Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A.J. McCarron is honorary pace car driver for Aaron's 499 race at Talladega.



Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron finally has a honor that he can one-up fellow SEC QB and BFF Johnny Manziel with (Until Manziel reminds A.J. that Texas A&M kicked his butt last season, that is). McCarron has been named the Honorary Pace Car Driver for this weekend's Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend.

"I have enjoyed races at Talladega before and have always had a passion to get up to speed on the track," McCarron said in a news release. "This is an incredible opportunity, and to be able to do it in front of the most famous drivers in the world, is something I am really looking forward to."

Retired Atlanta Brave third baseman Chipper Jones will be the Aaron's 499 Grand Marshall.
 
(via al.com)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Is Tyler Bray the 2013 NFL Draft's real Mr. Irrelevant?


South Carolina tight end Justice Cunningham was the final selection of the 2013 NFL Draft. In doing so, he earned the dubious title of "Mr. Irrelevant." His selection by the Indianapolis Colts was given as much pomp and circumstance by the NFL as first overall pick Eric Fisher got when drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs.



Getting more attention, however, was the notable NFL Draft snub given to former Tennessee starting quarterback Tyler Bray, who went undrafted despite having what is considered a strong throwing arm. For Knoxville News-Sentinel columnist Mike Strange, this is enough to give Bray the real "Mr Irrelevant" title.

"Bray, we assume, was rebuked because of A, concerns about his maturity and/or work ethic, and B, flaws in his mechanics and decision-making. He could have overcome one, but not both. 

As for the latter issue, his 69 career TD passes were almost equally divided between SEC and non-conference opponents. But of his 28 interceptions, only five were in non-conference games and 23 against SEC defenses.

At first glance, he looks foolish now for forfeiting another year of seasoning in the nation’s best conference. But improving his stock wasn’t a given. His four leading receivers are gone and the offense of new coach Butch Jones is not tailor-made for a 6-6 pocket passer."

The maturity issues include a wide-range of on-and-off the field actions, including an infamous throat-slash gesture in a bowl  game against North Carolina that the Vols went on to lose, an even more notorious incident where involving throwing beer bottles off his apartment balcony, and oh yeah, that back tattoo.

Ironically, Bray signed a free free agent contract with the Chiefs,which means he will be at the Chief's training camp with Fisher. Bray will be competing for a spot as a backup for Alex Smith. Making the team is definitely not a given, however. His decision to leave Tennessee early may still come back to bite him in the back.

(via The Knoxville News-Sentinel)


Johnny Manziel and A.J. McCarron are planning a summer vacation.

Time to be very afraid. The SEC's two top quarterbacks, Johnny Manziel and A.J. McCarron, are planning to vacation together this summer. The two have built a friendship since their respective schools, Texas A&M and Alabama, faced each other in the game that shocked the world last season.

 “We’re either going to Key West or Cancun and will hang out with our other friends,” McCarron told USA TODAY Sports. “Me and him, we don’t ever let that (football talk) bother us. He’s a good friend of mine, and he’s a funny dude.”

They're already talking about it on Twitter.



There's no would if this will be a guy trip, of if Manziel and McCarron's high-profile girlfriends, Sarah Savage and Katherine Webb, will be along for the ride. Either way, the trip will be a respite before the two QB's get ready for the 2013 season, and the inevitable Alabama-Texas A&M game on Sept 14.

(via USA Today)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Fallout: NFL Draft, Tyler Bray, recruiting, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Sunday edition.


Kansas City, here I come?
Former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, who went underrated during this weekend's 2013 NFL Draft, has reportedly signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent. (ESPN)

Alabama dominates the NFL Draft. 
Alabama breaks the modern school record for number of players selected in the NFL Draft with nine. (al.com)

Eight is Enough.
Georgia also sets a school NFL Draft record with eight former Bulldogs selected. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Gator-Eight. 
Eight former Florida players selected for the 2013 NFL Draft. (The Gainesville Sun)

LSU RB arrested.
LSU running back Jeremy Hill has been arrested on charges of simple battery. (The New Orleans Times Picayune)

I see the future, and it will be?
LSU and Wisconsin are reportedly working out a deal to play a future neutral-site series. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Come around to my way of thinking.
The media is starting to look at Northwestern as a serious contender for the Big Ten Legends Divison title. (Lake the Posts)


Recruiting


Double your pleasure, double your fun.
Tennessee gets commitments from two wide receivers from Texas JUCO Blinn College. Kameel Jackson commits to the Vols' 2014 recruiting  class. Jonathan Johnson could become a Vol as early as the 2013 season, depending on his graduation in May. (Rocky Top Talk)

Boise State in...the Life of Greg Gaines. 
California high school junior defensive tackle Greg Gaines commits to Boise State's 2014 recruiting class. (One Bronco Nation Under God)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Fallout: NFL Draft, Heisman watch, Kliff Kingsbury, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition.


Out long national nightmare is over.
Manti T'eo deafted by the San Diego Chargers, Geno Smith drafted by the New York Jets, and Tyrann Mathieu drafted by the Arizona Cardinals. (USA Today)

Eyes on the Prize.
The Heisman Pundit/CBS Sports' post-spring practice Heisman Trophy Watch List features the players who will be competing to stop Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel from repeating as Heisman winner.

Broncos and Cowboys.
Boise State and Oklahoma State agree to a home-at-home series in 2018 and 2021. (FBSchedules.com)

More than just a pretty face.
First-year Texas Tech head football coach Kliff Kingsbury is wanting to prove on the gridiron that there's more to him than just swagger. (ESPN)


Friday, April 26, 2013

New York Jets first round draft pick Dee Millner reacts to being bood by Jets fans.

It's a tradition unlike any other: The traditional booing by New York Jets fans of their team's first round NFL Draft draft pick. It happened again Thursday night, as the Jets selected former Alabama cornerback Dee Millner as the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Millner was a good sport and took it in stride.

