Thursday, May 31, 2012

That Big East Roundup: Cincinnati, South Florida, and more.

Coney Island Bennie.
Matt Opper profiles Cincinnati freshman quarterback Bennie Coney.  (Down the Drive)

Many happy returns. 
Big East Coast Bias looks at the Big East leaders in returning tackles. (Big East Coast Bias)


Demi-goguery.
Jamie DeVriend profiles South Florida defensive tackle Demi Thompson. (Voodoo Five)

Cleveland Rocks. 
Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician profiles Syracuse fullback Clay Cleveland. (Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew, Mike Slive, Les Miles, Gene Chizik, and more.

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

Where Do We Go From Here? 
The SEC is still trying to figure out what's next as it goes forward in its post-expansion future. (The Birmingham News)

Talking with The Man. 
Tony Barnhart holds a Q&A session with SEC comissioner Mike Slive over issues including college football playoffs and other subjects. (CBS Sports)

Laying it on the line. 
Holdin' the Rope takes a Michigan-centric look at the Alabama linebacker squad. (Holdin' the Rope)

Endangered species?
The annual Alabama-Tennessee game is in jeopardy as the SEC tries figure out how to produce a workable schedule for a fourteen-game conference. (The Tuscaloosa News)

Enemy Mine.
An annal Arkansas-Missouri cross-division rivalry is looking more and more like a given. (The Arkansas News)

Save the Last Dance for Me.
Texas A&M wants to have LSU as the final regular game on its schedule. The Bayou Bengals currently play Arkansas as the last game of the season. One has to wonder how long this will last until the Aggies and Texas mend their fences to revive that annual rivalry. (Arkansas Sports 360)

Going Mobile.
LSU head football coach Les Miles will be the keynote speaker Thursday night at the annual DEXImaging L'Arche Football Preview Dinner in Mobile, Al. (The Mobile Press-Register)


Going Mobile, part deux.
Meanwhile, Auburn HC Gene Chizik will be the keynote speaker at the The 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile's annual gala. (al.com)


Tiger-on-Tiger action. 
Track 'Em Tigers looks ahead to the Sept. 22 LSU-Auburn game. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Mind-bending moment of the day: T. Boone replies to Drake on Twitter.

Prepare for you head to explode. Billionaire energy mogul and Oklahoma State sugar daddy T. Boone Pickens responded to a Tweet by rapper Drake on Twitter.


And yes, that's the real T. Boone Pickens. The account is Twitter-verified and everything.

Now I could believe Pickens might reach out to someone like Justin Beiber, who at least at one point last year had Oklahoma St. head football coach's Mike Gundy's "I'm a Man" rant as his ringtone. Which was a mind-blowing event in it's own that led to Gundy using a Beiber tune as his own ringtone. But retweeting Drake is a completely reality-bending event.

(image via CBS Sports on Facebook)

The Red River Rivarly recreated in wedding cake balls.


From the "so cheesy it's awesome" department come this wedding "cake" from the recent wedding of Clayton and Lynda Kelley. The "cake" is actually a model of the Cotton Bowl, traditional setting of the annual Texas-Oklahoma Red River Rivalry game filled with crimson and burnt orange-colored cake balls representing Sooner and Longhorn players and fans, with some different kinds thrown in for fun. (Are those Buckeyes I see? No, I mean the peanut butter and chocolate kind).

Maybe the coolest aspect of the whole set-up is the "scoreboard," which is really a digital frame with photos of the couple. This might be a little too much for Martha Stewart, but it's still a good thing.

(via CBS Sports)

Big Tentacles: Michigan State, the "sons" of Hayden Fry, Jordan Kovacs, and more.

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten, its sway over the college football landscape and that school in South Bend it not-so-secretly covets.) 

Dinner and a Football Team.
Off Tackle Empire combines a profile of the 2012 Nebraska football program with a impeccable Cornhusker-themed dinner, featuring lots of dishes with corn. (Off Tackle Empire)

Something To Be Proud Of.
Phillip Zaroo profiles the Michigan State athletic program as it becomes the only team in the 2011-2012 season to send teams into the postseason five major NCAA sports (football, men's & women's basketball, hockey, and baseball). (mLive)

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. 
Michigan-centric Maize n Brew previews Northwestern's 2012 season. Because that's what rival blogs do. (Maize n Brew)

Iowa Hawkeye profile clearinghouse. 
Mark Morehouse profiles Iowa wide receiver Jacob Hillyer, defensive tackle Jalllel Johnson, and punter Connor Kornbrath. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Six Degrees of Hayden Fry.
Spencer Hall give a handy chart to point out how many of the coached of the past thirty-plus years or so have a connection to legendary Iowa head football coach Hayden Fry. (EDSBS)

The Big Ten shouldn't expand.
Because Black Heart Gold Pants said so, in a rather unusually sober moment for BHGP. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Could this be the one?
Jeff Beck profiles a potential 2012 Ohio State breakout in freshman wide receiver Michael Thomas, who wowed people (including Buckeye HC Urban Meyer) in the Ohio St. spring game. (Eleven Warriors)

The Safety Dance. 
Maize n Brew profiles Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs. (Maize n Brew)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

L.A. Coliseum was used as location for filming of porn video in 2001.

Think the Reggie Bush scandal was the sleaziest thing that ever happened in Los Angeles Coliseum? Think again. Word comes from The Los Angeles Times this weekend that a football-themed pornographic video was filmed inside Los Angeles Coliseum in September of 2001. The video, titled The Gangbang Girl #32, reportedly "featured 40 minutes of group sex on the gridiron turf." As The Times said it "learned."

