Friday, August 31, 2012

Derek Dooley's latest fashion statement: the oversized, untucked zipper polo shirt.

Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley made two statements Friday night in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. One was leading the Volunteers to a 35-21 beating of North Carolina State. The other was yet another football fashion statement in the tradition of the Tennessee Airflo hat and the orange pants - the oversized, untucked zipper polo shirt.






Obviously, being on the Hot Seat isn't stopping His Hairness from being fashion forward. He's also sporting an additional button-down polo under the zipper polo, which is an obvious Total Frat Move. Dooley makes sure to cover all the corners of football fashion. Too bad he couldn't do something about that compression shirt Vols QB Tyler Bray was wearing.



Underarm checkerboard? Somedays, I don't even think Adidas is even trying.

(via @SDS (Saturday Down South on Twitter)

Friday Night Open Thread

First Friday night of the college football season. Enough reason to try an open thread again. Post away!

Game Day Goulash: Chris Petersen, Andrew Maxwell, and more.

Gamecockblocked.
South Carolina beats Vanderbilt 17-13 in the season opener. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

A Pirate Looks at 30-6. 
Mark Sandwritter tries to make sense of Washington State's 30-6 loss to BYU in the first game of the Mike Leach coaching era. (CougCenter)

The Keys to the Kingdom.
Jonathan Boldt points  to aggressiveness, confidence, and adaptability as the "keys" to BYU's victory over Wazzou. (The Deseret News)

The only easy day was yesterday.
Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen says tonight's season opener on the road against Michigan State is “by far the toughest opener we’ve had to play.” (The Idaho Press-Tribune)

Years in the making. 
Michigan State coaches say that quarterback Andrew Maxwell's time serving as Kirk Cousins' backup have prepared him to the starting job as he takes center stage leading the Spartans on the field against Boise State tonight. (The Detroit Free Press)

Distant Early Warning?
Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops is selling his house. (Lost Lettermen)

Magic and Loss. 
Mitch Albom looks at Michigan HC Brady Hoke as he begins his first season as a HC since the death of his father. (The Detroit Free Press)

Breakdown to Me Gently.
Andrew Gribble breaks down the Alabama-Michigan Cowboys Classic season opener. (al.com)

Things to Do in Dallas When You're 'Bama.
An Alabama fans guide to food and entertainment choices in the Dallas area besides watching the Tide face Michigan in the Cowboys Classic on Saturday night. (al.com)

Roll With the Changes.
Evan Woodberry looks at the offseason changes to Tennessee since the Vols' devastating end-of-the-2011-season loss to Kentucky. (The Knoxville News Sentinel

Florida State is most "overhyped" team in the country. 
Because James Jahnke said so. (The Detroit Free Press)

Washington is "underhyped."
Ditto. (The Detroit Free Press)

Stuck in a Moment That You Can't Get Out Of.
Spencer Hall looks back to Oct. 15, 1994, the night of a crushing Florida loss at the hands of Auburn in the Swamp. (Every Day Should Be Saturday)



Thursday, August 30, 2012

Georgia gives bulldog Russ "battlefield promotion" Uga IX.

Photo via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Russ, the bulldog that has served as interim mascot for Gerogia for the past two seasons, has been officially been given the title of Uga IX.  The school refers to this as a "battlefield promotion."

“Like many great and memorable Bulldogs, Russ has earned the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” UGA President Michael Adams said in a statement. “I am confident that he will represent the Bulldog Nation very well and continue the grand tradition of Ugas.”

Russ first took the interim job after the passing of Uga VII in 2009, and again after the passing of Uga VIII. A brown patch on his back and ear most probably kept him from the job until now, as the Ugas are traditionally all-white.

The official swearing-in ceremony for Uga IX will be on Sept. 15.

(via The Athens Banner-Herald, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Big Tentacles: Denard Robinson, Urban Meyer, Rex Burkhead, and more.

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

Alright, Mr. Hoke. I'm ready for my spotlight.
Michigan starting quarterback Denard Robinson is beginning to accept his celebrity status after four years in Ann Arbor. (The Detroit Free Press)

Knee-Deep in the Hoopla.
Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke says the team isn't being overwehlmed with the hype surrounding the season opener against Alabama in the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Tx. (The Detroit Free Press)

Bring on the Bad Guys.
Former Notre Dame running back Allen Pinkett says the Irish need "to have a few bad citizens on the team.'' (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

Ohio State is "bigger" with Urban Meyer.
Because Doug Lesmerises said so. (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Howard's End.
Tim May profiles Ohio State cornerback Travis Howard. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Family Affair.
Sam McKewon profiles the relationship between Nebraska Rex Burkhead and his family. (The Omaha World-Herald)

Parker right here. 
Patrick Vint looks at the Iowa defense under first-year defensive coordinator Phil Parker. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

What can Brown do for you?
A Lion Eye profiles Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown. 

Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away).
Mike Jones lists Big Ten "traditions" that need to go away. (Off Tackle Empire)

Your lame Missouri "SEC Bound" fan video of the day.

There's nothing like college football fans showing their love for their team with a lame song on YouTube. And some Missouri fans have done just that, singing about how the Tigers are "SEC Bound."



 Memo to Mizzou fans under 30: Don't gloat about football game that happened before you (or in some cases your parents) were born. Especially those that happened 45 years ago like the '66 Sugar Bowl against Florida. And if your cowboy duds make you look like a frakin Athens hipster c. 1985, don't even bother making a music video. Seriously, even Aggies know better than that.

(via Throw the Flag)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: AJ McCarron, Nick Saban, Les Miles, and...it's college football season!