"I was nervous a little bit," Milliner admitted in a press conference 30 minutes later. "I know they're crazy about their selections. I'm just glad they welcomed me here."

Meanwhile, Jets fans have gotten one step closer to beating out Philadelphia Eagles' fans booing Santa Claus as the most infamous act by a fanbase.

(via al.com)

Covering Dixie: NFL Draft news, Butch Jones and Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel, Jarvis Jones, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC: All your crystal football are belong to us.


Last night's NFL Draft was a big night for the SEC. There's nto enought time for the full rundown, but here are some links to some of highlights.

First in line.
Eric Aldeson explains first year Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones' involvement on former Central Michigan/new Kansas City Chiefs' left tackle Eric Fisher's road to becoming the 2013 NFL Draft first overall pick. Jones recruited Fisher when he was HC of Central Michigan. (Yahoo! Sports)

So close, yet so far away.
Former Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel discusses tries to keep missing out on becoming the first overall pick in the NFL Draft after being drafted second overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars. (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)

Mister Jones and me tell each other fairy tales.
Former Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones claims that his being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers was a "great fit" for both him and the team. (The Macon Telegraph)

Cordarrelle Patterson's red carpet ride.
Larry Brown looks at former Tennessee wide receiver/new Minnesota Viking Cordarrelle Patterson's rather, uh, unique fashion statement at the 2013 NFL Draft. (Larry Brown Sports)

The Man Who Didn't Move.
J.P. Scott explains how Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray's decision to remain at UGA for his senior season changed the landscape of the entire NFL postseason for both the NFL Draft and free agency. (Know It All Football)

Non-Draft news. 


Let Johnny Manziel be Johnny Manziel.
Gregg Doyel defends Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel's high-profile hedonistic offseason ways. (CBS Sports)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Will Muschamp asks "is genealogy a word?"

Florida head football coach Will Muschamp held a press conference on Wednesday. Among questions the coach was asked was if the genealogy of players such as Kelvin Taylor (son of Fred Taylor) or Brian Cox Jr. mattered or could be recognized.

Muschamp responded by asking "is genealogy a word?"

 For proof here's the video of the press conference. The fun starts at around the 13:10 mark.






It is at this point that any Florida fans in the room will remind you that Muschamp is a graduate of the University of Georgia. It is also worth noting that Muschamp's ignorance of both English and science do not exactly look good for graduates of either school.

(HT @AlligatorArmy)


Covering Dixie: NFL Draft, Hugh Freeze, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC: All your crystal football belong to us. 


This is the day your life surely change. 
The 2013 NFL Draft begins Thursday night. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Don't bet the farm.
Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze warns Rebel fans about having too lofty expectations about the 2013 season. (Saturday Down South)

Goodbye Says It All.
Florida announces that offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker is transferring. (ESPN)

I see the future, and it will be.
Team Speed Kills looks for "the SEC's Next Great Freshman Running Back."

A Change Will Do You Good.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl will become the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl once again as it ascends to the status of a College Football Playoff bowl. (ESPN)

First time in a long time? 
The 2013 NFL Draft could see former Georgia linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree become the first Bulldog defensive players to go in the first round. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Big Ten looking at Kansas, Oklahoma, and Vanderbilt as future members?

If you thought the ACC's recent acquisition of it's member's media rights was going to stop future conference expansion, then think again. As Lee Barfknecht recently pointed out, nothing is impossible with lawyers around.

With that said, Barfknecht's sources also tell him that one of the biggest offenders in college expansion, the Big Ten, has been looking into yet expanding again. This time, the targets for future expansion are reportedly Kansas and Oklahoma out of the Big 12, and Vanderbilt, out of the SEC. Yes, that Vanderbilt.

Why Vanderbilt? It would seem that Big Ten Devourer of Worlds,  commissioner Jim Delany wants to get the conference's footprint in the SEC territory. So much so that he would even stoop down so low as to get the school that until recently many SEC fans would have loved to have seen get kicked out of the conference. (And probably still do.) Though after going after the low-lying fruit of Maryland and Rutgers, it may be time for the B1G to go after a Big Boy school.

Which brings us to Kansas and. Okay, Kansas isn't quite a "Big Boy" school when it comes to college football. On the other hand, current head football coach Charlie Weiss does qualify as a "Big Boy," though who knows how long he will last in Lawrence. The B1G going after Kansas only makes sense if it was more interested in the Jawhawks for basketball than football. And although seeing Kansas playing the likes Michigan and Ohio State in basketball every season is very enticing, basketball isnot the engine that's powering conference expansion.

That leaves Oklahoma. Which is the big dog of the three schools in question. Snapping the Sooners out of the Big 12 would be a huge feather in the Big Ten's cap. Here's the problem, Oklahoma has a lot to lose leaving the Big 12 in rivalries both traditional and lucrative in Texas and Oklahoma State. Oklahoma probably doesn't want to lose both the Red River Rivalry and Bedlam like Texas A&M lost the Texas rivalry when it bailed for the SEC. It may take the B1G willing to bring in Oklahoma St. to get the Sooners. (The same could be same about Kansas, who would want Kansas State to follow the Jayhawks into the B1G as well.)

Further Big Ten expansion is probably going to be a very complicated process, and is going to have to take a school that is seriously interested in bolting its pastures for greener ones. Vanderbilt seems content in the SEC, and it would take a huge screw-up by Texas to cause Oklahoma and/or Kansas to leave the Big 12. So don't hold your breath for any of these three schools leaving for the B1G unless something dramatic happens.

( via Team Speed Kills, The Omaha World-Herald)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The College Football Playoff is a boring name, but who cares?

The college football playoff that will succeed the BCS has a name, and it is...the College Football Playoff. And the crowd goes...mild.

