Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bowl Game Day Goulash: Johnny Manziel, Mark Dantonio, Mike Bobo, and (surprise!) bowl games.

Bowl Game Day Goulash - New Year's Eve edition.

Ole Miss Freeze the Bees.
Ole Miss defeats Georgia Tech 25-17 in the Music City Bowl. (AP/ESPN)

Ducks Amuck.
Oregon trounces Texas 30-7 in Mack Browns final game as the head coach of the Longhorns. (AP/ESPN)

Red Raiders Beat the (Sun) Devils.
Texas Tech defeats Arizona State 37-23 in part to Red Raider starting quarterback Davis Webb's 4 touchdowns. Insert Mack Brown failing to recruit Webb for Texas joke here. (AP/ESPN)

Navy rings Middle Tennessee State's Bell.
Navy trounces Middle Tennessee State 24-6 in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. (AP/ESPN)

There's Always the Sun Bowl.
Nick Bromberg previews the Sun Bowl meeting between UCLA and Virginia Tech. (Dr. Saturday)

Texas coaching search update. 
Texas athletic director Steve Patterson says he is hoping to hire a new head coach for the Longhorns by January 15. (ESPN)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Dan Wolken looks at what may be Texas A&M starting QB Johnny Manziel's final college game leading the Aggies against Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. (USA Today)

Bobo-a-go-go?
Mark Weiszer discusses speculation that Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo may be a candidate for the head coaching job at Georgia Southern. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Eight Arms to Hold You. 
The SEC will make it eight SEC titles in a row with Auburn beating Florida State. Because Jon Solomon said so. (AL.com)

The high cost of winning.
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis has already been in discussions with Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio regarding pay increases for Dantonio and his coaching staff. (The Detroit Free Press)

Insanity


Eat Mor Dookie.
Good Bull Hunting previews the Chick-fil-A Bowl showdown between Texas A&M and Duke from an Aggie point of view. You can guess why it's listed here.

ESPN does the inevitable and hires Tim Tebow.

Of course I'm gonna use an image with Skip Bayless and Tim Tebow.

Bowl season is finally getting kicked into high gear, but ESPN has still found a way to make Tim Tebow the top story in college football. The WWL has hired the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner as an analyst for the SEC Network. His first appearance on the job will be during ESPN's pregame coverage of the BCS title game on Jan. 6, 2014.

The new job apparently isn't stopping His Tebowness from still looking to somehow make it back to the NFL, though.

"I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity," Tebow said in a statement. "When I was 6 years old, I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC."
Ah, Timmy. Holding on to his dream while achieving his destiny. 

Tebow will be part of the SEC Network's SEC Nation program, which will be the new network's on-location pregame show. He will also presumably be making appearances on ESPN whenever and wherever the WWL can get away with it.

(via ESPN)

Penn State eying Vanderbilt's James Franklin as potential replacement for Bill O'Brien?




Bill O'Brien hasn't officially bolted Penn State for the Houston Texans just yet. That apparently isn't stopping the school from shopping for his replacement as the Nittany Lions' head coach. The Harrisburg Patriot-News' David Jones is reporting that the school is already looking at Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin as the top candidate to be O'Brien's successor if O'Brien does decide to leave Happy Valley for the Texans.

Franklin has led Vanderbilt to bowl game appearances in each of his first two seasons as the school's head coach, and is preparing for the Commodores' match-up against the University of Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Saturday. 

The University of Texas is also reportedly interested in Franklin to be the successor to the recently departed Mack Brown. This possibly could lead to a three-way bidding war for Franklin's services between Texas, Penn St., and an probably outgunned Vanderbilt.

(via The Harrisburg Patriot-News. HT Dr. Saturday.)

Monday, December 30, 2013

Bowl Game Day Goulash: Johnny Manziel, Mack Brown, bowl games, and more.

Bowl Game Day Goulash - Kicking it into high gear edition. 

The party don't start 'til I we walk in.
The SEC begins its bowl season as Ole Miss gets ready to face Georgia Tech in the Music City Bowl. (SB*Nation)

What can Brown do for you?
Mack Brown gets set for his final game as Texas head coach as the Longhorns get set to face Oregon in the Alamo Bowl. (SB*Nation)

She done it with a doctor on a helicopter.
Middle Tennessee State and Navy get ready to face off in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. (SB*Nation)

If we took a Holiday...
Texas Tech and Arizona State get set to meet in the Holiday Bowl. (Dr. Saturday)

Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?
Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel says he hasn't made a decision yet as to whether or not to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. (Dr. Saturday)

Run for the Roses.
Adam Rittenberg profiles Michigan State starting QB Connor Cook as he prepares to lead the Spartans against Stanford in the Rose Bowl. (ESPN)

Run for the Roses, Part Deux.
Ted Miller profiles Stanford starting QB Kevin Hogan, as he gets ready for the Rose Bowl. (ESPN)

Sick as a Dawg?
Several Georgia players get hit with a stomach virus while getting ready for the Gator Bowl matchup with Nebraska. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Fallout: Brady Hoke, Bill O'Brien, Hutson Mason, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Bowl games edition.

