Thursday, January 31, 2013

Covering Dixie: Arkansas, recruiting, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC, and just the SEC. You got a problem with that?


That's it. I quit. I don't give a...
Former Arkansas assistant coaches accuses players of quitting on the team last season. (The Sporting News)

Don't Fence Me In.
Bill King agrees with outgoing University of Georgia dictator president Dr. Evil Michael Adams that the west end of Stanford Stadium with its view of the UGA campus should not be closed off during the stadium's next expansion. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Goodbye to You.
Mike Blakley is an ex-Auburn tailback. (al.com)

Paint Me a Manziel.
Noted Alabama artist David A. Moore has plans for a painting of Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winning starting quarterback Johnny Manziel. (The Dallas Morning News)

Recruiting


Sir Duke.
Louisiana high school senior linebacker Duke Riley commits to LSU's 2013 recruiting class. (The Baton Rouge Advocate)

True North.
North Carolina HS senior wide receiver MarQuez North commits to Tennessee's 2013 recruiting class. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A cocky James Franklin calls Nick Saban "Nicky Satan."

Is Vanderbilt head football coach James Franklin getting a little big for his britches? Listen to him speaking at a high school in Macon, Ga. referring to Alabama HC Nick Saban as "Nicky Satan."



Do you think Franklin would say that if the Commodores were facing Alabama this season? Me neither.

Sure Vanderbilt is coming off back-to-back winning seasons and its first bowl win since dinosaurs walked the Earth 1948. Does that mean Franklin gets to throw a jab at Nick Saban? If he does he could have at least come up up with something original that didn't sound like it came off a t-shirt.

(via Saturday Down South)

Aaron Murray on a(n honors) roll, Johnny Manziel, Marshall Henderson, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. Nuff said.


Go to the Head of the Class.
Georgia starting quarterback Aaron Murray is one of 57 Georgia student athletes who made the school's fall academic honor roll. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Mandatory Manziel. 
Texas A&M starting QB Johnny Manziel is compared to Dallas Cowboys starting QB Tony Romo. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? (The Dallas Morning News)

Deal with it. 
Dan Carson explains why Johnny Manziel's college experience is making yours look pale in comparison. (Bleacher Report. WARNING: Slideshow ahead.)

What's in it for me?
Arkansas Expats ponders how that bill in the Texas legislature to require Texas A&M and Texas to restore their annual rivalry game may effect Arkansas. 

Wish List.
Kevin McGuire lists Florida vs. Miami as two of the college football teams he would like to see required by law to play each other every year. (The Crystal Ball Run)


Recruiting 


Action Jackson.
Florida high school senior cornerback Eddie Jackson commits to Alabama's 2013 recruiting class. (al.com)


America needs an early National Signing Day.

Because For Whom the Cowbell Tolls Said So.

Basketball


Is Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson "the Johnny Football" of SEC basketball?"
No, because Johnny Manziel is likable. (al.com)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel and A.J. McCarron's NFL prospects, recruiting and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC, The SEC, and more SEC. 


Mandatory Manziel. 
Alex Andress looks at Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winning starting quarterback Johnny Manziel's chances of succeeding in the NFL. (Bleacher Report

Let's Twist Again.
Texas A&M needs to get back to its annual rivalry with Texas. Because Barrett Sallee said so. (Bleacher Report)

Goodbye says it all. 
Texas A&M backup QB Jameill Showers is transferring to another program. (SB*Nation)

That sinking feeling.
The Tennessee athletic department is $200 million dollars in debt. (Get the Picture)

That Don't Impress Me Much.
Daniel Ellington doesn't think that Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron could be an NFL franchise QB. (Rant Sports)

Sign your name across my heart.
An Alabama man has a football signed by former Alabama head football coaches Bear Bryant, Gene Stallings, and current Bama HC Nick Saban. (al.com)

Mizzou and Purdue.
Missouri and Purdue agree to a home-at-home series in the 2017 and 2018 seasons. (The Columbia Daily Tribune)

Recruiting


Tennessee goes JUCO.
California JUCO tackle Chongo Kondolo commits to Tennessee 2013 recruiting class. (Rocky Top Talk)

What's mine is mine, what's yours is mine. 
Colorado HS offensive tackle Dan Skipper flips his 2013 commitment from Tennessee to Arkansas. (Arkansas Expats)

Vanderbilt recruiting.
Alabama high school senior athlete C.J. Duncan commits to Vanderbilt. (VandyMania.com)

Unquiet: BYU's independence, recruiting, more recruitng, and even more recruiting.

Unquiet on the Western Front - Pac-12, Mountain West, and BYU news. 


Nothing ever goes as planned. 
Zach Bloxham declares that BYU's independent status in college football has been "a failure."

Even Better Than The Real Thing.
Arizona will replace the grass in Arizona Stadium with artificial turf. (Arizona Sports)

Where did it all go wrong?
California Golden Blogs tries to figure out how Cal's 2012 season went so wrong so fast.


Recruiting


What's mine is mine, what's yours is mine.
California high school senior outside linebacker Kenneth Olugbode flips his 2013 commitment from San Jose State to Colorado. (The Ralphie Report)

Second verse, same as the first!
Colorado HS senior defensive end Timothy Coleman flips his 2013 commitment from Colorado State to Colorado. (The Ralphie Report)

Wish List.
Kyle Rancourt looks at Washing State's recruiting needs at every position. (CougCenter)

The Manly Man. 
Jim McGill profiles California JUCO defensive tackle Marcus Manley, who has committed to Cal's 2013 recruiting class. (The Bear Insider)

Juwann Day's Journey Into Night.
Georgia HS senior athlete Juwann Williams commits to Oregon's 2013 recruiting class. (The Eugene Register-Guard)

By George, I think they've got it!
Nevada HS senior offensive lineman commits to Oregon's 2013 recruiting class. (Addicted to Quack)

UCLA recruiting. (Sorry, I've got nothing here.)
Bruins Nation looks at UCLA recruiting.

