Monday, September 30, 2013

Tennessee students paint Lane Kiffin a message on The Rock.

University of Tennessee students traditionally use The Rock on the school's Knoxville campus to express themselves. Naturally, sports is a favorite topic of the intrepid graffiti artists proponents of free speech. Thus it is no surprise that USC's firing of head football coach Lane Kiffin - the same lane Kiffin who left Tennessee after one season of coaching the Volunteers - warranted the latest defacing of message painted upon the  ninety-eight ton piece of  Knox dolomite.


"Karma is a Butch," as in Butch Jones, current Tennessee head football coach. Incidentally, Jones has the same 3-2 record this season as Kiffin does, along with zero in-conference wins. Put that one in a little perspective.

(via @Matt_HayesSN )

Paul Pasqualoni is an ex-UConn head football coach.

It looks like the Lane Kiffin firing at USC may have started a chain reaction in the coaching ranks. UConn has just fired its head football coach, Paul Pasqualoni. The school also fired offensive coordinator George DeLeone.

The Huskies are 0-4 this season, and lost to Buffalo on Saturday 41-12.  Pasqualoni had an 10-28 record with UConn. That's a sad drop from a few years ago, when the school wone the Big East and played in the Fiesta Bowl.

(via Football Scoop)

Covering Dixie: Alabama, Kevin Sumlin, Todd Gurley, and more.

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



Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was...
Alabama remains at the top of the USA Today coaches poll. (AL.com)

If You Leave Me Now.
Texas A&M head football coach Kevin Sumlin is mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Lane Kiffin at USC. Good Bull Hunting looks at the reasons Sumlin might leave College Station for Los Angeles.

The Beauty of Gray.
Tennessee will wear its alternate grey uniforms Saturday when it faces Georgia in Knoxville. (ESPN)

The only easy day was yesterday.
Pat Dooley describes the pressure Florida is under to continue it winning ways after beating Kentucky.   (The Gainesville Sun)

How'd Dylan Thompson do?
Maxwell Ogden looks at the performance of South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson, who stepped in for Connor Shaw when he was knocked out of action with a shoulder injury during the Gamecocks' win over Central Florida. (Bleacher Report/ Los Angeles Times)


Injuries


Todd Gurley update.
Georgia HC Mark Richt describes tailback Todd Gurley as "day-to-day" after spraining his left ankle in the Dawgs' win over LSU. (ESPN)

Ed Orgeron named interim head coach at USC. Things go from bad to worse.



USC has reportedly named the Trojans defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron as its interim head football coach, replacing the unceremoniously fired Lane Kiffin.


Sorry, that couldn't be helped. Replacing Kiffin with Orgeron, even in the interim, is pretty much throwing what's left of the Trojans' season under the bus. I don't want to say that Orgeron is a joke, but this is how Ole Miss fans felt about him when he coached the Rebels.



Be afraid, USC. Be very afraid.

(via The Los Angeles Times)


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Former Tennessee point guard Renaldo "Swiperboy" Woolrige records releases "Fired Like Kiffin" rap song.

When Lane Kiffin bolted from Tennessee to USC, then-Tennessee point guard/rapper Renaldo "Swiperboy" Woolridge  recorded a rap song titled "Never Leave You Like Kiffin." Woolridge then played a year at USC after graduating from Tennessee. Insert hypocrisy here.

Not that Kiffen has been terminated from his job as head football coach ay USC, Swiperboy is putting the knives out again. Titled "Fired Like Kiffin," the song has been released in rapid response following Kiffin's abrupt firing.




Lane Kiffin is an ex-USC head football coach.

Yes, Lane. That just happened.


USC has decided it's had enough of Lane Kiffin. The school announced that is had fired Kiffin as the Trojans' head football coach after a 62-41 loss to Arizona State.

According to a press release on the Trojan's official site, USC athletic director Pat Haden told Kiffen of the decision to fire him when the team returned to Los Angeles following the loss to Arizona St. The loss was seen as a serious blow to the team's chances to overcome early-season troubles, as it dropped USC to 0-2 in the Pac-12 Conference, and 3-2 overall this season.

This is the latest moment on the long strange trip known as Lane Kiffin's career in football. It follows a tumultuous stint as HC of the Oakland Raiders, and a controversy-filled season at Tennessee.  

USC has scheduled a press conference where Haden will discuss Kiffin's firing to the media for Sunday afternoon. A flurry of suggestions for Kiffin's replacement are bound to follow.

(via ESPN)


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Game Day Goulash: Nick Saban, Johnny Manziel, Kain Colter, and more.

Game Day Goulash - Week 5.

The Need for Speed.
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban says that the Crimson Tide offense needs to speed up. (Dr. Saturday)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Legend Roger Staubach says Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel would be a successful QB in the NFL. (CBS Sports)

Bucky vs, Brutus.
Jeanna Thomas and Mike Fiammetta preview Wisconsin vs. Ohio State. (Land-Grant Holy Land)

Adam raised a Kain.
Rodger Sherman praises Northwestern starting QB Kain Colter. (Sippin' on Purple)

Legends up for grabs?
Mike Hlas says that the battle for the Big Ten Legends division title is wide open. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Covering Dixie: A.J. McCarron's mom, Johnny Manziel, Mark Richt, and more.

