Friday, February 28, 2014

The Fallout: Jim Delany, Kodi Whitfield, Texas A&M, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Friday edition.

Fun while it lasted.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany says not to expect regularly scheduled Friday night games in the B1G outside of Labor Day or Thanksgiving weekends. There were reports that the conference was looking into scheduling regular season games on Friday nights. (AP/ESPN)

Next Position, Please. 
Stanford wide receiver Kodi Whitfield is trying to move to safety during spring practice. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Back in the Saddle Again.
LSU officially announces the rehiring of special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Petevo. He served in the same role at Kentucky last season. (The Baton Rouge Advocate)

The first day of the rest of your lives.
Good Bull Hunting looks at the first spring practice for Texas A&M in the post-Johnny Manziel era.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Big Tentacles: Devin Gardner, Mark Dantonio, Joel Stave, and more.

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



The Constant Gardner.
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke shows surprise as Wolverine starting quarterback Devin Gardner fully participates in the first spring practice of 2014. Gardner has been recovering from a toe injury suffered during the Ohio State-Michigan game last season. (The Detroit Free Press)

Next Position, Please.
Hoke also makes position changes on both his coaching staff, and on the player's roster. The most notable change is strongside linebacker Jake Long moving to middle linebacker. (Maize n Brew)

Gimmie Some Money.
Michigan State officially rewards head coach Mark Dantonio a new raise. (The Detroit Free Press)

Trout Fishing in America.
Eleven Warriors profiles Ohio State early enrollee offensive tackle Kyle Trout.

Spring forward. 
Alex Prewitt previews Maryland's offense as the Terrapins' 2014 spring practice begins on Saturday. (The Washington Post)

Quarterback to the Future.
Jake Kocorowski looks at Wisconsin's QB depth chart going into spring practice. Joel "Drops of Jupiter" Stave might have competition for his starting QB job this spring from redshirt sophomore Bart Houston.  (Bucky's 5th Quarter)


Recruiting


Walk-on The Wild Side.
Massachusetts high school senior long snapper Sam York becomes a walk-on commitment for Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class. (Land-Grant Holy Land

Insanity


Oh child, please!
Corn Nation looks at a whitehouse.gov petition to change Nebraska's main Big Ten rivalry from Iowa to Wisconsin. I would assume the intent is to make the Badgers the last opponent on the Cornhuskers' schedule, as Nebraska, Wisconsin and Iowa are all now in the same division. Sadly, nothing in the B1G is going to ever compare to Nebraska vs. Oklahoma, so y'all should be trying to figure out a way to get that one back up and running.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Covering Dixie: Bret Bielema, Nick Marshall, Johnny Manziel, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. It's what your conference wants to be like when it grows up.



Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema is the new Lane Kiffin.
Because Stewart Mandel said so. The only problem is that Bielema doesn't have enough secondary violations to be Kiffin.  (SI.com)

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Auburn starting quarterback Nick Marshall declares that he will be a NFL QB in the future. (al.com)

Analyze This!
Former Auburn linebacker Travis Williams is joining the coaching staff of Tigers' head coach Gus Malzahn as a defensive analyst. Williams previously served as a graduate assistant at Auburn under Gene Chizik from 2009-2010, and was a linebackers coach for Northern Iowa in 2012.  (al.com)

Let the Music Play.
More on the SEC reportedly relaxing restrictions on playing recorded music between plays during games. (Bleacher Report)

His the Road, Mark.
Georgia announces the dates and locations for head coach Mark Richt's 2014 UGA Day spring speaking tour. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

This state of Independence shall be.
The Independence Bowl Foundation says new bowl title sponsor Duck Commander has agreed to the rebranding of the Shreveport, La. as the Duck Commander Independence Bowl. The bowl game was called The AdvoCare V100 Bowl in 2013. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

How Far We've Come.
Paul Krewe looks at the evolution of LSU quarterback recruiting under Tigers head coach Les Miles. (And the Valley Shook)

State of Confusion.
Good Bull Hunting looks at the controversy surrounding Texas A&M's decision to have twelve seats remain permanently empty in the currently-being-refurbished Kyle Field in honor of the school's "12th Man" tradition. There has been confusion as to whether the seats are supposed to honor all former students, the the twelve students killed during the construction of the 1999 Aggie Bonfire, or the "12th Man" concept itself.