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

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
The 2012 SEC college football schedule kicks off tonight as South Carolina takes on Vanderbilt in Nashville. (The Charleston Post and Courier)

Riding the Storm Out.
LSU head football coach Les Miles discusses how the Tigers are handling Hurricane Issac. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Highly Evolved.
Don Kausler looks at the  evolution of Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron from awkward starter at the start of the 2011 season, to a Heisman Trophy candidate in 2012. (al.com)

The Saban Rules.
The Wall Street Journal's Rachel Bachman and Ben Cohen look at how Nick Saban turned Alabama around.

Aggies and Hogs are Jerryworld bound in 2014. 
Texas A&M and Arkansas agree to face each other at neutral-site Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tx. beginning in 2014, and continuing through 2024. (ESPN)

Friday I'm In Love...NOT!
Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley says that the Vols' will probably not repeat playing a Friday night game like the one it plays this Friday night in this season's Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against North Carolina State in the Georgia Dome. He says it has a negative impact on fans and high school football. (The Knoxivlle News Sentinel)

The waiting is the hardest part.
Daniel Kramer looks at Georgia backup QB Hutson Mason, who is waiting on his chance to replace starting Bulldog QB Aaron Murray. Many in the Bulldog nation hope he has to wait a season or two to do this. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Let's go streaking!
Mark Inabinett looks at season-opening winning streaks in the SEC. (The Mobile Press-Register)

Blast from the past.
Team Speed Kills looks at the wonderful world of classic SEC coaches pimping in commercials, including the legendary Bear Bryant "Have you called your mama today? South Central Bell spot.

Hurricane Issac pulls the plug on Oregon St. home opener.

Hurricane Issac left the college football schedule in a bit of a mess along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, postponing Texas A&M trip to Louisiana Tech. But Issac also is reeking some havoc in Corvallis, Oregon, of all places. Oregon State's season opener on Saturday was scheduled against Nicholls State, an FCS school located in Thibodaux, La. The storm put the kibosh on the Colonels' trip out west.

"It's extremely unfortunate that we will not be able to make this trip," Nicholls State athletic director Rob Bernardi said in a statement. "With the lingering effects of Hurricane Isaac, we do not want to put any of our student-athletes or staff in danger, so at this point, we feel like it is best to focus on the safety of everyone, and we'll look into rescheduling the game at a later time."

Oregon St. and Nicholls St. are looking at the chances of rescheduling the game, if possible. 

(via ESPN)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Big Tentacles: Nick Saban on Denard Robinson, Purdue, and more.

Arrests in Ball assault.
Police in Wisconsin arrest three individuals suspected of being involved with an attack on Wisconsin running back Montee Ball. (ESPN)

Saban on Robinson. 
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban compares Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson to former Auburn QB Cam Newton. (The Detroit Free Press)

No Hope in Indiana?
Purdue head football coach Danny Hope is having problems recruiting in-state in Indiana. (The Indianapolis Star)

Akeem the Dream.
A Lion Eye profiles Illinois defensive tackle Akeem Spence.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Zach Mettenberger, Mark Richt, Robert Lester, and more.

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

Cutting the cord.
Mississippi State severs ties with an unnamed "rogue booster" over an alleged incident of  "impermissible contact" with a prospective student-athlete." (AP via SI.com)

Please Remember Me. 
LSU starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger wants to be remembered for what he will do on the field, and not about the incident in Valdosta, Ga. that got him kicked out of the Georgia football program. (Dr. Saturday)

Will they or won't they?
Georgia head football coach Mark Richt is keeping mum on whether or not Bulldog linebacker Alec Ogletree and safety Bacarri Rambo are suspended for the Sept. 1 season opener against Buffalo. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

Alabama player profile of the day. 
Don Kausler Jr. profiles Alabama safety Robert Lester. (al.com)

When Blogs Collide.
Anchor of Gold's  Christain D'Andrea sits down with one of Garnet and Black Attack's bloggers to discuss the season-opening showdown between Vanderbilt and South Carolina.

Tennessee is "an SEC powerhouse.''
Because North Carolina State  HC Tom O'Brien said so.  The Wolfpack faces the Vols in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Aug. 31. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Da'Rick Rogers admits to failing drug tests at Tennessee.

Tennessee Tech wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers came clean about the events that led to his departure from the Tennessee Volunteers. Not surprisingly, they were drug related.

“There were a couple of drugs tests,” said Rogers, a 6-foot-2, 206-pound junior from Calhoun, Ga. “It wasn’t anything too crazy. It was about me being a young, immature guy, and those are things I’ve got to work on. I plan to do that.”

UT’s substance abuse policy for athletes does not carry mandatory punishment for a first-time offense. Punishment for a second offense is a one-game suspension.

A third offense may result in an indefinite or permanent suspension."

So reading between the lines, Rodgers probably failed three drug tests, if is story is true. More than enough to make Vols head football coach Derek Dooley head to his own medicine cabinet for a couple of aspirin.

(via The Tennessean)

Crossing the Atlantic: Dabo Swinney, FSU, Al Golden, and more.

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC.)

Look at the schedule!
Heather Dinich runs down the ACC's Week 1 schedule. (ESPN)

Clemson is "a work in progress."
Because Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney said so.  (The Charleston Post and Courier)

Maryland HC Randy Edsall on the Hot Seat?
Maryland HC Randy Edsall on the Hot Seat. (Testudo Times)

Please Come to Boston.
A.J. Black looks at Boston College's defensive line. (BC Interruption)

Florida State offensive line report.
Tony Barnhart looks at Florida State's offensive line.  (CBS Sports)

Insanity


Football's like a box of chocolates...
Miami HC Al Golden compares himself to Lt. Dan from Forest Gump. The internet quickly pounces on this. (The 7th Floor)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hurricane Issac causes scheduling changes.

