Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Mark Richt likes hot chocolate more than beating Florida?

What could make Georgia head football coach happier than getting the monkey of not being able to beat Florida two years in a row since 1989 off his back? Hot chocolate, apparently.



Given that the weather hasn't been the warmest for outdoor practices, Richt's reaction to Hot Chocolate isn't a surprise. The fact I now have to deal with the image of Richt jamming out to Hot Chocolate's "You Sexy Thing" through my head, however. Isn't pleasurable at all. But hey, what's Halloween without a Freudian nightmare?

(via @SethEmerson)

Saban statue has tiger tail through LSU trolling.

photo via al.com


EEK! There's a giant caterpillar crawling up the backside of Nick Saban's graven image in front of Bryant-Denny Stadium! Don't think that's scary? Think about the butterfly that it's gonna turn into. It's gonna be Mothra, I tell you! MOTHRA!

Oh,we could only hope. Actually this is a lame-looking tiger tail affixed to the statue of the Alabama head football coach, apparently taped on by trolling LSU fans looking to get their jollies while they can. Look, if you're gonna give Saban a tiger tail, don't give him a big flaming tiger tail. Don't give him a weenie little thing like this. 

(via al.com)

West Coast news: Cody Vaz, Josh Nunes vs. Kevin Hogan, Jeff Tedford, and more.

 

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


Vazup? 
Oregon State quarterback Cody Vaz will be the starter for the Beavers' home game against Arizona State. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Quarterback controversy? What quarterback controversy? 
Stanford head football coach David Shaw says that quarterbacks Josh Nunes and Kevin Hogan will both be taking snaps against Colorado this coming Saturday. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

I've seen the future, and it will be. 
Cal and San Diego state agree to a home-at-home series for 2015 and 2016. (FBSchedules)

I've seen the future and it works.

Anthony Gimino tries to predict which bowl Arizona will compete in at the end of the season. Hint: it won't be for the BCS title. (The Tuscon Citizen)

Meet the Press.
California Golden Blogs reports on Cal HC Jeff Tedford's weekly press conference.

Broncos vs. Aztecs. 
Kevan Lee previews Boise State vs. San Diego State. (One Bronco Nation Under God)

I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in. 
BYU athletic director Tom Holome is looking at having to fix a couple holes in the 2013 season left when agreements with two other schools to play next season fell through. (The Deseret News)

Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before.
Bruins Nation still doesn't like UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero.


Do USC and Matt Barkley have discipline problems?

So why is  USC and its once-golden boy starting quarterback Matt Barkley struggling this season? Reign of Troy's Josh Webb, taking part in a Pacific Takes round table, put the blame on a lack of discipline.

"Additionally, Barkley has shown a tendency to look-in his receivers and this has allowed defensive backs to anticipate his throws. These aren't problems that Barkley should be having in his senior year and they are putting more pressure on the defense to come through in tight situations. All of this comes back around to discipline. Barkley should have the discipline to trust his instincts instead of hesitating on his reads. Similarly, Leonard Williams should have the discipline to refrain from committing multiple personal foul penalties in the game. If the Trojans don't develop some discipline before Saturday, Arizona is going to look like a walk in the park compared to the long night Oregon can put them through."

So Matt Barkley has a discipline problem? No worry, I've got both the solution for him.

                                                    photo via Warming Grow




Lady Heather will see you now, Matt. What's that? Lady Heather makes you nervous. Don't worry, she'll be gentle with you the first time. What? You want Lane Kiffin to go with you? Well, that is an unusual request, but I suppose Lady Heather may have a few answers to his problems as well.

(via Pacific Takes)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Big Ten: Bowl predictions, Nebraska, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Big Tentacles


Bowlin', bowlin' bowlin'.
Off Tackle Empire's weekly bowl predictions see Nebraska facing Oregon State in the Rose Bowl, and Notre Dame facing Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.

The Big Ten Blues.
Andrew Coppens bemoans the fact that Nebraska is the only Big Ten team in the BCS standings, and it's at no. 20. (Delany's Dozen)

Can it get much worse? 
The 2012 Illinois Fighting Illini team  is not "the worst Big Ten football team of all time." That's only because Northwestern's 1981 team was even worse. (The Champaign Room)

Injuries


Wisconsin: Quarterback Joel Stave will miss the rest of the season due to a broken collarbone suffered in the Badgers' loss to Michigan State. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

A.J. McCarron, Charlie Strong, Johnny Manziel, and more.




Covering Dixie Like Mildew  - The SWRT roundup of SEC news.


Growing Up Brady?
Kevin Scarbinsky compares Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron to New England Patriots starting QB Tom Brady. (al.com)

I Ain't Mad At Cha.
LSU players claim that getting revenge on Alabama for beating the Tigers in the 2012 BCS title game is the farthest thing from their minds as they prepare to take on the Crimson Tide this Saturday in Baton Rouge. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Alabama and LSU are still the best teams in the SEC.
Because Les East said so. (The Baton Rouge Advocate)

I Dare You To Move.
Chris Furmeister ponders whether Auburn would be able to lure Louisville head football coach Charlie Strong  to The Loveliest Village On The Plains if Tiger HC Gene Chizik is fired. (College and Magnolia)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Bill King says that Georgia's two-game winning streak against Florida is "the new normal." Let's not get too cocky there too soon. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Kentucky head football coach Joker Phillips on the Hot Seat?
Kentucky HC Joker Phillips on the Hot Seat. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

Ready to rebound?
Mississippi State seeks to get back on the winning track as it hosts Texas A&M this weekend in Starkville. (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)


Injuries

Florida: Wide receiver Solomon Patton will miss the rest of the 2012 season after his left arm was broken during the Georgia-Florida game. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)


Insanity


Johnny Manziel: International Man of Mystery.
Ever wanted to know what Texas A&M starting QB Johhny Manziel would be called overseas? Spencer Hall answers your questions, and provides nicknames that are a billion times more creative than "Johnny Football." The North Korean "Speedy American Imperalist Stooge" is the best of the lot. (Every Day Should Be Saturday)

Superstorm shuts down Deadspin (UPDATE)

If you're trying to connect to Deadspin this morning, you might want to forget about it. The site, along with the other Gawker internet properties, was knocked off the internet by the power outages in New York City caused by the Superstorm hitting the East Coast.

