Friday, January 31, 2014

Family Day


Got to help take care of the nephs today, as their daycare is closed down today thanks to the weather. I don't know if I'll get back in time for anything to say.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Covering Dixie: A.J. McCarron, Mark Richt, and recruiting.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. 'Nuff Said.

Look for the union label?
Former Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron gives his support to Northwestern players trying to form a union for college football players. (USA Today)

Recruiting


Cornerback to the Future.
Alabama gets its 25th member of its 2014 recruiting class as Alabama high school senior cornerback Marlon Humphrey commits to the Crimson Tide. (al.com)

They're just not that into you. 
Two Louisiana HS seniors, wide receiver Corey McBride and athlete Torrance Mosley have decommitted from Arkansas. (Arkansas Fight)


Insanity


Ididn'tdoitnobodysawmedoityoucan'tproveanything!
Georgia HS senior linebacker, a South Carolina class of 2014 commitment, denies that Georgia head football coach Mark Richt was forced to stay at his house overnight because of the snow and ice. (Garnet and Black Attack)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Field of Auburn's Jordan Hare Stadium is covered in snow.


If you ever wanted to know what Auburn's Jordan Hare Stadium would look after a snowfall, your wait it over. Thanks to the glorious invention known as Twitter, we have a look at the field of Jordan Hare Stadium after yesterday's snowstorm hit the South.



It would seem there are no footprints in the snow on the field. Could it be a player or coach, perhaps? Or could it be...WAR YETI!

(via @harrisonCheeley. HT @vAlexHaddon.)

Alabama players celebrate snow day on campus, have snowball fight.



 What do members of the Alabama football team do when classes at the University of Alabama are canceled due to snow? They have a snowball fight, of course. Crimson Tide players joined other students in a snowball fight on the school quad. Naturally, events were recorded for internet posterity via Twitter and Instagram by students and players alike.








Alabama quarterback David Cromwell tweeted this out.



QB Alec Morris apparently joined in on the fun as well.

Who won? Apparently the students beat the players, continuing the Tide's end-of-the-season losing streak.




Still a good time was had by all. Even Big Al showed up.



(via al.com)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A.J. McCarron signs endorsement deal with AXE Hair.

A.J. McCarron with Katherine Webb.

If you were hoping to see A.J. McCarron, his mother Dee Dee Bonner, and girlfriend Katherine Webb in one of those creepy Old Spice Body Spray commercials, you might be out of luck. The former Alabama quarterback has reportedly signed an endorsement deal with AXE Hair. 



The deal apparently just cover AXE hair care products, though its probably safe to assume it would discourage McCarron from signing endorsement deals with competing men's grooming products lines such as Old Spice. That is probably a good thing, as the Old Spice creepmasters might have come up with something disturbing and extremely Freudian involving McCarron's chest tattoos.

(via College Spun)

Georgia adds high school efensive back Dominick Sanders to 2014 recruiting class.

Dominick Sanders. Via ajc.com.


Georgia has added another member to its 2014 recruiting class.  Dominick Sanders a high school senior defensive back from Tucker, Ga. flipped his verbal commitment from Central Florida to UGA on Monday,

 “Georgia has been coming by, and I think it was just a matter of time before they came through with an offer,” Dominick Sanders said Monday after committing. “This was a process of waiting. I was waiting for it, and that was pretty tough. But I was going to have to continue to do what I have to do.”

Sanders is the younger brother of defensive back Chris Sanders, who was dismissed from the Georgia football program in February of 2012 for the ever-vague "violation of team rules."(Quarterback Nick Marshall, who went on to lead Auburn to an SEC title and a trip to the BCS title game, was also dismissed at the time under similar circumstances.) The elder Sanders recently committed to play for Baylor in the 2014 season.

(via The Athens Banner-Herald)

Big Tentacles: Chris Ash, Avery Ross banned, recruiting, and more.

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



Through the Past Darkly.
Jeff Beck looks at some of the notable moments in the coaching career of new Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash. (Eleven Warriors)

Banned on the Run.
Nebraska defensive end Avery Ross has been banned from stepping foot on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus after violating a ban barring him from entering a university residence hall. The ban was a result of Ross pleading no contest to charges of public indecency in 2012. (Corn Nation)

Block Party.
Jeanna Thomas looks at Ohio State's "Block O" student sections. (Land-Grant Holy Land)

Recruiting


What's mine is mine, what's yours is mine. 
Iowa gains another member of its 2014 recruiting class as Washington D.C. high school senior safety Miles Taylor flips his 2014 recruiting class commitment from Georgia Tech to the Hawkeyes. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Cornerback to the Future.
Virginia HS cornerback Daniel Ezeagwu commits to Maryland's 2014 recruiting class. (The Baltimore Sun)

Linebacker to the Future.
Maryland HS senior Nnamdi Egubauda commits to Maryland's 2014 recruiting class. (The Baltimore Sun)

Minnesota recruiting news.
Virginia HS senior wide receiver Melvin Holland, Jr. commits to Minnesota's 2014 recruiting class. (The Daily Gopher)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Recruit Saeed Blacknail flips from Rutgers to Penn State.

