Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban, Greg McGarity, and the Gators.

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


Four-Play. 
Nick Saban says Alabama will offer four-year scholarships to the 2013 recruiting class. (The Tuscaloosa News)

Come around to my way of thinking.
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity is having second thought regarding his opposition to a nine-game SEC conference schedule. Especially if it means the Georgia-Auburn rivalry is preserved. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Pro Gator.
Florida will hold its Pro Scout Day on March 13. (The Gainesville Sun)

Former LSU QB Jordan Jefferson ranked lowest-rated player at NFL Combine.

 Jordan Jefferson probably isn't too proud of his latest achievement. The former LSU quarterback was the lowest rated player who participated in the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. He was given a 44 rating on an 100 point scale. He ranked 315 out of 315 players.

"Jefferson has serious mechanical issues that affect his play," NFL.com said. "He lacks awareness in the pocket and tries to rely on his scrambling ability too heavily, causing him to take bad sacks. There are many fundamental elements of Jefferson's game that need work before he would be ready to run an NFL offense."

Coming on the heels of a Jefferson's disastrous performance in LSU's BSC title game loss to Alabama, and questions over whether or not he deserved to even be invited to the NFL Combine, this is seriously bad news. It certainly will not help Jefferson's chances in the 2012 NFL Draft, which were most probably tenuous in the first place.

UPDATE: Stewart Mandel has tweeted the following:







There's a chance Jefferson did better than his grading, but don't hold your breath.
(via Shreveport Times)

Daniel Tosh's Ohio St. sweater vest up for grabs on eBay.

The Ohio State sweater vest that Daniel Tosh wore on an episode of Tosh.0 last season is up for bids on eBay. It part of a bigger auction of Tosh.0 props and other memorabilia. Proceeds for the auction are reportedly going to "The Daniel House, a house where Daniel Lives."

The current bid for the sweater vest (which comes with the accompanying short-sleeved shirt, tie, and US flag pin) is $202.50. It's the perfect one-of-a-kind gift for any Tosh, Ohio St., or Jim Tressel fan. You have until March 9 to bid on this piece of cable television history.

(HT: Eleven Warriors)

Big Tentacles: Bo Pelini. Al Borges, Penn State, and more.

The difficult we do immediately; The impossible takes a little longer.
Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini says he'll take his time to find a new secondary coach to replace Corey Raymond, who recently left for a similar job at LSU. (The Lincoln Journal Star)
The scheme of things. 
Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges explains his coaching philosophy of making the offensive scheme fit the players, as opposed to the other way around. (CoachingSearch.com)

Dismissed. 
Penn State defensive end Shawn Oakman has been dismissed from the program for an unspecified violation of team rules. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Dismissed, part deux. 
Penn State parts ways with director of communications and branding for football Guido D'Elia. (The Pittsburgh-Post Gazette)

The Fisher King. 
David Jones talks to new Penn State quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher. (The Patriot-News)


The Usual Suspects.
John Taylor's "Big Ten spring storylines. Nothing original here. Urban Meyer, Bill O'Brien, blah, blah, blah. (College Football Talk)

Business as Usual. 
Ohio State gets the fifth member of its 2013 recruiting class with junior offensive lineman Evan Lisle. (The Akron Beacon Journal)

 A Whiter Shade of Pale.
Adam Rittenberg looks at the lack of African-American head football coaches in the Big Ten. One of the mitigating factors in this situation is the state of coaching stability in the conference, with head coaching job openings being somewhat infrequent in the past decade or so. (ESPN)

The Good, the bad, and the Ugly.
A look at ups and downs of new Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis' 12-season stint as Texas OC. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Iowa Hawkeyes, But Were Afraid to Ask.
A all-inclusive guide to the insanity of Iowa-centric Black Heart Gold Pants, probably the best team-based sports blog on the Internet. Part the First here. Part Deux here. (Black Heart Gold Pants)


Unquiet on the Western Front: Mike Leach, Andrew Luck, Larry Scott, and more.


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

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
New Washington State head football coach Mike Leach has overhauled the Cougars' offseason workout regimen, including some grueling late-night workout sessions that lasted until midnight. (The Seattle Times)

Andrew Luck being Andrew Luck.
Former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck made a big impression at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. Former Arizona QB Nick Foles? Not so much. (ESPN)

Five for Fighting.
Stanford has five quarterbacks competing for the starting position vacated by Andrew Luck. (The San Jose Mercury News)

That Don't Impress Me Much.
John Clayton gives a less-than-stellar review for Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict's performance at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. (Arizona Sports)

Making heads turn.
New Arizona State head football coach Todd Graham is making strides in improving the recruiting of  Arizona high school players. (House of Sparky)

You say you want a revolution?
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is taking the lead in the movement to replace the BCS with some kind of playoff. (Pacific Takes)

"BYU is better off independent."
Because Scott D. Pierce said so. It has to do with the Cougars' TV contract with ESPN, and the murky TV situation facing the polymorphed Mountain West-Conference USA monstrosity. (The Salt Lake Tribune)


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

David Wright in a Michigan football jersey? David Wright in a Michigan football jersey.