Deadspin editor Timothy Burke confirmed the shutdown on Twitter last night, after I had tweeted out about the site being down.




Deadspin was still down as of 9:36 am ET.

Prayers go out to everyone affected by the storm across the East Coast.

Update 10:09 am: Deadspin has taken up roost here while the main site's down.

(via EW.com)

Is Auburn being investigated by the NCAA?

 Danny Sheridan told an audience at the Tuscaloosa Quarterback Club that Auburn is once again under the scrutiny of the NCAA. The USA Today sports analyst claims that the school has pulled two assistant coaches off of the recruiting trail in response to the alleged investigation. He declined, however to give any details of the story.

"Based on what I've heard, the NCAA is looking at their program," Sheridan said after his speech. "I'll say that on the record.

"I will quickly say, I hope they are exonerated. But if it's true that they've taken two of their coaches off the road, that generally speaking is not a good sign. Usually when you take a coach off the road, it's an effort to placate the NCAA."

Sheridan claimed in 2011 that the NCAA knew the identity of the alleged "bagman" who provided former Auburn quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. The NCAA denied his claims.

(via al.com)




Collin Klein, Steele Jantz, Jake Knot, and more.


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


Let's Get Physical. 
Oklahoma State defensive Cooper Bassett thinks defending against Kansas State starting quarterback Collin Klein will get very physical. (The Oklahoman)

Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting.
Oklahoma State-Kansas State will be ABC's prime time game this coming Saturday. (Bring On the Cats)

Caress of Steele. 
Iowa Statehead football coach Paul Rhodes says quarterback Steele Jantz will be the Cyclones' starter for this coming Saturday's game against Oklahoma. (The Des Moines Register)

History story of the day. 

Ray Dozier tells the story of Jack Trice, Iowa State first African-American athlete, who died from injuries suffered on-the-field against Minnesota in 1923. The school's Jack Trice Stadium is named in honor of him. (Blatant Homerism)


Staying Alive.
Texas QB David Ash will remain in the starting role for the Longhorns despite backup Case McCoy's game saving performance against Kansas. (The Austin American-Statesman)

Something's Got to Give.
Baylor seeks to avoid it's fourth loss in a row as it goes up against Kansas, which hasn't won a Big 12 conference game since 2010. (The Waco Tribune-Herald)

Kansas should bring back the wishbone offense.
Because Tom Keegan said so. (The Lawrence Journal-World)

Injuries


Iowa State
Iowa St. linebacker Jake Knot will miss the rest of the season following surgery to repair his left shoulder, which was injured during last Saturday's Cyclone win over Baylor. (The Des Moines Register)

Bob Stoops says critics of Sooner QB Landry Jones "aren't very intelligent about football."

Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops had a few words to say about the critics of Sooner starting quarterback Landry Jones following the team's 30-13 loss to Notre Dame. None of which, needless to say, were very complementary.


“People aren't very intelligent about football,” Stoops said. “I'm not criticizing them; it's not what they do. ... People, whatever occupation they are, it's just like me trying to do what they do. They'd probably scoff at that.”

Stoops also took time to defend Jones, who failed to throw a touchdown pass in the game.

“Landry's a great quarterback and had a heck of a night the other night,” Stoops said. “Without Landry, we're not in that game.”

Landry gets a chance to redeem himself as the Sooners travel to Iowa State this coming Saturday. 


Monday, October 29, 2012

Denard Robinson, Phillip Nelson, and more.

Big Tentacles


Denard Robinson injury update. 
Michigan head football  coach Brady Hoke says Wolverine quarterback Denard Robinson is probable for this coming Saturday's road game against Minnesota despite an arm injury in the loss to Nebraska. (The Detroit Free Press)

It ain't over till it's over.
Scott Dochternan looks at the chaotic state of the battles for the Big Ten division titles. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Just another loss for Iowa. 
Black Heart Gold Pants dissects Iowa's loss to that team commonly referred to as just Northwestern. 

I have to praise you like I should.
Adam Rittenberg names Minnesota quarterback Phillip Nelson as the ESPN Big Ten Blog Player of the Week.

Adjust your schedules. 
The Nov. 10 Nebraska-Penn State starting time has been set for a 3:30 ET start. (The Omaha World-Herlad)



Derek Dooley, Gene Chizik, Mark Richt, and more


Covering Dixie Like Mildew  - The SWRT roundup of SEC news.


My Own Worst Enemy.
Mark Wiedmer says Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley is making the decision on whether Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart should fire him or not easier. (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

Use Your Delusion.
David Climer wonders if Tennessee fans actually thought that The Vols would actually be able to beat South Carolina. (The Tennessean)

Night Living Cliches.
Good Bull Hunting revs up the Halloween cliche machine in discussing Texas A&M
s win over Auburn.