U Who?
Louisville crushes future fellow ACC member Miami 36-9 in the Russell Athletic Bowl. The game was quite possibly the final college appearance of Louisville starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. (AP/ESPN)

Purple Reign.
Kansas State earns its first bowl game victory since the 2002 by destroying Michigan 31-14. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany may be wondering whether he picked the right Big 12 school to plunder when he brought Nebraska into the B1G. (AP/ESPN)

Is it getting hot in here, or is it just me?
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke on the Hot Seat? Maybe. (FOX Sports)

In other bad news for Jim Delany...
Notre Dame defeats future Big Ten member Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl 29-16. (AP/ESPN)

Ring My Belk. 
North Carolina defeats Cincinnati 39-17 in the Belk Bowl. (AP/ESPN)

Gone Daddy Gone?
Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien is reportedly in negotiations with the Houston Texans to become the NFL team's next head coach. (ESPN)

I'll Stick Around. 
Georgia linebacker Ramik Wilson says he is returning to school next year for his senior season. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Hutson Hawk.
Sam McKewon profiles Georgia QB Hutson Mason who is starting in his first bowl game against Nebraska in the Gator Bowl. (The Omaha World-Herald)


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Bowl Game Day Goulash: Jadeveon Clowney, A.J. McCarron, Johnny Manziel, and more.

Bowl Game Day Goulash - Bowls, bowls, bowls. 

Orange crushes Gophers.
Syracuse defeats Minnesota 21-17 thanks to a late touchdown in the Texas Bowl. (AP/ESPN)

Hungry Like the Husky.
Washington defeats BYU 31-16 in the Fight Hunger Bowl. (AP/ESPN)

Marshall Law.
Marshall defeats Maryland 31-20 in the Military Bowl. The Big Ten is probably really happy about the Terrapins joining the conference next season after this one. (AP/ESPN)

I (Still) Can't Drive 55.
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney got a second speeding ticket in less than a month. (ESPN)

I'm free to do what I want any old time.
Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron defends his declaration that he's rooting for Auburn in the BCS title game, saying that "I'm my own person." It probably has nothing to do with his girlfriend, Katherine Webb, being an Auburn grad, right? (AL.com)

Moss out for Gator Bowl.
Nebraska defensive end Avery Moss will miss the Gator Bowl due to what's referred to the school as a "personal issue." (ESPN)

Broadway Johnny?
Jerome Solomon compares Texas A&M starting QB Johnny Manziel to Joe Namath. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? (The Houston Chronicle)
 


Friday, December 27, 2013

Johnny Manziel meets a Chick-fil-A Cow.

Johnny Football and a new friend. Photo via Good Bull Hunting.


Here's the moment we've all been waiting for: Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel meeting up with one of the Chick-fil-A Cows. This happened at a Chick-fil-A Bowl event at a Dave and Busters in the metro Atlanta area. That's Manziel obviously trying to keep a low profile with his hood over his head.

Looking at this photo brings all sorts of melancholy out, since it's a)Another reminder that the CFA Bowl will probably be the last football game in Manziel's college career, and b) This is the closest JFF is ever going to get to playing the Texas Longhorns.

(via Good Bull Hunting)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Bowl Game Day Goulash: Mack Brown, Jordan Lynch, Connor Shaw, and (shock!) bowl games.

Bowl Game Day Goulash - Back to the bowl game grind edition.

After taking a day off for both Christmas and NBA domination, college football bowl season resumes with two bowl games this evening. Hey, what else to you have to do the day after Christmas?

 

Bowl Games


Pizza Pizza.
Graham Watson previews tonight's Little Caesars Bowl featuring Pitt vs. Bowling Green. (Dr. Saturday)
 


Crossing Jordan. 
Watson previews the Poinsettia Bowl matchup between Northern Illinois and Utah State. It will be the final college game for NIU senior quarterback Jordan Lynch. (Dr. Saturday)

Give Me Liberty.
Alan Ferguson previews the Dec. 31 Liberty Bowl matchup between Mississippi State. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Ducks vs. Lame Duck.
Christian Corona previews the Dec. 30 Alamo Bowl confrontation between Oregon and Texas. It will be the final game for Longhorn head coach Mack Brown. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

In other news....


Did He Jump or Was He Pushed?
Pat Forde reports that Mack Brown was forced out of the head coaching job at Texas by University of Texas president Bill Powers. (Yahoo! Sports)

Extended stay.
Georgia gets a longer look at Jacksonville than it usually does for the annual Georgia-Florida game as part of the week leading up to the Gator Bowl confrontation with Nebraska. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Is Connor Shaw elite?
Barrett Sallee makes the case for South Carolina starting QB Connor Shaw being an elite QB. (Bleacher Report)

He's just not that into you.
Florida tight end Kent Taylor is transferring to Kansas. (ESPN)

Michigan State suspends linebacker Max Bullough for the Rose Bowl.

Max Bullough. Photo via The Detroit Free Press.


Michigan State's chances for a victory in the Rose Bowl may have taken a big hit. Senior linebacker Max Bullough was suspended by the team early on Thursday morning for the ever-vague violation of team rules. Bullough had 76 tackles during the 2013 season, 9.5 of which led to loss of yardage.

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement that  “it is extremely disappointing for all parties involved, ”and that “Max will forever remain a Spartan and a valued member in this team’s achievements.”

Bullough is a third-generation Spartan. His father and grandfather both played for Michigan State. Bullough's younger brother Riley is also a member of the current Mich. St team.

(via AP/ESPN, The Detroit Free Press)


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Fallout: Christmas Day edition.

Welcome to the Fallout - Christmas Day edition.

Merry Christmas, y'all!

Beavers bust Broncos.
Oregon State defeats Boise State 38-23 in the Hawaii Bowl. (AP/ESPN)

Monken Business. 
Army names Jeff Monken as its new head coach. Monken has been head coach of Georgia State for the past four years. (AP/ESPN)

Roper the Wind.
Florida have reportedly picked Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper to be the new OC of the Gators. (ESPN)

Inside Man.
Ethan Burch profiles Georgia inside linebacker Ramik Wilson. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Fallout: Gus Malzahn, Devin Gardner, bowl games, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Christmas Eve edition.

