Saturday, March 31, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Charlie Weis gets tough, Da'Rick Rogers and Derek Dooley, and more.

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


No More Mr. Nice Guy. 
Kansas players are learning very quickly that new head football coach Charlie Weis is more of a disciplinarian than former coach Turner Gill.  (The Chicago Tribune)

More fuel to the fire.
Wide receiver Da'Rick Roger's nebulous future with the Tennessee Volunteers is adding making Vols' HC Derek Dooley's Hot Seat talk just a little bit hotter. (The Tennessean)

No Price too High.
Michigan will be raising season ticket prices to $390 for the six home games in the Big House, (The Detroit Free Press)

Dawg Gone.
Georgia defensive lineman Derrick Lott is transferring due to lack of playing time. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Getting the full-time gig.
Michigan State wide receiver Tony Lippett is happy that he won't be splitting time on the offense and defense in 2012. (The Lansing State Journal)

Iowa RB out for year. 
Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri will miss the 2012 season after tearing his ACL in practice. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Kentucky-Louisville Final Four showdown is "going to be bigger than the Super Bowl."
No. (ESPN)

Don't confuse me with the facts.
Steve Eubanks compares Alabama HC Nick Saban's recent contract extension and pay raise to the state of Alabama's financial struggles. Never mind the fact that the money for Saban's contract comes from the Alabama football programs profits (which is successful in no small part due to Saban), and not from the state of Alabama's treasury. But don't let small things like facts spoil a poorly written article, right, Steve. (FOX Sports Tennessee)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Mark Richt's silence, Tyler Bray's new maturity, and more.

Speak No Evil.
Georgia head football coach Mark Richt is keeping mum about the suspensions of  Bacari Rambo and Alec Ogletree. (Rivals.com)

Bowden calls for NCAA drug policy.
Former FSU HC Bobby Bowden believes the NCAA should have a standard policy for dealing with substance abuse. (ESPN DawgNation)

I guess this is growing up.
Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray has shown a new level of maturity in the offseason. (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)


Missing in Action. 
Tennessee reciever Da'Rick Rodgers was missing from spring practice on Thursday, amid rumours of a possible transfer to FCS school Georiga State. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Dress You Up.
Texas shows off its new practice uniforms. (Turfburner)

Location, location, location.
Colorado is looking at three possible spaces on campus to place a proposed new football stadium. (The Coloradoan)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mike Leach out-Mike Leaches himself with Pac-12 mascot death match.

Oh Mike Leach, how we have missed you and your delightful outlook on life and college football. From your "Fat Little Girlfriends" speech to you unnatural (and possibly unhealthy) obsession with pirates, you give us all such joy in our lives when you go off script. Take for example the latest gem from the Washington State head coach, which comes after some enterprising reporter asks him what Pac-12 mascot would win a death match.

Jim Moore: In a battle to the death among Pac-12 mascots, which animal or person wins?

Mike Leach: The Cougar absolutely. Let's go through this a little bit. A cougar obviously kills a duck and a beaver. A cougar against a husky ... that's pretty well a massacre. A cardinal or whatever: I don't know exactly what a cougar would either climb it or I wouldn't want to think of what else he'd do on it. Now Golden Bears could be kinda tough. I think you'd want to be a little fast and loose with them. You don't want to get caught by that bear. The Ute ... you gotta dodge some arrowheads, but I still like the Cougar. Buffalo ... I think the buffalo would be pretty tough to beat. Wildcat: Cougars are bigger than wildcats . Sun Devils, that's mythical anyway. Trojans, they may be as well. I think you gotta look out for the Bruins and the Buffalo. The Golden Bear, Bruin and Buffalo .. I think those are the tough ones.

Moore: Why the Buffalo?

Leach: Do you want to fight a buffalo? I don't know, those buffalo are big. You know, buffalo are significantly bigger than elk. I grew up near Yellowstone so I've been near buffalo. Buffalo are huge. And then the other thing I've always gotten a kick out of: When you play Colorado, there's those buffalo dragging those six handler around. Those handlers aren't dragging the buffalo. The buffalo's dragging him.
Ralphie's not even a big buffalo. Ralphie pulls those people wherever he wants to.

It certainly looks as if Leach has spent some serious time thinking about stuff like this while he was exiled from the college football sidelines. Naturally, he went diplomatic and picked the Cougar as the last mascot standing (take note, Jim Mora, Jr.) Though you have to wonder on some level if Leach would seriously put together some mondo bizarro Hunger Games-style competition involving the Pac-12's cosplaying furries costumed mascots for his own personal pleasure.

(via CougCenter)

Unquiet on the Western Front: Chip Kelly's secrecy, Dan Buckner, Riley Nelson, 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.

Behind Closed Doors.
Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly defends the decision to close the Ducks' spring football practice sessions to the public, saying not many fans come out to see the practices in the first place. (ESPN)

There can be only one.
A look at the starting quarterback competition at UCLA, featuring Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut leading the pack in a five-way battle for supremacy. (ESPN)

The straight man.
The usually jovial Arizona wideout Dan Buckner is cutting back on the wisecracks in practice this spring as he learns new Wildcat HC Rich Rodriguez's new system. (The Arizona Daily Star)

Spring into action.
Jack Follman looks at Washington's offense going in to spring practice. (Pacific Takes)

My bad.
BYU offensive coordinator Brandon Doman takes the blame for Cougar QB Riley Nelson's shortcomings in 2011, and says Nelson is capable of running the offense. (The Salt Lake Tribune)

Easier Said Than Done.
Renovations to Arizona State's Sun Devil Stadium are being made difficult due to the stadium's unique location, which is "wedged between two buttes." (ESPN)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Zach Mettenberger's leadership, General Neyland's lost maxims, and more.