Okay, so the College Football Playoff not the most exciting name in the world. But it's not supposed to be. It's supposed to be something that will look good next to the name of a corporate sponsor, which we all know is the more important thing, right?

There are some pluses in favor of the College Football Playoff moniker. It's self-explanatory for one thing. It's to the point. It's...wait a mimute, I'll thing of something.I'm sure I will. Just give me a second.

Most annoying part of the name? The fact that it uses "Playoff" instead of "Playoffs." It just sounds better when you use "Playoffs" instead of the singular form. "Playoff" feels more pedestrian and somewhat uncouth. "Playoffs" is more elegant.

At least there is something in college football that at least resembles a playoff system. That's a start.

Covering Dixie: Nick Saban on top, Mark Richt "underappreciated," 2013 NFL Draft, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The Sec. All your crystal football are belong to us. 



Least. Shocking. News. Ever. Of the day.
The Sporting News names Alabama head football coach Nick Saban as the top HC in the FBS. (al.com)

Mister Jones and me tell each other fairy tales.
Don Kausler Jr. profiles fromer Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones as he prepares for the 2013 NFL Draft. (al.com)

Rodney Dangerfield Richt? 
Georgia head football coach Mark Richt is named the "SEC's most underappreciated coach." by Chris Low. (ESPN)

Overrated?
Billy Gomila's list of the most overrated SEC players in the 2013 NFL Draft include former Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, former LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo, and former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray. (And the Valley Shook)

On the Other Hand...
Gomila lists Barrett Jones, former Kentucky offensive lineman Larry Warford, former Georgia safety outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, and former Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo as the most underrated players in the 2013 NFL Draft. (And the Valley Shook)

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
Tennessee names former Cleveland Browns scout Bob Welton as its new director of player personnel. Not to throw any cold water on this, but how have the Browns done lately in scouting players? Brady Quinn and Colt McCoy, anyone? (The Knoxville News Sentinel)


Recruiting


Blazevich of Glory.
North Carolina high school junior tight end Jeb Blazevich commits to Georgia's 2014 recruiting class. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Big Tentacles: Denard Robinson in Bristol, Kirk Ferentz, recruiting news and more.

Big Tentacles - Big Ten news and notes. 


Workin' at the car wash.
Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson appeared on ESPN' First Take yesterday. It went as well as you would expect it to. (The Detroit Free Press)

The Jordan Rules.
Angelique S. Chengelis profiles former Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs as he prepares for the 2013 NFL Draft. (The Detroit News)

No Price too high. Oh wait, there is. 
Adam Jacobi puts the large buyout in Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz's contract as the main reason he wasn't fired after last season's dismal 4-8 record. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Goodbye Says It All.
Iowa loses two defensive backs as Kevin Buford has decided to transfer, and Torey Campbell has decided to place his focus on track and field. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Springtime in Madison. 
Nate Woefel reviews Wisconin's first spring game under first-year HC Gary Andersen. (The B1G Time)

A Sort of Homecoming. 
The time for Illinois' Sept. 14 "Chicago homecoming game" at Soldier field against Washingtonhas been set for 5p.m. CDT. (The Chicago Tribune)

Recruiting


Michigan recruiting.
Illinois high school junior tight end Ian Bunting commits to Michigan's 2014 recruiting class. (The Chicago Tribune)

Penn State recruiting.
Delaware HS jr. wide receiver Chris Godwin commits to Penn State's 2014 recruiting class. (Black Shoe Diaries)

Wish List.
Miles Joseph looks at high school players being targeted by Ohio State for its 2014 recruiting class. (Eleven Warriors)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Duke track and field team members lip-sync to the Backstreet Boys.

 Since you can never have too much evidence that Duke is the douchiest school in the NCAA, here are members of the Duke track and field team lip-synching to the Backstreet Boys "I Want It That Way."

Wes Welker, Kliff Kingsbury, and a puppy? Wes Welker, Kliff Kingsbury, and a puppy.



A photo of Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, first year Texas tech head football coach Kliff Kingsbury, and a puppy dog? Oh, why not! The former Texas Tech teammates are obviously having fun  together with their four-legged buddy. Got a better excuse to share it?

(via EDSBS)

Covering Dixie:Johnny Manziel, Barkevious Mingo, Jarvis Jones, and more.



Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. All your crystal football are belong to us.  




Fun with photoshop.
A photoshopped image of Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel with his Heisman Trophy holding a marijuana joint in its outstretched arm surfaced on the web. (Dr. Saturday)

And Mingo was his name-o.
Matthew Harris porfiles former LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo as he gets ready for the 2013 NFL Draft. (The Baton Rouge Advocate)

 This is for the questions that don't have any answers. 
Don Klauser Jr. reviews questions surrounding Alabama before spring practice, and sees if any of them were answered. (al.com)

Least. Shocking. Reaction. Ever. Of the week.
Track 'Em Tigers stands behind Auburn's internal investigation that found no evidence of the allegations of academic fraud claimed in an article by Selena Roberts. 

Double Trouble?
Jon Cooper reviews Auburn's spring game, and sees  Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne as a string running back tandem. (Saturday Down South)

Picks of the litter. 
Dawg Sports looks at the where former Georgia players are projected to be picked in this week's 2013 NFL Draft. Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones is projected as going in the first round to the New Orleans Saints, who have the 15th pick.

Fourteen is Enough?
Kevin Duffey looks at reports that the SEC will stick with it's current fourteen member configuration, and not expand to sixteen teams. (Saturday Down South)

Recruiting

Ole Miss recruiting news.
Texas sophomore running back Rawleigh Williams becomes Ole Miss' first commitment for its 2015 recruiting class. (Red Cup Rebellion)

Barrett Jones named Alabama's top male schollar-athlete for second year in a row.



Congratulations are in order for former Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones, who has been awarded the Paul W. Bryant award as the school's top male scholar athlete. This is the second year in a row that Jones, who has earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in accounting, has been awarded this honor.