First, admit you have a problem.
Auburn HC Gene Chizik admits the team has issues. (al.com)

We're not out of the woods yet.
Georgia HC Mark Richt tries to curb the enthusiasm over the Bulldogs win over Florida doesn't mean that its battle for the SEC East title isn't over. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Joker Phillips has a hotter Hot Seat than Dooley or Chizik.
Because Tom Perry said so. (The Crystal Ball Run)

Accentuate the Positive.
Auburn tight end C.J. Uzomah's performance on Saturday night is seen as one of the few things then went well for the Tigers against Texas A&M. (al.com)

Least. Shocking. News. Ever. Of the Week.
Someone in Alabama took advantage of the early voting in the state to vote for Nick Saban to be the next President of the United States. Well, Saban would make a better POTUS than the actual  candidates out there. (Throw the Flag)

There's a posibility, but no chance.
Despite losing to Georgia, Florida still has a chance to make win the SEC East. Because Andy Hutchins said so. (Alligator Army)

It's a dirty job, but someone had to do it. 
The Bull Gator defends Florida tight end Jordan Reed, who committed the fumble that helped seal the deal for Georgia win over the Gators.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Marcus Lattimore injury update.

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore's injury during the Gamecock's victory over Tennessee overshadowed both the game and most of the rest of the college football action on Saturday.  South Carolina head football coach announced on Sunday that running back had suffered a dislocated right knee, but said the injury wasn't career-ending.

"Spurrier said the injury was significant, but discounted speculation Lattimore would never play football again. Lattimore has not used a redshirt season so he could take as long as necessary to recover and still return to the Gamecocks for the 2014 season.

"We're optimistic his football days are still ahead of him," Spurrier said. "There is a history of guys coming back from this." 

Lattimore had previously injured his left knee in 2011 in a game against Mississippi State, which resulted in his missing the remainder of last season.

 (via ESPN)

A children's treasury of awkward moments of David Pollack manning the internet on ESPN College GameDay

Boy college analyst David Pollack online. via Cole's Gameday Blog.


Resident ESPN 12 year old college analyst David Pollack's stock has risen with the network in the past year or so. With that, ESPN College GameDay gave young David added responsibilities on the show this season - manning the CollegeGeamday  Twitter account and chatting with veiewers during the show. While this can seem a banal task, the WWL it its usual bombastic fashion, found ways to make it more visual in the most embarrassing ways possible. Luckily, Cole's Gameday Blog has managed to capture some of these moments, and preserve them online for the rest of eternity.


 Here's Pollack with new best friend Revelie. Uga IX probably wasn't too happy with David hanging out with another dog.


Pollack kicking his feet in the Tennessee River with the Vol Navy. It doesn't get any more acting like a 12-year old than this.







Pollack with his new-found friends Sparty at Michigan State.


David Pollack likes pie. And he likes that desert in his hand as well.

Pollack trying some tailgate food.

Pollack with Digger Phelps at Notre Dame. This could have been actually funnier if Digger was teaching young David how to color-coordinate his tie with his highlighter.

David showing off his Halloween costume. He's bummed because Samantha Steele won't go Trick-or-Treating with him.

(via Cole's Gameday Blog)

Auburn fans abandon Jordan-Hare Stadium at halftime of Tigers' loss to Texas A&M.

Photo via al.com.

The scene above is of the stands Auburn's Jordan-Hare stadium during the halftime of the Tigers' loss to 63-21 loss to Texas A&M. And no, fans didn't just step out to go the the restroom. They were gone at halftime and stayed gone. It was the most scathing indictment to date of embattled Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik, who is now 1-7 (0-6 in SEC play) in 2012.

Texas A&M, led by starting quarterback Johnny Manziel were already up 42-7 at the end of the first half. If Aggie head football coach Kevin Sumlin hadn't sat Manziel and the rest of his starters down in the third quarter, it could have gotten much worse.

The walkout by the Auburn faithful pretty much seals the fate of Chizik. There's very little chance he will continue in his HC job after the end of the 2012 season. Even beating Alabama in the Iron Bowl might not be able to save him now. 

(via al.com, The Bryan-College Station Eagle)

Injuries to Marcus Lattimore and A.J. McCarron, UGA beats Florida, Derek Dooley, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout.


Lattimore injured
South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore is listed as being "out indefinitely" following  an injury to his right knee during the Gamecocks' win over Tennessee. (AP/ESPN)

Every Dog Has His Day.
Georgia defeats previously unbeaten Florida 17-9. It's the first time since 1989 that the Dawgs have beaten the Gators in back-to-back seasons. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

McCarron suffers back injury.
Alabama starting quarterback A.J. Mccarron was taken out of the Crimson Tide's 38-7 win over Mississippi State what's described as a "back contusion" by Tide head football coach Nick Saban. McCarron should be cleared to play next week. (al.com)

Denard Robinson injures elbow.
Michigan starting QB Denard Robinson was knocked out of the Wolverines' loss to Nebraska by an elbow injury to his throwing right elbow. (The Detroit News)

Tennessee HC Derek Dooley on the Hot Seat?
What do you think? (Rocky Top Talk)

Domers dominate Sooners.
Notre Dame goes to 8-0 after defeating Oklahoma 30-13. (The Chicago Tribune)

Purple Reign.
Northwestern defeats Iowa 28-17 thanks in huge part to the performance of Wildcat starting QB Kane Colter. (The Chicago Tribune)

How Do You Like Me Now?
Richard Croome comments on how first-year Texas A&M head football coach Kevin Sumlin has managed to disprove critics wrong with the Aggies' success in the team's inaugural season in the SEC. (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)




Saturday, October 27, 2012

Nick Saban's legacy, Bob Stoops, Georgia-Florida, and more.

Game Day Goulash.