Nothing you can say can tear me away from my Gaius.
Texas HS senior defensive lineman Gaius Vaenuku commits to Utah's 2014 recruiting class. (The Deseret News)

Hawaii and BYU scuttle home-at-home series for 2013 & 2014.

The changing landscape of conference expansion has taken its toll on the schedule of two college football teams once again. Hawaii and BYU have been forced to scuttle a home-and-home series between the two schools in 2013 and 2014. This year's game was scheduled for Dec. 7, which would have possibly conflicted with the proposed first-ever Mountain West Conference championship game. Both schools canceled the 2014 meeting as well, but are looking to scheduling another series in the future.

(via ESPN)


Clemson memorializes win over LSU in Chick-fil-A Bowl with tombstone in its Graveyard.

Colleges tend to take their traditions a little seriously than they probably should. Clemson, for example goes all out with Memorial Stadium's "Death Valley" nickname with its very own Graveyard to celebrate victories over nationally ranked opponents whom the Tigers have defeated over the years. The school just added a new tombstone to the The Graveyard to honor its win over that other "Death Valley" school, LSU, in the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl.


This is the first tombstone added since 2006, when Clemson defeated the then ninth-ranked Florida State on Sept. 16 of that year. For the record, this is the first time an LSU team has entered The Graveyard. North Carolina has four separate ranked teams memorialized with tombstones. Wake Forest, Miami, Georgia, Maryland, FSU, and Virginia each have two.

(via The Crystal Ball Run)

Bill in Texas Legislature calls for renewal of Texas/Texas A&M rivalry game.

A Texas legislator is trying to rectify one of the biggest issues facing the Lone Star State in these troubled times - the fact that Texas and Texas A&M aren't playing each other at the end of the season. State Rep. Ryan Gullen (D), an A&M grad,  has introduced a bill in the Texas Legislature that would require the two schools to renew the cherish rivalry that ended when the Aggies defected from the Big 12 to the SEC.

In a statement to ESPN, Gullen said  "The purpose of this bill is to put the 'eyes of Texas upon' our two greatest state universities to restore this sacred Texas tradition. I think the people of Texas want a game, and we're trying to get them one."

This is obviously a move made by a politician trying to get attention for himself and to woo over voters. If Gullen seriously wants the Longhorn-Aggie rivalry game to return, he really needs to seek a higher power with the ability to make it happen . The one in Bristol, Ct. 

(via ESPN)





Monday, January 28, 2013

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tons of recruiting, Houston Nutt gets paid, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew -  SEC news, notes, and seven BCS titles in a row (and counting).




Recruiting 


The Aggies lash Larue
California high school senior wide receiver Sebastian Larue commits to Texas A&M's 2013 recruiting class. (SB*Nation)

Three Little Pigs.
Florida HS senior defensive back De'Andre Coley, Texas HS cornerback D.J. Dean, and Texas defensive lineman Ke'Tyrus Marks commit to Arkansas' 2013 recruiting class. (SB*Nation)

Auburn recruiting news.
Florida HS athlete Marcus Davis commit to Auburn's 2013 recruiting class. (al.com)

He's just not that into you.
Georgia HS senior WR Deangelo Yancey decommits from Kentucky. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

What's mine is mine, what's yours is mine. 
Louisiana HS senior quarterback Damian Williams flips his commitment from Southern Mississippi  to Mississippi State. (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

Mix nix Miss. St. commitment.
Mississippi HS senior offensive lineman Deon Mix decommits from Mississippi State. (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

In other news...


It's So Easy?
Alabama and Texas A&M have the easiest college football schedules in the SEC in 2013, according to ESPN's Travis Haney. The bad news for the Crimson Tide and the Aggies? They have to face each other on Sept. 14. (The Dallas Morning News)

Money for Nothing.
Ole Miss pays out $4.35 million to former Rebels head football coach Houston Nutt to finish buying out his contract. (al.com)

Eye of the Tiger.
Retired Auburn mascot golden eagle War Eagle VI is recovering from cataract surgery on her right eye that was performed in December. (al.com)

Spring forward.
Tennessee schedules its Orange and White spring game for April 20. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Virginia will host Oregon on Sept. 7, first of a home-at-home series.

Oregon and Virginia fans may want to start adjusting their schedules for this fall. The two schools have reached an agreement to play a home-and-home series which would start this coming season with The Ducks visiting the Cavaliers on Sept. 7.

Oregon fans will have to wait a little while for the return trip by Virginia, however. It's tentatively scheduled for 2016.

Virginia was originally scheduled to play Penn State on the road on Sept. 7. However, Penn St. canceled the game last week. Oregon was originally scheduled to play on the road against Nevada on Sept. 7, and still is, according to Oregon's official site.  Threr's no word on the future of this game at this time.

(via The Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Big Tentacles: Brady Hoke cries, Urban Meyer, recruiting, and more

Big Tentacles: The Big Ten and it's influence over college football. 