Gymnast Ashley Priess was also honored with the Paul W. Bryant award for top female student-athlete. 

(via al.com)


Agent for D.J. Fluker claims his client's Twitter account was hacked.

Deryk Gilmore, the agent of former Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker is claiming that his client's twitter account was hacked early Tuesday morning. This comes after a tweet from the account appeared in which had Fluker "confessing" to being paid while at Alabama.








It only took a little more than an hour before Gilmore tweeted that his client's account had allegedly been hacked. 




The alleged hacking occurred after Auburn released the report from an internal investigation claiming that accusations of NCAA violations in a internet article by Selena Roberts were false. Take that as you will.

(via al.com)


Monday, April 22, 2013

The Ruins: Mel Kiper Jr. on Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Oklahoma St., and more.

Dancing in the Ruins - The new Big Ten emerging from the ruins of the old. 


Mel Kiper Jr. being Mel Kiper Jr.
Mel Kiper Jr. criticizes the talent level of Oklahoma. However, he still praises former Sooner starting quarterback Landry Jones. (The Oklahoman)

Springtime swagger.
Viva La Matadors reviews Texas Tech's first spring game under new head football coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Thank you, sir. May I have another?
The Smoking Musket reviews West Virginia's spring game.

Thank you, sir. May I have another?
Barry Trammel reviews Oklahoma State's spring game. (The Oklahoman)


A.J. McCarron obsesses over Nick Saban's tie.

What do quarterbacks talk to their head coaches about on the sidelines? If you're Alabama starting QB, and known bow tie fetishist A.J. McCarron, you ask Crimson Tide HC Nick Saban about his tie. The proof? Saban was miked up during Alabama's spring game when McCarron's curiosity got the best of him. 



It should be noted that this will probably be the last time Nick Saban allows himself to be miked up. Otherwise, he would never hear the end of it from wife Terry, He probably still won't.

(via @JonSDS)

Covering Dixie: Auburn releases report, Nick Saban's statue, Katherine Webb at A-Day, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC: All your crystal football are belong to us. 

 

 


I see nothing! I hear nothing! I know nothing!
An internal review by Auburn claims to have found no evidence of the academic fraud that was claimed by reporter Selena Roberts. (al.com)

Bear who?
More Alabama fans apparently wanted their pictures in front of the statue of Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban in front of Bryan-Denny Stadium during Alabama's spring game than they did for Bear Bryant. (SI.com)

Look who's here. 
Katherine Webb was on hand to cheer on boyfriend and Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron at the Crimson Tide's A-Day spring game. Well, now that she quit Splash, she needed something to do with her free time. (al.com)

Play the percentages. 
Georgia has a winning percentage over .500 against seven of the twelve teams it will face in 2013. The seven teams are (in order of schedule) Clemson, South Carolina, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Florida, Kentucky, and Georgia Tech. The Dawgs are at .500 against Auburn, below .500 against LSU and Tennessee, and have never played either North Texas or Appalachian State. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Springtime in Baton Rouge. 
Billy Gomila reviews LSU's spring game. (And the Valley Shook)

Everybody else is doing it, so why can't we?
Joel Hollingsworth reviews Tennessee's spring game. (Rocky Top Talk)

There can be only one. 
Patrick Brown looks at the battle to be Tennessee's starting QB between Justin Worley and Nathan Peterman. (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

Recruiting


Recruiting talk for 2015 already? 
Tennessee gets a verbal commitment for it's 2015 recruiting class from Tennessee high school sophomore athlete Jaylond Woods. (Rocky Top Talk)


Nick Saban on recruiting in Alabama's costal region.

Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley.
Good recruiting is definitely a strong part of Alabama's success under head football coach Nick Saban. One of the underlooked cornerstones of that success is how Saban's success in recruiting in the coastal area of the state, which includes Mobile. Saban recently spoke on subject.

Saban says: "There are a lot of guys on our team that have made a very positive contribution that are from this area. There is good high school football here. There's great coaches. We really have a strong presence here of alumni people. Football is important to them, and their community is important to them. And they support football in this area. I think some of those things have been helpful in us getting some of the players to come to Alabama."

Past and present Alabama players from the costal area include C.J. Mosley, D.J. Fluker, and current Atlanta Falcon Julio Jones.

(via al.com)

Virginia Tech RB Michael holmes arrested on charges of malicious wounding, simple assault.

Michael Holmes' mugshot.


Virginia Tech running back Michael Holmes was arrested on Sunday on charges of malicious wounding and simple assault during a fight.

"A press release issued Sunday night said officers responded to the 200 block of College Ave. for a fight in progress at 1:50 a.m. Sunday.

As a result of the investigation, Holmes, 19, was arrested and charged with malicious wounding, a Class 3 felony in Virginia, and two counts of assault and battery, which are Class 1 misdemeanors.

The release said one victim was transported to LewisGale Medical Center for treatment of an unspecified injury. Two other victims were treated at the scene. The names of the victims were not released."

Malicious wounding is defined  in Virginia as  an act where the suspect tries to "“maliciously shoot, stab, cut, or wound any person or by any means cause him bodily injury, with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable, or kill.”

Holmes has been suspended indefinitely from the Virginia Tech football program.

(via The Roanoke Times

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Alabama spring game crowd numbers down, Auburn spring game sets record attendance.

It the thrill gone in Tuscaloosa? Perish the thought. But the truth is that Alabama's spring game was watched by the second-lowest crowd in Bryant-Denny Stadium since Nick Saban took over at the Crimson Tide's head football coach.

Attendance figures for the A-Day game were announced as 78,315. The only figures lower than that was for Saban's first A-Game as 'Bama HC in 2008.