Recruiting


Tristan the Night Away.
Florida high school junior wide receiver Tristan Peyton commits to Florida's 2015 recruiting class. (The Gainesville Sun)

Insanity

Johnny Football takes his talents to McDonald's.
Johnny Manziel has filmed a McDonald's commercial with LeBron James. Well, it was either McDonald's or Taco Bell, and we all know Aggies hate Taco Meat. (Good Bull Hunting)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Big Tentacles - Jerry Kill, Michigan, Iowa, and more.

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



The elephant in the room.
The University of Michigan is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights over the school's handling of rape allegations made against former Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons in 2009. (ESPN)

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! 
Minnesota heads coach Jerry Kill discusses his new contract extension and pay raise. (AP/ESPN)

Friday Night Lights?
The Big Ten may consider scheduling more Friday night games in the conference's next series of television deals. (Dr. Saturday)

Quarterback to the Future.
Marc Morehouse looks at Iowa's quarterback depth chart going into spring practice. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

It's Getting Better All The Time?
Jordan Wagner ponders whether recruiting in the B1G has improved since Urban Meyer was hired as head coach of Ohio State. The answer: not much. (Eleven Warriors)

Wilt to Power.
Alex Prewitt profiles new Maryland defensive line coach Chad Wilt. (The Washington Post)


Monday, February 24, 2014

Even Venezuela hates Duke.

Hatred for Duke University goes far and wide. If you need proof, just look at this photo from a recent anti-government protest in Venezuela, where the middle class is getting a little fed up with how the country is run down there.

The photo was slightly edited at College Spun for non-Mama approved language. 



It's just a hunch, but I suspect this Occupy Herbstreit-inspired protestor might have been an international student of the university of North Carolina. The powder blue bandana around this face and the Delta Sigma Phi shout out give it away. Of course he could also be a Syracuse fan, but the Tarheel connection seems lore promising at the moment, despite that orange banner in the background.

(via College Spun)

Covering Dixie: Hugh Freeze, Drew Magary on Jadeveon Clowney, Greg McGarity, and more.

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



Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.
 John Pennington shows support for the abilities the school's head football coach Hugh Freeze and head men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy to recruit African-American athletes to come to a school with a history of racial discrimination and hostility towards African-Americans. This comes in the wake of a recent incident at Old Miss involving three white students who placed a noose around the neck of a statue of James Meredith. (Mr. SEC)

Drew Magary vs. The World.
Drew Magary takes aim at Twitter critics of former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney's performance at the 2014 NFL Combine, the NFL Combine itself, and criticisms of the "heart" or "motor' of athletes in general. (Deadspin)

Fighting the trend.
Robbie Andreu looks at how the trend of empty student sections at college football games is trying to be combated at Florida. (The Gainesville Sun)

Pump Up the Volume.
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity promotes new SEC rules changes that allow for recorded music being played between plays in games. Hint to McGarity: Lay claim to Martin Garrix's "Animals" now. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Our board is bigger.
Texas A&M announces that the video board in the currently-undergoing restoration Kyle Field will be the largest board in any college football stadium. It it reportedly 47 ft. high and 160 ft. wide. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Keep hope alive!
Spencer Hall is trying to stay positive about Florida football after it's disastrous 4-8 season in 2013. Hope may float, but for Florida it's apparently floating down a river headed towards a 500-foot waterfall with rocks sharper than samurai swords at the bottom. (Every Day Should Be Saturday


Recruiting


Texas A&M recruiting.
Louisiana high school junior defensive back DeShawn Capers-Smith commits to Texas A&M's 2015 recruiting class. (Just Wait Til Next Season)

Most insane recruiting story of the day. 
 Zadock Dinkelmann, 14-year old junior high school quarterback, commits to LSU's 2018 recruiting class. Dinkelmann is the nephew of former Heisman Trophy-winning QB Ty Detmer. (ESPN)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Haha Clinton-Dix has heard your Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky jokes about his last name, thank you.