The college football schedule has suffered its first casualties from Hurricane Issac as South Alabama's game against UT San Antonio has been moved back from to Saturday, and Texas A&M-Louisiana Tech has been rescheduled to Oct. 13.


(via FBSchedules.com, ChuckOliver.net)

Big Tentacles: Brian Kelly, Urban Meyer vs. Jim Tressel, Andrew Maxwell, and more.

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


I am the Decider.
Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly takes full responsibly for suspending tailback Cierre Wood and defensive lineman Justin Utupo. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

Meyer vs. Tressel.
Bob Hunter looks at the differences between first-year Ohio State HC Urban Meyer and former Buckeye HC Jim Tressel. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Is he or isn't he?
Drew Sharp is tired of the Michigan's "Hoke-y-Pokey" on whether or not suspended running back Fitz Toussiant will be reinstated in time for the season opener against Alabama. (The Detroit Free Press)

Fitz on the Orange. 
Northwestern HC Pat Fitzgerald discusses his expectations for the Wildcats' season opener against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. (The Chicago Tribune)

I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it. 
Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell says he's "excited" about his first game as starting QB against Boise State. (The Detroit News)

Purdue suspension of the day. 
Purdue indefinitely suspends Dwayne Beckford after the linebacker was arrested for violating his ''probationary status.''(AP via Yahoo! Sports)

Illinois player profile of the day.
A Lion Eye profiles Illinois defensive end Michael Buchanan.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, LSU and Hurricane Issac, Shaq Roland, and more.

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

Eye on the Hurricane.
LSU continues to prepare for the 2012 season opener against North Texas while keeping a close eye on the weather system brought into the Gulf of Mexico region by Tropical Storm Issac. (The Sporting News)

Standing on the Edge. 
Tennessee starting quarterback Tyler Bray looks at what is a make-or-break year for himself and the Vols. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Stewart Mandel predicts an LSU-Oregon BCS title game. He also sees Alabama vs. Texas in the Sugar Bowl. (SI.com)

Pause. Rewind. Relpay.
The SEC eases restrictions on schools showing replays on the video boards during games. (The Birmingham News)

Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came.
South Carolina freshman wide receiver Shaq Roland will be the SEC Freshman of the Year. Because Chuck Oliver said so. (ChuckOliver.net)

Hi, Neighbor! 
Edward Aschoff looks ahead to Week 2 formal introductions of Missouri and Texas A&M to SEC in-conference competition as the two schools face Georgia and Florida respectively. (ESPN)

This is the song that doesn't end.  It just goes on and on my friend....
The Florida quarterback competition continues into week one of the season as Gator head football coach Will Muschamp decides to have QB's Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel alternate play quarter by quarter in the season opener against Bowling Green. (The Gainesville Sun)

We were merely freshmen. 
Georgia offensive linebacker John Theus is named by Rana L. Cash as one of the five "most interesting" true freshmen of the week. (The Sporting News)

Injuries


Missouri injury report. 
Missouri loses tailback Henry Josey for the 2012 season due to a knee injury suffered in a game against Texas last season. (ESPN)

South Carolina injury report.
South Carolina tailback Brandon Wilds will miss two-to-three weeks due to a sprained ankle. (The Charleston Post and Courier)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Baylor QB Nick Florence will not try to fill RGIII's Superman Socks.

Baylor starting quarterback Nick Florence has some big shoes to fill. Those would be the ones belonging to last year's Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, who now plays for the Washington Redskins. One thing that Florence will not apparently try to fill is RGIII's legendary Superman socks, as he goes for more normal dress sock fare.

“I'm just wearing normal brown dress socks,” Florence said, chuckling at the thought of wearing Superman-inspired footwear like his predecessor. “I'm just going to be me. ... Just call me Nick. I'm just a normal guy.”

While it is good to hear that Florence seems to have a more down-to-Earth attitude, Bears fans are bound to be hoping that is on-the-field performance is at least good enough from keeping Baylor from crashing back to Earth. 

(via The San Antonio Express-News)

Big Tentacles: Montee Ball, Denard Robinson, Kevin Wilson, 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.)



Anger is an energy.
Wisconsin tailback Montee Ball says that he is planning to channel the anger resulting from being assaulted by five strangers on the football field. (The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

Oh Captains, My Captains.
Michigan names starting quarterback Denard Robinson and safety Jordan Kovacs as Wolverine co-captains. (The Detroit Free Press)
 
Wood suspended.
Notre Dame suspends linebacker Cierre Wood two weeks the ever-popular "unspecified violation of team rules." (The Chicago Tribune)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Off Tackle Empire discusses the rare opportunity Illinois and Purdue have to win the Big Ten Leaders conference with the Ohio State and Penn State ineligible to win the division.

Mythbusters.
A Lion Eye tries to debunk myths about Illinois such as former head football coach Ron Zook "leaving the cupboard stacked" with talent. 

Surely you Josh.
A Lion Eye profiles Illinois running back Josh Ferguson.

The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.
Indiana HC Kevin Wilson continues to try to change the losing culture in Bloomington. (The Indianapolis Star)

You're Arm's Too Short to Box With AIRBHG. 
Iowa RB Damon Bullock says that he doesn't believe in the AIRBHG jinx. He'll learn soon enough. (The Quad City Times)

Recruiting


Michigan St. recruiting news.
Michigan senior high school lineman Dennis Finley commits to Michigan State's 2013 recruiting class. (mLive.com)



Is Da'Rick Rodgers Tennessee Tech bound?

Suspended Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rodgers might be on his way out of Knoxville. Chris Low has reported that the oft-troubled Rodgers, suspended for the ever-popular "undisclosed violation of team rules," will transfer to Tennessee Tech. Since it plays in the FCS, Rodgers would be elligible to play in 2012, and not have to sit out the season.