This is in contrast to Auburn's spring game, the first under new HC Gus Malzahn, which attracted a record crowd of 83,401. The Tigers' A-Day also saw the final official rolling of the Toomer's Corner oaks. The trees are scheduled to be removed this week after attempts to save the trees from succumbing to poisoning failed.

(via al.com)


The Fallout: Nick Saban on A.J. McCarron, Johnny Manziel, Mike Gundy, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Sunday edition.


I have to praise you like I should. 
Alabama HC Nick Saban once again praises Crimson Tide QB A.J. McCarron's leadership skills. Translation: Saban still hasn't seen that photo of McCarron wearing that Wacka Locka Flame "DRUGS" beanie cap. (al.com)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel story of the day. 
Just Wait Til Next Season wonders if Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel will still be able to surprise SEC defenses like he did in 2012.

I've Got a Secret.
Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy refuses to discuss the three-man competition to be the Cowboys' next starting QB until after the team's season opener against Mississippi State on Aug. 31. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Mora Jr. thinks big. 
UCLA head football coach Jim Mora Jr. want to see 50,000 Briuns fans at the team's spring game next Saturday. (Bruins Nation)

Lawyers, Guns, and Money.
Jeremy Mauss looks at Boise State's lawsuit against the Big East to lower its buyout package. (Mountain West Connection)

Stadium Arcadium. 
Colorado State athletic director Jack Graham says that he is confident that the school will be able to build a new on-campus stadium by 2016. (Mountain West Connection)

Great Expectations.
Luke Brietzke looks at the five expectation levels of SEC fans, from "At the top and not going anywhere" (Alabama), to "This year will definitely be much better" (Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee). (Saturday Blitz)

Recruiting


 Boyz II Dawgs.
Greg Poole tales a look at Georgia recruiting. (Leather Helmet Blog)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Michigan State "Sparty" statue gets painted Michigan colors.



Some mischievous person or persons unknown apparently sneaked upon the The Michigan State campus sometime between Friday night and early Saturday morning and decided to give The Spartan statue (imaginatively nicknamed "Sparty") a slight makeover in time for the Spartans' spring game. This included a blue paint job to Sparty's helmet, and a giant maize M painted on his chest. Now gee, who could have done that?

This used to be considered a harmless college prank. That was before the oak trees at Toomer's Corner got poisoned by an Alabama fan. Now you've got to looks at these kind of things in a different light. This paint job may be temporary, but it is going to cost money to remove.

Suggestion to Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon: Offer to pay for the cleanup. It's one of the best ways you could show the school doesn't appreciate this.

(via Throw the Flag)

Big Ten realignment set for 2014, no more Leaders and Legends.

ESPN's Brent Murphy and Adam Rittenberg reports that The Big Ten will be realigning its confereces in 2014. That's when Maryland and Rutgers join the conference, expanding it to fourteen teams. Along the realignment, the Big Ten will be dumping the much-maligned "Leaders" and "Legends" names currently applied to its divisions. They will be replaced by the more logical East and West divisions.

Here's what the new conferences will look like.

East

Indiana
Maryland
Michigan
Michigan State
Ohio State
Penn State
Rutgers

West

Illinois
Iowa
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern
Purdue
Wisconsin

The East (the former Leaders division) gets the new kids on the block (Maryland and Rutgers), along with former Legends division teams Michigan, and Michigan State. The West (the former Legends division) adds Purdue and Wisconsin.

The new divisions allows the preservation of the Big Ten's most important historical rivalry, Iowa vs. Purdue, with Purdue's addition to the Big Ten West. The rivalry between  Michigan and Ohio State also gets preserved, with both teams in the East. The only protected cross-protected rivalry (for now) is Indiana-Purdue.


(via ESPN)

The Fallout: Johnny Manziel's homecoming, A.J. McCarron, Big Ten realignment, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday news and notes. 




About the best thing I can say about this week.

A Sort of Homecoming.
Kerrville, Tx is set to honor hometown hero Johnny Manziel on Saturday night. (The San Antonio Express-News)

A.J. McCarron is overrated. 
Because Just Wait Til Next Season so. Two back-to-back BCS titles says they're wrong.

A Few Small Repairs.
The Big Ten is reportedly set to realign its divisions for 2014, when Rutgers and Maryland join. This will include replacing the ridiculous Leaders and Legends division names with the more logical East and West monikers. (ESPN)

Irish vs. Seminoles in 2014. 
Notre Dame will play FSU in Tallahassee, Fl in 2014 as it begins it's partnership with the ACC kicks in that season. (seminoles.com)

Farewell to a friend.
Auburn fans are set to bid a fond farewell to the oaks of Toomer's Corner, which will be removed next week after efforts to save them from succumbing to the effects of being poisoned in 2010 were proven unsuccessful. The event will follow Auburn's spring game. (al.com)

Friday, April 19, 2013

Mark Richt encourages students to "finish the academic drill."

If you felt that Georgia head football coach Mark Richt hasn't appeared in enough videos this week, then you're in luck. Richt's latest video masterpiece is aimed at students, and encourage them in their academic endeavors as the school year draws to a close.



There's not epic dance moves in this one, but that's not the point. 

(via Leather Helmet Blog)

Covering Dixie: Mark Richt, Jon Gruden meets Tyler Bray, and Florida.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. Nuff said. 

 Reach Out, I'll Be There.
Georgia head football coach Mark Richt discusses trying to reach out to potential recruits via Twitter. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

It's crazy what you could've had.
Former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray will appear on Jon Gruden's QB Camp today at 5:30 pm EDT. Volunteer fans will tune in with vision of what could have been if the insane rumors of  Gruden becoming  the Vols' head football coach that floated over the program last fall had turned out to be true. (utsports.com)

The Fullback Monty.
Robbie Andreu looks at Florida's depth chart at fullback. (The Gainesville Sun)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

UConn unleashes new helmet for 2013.