Merry Christmas, y'all!

Bowl Games


Here's a story about a bowl named Beef O'Brady's.
East Carolina tops Ohio 37-20 in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl. (AP/ESPN)

Broncos vs, Beavers.
Sam Cooper previews tonight's Hawaii Bowl matchup between Boise State and Oregon State. Well, somebody had to do it? (Dr. Saturday)

In other news...


More honors for Malzahn.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn named AP Coach of the Year. (AP/ESPN)

There's a It's a Wonderful Life joke around here somewhere...
USC safety Dion Bailey will forgo his senior season to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. (ESPN)

 

Injuries


Gardner questionable for bowl game.
Michigan starting quarterback Devin Gardner may miss the Wolverines' Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl meeting with Kansas State on Saturday due to a turf toe injury. (ESPN)

Insanity


Oh Atlanta. 
Good Bull Hunting has a guide to Atlanta for Texas A&M fans heading to the Chick-fil-A Bowl. I apologize beforehand for the Peach Drop

Fa-fa-fa-fa-fashion.
AL.com looks at the year in Alabama fan fashion. Warning: You'll want to shoot pf your eyes out with the Red Rider BB Gun you want for Christmas.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Gerogia suspends safety Josh Harvey-Clemons and CB Sheldon Dawson for Gator Bowl.

Josh Harvey-Clemons. Photo via The Athens Banner-Herald.


Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons has a rather dubious achievement for this season: He been suspended for both the Dawgs' season opener and its bowl game. Harvey-Clemens and cornerback Sheldon Dawson were both suspended for in the Gator Bowl by Georgia on Monday The ever-vague "violation of team regulations"was given as the reason for the suspensions.

Harvey-Clemens was suspended at the start of the year for violating the University of Georgia's drug policy.

(via The Athens Banner-Herald)

Erik Ainge blasts Kenny Chesney for wearing Alabama baseball cap in photo with Nick Saban.



Former Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge has a bone to pick with alleged Volunteers fan Kenny Chesney. The country singer with a tendency for both jock sniffing and bandwagoning was recently photographed with Alabama head coach Nick Saban wearing an Alabama baseball cap.

For Ainge, seeing Chesney meeting Saban and wearing the hat of the Vols' supposedly most hated rival was just a bit too much. He decided to share his disdain for Chesney's supposed act of treason on Twitter.



It looks like Chesney did everything there except wear a  "Hail Saban" t-shirt in that photo.

(via Twitter. HT @CoolHand_Lucas)

Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick denies accusations of public urination in Hawaii.

Joe Southwick, Photo via Idaho Statesman.


Boise State senior quarterback Joe Southwick is denying allegations that he urinated off a hotel balcony in Hawaii. The allegations led to Southwick being suspended fby the school or the Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl, and sent back home to Boise.

"I actually reached out multiple times to certain people in the Boise State administration, saying 'Hey, I'm [at the airport] 'til 9, please launch an investigation into this, let's get to the bottom of it,' to no avail."

Southwick has reportedly taken a lie detector test, which he claims he passed. That probably won't help get him unsuspended in time to play on Tuesday. The Broncos are facing Oregon State in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve.

(via ESPN, SB Nation)

Texas A&M suspends linebacker Darian Claiborne following arrest on drug possession charges.





From the "Things you don't want to hear the week before your bowl game" dept. comes word that Texas A&M freshman linebacker Darian Claiborne has been arrested for drug possession. Claiborne faces charges of "charges of possession of a dangerous drug and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana" following his arrest on Sunday. He was released from the Brazos County Jail after posting a $6,000 bond.

Texas A&M has suspended Claiborne, who will miss the Aggies' Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl appearance in Atlanta against Duke. He was tied for the Aggies' team lead in tackles this season.

(via AP/ESPN)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Fallout: Jadeveon Clowney, Mark Dantonio, bowl games, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Sunday edition.

Bowl Games


Ram Tough. 
Colorado State accomplishes a last-minute come-from-behind 48-45 win over Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl.  (AP/ESPN)

Coaches Behaving Badly.
Colorado St. defensive line Greg Lupfer coach allegedly called Washington State allegedly shouted an anti-gay slur at Washington St. starting quarterback Connor Halliday. Insert Phil Robertson joke here.  (Deadspin)

Viva Las Vegas.
USC pounds Fresno State 45-20 in the Las Vegas Bowl. (AP/ESPN)

Walking to New Orleans.
Louisiana-Lafayette defeats Tulane 24-21 in the New Orleans Bowl. (AP/ESPN)

One potato, two potato.
San Diego State defeats Buffalo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. (AP/ESPN)

Pirates vs. Bobcats.
Kevin Causey previews the Beef O'Brady's Bowl matchup between East Carolina and Ohio. Wait, there are still Beef O'Brady's around? (The Crystal Ball Run)

Beavers vs. Broncos.
Causey also previews the Christmas Eve Hawaii Bowl matchup between Oregon State and Boise State. (The Crystal Ball Run)


In other news...


Where Did It All Go Wrong?
Barrett Sallee explored why South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney's 2013 season was such a disappointment.  (Bleacher Report)

Michigan State of Mind.
Joe Rexrode profiles Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio. (The Detroit Free Press)

No good game goes unfined. 
Auburn is fined $5000 by the SEC for violating conference rules regarding letting unauthorized persons on the field for the fan rush following the Tigers' upset win over Alabama in the Iron Bowl. (AL.com)

No chicken sandwich for you.
Duke running back Jela Duncan has been suspended for both the Chick-fil-A Bowl and the 2014 college football season for academic reasons. Duncan was the Blue Devils' leading rusher this season. (The Durham Herald-Sun)

Please Come To Boston.
Notre Dame will and Boston College will play at Fenway Park in Boston in 2014. (ESPN)

I Secondary That Emotion.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt admits the Bulldogs' secondary needs some improvement. (The Athens Banner-Herald)




Saturday, December 21, 2013

Texas A&M groom's cake memorializes Aggie Bonfire and now-ended rivalry with Texas Longhorns.