New York Mets third baseman David Wright lost a friendly bet with the Mets COO Jeff Wilpon a few month ago over the 2012 Sugar Bowl, which saw Virginia Tech (which Wright's brothers attended) face Michigan (the alma mater of Wilpon's father and Mets owner, Fred Wilpon). As you probably know by now, the Wolverines went on to beat the Hokies 23-20, and on Monday, Wright had to pay the piper. Wilpon presented him with a Michigan jersey to workout in during Monday's spring practice session. Well, it could have been worse. Wilpon could have made Wright sign an extention on his contract.

(via The Detroit Free Press)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Steve Spurrier, Cam Newton, Frank Sinkwich, and more.

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

There's a possibility, but no chance. 
SEC athletic directors will meet Wednesday in  Nashville to discuss the possibility of the SEC going to a nine-game conference schedule. (The Birmingham News)

Who Says You Can't Go Home?
Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton came back visit the Loveliest Village on the Plains last week. (The Birmingham News)

The Old Ball Coach being The Old Ball Coach.
South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier gloats about going 8-0 against "Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Clemson" in the past two seasons. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The Way You Make Me Feel. 
Robert Nkemdiche,  considered to be the top high school recruit in the nation, says that Ole Miss made him feel like "Michael Jackson" when he visited the school for it's Junior Day last weekend. Insert your own inappropriate joke here. (Friends of the Program)

Please pack your knives and go. 
Kentucky dismisses linebacker Ridge Wilson after his arrest on "a felony drug charge" on Sunday.  (The Louisville Courier-Journal)

Take a Hike.
Texas A&M announces plans to raise ticket prices for it's inaugural season in the SEC. (The Dallas Morning News)

Whatchagot, Loran?
Loran Smith takes a look back at Georgia's first Heisman Trophy winner, Frank Sinkwich. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

South Carolina player charged with burglary.

Angelo Watley's mugshot
South Carolina just earned some more Fulmer Cup points. Gamecock middle linebacker Angelo Watley was arrested on charges of Grand Larceny .

"Watley was charged with Grand Larceny of good that value more than $2,000 but less than $10,000. He was also charged with Financial Transaction Card Theft and Violent Burglary in the second degree. He is currently being held on $50,000 bond by the city. 

According to the Columbia Police Department, officers responded to a resident on Senate Street just before 7:00 a.m. Sunday in regards to a possible burglary. When officers arrived, the two occupants inside the home reported that they woke up to find Watley inside their home.

Watley is accused of stealing more than $2,700 worth of goods, including a MacBook, an iPad, and money." 

Watley has already been suspended from the South Carolina football program.

(via WIS, HT: ChuckOliver.net)

Missouri shows it's SEC pride in Birmingham with billboard.



Missouri begins the long process of rebranding itself as an SEC school with a billboard strategically located in Birmingham, Al. Which makes perfect sense, until you realize that the Tigers are in the SEC East, and not in the West with Alabama and those "other" Tigers from Auburn. Of course Mizzou gets to face the Tide on Oct. 13 in Columbia, Mo. By which time the Tigers will have been given a proper introduction to the club by Georgia, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt. No word yet if billboards have been seen in those school's home states yet.

(via Saturday Down South. HT: Friends of the Program)


Monday, February 27, 2012

Big Tentacles: Bill O'Brien, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, and more.

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

Penn State buzz.

Recruiting expert Tom Lemming claims that Bill O'Brien's arrival at Penn State as its new head football coach has resulted in the program getting more buzz on the recruiting trail. (StateCollege.com)

Nobody's Fault But Mine. 
Former Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos takes responsibility for his drug-related dismissal from the football program.  (The Quad City Times)


I've seen the future and it will be. 
Former Michigan wide receiver Junior Hemingway believes that Wolverine quarterback Denard Robinson will "“probably go the (NFL) as a receiver.” (The Detroit Free Press)

Totally committed. 
Michigan State adds two more commitments for the Spartans' class 2013. (The Detroit Free Press)

Cupcake Wars. 
Nebraska adds FCS school Idaho State to its 2012 schedule. (Lincoln Journal Star)



Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban, John Calipari, Zach Mettenberger, and more.


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

At left: The birthplace and childhood home of Rev. martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta, Ga.


Obscure 80's movie reference of the day.
Bryan Powers compares the recent spamming of a high school junior with 105 letters from Alabama  head football coach Nick Saban to the 80's  film Johnny Be Good, about a the recruiting adventures of a high school football player. (ChuckOliver.net)

Sympathy from the Devil.
Kentucky head men's basketball coach John Calipari expresses his appreciation of Nick Saban. (The Lexington Herald-Leader)

Never graduate. 
Former Alabama and LSU players continued the rivalry between the schools at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. (The Montgomery Advertiser)

Come On to the Future.
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger leads the list of the potential "new stars" for the Tigers' 2012 squad. (The Shreveport Times)

The Golden Voice. 
Matt Murschel interviews Eli Gold, the voice of both Alabama football and NASCAR. (The Orlando Sentinel)

And the Oscar goes to...
Clay Travis tells the story behind the making of Undefeated, the documentary of a Memphis high school football team that won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature last night. (Outkick the Coverage)

Today's List You Don't Want to Be On.
Tennessee lands three spots on Steve Megargee's list of the recruiting classes that "fizzled" out, including the top spot for the class of 2009. Quit snickering, Florida.You're 2008 class is on the list with them. (Rivals.com)

Nick Saban learns you can't always get what you want after failing to flip player committed to UGA.