New Jersey high school senior wide receiver Saeed Blacknail has decided that he was just not into Rutgers. Blacknail, who had been committed to the Scarlet Knight's 2014 recruiting class, has flipped his commitment to Penn State.

Naturally, Blacknail announced his switch via Twitter.

Blacknail was the second recruit to flip his commitment to Penn St. in two days. California HS senior safety Koa Farmer decommitted from Cal to flip to the Nittany Lions.

(via ESPN)

Covering Dixie: Jacob Coker, Dee Ford, recruiting, and more recruiting.



Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. The conference that your conference wants to grow up to be like. 



Alabama Getaway.
Andrew Gribble looks at the "to do" list  that former Florida State quarterback Jacob Coker needs to complete before he transfers to Alabama. They include passing his remaining classes at FSU in order to graduate, and to rehab from a torn meniscus injury. (AL.com)

Ford tough
Former Auburn defensive end Dee Ford named Senior Bowl MVP. (AL.com)

For a Rocker.
Georgia hires former Tennessee Titan defensive line coach Tracy Rocker as its new DL coach. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Recruiting


What's mine is mine. What's yours is mine.
Texas loses a 2014 recruiting class commitment to Texas A&M as Texas high school senior linebacker Otaro Alaka flips his commitment from the Longhorns to the Aggies. (Good Bull Hunting)

Junior Achievement.
Texas HS junior offensive lineman Trevor Elbert commits to Texas A&M's 2015 recruiting class. (Good Bull Hunting)

The Safety Dance.
Florida HS senior safety/linebacker Randy Ramsey commits to Arkansas 2014 recruiting class. (Arkansas Fight)

Thank you, sir. May I have another?
Arkansas HS senior safety Joshua Liddell commits to Arkansas 2014 recruiting class. (Arkansas Fight)

Mizzou recruiting news.
Texas HS senior receiver Keyon Dilosa commits to Missouri's 2014 recruiting class. (Rock M Nation)

Mark Ingram compares Alabama's 2013 season to its 2008 season.

Mark Ingram at an Alabama High school last Friday. Via Al.com.


Former Alabama running back and current New Orleans Saint Mark Ingram has a few thoughts about the disappointing end to the Crimson Tide's 2013 season. The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner says that this past season reminded him of the Tide's 2008 season, which was the year before the team won it's first of three BCS titles in four years.

"We were right there," Ingram said. "If we won that game, we were going to the national championship. Just to taste that and remember how that felt in the locker room after that game, we took it to heart. That whole offseason we prepared and that next year, we weren't going to be denied and we went 14-0. 

"Hopefully we have that same experience and take away that same taste and feeling we had."

Like the 2013 Crimson Tide, the 2008 team lost its last two games of the season, including the Sugar Bowl.

(via AL.com)

A.J. McCarron thought the Grammy's were "demonic."

Former Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron apparently watched the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. I guess he figured the Pro Bowl and Royal Rumble PPV were going to be total wastes of time. (Judging from the reactions from the Daniel Bryan fans I know, it was.) The performances Sunday night were troubling enough for McCarron that he felt it necessary to share his feelings to the world on Twitter.

You can check out McCarron's reaction on his Twitter timeline, but here it is just in case A.J. decides to delete it.



And McCarron Tweetes before the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis "Same Love" performance with all the same sex marriages. Maybe it was Daft Punk that freaked him out.

Maybe he just angry that he didn't get invited to Johnny Manziel's Grammy party. Oh well.

(HT: College Spun, among other places on Twitter and the Internet)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Fallout: Gary Anderson, Alabama, Iowa, and USC.

Welcome to the Fallout - Sunday edition.

One more year! One more year!
Wisconsin adds a one-year extension to head coach Gary Andersen's contract. Andersen is now signed through 2019. (AP/ESPN)

Recruiting


Iowa recruiting news.
Iowa high school senior offensive guard Ross Reynolds commits to Iowa's 2014 recruiting class. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Gone to Town. 
California HS junior quarterback Ricky Town commits to USC's 2015 recruiting class. (ESPN)

Yellow(hammer) Ledbetter.
Georgia  HS junior defensive tackle Jonathan Ledbetter commits to Alabama's 2015 recruiting class. (AL.com)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Fallout: Jameis Winston, Kirby Smart, recruiting, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
Florida State Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston prepares to make the switch from starting quarterback to pitcher for the FSU baseball team. (AP/The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Meet the new boss.
Virginia Tech names former Cincinnati Whit Babcock as its new athletic director. Babcock had been serving as the AD of Cincinnati. (ESPN)

The Road Not Taken.
Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was reportedly never contacted by Georgia in regards to the Dawgs' DC job that eventually went to Jeremy Pruitt. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Goodbye Says It All.
Former Utah defensive back Tyron Morris-Edwards announces that he will transfer to Weber State.(The Deseret News)

I see the future, and it will be.
Interim West Virginia president Gordon Gee joins becomes the latest person to predict that the BCS conference schools will "leave the NCAA altogether." (cleveland.com)

The Usual Suspects.
SB Nation's Jason Kirk predicts the first College Football Playoff will feature Florida State vs. Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, and Alabama vs. Oregon in the Rose Bowl. He also predicts an Oklahoma vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Cotton Bowl, UCLA vs. Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl, and Auburn vs. Clemson in an all-Tiger Orange Bowl.