 "I was just in awe that we were at the Coliseum," said a star of the film, who goes by the name Mr. Marcus. "I've made movies for about 20 years and I've done a lot of things, but that one really stands out.… I mean, who gets to have sex on the Coliseum floor?"

Marcus said the football-themed footage was shot on a single night, including some non-explicit scenes filmed in a Coliseum locker room that did not make the final cut. The Coliseum is not identified by name in the video, which was made in 2001 and released in 2002. About half of the 90-minute movie was filmed elsewhere.


How the crew got permission to use the national historic landmark — which was built as a memorial to
World War I veterans — is unclear. Attempts to reach a representative of the production company, Anabolic Video, were unsuccessful."

No word exactly how The Times "learned" this is open for debate, but you can speculate that it was done the old fashioned way. One also has to speculate that somebody between 2001 and 2012 at paper had to have known this film existed, but there there were other things more important to report on between now and then*. (You think print journalists have cleaner minds than your average sports blogger? Silly rabbit.)

So why is so much of a big deal being made about it now? Because the Coliseum's general manager at the time, Patrick Lynch, is knee deep in a scandal involving "Coliseum financial irregularities and lax oversight by its nine-member governing commission." (Lynch's lawyer denied his cliend knew anything about the filming.) The commission, reportedly "at the brink of insolvency," turned over control of the historic Colosseum to USC on May 14.

*You think print journalists have cleaner minds than your average sports blogger? Silly rabbit.

(via The Los Angeles Times. HT: EDSBS)


Unquiet on the Western Front: Night games for BYU and Utah, recruiting news, 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 Pac-12 will neither expand nor contract.
Because Avinash Kunnath said so. (Pacific Takes)

I've see the future, and it will be.
BYU and Utah look to play more night games in the future, including the ones broadcast Thursday and Friday nights on ESPN.  (The Salt Lake Tribune)

I've seen the future, and it works.

Richard Cirminiello previews UCLA's 2012 season. (College Football News)

BYU recruiting news. 
California JUCO defensive lineman Ma'ataua Brown commits to BYU. (The Deseret News)

A Sort of Homecoming. 
Arizona State will reportedly announce that the Sun Devils will train for a week at their legendary training camp home, Camp Tontozona from August 14-18. The team hasn't trained their since 2008. (The Arizona Republic)

Tough Enough.
Washington and Oregon State come in second and third on Bruce Feldman's list of the "Toughest Schedules of 2012." (Number one went to Notre Dame.) Cal landed at number nine on the list. (CBS Sports)

The best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.
Kevan Lee counts down the ten greatest quarterbacks in Boise State history. If you think you know where Kellen Moore lands, you're probably right. (One Bronco Nation Under God)

Wish List, Cal edition.
California Golden Blogs looks at Cal's 2013 recruiting prospects at tight end. (California Golden Blogs)

Wish List, Oregon edition.
Addicted to Quack looks at Oregon's recruiting needs on the defensive line. (Addicted to Quack)




Alabama graduate assistant arrested for possession of marijuana.

A member of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban's coaching staff has gotten himself into a little bit of trouble with the law.  Crimson Tide offensive graduate assistant Derrick Crudup Jr. was arrested May 22 on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana.

"According to BamaOnline.com, Crudup Jr. was initially stopped for a traffic violation. He possessed "less than a gram" of marijuana, Burge told the website.

Crudup Jr., a backup quarterback to Ken Dorsey on Miami's 2002 BCS championship team, posted $500 bond and was detained for fewer than two hours."

A spokesman for the University of Alabama said that the athletic department was "aware of the situation and will take the appropriate action at the appropriate time." Translation: We're waiting for  Nick Saban to get back from the SEC spring meetings and read Crudup the riot act. Don't be suprised to hear Crudup being an ex-grad assistant very soon.

(via al.com)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: SEC coaches on playoffs, Mark Richt, LSU recruitting, and more.

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

Wish List. 
SEC coaches call for any potential college football playoff scenario to feature the best four teams in the country, as opposed to the best four conference champions. (ESPN)

Arkansas has scoreboard. 
Arkansas announces plans add a new $4.6 million-dollar video display board to the north end scoreboard of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. (ChuckOliver.net)


Be My Enemy.
Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel believes that Arkansas will be chosen by the SEC to be the school's cross-divisional rival. (The Birmingham News)

Mark Richt Question Time. 
Georgia HC Mark Richt talks about the possibility of a college football playoff, the moving of the Georgia-South Carolina game to week six of the 2012 season, and other issues. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Calling Baton Rouge.
Illinois high school junior offensive lineman Ethan Pocic commits to LSU's 2013 recruiting class. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

The last, best hope? 
Tennessee HC Derek Dooley's best chance to hang on to his job may be through his ability to recruit quality prospects to Knoxville. Because David Climer said so. (The Tennessean)

Kentucky shouldn't consider dropping Louisville from its schedule. 
Because Eric Crawford said so. (The Louisville Courier-Journal)


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Iowa QB James Vandenberg, slayer of bears.

It would seem that Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg is more of a Hawkeye than we thought. And by Hawkwye, we're taking about the Clint Barton kind who likes to shoot things with a bow and arrow. It seems young Mr. Vandenberg went bowhunting this past weekend, and shot himself a bear.

Oh my gosh, he killed Yogi!