Thinking the Unthinkable.
Tommy Deas wonders out loud if  Nick Saban's legacy as Alabama head football coach possibly "eclipse" that of legendary Crimson Tide head football coach Bear Bryant.  Isn't that a felony in Alabama? (The Tuscaloosa News)

Cardinals beat Bearcats.
Louisville scores a come-from-behind win over Cincinnati that went into overtime 34-31. (AP via ESPN)

(Cocktail) Party Out of Bounds. 
Mark Weiszer previews Gerorgia's (semi-)annual dehumanizing loss to Florida. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Halfway Gone.
Oklahoma State begins the second half of its 2012 season on the road with new Big 12 member TCU. Kansas State, West Virginia, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma are all on the horizon. (The Oklahoman)

You Could Have Been With Me. 
Berry Trammel takes the opportunity given Saturday's Notre Dame-Oklahoma game to look at the time Sooner head football coach Bob Stoops was courted by the Fighting Irish in 2001. (The Oklahoman)

The Mark of distinction.
Michael Bonner profiles Northwestern running back Venric Mark. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Heads I lose, tails you lose.
Mike Hlas previews Northwestern's homecoming game against visitor Iowa in a game that probably helps Michigan in the race for the Legends division title hunt than it does either the Wildcats or the Hawkeyes. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Nothing Left to Lose.
Chris Kopech previews the battle of the banhammered between Ohio State-Penn State. (Land-Grant Holy Land)



Friday, October 26, 2012

Tyrann Mathieu, AJ McCarron, Georgia-Florida, and more.


Covering Dixie Like Mildew  - The SWRT roundup of SEC news.


This could be the saddest bust I've ever seen. 
Former LSU tailback Tyrann Mathieu's arrest on Thursday on charges of marijuana possession is described by Tom Ley as "the saddest bust ever." (Deadspin)

That Don't Impress Me Much.
David Paschall's profile on Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron describes him as "perfectly unspectacular." Paschall obviously hasn't heard about McCarron's  little bow tie obsession. (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

We were merely freshmen. 
Andrew Gribble looks at the on-the-field success of Alabama's 2012 freshman class this season. (al.com)

The Downward Spiral.
Team Speed Kills looks at Georgia head football coach Mark Richt's record in Big Games, which has gotten worse since the infamous "blackout" fiasco against Alabama in 2008.

Be Cruel to Your School.
Dawg Sports names the Georgia-Florida game its "National Game of Disinterest" for this week. This is of course due to the expected depantsing of the Dawgs by the Gators. 

Rebels vs. Hogs
Arkansas Expats previews Saturday's Ole Miss-Arkansas game. 

Moore, Moore, Moore.
Stuard Villanueva profiles Texas A&M defensive lineman Damontre Moore. (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)

Hurricane Sandy could crash Georgia-Florida game.

Saturday's iteration of the Georgia-Florida game may get a little messier than usual, and it has nothing to do with how bad the Gators will emasculate the Bulldogs. There is a chance winds from Hurricane Sandy could lash out during the game while the storm drives it's way north on it's possible merging with a cold front, which could transform it into what's being called a "Frankenstorm."

Georgia head football coach Mark Richt discussed the possible impact of the storm on Wendsday.

“That’s a lot of wind,” Richt said. “That does affect the game more than just rain. I’ve been in some games where the winds just totally changed the game. If it’s a crosswind, it’s even probably more of an issue than if it’s in your face or behind you. … Hopefully it changes course.”

Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn also commented on his past dealings with strong winds.

“You’ll know, OK, if (they have the wind at their back) we might see more throws on a certain drive or a certain quarter,” he said. “I’ve definitely been a part of that. You just have to be aware during that time of the game you may get more than one style of a game.

“If it’s a big wind sometimes you’re still defending it, but a lot of times it has to depend on the quarterback. He’ll throw the ball a little bit further down, the ball can’t float up, depending on how windy it is.”

Hopefully Hurricane Sandy won't be as strong as it was when it hit Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba, where 21 people are reported dead due to effects of the storm.

(via The Palm Beach Post, The Athens Banner Herald, CNN)

Matt McGloin, Braxton Miller, Kirk Ferentz, and more.


On the Matt.
Eric Adelson looks at the surprising season of Penn State starting quarterback Matt McGloin, who's gone from ninth in pass completions in the Big Ten to first place in 2012. (Yahoo! Sports)
 

Big Tentacles  -  The SWRT look at the Big Ten, and its sway over the college football landscape.


"Jolly" Old Braxton Miller.
Ohio State starting QB  Braxton Miller is described as feeling "up and very jolly" in practice this week after being injured in last Saturday's Buckeye win over Purdue. (Dr. Saturday)

How Wisconsin Got It's Groove Back. 
Joe Rexrode looks at how Wisconsin has turned its offense around after a poor start of the season. (The Detroit Free Press)

Hawkeyes vs. Wildcats. 
Off Tackle Empire previews Iowa vs. Northwestern.

Thank you, Sir. Can I have another?
Lake the Posts previews Iowa vs. Northwestern.

Everybody's Talkin'.
Marc Morehouse provides an "oral history" of the Iowa QB's during Hawkeye head football coach Kirk Ferentz's tenure in Iowa City. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Good times, bad times, you know I've had my share.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany discusses the ups and downs of his tenure. (The Chicago Tribune)

Where Do We Go From Here?
Tom Fornelli looks at the status of the Illinois football program before the Illini's homecoming game vs. Indiana. (The Champaign Room)

Keeping up with the Joneses. 
With a seeming return to the days of Ohio State and Michigan dominance over the Big Ten, Dirk Chatelain looks at what Nebraska needs to do to make the "Big Two" a Big Three. (The Omaha World-Herald)

Big Blue vs. Big Red. 
Zach Travis previews Michigan vs. Nebraska. (Maize N Brew)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tyrann Mathieu arrested on charges of marijuana possession (UPDATED).

Things just got a little worse for Tyrann Mathieu. The former LSU tailback, along with three other LSU players, has been arrested for what is described by Baton Rouge TV station WFAB as "drug-related charges." The drug in question is marijuana.