Recruiting


Arizona State recruiting news.
Arizona State nabs the 2014 recruiting class commitment from Saddleback College JUCO wide receiver Eric Lauderdale. (House of Sparky)

He's just not that into you.
Georgia high school senior linebacker Kevin Mouhon has decommitted from Tennessee's 2014 recruiting class. (Bleacher Report)


Friday, January 24, 2014

New USC strength and conditioning coach instilling "manhood training" in players.

Ivan Lewis. Via usctrjans.com


New USC strength and conditioning coach Ivan Lewis has wasted no time in getting the Trojans ready for next season under their new head coach, Steve Sarkisian. Offseason workouts are officially underway for the team, where Lewis is introducing them to his coaching philosophy, which he calls "manhood training."

"A huge part of my philosophy is developing trust and giving them the whys. When the guys understand how it translates from the weight room or conditioning to what we are doing on the football field, that's the key. Inevitably, I'm all about training these guys for the game of football and developing them as men. Not every guy goes and plays in the NFL, so it's about competing in life. It's manhood training, learning lessons from football and from your strength training that will eventually make you succeed in higher levels of life."
It's a shame Lewis couldn't have been on the job at USC  three years ago, when he could have given former head coach Lane Kiffin all the "manhood training" that Kiffin needed. (Don't act like you weren't thinking the same thing.)

Four LSU Tigers part ways with the football program.

Four LSU players have parted ways with the football program. Offensive lineman Derek Edinburgh Jr., linebacker Lorenzo Philips, and defensive backs Derrick Raymond and  Jerqwinick Sandolph. All were freshmen.

The four players were members of LSU's 2012 recruiting class. LSU has seen 25 members of the 2013 team leave the program, with six from the 2012 recruiting class.

(Via The Baton Rouge Advocate)


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Covering Dixie: Jacob Coker, Johnny Manziel, Georgia, and more.


Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. Still better than your conference.



Have a Coker and a smile. 
Former Florida State quarterback Jacob Coker is reportedly set to to transfer to Alabama. (ESPN)

Where Did It All Go Wrong?
Former Alabama players try to explain why the wheels of the Crimson Tide finally fell off during the 2013 season. (AL.com)

This is for the questions that don't have any answers.
B.J. Bennett looks at the upheaval at the starting QB posistion set for the 2014 season with the departures of QB's such as Johnny Manziel, A.J. McCarron, Connor Shaw, and Aaron Murray. (Southern Pigskin)

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Roll 'Bama Roll takes a look at Alabama's defense in the upcoming 2014 season.

He came from South Alabama with a banjo on his knee. 
Georgia is reportedly set to hire South Alabama defensive coordinator Kevin Sherrer as a linebackers coach. Sherrer had previously worked with Bulldog defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt on the staff of Hoover High School in Alabama. (The Athens Banner-Herald)


Recruiting

Kentucky recruiting news.
Florida high school senior cornerback Kendall Randolph commits to Kentucky's 2014 recruiting class. (A Sea of Blue)

Insanity


Fun with Photoshop, starring Johnny Football.
Good Bull Hunting cranks up the Photoshop program to look at which products former Texas A&M starting QB Johnny Manziel might endorse. If Chick-fil-A doesn't sign JFF after of its cows tried to ah, gig him, I'm going to be greatly disappointed.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Covering Dixie - Derek Mason, Tony Brown, recruiting, and...Dabo Swinney?

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. Don't you wish your conference was just like us?



Sorry this is late. Let's just say that my Nightmare Closet exploded last night, and it takes time to recover from the seeing Bucky Badger lead the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets in the Electric Slide.

New Kid in Town.
Brandon Larrabee ponders whether or not new Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason on-the-field performance will be able to match the splash his hiring has made. (Team Speed Kills)

That's not what happened!
Witnesses to the arrest of Alabama freshman cornerback Tony Brown dispute the official Tuscaloosa Police Department report of Brown's arrest. (AL.com)

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Kevin Scarbinsky predicts Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney will be a candidate to succeed Nick Saban as head coach or Alabama. (AL.com)

Cody wants a pony.
Former Auburn punter Cody Parkey discusses preparing for the Senior Bowl, and trying to "get (a) leg up" on the chase for an elusive spot in the 2014 NFL Draft as a kicker. (Al.com)

Recruiting


There's a possibility, but no chance.
Doc Harper wonders if Arkansas can put together a  top-25 recruiting class for 2014. (Arkansas Fight)

Things that won't help Arkansas achieve a top-25 recruiting class.
Florida high school senior tight end Ravian Pierce has decommited from Arkansas' 2014 recruiting class. (Arkansas Fight)

Rico and the Lavender Moon.

Georgia Prep Sports Academy wide receiver Rico Johnson has recommitted to Georgia. He had previously done so in 2013, but was ruled academically ineligible. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Nightmare Fuel.