(via WBIR, CBS Sports)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Les Miles, Derek Dooley, Alabama, and more.

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

It's Getting Better All the Time.
LSU head football coach Les Miles says that the Tigers 2012 squad could possibly be better than the 2011 SEC championship team. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)


LSU will play South Carolina in the SEC championship game. 
Because John Adams said so. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)


Song Sung Blue.
Alfred Blue is reportedly the leader in the battle to be LSU's starting tailback. (USA Today)

It's just a flesh wound.
The alcohol-related suspension of Auburn center Reese Dismukes will not effect the Tigers' Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game season opener against Clemson. Because Barrett Sallee said so. (Bleacher Report)

We will get by. We will survive.
Tennessee HC Derek Dooley believes the Vols can overcome the on-and-off the field issues that have plagued the team during his tenure. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)


Lucky Dawg?
Georgia should feel lucky that it didn't sign troubled Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rodgers. Because Fletcher Proctor said so. (ChuckOliver.net)

Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?
Don Kausler Jr. wonders what Alabama players will step up to fill the roles played by departed Tide playmakers such as defensive lineman Nick Gentry or offensive lineman Alfred McCullough. (al.com)

About the Weather.
Texas A&M season opening road trip to Louisiana Tech might feel the effects of Hurricane Issac, which is expected to hit the Shreveport area Tuesday or Wednesday. (Just Wait Til Next Season)

Cowbells vs. Cowboys?
Mississippi State are reportedly in talks to play Oklahoma State in a neutral site game at Houston's Reliant Stadium as their 2013 season opener. (FB Schedules)



Sunday, August 26, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Jarvis Jones, SEC loyalty, Taylor Kelly, and more.

What a long, strange trip it's been. 
Mark Weiszer looks at the journey of outside linebacker Jarvis Jones from USC to Gerogia.  (The Athens Banner-Herald)

You've Really Got a Hold on Me.
Dave Barron looks at the unique relationship between the SEC and its fans which allows it to have a conference-wide loyalty level that goes beyond its rival factions. (The Houston Chronicle)

A Design for Life.
Kevin Duffey looks at how a proposed new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons to replace the Gerogia Dome could effect college football events such as the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and the ATL's bid for the new SEC vs. Big 12 Champions Bowl. The article also features several possible designs for the proposed stadium. (Saturday Down South)

Michigan is not a top ten team. 
Because Gary DiNardo said so. (The Detroit Free Press)

I'm the Sun King, baby. With you I'll share my throne.
Ben Haber has a Q&A session with newly-minted Arizona St. starting quarterback Taylor Kelly. (House of Sparky)

Leader of the Quack.
Marcus Mariota has been named Oregon's starting QB. (ESPN)

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. 
The battle for the Florida starting QB job between Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel continues, with no end in sight. (The Gainesville Sun)

Requiem for a Dream.
Former LSU women's soccer player Mi Isom's latest attempt to walk-on the LSU football team as a kicker has failed. (The Baton Rouge Advocate)

Uncertain Smile.
Mike Hlas looks at the the cloud of uncertainty that continues to hang over Iowa as the 2012 season begins. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)




Saturday, August 25, 2012

Auburn center Reese Dismukes arrested for public intoxication, suspended.

The last thing Auburn needed a week before a high-profile game against Clemson in the Georgia Dome was an player getting arrested. But that's what happened as center Reese Dismukes was arrested for public intoxication in the Loveliest Village on the Plain a week before the season opening Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

"Dismukes was arrested for public intoxication by Auburn police near Auburn Hardware in the 100 block of East Magnolia Avenue at 2:03 a.m. Saturday, according to the arrest report for the 19-year-old.

Officers detained Dismukes after he appeared intoxicated. Dismukes did not resist arrest, according to the report.

Dismukes was released on $300 bond, according to Lee County Sheriff online records. Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said Dismukes was released mid-morning."

Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik has already banhammered Dismukes, suspending him indefinitely. 

(via The Opalika-Auburn News)

Welcome to the Fallout: Lane Kiffin talks SEC, Iowa, and...Cormac McCarthy?

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

Waiting on Lane. 
Mark Weizer interviews USC head football coach Lane Kiffin about former USC/current Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, the SEC, and his successor at Tennessee, Derek Dooley.  (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Faster, Pussycat! Kiehl! Kiehl! 
Kiehl Frazier talks about winning the Auburn starting quarterback job. (al.com)

Are You Experienced?
Luke Zimmerman is your guide through "The Ohio State Game Day Experience." (Land-Grant Holy Land)

The Downward Spiral?
Steve Greenberg looks at Iowa, and sees a program needing a rebound season in 2012. (The Sporting News)

Dawgs on a Plane?
Samuel L. Jackson spent some time on Thursday with the Georgia Bulldogs. No word if he brought the Atlanta Falcons' "Rise Up" choir along with him. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

This just in...
Bruins Nation still hates UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero.


Recruiting


Walker on the Wild Side.
Florida high school senior defensive end DeMarcus Walker commits to Alabama's 2013 recruiting class. (al.com)


Insanity


No Conference for Old Men.
Wide Right & Natty Lite enlists author Cormac McCarthy (or a facsimile thereof) for his 2012 season Big 12 predictions.

From the "Things we all wish would actually happen" dept. 
Joe Shcad drops in on a Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen press conference, and dares to ask for an injury update. Hilarity ensues. (The Belly of the Beast)


Friday, August 24, 2012

Big Tentacles: Storm Klein, Illinois, and AIRBHG.