The Leader of the Pack.
Quarterback Zach Mettenbergeris described as "LSU's new leader." Be afraid, LSU fans. Be very afraid. (The Lafayette Advertiser)


Back to My Roots.
Auburn defensive line coach Mike Pelton says that new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder's defensive philosophy is more in tune with the Tigers' "roots" than his predecessor Ted Roof was. (The Florence Times-Daily)


You Can't Always Get What You Want.
The SEC has turned down Texas A&M's request to keep its student and band section behind the visitors bench. (ChuckOliver.net) 


He's touring the facilities, and picking up slack.
Chadd Scott shares the photos of his tour of Tennessee's athletic facilities, including Neyland Stadium and the under construction practice facility. Sadly, he didn't get any pictures of the MMA cage in the weight room (though it might not have actually been installed yet). (ChuckOliver.net)


Raiders of the Lost Maxims.
Apparently, there were more of Tennessee coaching great General Robert Neyland's legendary list of seven maxims than we thought. Like it was a list of 38 maxims. No, this isn't a joke. (Rocky Top Talk)


Big Tentacles: Danny O'Brien at Wisconsin, Urban Meyer, Bill O'Brien, and more.

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

Condolences to Michigan head football  coach Brady Hoke, whose father passed away on Monday. (The Detroit News)

Danny O'Badger.
Highly sought-after former Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien picks Wisconsin as the school he'll transfer to. (The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Same as it ever was.
The move to Ohio State hasn't changed Urban Meyer's standard operating procedure. (FOX Sports Ohio)

Making the transfer. 
Bob Flounders wonders how well new Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien's offensive philosophy he brought with him from the New England Patriots will transfer to Happy Valley. (The Patriot-News)

New Kid in Town.
Former USC wide receiver Kyle Prater is quickly acclimating with his new teammates at Northwestern.
(The Chicago Tribune)

Nebraska's Justin Jackson is part of a three-way competition for the Huskers' starting center job with  Mark Pelini and Cole Pensick. (The Lincoln Journal Star)

Next Position Please.
Coming back from a rib injury that ended his 2011 season,  Michigan State senior Tyler Hoover is moving to the defensive tackle position. (The Detroit Free Press)

Shake It Up.
Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz shakes his coaching staff up a little. (The Quad-City Times)

Georgia reportedly suspends Ogletree and Rambo for start of season.

Here's some news that will have Georgia fans worrying all spring and summer long. Bulldog starting linebacker Alec Ogletree and starting safety Bacarri Rambo have reportedly been suspended for the first two-four games of the 2012 season. The ever-ambiguous "violation of team rules" was given for the reason.

Reached Wednesday night by the Athens Banner-Herald, athletic director Greg McGarity said he could not confirm the report and would not comment. Senior associate athletic director Claude Felton, in New Orleans for the NCAA tournament, said by e-mail late Wednesday night that he did not have any information regarding the reported suspensions.

Georgia already will play the Sept. 1 season-opener against Buffalo and the Sept. 8 SEC-opener at Missouri without cornerback Sanders Commings, who is suspended for two games after a domestic violence arrest in January.

There is no word for the reason behind the suspensions, or exactly what those "team rules" Ogletree and Rambo reportedly violated are.

(via The Athens Banner-Herald)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Is Hines Ward dancing with a possible coaching career at Georgia?

Hines Ward (r) with UGA player Chris Conley.
Hines Ward, former Georgia Bulldog, Pittsburgh Steeler, and Dancing With the Stars legend was at Georgia spring practice in Athens on Tuesday. Ward roamed the sidelines clad in Red and Black UGA coach's gear (provided via the UGA equipment room). This is a sign of what occupation he's looking to get into now that his playing career is over.

 “He’s just trying to see if that’s something he wants to go into,” said (Georgia offensive coordinator Mike) Bobo. “He’s going to spend some time over here, a couple of days to see what all we do. Not just out there in practice, but to see, hey, what do you do out there in recruiting, kind of see if that’s something he wants to do, kind of like when coaches come and visit.”

This isn't the first time a coaching job has crossed the two-time Super Bowl champion wide receiver's mind, either.

"Ward created a stir among Georgia fans when he told Atlanta’s  WXIA-TV earlier this year that he teases Georgia coach Mark Richt about wanting to join his coaching staff.

“If he wants to hire me, hire me,” Ward said. “That would be my ultimate dream job to come back and coach at the University of Georgia.”

Ward on Mark Richt's coaching staff would get the Bulldog fanbase excited, and most certainly would be a plus when it comes to recruiting. It might be good idea for Richt to figure out a roll for Ward on the coaching staff somewhere. Though he probably won't listen to most UGA fan's ideas about giving Ward Mike Bobo's offensive coordinator job. At least not right out of the starting gate.

(via The Athens Banner-Herald)


Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray confesses, Vince Dooley's new book, and more.

