the 1992 'Bama "national championship" team,  and compares it to the reigning 2011 BCS championship team. (al.com)

It's getting hot in here.
Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley has jumped to no. 5 in the Coaches Hot Seat rankings. (Coaches Hot Seat)


Come On to the Future.
Eight members of Alabama's 2012 recruiting class enroll in school early for 2012 spring semester. (The Montgomery Advertiser)

Underachiever and proud of it. 
Fletcher Proctor comments on the departure of Georgia tight end Orson Charles for the 2012 NFL Draft, and how he never really reached the level of expectations that was expected from him. (ChuckOliver.Net)

Ole Miss and Mississippi State get pwned.
Southern Miss one-ups Ole Miss and Mississippi State in the "Mississippi Billboard Wars," by reminding folks in the Magnolia State which of the three schools finished in the BCS rankings last season. (Kegs 'N Eggs)

Pumped Up Kicks. 
Georgia commit Marshall Morgan (kicker) is already getting a lot of attention following his kicking the winning field goal in the Semper Fidelis All-American game in Phoenix. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Put me in, coach. 
Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell is hoping for some playing time on the court after walking on to the Razoebacks' men's basketball team. (The Arkansas News)

Come Out and Play.
Texas A&M is looking for two non-conference schools to fill out it's inaugural 2012 SEC football schedule. (The San Antonio Express-News)


Honey Badger - The TV Series?
No, not Tyrann Mathieu, but a series based on the You-Tube video that inspired his nickname. (Time)