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



The total package?
Rece Davis declares Ole Miss "the most complete team" on Alabama's schedule so far this season. The Tide face the Rebel Black Bears tomorrow. (ESPN)

Mama said.
Dee Dee Bonner, discusses son and Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron's relationship with Alabama head football coach Nick Saban, among other things. (Al.com)

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off.
Alabama cancels a home-and-home series against Michigan State in 2016 and 2017. Blame this one on the probability of the SEC going to a nine-game conference schedule. (Al.com)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Alex Sims compares Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel to Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints legendary QB Archie Manning. Insert Manning Passing Academy dehydrating joke here. (Bleacher Report)

Vote early, vote often.
Texas A&M students are voting to show their support for either the classic Texas A&M "aTm" logo, or the current "beveled" version. (Good Bull Hunting)

Desperate, but Not Serious.
Seth Emerson describes how Georgia head football coach Mark Richt is placing emphasis on improving the Dawgs' special teams play. If Richt really cared about special teams, he'd get off his tail and hire an actual special teams coach. (The Macon Telegraph)

Nothing Compares to You (except Les Miles).
Ethan Burch compares Mark Richt to LSU HC Les Miles. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Quarterback controversy? What quarterback controversy?
Blake Morgan looks at the brewing Mississippi State QB controversy between Tyler Russell and Dak Prescott. (For Whom the Cowbell Tolls)

Is he or isn't he?
Arkansas QB Brandon Allen is being listed as "questionable" for the Razorbacks' game against Texas A&M. Allen's shoulder was injured in the game against Southern Miss two weeks ago, and sat out during Arkansas' loss to Rutgers last weekend. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)



Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze reaches out to Clemson OC Chad Morris.



How did Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze prepare to face Alabama on Saturday? For one thing, Freeze looked at teams he thought were comparable to the Rebels, such as Oregon and TCU. He also took time to discuss things with Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, which he does frequently.

“Chad and I compare stuff quite a bit and talk a good bit with what they’re doing at Clemson,” Freeze said. “But it’s a little bit different this year because they have some bigger tight ends. We’re not that fortunate right now, but Lavon (Hooks) may allow us to get back into some more of that type of stuff.”

Sadly, Clemson has not beaten Alabama since 1905, when William Faulkner was only eight years old, and the US only had 46 states. Minor details like that probably didn't calculate in Freeze's reaching out to Morris, as the Tigers are 4-0 this season, and Morris is quickly staking out a claim for himself as one of the best OC's in the FBS. 

(via  The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Arizona State mocks USC "Fight On" hype video.

From the "it had to happen depeartment" comes news that somebody made a parody of that notorious USC "Trojans for Life" hype video.  Now who the devil would want to go and make a...oh, I get it.




Yes, Arizona State, who host the Trojans on Satudray,  is the guilty party in this parody, which garners bonus points for being about 2:50 minutes shorter than the original. It also features a furry taking out a glee club, which is always fun to watch.

Arizona St. is also planning a "Maroon Monsoon" for Saturday's game, which means The school is planning for a) Fans to wear maroon to the game, or b) One heck of a case of Iowa-class team Rhabdomyolysis. As Arizona State desires to win this game, I'll go with a).

(HT: @HouseOfSparky)
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Covering Dixie: Zach Mettenberger, Johnny Manziel, Jordan Jenkins, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. It's like Christmas, but with more...football. 



A Sort of Homecomming.
Mark Schlabach profiles LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger as he prepares to lead the Bayou Bengals agsinst his former team, Georgia, in Athens. (ESPN)
 
Shout It Out Loud. 
LSU's Tiger Stadium has been named the loudest college football stadium by NCAA.com. Texas A&M's Kyle Field came in third. (Al.com)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Maxwell Odgen declares Saturday's game between Arkansas and Texas A&M a "must win" for the Aggies to keep starting QB Johnny Manziel's quest for a second Heisman Trophy alive. (Bleacher Report)

Aggies vs. The Other White Meat.
Good Bull Hunting's "THE TAILGATE" previews Texas A&M vs. Arkansas. I almost listed this one under the "Insanity" heading.

Welcome to the Pleasuredome.
Good Bull Hunting takes a look at Texas A&M and Arkansas' deal to play their games against each other at  Cowboys AT&T Stadium in Arlington starting in 2014.

The Red Strokes. 
Georgia head football coach Mark Richt calls on fans to make Saturday's home game against LSU to be a "red out." What could possibly go wrong? (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Crossing Jordan.
Rachel G. Bowers profiles Georgia linebacker Jordan Jenkins. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Rebel Black Bears vs. Crimson Tide. 
Red Cup Rebellion previews Ole Miss vs. Alabama. 

Justin Time.
Will Shelton compares Tennessee starting QB Justin Worley to former Vols' QB. Hint: Worley's probably not as good as Peyton Manning. (Rocky Top Talk)

Injuries


Easley out for season.
Florida loses defensive tackle Dominique Easley for the rest of the season due to a knee injury. (ESPN)

Auburn injury report.
Auburn wide receiver Jaylon Denson will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury received in Saturday's loss to LSU. (ESPN)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Texas Tech head coach (and Ryan Gosling lookalike) Kliff Kingsbury profiled by E! News.