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

I've done all the dumb things.
Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray admits he was "kind of dumb" with his decision making in the 2011 season. That's probably what his mama said when she got a look at that back tattoo of his for the first time. (Dr. Saturday)

Ring My Bell.
Alabama wide receiver Kenny Bell says the Tide "have some of the toughest corners in the SEC" even as it looks at reloading its secondary. (al.com)

I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it.
LSU tight ends are excited that Tiger head football coach Les Miles is opening up the passing game for them in spring practice. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Things Can Only Get Better.
Florida's looks to improve it's offense in spring practice. (The Florida Times-Union)

Seven the Hard Way.
A brief look at the potential for a seven-way battle for the Ole Miss starting QB position. (The Belly of the Beast)

Hey, Wait a Minute, I Wrote a Book! 
Georgia coaching legend Vince Dooley talks about his new book, History and Reminiscences of the University of Georgia. Three guesses on what it's about. (The Mobile Press-Register)

And they called it Puppy Love. 
Michael Collins looks at the Bulldog nation's (somewhat unhealthy) obsession with the dynasty of Georgia's Uga mascots. (ChuckOliver.net)

I'll Stick Around.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive said there is no possibility that the SEC Championship Game will be moving from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (ChuckOliver.net)

Take my wife, please.
A Kentucky fan has offered to trade his wife for Final Four tickets on Craig's List. That gives Clay Travis enough reason to open up the floodgates of Kentucky ridicule. (Outkick the Coverage)


Unquiet on the Western Front: Chris Petersen, Pac-12 Heisman hopefuls, Rich Rodriguez, 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.)

Insanely early speculation of the day:
Ken Goe wonders if Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen would someday replace Chip Kelly as Oregon HC. (The Oregonian)


Insanely early Heisman Trophy speculation of the day:
USC tailback Curtis McNeal, Washington TB Jesse Callier, and the Oregon running backs De'Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Carter make Heisman Pundit's list of Heisman dark horses "whose numbers could explode in 2012." (Heisman Pundit)

The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday.
Arizona's adjusting to new head coach Rich Rodriguez isn't going as smoothly as RichRod would probably had hoped. (The Tuscon Citizen)

Byrne Notice.
Mark May claims that new Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne "will OWN the state of AZ. very soon in all sports!" Arizona State might have something to say about that. (Arizona Sports)


That Don't Impress Me Much.
Greg Cosell of NFL Films isn't quite impressed with former Arizona St. quarterback Brock Osweiler. (Arizona Sports)


Back-to-Back.
Bruins' Nation looks at UCLA defensive backs unit for 2012. (Bruins' Nation)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Penn State challenges Iowa for the title of "most patriotic school in the Big Ten".

Iowa mascot"Captain" Herky Hawk shows his patriotic spirit.
Look out, Iowa. Your title as the most patriotic college football team in the Big Ten is being challenged by Penn State. Under the guidance of the new tandem of Nittany Lion head football coach Bill O'Brien and his strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald, the Penn State weight room is slowly getting a red, white, and blue makeover.

"Though the finishing touches on the weight room -- which will feature custom-made equipment -- won't be finished until early May, Fitzgerald said it might be a good thing, because players are still learning his system and he does not want them to rush into anything and over do it.

Fitzgerald noted that the players on the Penn State roster are a very disciplined group and they are starting to understand the new strength and conditioning program, citing the fact that players are starting to correct other players in workouts as a sign of comprehension.

Players are also giving their own ideas about some of the changes in the weight room. And though Fitzgerald said it was mainly he and the other coaches who came up with the words for the pillars, linebacker Mike Mauti had his own idea on as to put under the word "pride" on a wall.

"We have an American flag [in the weight room], and Mike Mauti said 'you know coach, you should put an American flag underneath that Pride sign,' " Fitzgerald said. "So the next day we had that [flag] laid up, so he's pretty excited about that. I don't think you can have enough American flags in your weight room."

While the weight room's new equipment, along with Fitzgerald's strength and conditioning philosophy, will be a bigger factor in rebuilding a program thrown for a loop by the Jerry Sandusky scandal, a little patriotism doesn't hurt, either. (Save your "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" comments for MSNBC, haters.)

With this gauntlet being thrown by Penn State, Iowa can't simply rest on the laurels of the era of former Hawkeye quarterback Ricky Stanzi, whose patriotism remade Iowa into a red, white, and blue bleeding fighting machine.  Kirk Ferentz is definitely going to have to step to meet this challenge.

(Via  The Collegian. HT: SB*Nation)

Dancing in the Ruins: Mack Brown's life lessions, Dayne Crist, Craig James, and more.

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


Teach Your Children Well.
The NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments provides Texas head football coach Mack Brown with useful lessons for his team. (CoachingSearch.com)

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.
Texas is still in search of a replacement for its primary kick returner to fill the shoes of Fozzy Whittaker. (Horns Nation)

Top of the Pops.
Former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist is on the top of the Kansas depth chart. (The San Antonio Express-News)

The Third Man. 
Baylor lands its third 2013 recruiting class verbal commitment from Texas high school junior wide receiver Quan Jones. (Our Daily Bears)

Keeping it Fresh. 
Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops is taking a "fresh" assertion of the Sooners' defensive back squad. (The Norman Transcript)

This just in:
People don't like Craig James. (D Magazine)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray's big plans, Nick Saban's future plans, Jarvis Jones' plans, and more.