Recruiting


The Crying Game.
Virginia high school senior running back Derrick Green's decision to commit to Michigan's 2013 recruiting class makes Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke cry. (Dr. Saturday)

NCAA sanctions? What NCAA sanctions?
The recruiting sanctions that the NCAA dropped on Ohio State don't seem to be hurting Buckeye head football coach Urban Meyer's ability to lure recruits to Columbus. (The Columbus Dispatch)

The King of Iowa?
Michigan HS senior defensive back Desmond King commits to Iowa's 2013 recruiting class. (The Quad City Times)

He's just not that into you.
Ohio HC senior safety Marcus McWilson decommits from Nebraska. (The Lincoln Journal Star)

Minnesota recruiting news.
California HS receiver Drew Wolitarsky commits to Minnesota. (The Daily Gopher)

In other news...


In my mind I'm going to Carolina.
Illinois defensive line coach Keith Gilmore is leaving to take the DL coaching job at North Carolina. (The Champaign Room)

A Few Small Repairs.
Iowa announces provisional changes to Kinnick Stadium's seating plan in 2014. Yes, Hawkeye fans, you'll probably be paying out more for home games. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Aw Dad, we're having to go to the Outback Bowl again?
Big Ten athletic directors are discussing changes to the B1G's bowl tie-ins to cut down on what Ohio State AD Gene Smith calls  "bowl fatigue." That's where fans get sick of going to the same bowls that's not in Pasadena year after year.  (ESPN)

The blame game.
Dirk Chatelain says turnovers are the reason that's keeping Nebraska from being an elite football program. (The Lincoln World-Herald)

Is it August 31st yet? 
Lake the Posts takes a look at Northwestern's 2013 schedule, and predicts a 9-3 record.

Battle of the banhammered? 
Penn State and Central Florida will reportedly play a home-at-home series in 2013 & 2014. (Black Shoe Diaries)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Fallout: Johnny Manziel, the Senior Bowl, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Sunday news and notes. 


Back to My Roots.
Michael Corcoran looks at Texas A&M Heisman Trophy Winning starting quarterback Johnny Manziel's family history. Manziel is the first person of Lebanese decent to win the Heisman. Corcoan also reminds readers that Manziel's great-grandfather was an oil wildcatter and that yes, Johnny Manziel has more money than you do. (The Austin Chronicle)

The South's Gonna Do It Again.
The South beats the North in the 2013 Senior Bowl 21-16. (al.com)

James Scales is an ex-Duck.
Oregon defensive back James Scales has been dismissed from the team for the ever-vague "rules violation. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Recruiting


Arizona State
Arizona JUCO defensive back Damarious Randall commits to Arizona State. (House of Sparky)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Derek Dooley is reportedly the Dallas Cowboys new wide receiver's coach.



Former Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley reportedly has a new employer. Surprisingly, it's another coaching job as opposed to a  job as an analyst on Television. The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly hiring His Fairness as the team's new wide receivers coach. This from ESPN NFL "Insider" Adam Schefter. If true (and if you can't trust Adam Schefter, than who can you trust?)  this would have to qualify has to big the biggest out of left hire of the year so far,

Dooley has a connection to current to Dallas HC Jason Garrett. They were both assistant coaches on Nick Saban's Miami Dolphins coaching staff. He would be replacing current Cowboys WR coach Jimmy Robinson, who will reportedly stay on in an consulting role for the team.

No word yet if Dooley will be bringing his orange ceramic dog with him, though he will probably be leaving the orange pants at home. 

(via ESPN, HT The Knoxville News Sentinel)

The Fallout : Johnny Manziel, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, Todd Grantham, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition


Will the bar be higher for Johnny Manziel in 2013?
Hasn't Johnny Manziel been in enough bars already? (CBS Sports)

Dr. Phil will interview Te'o Catfishgate mastermind Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.
I only bring this up because I have an urge to hear Tony Relai as Dr. Phil interview Tim Cowlishaw the ghost of Al Davis after what happened on Pardon the Interruption.  (ESPN)

A tradition unlike any other.
The Senior Bowl kicks off in Mobile, Al. at 4:00 pm ET (NFL Network). (al.com)

Don't get a piece of The Rock. 
Tennessee students are warned by the university to not paint welcome messages on The Rock to visiting recruits this weekend. It's considered an NCAA rules violation. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

All the Rage?
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's name continues to be connected to coaching openings in the NFL. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Has Johnny Manziel set off a trick shot video war in the SEC?

Don't look now, but Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel may have started a trickshot war in the SEC. Manziel's trick shot video with the Dude Perfect crew is barely a day old, and Georgia starting QB Aaron Murray and his teammates are already planning their own.




The bad news for Murray & Long: Johnny Football's already found out what they're up to.





Then Bulldog offensive tackle Austin Long had to throw fuel in the fire and bring Johnny Football's infamous Scooby-Doo Haloween costume into this mess.




This is bound to be a case of "this won't end well." Knowing the competitive nature of the SEC, things are going to escalate to a point where somebody is going to get seriously hurt.

As for Murray, would he feel comfortable in calling out the reigning Heisman Trophy winner is the Dawgs and the Aggies were scheduled to meet in 2013? Didn't think so.

(via @aaronmurray11, @Manziel2, @AustinLong74)

Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel, Les Miles, Bear Bryant's taylor, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - SEC news, notes, and general insanity. 