The mainstream entertainment media is begining to take notice of Texas Tech head football coach Kliff Kingsbury. Of course, it's not for the Red Raiders' 4-0 start under this season, or for the fact he was Johnny Manziel's quarterback coach last season at Texas A&M. It's for for the fact that Kingsbury looks like Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling. In fact, he may look more like Ryan Gosling than Ryan Gosling.

E! News recently interviewed Kingsbury about his resemblance to Gosling, and for his own personal style.



No mention of Kingsbury's coaching of Johnny Manziel last season. Not that it matters, but it would have been nice to show that there was more to Kingsbury than just good looks.

(HT @JoeSchad)

Covering Dixie: Tyler Murphy, Drake and Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger, and more.

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



Murphy's Law. 
Team Speed Kills looks at Tyler Murphy, Florida's new starting quarterback following Jeff Driskel's season-ending injury. (Team Speed Kills)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Drake talks about his friendship to Texas A&M starting QB Johnny Manziel. (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)

There could be only one.
Aaron Murray looks back at the 2010 competition for the Georgia starting QB job between himself and Zach Mettenberger. Mettenberger eventually was dismissed from the Georgia program following his arrest over an incident at a Remberton, Ga bar. Now starting QB for  LSU, Mettenberger returns to Athens to face UGA on Saturday. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

I've seen the future, and it will be. 
Mike Jones predicts Alabama will meet Ohio State in the BCS title game. He also predicts Georgia meeting Northwestern in the Capital One Bowl, among other SEC vs. Big Ten bowl game match-ups. (Off Tackle Empire)

A Visit from St. Nicholas The Great Pumpkin.
Former Tennessee head football coach Phil Fulmer paid a visit to the 2-2 Vols to give the team a pep talk following back-to-back losses to Oregon and Florida. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Insanity


Running Up That Hill.
Good Bull Hunting solidifies its position as the Black Heart Gold Pants of the SEC with its parody "The Running Manziel," with You-Know-Who as Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Paul Finebaum as Richard Dawson.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Big Tentacles: Braxton Miller, Kenny Guiton, and more.

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

Back in the Block.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has been cleared to play in this Saturday's game against Wisconsin. He missed the past two games due to a knee injury. (ESPN)

Quarterback controversy? What quarterback controversy?
With the return of Miller, Kyle Rowland looks at the "conundrum" created due to backup Kenny Guiton's on-the-field success filling in for the past two weeks. (Eleven Warriors)

Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting. 
ABC schedules Ohio State-Northwestern as its prime time game on Oct. 5.  (Sippin' on Purple)

Hanging Tough.
Marc Morehouse looks at how Minnesota has managed to go 4-0 despite adversities such as head football coach Jerry Kill suffering an epileptic seizure during a game against Northern Illinois, and significant on-field injuries to quarterback Philip Nelson and running back Donnell Kirkwood. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)


Monday, September 23, 2013

Covering Dixie: Phil Fulmer, Johnny Manziel, 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!
Former Tennessee head football coach Phil Fulmer denies knowledge of Houston Texans running back Arian Foster received money during his playing days in Knoxville. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Brandon Lee Gowton ponders id Texas A&M starting quarterback would work in Philadelphia Eagles' Head coach Chip Kelly's system. (Philly.com)

I have to praise you like I should.
Georgia wide receiver Reggie Davis named the SEC's freshman of the week. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

There are places I have known all my life, but some have changed.
A Texas A&M graduate laments on how traditions have changed on the Texas A&M campus. (Good Bull Hunting)

Injuries


Tennessee QB injured.
Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman will miss 4-6 weeks after receiving an injury to his right hand in the Vols' loss to Florida on Saturday. (ESPN)

Recruiting 


LSU recruiting.
Louisiana freshman linebacker Dylan Moses commits to LSU's 2017 recruiting class. (Al.com)

Insanity


Tonight, I celebrate my love for you. 
A look at Johnny Manziel's touchdown celebrations, with suggestions of new one he should either try on the field or avoid. (Good Bull Hunting)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Fallout:Jeff Driskel, Johnny Manziel, Michigan, and more.




Welcome to the Fallout - Week 4.
Driskel injured, out for year.
Florida starting quarterback Jeff Driskel will miss the rest of the season after breaking his right fibula during the Gators' win over Tennessee. (ESPN)

Back in the Saddle Again.
Alabama remains at no. 1 in the new AP poll. Oregon remains at no. 2.(ESPN)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel's 346 yds. and three touchdowns propelled the Aggies to a 42-13 win over SMU. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Pyrrhic victory of the week?
Anthony Mammel tries to make sense of Michigan's near-loss to UConn. (Maize n Brew)

Coming to your cit-ay. Gonna crush you soul to death with a country song. 
ESPN College GameDay will broadcast live from Athens, Ga. next Saturday when LSU faces Georgia at Sanford Stadium. In other news, Georgia is doomed next week. (College Spun)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Game Day Goulash - Fresno State, T.J. Yeldon, Georgia Tech, and more.

Game Day Goulash - Week four edition.