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

You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.
Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray is ready to put last season's injury-hampered troubles behind him, and has big goals for 2012, such as trying to "Get it (the Vols') back to where we were in the '90s." (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Derek Dooley on the Hot Seat?
Yadda Yadda Yadda. (The Daily News Journal)

Great Expectations.
Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones goal is for the Dawgs to have "the best defense in the nation." (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Mo' Money.
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban gets another extension on his contract. (The Crimson White)

Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before.
Nick Saban says that Alabama will be his last coaching job. Yeah, I'm not holding my breath on that one either. (al.com)

The never-ending battle. 
Alabama and Auburn are competing over signing top Utah high school QB prospect Cooper Bateman. (al.com)


Gone Daddy Gone.
Texas A&M sells out of 2012 season tickets for its inaugural season in the SEC. (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)

The Not Ready for Prime Time Players?
The Aggies are not ready for the SEC West. Because Sean Lester said so. (The Dallas Morning News)

How long? How long must we sing this song?
Scott Rabalais asks when the combined LSU/New Orleans Saints nightmare football apocalypse will end.  (The Baton Rouge Advocate)

In Memory Yet Green.
Loran Smith discusses his final phone conversation with the late Atlanta Journal-Constitution sports columnist Furman Bisher. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Big Tentacles: Bill O'Brien, Notre Dame, and more.

This is the springtime of my loving.
Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien is beginning his first spring as head football coach of the Nittany Lions. (CoachingSearch.com)

Battle Royalle.
Four Notre Dame quarterbacks are fighting for the starting job on the Irish squad. (The Chicago Tribune)


(Hawk)eyes on the Prize.
Iowa receivers are looking forward to competing for starting positions. (The Quad City Times)

The Surreal Life.
Iowa spring practice, or at least the Black Heart GOld Pants distorted funhouse mirror universe version of it. They've gone and invented a new way to "make it rain" that the sky marshals won't approve of. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

BASKETBALL

And then there were four. 
Ohio State makes it to the Final Four. (The Columbus Dispatch)
 

Butler head coach Brad Stevens turns down offer to be HC of Illinois.


(The Chicago Tribune)

Swing into action.
The Illinois coaching search explained as being like the voice mail scene in Swingers. (Hail to the Orange)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Zach Mettenberger, Dr. Lou on Alabama's defense, Mark Richt, and more.

John Shearer paid tribute the legendary Tennessee head football coach General Robert Neyland this past weekend. Enough reason to use this pic of the statue dedicated in The General's honor in the stadium named after him on the Tennesee campus.  (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Zach Attack. 
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw for three touchdowns in a spring practice scrimmage on Saturday. (ChuckOliver.Net)

For Your Honor
Georgia HC Mark Richt was enshrined in the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Saturday. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

The standard bearers. 
Alabama seniors such as wide receiver Kevin Norwood are proud of the responsibility help the underclassmen on the Crimson Tide squad live up to their potential. (The Dothan Eagle)

Alabama had an "unbelievable" offense in 2011.
Because Lou Holtz said so. (al.com)

Running the options. 
Harry King looks at the scenarios for which SEC games will air on CBS in 2012. (The Arkansas News)

California Dreamin'
Steve Megargee wonders about the SEC school's potential to sign high school prospects from California. (Rivals.com)

Bjork! Bjork! Bjork!
Chadd Scott profiles new Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork. (ChuckOliver.net)

MEN'S BASKETBALL


Everybody Hates Calipari.
Add Drew Sharp to the list of people hoping Kentucky and it's head men's basketball coach, John Calipari, fall in the NCAA basketball tournament Final Four. (The Detroit Free Press)

Alabama and Auburn begin the SEC domination of the frozen food section.

image via Outkick the Coverage
It had to happen. As you can tell from the picture on the left, somebody finally figured out a way to combine two of the South's biggest obsessions - college football and fried chicken - with a new brand that celebrates both. Championship Chicken, developed by Premier Food Group of Guntersville, Al., features college-specific packaging. Naturally, being an Alabama company, Alabama and Auburn are both represented with bags with the each school's logos and team colors.

The genius behind this brand is Premier Food Group president Patrick D. Harrell (ironically an LSU fan) who was inspired by the fanaticism of Yellowhammer state football fans.

 "I was sitting around the office one day, and I thought how cool would it be to have packages of chicken in the grocery stores, one Alabama and one Auburn, side by side," said Harrell, a 1991 graduate of Northeast Louisiana University."

Through a contact, Harrell met with Crimson Tide Sports Marketing.

"They educated me on how to get a product licensed," Harrell said. "They liked the idea. Alabama was the first one to sign off on the paperwork. The first three I had were Alabama, Auburn and LSU."


(Premier Food Group employee Mike) Newman said the company has since expanded the brand.

"We also have Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Florida and Florida State," he said. "Next year, we'll hopefully keep adding more schools."

There's no word on which schools will be targeted next, but South Carolina Championship Chicken brings up all sorts of irony. And it will be interesting how a certain fast food chain reacts to a potential Kentucky Championship Chicken.

(via, Outkick the Coverage, The Sand Mountain Reporter)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

School board in Alabama rejects naming high school after Nick Saban.

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban may have gotten a lot of honors in the Yellowhammer state since he began leading the Crimson Tide to two BCS titles and a return to national relevance. That includes his own statue on the University of Alabama campus, of course. However, that's apparently not enough for the Montgomery Public School board, which turned down an opportunity to name a new school after him. It chose to name the school the more generic-sounding New Park High School instead.