Sadly for Vandenberg, there are no bears in the Big Ten. The only varmints in the conference are Wolverines, Wildcats, Badgers, Gophers, and Lions of the Nittany variety. Worse, the conference forbids the use of bows or other projectile-shooting weapons on the field. If Vandenberg wants to take down those creatures, he's going to have to depend on his throwing arm. 
Still, while Vandenberg may never win a Heisman Trophy or help the Hawkeyes to a crystal football. This bear will look sweet in his trophy room. Even if it's the only trophy in it.

(via Black Heart Gold Pants)

Arkansas seeking to fill job once held by Bobby Petrino's ex-mistress.

Looking for a job in college sports? Are you willing to relocate to Fayetteville, Arkansas? The University of Arkansas is looking to fill its vacant position of On-Campus Recruiting coordinator. That's the one that was previously held by Jessica Dorrell, the former mistress of the equally former Razorback head football coach, Bobby Petrino. Here's the job listing from the school's human resources page.


You have a month to send in your resume. Expect a more through than usual vetting of your personal life with this one. And unlike Dorrell, you're expected to have some level of previous experience in college or pro football. Professional experience, that is.

(via CBS Sports)

Big Tentacles: Jim Tressel, Nebraska, Bill O'Brien, and more.

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten, its sway over the college football landscape and that school in South Bend it not-so-secretly covets.)

Welcome to the Fallout*.
Rob Oller takes a "one year later" look at the firing of former Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Husker Du.
It's Nebraska week over at Off Tackle Empire as the OTE crew get ready for the Huskers' second season in the Big Ten. (Off Tackle Empire)


It's not creepy, it's college recruiting. 
Ohio high school junior ATH Reon Dawson commits to Illinois' 2013 recruiting class. (Hail to the Orange)

Any Day Now.
Penn State HC Bill O'Brien says he plans to announce who the Nittany Lions starting quarterback will be "by the end of this month." he's got three days left. (The Centre Daily Times


Rouse-about. 
Hammer & Rails profiles Purdue defensive tackle Michael Rouse III. (Hammer & Rails)

Snap Dragon. 
The Cedar Rapids Gazette profiles Iowa long snapper Casey Kreiter. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

From the "Being first isn't always a good thing" dept. 
Matt Charboneau protests the Big Ten scheduling the Michigan-Michigan State game as the opening game on conference play in 2015 and 2016, as opposed to later in the season. (The Detroit News)

Come early, come often. 
Michigan is creating a student loyalty program to encourage UM students to arrive early at football and basketball games or attend lower-traffic athletic events. (AnnArbor.com)


The Bell tolls for you. 
George Sipple profiles Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell. (The Detroit Free Press)

Come On Ride the Train.
Hammer & Rails takes an inside look at the Purdue Boilermaker VII. (Hammer & Rails)

*(Why does that sound so familiar? Oh yeah...)

Dancing in the Ruins: Charlie Weis on conference realignment, TCU, Oklahoma, and more.

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the new Big XII Conference that's rising out of the ruins of the old one.)

What, me worried?
First-year Kansas head football coach Charlie Weis on the latest round of conference realignment madness: "“It’s not uncertainty for us. A year ago, if I were the (Kansas) head coach, I’d probably be talking about uncertainty. Right now, it’s uncertainty for all the other teams that are outside the four conferences right now.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/05/23/3624901/kansas-weis-can-be-calm-as-conference.html#storylink=cpy
(The Kansas City Star)

Deep Impact.
Meanwhile, Matt Tait looks at the impact Weis has made among the Kansas fanbase since he was hired by Kansas last December . (The Lawrence Journal-World)

Hanging up his horns.
TCU head football coach Gary Patterson has announced that Horned Frog running back Ed Wesley has left the team for family reasons. (ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth)

It's not creepy, it's college recruiting.
Texas high school junior safety Deric Robertson commits to Oklahoma State's 2013 recruiting class. (The Oklahoman)

Follow the Leader.
Michael Baldwin profiles Oklahoma free safety Tony Jefferson, who is described as being "poised to become a leader on the defense." (The Oklahoman)
 

Warning! Warning! Danger, Will Robinson!
Oklahoma at UTEP on Sept. 1 tops Mike Huguenin's list of "Big Six" conference schools who play road games against out-of-conference opponents that could end up with as devastating losses for them. Texas Tech at Texas State (Sept. 8) and Baylor at Louisiana-Monroe (Sept. 22) round out the top three. (Yahoo! Sports)

Supporting the troops. 
 Kellis Robinett looks at the relationship between Kansas State and the Fort Riley Army base located near Manhattan, Ks. (The Wichita Eagle)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Frogs of War looks at Georgia Tech's chances of being a potential Big 12  expansion candidate. Quit snorkeling. (Frogs of War)


SB*Nation declares that "West Virginia is the Best Place in the World."
Unless you're a couch, that is. (SB*Nation)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012



Hope y'all have a blessed Memorial Day, and that you take time to remember those who gave their lives to protect our freedom.

Welcome to the Fallout: Nick Saban, FSU, Tyler Bray's summer plans, and how the SEC changed college football forever.

The Curious Case of Nick Saban.
Mike Herndon comments on how while Alabama head football coach Nick Saban is seen as the best college football coach in the country, not many of his former assistant coaches have managed to be even remotely as successful as Saban has. (The Mobile Press-Register)

Tyler Bray's summer plans. 
Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray will reportedly be taking part in the annual Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La. as an instructor. He'll also be getting some mentoring from Peyton and Eli Manning as well. (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

Denial is not a river in Egypt.
Leaving the ACC for the Big 12 will not solve Florida State's issues with underachievement on the football field. Because Justin Barney said so. (The Florida Times-Union)



Please come to Boston for the springtime. 
Boston College head football coach Frank Spaziani spoke to SiriusXM College Football Playbook about the recently completed Eagles' spring practice. (BC Interruption)

There's a possibility, but no chance. 
Utah's membership in the Pac-12 has come just in time for the Utes to have a solid shot at a place in a potential playoff system. Because Steve Kragthorpe said so. (The Salt Lake Tribune)

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle.
Glenn Guilbeau looks back at how the SEC changed the course of college football history when it announced plans to expand to twelve teams and split into two divisions in 1991. (The Shreveport Times)




Sunday, May 27, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Arizona State's Jake Sheffield, Notre Dame's future, UGA recruiting controversy, and more.