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban is pretty close to the man who has everything. Three BCS titles at two different schools, a statue erected in his honor, and the satisfaction of being unarguably being the best coach in the SEC (if not all of all college football). What he doesn't have, apparently, is the ability to charm any recruit he wants into committing to the Crimson Tide. The evidence in this is one Shaq Wiggins, an Atlanta-area high school junior defensive back who had already committed to Georgia in 2013. That didn't stop Saban from trying to go after him, though.

“Coach Saban was describing my highlight film and talking about he hadn’t seen a cornerback with cover skills like mine in a long time,” Wiggins told the AJC on Sunday night.

“It was a great conversation, and right at the end he said ‘I’ll offer you a scholarship to Alabama if you commit … today.’ Then he paused, waiting for a response. He took me by surprise by saying all of that.”

“Then we started talking again, and I just kind of told him that I was honored but I’m staying with Georgia. And it was an honor. That was Nick Saban, and that will probably be a conversation that I will never forget.”

Saban hasn't quite gotten the superhuman ability to flip a recruit's commitment down to Urban Meyer standards yet, but nobody's perfect. And with National Signing Day 2013 is still around twelve months away, there's still enough time for Saban to woo young Wiggins to the Crimson Side of the Force.

(via The Atlanta-Journal Constitution)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Derek Dooley, Jordan Jefferson, and more.

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


Alone in the wilderness. 
Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley is the only SEC HC on the Hot Seat. (The Log Cabin Democrat)

But that was yesterday, and yesterday's gone. 
Former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson is trying to put the disastrous Tiger defeat to Alabama in the BCS title game behind him. (al.com)

Duck Soup.
Oregon faces an uncertain future after the announcement it violated NCAA rules involving the use of scouting services. (Pacific Takes

The Wild Wild West.
A pre-spring practice look at the Pac-12, featuring new head football coaches Mike Leach of Washington State, Rick Rodriguez of Arizona, Todd Graham of Arizona State, and Jim Mora of UCLA. (Rivals.com)

Endangered species?
The All-New, All Different SEC could see the end of the classic rivalry games such as Georgia-Auburn, and Alabama-Tennessee. Thanks, Texas A&M and Missouri. (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

Ready to Start.
Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell is ready to take over the starting QB spot left open by the departing senior Kirk Cousins. (The Detroit Free Press)

Who Mourns for Adonis? 
Northwestern running back Adonis Smith is transferring after an injury-plagued 2011 season. (The Chicago Sun-Times)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Gary Patterson, Will Muschamp, and Craig James.

The Sting.
TCU head football coach Gary Patterson talks about the recent dismissal from the team of four players arrested for their involvement with an on-campus drug sting. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Will to Power.
Florida extends head football coach Will Muschamp's contract through 2016. (ChuckOliver.net)

Oops!
Oregon committed an unspecified number of NCAA rules violations between 2008-2011. (The Oregonian)

A Whole New World. 
Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin talks about life under new Nittany lion head football coach Bill O'Brien. (StateCollege.com)

This just in:
Sports fans don't like Craig James. (The Dallas Morning News)


Friday, February 24, 2012

Bill O'Brien already riling up Penn St. traditionalists.

Oh-no! A Penn St. player with puppy-scruff!
It apparently doesn't get much to rile up traditionalists at Penn State, especially so soon after the passing of Joe Paterno and the Sandusky scandal that led to his ouster as Nittany Lion head football coach. Any sign of visible change beyond coaching styles was bound to get Bill O'Brien in some hot water at sometime or another.

So it came to pass that some Penn State supporters started pressing the panic button when images of football players with very noticeable facial hair (something of a no-no under JoePa) started making the rounds. In the classic Southern Baptist tradition of "sex leads to dancing," old school supporters started questioning O'Brien's disciplinary policies, and even worse - bringing up the idea that he might change those infamously generic Penn State unis.

The Patriot-News' Stefanie Loh commented on Friday about the hub-hub in Happy Valley. 

"Yet, if all the bashing over the weekend was any indication, the mere mention of facial hair on Nittany Lions players was enough to ignite talk about how O’Brien is going to run the program into the ground, change the uniforms and recruit convicted felons.

Can you read? O’Brien has stated, multiple times since he was hired, that he is not going to change the plain blue-and-white uniforms with no names on the back of the jerseys. The question has been asked and answered."

Apparently this isn't enough for Penn State fans who live by the "what would JoePa do?" philosophy. Everything must be done like it has been done since 1966. Any sign of O'Brien not staying the course is a sign that the Mayan Apocalypse has begun, and State College has fallen under the sway of the Antichrist (aka Phil Knight).

The panic is pretty meaningless. It's doubtful that Penn State players are going to be given any less slack than allowed under Joe Paterno (and that was too much to some JoePa critics in the first place). If the real concern is that the Nittany Lions are going to be running out onto the field in neon blue Nike Pro Combat unis with mirror ball-like helmets, then fans should chill out. O'Brien doesn't have enough clout yet to pull that off. And probably never will.