Have Texas A&M fans put the put-on-indefinite-hold rivalry between the Aggies and the Texas Longhorns yet? Don't even think of it! This groom's cake honors the rivalry in two ways. First it's in the shape of the legendary Aggie Bonfire that used to be held on the TAMU campus the night before the annual Texas-Texas A&M rivalry game. The tradition was ended following the deaths of 12 people during the Bonfire's construction in 1999. A smaller, "Student Bonfire" unsanctioned by the school, has been held since 2002.

The cake also features Texas mascot Bevo being roasted at the top of The Bonfire, something that (as far as I know) has never happened in real life. (The reviled 'Ol Sarge/Nightmare Aggie costume was rumored to have been thrown into The Bonfire at one point in the 1980's, but that's another story).

Having "Barbie Yell" cheering on nearby is an interesting (as in it manages to be charming and disturbing at the same time), is also a nice touch.

(via College Spun)


Ohio St. right tackle Taylor Decker cuts his hair for charity,

Ohio State right tackle Taylor Decker is a boy with a new haircut, and it's a pretty nice haircut.


There's no word as to what charity Decker cut his hair for. The best guess it that it's for something like Locks of Love, a charity which according to its website " provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis."

(via Eleven Warriors)

Friday, December 20, 2013

A.J. McCarron got fat on the awards season circuit.





There's more of A.J. McCarron  for Katherine Webb to love. The Alabama starting quarterback told reporters that he gained a few pounds while on making the rounds on the college football awards  season.

"I gained too much weight,"McCarron meeting with the press on Thursday. ""I gained too much weight."

McCarron said he weighed around 214-216 before he left Tuscaloosa to the various awards ceremonies around the East Coast. He says that when he returned he had shot up to 230 when weighing himself wearing shoulder pads. The pads weigh four pounds.

"On that first day I could feel it. I felt big, but I was moving fine," McCarron told the press. He did say that he was back down to 224 pounds on Thursday, however.

McCarron blames New York style pizza for the added pounds. " "It's unbelievable." He said.  "I love it."

Along with the weight, McCarron brought home the Maxwell Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, as well as being a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.


(via AL.com)



Covering Dixie: Nick Marshall, Mike Davis, Bret Bielema, and more.

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


Christmas under the Gold Dome of the Georgia State Capital Building in Atlanta. 

Next year's model. 
Auburn starting quarterback Nick Marshall and Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon are being touted as frontrunners for the 2014 Heisman Trophy. (AL.com)

Don't count us out.
Edward Aschoff lists South Carolina RB Mike Davis and LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. at the top of his list of SEC "sleeper" candidates for the Heisman. (ESPN)

Alabama suspends players.
Alabama suspends linebacker Xzavier Dickson and Alvin Kamara for the 2014 Sugar Bowl. No reason has been given for the suspensions. (AL.com)

It difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer. 
Bret Bielema describes the trial and tribulations he's dealt with in his first year as head coach of Arkansas. The Razorbacks went 3-9 this season. (Dr. Saturday)

If You're Gonna Play In Texas...
Florida will kickoff the 2017 season by facing Michigan in the Cowboys Classic at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (ESPN)

Micah Eugene is an ex-LSU tiger. 
LSU defensive back Micah Eugene has left the Bayou Bengals' football program. No reason was given for the departure. (The Town Talk)

Bring on the Bees.
Ole Miss is preparing to meet the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30. (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

So close, and yet so far away.
Georgia athletic director Greg Mcgarity says the school is inching closer to building the indoor athletic facility. Inching meaning it won't be built anytime in the near future. (The Athens Banner-Herald)


Thursday, December 19, 2013

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

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



Too Much, Too Soon?
Ryan McCrystal explains why he believes Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel might not be ready to play in the NFL. (Bleacher Report)

Do That To Me One More Time.
Auburn looks for one more improbable victory as it prepares to face Florida State in the BCS title game on Jan. 6. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Colin Cowherd predicts Auburn will beat Alabama in 2014.
Shut up, Colin. (AL.com)

 Recruiting


South Carolina recruiting.
Kansas JUCO defensive tackle Abu Lamin signs his letter of intent with South Carolina. (Garnet and Black Attack)

Missouri recruiting.
Missouri high school senior wide receiver/cornerback Raymond Wingo commits to Missouri's 2014 recruiting class. (The Columbia Daily Tribune)

He's just not that into you.
Mississippi high school senior safety C.J. Hamoton decommits from Ole Miss' 2014 recruiting class. (AL.com)

Insanity


Vacation, all I ever wanted.
For Whom the Cowbell Tolls casts SEC coaches in the roles of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation characters. In case you're wondering, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen is Cousin Eddie.

Kevin Sumlin shuffles Texas A&M coaching staff, promotes Jake Spavital to offensive coordinator.

Kevin Sumlin (center), with Jake Spavital (right) and You-Know-Who.


Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has made a few adjustments to his coaching staff. Offensive coordinator and running backs coach Clarance McKinney, is being relieved of his OC duties, and being replaced by the Aggies' quarterback coach and co-OC Jake Spavital. McKinney will still handle his RB coaching duties. Spavital will also be the main offensive playcaller for the Aggies. 