You'd better check yourself before you wreck yourself.
Steve Greenberg becomes the latest media pundit express concern that Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel's off-the-field reckless abandon demeanor could end up getting in the way of becoming the biggest college athlete since (or becoming even bigger than) Tim Tebow.  (The Sporting News)

Two for the Money.
Texas A&M announces the hire of new co-offensive coordinator/QB coach Jake Spavital and special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Banks. (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)

Mo Money! Mo Money! Mo Money!
LSU head football coach Les Miles may see his annual salary bumped up to $4.3 million dollars per year. (USA Today)

Is Thursday for the Dawgs?
The Georgia-Clemson game should move move up to Thursday night before Labor Day. Because T. Kyle King said so. (Dawg Sports)

Give me love. Give me hope. Give me strength. Give me something to live for.
Robbie Neiswanger profiles new Arkansas strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert, who followed new Razorback HC Bret Bielema to Fayetteville from Wisconsin. (The Arkansas News)

You've Got a Friend In Me.
Bob Carlton profiles Birmingham taylor Butch Baldone, who had a 20+ year friendship with Bear Bryant, and claims to have given the Bear his first houndstooth hat. (al.com)

War World Wide Leader! 
Former Auburn HC Gene Chizik will be an on-air analyst for ESPNU as a part of the WWL's National Signing Day coverage. (al.com)

Recruiting


He's Just Not That Into You.
Florida high school senior James Hearns de-commits from Florida, allegedly due to academic-related reasons. (Alligator Army)

Insanity


Fantasy Girl.
Aaron Murray discuses his relationship with his supposed girlfriend, "Erin Murphy." Yes, this is a Manti Te'o riff. (Dawg Sports)

Shapiro lawyer goes Lee Harvey Oswald on the NCAA, claims to be botched Miami investigation's "patsy."

Not Nevin Shapiro's attorney.
Maria Elena Perez, the lawyer representing Ponzi scheme mastermind Nevin Shapiro, is playing the Lee Harvey Oswald card against the NCAA. She claims that she is being made to be the "patsy" in the college athletics governing body's botched investigation of her client's ties with the University of Miami football program.


"I did nothing wrong and I was playing by the f------ rules and I am not bound by NCAA rules, and if they did something wrong, it is their problem and they are trying to make it my problem. This is not my problem," she told the Sun Sentinel.

Perez then questioned the NCAA's motives.

"I don't know what it's all about and I find this very suspicious," she said. "And I'm starting to believe they want (to) intentionally botch this investigation for reasons I can only imagine are monetary."

Perez was reportedly "given a list of questions" by the NCAA to ask associates of Shapiro during a bankruptcy deposition unrelated to the Miami investigation who are considered "important witnesses in their case against Miami," whom were not required to speak to its investigators. Shapiro was paid for doing so by the NCAA for her services.

(via ESPN)

Johhny Manziel meets the Dude Perfect crew? Of course he does.

The Dude Perfect guys are from Texas, and least one of them, (Tyler Toney a.k.a. "The Bearded Guy) is a Texas A&M fan. With this in mind, it was inevitable that they'd someday around to doing something with Aggie Heisman Trophy winning starting quarterback Johnny Manziel. Insane trick shots ensue, including a DP takeoff of possibly the ultimate Johnny Football highlight, the now-legendary Alabama "bobble" touchdown pass that probably still has 'Bama fans (not to mention the Crimson Tide defense) waking up in cold sweats.



(via DudePerfect/YouTube. HT The Crystal Ball Run)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Big Tentacles: Denard Robinson, Ohio St., recruiting, and more.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and its influence over college football.


The Downward Spiral?
Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson's NFL Draft stock may be falling with a poor performance in Senior Bowl practices. (The Detroit Free Press)

You can't spell Twitter without "twit."
Andrew Rosin comments on former Wisconsin/current Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema's Twitter spat with a disgruntled Wisconsin fan. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

Parting is such sweet sorrow. 
Ohio State offensive lineman Joey O'Connor and linebacker Conner Crowell have left the team because of injuries. (The Columbus Dispatch)

The Good, The Bad, and the Fugly.
The B1G Time names the Sept. 7 Michigan vs. Notre Dame game as the best non-conference game in the Big Ten for 2013. The worst? Minnesota at New Mexico State. 

I'm just trying to find the Bridge...Has anybody seen the Bridge?
Illinois hires former North Carolina offensive lines coach Jim Bridge as the Fighting Illini's new OLC. (The Chicago Tribune)


Recruiting


Nebraska recruiting news. 
Florida high school senior defensive back Boaz Joesph commits to Nebraska's 2013 recruiting class. (The Lincoln Journal Star)

Johnny Manziel and Aggie teammates join Granger Smith onstage. Spencer Nealy steals the show.


It's takes a lot to upstage Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winning starting quarterback Johnny Manziel. Aggie senior defensive lineman Spencer Nealy pretty much did so when he, Manziel, and senior defensive back Dustin Harris came up on stage at a Granger Smith concert in College Station club Hurricane Harry's. The Aggie contingent joined Smith for his ode to his Texas A&M alma mater, "We Bleed Maroon"

Nealy (the big guy on the right) seems to have gotten into the spirit of things a little more than the Manziel did, complete with some of the most...interesting (if awkward) air guitar I've seen in a while.



(via The Dallas Morning News)




Covering Dixie: Nick Saban gets honored, Mark Richt could get paid, Johnny Manziel goes duck hunting, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - SEC news, notes, and seven Coaches Trophies.

This behavior's not unique.