(via The Patriot-News)

Bucky Badger crashes a wedding.

Great. I wake up this morning in a cold sweat after a nightmare where I'm at the dentist getting my teeth cleaned, only to have Bucky Badger wearing a pair of scrubs walk into the examination room. He then proceeded to rip my teeth out while repeatedly asking the question "Is it safe? Is it safe?" If you're a long-time reader of this blog, you know this isn't a unique occurrence

I then get on the internet, only to find this frighting clip of the Wisconsin mascot crashing some unfortunate bride's wedding on what was supposed to be the happiest day of her life.



Apparently, the groom was a former Bucky in his college days, which explains the mascot's appearance at the wedding. I hope he new bride knew he was a cosplayer before the wedding. It wouldn't surprise me if he brought his old Bucky with him on the honeymoon. Nothing says your first night as husband and wife like a furpile.

(via Kegs 'N Eggs)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Jordan Jefferson, Nick Saban, and more.

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

The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer. 
Georgia is still working on the contract extention for head football coach Mark Richt. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Mark Richt Question Time.
 Richt said he expected the Dawgs' spring practices to involve "intense competition" for starting positions, among other topics discussed in a Q&A session with reporters. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Notes from the rubber chicken circuit. 
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban talked about "academics, character and faith" to a audience at a fundraising dinner for Heratige Christian University in Florence, Al. (The Times Daily)

Hope and Glory. 
Former Tennessee running back Tauren Poole discusses his hopes for the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. (The Tennessean)

You Haven't Done Nothin'. 

Former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson shouldn't have gotten an invite to the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. because NFL Draft expert Mike Detillier said so. (Dr. Saturday)

Heading to the pros. 
LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper is reportedly leaving the school to take a job on new Tampa Bay Buccaners' head football coach Greg Schiano's staff. (College Football Talk)

New Kids on the Block.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive discusses Texas A&M and Missouri's move to the SEC. (The Dallas Morning News)

May Day.
Florida head football coach Will Muschamp will speak to the Gator Club of Jacksonville on May 1. (The Florida Times-Union)

Attack of the Clones.
New Florida strength and conditioning coach Jeff Dillman is described as being a "personality clone" of Will Muschamp. (The Florida Times-Union)

A Few Small Repairs.
Missouri will be replacing Memorial Stadium's artificial turf, adding enlarging the Tiger logo at the center, and replacing "Missouri" with "Mizzou" in the endzones. And the school raising the price of non-student and faculity tickets as well. (The Kansas City Star)

Goodbye, Cruel World. 
Al.com beat writer Izzy Gould says his farewells before heading off to become the Miami Dolphins beat writer for the Sun Sentinel.  (al.com)


Thursday, February 23, 2012

FSU running back arrested for assaulting a law enforcement officer.

FSU running back James Wilder has been arrested on two felony accounts of "battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence." Wilder was trying to prevent the arrest of his girlfriend "on a warrant for failure to appear stemming from a prior charge of criminal mischief."

Here's a bit of the police report, provided by Tomahawk Nation:


"On February 22, 2012, a Leon County Deputy responded to 415 Chapel Drive #419 in reference to arresting Bianca N. Camarda, 20, on an outstanding capias for failure to appear in court on a Criminal Mischief charge. The uniformed Deputy made contact with James C. Wilder, 19. Wilder allowed deputies into the apartment in order to search for Camarda. Camarda was located hiding in a bathroom and taken into custody without incident. After placing Camarda in handcuffs, Deputy Donnie Bramblett began escorting her to his marked patrol car.
 Wilder then began telling the deputy that Camarda was not going to go to jail. Wilder stepped in between Deputy Bramblett and Camarda and then pushed him. The deputy was able to regain control of the situation by unholstering his taser and advising Wilder that he would be tased if he continued to interfere. Wilder then began yelling obscenities while continuing to say that Camarda was not going to jail. As soon as Camarda was placed in the patrol car, Wilder was placed under arrest without further incident. Wilder and Camarda were taken to the Leon County Jail."



Wilder has already been suspended by FSU as a result of the arrest. 

(via Tomahawk Nation, The Orlando Sentinel)

Big Tentacles: Urban Meyer, Jim Delany, Pat Fitzgerald, and more.

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

But that was yesterday, and yesterday's gone.
Former SEC rivals Urban Meyer and Lane Kiffin have become BFF's since leaving the conference for Ohio State and USC respectively. (USA Today)

Order has been restored?
Ohio State and Michigan are set to once more hold dominion over the rest of the Big Ten. Because Angelique S. Chengelis said so. (The Detroit News)

Welcome to the Fallout.
Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald is still dealing with accusations of racism over a controversial tweet regarding Jeremy Lin sent under his name. (The Chicago Tribune)
  
Not going anywhere for a while?
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany says that  the process to overhaul the BCS will be one that's "months in the making." (The Omaha World-Herald)

Junior Achievement.
Michigan State will hold its Junior Day this Saturday. (The Detroit Free Press)

I guess this is growing up. 