Uncle Phil's Misguided Children





UConn has unveiled the design for the Huskies' helmets for 2013. As you can see, it's rather, uh...unique. Yes, unique. That's the world. As you can tell from photos the helmet is sitting on, this is yet another uh...forward thinking creation from Uncle Phil's Misguided Children at Nike. This is quite a change from the usual logo on side of the helmet. Too soon to call if this starts a trend, or if it becomes another oddity in college football history.

(via @TheUConnBlog)

Mark Richt sees the SEC expanding to sixteen teams in the future.

Mark Richt shares an awkward pose with son David.


Mark Richt took time out from his busy schedule as both head football coach at Georgia and as a music video extra to speak to the Touchdown Club of Athens, Ga. Among the various football-related subjects, Richt spoke about possible further conference expansion in the SEC.

“I wouldn’t be shocked to see the teams go to 16 one day,” Richt said of further expansion from the current 14 schools. “I’m not hearing any rumors. Don’t start any kind of, `Coach Richt said this,’ but I wouldn’t be shocked to one day see us go to 16. If we go to 16, I can’t imagine us not going to less than nine games. I think we would have to go nine.”

Considering that the SEC is still recovering from the admission to the conference of Missouri and Texas A&M, not to mention the whirlwind that is Johnny Manziel, any further expansion will probably not be any time soon. And when it happens, Richt and the Dawgs (and the rest of the SEC) will hopefully be able to handle it. 

(via The Athens Banner-Herald)

Covering Dixie: C.J. Mosley on White House visit, Johnny Manziel, Mark Richt, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC.

 


Kind of awkward writing this morning with the events in West, Tx, and the still ongoing story up in Boston. But I guess everybody has a coping mechanism, and this might as well be mine. So please humor me for a few moments with this.

Paint the White House crimson. 
Alabama linebacker C.J. Moseley describes what it was like to be honored along with the rest of the Crimson Tide 2013 BCS title game winning team by President Obama at the White House on Monday, as well as reflecting on the bombing at the Boston Marathon. (al.com)

Fore Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban will be pairing up with former Crimson Tide/current New Orleans Saints linebacker Mark Ingram for the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge golf tournament. (al.com)

The Surreal Life.
Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel describes the past year of his life as being "surreal." Well, how would you describe a year that included getting arrested, becoming the Aggies' starting QB, beating Alabama, winning the Heisman Trophy, and meeting Drake?

Number nine. Number nine. Number nine. Number nine. Number nine...
Georgia HC Mark Richt discusses the possibility of the SEC going to a nine-game conference schedule. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Recruiting


The Fourth Man. 
Alabama high school junior linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton commits to Alabama's 2014 recruiting class. He's the fourth member of the Crimson Tide's class of 2014.(al.com)

Georgia recruiting.
Greg Poole looks at Georgia recruiting. (Leather Helmet Blog)

Insanity.
An internet style manual for the SEC. (Dawg Sports)


Pray for West, Texas.

Hope y'all can take some time today to send out from prayers for West, Texas and it's surrounding area as it continues to deal with the ongoing tragedy of the fertilizer plant explosion.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Epic Sax Guy has lost control of Mark Richt.

When we last left Georgia head football coach Mark Richt, he was appearing in a video called "Dawg Bite," featuring his son David. Well it didn't take long before the internet took the elder Richt awkward gestures and attached them to the music of one the reigning icons of the web, Epic Sax Guy.


There's ten minutes of this goodness, at least until someone decides to extend it out even further. Knowing the internet, that should be happening any time now. 

(via The Crystal Ball Run)

Nick Saban praises A.J. McCarron's leadership skills, has obviously not seen McCarron in "Drugs" beanie hat.

To say that Alabama head football coach Nick Saban thinks highly of the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback A.J. McCarron is an understatement. The QB that has led Bama to back-to-back BCS titles has proven to be one of the best SEC QB's in recent memory. So it wasn't surprising that Saban took time out to praise McCarron for his leadership skills, going as far to declare that McCarron is the best leader on our team, and has been, and is one of the best quarterbacks in the country. We're certainly pleased and proud to have him being our quarterback."

Saban obviously said this before pictures of McCarron wearing a beanie cap with the word "Drugs" embroidered on it appeared on the internet.

McCarron claims it means "Do Right U Gain Success,  but we know better than that now, don't we? Anyhow, Saban may be planning to have a little sitdown with McCarron after this one.

(via AL.com)

A.J. McCarron meets Waka Flocka Flame, makes unfortunate headgear choice.

Time for another installment of "What's A.J. McCarron wearing?" this time, the Alabama quarterback posted pictures of himself with rapper Waka Flocka Flame. (Apparently, two consecutive BSC titles don't you the celebrity photo ops that winning the Heisman Trophy did for Johnny Manziel.)

Photo: Lost Lettermen.


Uh, I don't think those are official Alabama hand signals there, guys. 

McCarron also posted a pic of himself wearing one of Waka Flocka Flame's "Do Right U Gain Success" tour beanie hats. Of course, the tour's name is abbreviated to fit on the beanie.

Photo: Lost Lettermen.

Interesting acronym there. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban is probably going to have a few words with McCarron, about how and not to represent the Crimson Tide in public and on the internet. So don't expect to see him ever wearing this again. He's better stick to official Alabama headgear if he knows what's best for him.

(via Lost Lettermen)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mark Richt appears in son's Georgia rap video.

Georgia head football coach Mark Richt's son David is a musician and worship leader. For non-Christian readers, that's the guy with the guitar in the contemporary church service who leads the congregation in singing whatever praise and worship song is popular on The Fish that week. (note to worship leaders: feel free to drop some Skillet into the service whenever you want.) The elder Richt one famously told ESPN that David had written his favorite song, a worship song called "Thinking About You."