It's the most creepiest time of the year.

Aaron Murray. Via Al.com.

Senior Bowl weigh-ins. The time of year where college football players are forced to walk in front of reporters wearing nothing but their compression shorts in public. This includes many players who should never be seen half-naked in public. (AL.com)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Rutgers paints the Big Ten logo on the field of High Point Solutions Stadium.

Another sign of a the dawn of a new and awkward era for the Big Ten has reared its ugly face at Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights don't officially join the B1G until July 1. That hasn't stopped the school from adding the Big Ten logo to the field in High Point Solutions Stadium.



Look upon your works, Jim Delany, and despair. 

Okay, let's admit bashing the addition of Rutgers and Maryland to the Big Ten is almost as fun as mocking Texas A&M and Missouri's admission to the SEC was. Of course the joke's been on us the past couple of seasons with the Johnny Football era in College Station and Mizzou winning the SEC East this season. Could that happen with Rutgers and Maryland in their first couple of season in the B1G? It could, but it's not something you would want to hold your breath over it.

(via College Spun)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Alabama freshman cornerback pepper-sprayed while resisting arrest by police.


Tony Brown. Via Saturday Down South.


An Alabama football player had a rather eventful run-in with law enforcement over the weekend. Freshman cornerback Tony Brown was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of "disorderly conduct and resisting arrest." The later resulted in Brown being pepper-sprayed by police.

According to a Tuscaloosa police spokesman, the incident occurred after "police responded to reports of a loud party involving underage drinking at an area apartment complex just after midnight Sunday morning.

"They (the police) arrived at Campus Way Apartments on Helen Keller Blvd and located a large party there. Blankley said officers found probable cause to arrest 22-year-old Chavis Taylor for disorderly conduct.

Taylor resisted arrest, Blankley said, and as officers tried to take him to a patrol car to be booked in the county jail, a crowd of about 40 people followed  them and surrounded the police"

Among the crowd was Brown, whom police described as having "continued to be a problem." Brown would reportedly "approach the officers" repeatedly after being ordered to stand back. He also allegedly used profanity against the police officers."

Finally, police decided enough was enough and tried to arrest Brown. He reportedly resisted arrest, requiring police to use pepper spray on him. The police then "forced him to the ground and cuffed him."

Brown was taken to Tuscaloosa County Jail, where he was charged with "failure to obey and resisting arrest." He was later released on $1,500 bail.

There's no word from the Alabama football program on Brown's arrest, but it's doubtful Nick Saban is going to be happy about it.

(via AL.com)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

When Urban Meyer met Goldust.


If seeing Alabama head coach Nick Saban doing the Electric Slide in a crimson sports jacket didn't make your head explode, prepare for your brain to go into full nuclear meltdown. WWE wrestler Goldust (aka Dustin Rhodes, for you hopeless WCW old schoolers) tweeted out a picture of himself with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.


Goldust is a second, generation native of Austin, Texas, just like his father, the legendary former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Dusty Rhodes. It's a safe bet the "Longhorn" reference excludes any chance of his being an Aggie fan. (For the record, the elder Rhodes played college football at the University West Texas.)

As for Urbs being a wrestling fan...who knew! Hopefully the WWE gives him a honorary WWF heavyweight title belt like it did Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin. It's going to be the closest he and Ohio State will get to a title until at least next December.

(HT @BenAxelrod)

Nick Saban does the Electric Slide.

Okay, who can we bribe at the University of Alabama to play "Electric Slide" during games at Bryant-Denny Stadium next season? Or any stadium the Crimson Tide plays in next, season, for that matter.
(Via@BobbyBigWheel, and about everywhere else on the Internet by now.)

The Fallout: Luke Del Rio drinks the Beaver Juice, Jahvid Best, Charlie Strong, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Sunday edition.

Luke Del Rio drinks the Beaver Juice. 
Former Alabama redshirt freshman quarterback Luke Del Rio is transferring to Oregon State. Del Rio is the son of Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. (ESPN)

The Best of You.
Former Cal running back Jahvid Best is joining the Golden Bears' coaching staff as a student assistant. Best played for the Detroit Lions in 2010, but his NFL career was cut short due to concussions. (ESPN)

Remember the Titans (as they steal your defensive coordinator).
UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos is leaving to become linebackers coach for the Tennessee Titans. (Bruins Nation)

Recruiting 


Spartan recruiting news.
New Jersey high school senior defensive end Darius Slade commits to Michigan State's 2014 recruiting class. (The Only Colors)

Boise State recruiting news. 
JUCO quarterback Thomas Stuart joins Boise State 2014 recruiting class. (One Bronco Nation Under God).

Insanity


The New Rules.
Good Bull Hunting takes a closer look at new rules imposed on members of the Texas Longhorn football team by new head coach Charlie Strong in a way only a Texas Aggie blog could. You can probably guess why this is listed under insanity by now.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Welcome to the Fallout: Dabo Swinney, Brady Hoke, Mark Dantonio, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition. 

Just a few quickies. Sorry for the lateness. 