Storm Warning.
Ohio State linebacker Storm Klein has been reinstated by Buckeye head football coach Urban Meyer, but will face a two-game suspension. Klein was booted off the team following his being charged with domestic violence. He recently plead guilty to a lesser charge and placed on 18 months probation. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Law and Order. 
Marc Morehouse profiles Iowa defensive back Nico Law. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Want more Morehouse?
Marc Morehouse profiles Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

The Body Pocic. 
A Lion Eye profiles Illinois offensive lineman Graham Pocic.

Insanity

AIRBHG is Everywhere.
AIRBHG (Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God. No relation to YHWH) has made it to ESPNU. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: John L. Smith, Georgia, Mississippi St., and more.

The Battle for the Bowl.
Arlington, Tx, Atlanta, Houston, New Orleans, and San Antonio are the five cities in the bidding for the SEC vs. Big 12 Champions' Bowl that have sent proposals to the conferences before the  Aug. 22 deadline. (The Birmingham News)

Riding the Storm Out. 
Terry Wood looks how first year Arkansas head football coach John L. Smith and his coaching staff have handled the rough water Arkansas has faced in the offesason. (Arkansas Expats)

Moore out of hospital.
Alabama athletic director Mal Moore has been released from a Tuscaloosa area hospital following concerns over an irregular heartbeat. (al.com)

Malcome in the Middle. 
Georgia tailback Ken Malcome has been named the starter for the season opener against Buffalo. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

The End of the Line?
The SEC West's three-year stranglehold on the SEC title may end in 2012. Because Pat Dooley said so. (The Gainesville Sun)

Brewster new Miss St. WR coach.
Former Minnesota HC Tim Brewster has been hired to be Mississippi State's new wide receivers coach, replacing the recently resigned Angelo Mirando. (CoachingSearch.com)

As for Mirando...
The former Miss St. WR coach reportedly resigned due to an NCAA investigation into possible recruiting violations, according to Joe Schad. (SB*Nation)

Tennessee WR Da'Rick Rogers suspended, probably won't be back.

It's not a beautiful day in the Tennessee neighborhood today as the wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers has been suspended for the ever vague "undisclosed violation of team rules." Vols head football coach Derick Dooley expects that "Rogers won’t return to the program."

"Dooley said he informed Rogers of the suspension on Wednesday and told the rest of the team before practice today.

“There’s not one player on the team that we’re not prepared to go play without,” Dooley said."

Rogers had previously been involved in the infamous "Bar Knoxville" brawl in 2010.

(via The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Big Tentacles: Iowa, Illinois, and more.

Iowa injury update.
Iowa officially announces  that running back Barkley Hill will be out for the 2012 season due to a torn ACL. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Illinois loses Dickinson for season. 
Illinois linebacker Henry Dickinson will miss the 2012 season due to leg and ankle fractures. (ESPN Chicago)

Green Thoughts. 
A Lion Eye profiles Illinois cornerback Justin Green.

Running Back to You.
The Crimson Quarry looks at Indiana's running backs.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: A.J. McCarron, Knile Davis, Tyrann Mathieu, and more.

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

Friends with Benefits. 
Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron talks about the relationship between himself and the Crimson Tide offensive line. (al.com)

Thank you're lucky stars, Honey Badger. 
Kevin Scarbinsky explains that  former LSU conerback Tyrann Mathieu would have been kicked off the team with zero chance of returning if he had gone to Auburn. (The Birmingham News)

Knile Davis is the best running back in the SEC.
Because Knile Davis says so. (The Sporting News)

It's Getting Better All the Time.
Kentucky starting QB Maxwell Smith talks about the progress he's made since his second game in the 2011 season,  when he sprained his face after being tackled by an unnamed LSU defenseman. (The Louisville Courier-Journal)

The Incredible Two-Headed Monster. 
Randy Rosetta profiles LSU defensive ends Barkevious  Mingo and Sam Montgomery, who are described as being "a two-headed monster." (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

The never-ending battle.
Red Cup Rebellion discusses how Ole Miss' continuing image problems surrounding the school's history during the battle for desegregation, and the Rebel fanbase's use of confederate imagery.

This is for the answers that don't have any questions. 
Dawg Sports looks at the Georgia QB situation beyond Aaron Murray, including who would be in line to be starting QB next season if Murray decides to declare for the NFL Draft.

Hero of the Day. 
Mark Weiser profiles Georgia walk-on tight end Geoff Rapp, who served a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan as a member of the US Marine Corps. (The Athens Banner-Herald)



Unquiet on the Western Front: Willie Lyles, Taylor Kelly, 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.)

Willie Lyles rears his ugly head again. 

More fun with the Oregon-Willie Lyles recruiting service saga. (Pacific Takes)

As Good As It Gets? 
Jeffery Martin looks at why despite Oregon's success under head football coach Chip Kelly, there are a dearth of former Ducks in the NFL. (USA Today)

Kelly's Hero.
Newly-named Arizona State. starting quarterback Taylor Kelly wants to follow in the the footsteps of  his personal hero, former Sun Devil QB Jake Plummer. (The Arizona Republic)


There's a possibility, but no chance.
Top Perry picks Washington, Utah and Boise State as part of his "10 Unlikely Teams Who Could Be Playing in January." (The Crystal Ball Run)

Wildcats suspend Washington.  
Arizona suspends defensive tackle Justin Washington for - wait for it - "undisclosed violation of team rules."(Arizona Desert Swarm)

Colorado injury report.
Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson will miss the first three weeks of the season while he continues to recover form offseason ACL surgery. (Dr. Saturday)

Hedrick and the Angry Itch.
Drew Roberts profiles Boise State quarterback Grant Hedrick. (One Bronco Nation Under God)

Josh Nunes is an Absolute Magician, and new Stanford starting QB.

Stanford QB Josh Nunes. Photo via ESPN.