Spavital served as a graduate assistant under Sumlin at Houston in 2009. He later was on the coaching staffs of Oklahoma State and West Virginia. He joined Sumlin's staff this season, where he was Johnny Manziel's QB coach. His first game as OC will be the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta on New Year's Eve.

Other QB's that have been under Spavital's tutelage include Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, and West Virginia's Geno Smith.

Sumlin also announced that Texas A&M secondary coach Marcel Yates has left his staff to become defensive coordiantor at his alma mater, Boise State.

(via ESPN)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Covering Dixie: Nock Saban, Jadeveon Clowney, recruiting, and more.

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

Christmas in Helen. Ga.


Mega-late today. Sorry for that. Blame it on me still fighting bronchitis. 

I didn't do it! Nobody saw me do it! You can't prove anything!
Alabama head coach Nick Saban denies either discussing taking to Texas about replacing Mack Brown as the Longhorns' head coach, or even wanting the job. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

When Nick Met Lane.
Saban also explained what happened during his meeting with former USC head coach Lane Kiffin. (ESPN)

Who Says You Can't Go Home?
Former Alabama defensive lineman D.J. Pettway has rejoined the program. He was dismissed from the program in February following an arrest on charges that he and two other former players attacked a fellow student. He was granted youthful offender status, which blocks public disclosure of his records. (AL.com)

What, me worry?
Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs says that he has no concerns about Tigers head coach Gus Malzan bolting to Texas to take the vacant head coaching opening. (AL.com)

I'm Moving On.
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney says he is healthy and ready to finish up his college career in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1, 2014. (AP/ESPN)

The Ride Down Mount Morgan.
Mark Weiszer looks at Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan's evolution this season from a shaky start to being named to the AP's All-SEC team. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Seeing how the other half lives.
Georgia tight end Arthur Lynch compares UGA facilities to those of LSU after a visit to Baton Rouge and his friend, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Recruiting

 

Alabama goes JUCO.
Mississippi JUCO defensive lineman Jarran Reed signs his letter of intent to join Alabama's 2014 recruiting class. (AL.com)

What's mine is mine. What's yours is mine. 
Georgia JUCO defensive lineman DaVonte Lambert flips his 2014 recruiting class commitment from Tennessee to Auburn. (AL.com)

Florida goes JUCO.
Texas JUCO offensive lineman Drew Savary flips his 2014 recruiting class commitment from Texas Tech to Florida. (The Gainesville Sun)


Insanity


I'm Sorry. So Sorry.
AL.com columnist Charles L. Dean apologizes to Alabama fans for comments he made about how "Nick Saban's new $7- to $7.5 million annual pay check looks like compared to the pay of some other Alabamians."

Hey, Santa.
Good Bull Hunting looks at what SEC coaches are asking Santa for Christmas this year. Shockingly, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin didn't ask for Johnny Manziel to stay in school.

Eat Mor Football.
Good Bull Hunting's THE TAILGATE previews Texas A&M's Chick-fil-A Bowl showdown against Duke in Atlanta on New Year's Eve. I'm still not sure that Johnny Manziek in the ATL on New Year's Eve is a good thing or not. (See: Stephen Garcia)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tre Mason has socks with his picture on them.

Uncle Phil's Misguided Children

Now here's something you don't see every day: Socks with both Nike and Under Armour logos on them.



Auburn tailback Tre Mason posted this image of his two rather unique pairs of socks on Instagram. There's no word on where Mason got these socks. I'm kind of doubting these are an official product from Nike as a)Under Armour have the contract to outfit the Auburn football program, and b)It would probably violate more NCAA regulations than you can realistically imagine.

(via College Spun)

Covering Dixie: Gus Malzahn, Nick Saban, Kevin Sumlin, and more.

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


Christmas at Rock City.

Okay, I end up spending most of Monday recovering both bronchitis and from a family Christmas gathering while in a Robitussin-induced coma, only to wake up learning Nick Saban is reportedly having Lane Kiffin analyze the Alabama offense. What. The. Frak? I may need to go back to bed after that.

In Your Honor.
Auburn head coach Guz Malzahn has been named the 2013 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Class envy item of the day.
Charles J. Dean points out that Alabama head coach will make "72 times more money" than Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, and "157 times more than (the) average teacher." Just read the comments section and move on.(AL.com)

Crunching the Numbers.
Good Bull Hunting looks at the details of Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin's new contract. 

He's just not that into you.
Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy announces his plans to transfer to another school. He'll be able to play next season at a FBS school as a grad student, as he graduated from the university on Saturday. (Dr. Saturday)

I have to praise you like I should.
For Whom the Cowbell Tolls salutes the late Southern comedian  Jerry Clower, who played for Mississippi State in the 1940's.

 

Recruiting


Arkansas recruiting news.
Arizona JUCO wide receiver Cody Hollister commits to Arkansas' 2014 recruiting class. (Arkansas Fight)


Injuries


Carta-Samuels has surgery.
Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL on Nov. 30, according to Commodores' head coach James Franklin. He will miss Vandy's BBVA Compass Bowl appearance on Jan. 4, 2014. (AP/ESPN)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Why Mike Leach should be named head coach of Texas.


I was going to do one of those cheap and nasty "coaches who should replace Mack Brown as head coach of the Texas Longhorns," lists. As I started thinking about it, however it seemed a futile endeavor. All the obvious coaches to replace Brown had either been hired away (Chris Petersen, Steve Sarkisian, etc.) or had signed contract extensions that would keep them where they were (Nock Saban).