Gimmie Some Money. 
Clemson comes to terms with head coach Dabo Swinney on a new $27.15 million, 8-year deal. (ESPN)

Fight for Your Right to Football. 
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke says football coaches need to stand up for the sport in response to critics who focus on concussions or other violent aspects of football. (The Detroit Free Press)

He's just not that into you.
Alabama loses another player as running back Alvin Kamara is transferring to another program. (AL.com)

Potential NCAA recruiting violation of the day. 
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio reportedly called recruits from midfield at the Rose Bowl. I'm going to assume that this was either sometime before the game started, or after the game. I'm pretty sure calling recruits during a game is a clear ticket to banhammerville. (Dr. Saturday)




Friday, January 17, 2014

Report: Vanderbilt hires Derek Mason as its new head football coach.

Vanderbilt seems to have found its man. USA Today's JeffLockridge is reporting that the school has offered its vacant head football coaching position to Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason. Lockridge spoke with Vanderbilt search committee member John Ingram, whom verified the news of Mason's hire.

Mason has served as Stanford DC since 2010. During his time at Stanford, the Cardinal has played in four consecutive BCS bowl games, going 2-2. The Cardinal team has participated in the past two Rose Bowl games, beating Wisconsin in 2013, and losing to Michigan State this past Jan.1.

Mason replaces James Franklin, who left Vanderbilt to become head coach of Penn State.

(via USA Today)

Covering Dixie: Steve Spurrier, C.J. Mosley, Georgia recruiting, and more.


Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. We still have more BCS titles than your conference. 



Mason to Vandy? 
Vanderbilt is reportedly interest in Stanford defensive coordinator Dave Mason to succeed recently departed head coach James Franklin. (ESPN)

Gimmie Some Money.
University of South Carolina approve a new contract extension and pay raise. for Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier. The OBC will be making $4 million a year under the new extension, which now goes though 2018. (ESPN)

He's just not that into you.
Former Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley will skip the Senior Bowl in order to focus on the NFL Combine. (AL.com)

Recruiting


Quick Draw McGraw.
Tennessee high school junior defensive back Rico McGraw commits to Georgia's 2015 recruiting class. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Insanity


Meet the Press.
The Jackson Clarion-Ledger takes note of the #OxfordStripClubNames hashtag on Twitter that was started by some idiot. Sadly, it didn't the make mention of the idiot. Thanks a lot.

"O Bama, Where Art Thou?"
SEC member schools as characters from Joel and Ethan Coen's classic film O Brother, Where Art Thou? (From Whom the Cowbell Tolls)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Report: Georgia suspends safety Josh Harvey-Clemons three games for marijuana use.

Georgia  Josh Harvey-Clemons will reportedly miss the first three games of the 2014 season. It is a continuation of the suspension that forced Harvey-Clemons to miss the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl.

Sources tell the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the suspension is drug related, and that Harvey-Clemons had tested positive for marijuana use. It would be the safety's second violation of the University of Georgia's marijuana use policy. 

Clemmons will reportedly miss the Bulldogs meetings with Clemson, South Carolina and Troy.

(via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Florida Gators go berserk when learning they're going to the movies to watch Lone Survivor.


What happens when you tell a group of  Florida Gator football players that they're going to the movies for a "team building" function? They freak out like they just learned that Mom made pizza rolls, that's what. This is especially true if the film is the box office Afghan War film Lone Survivor.



The Gators might want to be warned that this may end up with some Navy SEAL-inspired training, like Northwestern players experienced a couple of years ago. With actual Navy SEALs providing the training.

(Via @wesrucker247.)


Big Tentacles: Braxton Miller, Rutgers, Penn State, and more.

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

Too-early Heisman talk. 
Ohio State starting quarterback Braxton Miller and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon are the only two Big Ten representative on Andy Hutchins' list of Heisman Trophy candidates for 2014. (SB*Nation)

Goodbye Says It All.
Rutgers defensive tackle Josh Klecko is leaving the Scarlet Knights football program and transferring to another  school. (Scarlet Scuttlebutt)

A Jet is a Jet.
Maryland hires former New York Jets offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo as its new OL coach. (Testudo Times)

Peachy Keenan. 
Maryland hires Keenan McCardell as its new wide receivers coach. McCardwell, was the former WR coach for the Washington Redskins. (Testudo Times)

Recruiting


He's just not that into you. 
New York high school senior defensive tackle Thomas Holley flips his class of 2014 commitment from Penn State to Florida.  (Dr. Saturday)n

Penn State has a club for Furries.

Penn State has a diverse student body with an equally diverse spectrum of interests, and with it a variety of groups for students to share those interests with. There's the Penn st. Future Farmers of America, for example. There's also clubs dedicated to Airsoft, 3-D printing billiards, and (*sigh*) Quidditich.

There's also, apparently a club for students who are practicing Furries.




Just walk away from the obvious joke about the obvious person. Otherwise, we are all going to hell.

(via @MattLGHL)

Covering Dixie: Guz Malzahn, Jeremy Pruitt, Mark Richt, and...Brett Favre?

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. Your conference wishes it was like us.