Bulldogs bust Broncos.
Fresno State beats Boise State 41-40. (Dr. Saturday)

First quarter-life crisis.
Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon will sit out the first quarter of Alabama's game against Colorado State. (Al.com)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Tom Van Riper speculates the recent trade of running back Trent Richardson from the Cleveland Browns to the Indianapolis Colts was to done to improve the Browns chances to draft Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel. (Forbes)

Rams vs. Tide
Andrew Gribble previews Colorado State vs. Alabama. Because somebody had to to is. (Al.com)

Bees vs. Heels.
Wesley Simms previews Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina. (From the Rumble Seat)

Shiny Happy Helmets.
Missouri will wear black chrome helmets as it takes on Indiana. (SB*Nation)

Friday, September 20, 2013

A.J. McCarron and Katherine Webb HAVE NOT broken up. Because Katherine Webb said so.



Those rumors you've been hearing all about Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron and the girlfriend  Katherine Webb breaking up today? Well, they're not true. Katherine Webb denied the story on Twitter.
 



Webb's publicist also denied the story, saying "A.J. and Katherine are totally fine," and that " "She is working a lot and A.J. is in the middle of the college football season."

The rumor first dropped on Radar Online, allegedly getting the word from Webb's mom. The site has since been updated with Webb's denial.

In other words, if you have a secret desire to see Webb dump for McCarron for Johnny Manziel, you're out of luck, at least for now.

(via FOX Sports, UPI)

Covering Dixie: Nick Saban, Mark Richt, and more.

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

The Ten Million Dollar Man?
Pat Forde explores whether attempts to lure Alabama head football coach Nick Saban to Texas could result in Saban becoming the "first $10 million coach" in college football. (Yahoo! Sports)

DON'T PANIC!
Crimson Tide Sports Radio color analyst Phil Savage tells a group of Alabama boosters that they shouldn't be concerned over the Tide offensive line's early season struggles. (Al.com)

 If you could only see the way they love me then maybe you would understand.
Savage also explained why NFL general managers aren't bought on Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron as being an NFL QB. (Al.com

Kellen Time.
Andrew Gribble profiles Alabama offensive lineman Kellen Williams. (Al.com)

Trap game? What trap game? 
Georgia HC Mark Richt isn't too concerned about North Texas finding a way to pull an upset against the Bulldogs. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Isn't it ironic, don't you think? (Or awkward, or something like that.)
Dave Singleton previews Arkansas vs. Rutgers. Or: How Bret Bielema left the Big Ten to coach Arkansas, only to wind up still having to deal with future B1G member Rutgers. (The Crystal Ball Run)

Smokey vs. Albert.
Chris Pendley previews Tennessee-Florida. (Rocky Top Talk)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Here's Nick Saban and Mack Brown playing Jenga and Hungry Hungry Hippos for ESPN College GameDay.

Back in 2010, Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Texas HC Mack Brown filmed a commercial for EPSN College GameDay. The two coaches has earlier in the year faced each other when Alabama beat Texas for its first BCS title under Saban.



This commercial is ironic as reports circulate that Saban was targeted to replace Brown at Texas as early as January.

(HT to Mr. SEC for reminding me about the ESPN College GameDay commercial)

Report: Nick Saban's agent approached by University of Texas regent about Saban replacing Mack Brown.

Nick Saban and Mack Brown in ESPN College GameDay promo. Via Mr. SEC.


The AP is reporting that one current and one former member of the University of Texas Board of Regents spoke in January to the agent of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban about the possibility of replacing Texas HC Mack Brown. This is said to have been place a few days after Saban led Alabama to a victory over Notre Dame in the BCS title game on Jan. 7.

The regents named by the AP are current Regent Wallace Hall and former regent Tom Hicks. They reportedly spoke with Saban's agent, Jimmy Sexton on the phone sometime after Jan 7.

Hicks also reportedly approached Brown about retiring a few days later.

AP reporter Jim Vertuno does not say whether the two regents acted on behalf of the University of Texas, or contacted Saban's agent on their own.

Brown has gotten on the Hot Seat recently after back-to-back losses to BYU and Ole Miss. He's also been criticized for the failure to recruit recent Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Johnny Manziel.

(via AP, HT @samanthavincent)

Michigan athletic department admits to paying for "Go Blue" skywritten above Michigan St. stadium.



The University of Michigan athletic department has confessed that it was responsible for the "Go Blue" skywriting that appeared above the stadium of in-state rival Michigan State before the Spartans' home game on Saturday. What Michigan is not admitting to, however, is actually targeting Spartan Stadium for a stunt that would be more expected to be from a Michigan alum with an large amount of money and a set of mixed priorities.

Michigan assistant athletic director Dave Ablauf says that skywriters were hired to "to canvas southeast Michigan with slogans and numbers prior to our game last Saturday," but that the department " didn’t target locations."

That's not what Suzanne Asbury-Oliver, co-owner of OregonAero SkyDancer told The Detroit Free Press. She claims the company was hired to write "Go Blue" over the Lansing, MI area.

 “Just Lansing — they didn’t say East Lansing,” she said. “I think that was mid-morning on Saturday. They wanted our last writing to be right before kickoff for their game, which was noon (in Ann Arbor). So I think we were 10 o’clock or something over there.”

She said the request didn’t specifically say “Spartan Stadium,” although skywriting typically can be seen for 20 miles.