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

Hero of the Day. 
Kevin Gemmell profiles Arizona State defensive tackle Jake Sheffield, who served two tours of duty in Iraq as a US Marine before joining the Sun Devils football program. (ESPN)

Conspiracy Theory. 
Georgia is accused of hiring of its new director of on-campus recruiting Daryl Jones as a ploy to gain the commitment of Georgia high school junior tight end Robert Nkemdiche. Jones is a former coach of Nkemdiche. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Where Do We Go From Here?
Brian Hamilton looks at the pros and cons of Notre Dame's options on whether to stay independent, or finally bite the bullet and join a conference. (The Chicago Tribune)

"Four" against"one."
SEC commissioner Mike Slive prefers a four-team playoff over a plus-one format to determine the BCS championship. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

How are things on the West Coast?
Avinash Kunnath provides a rundown of the Pac-12 recruiting landscape. (Pacific Takes)


Crawling from the Wreckage. 
Michigan State tight end Dion Sims, who has struggled through injuries and a suspension for getting in trouble with the law in 2010, but has shown more toughness and consistency in spring practice. This according to Spartan offensive coordinator Dan Roushar. (The Detroit Free Press)

Frog Day Afternoon. 
David Ubben looks at TCU's chances of winning the BCS title in its first year in the Big 12. (ESPN)




Michigan seniors get leadership training from Navy SEALs.

photo: Detroit Free Press
Twenty-two seniors on the Michigan football team spent the week in Pasadena, Ca., where they took part in "leadership training exercises" with members of the US Navy SEALs. Translation: the SEALs put the Wolverine seniors through the wringer worse than Michigan State has the past four seasons combined. 

This little excursion by Michigan to the West Coast was set up by Wolverine head football coach Brady Hoke, who has ties to the SEALs through his time at San Diego State. The team also helped with a clinic for local children.

"This is part of the growth and development of my players as young men," Hoke told the Sun. "When they go through the game of football, there are life lessons that are taught -- them being accountable and having great commitment to each other. One of those commitments is to also come out and give of themselves and teach a great game of football to young kids."
Now if some of the toughness the SEALs instilled this week into the Michigan seniors manages to stick, they might be able to beat the Spartans this year.

(via The Detroit Free Press)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Miami, Ohio State, Northwestern, and more.

Miami is not leaving the ACC. 
Because Miami athletic director Shawn Eichorst said so. (ESPN)

Realignment "has all but ruined the game of college football."
Because Bryan Powers, who also compares realignment to both a "south side flea market" and a "Black Friday-style free for all," said so. Overrating much? (ChuckOliver.net)

Ohio State to give student-athletes iPads.
Yeah, this will end well. (The Crystal Ball Run)

From the "never too early" dept. 
Lake the Posts looks ahead to the Sept. 8 Northwestern home opener against Vanderbilt. (Lake the Posts)


Highway to the Neutral Zone. 
Iowa is looking at the possibility of playing an out-of-conference game on a neutral field for the 2016 season. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

I've seen the future, and it works?
Kevan Lee looks at how the all-new, all different Big East will configure its two divisions in 2013. Warning: it's not very pretty.

Look out, Aaron Murray! Mark Richt is back on Twitter.

Guess who finally decided it was time to get back in the Twitter saddle again? Georgia head football coach Mark Richt, who hasn't tweeted since June 19, 2009

No reason has been given why Richt has finally decided to give the Twitterverse a second chance. Is it because he (or somebody somebody in the Butts-Meare Building) decided it might be a good idea to have him (or a ghost tweeter) make his account active again? Or was it because Richt decided it might be time to keep an eye on a certain quarterback (that you be you, Aaron Murray) who seems to have an issue of being in less-than-Coach-Richt-approved photos on Twitter. You know, like this one?


Or this one?


Or that photo of Murray, er, hunkering down on Spring Break that's a little graphic to show here?

Yeah, I think Murray's going to have to be a little more careful about those images he shares with the world.

(via The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)


Friday, May 25, 2012

Cameron Clear is an ex-Tennessee Volunteer.

Well, this didn't take long. Tennessee has dismissed  Cameron Clear from the program a few days tight end was arrested on Tuesday on burglary charges. Vols head coach Derek Dooley made the announcement himself.

"It hurts anytime a player is dismissed from the program, but there comes a time when a player's actions dictate that his privilege of being a part of this team should be removed," Dooley said in a news release.

"We will continue to support Cam and his family to help him learn from his actions and become the person and player I believe he has the potential to be."

Clear should have realized that while it's never a good idea the break the law, it's truly never a good idea to do so when your coach is on the Hot Seat.

(via The Knoxville News-Sentinel)

Big Tentacles: Bill O'Brien on spring practice, Brian Frentz's qualifications, Asa Parseghian, and more.

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten, its sway over the college football landscape and that school in South Bend it not-so-secretly covets.)