Now David Richt has dipped his toe into music in a more secular vein as he takes part in a Georgia rap video, titled "Dawg Bite." Yes, you heard me. Luckily, he doesn't actually rap in it, leaving that to a rather large bearded man in a cowboy hat named Colt Ford. Which is exactly what you think a rather large bearded man rapping in a Georgia rap video would be named.

David, by the way, is the dark headed guy in the red "Dawg Bite" t-shirt singing with more autotune than necessary. Occasionally he is wearing a large chain wrapped around his neck. This is ironic considering the number of arrests of UGA players during the Mark Richt era.  He is also seen chillin' with Papa Richt in the video as well,  fortunately neither rapping or using autotune.




The amazing part of this video? It's still less cringe-worthy and awkward as the infamous "Party in the UGA." video. That is both fortunate and tragic at the same time.

And yes, somebody has already tweeted out "Mark Richt has lost control of his son." So you don't have to.

(via SB*Nation)

Covering Dixie: President Obama honors Alabama (again), Mike Stoops, Vanderbilt recruiting, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC: All your crystal football are belong to us. 


This behavior's not unique.
President Barack Obama once again honored an BCS title-winning Alabama football team at the White House as he paid recognition to Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide's second BCS title in a row. (al.com)

(Re-)Building the Perfect Beast.
Greg Alan Edwards looks at how first-year Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops is doing with trying to rebuild the Kentucky football program. (A Sea of Blue)

There can be only one.
Brandon Marcello looks at the battle for the Auburn starting quarterback job between Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace. (al.com)

Vanderbilt recruiting.
Kentucky high school junior defensive end/tight end Lloyd Tubman and Georgia HS jr. QB Elijah Staley commit to Vanderbilt's 2014 recruiting class. (Anchor of Gold)

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Ruins: Blake Bell, Iowa St., recruiting news, and more.

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




Ring My Bell.
Jake Trotter looks at Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell's performance during the Sooners' spring game on Saturday. (ESPN)

Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Allen Kenney has his own report on Oklahoma's spring game for Blatant Homerism.

Fly Like a Jayhawk.
Rock Chalk Talk reviews Kansas' spring game. 

Dika's playing days are over.
Iowa State offensive lineman Shaban Dika's college football career is ending due to "complications from knee surgeries." (The Ames Tribune)

Recruiting


Texas lands a defensive back for 2014.
Louisiana high school junior defensive back Jermaine Roberts commits to Texas' 2014 recruiting class. (Burnt Orange Nation)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday Fallout: Arizona, Wisconsin, Alabama, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Sunday edition.


Arizona's Austin Hill injured.
Arizona head football coach Rich Rodriguez announced on Saturday wide receiver Austin Hill tore his ACL during practice last Wednesday. There's no word yet on when he will be ready to return.  (ESPN)

Badger's got a gun.
Wisconsin kicker Jack Russell has come under fire after a picture surfaced of him at a gun show. (Madtown Badgers)

Below the Belk.
The Belk Bowl has been scheduled for December 28 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. It will feature a match-up between representatives of the ACC and the Big East  American Athletic Conference (ESPN)

Scrimmaged Tide.
Alabama holds it's second scrimmage game on Saturday. (al.com)

Spring, where a young man's fancy turns to quarterback controversies.
Pitt quarterback Tom Savage was involved in minimal action during the Panthers' spring game on Saturday. QB Chad Voytik got the majority of the reps instead. (Cardiac Hill)


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Brady Hoke wears shorts in 37 degree cold during Michigan spring game.

via @TimS_Wolverine


It was 37 degrees in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Saturday, complete with snow flurries. . That didn't stop the Michigan Wolverines from holding its annual spring game. Nor did it stop Brady Hoke from wearing shorts in the cold weather. Apparently, Hoke laughs at the weather. He also apparently has enough body fat to insulate himself from the not-quite spring weather.

(via SB*Nation)

Peyton Manning on Butch Jones.

Have you been wondering what Denver Broncos quarterback and former Tennessee legend Peyton Manning has to say about first-year Vols head football coach Butch Jones? Well wait no further, as Pey-Pey went back down to Knoxville on Thursday to check in with the program.

 “The most inspiring thing is how excited he is to be here,” Manning said Friday during a visit to Knoxville to speak at UT’s spring clinic for high school coaches."

Here's some video of Manning on the subject as well.



(via The Knoxville News-Sentinel)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday Fallout: Steve Spurrier, Tennessee, Georgia, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - News and notes.


I still haven't found what I'm looking for.
Tennessee is in search of "playmakers" on its offensive line. This might take a while. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Portrait of The Old Ball Coach As a Young Man.
A look at South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier's days as a Florida quarterback. (EDSBS)

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

A modern-day warrior, mean mean stride. Today's Foster Sawyer,  mean mean pride.
Texas high school junior quarterback commits to TCU's class of 2014. (SB*Nation)

The Downward Spiral?
Block U looks at the decline of Utah's football program. 

Back Where You belong?
Someone makes an argument for inviting Georgia Tech to return to the SEC.


(Dawg Sports)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Ruins: Oklahoma (lack of) media access, Texas recruiting, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins - the new Big 12 emerging from the ruins of the old. 


Communication Breakdown.
Allen Kenney points out how Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops' habit of blocking access to his team from both the media and the Sooner fanbase hurts the team when it comes to areas like recruiting and creating a buzz around the program. (Blatant Homerism)

Beck and call.
Florida high school rising senior linebacker Andrew Beck commits to Texas' 2014 recruiting class. (The Austin American-Statesman)

Depth perception. 
Mark C. Moore looks at Baylor's depth charts following spring practice. (Our Daily Bears)

Cowboy up.
Robert Whetsell looks at Oklahoma State's offense. (Cowboys Ride for Free)


Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight latest in a line of Texas QB's not recruitied by the Longhorns,

Oklahoma QB Trevor Wright.