“It’s just, ‘Here’s a list of what we want written’ and target times and target places,” Asbury-Oliver said today from an air show in Owensboro, Ky. “As I understand it, they were trying to get all the main arteries into their home game.”

The Michigan athletic department reportedly contacted their Michigan St. counterparts to say that Spartan Stadium wasn't targeted. The incident coincided with Michigan State's home game against Youngstown State, which the Spartans won 55-17.

Michigan plays Michigan St. at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing on Nov. 2.

(via The Detroit Free Press)




Big Tentacles: Bo Pelini, Kenny Guiton, Pat Fitzgerald, and more.

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



Stand By Your Man.
Nebraska chancellor Harvey Pearlman and athletic director Shawn Eichorst issue a statement supporting embattled Cornhusker head football coach Bo Pelini. (ESPN)

It Wasn't Me.
The anonymous "tipster" that provided Deadspin the audio of Bo Pelini's f-bomb blitz of Nebraska fans denies that he's former Nebraska AD and coaching legend Tom Osbourne. (Deadspin)

Bigger Than My Body.
Corn Nation reminds Cornhusker fans that Nebraska football is bigger than Bo Pelini, and that they shouldn't show their displeasure over the Pelini f-bomb blitz by boycotting games.

Meanwhile, back in reality...


Quarterback Controversy? What Quarterback Controversy?
Ohio State tries to find more uses for backup quarterback Kenny Guiton after a worthy performance last week against Cal as filling in for regular starting QB Braxton Miller.  (ESPN)

Trap game? What trap game?
Jeffrey Schell looks ahead to Northwestern's Oct. 5 showdown against Ohio St. in unshockingly unoriginal Star Wars "Evil Empire" compressions, while ignoring Maine, the Wildcats' opponent this weekend. Insert unshockingly unoriginal Admiral Ackbar warnings here. (Lake the Posts

Enter Sandman.
Steven Braid looks at Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald' focus on his players' sleeping habits, including his "instituting" of team naps. There's a Neil Gaiman joke around here somewhere, but I seem to have replaced it.  (The New York Times)

Broncos vs. Hawkeyes.
Adam Jacobi previews Western Michigan vs. Iowa. WMU lost to Northwestern 38-17 last week. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Third quarter-life crisis?
Tom Fornelli looks at Illinois' third quarter struggles. (The Champaign Room)

The Road I'm On.
Bill Connelly takes a road trip through the Big Ten. (SB*Nation)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez has turf toe injury.

Taylor Martinez. Image via The Independent.


Nebraska has some more trouble on its hands. If head coach Bo Pelini's now infamous rant against the fans wasn't bad enough, the Huskers may have lost the use of starting quarterback Taylor Martinez for next Saturday due to a case of turf toe.

According to Pellini, Martinez has been wearing a walking boot for the past two days, and missed practice entirely on Tuesday. His availability for next Saturday's game against South Dakota State is in question, though Pelini says that “If he's healthy, he'll play.

 If unavailable, the Huskers would have to turn to either senior QB Ron Kellogg III, or redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr.

(via AP/Yahoo! Sports, The Omaha World-Herald)

Covering Dixie: Cam Cameron and Zach Mettenberger, Johnny Manziel, Tennessee, and more.

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



The elephant in the room.
Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels has been cleared of involvement of covering up the alleged rape by four former members of the Commodores football team. (SB*Nation)

Building the Perfect Beast? 
Matt Hayes looks at how first-year LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has helped in the development of LSU starting QB Zach Mettenberger. (The Sporting News)

All apologies.
LSU apologizes for the school's Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity's banner mocking the Kent State shootings in 2970. The Tigers beat the visiting Kent State Golden Flashes last Saturday. The (Dr. Saturday)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Computer predictions are already being made of what Texas A&M starting QB Johnny Manziel's rookie season in the NFL might look like. (USA Today)
A Sort of Homecomming.
Former Alabama walk-on receiver Rob Ezell will be returning to Tuscaloosa as a Colorado State graduate assistant this Saturday when the Rams face the Crimson Tide. (Al.com)

A Study in Scarlet.
Arkansas Fight previews Arkansas road game against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.

Baby better come back later next week. 'Cause you see I'm on a losing streak.
Tennessee looks to end its eight-game losing streak to Florida as the Vols play the Gators in The Swamp this Saturday. (The Gainesville Sun)

Moscow on the Hutson.
Marc Weiszer profiles Georgia backup QB Hutson Mason. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

 

Recruiting


Double your pleasure, double your fun.
Missouri recruiting gets a big boost as Georgia high school senior wide receiver Nate Brown and Georgia HS senior safety Thomas Wilson commit to the Mizzou 2014 recruiting class. (Rock M Nation)




USC hype video being declared the "worst hype video ever. "

USC has unleashed a hype video that is already being declared "the worst hype song and video ever." Considering that this exists, and this, and this, that's saying a lot.


It's amazing that all the work that Eminem and Macklemore have done to make white rap look legitimate can be destroyed by a college goober.

USC on a technicality, however, since the now-infamous "Party in the UGA" was an orientation video and not a hype video.

(via SB*Nation)

Jadeveon Clowney is listed as day to day due to foot injury.



A lingering foot injury is hampering South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney this season. So much so that South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward says Clowney is being listed as day to day because of bone spurs in his right foot.