So why did Montgomery Public Schools diss Saban? Blame Auburn, which is just 55 miles from the city.

 "Montgomery Public Schools spokesman Tom Salter, who was on the naming committee, said he certainly learned a lot during the process. But when grilled about the potential of a Saban High, he chose his words carefully.


“As big as an Alabama fan as I am, it would likely not be an appropriate choice, especially this close to the Plains,” he said.


Salter playfully declined comment when asked to speculate why there were no submission for Auburn University football coach Gene Chizik."

Just for the record, the distance between Montgomery and Tuscaloosa, by the way, is 106 miles. And yes, there is a high school named after Bear Bryant in Cottondale, Al. Thanks for asking.

Saban should feel better in knowing that the school board also rejected naming the high school after President Barack Obama. They probably won't be commiserating over the snub the next time the Crimson Tide visits the Rose Garden, though.

(via The Montgomery Advertiser)

Welcome to the Fallout: Mike Leach, Denard Rebinson, Derek Dooley, and more.

Mike Leach's new port of call. 
Lisa Horne looks at the impact of Mike Leach's hire as Washington State's head football coach in December, 2011. Pirate references ensue. (FOX Sports)

And here's to you, Mr. Robinson. 
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson talks about the added responsibility he is asked to take going into his senior season in Ann Arbor. (USA Today)

Rocky Top question time.
Patrick Brown has some questions regarding the Tennessee football program going into spring practice, including how the team will adapt to the massive turnover of Vols' head football coach Derek Dooley's coaching staff. (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

Derek Dooley on the Hot Seat?
Derek Dooley on the Hot Seat. (Rivals.com)

While you were busy with the Denver Broncos...
Colorado HC Jon Embree has been rebuilding the Buffaloes' football program while the world has been focusing on other events in Colorado revolving The Denver Broncos, Tebowmania, and Peyton Manning. (The Brush News-Tribune)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Mack Brown, Alabama, and more.

The Road Not Taken. 
Texas head football coach Mack Brown talks to David Ubben about the times he had thought about throwing in the towel in Austin, including two years before he led the Longhorns to the 2005 BCS title. (ESPN)

Pease, Pease, Pease, Let Me Get What I Want.
New Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease is making sure his new players know his offense by showing them film of his work at his former place of employment, Boise State.  (CoachingSearch.com)

My weekend with Nick Saban.
Alabama is hosting a high school coaches' clinic this weekend, with Nick Saban and his coaching staff sharing the spotlight with the two-time Super Bowl winning coach Bill Parcells and ESPN analyst Lou Holtz. (al.com)


The Blame Game. 
Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops blames "Poor facilities and what he viewed was a university-wide apathy toward football" as the reasons behind his lack of success as Arizona's head football coach. (The Arizona Daily Star)

Easiest question to answer of the day.
Barry Trammel wonders if it's okay to root for possible future Big 12 member candidate Louisville in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Let's make this easy for you, Mike: The answer is "no." (The Oklahoman)

Going postal on Jerry Sandusky.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is investigating The Second Mile, the charity founded by former Penn State assistant coach and accused child molester Jerry Sandusky. (ESPN)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, C.J. Mosley, and more.

On the Mark.
Georgia head football coach Mark Richt talked to Seth Emerson about the Dawgs' offensive line, back-up quarterbacks, and everything except Aaron Murray, uh, "hunkering down" at Spring Break (allegedly). (The Macon Telegraph)

On the chopping block.
The planned home-at-home series between Georgia and Clemson might be scrapped due to ACC expansion. (ChuckOliver.net)

Back for More. 
Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley is back at spring practice after taking a nasty hit in the BCS title game against LSU. (The Montgomery Advertiser)


Alabama wins another title. 
Alabama has been named the most profitable athletic program of the 2010-2011 period. (The Sporting News)


I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it.
An ESPN online survey says that SEC are more excited about Texas A&M joining the conference that they are for Missouri. (ESPN)


Understatement of the Week.
"First-year coach Hugh Freeze has a huge challenge ahead at Ole Miss." Duh. (Rivals.com)


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Big Tentacles: Urban Meyer's new home, Kirk Ferentz, and a delusional Golden Gopher.

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

Home Sweet Home.
Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer pays out $1.45 million for a 11,700 square ft. house in Muiffield, Ohio. (The Columbus Dispatch)


More than meets the (Buck)eye.
Amalie Benjamin declares that "Ohio State is more than just a football school" as the men's basketball head for a Sweet Sixteen showdown with Cincinnati. Somebody obviously hasn't been paying too much attention. (The Boston Globe)

Construction Time Again.
Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz is facing a rebuilding situation with the Hawkeyes, while construction of a new indoor practice facility continues. (The Quad City Times)

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.
A Nebraska blogger is still getting used to the Huskers being in the Big Ten, and hasn't found a team or teams to hate the way he did in the Big 12. (Off Tackle Empire)

Notre Dame is becoming irrelevant.
Because Matt Hayes said so. (The Sporting News)

Use Your Delusion.
Minnesota linebacker Mike Rallis believes that the Golden Gophers can compete for a Big Ten title in 2012.


(The St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Dancing in the Ruins: Art Briles on Baylor's future, Texas vs. Texas A&M's murky future, and more.