Stanford has found the replacement for the departed starting QB Andrew Luck. Redshirt junior Josh Nunes got the nod Tuesday to lead the Cardinal's offense in 2012, beating out Brett Nottingham.

Nunes is a little philosophical about replacing arguably one of the greatest QB's in Stanford history.

 
"The great thing is the path has been laid for how to be a successful quarterback here at Stanford," Nunes said, referring to Luck's career. "So, really, it's just following that pattern and emulating the kind of player that he was and the kind of person that he was here. I also got to realize I'm not Andrew Luck, and by no means am I trying to be exactly him. I'm trying to come out here and run this high-powered offense that we got and get it to the playmakers that we got."

Nunes won't get too much time to reflect. After games against San Jose State and Duke, the new Cardinal QB goes from frying pan into fire as Stanford goes up against USC on Sept. 15. Fortunately for him, it will be a home game. Or should we say "Luck-ily?"

And before you ask, Josh Nunes is not related to former Syracuse QB Troy Nunes, who really was an "Absolute Magician."
(via SI.com)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Northwestern football team gets smoked by Navy SEALs


The Northwestern football team was treated to a visit by members of the Navy SEALs. Treated meaning the team got their butts kicked as the SEALs gave the Wildcats a taste of Hell week on the shores of Lake Michigan.




 It's not every day players get smoked by some of America's finest. It will certainly be a learning experience they'll remember on and off the field.

(via nusports.com)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban, South Carolina injuries, Knile Davis, and more.

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

The Need for Speed.
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban wants his special team players to be "Big, fast guys." (al.com)

Characters wanted.

Don Kausler Jr. tries to find out which members of the Alabama Crimson Tide are the coolest, funniest, toughest, etc. Things that Nick Saban could really care less about. (al.com)

Auguste aggravates injury. 

South Carolina cornerback Akeem Auguste aggravates injured right thigh muscle, and is out indefinitely.  (CBS Sports)

And if that wasn't bad enough...

South Carolina also loses running back Shon Carson to a left wrist injury, and is also out indefinitely.  (ESPN)

Knile Davis, Mr. October? 
Arkansas Expats compares Arkansas quarterback Knile Davis to baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.

There She Goes Again.
Former LSU womens' soccer goalie Mo Isom is trying once again to walk on the LSU football team as a kicker. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

When life hands you a Lemonier...
Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier describes adding ten pounds to his frame and worked on his footwork during the offseason. (al.com)

I did it my way. 
Auburn HC Gene Chizik "Will do things his way." Because Jay Coulter said so. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Totally decommitted. 
Andy Hutchins looks at the disturbing number of decommitments to Florida. (Alligator Army)

Georgia tailback Todd Gurley is not like Trent Richardson.
Because Todd Gurley said so. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

But that trick never works!
Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo allegedly has some kind of secret play or two up his sleeve. Don't hold your breath. (Get the Picture)

Kentucky QB news.
Kentucky names Maxwell Smith as its starting QB. (The Louisville Courier-Journal)




Minnesota pulls an Alabama, claims 1904 national championship.

Oh, how cute! Minnesota has decided to pull an Alabama and claim a college football national championship title retroactively. The school has "updated" the Golden Gophers' college football record books to include a title it allegedly won in 1904. Well, actually, it was apparently decided in 1996 by the NCAA that it had won a title in 1904. Minnesota is just getting around to claiming it as its own.

"Turns out the NCAA inserted the centenarian championship into its records book back in 1996, citing historical research by Richard Billingsley, a computer rankings guru. Billingsley has created a retroactive computer ranking for every season going back to 1869.

A Minnesota athletics department staffer finally noticed the change this past winter and updated the school's records accordingly."

This would be Minnesota's seventh "national title. That means Alabama is still in the lead of dubiously claimed titles with 36 14.

(via CBS Sports)

Big Tentacles: Urban Meyer pushes, Ondre Pipkins returns, Andrew Maxwell, 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.)

I want to push you around. 
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer discusses pushing the Buckeyes to the extreme in his first fall camp in Columbus, saying that “We try to push them as hard as we can.” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Welcome Back, Ondre.
Michigan defensive lineman Ondre Pipkins returned to practice on Monday after suffering a neck injury scare during Friday practice. (The Detroit News)

Don't mess with a Michigan Man. 
Zach Travis profiles Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison. (Maize N Brew)

Norte Dame's Wood out for season. 
Notre Dame loses Lo Wood for the season after the cornerback suffers an Achilles tendon injury during Monday practice. (The Chicago Tribune)

Sparty aims for Pasadena. 
Stewart Mandel profiles a 2012 Michigan State team eager to make it to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1988. (SI.com)

Difficult to Cure. 
Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell discusses Bosie State's defense, which he says "is difficult because they don’t have really a set base." (mLive.com)

Matt McGloin profile. 
Carl Greene profiles Penn State QB Matt McGloin. (Black Shoe Diaries)

West of the Fields.
Phillip Rossman-Reich profiles Northwestern wide receiver Demetrius Fields. (Lake the Posts)

In other Northwestern WR profiles...
Rodger Sherman profiles Northwestern WR Cermak Bland. (Sippin' on Purple)

Foster the People.
A Lion Eye profiles Illinois defensive tackle Glenn Foster.

Back Home in Indiana...
The Crimson Quarry takes a look at Indiana's quarterback situation.

Recruiting


If you smell what Purdue is cooking. 
Texas high school senior offensive lineman Dwayne Johnson commits to Purdue's 2013 recruiting class. (Hammer and Rails)


Insanity


I need 50 dollar to make you holler. 
Mike Hlas claims that he can get the Iowa running back curse lifted if you just send him $50 dollars. There's a possibility, but no chance, Mike. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Arkansas-branded Pop-Tarts exist, but do not taste like bacon.