The bone spur issue is one that Clowney has had since high school, but has severely limited his performance this season. Clowney has said he will need surgery to remove the bone spurs when the season is over.

Ward says Clowney will be wearing a walking boot when he's unable to practice.

Clowney was expected to be the overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft next year, but that could be in jeopardy due to both the injury and the surgery needed to repair it.

(via ESPN)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Black jersey on Alabama online store website IS NOT for a "blackout" game this season.

A sports editor for the Alabama student newspaper The Crimson White says rumors of a possible "blackout" game  this season complete with the football team wearing black jerseys are not true.

 https://twitter.com/marctorrence/statuses/380028812777783296?tw_i=380028812777783296&tw_e=details&tw_p=twt

The rumor generated after the appearance of a black Crimson Tide football jersey on the schools official online store website, which is selling a black jersey with black letters saying it was "in the same styling as the gear your favorite players will wear on the field in the 2013 Blackout Game."

Well it was fun while it lasted. Even if no one really believed it. 

(via Bleacher Report)

Vanderbilt dismisses WR Chris Boyd after guilty plea related to ongoing rape case.

Vanderbilt has dismissed wide receiver Chris Boyd from the Commodores football and athletic programs. Boyd recently plead guilty to reduced charges that he tried to cover up the alleged rape of a women by four former Vanderbilt football players.

Beth Fortune, Vanderbilt's Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs released the following statement about Boyd's dismissal.

"Vanderbilt's athletic administration, in conjunction with its head football coach, today dismissed Chris Boyd from the university's football team and athletic program. The action came after an ongoing review that included information disclosed during a hearing Sept. 13 in Davidson County Criminal Court. 

 The review concluded that Mr. Boyd's admitted actions are clearly inconsistent with the high standards of behavior expected of our student-athletes."

 Boyd plead guilty on reduced charges of "misdemeanor charged of accessory after the fact" on Sept. 13, and received a sentence probation for  11 months and 29 days. Four other Vanderbilt players are still awaiting trial on charges of rape. 

(via College Spun, SB*Nation)

An Alabama "blackout" game scheduled for 2013, complete with black jerseys? (UPDATED: Bama says no)

Uncle Phil's Misguided Children



Is Alabama planning a "blackout" game this season? That's what the Fanatics-hosted official Alabama team store  is claiming. It's evidence is a Nike-designed black Alabama jersey currently available online.

The jersey's description goes even further to claim there will be a "blackout" game this season.

 "The Crimson Tide are built for hard-hitting, fast-paced gridiron action, and we know that's exactly why you love them. Promote your Alabama gear to a level that'll proudly flaunt your team's skills and your own team dedication with this special Blackout Nike Limited jersey. Designed in the same styling as the gear your favorite players will wear on the field in the 2013 Blackout Game, it features strategic mesh ventilation, embroidered graphics and a tackle twill player number. Congratulations, you just upped your status to Ultimate Alabama Fan!" 

Somewhere, Georgia fans are feeling ambivalent at this news. 

If the story is true, and Uncle Phil's Misguided Children have finally gotten to Alabama, expect the Crimson Tide faithful's heads to explode, and to express their rage to Paul Finebaum while it happens.

Still, it might be a good thing to maintain a "the voices in your head don't count as reliable sources" attitude towards this until the school makes an official announcement of a "blackout" game. Even then, don't believe it until you see A.J. McCarron running out to the field in a black jersey.

UPDATED: A sports editor for the Alabama school paper The Crimson White says this isn't a jersey for a "blackout" game.

(via College Spun)

Big Tentacles: Bo Pelini, bowl predictions, Northwestern, and more.

Big Tentacles - What Big Ten and Nebraska fans would like to cover Bo Pelini's mouth with right now. 



Everybody's talkin' at me.
Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini's profanity-laden rant about Nebraska fans has given the media around the country a lot to talk about. (Big Ten Network)

Self-righteous media rant of the day.
Lee Barfknecht tries to explain to Pelini why chewing out Cornhusker fans isn't in his best interest. (The Omaha World-Herald)


Meanwhile, back in reality...


I've seen the future, and it will be.
Mike Jones predicts a Ohio State vs. Alabama BCS title game, with Michigan taking on Oregon in the Rose Bowl, just like he did last week. Jones sees Northwestern vs. Georgia for the Capital One Bowl, and Wisconsin vs. Florida in the Outback Bowl. (Off Tackle Empire)

I've seen the future, and it works.
Kevin Bunkley previews Michigan at UConn. Because Wolverine fans want to look ahead instead of brooding on the Akron game, right? (Maize N Brew)

Coming to your cit-ay. Gonna beat you to...oh wait! Wrong program!
ESPN's Mike & Mike in the Morning will air from the Northwestern campus on Oct. 4, the day before the Wildcats host Ohio St. at Ryan Field. (Lake the Posts)

Eye on the Tiger.
The Crimson Quarry previews Missouri vs. Indiana in an SEC vs. Big Ten matchup that neither conference would probably like to admit isn't really happening. 

 

Injuries


Purdue injury report.
Purdue tight end Gabe Holmes will miss the rest of the season because of dislocated wrist. (Hammer and Rails)



Nebraska columnist responds to Bo Pelini's comments about him in now-infamous rant.