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban is named the Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year. It's the third time in four years Saban's won the honor. (al.com)

 One, two! One, two! And through and through.
Alabama and Texas A&M are ranked one and two in Andy Staples' Way-Too-Early 2013 Top 25. (SI.com)

Cowboy Up?
The Dallas Cowboys are trying to lure new Auburn special teams and running backs coach  Rich Bisaccia away from Guz Malzahn's coaching staff. (al.com)

Making plays and turning heads. 
Former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson has been making people take notice of him in the practices for the 2013 Senior Bowl. (Arkansas Expats)

Mo Money! Mo Money! Mo Money!
Georgia's top five finish for the 2012 season could mean Bulldog HC Mark Richt may get a pay raise. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Georgia injury update.
Georgia offensive tackle John Theus had foot surgery on Wednesday. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

You Could Have Been With Me.
Bubba and Earl Sittin' on the 50 interviews former Southern Mississippi HC Jeff Bower, who was in the running to be HC at Georgia before the decision was made to hire Mark Richt.

Hey Mr. D.J.
Andy Hutchins profiles new Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin. (Alligator Army)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel is in Arkansas duck hunting with his father. (Arkansas Matters)

That Hagen Guy.
Former Indiana assistant coach Mark Hagen is named Texas A&M's new linebackers coach. (Just Wait Til Next Season)

 

Recruiting


Auburn
Track 'Em Tigers looks at Auburn recruiting two weeks away from National Signing Day. 


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mike Leach banned from Texas high school after pullling recruit's scholarship offer.



Texas high school senior defensive back Myron Turner of DeSoto High School was fully committed to Washington State. He never once went to check out other colleges like other recruits are known to do. Then he got the news that the Cougars' head football coach, Mike Leach, had decided to pull Turner's scholarship offer and give it to another recruit. This left Turner holding the bag two weeks out from National Signing Day without an offer from another FBS school.

Turner's coach, Claude Mathis wasn't too happy about this. So much so that he's banned Leach from the DeSoto High campus.

“You just don’t do a kid like that,” Mathis said. “Washington State isn’t welcome at DeSoto any longer.”

Mathis said he understood that pulling offers happens, but that switch shouldn’t occur two weeks away from National Signing Day (Feb. 6), especially when Turner had been steadfast in his commitment and so few other FBS options were still on the table. What made Mathis even more unhappy was that Leach took a visit to DeSoto last week, sitting in Mathis’ office and not once mentioning that Turner’s offer might be at risk.

“He didn’t say a thing,” Mathis said.

Leach still has a lot of supporters in Texas. Most of which seen nothing wrong with stuffing Craig James' son in an electrical shed.  If he continues to do things like this, however, he might just start losing that support.

(via The Dallas Morning News)

Johnny Manziel with Rick Ross? Johnny Manziel with Rick Ross.


Is there anything that really needs to be said about this picture? Other than "hey, look at all those freaky people standing behind Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Rick Ross?" Any way any time a Heisman Trophy winner and a rapper are seen together is a must share.

(via In Flex We Trust. HT: Throw the Flag)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Big Tentacles: Denard Robinson, recruiting, and more.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and its influence over college football. 


Robinson struggling. 
Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is struggling in practices for the Senior Bowl. (The Detroit News)

Where did it all go wrong?
Eleven Warriors tries to figure out what's wrong with Iowa. The answer: poor recruiting, lackluster facilities, and issues with assistant coaches.

Welcome back.
Louis Bien profiles new Wisconsin secondary coach Bill Busch, who was a graduate assistant for the Badgers under then-head football coach Barry Alvarez. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

No price too high. 
Tickets for Ohio State home football games could be going up next season. (The Columbus Dispatch)

I want to be a history maker in this land. 
Lake the Posts tries to compare Northwestern's Gator Bowl victory with other major events in recent Wildcat history. 

Recruiting


Double your pleasure, double your fun.
Purdue gets comments for its 2013 recruiting class from Ohio high school senior defensive end Antonie Miles and Ohio HS senior linebacker/defensive end Dezwan Polk. (The Black Hammer)

Nebraska goes for two also.
Nebraska gets class of 2013 commitments from Nebraska JUCO offensive tackle Matt Finnin and Louisiana HS senior athlete Tre’Vell Dixon. (The Lincoln Journal Star)

Illinois recruiting news.
Illinois HS senior cornerback Jaylen Dunlap commits to Illinois 2013 recruiting class. (The Champaign Room)

Forward to 2014.
Iowa HS junior quarterback Jay Schell commits to Iowa's 2014 recruiting class. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Michigan State recruiting. 
Florida HS senior defensive tackle Noah Jones commits to Michigan State's 2013 recruiting class. (The Lansing State Journal)


Covering Dixie: Steve Spurrier, Johnny Manziel, recruiting, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - SEC news and notes. 


The Lion in Winter.
Team Speed Kills wonders how much longer South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier will remain in the coaching came.

Obligatory Johnny Manziel-related item of the day. 
Texas A&M  starting quarterback Johnny Manziel's  Heisman win resulted in the equivalent of $37 million dollars in media exposure. (The Dallas Morning News)

The only easy day was yesterday.
Team Speed Kills wonders if Texas A&M can repeat it's blockbuster debut season in the SEC in 2013 with significant losses to its defense. 

Tray Matthews will be Georgia's next "playmaker."
Because Tray Matthews says so. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Dubious achievement of the day.
Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel finds himself the only SEC representative of Roger Sherman's  list of "the 10 college football coaches with the highest cost-per-win ratios in 2012. (SB*Nation)

Lawing Order.
Former South Carolina defensive line coach Brad Lawing is hired to become Florida's DLC. (The Gainesville Sun)

As for South Carolina....
South Carolina hires former North Carolina DLC Deke Adams to replace Lawing. (Garnet and Black Attack)


Recruiting


Do you come from the land Down Under?
Australian-born JUCO player punter Sam Irwin-Hill commits to Arkansas' 2013 recruiting class. (Arkansas Expats)

Two for the road. 
Auburn gets commitments from Florida high school senior wideout Tony Stevens, and Oklahoma HS senior safety Khari Harding for its 2013 recruiting class. (The Opelika-Auburn News)

LSU recruiting.
Louisiana HS wide recriver Kevin Spears commits to LSU's 2013 recruiting class. (And the Valley Shook)


Georgia-Clemson game moving to Labor Day?

Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney told USA Today's Dan Wolken that the Tigers' season opener against Georgia could be moved from Saturday, August 31 to Labor Day night (Sept. 2). This would give the game a prime spot on the opening weekend of college football season.


Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity claimed to be "not aware" of the story, which puts Swinney's claims in doubt. Putting the idea further in doubt is that Georgia faces South Carolina on Sept. 7. That would mean the Dawgs would only have five days to get ready for its first SEC conference game of the season. (Clemson, on the other hand, faces lowly South Carolina State.)

Georgia might not have much of a choice, as it's a Clemson home game, and ESPN would probably prefer that game to other options. The Dawgs might be willing to change their minds if the South Carolina game could be moved to later in the season, but that would involve messing with the entire SEC schedule.

In the end, I wouldn't hold my breath on the game being moved. File this one under "there's a possibility, but no chance" until some more concrete info comes out.

(via The Macon Telegraph, Bleacher Report)

Tyrann Mathieu is trying to be an ex-Honey Badger.



One of the saddest stories of the 2012 college football season was the downfall of former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu a.k.a the Honey Badger. Mathieu was kicked off the team before the start of the 2012 season for failing multiple drug tests. He was arrested in October for posession of marijuana, which ended any shot he may have had to return to the Tigers next season.

Now Mathieu is trying to rebuild his tarnished reputation and increase his hopes of being selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. To that end, he's trying to leave his Honey Badger persona behind.

"I think at LSU, the Honey Badger (person) came to an abrupt end," Mathieu said Monday while watching some of his former teammates practice for this week's Senior Bowl. "I definitely want to do it the right way this time."

Mathieu also discussed leaving LSU behind,

 "I had to take myself out of that situation, out of that environment being around those kinds of people and really start hanging around positive people and are doing what I want to do in my life, which is to be a professional football player," he said. "I feel real good about myself right now."

Mathieu's drug-related issues have made his draftability even more difficult than it already was. Despite his remarkable 2011 season, Mathieu's 5'9 ft. height was considered being a little too small for the NFL.

(via USA Today)

Katherine Webb will not be on Dancing with the Stars, is doing Celebrity Diving instead.



Have you heard the rumors that Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron's ubiquitous girlfriend Katherine Webb will be on Dancing with the Stars? Well, they're not true. Webb shot down that rumor herself on Twitter.




What Webb is reportedly doing instead is even more ridiculous.  It's an ABC show called Celebrity Diving,  where she will apparently be competing against the Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh, legendary NBA Hall of Fame Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and former cute Cosby Show child star Keshia Knight-Pulliam. Olympic gold medalist diver Greg Louganis is the host.

Celebrity Diving is scheduled to premiere on  March 19. Western Civilization is set to end sometime after.

(via al.com)


The Ruins: Dayne Crist, Trey Millard, recruiting, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins - The new Big 12 rising out of the ruins of the old. 


On the rise?
Former Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist 2013 NFL Draft stock is on the rise thanks to a strong showing in this past weekends' NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. (The Lawrence Journal-World)

Just give him the darn ball!
Oklahoma needs to give fullback Trey Millard more chances to carry the football in 2013. Because Jason Kersey said so. (The Oklahoman ) 

Baylor player profile of the day.
Jason Kirk profiles Baylor linebacker Eddie Lackey. (SB*Nation)

Recruiting


High Cotton.
California high school senior defensive back Kamari Cotton-Moya commits to Iowa State's 2013 recruiting class. (The Des Moines Register)

Oh Childs please!
Texas HS senior running back Rennie Childs commits to Oklahoma State's 2013 recruiting class. (The Oklahoman)

I go JUCO.
California JUCO offensive tackle Desmond Harrison commits to Texas 2013 recruiting class. (The Austin American-Statesman)

Oklahoma
Blatant Homerism looks at Oklahoma recruiting. 

West Virginia
The Smoking Musket looks at West Virginia recruiting.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Covering Dixie: Luke Joeckel, tons of recruiting news.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - SEC news and notes. 

Boyhood home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta.



Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?
Jon Cooper looks at the players he believes will step up and take over the roles of departing SEC players such as Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, and Alabama running back Eddie Lacy. (Saturday Down South)

Top of the Pops.
Speaking of Luke Joeckel, the Aggie OT takes over the top spot in SB*Nation's 2013 NFL mock draft as the first overall draft pick going to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Mississippi state billboard war update. 
Mississippi State will honor former Bulldogs Anthony Dixon (San Francisco 49ers) and Pernell McPhee (Baltimore Ravens) who will be playing in Super Bowl XLVII with (suprise!) a billboard. (For Whom the Cowbell Tolls)

Recruiting


Texas A&M recruiting update. 
Good Bull Hunting looks at Texas A&M recruiting.

Song Sung Blue.
South Carolina high school junior linebacker Joe Blue commits to South Carolina's 2014 recruiting class. (Garnet and Black Attack)

Poi Dog Pondering. 
Hawaii HS senior Reeve Koehler commits to Arkansas' 2013 recruiting class. (Arkansas Expats)

Ole Miss recruiting news. 
Indiana HS senior defensive end Elijah Daniel commits to Ole Miss' 2013 recruiting class. (SB*Nation)

Unquiet: Mark Helfrich, lots of recruiting news, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front - Pac-12, MWC, and BYU news and notes. 