From the "shocked, but not really" department comes news that Kellog's is coming out with  NCAA-themed Pop-Tarts. Schools involved include Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, and Florida, which will have their school logo or icon printed directly on the Pop Tart's icing.

From the looks of the Pop-Tart boxes, it looks like all the Pop-Tarts will be of the same strawberry flavor, albeit re-branded with college-themed named like "Razorback Red"for Arkansas, or "Go Blue Strawberry" for Michigan.  That means those with hopes for a Arkansas-branded bacon-flavored Pop-Tart are bound to be disappointed. And trust me, there are people who would go nuts over a bacon-flavored Pop-Tart.

Which brings up the lack of imagination of these one-flavored NCAA-themed Pop-Tarts. Kellog's seems to have taken the cheap and easy route of not coming up with any special flavors for the pasteries, or even matching teams to flavors that would make sense. "Go Blue" Strawberry? Does Kellog's really believe any true Michigan Man is going to eat a Michigan Pop-Tart that look has a filling the color of the accursed Ohio State? Look, they could have least used an blue dye in the filling to make "Go Blue Strawberry" actually make sense. (Apparently, actual genetically modified Blue Strawberries are still in the developing stages.)

How about peach-flavored Georgia Pop-Tarts? Or peanut butter-flavored UGA Pop-Tarts, even? Or UNC blueberry Pop-Tarts? Kellog's took an awesome thing and turned it into an epic fail. Which makes the decision to include Georgia Pop-Tarts more ironic.

(via Down and Distance)

Monday, August 20, 2012

The WAC to become an ex-college football conference at end of 2012 season.

The Western Athletic conference is throwing in the towel as a college football conference. The 2012 season will be the last for the conference weakened in the past several years by the departures of team like Boise State, Nevada, and Fresno St.

The WAC is not dead – not yet – but inevitably, WAC football is: After 50 years in business, interim commissioner Jeff Hurd confirmed Monday that the Western Athletic Conference will drop football after the upcoming season, officially pulling the plug after two years of steady attrition. With that, the WAC becomes the first Division I conference to call it quits in football since the Southwest Conference dissolved in 1995, and the first casualty of the most recent round of conference realignment.

The WAC will continue as a conference in other college sports, but the remaining schools will have to go find another conference to join, if they already haven't.

(via CBS Sports)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyrann Mathieu, Jarvis Jones, Derek Dooley, and more.

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


After the Fall. 
Bryan Powers comments on the drug-related downfall of former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, and connects it to a troubled childhood which included Mathieu's father killing his mother's boyfriend. (ChuckOliver.net)

Miss St. asst. coach resigns. 
Mississippi State receivers coach Angelo Mirando resigns sighting "unforeseen personal issues." (SI.com)

Florida injury report.
Florida tight end Colin Thompson will be out around two months due to a bone fracture in his right foot. (ESPN)

Please Come to Bostic.
Zach Abolverdi profiles Florida linebacker Jon Bostic. (The Gainesville Sun)

Mr. Jones and me tell each other fairy tales.
Marc Weiszer profiles Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Eight is Enough?
Derek Dooley needs eight wins in 2012 in order to survive as Tennessee head football coach. Because Matt Smith said so. (Southern Pigskin)

Defending the title. 
Roll 'Bama Roll looks at the 2012 Alabama defense.

Arkansas scrimmage. 
Zach Veddern reviews Arkansas' Fan Day scrimmage game that was held this past Saturday. (Arkansas Expats)

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Team Speed Kills does the "predict week five of  2012 season" using NCAA Football '13 gimmick. I get a funny feeling the Georgia-Tennessee game isn't going to go quite the way TSK says it will.

There's a possibility, but no chance.
The Unsportsmanlike Gentleman starts a campaign to end the "S-E-C!" chant. (Our Two Bits)

South Florida's new locker room looks like a row of Xboxes.

Photo via Voodoo Five.


This is South Florida's recently remodeled locker room. As you can tell, it looks a little...different. I may be wrong, but it seems that whoever handled the remodeling took their inspiration from an Xbox 360 console. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but that neon green glow is just creepy. It looks like the Bulls were getting more for Cosmic Bowling than for a football game.

(via Voodoo Five)

That Big East Roundup: Kyle Flood, and more.

(That Big East Roundup is SWRT's look at the Big East, while it lasts.)

Wake of the Flood. 
Kyle Flood has been named Rutgers' starting quarterback. (CBS Sports)

That Don't Impress Me Much.
Temple head football coach Steve Addazio wasn't too thrilled with the Owls' performance in a scrimmage game. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

My Dinner with Andrell.
Card Chronicle profiles Louisville wide receiver Andrell Smith.

Get in the Pitt. 
Cardiac Hill previews Pitt's offense.



Nick Saban reinvents the language of college football.

While not busy winning two of the past three BCS titles, Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has apparently been introducing new terminology into college football. Or at least terminology that originated from his days as a lowly defensive coordinator for then Cleveland Browns HC Bill Belichick.

“In the old days, I called the fifth defensive back nickel back, and we never really played six defensive backs,” he said.

The middle linebacker (Mike) and the weak inside linebacker (Will) stayed in the game, and a defensive back replaced the strong outside linebacker (Sam).

“Well, when I went to Cleveland, everything that Bill Belichick does has some purpose, from what you call blitz to what you call fire-zone front,” Saban said.

“The Star really is the Sam, so he wanted an s-word for that position. When you put six guys in the game, whether it's a sub linebacker or a sixth defensive back, we had nickel, dime, dollar. Different money terms.”

The sixth defensive back takes the place of the weak inside linebacker.