Former Ohio State receiver  DeVier Posey claims that the ten-game suspension he received in 2011 for his involvement in Tresselgate helped him mature. That's one heck of a growing curve. (The Columbus Dispatch)

No pain, no gain.
Former Michigan defensive lineman Mike Martin discusses the grueling daily training regimen he has been going through to prepare for the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. (The Detroit Free Press)

Great Neck.
Former Michigan center David Molk plans to impress NFL team representatives at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine with his 22-inch neck. (The Detroit Free Press)

Getting to Know You.
Penn State players are starting to get to know the coaching staff of their new head coach, Bill O'Brien. (The Centre Daily Times)

Texas Two-step.
Former Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis has reportedly been hired to be Iowa's new DC, but nothing is official yet. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

That Don't Impress Me Much. 
How are Iowa fans taking the news of the reported hire of Davis? Not too well. (Black Heart Gold Pants. Make sure you check out the URL on this one.)

Follow Your Bliss. 
As for former Iowa offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe, he left the Hawkeyes to work for the Dolphins...literally. (Black Heart Gold Pants. Yes this is patented BHGP Batnuts insanity.)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Crossing the Atlantic: Randy Edsall, David Cutcliffe, and more.

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

Bitter, bitter, bitter.
Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall of Vanderbilt head football coach James Franklin in the Danny O'Brien transfer saga. (SB*Nation)

Bambi vs. Godzilla. 
Florida State will replace West Virginia on its 2012 schedule with Savannah State. You may begin sarcastic comments when ready. (College Football Talk)

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.
Georgia Tech is still searching for a team to replace West Virginia on its 2012 schedule. It's the last ACC team without a replacement for the departing Mountaineers. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe discusses the possibility of a winning season for the Blue Devils in 2012. It would be the first winning season for Duke since 1994. (Rivals.com)

The End of the Road.
The NCAA refuses Boston College wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah's petition for a sixth season of eligibility.  (BC Interruption)

Dancing in the Ruins: Robert Griffin III, Rob Ianello, and Baylor.

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

My Adidas. 
Former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III signs endorsement deal with Adidas. (Our Daily Bears)

The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades. 
Sports Illustrated takes a look at the rise of Baylor athletics. (SI.com)

Back on the Chain Gang. 
Kansas recruiting coordinator and wide-receivers coach Rob Ianello discusses joining the Charlie Weis' coaching staff after serving two years as head football coach at Akron. (The Lawrence Journal-World)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Danny O'Brien, Gene Chizik, and...Tennessee head football coach Peyton Manning?

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

Free at last! Free at last!
Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall ends his restrictions barring former Terrapin quarterback Danny O'Brien and other former players from transferring to Vanderbilt. (The Washington Post)

A Change Would Do You Good. 
Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik discusses the restructuring of his coaching staff. (al.com)

Don't Believe the Hype.
Team Speed Kills says the chance that the 2012 Florida-Tennessee won't be seen on CBS isn't such a big deal. (Team Speed Kills)

With Six You Get Eggroll. 
Florida guard James Wilson is seeking a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. (The Orlando Sentinel)

Spring is in the air. 
Florida starts spring practice on March 14, with the Orange and Blue Debut spring game to be held on April 7. (The Gainesville Sun)

Very interesting, but stupid. 
The talked-about idea of Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell do double duty as a cornerback is a bad one. Because Bubba & Earl said so. (Bubba 'n Earl Sittin' on the 50)

Use Your Delusion.
John Adams imagines a Tennessee "dream" coaching staff featuring Peyton Manning as head football coach, and former Vols' HC Phillip Fulmer as offensive line coach.  (The Knoxville News Sentinel)






Alabama's 2011 BCS title to be celebrated at NASCAR race.



Aaron's Rent to Own will celebrate Alabama's 2011 BCS during the Spring NASCAR Sprint Cup race at   Talladega Superspeedway on May 6 with a Crimson Tide-themed paint scheme for the no. 15 Toyota driven by Clint Bowyer.  The crimson-and-white paint scheme will list all fourteen of Alabama's generally recognized "national championships" on the rear of the vehicle.

Sadly, the car won't sport a houndstooth pattern anywhere on its body, which is a total shame. If you're going to celebrate 'Bama, just go all the way with it.

(via The Birmingham News)

Big Tentacles: Bo Pelini, Bill O'Brien, Tom Izzo, and more.

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


Bo knows recruiting. 
Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini is trying to work on the Cornhuskers' recruiting efficiency. (The Lincoln Journal-Star)

I've seen the future and it will be.
Corn Nation takes a look at the state of the 2012 Nebraska  cornerback position. (Corn Nation)

Roll With the Changes.
The Penn State football strength and conditioning program is getting an overhaul under new head football coach Bill O'Brien. (Rivals.com)

Tough Enough.
Former Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa and former Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish were recipients of the National Football Foundation's Mental Toughness Award. (The Chicago Tribune)

O Canada.
Adam Rittenberg interviews Wisconsin offensive coordinator Matt Canada. (ESPN)

I Got a (Story)Line on You. 
Kyle Meinke presents eight Michigan-related storylines for the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. (AnnArtbor.com)

State of the Nation.
Off-Tackle Empire begins a three-part look at the state of the national competitiveness of the Big Ten by looking at the situation on-the-field. (Off-Tackle Empire)

Nepotism is a family tradition. 
Would Black Heart Gold Pants stoop so low as to post an article mocking Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz's hiring of son Brian Ferentz to be the Hawkeyes' new offensive line coach? Of course it would. (Black Heart Gold Pants)


MEN'S BASKETBALL

United We Stand. 
Michigan State head men's basketball coach Tom Izzo praises the Spartans' team unity. (The Lansing State Journal)

Tyler Bray with an afro? Tyler bray with an afro.



Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray has been letting his hair grow out a little. Maybe a little too much. He's apparently going for the classic white afro look now. It's not quite to John Riggins level yet, but it's definitely at Terry Long* level.

You have to wonder what the Vols' head coach, Derek Dooley has to think about Bray's new 'do. His Hairness can't be too abused that his star player has a hair style that isn't quite up to Dooley standards of proper grooming. So don't get too used to seeing Bray looking like this.

(via Friends of the Program)

(*Shout out to the old-school New Teen Titans fans out there.)

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Lane Kiffin, Kellen Moore, Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn.

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

Andrew Luck is a goober.
Because Jason Cole said so. (Yahoo! Sports)

We were brave. We were crazy. We were mostly young. 
USC head football coach Lane Kiffin looks back at his year as Tennessee HC, and blames his antics in the SEC (especially those involving then Florida HC Urban Meyer) on his youth an inexperience. (CBS Sports)

I fought the law, and the law won.
John Junker, former Fiesta Bowl CEO, pleads guilty to charges of involvement in a "fraudulent campaign-contribution scheme." (The Arizona Republic)

Stanford, Sanford. Sanford, Stanford. 
Stanford running backs coach Mike Sanford has been named the Cardinals' recruiting coordinator. (ESPN)

Speak now or forever hold your peace.
Former Boise State QB Kellen Moore will be the keynote speaker for an event celebrating the 15th anniversary of Kituku & Associates in  Nampa, Idaho on March 1. (The Idaho Statesman)

Your "You wish you were a fly on the wall for this one" moment of the day. 
Former Colorado QB Tyler Hansen has been preparing for the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine by working out with Denver Broncos' QB's Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn. Gee, there's no chances of any awkward moments there, right? (The Daily Camera, The Denver Post)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Trent Richardson, Stephen Garcia, Jordan Jefferson, and more.

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

By the Time I Get To Phoenix.
Former Alabama running back Trent Richardson is preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine at a facility in Phoenix. (al.com)

And bad mistakes, I've made a few. 
Former South Carolina quarterback claims that's he has learned from the mistakes he made in college, including those involving alcohol. (Scout.com)

All the Rage. 
Multiple SEC teams are looking to sign former Maryland offensive lineman Max Garcia. (College Football Talk)

This is for the questions that don't have any answers.
Glenn Guilbeau asks why former LSU QB Jordan Jefferson was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. (The Town Talk)

Back on the mat.
Georgia goes back to using mat drills after dropping them from the strength and conditioning program last year. (The Macon Telegraph)

Picks of the litter.
Fletcher Proctor looks at the former Georgia players in the 2012 NFL Draft, and which one might get drafted first. (ChuckOliver.net)

Springtime on the Plain.
Auburn schedules spring football practice to begin on March 21, and its A-Day Game on April 14. (al.com)

Look at the schedule! 
Harry King compares how the SEC schedules conference and non-conference games as compared to other conferences. (The Arkansas News)


Alabama's pyramid scheme to defend its BCS title in 2012.



Alabama's equipment staff posted this photo on its Twitter account on Monday, showing the 2012 edition of the Tide's "wall of victims" instillation, which is located just outside the player's locker room. As you can tell, it's a representation of the 2012 Crimson Tide football schedule in pyramid form; with the early season games on the bottom, and leading up to Auburn up on top.

Of course, hovering above all the other teams is in the pyramid is Alabama,  just to remind everyone else who is boss. Or pharaoh, as the case may be.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Oregon St. Beaver liquored up, arrested for DUI.

Sean Martin
Oregon State is officially in the race for the Fulmer Cup, thanks to the actions of defensive back Sean Martin, who was arrested this past Sunday morning  for "driving under the influence and attempting to elude police officers."

 "According to a Corvallis Police Department spokesman, officers noticed Martin at the 2600 block of Fillmore Avenue and he sped off in a Dodge Charger. The vehicle was located a few blocks away at 28th street and Martin was identified as the driver."


Martin has since been released from custody. No word on his status from the football program yet.

(via College Football Talk)

CBS may ditch Florida-Tennessee game in 2012.

One of the annual marque SEC East match-ups might disappear from CBS. David Pascall reports that the Tiffany Network may drop the Florida-Tennessee game from its schedule this year. You can blame the addition of Texas A&M and Missouri to the SEC for this, but the lackluster performance of the Vols and Gators on the field last year have a big part of it as well.

"The Florida-Tennessee game is the only league contest CBS has shown all 16 years, and it has been televised in prime time on five occasions, but the two proud programs combined to go 12-13 last season. The Gators had a losing league record a year ago for the first time since 1988, while the Vols lost seven SEC games for the first time ever."