Malzahn honored.
Auburn head coach Guz Malzahn named the Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year. (AP/ESPN)

Life of Brian.
Vanderbilt reportedly interviews St Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer for the Commodore head coaching position left open by the departure of James Franklin to Penn State.  Schottenheimer is the son of former San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins head coach Marth Schottenheimer. (ESPN)

He's just not that into you.
Alabama freshman quarterback Luke Del Rio is leaving the Crimson Tide program to transfer to another school. Del Rio is the son of Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. (ESPN)

Jeremy spoke in class today.
New Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt formally introduced to the media. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

A Few Small Repairs.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt says he has "some things in mind" to fix the Bulldogs' issues with special teams. Hint to Richt on how to fix special teams: HIRE A SPECIAL TEAMS COACH! (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Goodbye Says It All.
Georgia inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti and defensive line coach Chris Wilson are reportedly leaving Mark Richt's coaching staff. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Be Like Mike.
Robbie Andreu profiles new Florida offensive line coach Mike Summers. (The Gainesville Sun)

A little less Less Koenning around Starkville?
Mississippi State offensive coordinator Les Koenning is reportedly leaving to become OC under new Texas head coach Charlie Strong. (For Whom the Cowbell Tolls)

Insanity


Favre and Away?
For Whom the Cowbell Tolls nominates NFL legend Brett Favre to be Mississippi State's new offensive coordinator. I'm just gonna leave that one alone and let your minds handle that concept.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Big Tentacles: Max Bullough, Christain Hackenberg, Maryland, and more.

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



What's mine is mine. What's yours in mine.
Ohio State has reportedly hired Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash and Penn State defensive coach Larry Johnson Sr. to take the same positions on Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer's coaching staff. (ESPN)

The end of an era in Happy Valley.
Josh Moyer focuses on how Johnson was the last of the Penn State coaches that served under former Nittany Lion head coach Joe Paterno to leave Happy Valley. (The Harrisburg Patriot-News)

Hackenberg the Planet.
Penn State starting quarterback Christian Hackenberg shares his approval for new Penn St. head coach James Franklin. (The Harrisburg Patriot-News)

The Curious Case of Max Bullough.
Mike Grifith says former Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough needs to come clean about the reasons behind the suspension from the 2014 Rose Bowl Game before the 2014 NFL Draft. (mLive.com)

Legal briefs. 
The state of Maryland accuses ACC member schools of trying to lure Big Ten schools away from the conference in a $157 million-dollar counterclaim against the ACC. The ACC sued the University of Maryland following its decision to leave the conference for the Big Ten. (Forbes)

Recruiting


He's just not that into you.
Florida high school senior defensive end Rohan Blackwood has decommitted from Wisconsin's 2014 recruiting class. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

#OxfordStripClubNames, or: How I started a Twitter trend.




(Note, I wasn't going to go all narcissistic and talk about this, but since Red Cup Rebellion wrote up a story on this, I decided to get it out of the way.)

You may have heard about a Twitter hashtag called #OxfordStripClubNames. It briefly trended overnight on Twitter late Monday night - early Tuesday morning. Well, I'm the guilty party that started it all off. Here's how it happened.

Every Day Should Be Saturday contributor and Twitter personality Rick Muscles casually tweeted on Monday night how the city of Oxford, Mississippi (the home of Ole Miss and birthplace of William Faulkner) had passed an adult entertainment ordinance. Actually, it was an ordinance trying to regulate any potential strip clubs out of existence by banning alcohol sales and limiting where within the city limits one could open one up.

That still didn't stop Rick Muscles from Tweeting about it.   


Instinctively, I replied to his tweet with the first thing that came to my mind. A Faulkner-inspired name for a strip club, and added a hashtag to go along with it (just in case anybody didn't get it the first time.



Muscles liked it enough to retweet it and gave his approval in a couple of replies.






Things got rolling from there. Slowly at first, but it quickly snowballed within an hour or so. With all kinds of Oxford and Ole Miss-related strip club names. Including one that should have been obvious.






There was also at least one from that other writer with a connection to Ole Miss, John Grisham.
 Actually, "The Firm" would be a good name for a strip club.

Of course, there were more Falukner-related names as well.






Mississippi State got mentioned as well, sort of.




And there was at least one mention of Ole Miss' current resident l'enfant terrible, Marshall Henderson.




A little after I went to bed, #OxfordStripClubNames blew up big enough to get on Twitter's "United States Trends" list.




Like I mentioned at the top, Red Cup Rebellion reported on the #OxfordStripClubNames trend on Tuesday, calling it the work of "A few Ole Miss bros." This shocked me, as I didn't know that I was an "Ole Miss Bro." (If y'all haven't noticed, I can get a little partial to UGA at times.) But if I'm considered an honorary "Ole Miss Bro," then I'll take it.

Anyhow, thanks to everyone who made the #OxfordStripClubNames such a success. I never thought I'd start a hashtag on Twitter big enough to trend in the US, so I'm thrilled you guys made it happen. Keep up the good work!

Covering Dixie: A.J. McCarron, Jeremy Pruitt, and...hockey?