New Kid in Town. 
Bill O'Brien reviews his first spring practice as the head football coach of Penn State, and looks forward to the start of of the 2012 season. (GoPSUsports.com)

Where Do We Go From Here?
Hail to the Orange asks "What's the next step" for the Illinois football program. For the blog, it comes down to first-year Fighting Illini coach Tim Beckman to be what Haden Fry was for Iowa. (Hail to the Orange)

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Steve Batterson looks ahead to the 2015 and 2016 Iowa football schedule, which features the Hawkeyes playing inconference season openers against Northwestern and Minnesota respectively. This is only the fourth time this has happened since Kirk Ferentz became Iowa HC in 1999. (The Quad City Times)

Keeping nepotism in the family. 
Off Tackle Empire looks at first-year Iowa offensive line coach Brian Ferentz, and whether or not he has any qualifications for the job beyond being the son of Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz. (Off Tackle Empire)

Are You Gonna Go My Way?
Ohio State players are following first-year Buckeye HC Urban Meyer's orders to spend their summer NCAA-mandated off-time from coaching supervision focusing on improving their on-the-field performance. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they'd never end. 

Coaching legend Asa Parseghian's talks about his eight years as Northwestern head football coach from 1956-1963. Parseghian went on to coach Notre Dame for eleven seasons, including two "national championships." (The Daily Northwestern)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Arizona introduces new copper alternate helmet for 2012.



Arizona has added a new alternate helmet to for the 2012 college football season, and it's a true masterpiece. . In an e-mail sent out by school athletic director Greg Byrne, the copper-hued helmet is inspired by the Arizona state mining industry.

"Copper is not only associated with our great state's mining history, but it has influenced architectural design on campus, including our athletic facilities -- most notably the ring at the top of the McKale Center, and the future North End Zone Football Complex

"As such we embrace the idea that as the University of Arizona we will incorporate copper into a special helmet design to represent our state and University. Copper will not replace our traditional colors of red and blue, and the copper helmet will be worn on a limited basis."

Compared to other schools whose alternate helmets have landed entirely in the WTF Zone (Yes, Maryland, I'm talking to you), Arizona's copper helmet is a home run. It looks classic even though it's just been unveiled. It's not often that you get to sat that these days.

(via Dr. Saturday)

Unquiet on the Westerm Front: Arizona, Washington, Cal, 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.)

Anu day at Arizona.
Arizona lands the 2013 recruiting class commitment of  Nevada high school quarterback Abu Solomon. (The Arizona Daily Star)

There's Always the Sun. 
Bred Denny takes a look back at Arizona State's "Sunburst" helmets, which the team wore from 1975-1979. (House of Sparky)

I've seen the future, and it will be. 
Washington head football coach Steve Sarkasian declares that Husky Stadium will become "the best stadium in America" when renovations to the facilty are complete in 2013. (CoachingSearch.Com)


Expansion silliness story of the day.
The Big East is reportedly reaching out to BYU and Air Force to join the conference in 2015. If there is still is a Big East in 2015, that is. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Payne Makes You Beautiful.
California Golden Blogs interviews Cal defensive tackle Kendrick Payne. (California Golden Blogs)

Meet the new boss. 
San Jose State will reportedly name Gene Bleymaier as the school's new athletic director. Bleymaier was the former AD at Boise State, who fired him after an NCAA investigation into rules violations. (San Jose Mercury News)

Nelson lawsuit analyzed. 
Bruins Nation looks at the lawsuit brought against Sports Illustrated by former UCLA basketball player Reeves Nelson. (Bruins Nation)

Nothing says America like a girl with a shotgun.

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, love it or leave it" moment of the day. 

Meet Corey Cogdell, Eagle River, Alaska native and member of the USA Olympic Team. As you can tell, Corey has a way with weapons. A member of the US Olympic Shooting team, she will be competing in the Women's Trap event in the 2012 London Olympics. She won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in that event, so there's a lot of hope she can equal or better that this summer. In the meanwhile, every red-blooded American male would just love to have her try out their shotgun for a little target practice.

(via Coed Magazine)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Cameron Clear suspended, Mark Richt's raise, and more.


(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)
Clear and Present Danger. 
Tennessee suspends tight end Cameron Clear after his arrest on burglary charges. (The Knoxville News-Sentinel)

Raise the roof. 

The Georgia Athletic Association's Thursday meeting will reportedly feature the release of details regarding Bulldog HC Mark Richt's new contract and raise. (The Athens Banner-Herald)
Will Muschamp has "A loss" planned for Mark Richt. 
Because two Georgia victories in a row against Florida would possibly but Muschamp's continued employment as the Gators' head football coach in jeopardy. (Alligator Army

Georgia cornerback/safety Damian Swann can cover anybody.
Because Damian Swann said so. (ChuckOliver.net)

I've seen the future,  and it will be.
Lance Davis takes a look at how Florida's 2013 recruiting class appears to be developing. (Alligator Army)

On the rebound.
LSU offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa talks about the upcoming 2012 season and the Tigers desire to put the 21-0 loss to Alabama in the 2012 BCS title game behind it. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Keep hope alive.
Jerry Hinnen says those who wish to see a nine-game SEC in-conference schedule shouldn't give up off of ever seeing it happening it just yet. (CBS Sports)

Reversal of Fortune?
Florida high school junior athlete Derrick Henry is considering his 2013 recruiting class commitment from Georgia to Alabama. (al.com

Arrested Hogs neither here nor there. 
Arkansas HC John L. Smith says that Razorback receivers Marquel Wade and Maudrecus Humphrey, and tight end Andrew Peterson, who were arrested earlier in the month on charges of burgarly are neither currently "part of the team" or enrolled for summer classes. (ESPN)

No time to lose.
Missouri deputy athletic director Doug Gillin isn't wasting any time trying for the school's $160 million-dollar fundraising campaign to help the school be able to compete in the SEC. (The Columbia Tribune)



Kevin Sumlin is not amused by Will Muschamp's mocking of Texas A&M's hometown.