The Alabama-Arkansas and  Florida-Tennessee games are both being scheduled for Sept. 15 in the 2012 season. CBS will probably gravitate to the Alabama-Arkansas game, which will probably have a bigger impact on both the SEC and the eventual BCS standings than the Florida-Tennessee game.

(via The Chattanooga Times-Free Press. HT: Rocky Top Talk)

LSU mocked in Mardi Gras parade.



Le Krewe d'Etat, the satirical New Orleans krewe whose sports-schadenfreude-themed  Mardi Gras parade in 2011 mocked LSU head football coach Les Miles, took another stab at the LSU football program in this year's parade, held last Friday night. This year's parade theme was “d’Etat Tells It Like It Is,” combining songs associated with New Orleans with satirical jabs at both local and national newsmakers and events.

LSU were once again represented this year with a float "honoring" the Bayou Bengals' humiliating defeat to Alabama in the BCS title game. This float was dominated by a larger-than-life paper-mache representation of Bobby Hebert, with the sides of the float mocking Les Miles and events surrounding the game.

(via Throw the Flag, Uptown Messenger)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Will Muschamp, Kelvin Taylor, Kirk Ferentz, and more.

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

We Hate It When Our (New) Friends Become Successful.
Leather Helmet Blog speculates on the possibility that early success by West Virginia in its new Big 12 home could cause friction with the old guard (Texas, Oklahoma, etc.). (Leather Helmet Blog)

Nepotism? What's nepotism?
Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz hires son Brian Ferentz as the Hawkeyes' new offensive lines coach. The younger Ferentz had been serving as the New England Patriots' tight ends coach. (ESPN)

In other Patriots-related news...
Kelvin Taylor, the son of former New England Patriots' running back Fred Taylor, commits to Florida during the school's Junior Day.  (Rivals.com)

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. 
FSU is still looking for a replacement for West Virginia on its 2012 college football schedule. (Tomahawk Nation)

Voodoo economics.
East Carolina chancellor Steve Ballard claims travel costs could possibly go down as an member of the newly polymorphed Conference USA/Mountain West conference. (The Virginian-Pilot)


Give me love. Give me hope. Give me strength. Give me someone to live for.
New Ohio State strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti is showing how Urban Meyer expects his players to train in the weight room. (The Lima News)

Meanwhile, back in Gainesville...
Florida head football coach Will Muschamp is busy trying to deal with  the domestic violence arrest of now-suspended Gator tight end A.C. Leonard, Naturally, Mike Bianchi blames the mess on ex-Gator head football coach Urban Meyer. (The Orlando Sentinel). 

A slight change of travel plans.
LSU will face Arkansas at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ak. for the first time since time since 1992 on Nov. 24. The Tigers were clobbered in that game by the Razorbacks 30-6. (The Shreveport Times)

Tommy Tuberville wants an indoor practice facility at Texas Tech.

Texas Tech head football coach Tommy Tuberville is the latest college football coach calling for his school to build him an indoor practice facility. Of course, it's not for the Red Raiders players, because Texas Tech head football coaches aren't supposed to care for the health and well being of their wards (at least if those players are the wussy sons of now-former ESPN analysts.) No, Tuberville wants one basically because he and his coaches don't want to get wet and cold in the chilly Texas late winter.

"It doesn't bother the players," he said. "They were running full speed so they weren't cool at all. It's just all of us standing around and watching that is affects more than anybody. This was not too bad, it could be a lot worse. The wind has been good and yesterday we didn't have any wind at all. I'd rather have this with no wind than 65 degrees and the wind blowing 35 miles per hour."

(comment emboldened by me)

It is almost a shame that Texas Tech doesn't already have an existing indoor practice facility. Think of all the places Mike Leach could have stuffed Adam James if one was already in existence. The mind boggles with the possibilities.

(via The Dallas Morning News)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Mike Leach, Mark Richt, Kirk Cousins, and more.

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

You can't win them all. 
Current Washington State head football coach Mike Leach loses his appeal to the Texas Supreme Court regarding his wrongful termination  lawsuit against former employer Texas Tech. (ESPN)

Time for a cool change. 
Georgia head football coach Mark Richt is off the Hot Seat...for now. (The Macon Telegraph)

Ooooh, hat a Luck-y man he was.
West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck discusses the Mountaineers' move to the Big 12, rumors of Alabama head football coach pimping to get WVU in the SEC, and of course, his son, former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.  (SB*Nation)

Fourth and long. 
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock  predicts former Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins will be a fourth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. (The Detroit Free Press)

Meet the Press.
Penn State holds its first winter conditioning session open to the media. (The Patriot-News)

Rest assured this will not last, take a turn for the worse. 
The Conference USA/Mountain West Conference merger is " doomed to fail." Because Chadd Scott said so. (ChuckOliver.net)

Let's Stay Together.
BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe says he and the school "will do everything" to continue the in-state rivalry between the Cougars and Utah. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

For the Wyoming fan who has everything. 
Wyoming is auctioning off the section of it's artificial turf featuring the old Mountain West Conference logo as part of its Country Joe Club online auction. (Dr. Saturday)

Hustle and Flow. 
A flow chart to see whether or not you might be getting a scholarship offer from Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze. (The Belly of the Beast)


Friday, February 17, 2012

Tennessee QB Tyler Bray goes back to elementary school.

Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray paid a visit to Bridgeport Elementary School in Newport, Tenn on Friday. He was there to pay a visit to a student named Brandon Williams, who was injured in an attack by a dog in which both of Williams' ears were bitten off. Bray presented Williams with an autographed football, along with some for his classmates.



(via Knoxville News Sentinel)

Dancing in the Ruins: Robert Griffin III, TCU, and more.

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

Smoke on the Water. 
Five members of the TCU football team failed drug tests for  marijuana. (SB*Nation)

Eyes on the Prize.
Yes, TCU has taken the lead in the Fulmer Cup. (EDSBS)

Cleveland Rocks. 
NFL Network analyst believes that the Cleveland Browns should make a move to trade up for the second pick in the 2012 NFL Draft to get former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. (The Chronicle-Telegram)

Wonderful Tonight. 

West Virginia is a "wonderful addition" to the Big 12. Because Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said so. (West Virginia MetroNews)

Blue Moon of Kentucky. 
The Big 12 should go after Louisville as its next member. Because Barry Tramel said so. (The Oklahoman)

Toy boat, or Troy boat?
Iowa State hires former North Carolina defensive backs coach Troy Douglas for the same position on the Cyclones' coaching staff. (The Des Moines Register)

Moving Van.
Oklahoma State taps former Tulsa secondary coach Van Malone for the same position on the Cowboys' coaching staff. (The Oklahoman)

Double your pleasure, double your fun. 
Texas will hold two spring football practices that will be open to the public on the 2nd and 3rd of March. (The Austin American-Statesman)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Steve Spurrier, Derek Dooley, Sanders Commings, and more.

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

Why don't you have a seat over there. 
South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier and other school officials will meet with the NCAA infractions committee to discuss  allegations of players receiving improper benefits. (The Post and Courier)

Commings suspended two games. 
Georgia suspends cornerback Sanders Commings for the first two games of the season following his arrest for alleged domestic violence. (The Athens-Banner Herald)


His future in in their hands. 
Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley's future in Knoxville will depend on the success of the newest members of his coaching staff in 2012. Because Matt Smith said so. (Southern Pigskin)

Spring forward, fall backward. 
Your list of SEC Spring Games. (ESPN)

Double your pleasure, double your fun.
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game will expand to two Labor Day weekend offerings with North Carolina State facing Tennessee on Aug. 31, and Auburn facing Clemson on Sept. 1. (Chick-fil-AKickoffGame.com)

Going to California with an aching in my heart. 
Kentucky wide receivers coach Tee Martin is leaving the program to become a receivers coach at USC. Martin helped Tennessee win the 1998 BCS title as a quarterback. (The Louisville Courier-Journal)

Florida tight end involved with domestic battery incident.

A.C. Leonard appearing in court.
Florida tight end A.C. Leonard has been arrested on a charge of domestic battery involving a woman he had been living with recently.


"According to the report, the couple had been arguing around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday at the Polos Apartments when Leonard, “shoved her forcibly with both hands in her chest/neck area. The force of the shove knocked her down to the ground, causing her head to strike a dog cage that was behind her.”

The woman told Prince that Leonard told her to get her belongings and leave, then followed her into the bedroom where he grabbed her by her hair and tried to drag her out of the apartment. According to the arrest report, when the woman resisted, Leonard, “Grabbed her by both feet and pulled her out of the apartment,” then locked her out of the apartment."

Will Muschamp probably isn't happy about this one. It goes way past the Chris Rainey "Time to die" text message the predecessor Urban Meyer has to deal with. The Florida head football coach is reportedly doing to be responding to the story later on Thursday. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

ACC looking to add UConn and Notre Dame as members?

Just when you thought expansion silliness season was over, along comes one more slobberknocker of  a rumor. This one involving a potential 16-member ACC, with UConn and Notre Dame.


"UConn, with multiple championships in men's and women's basketball, and its football, soccer and baseball programs on the rise, is the biggest brand name left and might look more at home in a conference such as the ACC as opposed to the new Big East. Sources told The Courant recently that the ACC has a 16-team model in place with its first choices being Notre Dame and UConn, but with Notre Dame maintaining its independent position there is no rush to go to 16. If the ACC can't convince Notre Dame, Rutgers could get the call with UConn, but sources say there is no rush there, either."

Notre Dame is on a lot of conferences' wish list. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany would sacrifice 100 virgin Big Ten coeds to Cthulhu if he could get Notre Dame to join the conference. The Big 12 would  offer sacrifices to Ball to land Notre Dame, but the ritual involves a bull and Texas won't allow Bevo to be ritually slaughtered for the ceremony. The SEC's plan to sacrifice a virgin in a voodoo ceremony to land the Fighting Irish was put on hold when Tim Tebow graduated.

That bit of silliness aside, the ACC probably have a better chance to go with Plan B and Rutgers if it actually wants to expand. That or it could just do the inevitable and consume the Big East whole. Those scenarios are more likely than Notre Dame giving up its precious independence to slum with the "lesser powers" of the ACC.  

(via The Hartford Currant)