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

Someday We'll Be Together. 
Texas and Texas A&M will revive their in-state rivalry on the gridiron that was disrupted by the Aggies' move to the SEC. It just might take ten years or so. (The Dallas Morning News)

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Baylor head football coach Art Briles is hoping the Bears can build on the success of the past couple of years brought on by former quarterback Robert Griffin III. (CBS Sports)

Baylor should be TCU's Big 12 role model.
Because Randy Galloway said so. (The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram)

Iowa State Playbook: the Reader's Digest version.
New Iowa State offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham has "condensed" the Cyclone's offensive playbook. (The Des Moines Register)

Heat of the Moment.
Expected a "heated" battle for the Iowa St. starting QB job between Jared Barnet and Steele Jantz. (Cyclone Fanatic)


R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find out what it means to me. 
Oklahoma fullback Trey Millard sees hitting  as a matter of winning respect on the field. (The Oklahoman)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Big Tentacles: Denard Robinson, Bo Pelini, Pat Fitzgerald's office, and more.

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

Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood. 
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson talks about the 2011 season his decision to return for 2012, and getting a shout out from President Obama . (The Orlando Sentinel)


Don't call it a comeback! 
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini believes that the Cornhuskers can make a comeback in 2012 after a disappointing season in 2011. (The Sporting News)

Sparty goes Duck hunting. 
Michigan State has signed an agreement for a home-at-home series in with Oregon in 2013 and 2014. (CBS Sports)

We Can Work It Out.
New Ohio State assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers says he and the Buckeyes defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell will able to work together. Both coaches went through the grinder last season as the head coaches of scandal-ridden programs (Withers at North Carolina, Fickell as interim head coach at Ohio St.). (The Mansfield News Journal)

Office Space.
Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald gives The Chicago Tribune a tour of his office. (The Chicago Tribune)

Gray matters.
Tom Dienhart sits down and has a little talk with Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray. (Big Ten Network)


Fun with Photoshop.
A satirical look at the Iowa Hawkeyes Spring Break, which in no way comes close to having the Spring Break experience that Georgia QB Aaron Murray had (allegedly). (Black Heart Gold Pants)

It's Nick Saban's world, and we only live in it.

The Tennessean's David Climer recently wrote an article titled "When Nick Saban runs college football ... wait, he does." His arguement is that the Alabama head football coach "is the undisputed most powerful force in college athletics.Climer's reasoning behind this bold statement?


"He is far and away the best at his chosen profession. Why? For one thing, he’s the best recruiter in college football. For another, he’s the best strategist in college football. And it doesn’t hurt that he employs the best staff in college football.

Other than that, search me."

Uh, pretty good argument there, Dave. I'm sure BCS executive director Bill Hancock, SEC commissioner Mike Slive, Big Ten commish Jim Delaney, a half-dozen executives at ESPN, and several other people with real or imagined power in college football would probably disagree with him.

The more provocative comments in the article come from Saban himself, who makes some seriously big claims when it comes the idea that only conference champions should be eligible for any future playoff system in college football.

“There are conferences that are in the BCS that if they played in the SEC, their champion may be in fourth or fifth place,” he said. “… If you’re one of the best two teams, you should be able to play in the game."

Alabama, of course, won the 2011 BCS title without having won the SEC title, which went to fellow SEC school and BCS title game  participant LSU. Granted, Saban has a point. It's just more intriguing to wonder exactly which BCS conference champions he was talking about. (What are you looking at, ACC and Big East?)

(via The Tennessean)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ole Miss reportedly hires Bjork as its new athletic director.


Not that Bjork! Although This being Ole Miss, the college whose students tried to make Admiral Ackbar the school's mascot, I wouldn't be surprised. Besides, think of what Freduian nightmares she would force the football team to wear on the field? Or how she would transform The Grove into her own personal dark carnival of the human condition. Oh the possibilities here are infinite.

Sadly, the Bjork in mention is Ross Bjork, the Western Kentucky AD He's most notable for firing the Hilltoppers' men's basketball coach, Ken McDonald, and replaced him with assistant coach Roy Harper earlier this season. Harper proceeded to lead the team to the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

While Ross Bjork will in all probability be a competent AD for Ole Miss. Still that Ole Miss balked at going with the Icelandic native singing legend Bjork will leave football fans saddened with the potential for surreal Saturdays in Oxford untapped.

(via The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

Welcome to the Fallout (Special weekday edition): Urban Meyer, Kenneth Starr, and Bear Bryant.

(Note: This special weekday edition of Welcome to the Fallout is due to some personal coming up today.)

A Sort of Homecoming.
Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer, in Salt Lake City for a speaking engagement, talked to The Deseret News about his coaching days at Utah. He isn't looking forward to possibly facing against Utah in the future as a part of the Big Ten and Pac-12's scheduling partnership, because his successor, Kyle Whittingham "is a great coach." (The Deseret News)

The Starr Chamber.
Dennis Dodd looks at Baylor president Kenneth Starr's involvement in the meteoric rise of the Bears' athletic program in the past several years. Yes, it's the same Kenneth Starr who was investigated Pres. Bill Clinton's involvement in the Whitewater scandal and Monica  Lewinsky affair. (CBS Sports)

That awkward moment when Bear Bryant meets Furman Bisher in Heaven.
Yep, somebody just had to bring up the whole Bear Bryant/Wally Butts/Saturday Evening Post thing that the late Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist was somewhat involved in.  (SB*Nation)



Monday, March 19, 2012

Big Tentacles: Brady Hoke, Robbie Hummel, and a way too early Rose Bowl prediction.