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. You wish your team was in our conference.



And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going.
Former Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron decides to skip the Senior Bowl in order to focus on the NFL combine. (AL.com)

I'll Stick Around?
Alabama junior wide receiver DeAndrew White announces via Twitter that he will return to school for his senior year. (AL.com)

All the Rage.
Georgia's hire of former Florida State offensive coordinator and reality TV star Jeremy Pruitt as its new OC has gotten overwhelming positive reaction from the Bulldog Nation. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Steal the Thunder.
ESPN's Edward Aschoff declares Georgia's hiring of Pruitt a "major steal."

No price too high.
The SEC Network will cost cable and satellite providers more to distribute than the Big Ten or Pac-12 Networks. (Dr. Saturday)

Goodbye Says It All.
Former Arkansas defensive coordinator has left the Razorback program to become DC/secondary coach at Ohio State. It seems Urban Meyer can't stop punking Arky head coach Bret Bielema even when they're not in the same conference. (Arkansas Fight)

Insanity


Teach me how hockey. Teach me, teach how to hockey.
Roll Bama Roll rolls out part three of a five part series explaining the basics of hockey to Alabama fans in honor of the Bama "Frozen Tide" club hockey team. For parts one and two, click on the respective links. The Frozen Tide has been playing since 2005, and already claims six Stanley Cup victories.

Florida QB Jeff Driskel discusses hiring of new Gator OC Kurt Roper, rehab from leg injury.


Jeff Driskel at Florida 2013 Media Day. Via Orlando Sentinel.

A lot has happened at Florida since quarterback Jeff Driskel was sidelined after suffering a broken leg during the Gators' win over Tennessee on Sept. 21 of last year. Most notable for Driskel is the firing of former Gator offensive coordinator Brent Pease, and the hiring of Duke OC and QB coach Kurt Roper to replace him.

Driskel shared his thoughts about the hiring of Roper with The Gainesville Sun recently.

“I watched the bowl game live,” Driskel said Tuesday. “They were scoring at will, left and right, throwing it deep, running it down their throats. They were coming at them from all angles.

“Then I had a chance to sit down and watch it again and it was even more impressive when it wasn’t live and I wasn’t talking to other people. It was pretty cool, pretty exciting.

“It’s kind of cool to watch the game and envision some of the things we might be doing.”

Driskel also gave an update on his recovery. 

 
“I’m almost 100-percent sure that I’ll be full go by spring,” he said. “When I had the surgery, they said (it was) about a five- or six-month process. March 25 will have been six months, and we start (spring practice) on the 18th or 19th.

“They say it’s a little bit ahead of schedule. I should be fine by then.”

Driskel will have to face a battle for his old starting job when spring practice begins. Florida head coach has already announced that there will be open competition for every starting position during spring practice.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was on MTV reality show Two-A-Days, does not know what asparagus is.


Newly-hired Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was on the coaching staff of the Hoover High School (Al.) Buccaneers from 2004-2006. It was there that he appeared on the MTV series Two-A-Days, which covered the lives of the Buccaneer players and coaching staff.

Pruitt's most notable scene on the show (or at least the one that was preserved for all eternity on YouTube) was one where he confessed to not knowing what asparagus was.

Gaze upon your new defensive coordinator, ye Dawgs, and despair.





Be afraid, Bulldog fans. Be very afraid. 

(via YouTube)

Georgia hires FSU's Jeremy Pruitt as its new defensive coordinator.

Jeremy Pruitt. Via ESPN.


Georgia has found its new defense coordinator at the same place it found head coach Mark Richt. The school has hired former Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as the Bulldogs' new DC. He replaces Todd Grantham, who defected to Bobby Petrino's coaching staff on Sunday.

Pruitt joined Jimbo Fisher's coaching staff at FSU in 2013, and helped Fisher lead the Seminoles to win over Auburn in the BCS title game earlier in the month. He had previously been defensive backs coach at Alabama from 2010-2012, and helped lead the Crimson Tide to two straight BCS titles in 2011 and 2012 as a part of Nick Saban's coaching staff.

Pruitt was also on the coaching staff of Hoover High School 2004-2006, and appeared on the MTV reality series Two-a-Days, which documented the lives of the members of the Hoover High Buccaneers football team. 


(via The Athens Banner-Herald)

Johnny Manziel signs with LRMR and Select Sports Group.




Johnny Manziel has an agent and a marketing firm, and no, Drake is not involved with wither one of them. The former Texas A&M Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback has signed to LRMR, the management firm founded by LeBron James' longtime associate Maverick Carter. The company will reportedly handle marketing and other non-football related endeavors for Manziel.

Manziel had already signed a deal with Select Sports Group to represent him in regards to football-related matters. SSG's Erik Burkhardt will be Manziel's agent, with Bradley Beckworth and Jeffrey Angelovich handling his business affairs.

SSG also represents Minnesota Vikings QB Josh Freeman, and Houston Texans QB Case Keenym. That could be awkward as The Texans have the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and Manziel's name has come up as being the players the team might select.