A member of media asking HaHa Clinton-Dix about his name was bound to happen sometime during the 2014 NFL Combine. The former Alabama safety was ready with a response right out of the chute. When asked about the " best or worst thing" regarding his "HaHa" nickname, Clinton-Dix responded by getting the obvious hubbub regarding his surname out of the way.

 "The whole President Clinton thing with Monica Lewinsky," he said with a smile. "I didn't know too much about that, but that's pretty much what it was."

Clinton-Dix's first name is Ha'Sean (pronounced Ha-SEEN. He explained to the media that as a child, people mispronounced his name as Ha-SHAWN. The "HaHa" nickname was given to him by his grandmother around the age of three or four. Obviously, the nickname stuck.

When asked what Alabama head coach Nick Saban called him, Clinton-Dix responded with "HaHa, get over here. I'm just going to say that -- in the good way."

In case you were wondering, Clinton-Dix was born in 1992. He would have been around six when the Monica Lewinsky scandal occurred in 1998.

(via al.com)


The Fallout: Kliff Kingsbury, Jerry Kill, Georgia, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Sunday edition.

Kliff Notes. 
Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury joins the chorus of head coaches criticizing the NCAA rules proposal to slow down hurry-up no huddle offenses. (al.com)

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Minnesota extends the contract of Golden Gophers head coach Jerry Kill through 2018, and gives him a $1 million dollar raise. (ESPN)

Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?
Andrew Hall ponders whether Georgia will be able to fill the spots in its offensive line left open with the departures of senior offensive guards Chris Burnette, Dallas Lee, and senior offensive tackle Kenarious Gates. (Bleacher Report)


Recruiting


Florida recruiting news.
Florida high school junior OT Tyler Jordan commits to Florida's 2015 recruiting class. (The Gainesville Sun)


Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Fallout: Steve Spurrier, Tom Bradley, Georgia, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition. 

What's in a name?
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier dubs the NCAA proposed rule to slow down hurry up-no huddle offenses "The Saban Rule" in honor Alabama head coach and of rule supporter Nick Saban. (ESPN)

Mountaineers hire Bradley.
West Virginia names former Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley as its new senior associate head coach. (ESPN)

Surgery for Braxton Miller.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller had undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder. Miller says that he shoulder had bothering hm since the Buckeye's 2014 Orange Bowl loss to Clemson. (ESPN)

Tyshon Dye injured.
Clemson running back Tyshon Dye will miss spring practice due to a torn Achilles tendon. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Movin' On Up.
Georgia moves up a scheduled game against Georgia Southern from 2016 to 2015. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Trading Places.
Michigan strong-side linebacker Jake Ryan will switch position to middle LB in 2014 . (The Detroit Free Press)

Friday, February 21, 2014

A.J. McCarron totally ecstatic out after beating video game.

This just in: Former Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron likes video games. In fact he possibly likes them a little too much. Katherine Webb, McCarron's girlfriend, posted the following Instagram video she made of him freaking out after he beat UFC Undisputed 3.









 I'd hate to see how he reacts when his mom makes pizza rolls. No word yet if he cried afterwards as well. I'm also sure Webb was thrilled he spent more quality time with the video game for four nights than with her.

(via al.com)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Covering Dixie: Texas A&M, Arkansas, LSU, and more.

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

A Few Small Repairs.
Jon Cooper looks at renovations to Texas A&M's Kyle Field, including 47 ft. tall, 163 ft. wide scoreboard. (Saturday Down South)

He's Just Not That Into You.
LSU quarterback Stephen Rivers will transfer once he graduates in the spring. He is the brother of San Diego Chargers starting QB Philip Rivers. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Settling old scores?
Alabama adds Louisiana-Monroe to its 2015 home schedule. ULM beat Alabama during the two schools last meeting in 2007. (al.com)

50 Shades of Hog?
Arkansas is reportedly be changing the shade of red it uses as its team color from Pantone 200 to Pantone 202. (Arkansas Fight)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Big Tentacles: Devin Gardner, Randy Edsall, Rutgers, and more.