Meet the new boss.
Mark Helfrich officially introduced as Oregon's new head football coach. Helfrich served as former HC Chip Kelly's offensive coordinator.  (The Oregonian

Next Position Please. 
Oregon wide receivers coach Scott Frost is promoted to the offensive coordinator roll following Mark Helfrich being named the Ducks new head football coach. (The Omaha World Herald)

I'm your father now.
USC names former Cal defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast to replace Monte Kiffin (aka Lane's dad) as the Trojans' new DC. (The Orange County Register)

Recruiting


Depth perception. 
Mark Sandritter looks at Washington State's running back depth chart, including Cougar recruiting targets at RB. (CougCenter)

I'm just carryin' on an old family tradition.
Utah high school senior defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei commits to Utah's 2013 recruiting class. He's the brother of Ute senor DT Star Lotulelei.(The Deseret  News)

The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game.
Texas HS senior wide receiver Hunter Jarmon commits to Oregon State. (Building the Dam)

The Life of Ryan. 
Colorado HS senior athlete Ryan Severson commits to Colorado's 2013 recruiting class. (The Ralphie Report)

Double your pleasure, double your fun.
BYU gets class of 2013 commitments from Utah HS senior defensive lineman Chasen Andersen and JUCO offensive lineman Josh Carter. (The Deseret News)

California Dreamin'
UNLV lands class of 2013 commitments from California HS senior quarterback  Jared Lebowitz and California HS offensive tackle Kyle Saxelid. (Mountain West Connection)

Is the Big Ten set to add Virginia and another ACC team to it's ranks?

Expansion silliness

Is the Big Ten expanding again? Reports say that the conference, which recently added Maryland and Rutgers to its ranks, could be adding Virginia and one other ACC program. An announcement could come on Monday.

The other ACC school's identity is up in the air, with rumors swirling that it could be Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Duke or Florida State.

This confusion over the other ACC school or schools to be added are enough to warrant a "the voices in your head don't count as reliable sources" warning. The involvement of Virginia in the story would be enough to call "bull" on the story, if it wasn't for the fact that the B1G just let Maryland in.



(via Off Tackle Empire)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Fallout: Manti Te'o, Oregon, Mark Dantonio, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Sunday news and notes. 


Least. Shocking. Moment. Ever. Of the day.
Mike Lupica compares Manti T'eo to Lance Armstrong. (The New York Daily News)

Leader of the Quack.
Oregon will reportedly announce that offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich will named to replace the departed Chip Kelly as the Ducks' new head football coach. (The Oregonian)

Party Out of Bounds.
Alabama celebrates its 47th 15th national title and third BCS title in four years with a parade and ceremony in Tuscaloosa. (al.com)

Stand By Your Man.
Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio says that Andrew Maxwell will continue to serve as the Spartans' no.1 QB. (The Detroit Free Press)

Let's Stay Together.
Texas A&M and the Aggies' head football coach Kevin Sumlin agree to a contract extension. (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)


Manti Te'o's girlfriend was at the Dallas Stars game tonight.

NHL hockey is finally back. and the dozen or so millions of hockey fans remaining in America are ecstatic that the lockout is over and the season wasn't canceled.

One of them, apparently, was Manti Te'o's imaginary girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, who was in attendance of the Dallas Stars first game of the season.



Yes, these jokes are gonna continue for a while. And theyre pretty much already old.

(via @EdCahill HT @StormTheGate)


Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Fallout: Manti Te'o, Luke Joeckel, Kliff Kingsbury, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - So, did anything interesting happen last night?


Te'o speaks.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o spoke to ESPN's Jeremy Schapp about Catfishgate Friday night.

We're caught in a trap I can't walk out.
Drew Sharp warns about getting too caught up in Catfishgate. (The Detroit Free Press)

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Jon Cooper gives his predictions for the SEC East in 2013. Hint: UGA is no. 1. (Saturday Down South)

Pick of the litter.
ESPN's Mel Kiper has Texas A&M senior offensive tackle Luke Joeckel being picked by the Kansas Chiefs as the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Kiper has Aggie defensive end Damontre Moore going second overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars. (The Bryan College-Station Eagle)

So let me introduce to you...
New Texas Tech head football coach Kliff Kingsbury formally introduces his coaching staff. (Viva the Matadors)

Recruiting


Carter Country.
Louisiana high school senior tight end Cethan Carter commits to Nebraska's 2013 recruiting class. (The Lincoln Journal-Star)


Insanity


I'm just sitting here watching the wheels turn round and round.
Celebrity Hot Tub looks at wheel routes. (Every Day Should Be Saturday)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Brady Hoke has a potty mouth, says Michigan "had a s****y season" in 2012.



Michigan head football coach gave a very honest assessment of the Wolverines' 2012 season while speaking in front of a group of Michigan state high school coaches on Friday morning. Maybe a little too honest. 

"We had a s****y season, to be honest with you," Hoke said at the MHSFA's Winner’s Circle Clinic. "Bad year, to be honest. Proud of the kids, how they kept moving forward, but it wasn't the year Michigan deserves."

Hoke may want to prepare himself for a visit to Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon's office when he gets back to Ann Arbor. That and a mouthful of soap.

(via MLive.com)

Minor League franchise in Kentucky to honor Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax with a bobblehead promotion.