Then I realized there was only one coach that could replace Mack Brown. One whom it seemed had a manifest destiny to coach the Longhorns. He had coached before in the Lone Star State, and has the right demeanor to coach the most important collegiate football program in the Texas.

After all the spirit of  Texas is that of the rebel, the renegade, the rogue, the...pirate.

There was really only one man who could coach Texas back to the promised land. An exile who's time had finally come to take back what rightfully his, and he would lead the Longhorns back to greatness.

Only one man. Only one choice. If Texas wanted to get back to the top it would have to make the 2014 season The Return of the King.

The Pirate King.

Your next Texas head coach - Mike Leach.





Why Mike Leach? The answers are obvious.

1. He knows Texas.  He was head coach at Texas Tech from 2000-2009. He knows the recruiting lay of the land, and recruits know him. He knows he difference between a quarterback and defensive back, and won't mess in in trying to recruit the former for the position of the latter. Like Mack Brown allegedly tried to do with Johnny Manziel.

2. Texas knows him. In their hearts, every Longhorn knows he's the right man for the job.

3. He has the attitude. Is there any one in college football who more personifies the renegade spirit of the state of Texas other than Mike Leach? Certainly not Nick Saban, who is so tight-in-the-collar that you couldn't even stick a dime between his neck and his shirt.

4. Pullman, Wash. is no place for Leach. Pullman is the Elba to Leach's Napoleon. It a place coaches go when they need to regroup, not to stay and lay down roots. Pullman knows this and accepts it.

5. The whole Adam James thing was so last decade. Half of Texas would've shoved Adam James into that electrical shed, even if he really did have a concussion. The other half would like to lock Craig James into that same shed.

6. Imagine Mike Leach on the Longhorn Network. Imagine the programming possibilities. "Longhorn Weekly with Mike Leach." "Game Plan with Mike Leach." "Cooking for Fat Little Girlfriends." "Mike Leach Talks About Football, Pirates, whatever the Heck He Wants." The possibilities are endless.

Truly, Texas fans, you want, nay, you need Mike Leach to coach Texas. You must do all within your power to make it so.





Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Fallout: Jameis Winston, Mack Brown, Nebraska, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Sunday edition. 

And the winner is...
Florida State starting quarterback Jameis Winston is name the winner of the 2013 Heisman Trophy. (ESPN)

The Usual Suspects. 
Ty Duffy looks at potential candidates to replace Mack Brown as head coach of Texas, none of which will be the eventual person taking the job.  (The Big Lead)

Slip Sliding Away?
Dirk Chatelain asks if Nebraska is "slipping off the national stage." (The Omaha World-Herald)

Family Tradition.
Joe Rexrode profiles Michigan State legend Hank Bullough, who will be watching grandsons Max and Riley Bullough compete in the 100th Rose Bowl. The elder Bullough helped lead the Spartans to a win in the 1954 Rose Bowl. (The Detroit Free Press)

Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of.
Zach Meisel looks at how Ohio State players are coping with losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game. (Cleveland.com)


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Mack Brown is an ex-Texas head coach.

The drama in Austin, Texas either over or just beginning. Embattled Texas head coach Mack Brown is officially stepping down, according to the school. The announcement comes after a disappointing 2013 season, where the Longhorns went 8-4 and were destroyed by Baylor 30-10 at the end of the regular season.

Brown will coach his last game on Dec. 30, when Texas plays Oregon in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. 

(via ESPN)

Nick Saban agrees to long-term deal with Alabama, will not be next Texas head coach.

You can stop your futile daydreaming about Nick Saban replacing Mack Brown at Texas, Longhorn fans. The University of Alabama has come to terms with Saban on a new long-term deal to keep the three time BCS title-winning head coach in Tuscaloosa.

The new deal is will reportedly bump Saban's salary up from $5.62 million per year to somewhere in the $7 to $7.5 million dollar range. It also extends Saban's contract beyond its current 2020 end date.

(via ESPN)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Covering Dixie: Nick Saban, A.J. McCarron, Johnny Manziel, and more.

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



I'll Stick Around?
Alabama head coach Nick Saban is saying at Alabama. Because Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron said so. (ESPN)

Maxwell's Silver Hammer. 
A.J. McCarron beat out Florida State starting QB Jameis Winston for the 2013 Maxwell Award. (ESPN)

Sealing the deal.
The Texas A&M board of regents approves a new six-year contract for Aggies' head coach Kevin Sumlin. (ESPN)

Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Texas A&M starting QB Johnny Manziel says he hasn't made a decision yet on whether to enter the 2014 NFL Draft, but feels that he is ready to compete in the pros. (ESPN)


Recruiting


Double your pleasure, double your fun.
Florida lands two 2014 recruiting class commitments from in-state high school senior offensive tackle David Sharpe, and in-state high school senior receiver Moral Stephens. (The Gainesville Sun)

Insanity


"The Blue Devils Went Down to Georgia."
If I have to explain to you what this is a parody of, you just need to go back up North now, Yankee. (Good Bull Hunting)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sick day.

Hi, y'all. I'm still dealing with some bronchitis that has kind of thrown me for a loop, so I'm taking a sick day on the blod today. be back tomorrow unless something big happens. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Covering Dixie: Nick Saban rumors, A.J. McCarron, recruiting news, and more.

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

President Andrew Jackson's plantation home The Hermitage at Christmas.