You mad, Kevin Sumlin?
Remember last week when Florida head football coach Will Muschamp decided to take a little potshot at the Texas A&M hometown of College Station, Tx? He asked a group of Gator supporters in Lakeland, Fl. "You ever been to College Station? It'll be the only time you go."

First-year Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin certainly heard those comments, and was not amused at Muschamp's comments.


“He needs to worry about his own team,” Sumlin said Wednesday.

It's going to be interesting to see if this turns razzing of College Station turns into a blazing war of words between the two coaches and surrounding fanbases before the Gators face the Aggies at Kyle Field on Sept. 8, or if it quietly goes away. More likely it will be somewhere in the middle of those two extremes, though. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Big Tentacles: Brian Kelly, Dan Persa, Nebraska, and more.

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten, its sway over the college football landscape and that school in South Bend it not-so-secretly covets.)

Brian Kelly - Threat or Menace?
Matt Fortuna ponders whether or not Notre Dame head football coach is bad person at heart, or he just has a bad temper. (ESPN)

Don't call it a comeback.
Brian Bennett sees 2012 as being a big year for the tight end position in the Big Ten following a drop-off at the position in 2011. (ESPN)

The End of the Road? 
Former Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa will have to have a second surgery on his right Achilles tendon that was first injured in 2010.  Persa reportedly re-injured it while trying out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier in the month. This new surgery will probably put his playing days to an end. (The Chicago Tribune)

The heir to the throne?
Steven M. Sipple believes that Nebraska associate athletic director for development Paul Meyers will be Nebraska AD Tom Osbourne's eventual successor. (The Lincoln Journal Star)

But on the other hand...
Tom Shatel says that Osbourne may be someday succeeded by newly-hired Nebraska associate athletic director of diversity and leadership initiatives Jamie Williams. (The Omaha World-Herald)

Boiling Point.
Boiled Sports takes Purdue AD Morgan Burke to task for not installing lights in Ross-Ade stadium. Purdue is the only Big Ten school who does have a prime time game scheduled in 2012. (Boiled Sports)

I've got a little list. I've got a little list.
Mike Hlas looks at events that have happened since Iowa last played Illinois in 2008. The Hawkeyes and Fighting Illini won't face each other again until 2015. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette, Black Heart Gold Pants)


Tennessee tight end Cameron Clear has been caught stealing.

Tennessee tight end Cameron Clear has been arrested by University of Tennessee police on a charge of felony theft.


"Clear, 19, of Memphis, was booked into the Knox County Detention Facility on a charge of theft of more than $1,000, according to jail logs. As of Tuesday evening, he was being held in lieu of $2,500 bond.

"We are aware of an incident involving Cameron and are in the process of gathering the facts," Jimmy Stanton, UT's associate athletic director for communications, said Tuesday night."

According to ESPN, the charge relates to an investigation of thefts on the Tennessee campus involving  "personal computers belonging to Tennessee football players." This is definitely something that Vols head coach Derek Dooley probably didn't need to hear right now. 

(via The Knoxville News Sentinel, ESPN)

Dancing in the Ruins: Bill Stewart remembered, The Champions Bowl, TCU recruiting news, and more.

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the new Big XII Conference that's rising out of the ruins of the old one.)

In Memory Yet Green.
Mickey Furfari remembers former West Virginia head football Bill Stewart who died from a heart attack on Monday. (The Martinsburg Journal)

With friends like these...
A business partner of Texas Tech HC Tommy Tuberville has been indicted on 21 charges including those for fraud and first-degree theft of property. (Opelika-Auburn News)

The Champions Bowl is neither for Champions, nor a Bowl. Discuss. 
Scott Adamson explains how the Big 12-SEC Champions Bowl not only might not pit the conferences' championship-winning teams every year, it might not even feature the conferences' second-best teams playing each other if one or both conference has two teams in the proposed four-game playoff system. (The Anderson Independent Mail)

Reversal of Fortune.
Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard comments on the Big 12's one-year switch from being a conference on the endangered species list with the departure of Texas A&M and Missouri, to one standing on firm (if not entirely solid) ground after the addition of TCU and West Virginia. (The Omaha World-Herald)

TCU recruiting news. 
TCU adds Texas high school junior quarterback/safety Ty Slanina to its 2013 recruiting class. (Frogs of War)

Expansion silliness of the day. 
Texas AD DeLoss Dodds admits that the Big12  has talked to Notre Dame in the past about joining the conference, though he is personally fine with the conference remaining at ten members. (CBS Sports)


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ex-Michigan player compares current Ohio St. QB to Tim Tebow, and not in a good way.

 Brady Hoke's first-year success as Michigan head football coach has certainly reignited the passions of Wolverine supporters. That includes those of former Michigan players as well. Take for example former Michigan offensive lineman  Steve Everitt, who is already laying the smackdown on UM's eternal rival, Ohio State. Everitt decided to take a shot at current Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller, invoking the name of another certain QB that once played under first-year Ohio St. HC Urban Meyer.

"I'm not trying to get bulletin board information, but I guess I'm past that point," former Michigan football offensive lineman Steve Everitt said Friday during WTKA's "Mott Takeover" event. "They're stuck with that quarterback (sophomore Braxton Miller) for the next two or three years, that's fine with me. He throws worse than (Tim) Tebow.