(via USA Today)


Covering Dixie: Bo Davis, Kirby Smart, Will Muschamp, and a souvenir cup with Steve Spurrier's face on it.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. You still wish your conference was like us. 



Shock defection of the week.
Bo Davis returns to Alabama as The Crimson Tide's new defensive line coach a week after being named DL coach at USC. (ESPN)

I rest my case. 
ESPN radio personality Colin Cowherd approves of Lane Kiffin's hire as new Alabama offensive coordinator. Enough proof that Kiffin at Alabama is going to be a disaster. (AL.com)

The one to watch?
Michael Casagrande labels Alabama defensive lineman as the breakout player for the Crimson Tide in 2014. (AL.com)

Kirby Smart will NOT be Georgia's next defensive coordinator.
Because Barrett Sallee said so. (Bleacher Report)

It's anybody's ballgame.
Florida head coach Will Muschamp says there will be competition for at all positions on the Gator squad during spring practice. (GameDayr)

De'Runnya Up That Hill.
Mississippi State freshman wide receiver De'Runnya Wilson could soon join the Rebels' men's basketball team. Wilson is a former Alabama Mr. Basketball. (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

 

Recruiting

 

Hey, Mr. D.J.
Georgia high school senior defensive back D.J. Smith commits to South Carolina's 2014 recruiting class. (Garnet and Black Attack)


Insanity


My Cup Runneth Over.
Jorge De Los Gallos uncovers a long-lost Steve Spurrier souvenir cup from his days as quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Via Garnet and Black Attack.

Yes, the Beavis and Butthead jokes have already been made, thank you. (Garnet and Black Attack)

Do You Believe in Magic?
Naturally, Every Day Should Be Saturday discusses the alleged magical powers of the Steve Spurrier souvenir cup, which allegedly which turns any liquid you pour into it into an adult beverage. And I don't mean wine.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Connor Shaw signs "This is our state!" on Clemson Helmet.


Connor Shaw. Via WBTW.

Former South Carolina starting quarterback Connor Shaw hit the post-college football career autograph signing circuit over the weekend. Naturally Gamecock fans stood in line for hours in order to get the Capital One Bowl MVP to sign their sports memorabilia. However, one genius decided to bring a Clemson helmet for Shaw to sign.

Shaw played along, signing his autograph along with the proclamation that "This is our state! #5." The "5" symbolizing the fact that South Carolina has beaten Clemson five years in a row.



(via WBTW)

LSU's Jeremy Hill and Trai Turner enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

LSU has lost two players to the 2014 NFL Draft. Sophomore running back Jeremy Hill and guard Trai Turner declared their intentions to go pro on Monday.

Hill announced his intention to enter the Draft via Twitter, saying " "I am a Tiger for life. I will forever be grateful to my LSU fans, friends, coaches and family. This decision has been very difficult for me. With all of that being said, I have decided to forego my Junior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft."

Hill scored rushed for 1,401 yards during the 20, and scored 16 touchdowns this season. Turner was named to the 2013 AP All-SEC second team.

(via ESPN)

Covering Dixie: Dorial Green-Beckham arrested, Todd Grantham fallout, Johnny Manziel NFL Draft news, and *sigh* Lane Kiffin.


Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. Auburn losing the BCS title to Florida State hasn't stopped us, it's just made us mad. 

Mandatory weekly Stone Mountain photo.


Green-Beckham arrested. 
Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested over the weekend on drug related charges. Police have declined to provide further information regarding the arrest. (ESPN)

You can't keep track of Georgia defensive changes without a scorecard. 
Mark Weiszer reviews the whirlwind of changes and possible changes on the Georgia coaching staff, including the departure of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham to Louisville. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Search for Tomorrow.
Michael Collins provides a list of possible candidates to replace Todd Grantham as Georgia defensive coordinator. Sadly, former USC defensive line coach/interim head coach  Ed Orgeron is on the list. Georgia DL coach Chris Wilson and former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik also make the list. (Georgia Sports Craze)

Uh, about Chris Wilson as a candidate for Georgia DC...
Wilson is reportedly interviewing with Alabama to become its new DL coach. (The Athens Banner-Herald. Note: same article as above. It's just worth pointing out the reports or Wilson interviewing for Alabama.)

Opportunity Knocks. Sadly, it's wearing clown shoes.
Andrew Gribble looks at five Alabama offensive players who may benefit from the recent hire of new Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. I'm never going to get over having to write that. (AL.com)

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
Vanderbilt tries to stay optimistic about its future following the departure of former head coach James Franklin to become HC of Penn State. (ESPN)

Gimmie Some Money.
Auburn head coach Guz Malzahn is trying to get pay raised for his coaching staff. (AL.com)

LSU interviews Wilkerson.
LSU interviews Grambling offensive line coach Ben Wilkerson for the OL coaching job left vacant by the departure of Greg Studrawa. Wilkerson was an LSU center from 2001 to 2004, and a member of the 2003 team that won the BCS title. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

 

2014 NFL Draft


Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
The Cleveland Browns are reportedly showing strong interest in selecting former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel as its first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Manziel might want to consider pulling a John Elway about right now. (NFL.com)