“But when you talk to players, you can say, 'Look, these linebackers on the team are all going to play Money. These DBs on the team are going to learn how to play Money,'” Saban said.

“Because when it comes to the assignments of the defense, the position is the same. It's just they've got four wideouts in there now, so the linebacker can't cover, so we put another DB in there. That make sense?

“So we just started calling that the Money position. It could be nickel, dime or dollar. That was Bill's sort of system, but it made lots of sense to me. Just like everything else we did, we categorized things for the players. I think it made it better for the players.”
Obviously, using money terms has proven successful for Saban and Alabama. Of course, the "money" players can't (officially) earn any money doing their job. But that's neither here nor there.

(via al.com)


 

Big Tentacles: Danny O'Brien, Kyle Prater, Urban Meyer, 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.) 

Least shocking news of the day.
Wisconsin quarterback Danny O'Brien, who transferred to the school from Maryland during the offseason, has been named the Badgers' starting QB. (ESPN)

Cool for 'Cats.
Northwestern wide receiver Kyle Prater and defensive end Dean Lowry were among the players Saturday who stood out in a Saturday scrimmage. (The Chicago Tribune)

O Captains, My Captains.
Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer names five seniors as the captains for the Buckeyes' 2012 team.  (The Columbus Dispatch)

The Solid Vrabel.
Doug Lesmerises profiles Ohio St. defensive line coach Mike Vrabel. (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Changing sides. 
Ex-Ohio State defensive end Kenny Hayes is reportedly transferring to Michigan State. (mLive.com)

Meet the Spartans. 

Coaches Hot Seat previews Michigan State's 2012 season.

If you smell what the backup iscooking. 
Joe Rexrode profiles Mich. St. backup QB Connor Cook. (The Detroit Free Press)

Down on the Cornerback.
Mark Snyder profiles Michigan cornerback J.T. Floyd. (The Detroit Free Press)

Donnovonn's Brain (not to mention the rest of him).
A Lion Eye profiles Illinois running back Donovonn Young.

Cruising under your radar. 
Iowa RB Damon Bullock could be a standout player for the Hawkeyes in 2012. If AIRBHG doesn't get him first. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: USC on top. McGee suspended, Lacy injured, and more.

Trojans trump Tide and Tigers.
AP voters rank USC as the no. 1 college football team in the nation in the AP preseason poll. Alabama and LSU take the second and third spots. (ESPN)

T'ain't funny, McGee!
Oklahoma indefinitely suspends defensive tackle Stacy McGee. (ESPN)

Eddie Lacy injured.
Alabama running back Eddie Lacy sprained his ankle during a scrimmage game. (al.com)

On the Mark? 
Mark Snyder compares Michigan tailback Thomas Rawls to fellow Flint, Mi. native and 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. (The Detroit Free Press

Brendan Downs injured.
Tennessee tight end Brendan Downs is out indefinitely due to a knee injury. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

AIRBHG strikes again.
Iowa running back Barkley Hill suffers a knee injury during a Saturday scrimmage. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Ragged Glory.
Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson described a Saturday scrimmage as being "ragged." (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Robinson ineligible.
The NCAA declares Auburn running back Jovan Robinson academically ineligible. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Is this a good thing or a bad thing? 
The stability of Georgia's coaching staff is seen as a positive for the Bulldogs success in 2012.Certain members of the Bulldog Nation would point to the fact that UGA offensive coordinator Mike Bobo still has a job disproves this concept. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

BC AD retires.
Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo will retire on Sept. 30. (BC Interruption)

Recruiting


Illinois recruiting update. 
Illinois high school senior slot back Miguel Hermosillo commits to Illinois's 2013 recruiting class. (The Chicago Tribune)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Welcome to the Fallout: Denard Robinson, Andrew Maxwell, and...Clinton-Dix?

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson couldn't beat Usain Bolt. 
Because Jeff Seidel said so. (The Detroit Free Press)

Is Andrew Maxwell as good Kirk Cousins? 
Mighigan State QB Andrew Maxwell is impressing coaches and teammates. So much so that Spartan cornerback Darqueze Dennard claims that there's “really no drop-off” when it comes to replacing former QB Kirk Cousins with Maxwell.  (The Detroit Free Press)

Ray of Light. 
Roger Clarkson profiles Georgia defensive end Ray Drew. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Arizona State assistant coach profile of the day. 
Doug Haller profiles Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell. (The Arizona  Republic)

Boise State player profile of the day.
Drew Roberts profiles Boise State linebacker Blake Renaud. (One Bronco Nation Under God)

Use Your Delusion.
Lake the Posts ponders Northwestern starting its own "Wildcat Network," at least in some kind of Internet form.

My Last Name. 
Don Kausler Jr. profiles Alabama safety Ha'Sean "HaHa" Clinton-Dix. Forget about the nickname. The last name alone is Name of the Year-worthy. (al.com)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Johnny Manziel, Auburn, recruiting, and more.

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

Here's Johnny!
Johnny Manziel has been named Texas A&M's starting quarterback.(The Bryant-College Station Eagle)

Auburn defense update.
Auburn defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder gives an update on the Tiger defense. (al.com)

Who's the Bostic?
Florida linebacker Jon Bostic talks about putting time into watching game film to improve his performance. (The Florida Times-Union)

Recruiting


Mississippi State recruiting news. 
Mississippi high school senior offensive lineman Jake Thomas commits to Mississippi State's 2013 recruiting class. (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

Insanity


There's a possibility, but no chance.
War Blogle suggests that Sports Illustrated's decision to put Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron on the Southeast regional cover for its college football preview issue will mean that Auburn could win the 2012 BCS title. SI put Alabama on the 2010 CFB preview issue, the year that Auburn won the BCS title. Don't hold your breath.