This is the song that doesn't end. Yes, it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it not knowing what it was, and they'll continue singing it forever just because . . .
Reports of Mack Brown preparing to step down as head coach of Texas kick speculation that Alabama head coach Nick Saban will leave Tuscaloosa to coach the Longhorns into hyperdrive. (NFL.com)

Gimmie Some Money.
Paul Finebaum reports that the University of Alabama is negotiating a new a new contract extension with Saban to keep him from bolting to Texas. (AL.com)

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron spoke on the phone with embattled New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez before the Crimson Tide's loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Great, another thing we can blame A-Rod on. (AL.com)

I've got a little list. I've got a little list.
Dr. Saturday ranks the 2014 BCS title game between Florida State and Auburn as the top bowl game in the country. The 2013 Liberty Bowl featuring Rice vs. Mississippi State is the lowest-ranked bowl with an SEC team.

The past is prologue.
Auburn looks to its previous BCS title game victory against Oregon in 2011. (The Opelika-Auburn News)

Possibly the only good news for Florida this season.
Former Florida Heisman Trophy-winning QB Danny Wuerffel inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. (The Gainesville Sun)

Reflections of the way life used to be.
Dawg Sports remembers the 1987 Liberty Bowl between Georgia and then-Southwest Conference member Arkansas. Georgia beat Arkansas 20-17.

Head East. 
The 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta will be the farthest east that Texas A&M has played in a bowl game since the 1957 Gator Bowl. (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)


Recruiting


LSU recruiting.
Louisiana high school running back Darrel Williams flips his 2014 recruiting class commitment from Arizona State to LSU. (The Baton Rouge Advocate)

South Carolina recruiting.
South Carolina gets its latest 2014 recruiting class commitment froin-state high school senior wide receiver Tyshun "Deebo" Samuel. (The Charleston Post and Courier)





Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Wikipedia claimed Mack Brown was athletic director of Virginia Tech for one brief shining moment.


Some internet gremlins decided to have a little fun and update Texas head coach Mack Brown's Wikipedia page, claiming that Brown had left Texas and was now "the athletic director of Virginia Polytechnic Institute" (That's Virginia Tech for college football novices.

Sadly, Brown's days at Virginia Tech were short-lived, as Wikipedia edited the cypher-shenanigains off the page. But not before I grabbed it.

(via Wikipedia. Trust me, you had to have been there.)

Is Mack Brown an ex-Texas football coach?



Sources to ESPN and Orangebloods' are claiming that Mack Brown's days as Texas head football coach may be over. Both are reporting that Brown will resign by the end of the week earlier on Tuesday. This despite the fact that Brown has denied he was leaving the school after 16 seasons as head coach.

Talks are reportedly underway between the school and Brown's agent, Joe Jamall regarding the details of Brown's exit.

Brown has been Texas' coach since 1998. He is 158-47 as the Longhorns' head coach and led the team to the 2005 season BCS title with over over USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl.

(via ESPN)


Covering Dixie: A.J. McCarron, Tre Mason, Gus Malzahn, and more.

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



And the finalists are...
The SEC sends three finalists to New York City for the Heisman Trophy award ceremony. They are Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel, Auburn running back Tre Mason, and Alabama starting QB A.J. McCarron. The other finalists are Northern Illinois starting QB Jordan Lynch, Boston College RB Andre Williams, and Florida State starting QB Jameis Wilson. (ESPN)

The Man With the Golden Arm.
In addition to being a Heisman Trophy finalist, A.J. McCarron was also named the winner of the 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award for the best senior QB in America. Georgia QB Aaron Murray was also a finalist. (AL.com)

More honors for Mason.
Tre Mason was also named the 2013 SEC Offensive Player of the Year by the AP. (AL.com)

Coach of the Year.
Auburn first-year head coach Gus Malzahn has been named the 2013 SEC Coach of the Year by the AP. (AL.com)

The Blue and Orange List.
Andy Hutchins provides a list of candidates for the vacant position of Florida offensive coordinator. (Alligator Army)



Recruiting


He's just not that into you.
Georgia high school senior cornerback Kalvaraz Bessent flips his 2014 recruiting class commitment from Alabama to Auburn. (AL.com)


Jadeveon Clowney caught speeding, receives $355 fine.

Jadeveon Clowney.


It seems that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney shares some thing in common with Sammy Hagar - they both drive 55 (miles per hour, that is). Clowney apparently can't drive 70, either. That's because he was ticketed by the South Carolina Highway Patrol for going 110 mph while driving in a 70 mph zone.

According to  Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. David Jones, Clowney was driving a Chrysler 300 when busted for speeding on Interstate 77 in a area 25 miles north of Columbia, SC. Clowney was ticketed, fined $355.00, and docked six points on his drivers license, which is half the number needed to get it suspended.

Clowney is expected to enter the 2014 NFL Draft following South Carolina's Capital One Bowl game against Wisconsin on Jan. 1, 2014.

(via AP/ESPN)


Monday, December 9, 2013

Big Tentacles: Special Big Ten bowl game schbedule edition.

Big Tentacles - Big Ten bowl game edition.

The Big Ten's 2013-2014 bowl schedule kicks off on Dec. 27, when Minnesota meets Syracuse in the Texas Bowl. It goes right on through until Ohio State meets up with Clemson in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.

Here's the full rundown. Big Ten schools are in italic.

 BCS BOWLS


Rose Bowl, Jan. 1, 2014
Stanford vs. Michigan State

Orange Bowl, Jan. 3, 2014
Clemson vs. Ohio State

OTHER BOWLS


Texas Bowl, Dec. 27
Syracuse vs. Minnesota 

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Dec. 28
Michigan vs. Kansas State

Gator Bowl, Jan. 1, 2014
Nebraska vs. Georgia

Outback Bowl, Jan 1, 2014
Iowa vs. LSU

Capital One Bowl, Jan 1, 2014
Wisconsin vs. South Carolina


(via ESPN)


Big Tentacles: Urban Meyer, Michigan State, Bo Pelini, and more.