Omaha World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel was one of the targets of Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini's now-infamous napalm-all-the-bridges profanity-laden rant from 2011 that has gone viral. Naturally, Shatel has responded to Pelini in his latest column.

"I heard the audio. I read the comments. No apology is necessary. I've been cursed at by better coaches than Pelini. Worse coaches, too."

Translation: You're nothing special, Bo.

"Over the years, I've found Bo good to work with one-on-one. Never dull. He's yelled at me over the phone and 10 minutes later was baring his soul to me."

Are so saying Pelini's bipolar there, Tom? And here we all were thinking that Pelini only had two settings of "rage" and "even more rage."

"We've had a good working relationship. I assume we still will."

Translation: I have doubts that you're going to be around for much longer, Bo. Nice to know you.

"What I don't get is all the unnecessary drama.

Isn't the job tough enough without calling out former legends and the most loyal fans in college football?"

Obligatory shout out to the fans so as to hide the fact this it all about you and me bro...I mean Bo.

It looks like it's going to be a very interesting rest of the season in Lincoln, for all the wrong reasons. 

(via The Omaha World-Herald)

Covering DIxie: Johnny Manziel, A.J. McCarron, Tennseess, and more.

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

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Patrick Rishe explains how Texas A&M starting quarterback "won more than he lost" in the Aggies loss to Alabama by showing that he does have the potential to be a QB in the NFL. (Forbes)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Good Bull Hunting looks at whether Texas A&M can salvage its hopes for a BCS title following the Aggies' loss to Alabama. Don't hold your breath, Aggieland.

I have to praise you like I should.
Alabama starting QB A.J. McCarron named Senior Bowl college senior of the week. (Al.com)

Up for grabs.
Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones says that the starting QB job for this Saturday's road game against Florida is open to "Whatever quarterback has the best week of practice." (ESPN)

The Marshall Morgan LP.
Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan will return to the field after missing the first two games of the season due to a boating under the influence arrest. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Insanity


(Other People's) Pain Makes You Beautiful.
Roll 'Bama Roll revels in Texas, Nebraska, and Wisconsin's schadenfreude.

Who Are You?
As LSU prepares to face Auburn, And the Valley Shook mocks the former Alabama Polytechnic Institute's lack of tradition, individual identity, and originality.

Bo Pelini immortalized in Taiwanese animation.

A controversy isn't a true controversy these days unless there's a bit of Taiwanese animation made about it. So the drama surrounding Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini is now officially a controversy, as NMA has released an animated clip of Pelini and his cloud of schadenfreude.



(via College Spun)


Colorado RB Terrence Crowder arrested, accused of assaulting girlfriend.

Terrence Crowder's mugshot. Via The Daily Camera.


Colorado redshirt freshman running back Terrence Crowder was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of domestic violence against his girlfriend.

According to police reports, Crowder was upset after after his girlfriend read text messages on his cell phone, including one from an ex-girlfriend of Crowder. After he left the apartment, she followed him out to return gifts Crowder had given to her. That's when things got out of hand.

The Daily Camera reported what happened next.


The woman told police that a group of men had passed by previously and whistled at her, which made her uncomfortable. She asked Crowder if she could continue walking with him because she did not feel safe. 

Crowder told her no and crossed the street to create distance between them, according to the report. The woman said Crowder then began throwing small rocks and other flood debris at her. Then Crowder rubbed mud in her hair and pulled her hair, she told police. 

The woman began running toward Williams Village at 30th Street and Baseline Road. Crowder followed and kicked her legs, trying to trip her, according to the report. The woman got away and saw a CU police officer nearby.

Crowder has been charged with third-degree assault and harassment charges along with domestic assault.

(via The Daily Camera. HT: Deadspin)

Bo Pelini issues apology for profanity-laced rant about Nebraska fans. Nebraska chancellor, AD, respond.



Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini has issued an apology for profanity-laced comments made about Cornhusker fans in a piece of audio released by Deadspin on Monday. 

"I want to sincerely apologize for my comments from two years ago which became public today," Pelini said in a statement released by the school Monday night. "I take full responsibility for these comments. They were spoken in a private room following the Ohio State game. I was venting following a series of emotional events which led to this moment. That being said, these comments are in no way indicative of my true feelings. I love it here in Nebraska and feel fortunate to be associated with such a great University and fan base. I again apologize to anyone whom I have offended."

University of Nebraska chancellor Harvey Pearlman released a statement about Pelini's comments, saying "I am aware of the publication of Coach Pelini's comments, I am disappointed and in discussions with Shawn Eichorst about addressing the issue.

Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst also released the following statement.

“I am disheartened and disappointed by the 2011 comments published today attributed to Coach Pelini about our dedicated and passionate fans and supporters. I have spoken with Chancellor Perlman and I have addressed the situation with Bo and expressed our deep concern."

It's going to be an interesting week leading up to Nebraska's home game against South Dakota State on Saturday.

(via ESPN)


Monday, September 16, 2013

Audio tape features Bo Pelili cussing out Nebraska fans.

Bo Pelini photo via USA Today.


Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini is on the hot seat after a bad loss to UCLA on Saturday. It's might just get a whole lot hotter as Deadspin has posted an audio clip of Pelini dropping F-bombs like he was singing CeeLo Green's "F*** You" on karaoke night.