Oklahoma redshirt freshman quarterback Trevor Knight is competing for the right to succeed Landry Jones as the Sooners' starting QB. He's in a competition with two other Sooner QB's Blake Bell and Kendal Thompson. The San Antonio native Knight grew up as a Texas fan. The reason he's not at Texas now is an old one by now - he wasn't recruited by the Longhorns.

 “Longhorn this, Longhorn that,” remembered his oldest brother, Tyler Knight. “He had a big basketball goal on the wall with a Longhorn head on it. I knew (Oklahoma) was where his heart was, but it's funny.”

If Knight is successful at  Oklahoma, he would become the latest in a line of Lone Star State quarterbacks that were passed over by Texas. That includes current Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III, and Texas A&M starting QB Johnny Manziel -  the two most recent Heisman Trophy winners. Texas might not be able to handle much more of this. 

(via The Oklahoman)








Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Butch Jones makes some noise at Tennessee to help Vols deal with distractions.

Tuesday's spring practice at Tennessee featured first-year Volunteers head football coach Butch Jones trying to see how his team handled distractions of the audio kind. This is always a good idea when you're team is having to deal with crowds at enemy stadiums.

While some coaches use crowd noise or louder-than-necessary music, Jones took a more unique approach. He piped in noises more annoying than anything a Direct TV commercial could come up with, such as sirens, crying babies, and car alarms.

Jones defended his actions after practice, saying “I like annoying noises.” Which is probably a good thing, as Tennessee's  Pride of the Southland marching band playing "Rocky Top" over and over again is quite possibly the most annoying noise on Earth. With the possible exception of WWE RAW general manager Vivki Guerrero's voice, that is. 

(via The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A guy in an Alabama tank top? A guy in an Alabama tank top.

Shirts Without Random Triangles


There are some days where The Internet presents you with an image so mind-numbing that all logic and reason cannot help you fathom why it is so mind-numbing. Today is one of those days, as I give you...Alabama Tank Top Guy.



Yes, this is an actual Alabama licensed tank top shirt produced by an actual company (Mr. Fanatic) that you can actually buy on an actual Alabama internet clothier. Be lucks that there isn't a houndstooth version of this, because you head would explode.

(via @JortsTorture)

Purdue tries to get "Big Ten strong," whatever that means.



There's strong, and then there's "Big Ten" strong. Then there's whatever Purdue is, which is not strong, but weak. Weak enough that the glory days of Purdue football when Drew Brees was quarterback have been all but forgotten.

Luckily for Purdue, first-year head football coach Darrell Hazell is there to try to rectify the situation and to take the Boilermakers back to the top of the Big Ten, which it hasn't done outright since 1929. (Then again maybe that's not a good thing...)

"We've got to continually get Big Ten strong," Hazell told ESPN.com. "This conference is different. There's teams in this conference that are very strong and very physical, and we need to continue to work toward that."
Purdue players started the process during 6 a.m. winter workouts. They've continued it through 11 practices this spring.

The progress report?

"That's one of our main challenges," Hudson said. "We're not ready to label a guy Big Ten strong. That's a different strength now." 


Apparently, this means Purdue is now somewhere between "wet paper bag strong" and "formica strong." Purdue is an engineering school, and sadly not a seminary school. Because it's going to take a miracle for Purdue to win the Big Ten championship next season.

As for "Big Ten strong," it's...well it's close to an oxymoron. Yes Ohio State won the BCS title in 2002, back when dinosaurs walked the Earth, and people still thought Lance Armstrong and Joe Paterno were symbols of integrity and all that was good about America. Maybe Purdue should try to be Louisville strong, as it just beat Michigan in the NCAA basketball Tournament finals.


(via ESPN)

Montgomery Advertiser celebrates Syracuse win over Michigan in NCAA tournament. Oh wait...



How much do people care about college basketball in Alabama? Not enough to get their facts checked, apparently. The Montgomery Advertiser had the above the fold teaser "Syracuse edges Michigan for title" on its front cover this morning. And people wonder why print newspapers are dying.

Well it isn't like Louisville, Michigan, or Syracuse are SEC schools or something. 

(via @awfulannouncing)

The Day Evil Won, Part Deux: Louisville wins 2012 NCAA Tournament.



Last year, America suffered through evil incarnate as Kentucky and its ethically challenged head basketball coach John Calipari won the NCAA men's basketball tournament final. This year, fellow Bluegrass state school Louisville have taken home the title, accomplishing the rare occurrence of two schools from the same state winning back-to-back titles.

Luckily, for Louisville, its HC Rick Pitino keeps his douchebaggery limited to restaurants where the NCAA has no jurisdiction. At least until it decides it does. Until then, Cardinal fans can be safe in knowing that there little chance their title will be taken away when Pitino leaves like there probably be when Calipari leaves Kentucky.

(via ESPN)

Monday, April 8, 2013

For Texas A&M, the only easy day in the SEC was yesterday.


Despite a remarkable first season in the SEC, Texas A&M still has a long way to go to establish itself as an elite program in the nation's preeminent college football conference. Even the Aggies' head football coach Kevin Sumlin admits to that reality.

"It's funny to me that people say we'll have a target on our backs," Sumlin said. "We finished third in the SEC West. Alabama has won three out of the last four national championships. We had a great experience at the Cotton Bowl, but we didn't play in a BCS bowl. How do we have a target on our backs? We're still playing catch-up."

Even with a relatively soft schedule in 2013, things won't come any easier for the Aggies. Even though Johnny Manziel and co. won't be facing any of the top teams in the SEC East (lucking out with only having to deal with Vanderbilt and Missouri as opposed to facing Georgia, Florida, or South Carolina), there's still the SEC west mine field of Alabama and LSU to deal with. And the Aggies have to face Alabama early in the season as well.

It also has a lot to do to build a program that going to continue to be a force in the inevitable post-Johnny Manziel era (which could come to an end as early as this season's conslusion).

(via ESPN)