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

How Does Your Gardner Grow?
Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges is looking for situations to give promising Wolverine backup quarterback Devin Gardner more playing time in 2013. (The Detroit Free Press)

The Policy of Truth.
Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke seeks reforms in the NCAA rules covering the use of social media such as Twitter. (AnnArbor.com)

Yo, I'm taking a survey!
A poll of Pennsylvania voters shows that 46% of those surveyed  want to rename Penn State's Beaver Stadium in honor of the late Nittany Lion coach Joe Paterno. (USA Today)

The James Gang. 
A spring practice look at Iowa starting QB James Vandenberg and his backups. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Too Much Too Soon.
Jerry Palm predicts Michigan will face Oregon in the 2013 Rose Bowl, among other bowl and BCS predictions. This is the equivalent of that scene in "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown" where the Peanuts gang go shopping for Easter stuff, but the department store already has its Christmas merchandise and decorations out. (CBS Sports)

BASKETBALL

And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder.
Purdue's 63-60 loss to Kansas in the third round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament means the end of senior Boilermaker forward Ronnie Hummel. (The Indianapolis Star

A Brief History of Time.
A look at the NCAA men's basketball tournament history of 2012 Sweet Sixteen opponents Indiana and Kentucky. (The Crimson Quarry)


Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Jason Peacock's arrest, spring practice, Mike Slive, and more.

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

Back on the Chain Gang.
Spring practice resumes at Alabama following Spring Break. It isn't going to be easy for the returning players. (al.com)

Battle for the backup.
LSU redshirt freshman quarterbacks Stephen Rivers and Jerrard Randal are competing to become presumed Tiger starting QB Zach Mettenburger's backup. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Kleptomania runs wild.
Arkansas offensive tackle Jason Peacock was arrested on charges of felony theft last Friday. He allegedly used a stolen debit card to purchase gasoline.  (Northwest Arkansas Newspspers)

What's the Story, Morning Glory? 
Mark Weiser looks at storylines going into spring practice at Georgia. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

The Commish.
SEC Comissioner Mike Slive talks about conference expansion, the chances for a playoff in the FCS, the SEC's presence in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, and more. (The Memphis Commercial Appeal)

Full speed ahead.
Plans to expand Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium are moving forward. (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

Funny How Time Slips Away. 
Rising senior Florida linebacker Jon Bostic looks back at his life as a member of the Gators. (ESPN)

Furman Bisher remembered.
Furman Bisher, retired sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has passed away at age 93. He worked for  the newspaper for 59 years between 1950 and 2009, and was famous for his coverage of The Masters. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Charlie Weis, Isaiah Crowell, and more.

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

Charlie Weis is like an onion. He has layers.
The new Kansas head football coach reflects on being considered an "ogre" by "most college football fans and media across the country."(The Sporting News)

Instant Karma's gonna get you.
Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger mocks Big 12 men's basketball champion Missouri's loss to Norfolk State in the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The Jayhawks aren't out of the woods yet, Zenger. (The Dagger)

Island hopping.
LSU signs Tonga-born JUCO transfer Fehoko Fanaika to its 2012 recruiting class. (The New Orleans Times Picayune)

With Six You Get Egg Roll.
Fletcher Proctor has six questions about Georgia coming into spring practice. (ChuckOliver.net)

By Georgia, I think he's got it!
Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell may be finally getting the idea that he needs to get his head out of his rear end if he wants to succeed on the college level and beyond. (ChuckOliver.net)

Are You Experienced?
Jimmy Lake, the new Boise State defensive backs coach, brings to Boise several years of NFL coaching experience. (The Idaho Press-Tribune

Back on the Chain Gang.
Mike Stoops talks about adjusting to his return to Oklahoma as his brother (Sooner HC) Bob Stoops' defensive coordinator after being HC of Arizona. (The Tulsa World)

All of the Lights.
Michigan may play multiple games under the lights in the 2012 football season than just Notre Dame.  (The Detroit Free Press)

Welcome back. Now pee in this cup.
TCU head football coach Gary Patterson plans to drug test the Horned Frogs football team as soon as they get back to school following Spring Break. (Dr. Saturday)


Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
Berry Tramel looks at the pluses and minuses of the Big 12's new television deal with ESPN. (The Oklahoman)


Central Florida's defense is improving.
Because UCF HC George O'Leary said so. (The Orlando Sentinel)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Brady Hoke, Denard Robinson, the ghost of Ernest P. Worrell, and more.

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


Putting his big boy pants on.
Michigan head football coach and shorts aficionado Brady Hoke reportedly wore slacks while speaking to the press before the start of spring drills. (The Detroit Free Press)

Denard Robinson will be an NFL quarterback.
Because Denard Robinson said so. (NBS Sports)

Eyes on the Prize.
Alabama is looking to make North Carolina high school junior QB Connor Mitch a part of  its 2013 recruiting class. (al.com)

Throw the bums out!
Former Penn State and NFL Football legend Franco Harris thinks the Penn State board of Trustees should be removed for handling of the late Joe Paterno's firing during the Sandusky scandal. (Rivals.com)

Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Georgia fans shouldn't be counting the Bulldogs' chances to make a run for the 2012 BCS title before it hatches. (Leather Helmet Blog)

Prime Time Live.
NBC will show Miami-Notre Dame game at Soldier's Field in Chicago on October 6 in prime time at 7:30 EDT. (CBS Sports)

The Right Profile.
West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck explains the Mountaineers' move to the Big 12 as "sustaining" the school's national profile. (The Charleston Daily Mail)


Hey Vern, It's Steve Spurrier!
What happens when you polymorph The Old Ball Coach with Jim Varney? An inspired reinterpretation of the Spurrier era at South Carolina, Orson Swindle style. (EDSBS)



Did Brady Hoke jinx the Michigan men's basketball team out of the NCAA Tournament?