"I see us torturing them for the next three years."

Overconfident? Yes. Cocky? Of course. Delusional? Probably. Will it give Miller the impetus to transform himself into something akin to the college football (as opposed to the pro model) Tebow? Probably not. But does mean that there's something in the air in Ann Arbor that was missing during the Rick Rodriguez years. 

(via AnnArbor.com)

Big Tentacles: Defending Jim Delany, Iowa, Brian Griese, and more.

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten, its sway over the college football landscape and that school in South Bend it not-so-secretly covets.)

Sympathy for the Devil.
Patrick Vint defends Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany's move to preserve the Big Ten-Pac-12 Rose Bowl rivalry in a possible future college football playoff system at the expense of on-campus playoff games. The evidence in Vint's argurment? The SEC-Big 12 Champions Bowl. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

The Leader of the Pack.
Iowa week at Off Tackle Empire continues with a look at Hawkeye head football coach Kirk Ferentz and his coaching staff. (Off Tackle Empire)

Strange days indeed. 
Mile Hlas describes the just-released 2014 Iowa football schedule, featuring two bye weeks in the four week period between Sept. 27-Oct. 18 as possibly being "it's weirdest ever." Considering this the the school that inspires Black Heart Gold Pants, that's saying a lot. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Hard Knox.
Illinois names Tim Knox as the school's new director of football operations. Knox held the same position at Western Michigan for eleven seasons. (The Chicago Tribune)

Judgement Day.
Nebraska defensive end Eric Martin has been ordered by a Lancaster County court to pay a $50 fine after he pled guilty to a charge of careless driving. (The Omaha World Herald)

After the Gold Rush. 
Former Michigan quarterback and current ESPN analyst Brian Griese and other former Wolverine players discuss they transition they had to make after their playing days were over. (The Detroit News)

Come On To the Future. 
Lake the Posts looks ahead to its third game of the 2012 season against Boston College. (Lake the Posts)


Todd Graham may let Arizona State students pick out football team uniforms.

From the "what could possibly go wrong?" department comes word from The State Press that first-year Arizona State head football coach Todd Graham has gotten the brilliant idea of letting ASU students pick what uniforms the Sun Devils will wear on the field.

SP: The athletic department has mentioned that they are looking into having the students pick the uniforms. Was that your idea and how would that work?

TG: I actually got it from one of our deans, the dean of engineering. What I wanted to do was have their input if they want to blackout, wear all maroon or go traditional with the maroon and gold pants. Even on the road (I’d like to) get the students involved in the selection process.

SP: How many games would this be for?

TG: I think they’re trying to do it for several games, I’m not sure. We’ve got to work with Nike because Nike is going to be involved in that as well. What I’d say is if it’s going to be a blackout, you have flags all over campus, you raise the flags and everybody knows it’s going to be a blackout, that’s what we’re doing. Maroon, everyone is wearing maroon so we’re all sequenced according to what we’re doing.


Obviously, Uncle Phil's Misguided Children are going to have more than a little to say about how this is going to work at Arizona State. Neither ASU or Nike are going to let things get too out of hand here. College students are certainly capable of making smart decisions when it comes to fashion. On the other hand, there are still a considerable number of college students who haven't quite figured concepts like color coordination yet. So be afraid, Sun Devil fans. Be very afraid.

(via The State Press)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Derek Dooley, Alabama recruiting, Dan Mullen, and more.

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

You've Got to have Hart. 
Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley discusses his relationship with and support from Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart. (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

Crimson Tide recruiting update. 

Virginia high school junior defensive end Jonathan Allen announces his commitment to Alabama's 2013 recruiting class. (al.com)

Everybody Wants Some. 

Chick-fil-A Bowl president Gary Stokan says that he would be interested in helping Atlanta make a big for the SEC-Big 12 Champions Bowl, as well as for a possible national championship game resulting from reforms in the BCS. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

It's no big deal.
Mark Bradley tries to throw some cold water on the hoopla surrounding the Champions Bowl. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

One Step Beyond.
T. Kyle King calls for the SEC and Big 12 to strengthen their ties beyond the Champions Bowl with a scheduling agreement similar to the one belonging to the Big Ten and Pac-12. What? Make Florida play east of the Mississippi during the season? (Dawg Sports)

Time for the SEC to step up? 
The rumors of Florida State bolting ACC fort the Big 12 should be a signal for the SEC to be on the offense when it comes to possible expansion of the conference. A good point, because the SEC doesn't want to be like that conference in the last round of expansion that got stuck with Texas A&M and Missouri. Oh wait, that was the SEC. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
The SEC is looking in to having its own cable network. (Team Speed Kills)

Ready to Rumble. 
Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen talks about the upcoming 2012 season, and the additions of Texas A&M and Missouri to the SEC while speaking at the Biloxi Yacht Club. (The Biloxi Sun-Herald)
  
Depth perception
Rachel George has concern with Florida's depth the linebacker position, and who will back up Gator linebackers  Jonathan Bostic and Jelani Jenkins . (The Orlando Sentinel)

"Georgia Tech Should be an Attractive Target for the SEC."
Because Joseph Wyatt said so.
 

(ChuckOliver.net)


Monday, May 21, 2012

Former West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart passes away.

ESPN reports that former West Virginia head football coach Bill Stewart has passed away after suffering a heart attack. He was 59 years old. Stewart succeeded Rich Rodriguez as the Mountaineers HC in 2008, and held the position for three seasons before being let go by the school in 2010. 

Thoughts and prayers go out to the Stewart family.

(via ESPN)

New Arkansas unis are more of the same.