(UPDATED 7:30 PM ET) Mathieu and Jefferson were charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana, Hatcher was charged with 2nd Offense Simple Possession of Marijuana and Bryant was charged with Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Baton Rouge police later confirmed.  All four men will be booked into to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

It's unknown at this time whether these charges or stem from the period before or after Mathieu was kicked off the LSU football team for failing a drug test before the start of the 2012 season.

UPDATE: (7:30 PM ET)  According to WFAB, the incident happened Thursday afternoon, after police were called to  Mathieu's apartment complex for a situation to investigate "a man (who later turned out to be Jefferson) attempting to force his way in to the complex through a security gate." Jefferson was led into the complex by an unknown "resident," who led him to Mathieu's apartment. Police went to the apartment to Mathieu's apartment to investigate.

"Officers immediately smelled a strong odor of marijuana and obtained consent from Mathieu to search the apartment", a police news release said.  "Inside they found three other men, including the one who had allegedly tried to force his way through the gate. He was identified as Jordan Jefferson," police said.  

Police said the other two men were identified as Bryant and Hatcher. Police said a search of the apartment found a marijuana grinder, digital scale and 10 bags of high grade marijuana. 7 of the bags were found inside Bryant's book sack, police said. All four men were taken into custody and arrested, police said."


 It's starting to sound like any chances of Mathieu ever playing for LSU again are dwindling.


(via WFAB. HT @valleyshook)

Jon Gruden to Tennessee rumors, Gene Chizik, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew


Hold your horses!
Barrett Sallee tries to put a halt to rumors of Jon Gruden replacing Derek Dooley as Tennessee head football coach. (The Bleacher Report. Don't worry, it's slideshow free.)

Derek Dooley on the Hot Seat?
Yadda, yadda, yadda. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

In other SEC Hot Seat news...
Auburn president Jay Gogue writes an open letter to Tiger supporters saying HC Gene Chizik's continued employment will be review at the end of the season. (ESPN)

Thanks, Dad.
Tony Dungy says he believes that Alabama could beat Oregon, where Dungy's son Eric plays as a wide receiver. (The Oregonian)

A Sort of Homecoming.
Chris Pow gives a rundown of activities surrounding Alabama's homecoming weekend. (al.com)

A Sort of Homecoming, part deux.
Georgia offensive tackle John Theus discusses playing in his first college game in his hometown in Jacksonville for the Georgia-Florida game. (The Athens Banner-Herald)






Kane Colter, Purdue, and Ohio St vs. Penn St.

Big Tentacles


Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned I know it sounds absurd but please tell me who I am?
Northwestern quarterback Kane Colter talks about the Wildcat offense's "Identity Crisis." (ESPN)

When all Hope is gone, sad songs say so much.
Boiled Sports looks at the biggest "gut punching-est" Purdue losses under head football coach Danny Hope.

Strike up the banned.
Matt Brown explains why the game between banhammered giants Ohio State and Penn State. (Land Grant Holy Land)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ohio State, Mark Weisman, and...the Iowa Hawkbears?

Big Tentacles  -  The SWRT look at the Big Ten, and its sway over the college football landscape.

Come on to the Future.
Ohio State and Oregon sign a deal for a series in 2020 and 2021. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Hoosers vs. Fighting Illini.
The Crimson Quarry previews Indiana-Illinois. Well, somebody had to do it. 

Big Ten bowl predictions.
Wait there are Big Ten teams still bowl eligible this season? (Off Tackle Empire)

Recruiting


Michigan recruiting news.
Illinois high school junior offensive lineman Denzel Ward commits to Michigan's 2014 recruiting class. (The Detroit Free Press)

Injuries

Weisman status still up in the air.
Iowa running back Mark Weisman's status for Saturday's Hawkeye road trip to Iowa. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Insanity


Iowa Hawkbears? (Or is that Bearhawks?)
Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz decides to fix  James Vandenberg's recent accuracy issues by mixing the Hawkeye starting QB's favorite activities - football and hunting bears. Black Heart Gold Pants patented hilarity ensues. (Truly it does. One of the best BHGP's of the post-Stanzi era.)

LaDarius Perkins, Kevin Minter, Gene Chizik vs. Bobby Petrino, and more.


Covering Dixie Like Mildew  - The SWRT roundup of SEC news.


What a rush. 
Don Kausler Jr. profiles Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins, who leads the SEC in rushing. (al.com)

Know your enemy. 
WarBlogle.com looks at Texas A&M as Auburn gets ready to host the Aggies on Saturday.

In Your Honor.
Auburn will celebrate Military Appreciation at Jordan-Hare stadium with an F-16 flyover on Saturday as the Tigers face Texas A&M. (al.com)

Chizik vs. Petrino?
Track 'Em Tigers looks into the argument for replacing Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik with disgraced ex-Arkansas HC Bobby Petrino.

Center of attention.
Scott Rabalais looks at the attention being given to LSU middle linebacker Kevin Minter following his performance in the Bayou Bengals' win over Texas A&M. (The Baton Rouge Advocate)

Vols vs. Gamecocks. 
Joel Hollingsworth previews Saturday's Tennessee-South Carolina game. (Rocky Top Talk)

Georgia-Florida preview.
Tim Tucker previews Saturday's upcoming Florida massacre of game against Georgia. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Get a haircut and get a real job. 
Alabama nose guard Jesse Williams discusses shaving his mohawk off, and wanting a chance to be a receiver. (al.com)


Injuries


Georgia.
Georgia defensive end Abry Jones will be out for the next six weeks following ankle surgery. (The Macon Telegraph)

Nick Saban evades discussing A.J. McCarron's Heisman chances.

The Heisman Trophy hype for Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron continues to heat up. One place you won't hear it coming from though is from the mouth of McCarron and Bama's head football coach, Nick Saban.