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



Pain Lies By The (Olentangy) Riverside. 
Jeff Beck helps Ohio State fans who still haven't gotten over the Buckeyes losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship go through the "five stages of grief." (Eleven Warriors)

We will get by. We will get by. We will get by. We will survive.
Ohio St. head coach Urban Meyer says that he feels confident that the Buckeyes will recover from the loss against Michigan St., and defeat Clemson in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. (USA Today)

Baby better come back later next week. 'Cause you see I'm on a losing streak.
Drew Sharp believes that Michigan State could end "the Big Ten's Bad Trend" in the Rose Bowl Game. The conference is 1-9 in its last ten Rose Bowl appearances, and currently has a three-game losing streak. (The Detroit Free Press)

I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it.
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini acted enthusiastic to the news that the Cornhiskers would face Georgia for the second straight year in a row, this time in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1. The Dawgs beat the Huskers 45-31 in the Capital One Bowl at the start of the year. (The Lincoln Journal Star)

The Blueprint.
Sam McKewon suggests that Nebraska follow Michigan State's blueprint in rebuilding the program after a disappointing season. (The Omaha World-Herald)

Know your chickens. 
Zach Miller previews Wisconsin's 2014 Capital One Bowl opponents, the South Carolina Gamecocks. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

US Air Force Band flash mobs museum goers with mini-Christmas concert.


It's the week of the Army-Navy Game. That didn't stop the Air Force from trying to steal some attention at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC recently. There, surrounded by the greatest collection of aircraft and spacecraft in the world, the Air Force Band held what is being called the military's first official flash mob. (Well, where else would you expect the USAF to flash mob?) The event occurred on Dec. 3, but USA Today posted it online today, so it counts for Army-Week.

120 Air Force musicians sneaked into the museum and performed a mini-Christmas concert to unsuspecting museum goers. The musical selections were Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," and "Joy to the World" from Handel's Messiah. (Take that, Christmas-hating secular progressives!)



Oh, and before I forget...GO ARMY! BEAT NAVY! 

(via USA Today)

Jon Gruden staying at ESPN, will not be coaching your college football team.

Jon Gruden. Image via ESPN.


You can put your misguided hopes and dreams that Jon Gruden will leave Monday Night Football to coach your lowly college football team away for another year. Chucky has told ESPN that he has no interest in perusing a coaching job this year, and will continue in the booth at MNF with Mike Tirico.

According to Gruden, ""There are a lot of good coaches out there available to coach these teams. I'm just hoping ESPN likes the job I'm doing. That's my focus."

At least that's what Gruden is saying now. He could always change his mind if a particularly tempting job comes available. Chucky at Texas or Alabama, anyone?

(via The Los Angeles Times

Covering Dixie: Your SEC Bowl schedule edition.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - Special SEC BCS/bowl game edition

The SEC makes its regular late arrival on the bowl scene on Dec. 30. After that, it's almost an SEC bowl a day until the BCS title game on Jan. 6. Between that time comes the annual New Years' Day Trilogy of Terror as the SEC faces off against the Big Ten in not one, not two, but three bowl games on one day.

Here's the rundown. SEC teams in italic.

BCS BOWLS


BCS title game, Jan. 6. - 
Florida State vs. Auburn

Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2 - 
Oklahoma vs. Alabama

OTHER BOWLS


Music City Bowl, Dec. 30 - 
Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech

Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31 - 
Rice vs. Mississippi State

Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31 - 
Duke vs. Texas A&M

Gator Bowl, Jan. 1 - 
Nebraska vs. Georgia

Outback Bowl, Jan. 1 -
Iowa vs. LSU

Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1 - 
Wisconsin vs. South Carolina

Cotton Bowl, Jan. 2 - 
Oklahoma State vs. Missouri

BBVA Compas Bowl, Jan. 4 -
Vanderbilt vs. Houston









A.J. McCarron, C.J. Mosley, and Kevin Norwood to join University of Alabama's Walk of Fame.

C.J. Mosley


Denny Chimes is the site of the University of Alabama's answer to Hollywood's famous TCL Chinese Theatre. There, in front of the 115 ft. bell tower, the foot and hand prints of the captains of the Alabama football team have been preserved since the 1940's as part of it's Walk of Fame. Next spring, Crimson Tide starting quarterback A.J. McCarron will be likewise immortalized, along with linebacker C.J. Mosley and wide receiver Kevin Norwood.

The three were selected by their fellow teammates to be the permanent captains of the 2012 team to join the ranks of former Crimson Tide team captains on the Walk of Fame. Former Alabama players immortalized on the Walk of Fame include Joe Namath, Kenny Stabler, and Trent Richardson. Last year, Barrett Jones, Damion Square and Chance Warmack were the captains honored.

The McCarron, Mosley, and Norwood will join the Walk of Fame as part of the festivities surrounding the 2014 A-Day spring practice game.

(via AL.com)

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops declares Alabama QB A.J. McCarron to be "the best player in the country."


A.J. McCarron with Katherine Webb. Just 'cause.

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops had some high praise for Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron. The comments came during a teleconference following the announcement that the Sooners would face the Crimson Tide in the 2014 Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 of next year.

"I think AJ McCarron's the best player in the country," Stoops said on Sunday's Sugar Bowl teleconference. "I really do. If I had a (Heisman) vote, that's who I'd vote for."

Stoops could have actually been McCarron's head coach at one point, had the QB decided to flip his commitment from Alabama to  Oklahoma in 2009. 

Stoops and Oklahoma will face in McCarron and Alabama the 2014 Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2.

(via AL.com)