The Manti Te'o "Catfishgate" scandal is giving a minor league baseball franchise in Florence, Kentucky a chance to do what minor league sports franchises do best: exploit current events with insane promotions to sell tickets and get publicity.   The Florence Freedom, an independent member of the Frontier League has declared May 23 "Manti Te'o Girlfriend Bobblehead Day." The team plans to hand out 1,000 bobblehead boxes to honor Te'o's imaginary lover - 1,000 empty boxes.

But wait, there's still more insanity for this promotion. There will be an air guitar contest, an imaginary food fight, and a section where fan being their own imaginary significant others with them. And the pièce de résistance to top everything off, a special Kiss Cam where fans can pucker up with their imaginary lovers.

Of by May 23, this whole debacle will have probably blown over, but that's never stopped a minor league team before. 

(via The Outside Corner)

Johnny Manziel saya he was "#mindblown" about Manti Te'o scandal on Twitter.


Johnny Manziel with Manti Te'o at Heisman Trophy ceremony. Via SI.com.

Did Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel have anything to say about the catfishing scandal surrounding Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, the man he beat out for the Heisman Trophy? Of course he did. Did he say it on Twitter? Of course he did.

Manziel first tweeted about the scandal on Wednesday saying "Just so people know the media doesn't always paint the correct picture.. They just care about getting a good story and nothing else matters." He then added "Will be just as shocked as everyone else if it's true, " with the hashtag #waiting" added.

His most recent tweet about the Te'o incident was simply "#Mindblown."

Manziel also said in an interview with ESPN that he was "just as shocked as anybody else."

(via @jmanziel2 , ESPN)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Covering Dixie: Manti T'eo, Georgia, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew- The SEC.


Yeah, somebody went there.
Josh Levin at Slate tried to compare the Manti T'eo situation to that of former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu. Only with less pot.

I'm outta here. 
Georgia tailback Ken Malcome has announced his decision to transfer to another school. He claimed he wasn't getting enough playing time with fellow TB's Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. (The Athens Banner-Herald)


Insanity


And they're off!
Florida got seven Fulmer Cup points resulting from Gator offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker arrest for grand theft auto. (EDSBS)

A.J. McCarron's mom talks about Katherine Webb.


Alabama TV station WPMI caught up with Dee Dee Bonner, mother of Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron. Obviously, the main subject of interview was McCarron's relationship with his  girlfriend,  Katherine Webb.

Bonner discussed some of the criticism of  the media frenzy surrounding Webb since the BCS title game.

"Of course, she's getting negative press, people saying she's asking for this," Bonner said. "The only thing this poor baby did was come to a ballgame to see her boyfriend play. She hasn't asked for any of this. AJ hasn't asked for any of this. It's evolved."

Bonner also denied that McCarron has asked Webb to decline any interviews. 

"I'm a prideful woman, so I told her you don't let a man tell you what your're going to do, first of all," a laughing Bonner told the NBC affiliate. "AJ has not told her to decline any interviews or anything like that."

Here's the full interview here, including Bonner's comments of Webb's hiring by Inside Edition to cover Super Bowl XLVII.




(via WPMI, al.com)

The Ruins: Kliff Kingsbury, Charlie Weis, recruiting, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins - The new Big 12 rising out of the ruins of the old. 


Kliff Kingsbury = Pat Fitzgerald?
Just Wait Til Next Season compares Texas Tech under new head football coach Kliff Kingsbury to that of Northwestern and its head football coach Pat Fitzgerald. JWTNS wonders if the school will be able to realize that its in the same situation Northwestern was in when Fitzgerald was hired, and support him through what could be more rough waters in his first season or two than Red Raiders fans might expect.

Moving On Up.
Kansas HC Charlie Weis moves the start of spring football practice to March 5. Kansas traditionally has one of the later starts for spring practice in college football. (The Lawrence Journal-World)

Things Can Only Get Better?
Mark C. Moore looks at statistics to show Baylor's improvement at the end of the 2012 season, and give reasons to be optimistic about 2013. (Our Daily Bears)

Going on the offense. 
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says the conference may be more "proactive" in the next round of conference expansion silliness. (CBS Sports)

Sooner draft stock.
ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper sees Oklahoma safety Tony Jefferson and offensive tackle Lane Johnson as second round 2013 NFL Draft picks, and quarterback Landry Jones as a third-to-fifth rounder. (The Norman Transcript)

Let's make the best of the situation. 
Anthony Slater wonders if the departure of former Oregon HC Chip Kelly to the Philadelphia Eagles could end up giving Oklahoma and Oklahoma State a recruiting advantage. (The Oklahoman)

Recruiting


Suttles scuttles Iowa St. commit.
Florida high school senior defensive end Ernest Suttles de-commits from Iowa State, and flips his commitment to Nebraska. (Cyclone Fanatic)

Kansas State recruiting. 
Florida JUCO outside linebacker De'Vondre Campbell commits to Kansas State. (Bring on the Cats)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Manti T'eo's infinite fake dead girlfriend playlist.

What passes for humor


You have probably heard by now about the news of Manti T'eo and his imaginary dead girlfriend. This is either the biggest case of fraud in Notre Dame, or the worst case of catfishing ever.

Saying that, SWRT has found out the playlist T'eo had come up for his faux cyber-paramour. Here are a few of the selections.

"Dreamlover" - Mariah Carey

"She's Not There" - The Zombies
"Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" - The Smiths
"The Catfish Song" - Townes Van Zandt
"A Life of Illusion" - Joe Walsh
"Little Lies" - Fleetwood Mac
"Fantasy Girl" - .38 Special
"All in My Mind" - Love and Rockets
"The Great Pretender" - The Platters
"Foolin'" - Def Leppard
"Imaginary Lover" - Atlanta Rhythm Section