Why, Coach Hoke? Why did you curse us the way you did?
The Michigan men's basketball team would probably like to thank Wolverine head football coach Brady Hoke for jinxing them out of the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament with his little obsession with referring to the Wolverines' most hated rival, Ohio State, as simply "Ohio." The "real" Ohio University obviously wasn't too fond of it, either. The Bobcats beat Michigan 65-60 as part of Friday's upset happy second day of the NCAA Tournament. 

(via The Detroit Free Press, AnnArbor.com)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Steve Spurrier roams shirtless at Gamecocks spring football practice.

The rumors are true. South Carolina head football coach roamed around the Gamecocks' spring practice field shirtless on Thursday. Here's the visual proof of The Old Ball Coach's half-nakedness. Don't look, Ethel!

Steve Spurrier thinks P90X is for wussies.

There's no definite word on the explanation of the reasons behind the exposure of Spurrier's flesh, though the spring weather is being considered as a factor. Though with The Old Ball Coach, you can never tell what is going on inside his devious mind.


(via EDSBS, WOLO)


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Beavers banned from Oregon student athlete center.


How's this for taking a college rivalry to a new level? The University of Oregon's  John E. Jaqua Center for Student Athletes is reportedly plastered with signs like this one informing students that neither food, nor drink, nor Beavers are allowed in the facilities. Or at least in designated areas. So if you're Jerry Mathers and you want to see what Phil Knight's magic money tree will buy Oregon, you're apparently out of luck. No word if other varmints like Bears or Cougars are also barred from the facilities.
 


(via SB*Nation)

Unquiet on the Western Front: Todd Graham, Kellen Moore, Keith Price, 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.)

The first day of the rest of their lives.
Arizona State holds its first spring practice session under new head football coach Todd Graham. (FOX Sports Arizona)

When Kellen Met Chucky.
Former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore has taped his  Jon Gruden’s QB Camp episode with the NFL Monday Night Football announcer and former Super Bowl-winning coach. (KTVB)

The Price is Right.
Washington quarterback Keith Price talks about facing Baylor and its Heisman Trophy-winning QB Robert Griffin III in the Alamo Bowl last season, along with his own possible chances for the Heisman. (The Orlando Sentinel)

How about a nice Hawaiian Punch?
Stanford adds Hawaii high school linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea to its 2013 recruiting class. (CBS Sports)


Mark your calendars now. 
Stanford and Northwestern agree to a home-at-home series in 2015 and 2016. (The New Big Red Report)

So near, and yet so far away.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has a lot of nice things to say about USC athletic directorPat Haden. As for UCLA AD Dan Guerrero? Not so much. (Bruins Nation)


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Derek Dooley, Steve Spurrier, and more.

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

The New Deal. 
Chip Towers take a look at Georgia head football coach Mark Richt's new contract. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Give me love. Give me hope. Give me strength. Give me someone to live for.
Georgia adds former Penn State director of football strength and conditioning John Thomas to its strength and conditioning staff as it's senior associate director of strength and conditioning. (The Red and Black)

The bad news about the John Thomas hire at Georgia...
Joe Tereshinski is still in charge of the Georgia strength and conditioning program. (The Macon Telegraph)

The absolute last item involving strength and conditioning in today's CDLM. 
South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier was "impressed" with the state of the Gamecocks' level of conditioning on the the first day of spring football practice. (The State)

If You're Gonna Play In Texas...
Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin isn't sure which side of the new Aggie-SEC partnership has the recruiting edge inside the Lone Star State. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
 
Are You Gonna Go My Way?
Michael Carvell asks coaches around the SEC if they agree with Tennessee HC Derek Dooley's views on over-signing. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Big Tentacles: Bill O'Brien, Danny O'Brien, Kirk Cousins, and a special appearance by Barack Obama.

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

Bill O'Brien is a great recruiter for Penn State. 
because Michael Sedor said so. (The Patriot-News)

A Shot in the Dark.
Penn State is in the running for highly sought-after  former Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien. Because you can never have too many O'Briens in Happy Valley. (The Patriot-News)

It's my turn to see what I can see. 
Nebraska center Cole Pensick looks to win the starting position of former Husker center Mike Caputo. (Lincoln Journal Star)

What do you say when you meet Bill Belichick?
If your Nebraska sophomore wide receiver Jamal Turner, you tell him he'll be seeing you again in three years. (The Lincoln Journal Star)

Round and Round. 
Former Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins will be a second round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Because Mel Kiper Jr. said so. (The Lansing State Journal)

Shrewd election year move of the day (unless you live in Michigan).
President Barack Obama has Ohio State in his Final Four, along with Kentucky, Missouri, and North Carolina. (The Huffington Post)

I've got a little list.
Off Tackle Empire gives us it's "Ten Most Annoying Things About March Madness. Yes, Duke is one of the entries. (Off Tackle Empire)