"AJ has played very, very well for us," he said. "He hasn't turned the ball over, makes a lot of good choices and decisions."

The sales pitch didn't quite have the ringing endorsement you'd expect. 

When asked point-blank about McCarron's Heisman chances, Saban was evasive. He mentioned McCarron's name one time in a 300-word response in which he asked rhetorical questions like, "Is that the most important thing you do is how do you play? How do you execute? How do you play?"

"We're all for our guys getting recognition and we're pleased and flattered that some of our players are up for awards and have a chance to be recognized for their hard work and effort, but at the same time they all need to understand that you've never really arrived," Saban added flatly."

This may be a case of Saban trying to be diplomatic when it comes to trying not to play favorites. While McCarron's part of the Heisman talk now, there's always a possibility that another Bama player will do something in the remaining weeks of the season that would make him a contender as well.

(via ESPN)

Firing Derek Dooley could cost Tennessee up to $9.3 million

Tennessee is going to have to make a big decision very soon about whether to keep Derek Dooley on as the Vols head football coach, or fire him. The Vols' current 3-4 record would probably be enough for many fans to get rid of His Hairness. Of course, firing Dooley would come with a price, and one that could end up costing the school $9.3 million to replace Dooley and his staff.

"UT would have to pay at least $5.6 million, and perhaps as much as $9.3 million, over the next four years to buy out Derek Dooley and his coaching staff, according to an analysis of employment contracts by the (Knoxville) News Sentinel."

Dooley apparently was able to get himself a really sweet deal from Tennessee when the school hired him, which should be a lesson for programs who hire former lawyers to be head coaches. 

(via The Knoxville News Sentinel)


Michael Cummongs, Collin Klein, and more.

 Unquiet on the Western Front.


Just the facts, sir. 
Mark C. Moore takes a look at Iowa State's 2013 stats as the Cyclones prepare to host Baylor. (Our Daily Bears)

QB controversy? What QB controversy?
Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads tries to put the kibosh on a three way quarterback controversy between Jared Barnett, Steele Jantz, and Sam Richardson. (The Des Moines Register)

Getting the nod.
Kansas QB Michael Cummings was picked to be the Jayhawks' starting QB against Texas on Saturday. ( The Kansas City Star)

Collin Klein Time. 
Kellis Robinett profiles Kansas State QB Collin Klein. (The Wichita Eagle)


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Derek Dooley and Tyler Bray, Mark Richt, Gene Chizik, and more.


Covering Dixie Like Mildew  - The SWRT roundup of SEC news.


Too Late for (Tough) Love?
John Adams mocks Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley's threats to bench the Vols' star quarterback Tyler Bray for poor performance on (and off) the field as being "too late." (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Mark Richt want to be special? 
Georgia HC Mark Richt says there's a possibility that he would personally oversee special teams next season. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Auburn HC Gene Chizik on the Hot Seat?
Auburn HC Gene Chizik on the Hot Seat. (SB*Nation)

Aggies vs. Auburn. 
Good Bull Hunting previews this Saturday's inaugural SEC West matchup between Texas A&M and Auburn with a look at the Tigers' team leaders. 

"Florida Never Breaks."
Team Speed Kills disagrees.




Florida fan's stare provides your Freudian nightmare for the evening.

Ever wonder what would happen if Gollum and Samara Morgan from The Ring had a baby? Apparently, they did, and the child grew up and went to Florida, as this footage from last Saturday's Gator victory over South Carolina will attest.



If this guy shows up for the World's Largest Outdoor (Censored by Michael Adams), expect Georgia's starters to be lying on the field dead within seven minutes of the kickoff.

(via Deadspin, Sportress of Blogitude)

A.J. McCarron is underrated. Because Todd McShay said so.

If Todd McShay had his way , the NFL would have to wait until 2014 for A.J. McCarron's bow tie awesomeness.


What does ESPN draft guru Todd McShay think of Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron? He thinks the Crimson Tide QB is "underrated," that's what.

“He is probably the most underrated quarterback in college football today,” McShay said.
“I know he doesn't have the big time arm or the elite athleticism. But … he kind of got typecast or stereotyped coming into the year because he's an Alabama quarterback. Everyone wants to assume they're great everywhere else and he's going to be a game manager. 


That's not the case at all. He has a good arm. It's not elite, but it's very good. He can make all the NFL throws. He's really good in terms of his accuracy throwing on the run. This guy keeps getting a little better every time I watch him in terms of the little things you have to do to be a successful quarterback.”

McShay thinks McCarron should return to Tuscaloosa for his senior season in 2013, which would help his draft stock.

 “It wouldn't shock me if we're talking for the 2014 draft A.J. McCarran as a potential top 20 overall draft pick, because he's got enough tools,” McShay said, “and I just I like the way he plays the game.”

McShay has a point about McCarron staying at Bama for his senior season. He would probably get lost in a 2013 NFL Draft class which could potentially see QB's like USC's Matt Barkley, Oklahoma's Landry Jones, Georgia's Aaron Murray, and Tennessee star QB Tyler Bray, in the mix.

(via al.com)

Denard Robinson, Braxton Miller, Iowa-Northwestern, and more.



Big Tentacles  -  The SWRT look at the Big Ten, and its sway over the college football landscape.

Don't mean to be coy, Roy.
Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke was being coy when it came to the possibility of using Wolverine quarterback Denard Robinson on kick returns the way he did in last Saturday's victory over Michigan State. (The Detroit Free Press)

Miller ready for Penn State.
Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said Buckeye QB Braxton Miller will be ready for Saturday's Battle of the Banhammered against Penn State. (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Wisconsin-Michigan is  "The Big Ten's Best Current Rivalry."
Because Nick Korger said so. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

The past is prologue.
Lake the Posts provides a recent history of the rivalry between Northwestern and Iowa, as the Wildcats get set to host the Hawkeyes on Saturday.