Nikeblog gave a glimpse last week on what are reportedly new uniforms for Arkansas for the 2012 season. I suppose after going through the three-ring circus of Petrinopalooza, you'd probably need a change of clothes too. Luckily, Uncle Phil''s Misguided Children at Nike are more than willing to oblige any fashion makeover the program would want.

The aren't that many surprises with the new unis. There's the standard home and away jerseys, along with the obligatory black alternate jersey, accompanied with white, cardinal and black pants. It's probably safe to assume there could be some mixing and matching of the jerseys and pants during the season.

The most noticeable deviations from the norm include an all-white helmet, a crimson helmet with what appears to be a matte finish, and numbers with fading at the bottom.

And yes, that black jersey is black, ableit a possible  anthracite black. It only looks blue in the picture. Mind you, an alternate blue uni would be something a little different from the almost now-cliche black unis. Of course Razorback traditionalists would probably get their boxers in a bunch if the team actually did wear blue jerseys or pants in a game. But at least it would be different.

(via Nikeblog)



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Big Tentacles: Brady Hoke, Urban Meyer, Iowa recruitting news, and more.

 (Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten, its sway over the college football landscape and that school in South Bend it not-so-secretly covets.)

Pride (In the Name of Love).
Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke has won over former members of the Wolverine football such as Jamar Adams and John Navarre, who are impressed on Hoke's success during his first year in Ann Arbor. (The Detroit Free Press)

The Long, Hot Summer.
Ohio State HC Urban Meyer says that Buckeye players need to work on issues of discipline leadership during the summer. (The Columbus Dispatch)


From the "So what else is new?" dept.
Steve Greenberg speculates on the possibility of Notre Dame being a potential target for expansion for the Big 12. You get a feeling that Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany might have a little something to say about that. (The Sporting News)

You Can't Always Get What You Want. 
Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez wanted to bolster the Badgers out-of-conference schedule by adding as series with Notre Dame, but things couldn't get worked out. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)


Help, I'm slippin' into the Twilight Zone.
Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden's continued status as a member of the Nittany Lions football program is in doubt as he is reportedly not attending summer classes in Happy Valley. Bolden's attempts to transfer last year were prevented by then-Penn St. HC Joe Paterno. (The Centre Daily Times)

Be afraid. Be very afraid. 
It's Iowa week over at Off Tackle Empire. Expect fellow SB*Nation blog Black Heart Gold Pants to rub off on OTE at least once this week. (Off Tackle Empire)

Iowa does the Texas two-step.
Texas high school junior quarterback Nic Shimonek commits to Iowa's 2013 recruiting class. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)


Building a mystery. 
Lake the Posts has a progress report on proposed improvements to Northwestern's athletic facilities, including a new practice facility for the football program. (Lake the Posts)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Dana Hologorsen, Mike Leach, and more.

Hart to Hart. 
Mike Strange talks to Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart about the current state of the Volunteers football program, SEC expansion, and other issues. Hart also talks about how as AD at East Carolina he  tried to hire the Vols' then-offensive coordinator Phil Fulmer to become the Pirates head football coach. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Turn the Paige. 
Florida high school junior lineman Darius page commits to Alabama's 2013 recruiting class. (al.com)

I'll Stick Around. 
Arkansas AD Jeff Long says he is "not interested in leaving the University of Arkansas" following reports that Stanford was interested in Long filling the school's vacant AD position. (College Football Talk)

Walk on the Wild Side.
Lake the Posts talks with former Northwestern safety Matt Stewart about his new book, The Walk-On, which tells of his experiences of walking on to the Wildcats roster, and playing for the 1995 team that won the Big Ten championship and went to the Rose Bowl. (Lake the Posts)

Go West. 
West Virginia head football coach Dana Holgorsen talks about the Mountaineers' move to the Big 12, the fly-sweep play he used in the 2012 Orange Bowl romp over Clemson, and the fact that he didn't really enjoy fishing with former WVU men's basketball HC Bob Huggins and a group of boosters. That may or may have not been a smart thing for Holgorsen to admit there. (Dr. Saturday)

Washington St. HC Mike Leach shoots 350 lb. bear.
Be afraid Cal and UCLA. Be very afraid. (SB*Nation Seattle)




Saturday, May 19, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: The Big 12-SEC Champions Bowl, Brady Hoke, Derek Dooley, and more.

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

Bowled over.
In case you didn't hear, the Big 12 and the SEC are creating a new bowl (Tentative name: The Champions Bowl) to feature each conference's regular season champion (unless they're in the still-being-worked-out possible playoff system). (ESPN)

Is the Champions Bowl a good thing or a bad thing? 
Yes. (The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram)

The Champions Bowl won't be held in Orlando.
Because Mike Bianchi says that the Citrtus Bowl is a dump. (The Orlando Sentinel)

No Sugar Tonight?
The Champions Bowl puts into serious question the relationship between the SEC and the Sugar Bowl. (SportsNola.com)

How long? How long must we sing this song?
Michigan head football coach says that the Wolverines "need to do something about" the team's four-year losing streak to Michigan State. (The Detroit Free Press)

Alternate uni madness. 
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says the Wolverines will again have alternate uniforms in the 2012 season. (AnnArbor.com)

FSU should stay in the ACC.
Because former FSU HC Bobby Bowden said so. (ChuckOliver.net)

Roll with the changes.
Tennessee HC Derek Dooley says that the turnover on his coaching staff hasn't hurt the Volunteers' recruiting efforts. (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

Staying the course. 
Boise State says it still plans to join the Big East in 2013 despite the turbulent landscape of college football at the moment. (ESPN)