Deadspin's Don Costello describes the audiotape the audio clip comes from as being recorded after Nebraska's  Oct. 8, 2011 victory over Ohio State (or so the unshockingly anonymous provider of the clip claims). Pelini was preparing for a postgame interview with the Husker Sports Network's Greg Sharpe. He most probably didn't know he was being recorded as he proceeded to go off on an unnamed Omaha World-Herald employee, World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel, and then on fans who left the game early at halftime before the Huskers came back to beat the Buckeyes.

Just a sampling of what Pelini said about the fans. 

"...Our crowd. What a bunch of f**king fair-weather f**king—they can all kiss my a** out the f**king door. 'Cause the day is fucking coming now. We'll see what they can do when I'm f**king gone. I'm so **king p***ed off."

That day could be coming sooner than Pelini thinks. 

(via Deadspin)

T.J. Yeldon apoligizes for "money" gesture mocking Texas A&M on sunday.



Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon has issued a written apology for his combination of mocking Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel's infamous "money" gesture with a classic throat slash during The Crimson Tide's win over Texas A&M on Saturday.


"I want to apologize to everyone for my selfish actions on Saturday," Yeldon said in the release. "That is not the way I want to represent myself, my family and our team.

"That is not the way we do things at Alabama. This is something that I will learn from, and I will use better judgment in the future."
Yeldon's actions on Saturday resulted in an unsportsmanlike penalty. 

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban expressed his displeasure with Yeldon's actions, which he described as being "not us" and "not our program."

(via ESPN)

The Ruins: Mack Brown on the hot seat, Oklahoma St., Blake Bell, and ...Death Cab for Cutie?

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



It's gettin' hot in here.
Texas head football coach Mack Brown jumps to the top of the Coaches Hot Seat rankings following last Saturday's Longhorn loss to Ole Miss. Don't laugh, Charlie Weis - you're in second place.

Crawling from the Wreckage.
Barking Carnival looks at what it will take for Texas to go forward during a change of both head coach and athletic director that may or may not happen after the Longhorns' disastrous start of the 2013 season. 

What Took You So Long?
Jordan Esco tries to figure out why it took so long for Oklahoma to name Blake Bell starting quarterback. (Crimson and Cream Machine)

Come on to the Future.
With Oklahoma having a bye week this weekend, Jason Kersey takes a look ahead to what the Sooners face for the rest of the season. Up next on Sept. 28, a big game against Notre Dame. (The Oklahoman)

The Right Profile. 
Viva the Matadors looks at the attention being given to first-year Texas Tech HC Kliff Kingsbury is getting for his looks. 

Much Ado About Nothing?
Will Leitch comments on both Sports Illustrated's undrwhelming "exposé" on Oklahoma State,the bombastic backlash against it. (Sports on Earth)

My Heart Will Go On. 
The athletic directors of Iowa and Iowa State both agree that the Cy-Hawk Series rivalry between the two schools will continue beyond the point where the current contract between the schools is scheduled to end in 2017. Iowa beat Iowa St. on Saturday 27-21. (The Des Moines Register)

You Dropped a Pass on Me. 
Matt Tait looks at the problem Kansas is having with dropped passes. Did I mention that Kansas HC Charlie Weis was on the Hot Seat? I believe I did. (The Lawrence Journal-World)

A Rose is Still a Rose.
Kellis Robinett profiles Kansas State running back Robert Rose. (The Wichita Eagle)

The lay of the landscape.
Robert Whetsell looks at the Big 12 three weeks into the season. (Cowboys Ride for Free)

Insanity


I Will Follow You Into the Dark. 
You know things are bad at Texas when the team is being explained via Death Cab for Cutie songs. (Burnt Orange Nation)

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
Wide Right & Natty Lite tries to stay positive after Iowa State's loss to Iowa. Two words: Basketball season. Thank your lucky stars for Fred Hoiberg, Cyclone fans.

Connor Shaw disses Gamecock fans who left Vanderbilt-South Carolina game early.

South Carolina starting quarterback Connor Shaw wasn't quite amused with Gamecock fans who left Saturday's game against Vanderbilt early. In a press conference, Shaw criticized the early departures of the Gamecocks win over the Commodores, saying “I don’t think there’s any excuse for our stands to be emptying out. I was kind of disappointed in that.”

Here's video of his comments. 



South Carolina fans should be more appreciative of Shaw, a senior who unlike the disgraced former Gamecock QB Stephen Garcia, has his head on straight.

(via Saturday Down South)

T. Boone Pickens pwned Darren Rovell on Twitter this morning. (UPDATED)

ESPN sports business analyst Darren Rovell has been spending his Monday morning navel-gazing Tweeting about the millionaires and billionaires on the Forbes 400 list of the richest people in America who have connections to the sports world.Among his "valuable" insights is this one about Oklahoma State's most notable booster, T. Boone Pickens.




Rovell probably didn't expect Pickens to reply back to him with a retweet on his own.




While Pickens may have other things on his mind, like running his oil business or that Sports Illustrated farce series on alleged improprieties surrounding his beloved Oklahoma State football team, it's nice to see him take time out to completely pwn the terminally pretentious Rovell. 

UPDATE: Rovell's response to being pwned by Pickens.