Party Out of Bounds.
Patrick Vint reports on Black Heart Gold Pants' AIRBHGAPALOOZA event held last Saturday, which featured an AIRBHG pinata and an appearance from longtime butt of BHGP satire Paki "Paki-Bomb" O'Meara.


Steve Sarkisian, Jefff Tedford, and more,

Unquiet on the  Western front


How low can you go?
Jack Follman wonders if Washington has finally hit rock bottom under head football coach Steve Sarkisian. (Pacific Takes)
 
Cal HC Jeff Tedford on the Hot Seat?
Cal HC Jeff Tedford on the hot seat. Because Avinash Kunnath said so. (Pacific Takes)

Arizona player profile of the day. 
Anthony Gimino profiles Arizona wide receiver Richard Morrison. (The Tucson Citizen)

There's a possibility, but no chance. 
Colorado is a 47.5 underdog against Oregon this coming Saturday. (The Ralphie Report)


Monday, October 22, 2012

Derek Dooley on the hot seat, Dan Mullen on mississippi St.-Alabama, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Team Speed Kills latest BCS predictions see Alabama facing Kansas State in the BCS title game, and Florida vs. Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.

Use Your Delusion?
Mark Wiedmer questions whether the Tennessee fanbase is realistic in calling for Vols head football coach Derek Dooley's firing when their losses come from "teams which have lost ONE … GAME … TOTAL?" (Those teams being Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, And Alabama). He also says the Vol Nation may a little in denial about the team not quite being as an "elite" program as it thinks it does. (The Chattanooga Times Free Press)

From the "putting the cart before the horse" dept. 
Clay Travis wonders if Jon Gruden could be the Nick Saban of the Tennessee program if hired to replace Derek Dooley. This isn't just a case of counting the chickens before they hatch, it's counting the chickens before the eggs are finished being laid. (Outkick the Coverage)

Broadway Bray?
Joseph Stanley compares Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray to NFL legend Joe Namath, and not in a good way. (Rocky Top Talk)

This is what we've waited for. 
Mississippi St. HC Dan Mullen discusses how the Bulldogs' were wanting to be in position to go into the Miss. St.-Alabama game undefeated with a chance with competing for the SEC championship. (al.com)

Wake Me Up When Saturday Ends. 
Georgia faces the longest week of its season as it prepares for getting ground and pounded by Florida in the World's Lagest (Censored by Michael Adams). (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Derek Dooley denies resignation rumors. Also, Derek Dooley has a potty mouth.

Embattled Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley was asked about a story published on Mr. SEC today that he had offered to resign following the Vols' embarrassing loss to Knetucky at the end of the 2011 season. His Hairness veiminetly denied the story, dropping some non-Barbara Dooley approved language in doing so.


Dooley called the report “absurd” and said “I’d be a real dumbass to do that.”

As for his own future, Dooley said he understands why fans are upset.

“They should be,” he said. “We’re not meeting expectations. There’s no point in defending it. We just need to play better.”

Here's the Knoxville News Sentinel video of His Hairness's response. 




(via The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Derek Dooley threatens to bench Tyler Bray.

Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray did not have the best of games against Alabama next weekend. His two interceptions during the loss to the Crimson Tide were followed up by a no-show at the Vols' postgame press conference. Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley was apparently not amused by either performance. Dooley announced that he would bench Bray if the interceptions persist.

“If he’s loose with the football, he’s coming out of the game and we’re going to play Justin (Worley, Bray's backup),” Dooley said. “I told him that.”

His Hairness was also quite blunt in criticizing Bray's postgame press conference no-show, saying Bray had to "man up."

“That’s unacceptable in our program,” Dooley said. “There’s no defense for that type of behavior.”

It's obvious that with both Dooley and Bray's jobs on the line in the eyes of Tennessee fans, His Hairness obviously knows which of the two is the most expendable. 

(via The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Oklahoma-Notre Dame, Mark Mangino, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins


There's a possibility, but no chance. 
Pat Strathman claims Kansas State is ready tp be a real BCS title contender after defeating West Virignia. (The University Daily Kansan)

Crawling from the Wreckage.
Mark C. Moore tries to perform a post-mortem on Baylor's loss to Texas. (Our Daily Bears)

Born of Frustration.
Andrew Logue looks at Iowa State's "quiet frustration" at losing to Oklahoma State on Saturday. (The Des Moines Register)

Don't call it a comeback, I've been here for years. 
Ex-Kansas head football coach Mark Mangino is ready to get back inro the coaching game. (The Kansas City Star)

To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever.
Notre Dame-Oklahoma rivalry week begins with a reminded that the Fighting Irish broke the Sooners' legendary 47-game winning streak in 1957. Next Saturday will be the first timer the two schools have faced each other in Norman, OK. in 46 years.  in  (The Oklahoman)

Coming to your ci-ty. We're gonna ground and pound your face with a country song.
ESPN brings College GameDay to Norman next weekend. (The Oklahoman)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Derek Dooley, Tyler Bray, Gene Chizik, and more.


Welcome to the Fallout


I have to praise you like I should.
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban praises Tennessee HC Derek Dooley during the press conference following the Tide's 44-13 victory over Tennessee.  That's probably not enough to save Dooley's job at the moment. (al.com)

Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999.
Alabama's seniors celebrate going 4-0 against Tennessee during their college football careers. (al.com)

Where'd You Go?
Tennessee star quarterback was conspicuous  by his absence at Tennessee's postgame press conference after a poor showing against Alabama. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Devastation, Inc.  
Flordia dismantles South Carolina 44-11. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

I'll take "Teams that aren't going to beat Florida next weekend" for 10,000, Alex.
Georgia struggles in a 29-24 win over Kentucky. (The Athens Banner Herald)

Auburn HC Gene Chizik on the Hot Seat?
Auburn HC Gene Chizik on the Hot Seat. Because Kevin Scarbinsky. (al.com)

Breaking the Habit.
Michigan ends its four-year losing streak against Michigan State, and earns its 900th win. (The Detroit Free Press)

Beavers still juiced.
Oregon State defeats Utah 21-7. (Building the Dam)


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Derek Dooley will coach from stool on sideline for Alabama-Tennessee game.

Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley's recently surgically-repaired hip still isn't quite 100% yet. Last week His Hairness coached from the coaches' box in Davis Wade Stadium as the Vols were beaten by Mississippi State. This week at home against Alabama, Dooley isn't taking any chances. He's going to be coaching on the sidelines. sitting on a stool. And Tennessee even Tweeted out a pic of the stool.




It must have been a very close to game-time decision for Dooley to sit on the stool on the sideline, because it looks rather plain. You would expect the magical elves atop Rocky Top would have tried to "Vol-out" the stool in some way. Like painting the seat Tennessee orange or give it a bit of orange-and-white checkerboard love.

(via @Vol_Football)

Johnny Manziel, Braxtion Miller, Denard Robinson, and more.

Game Day Goulash.


Hard to Handle.
Jon Cooper looks at how LSU might be able to contain Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel. (Saturday Down South)

Miller Time. 
Tim May profiles Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Ohio State still has a chance of going 12-0.
Because Bob Hunter said so. Too bad the Buckeyes are banhemmered this year, so it won't matter. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood. 
Michigan QB Denard Robinson's passing skills could be the key to making sure the Wolverines don't fall to Michigan State for a fifth straight year. Because Brian Gillis said so. (Off Tackle Empire)

Panic on the streets of Austin.

Texas could so 5-7 this season. Because Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden said so. (The Austin American-Statesman)

Quick, call Admiral Ackbar. 
Unbeaten Louisville is trying to make sure Saturday's home game against 2-4 South Florida doesn't turn out to be a trap game. (The Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

NU Kids on the Block. 
Jesse Collins previews Nebraska-Northwestern. (Off Tackle Empire)

Sooners vs. Jayhawks.
Allen Kenny previews Oklahoma-Kansas. (Blatant Homerism)

Blue Raiders vs. Bulldogs.
Brandon Marcello previews Middle Tennessee-Mississippi State. Well, somebody had to do it. (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

Nittany Lions vs Hawkeyes.
Patrick Vint previews Penn State-Iowa. (Black Heart Gold Pants)


Insanity


Remember when ESPN was a sports channel?
Awful Announcing has quite a few ideas for a new ESPN debate show. Yes, ESPN is looking into another debate/talking head show. More proof ESPN is the new MTV. (Awful Announcing)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Alabama fans call for Erik Ainge's firing over comments about going after A.J. McCarron's injured knee.




Okay, Crimson Tide fans are supposed to get somewhat out of hand with their passions. But a broadcasting company dropping a "BUCKFAMA" really isn't quite professional. Stay classy, Tennessee.

 (HT: @FakeDaveHart , which may be the fist time I've given credit to a fake Twitter account)

Michigan State to wear uber-shiny alternate helmet against Michigan?

Uncle Phil's Misguided Children


Sparty, glow?

The Michigan State blog Banks of the Red Cedar posted the above image of the helmet that the Spartans may be wearing against Michigan tomorrow. Yes, it seems that Uncle Phil's Misguided Children at Nike have been hard at work and have come up with an uber-shiny helmet for Sparty. In theory, this would be going on the field with whatever Nike Pro Combat alternate uni the UPMC's deranged minds can come up with.

So far Michigan St. athletic director Mark Hollis is keeping mum on whether or not this is the helmet will don tomorrow. So Michigan will have to wait and see if it needs to break out the tinted visors for their helmets.

(via Banks of the Red Cedar, MLive.com)

Erik Ainge tells Tennessee to step on A.J. McCarron's injured knee.

Former Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge provides the "stay classy" moment of the day today with his strategy for how the Vols should handle Alabama on Saturday - step on Bama quarterback A.J. McCarron's already injured knee.

"I say it all the time. Nasty, attitude, get after it. Do something crazy," Ainge said. "The first time AJ McCarron drops back, tell one of your boys you've got fifteen on this one. He's got a sore knee, go step on it."

McCarron bruised his knee last weekend in the second half of the Tide's win over Missouri.

There's an argument to be made in the need to be ruthless in college football. When you're suggesting to go out and attack someone who's already injured, you might be taking it a bit too far. Ainge's comments definitely get a twelve on the Massengill Scale. Which is pretty high, since the Massengill Scale is only supposed to go up to ten.

(via al.com)

Brady Hoke predicts Michigan St.-Michigan to be "bloody your nose" football.

What kind of game does Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke expects Saturday's Michigan State-Michigan confrontation to be like. One thing is for sure is that he expects it to be "bloody."

“When you play against spread teams, you’re playing a little bit more of a finesse football game,” he said Wednesday night on the “Inside Michigan Football” radio show. 

“This week, because of pro style personnel all those things, this is going to be more, I’m going to bloody your nose. I’m going to come off the football, we’re going to lead with the fullback, we’re going to run the power play… we’re going to find out about us as a defense. How we tackle, how we run through the football, how we wrap. That’s going to tell us a little more.” 
Certainly, Michigan State is going to  do everything it can to keep its four-game winning streak against Michigan, especially since there's not really much left in this season for the Spartans to fight for  at the moment.

(via The Detroit Free Press)