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

Devin Gardner injury update.
Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner will see limited practice this spring while he continues to recover from a foot injury suffered in the final game of the 2013 regular season against Ohio State. (mLive.com)

We were merely freshmen.
MGoBlog looks at Michigan incoming freshmen who could make an impact in the 2014 college football season.

Let the record show...
Pete Volk compares the recruiting record of current Maryland head coach Randy Edsall to that of his predecessor, Ralph Friedgen. (Testudo Times)

Speaking of Friedgen...
Rutgers hires Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive assistant Ben McDaniels as its new wide receivers coach, and  former Scarlet Knight's QB Mike Tell as a graduate assistant. Both will work under current Rutgers offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen. (On the Banks)


Recruiting


Wisconsin recruiting news.
California high school junior tight end Kyle Penniston commits to Wisconsin's 2015 recruiting class. (Madtown Badgers)

Covering Dixie: Steve Spurrier and Jadeveon Cowney, Vavae Tata, HaHa Clinton-Dix, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. Where we don't let Garth Brooks design our uniforms like the Czech Olympic Hockey Team did. (Well okay, there was that one time...)




You're Not Helping!
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier's criticisms of former Gamecock defensive end Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic are probably not helping Clowney's draft stock. (Dr. Saturday)

Vavae Tata suspended.
Vanderbilt suspends defensive line coach Vavae Tata following his arrest on charges of DUI and leaving the scene of the accident. (AP/ESPN)

Is he or isn't he?
Andrew Gribble ponders whether or not former Alabama safety Haha Clinton-Dix is the best safety in the 2014 NFL Draft. (al.com)

The Mort Report.
Alex Mortensen, the son of ESPN NFL analyst Chris Mortensen, is joining the Alabama coaching staff as a graduate assistant. (al.com)

Baby, You Can Buy My Car.
Alabama football coach Nick Saban has become the partner in a planned Mercedes-Benz dealership in Irondale, Al. The only thing endangering this from happening is a lawsuit involving his partner  involving another dealership. (al.com)

He's just not that into you.
Florida defensive back Cody Riggs is planning to transfer to Notre Dame. He will be graduating from Florida in may with a degree in Family, Youth, and Community Services. (Alligator Army)

Mark Richt has lost control of his birthday.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt dismissed troubled safety Josh Harvey-Clemons from the team on his birthday. (The Crystal Ball Run)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Josh Harvey-Clemons is an ex-Georgia Bulldog, dismissed from team.

Josh Harvey-Clemons is an ex-Georgia Bulldog. The school announced in a statement that Harvey-Clemons was dismissed from the team for what it described as the ever-vague "violation of team rules."

Harvey-Clemons, a safety was already serving a second suspension for marijuana-related issues. He was to have missed the first three games of next season as a part of the suspension. He had also been suspended from the 2014 Gator Bowl on Jan. 1.

Harvey-Clemons had a history of getting into marijuana-related trouble at Georgia, which is ironic as he worked for his grandfather/legal guardian's bail bondsman business while in high school. 

(via The Athens Banner-Herald. HT: Saturday Down South)

Vanderbilt defensive line coach Vavae Tata arrested on DUI-related charges.



I seems it's just not players that are getting in alcohol-related trouble this week.  Newly-hired Vanderbilt defensive line coach Vavae Tata was arrested on DUI-related charges in Nashville on Sunday.

According to a Davidson County (Tn.) Police report, Tata hit two parked cars while driving on Nashville's West End Avenue. He then reportedly "fled the scene on foot in an attempt to avoid police." He was later found a few blocks away, where he confessed to being the operator of the vehicle involved with the accident.

The police report described Tata as smelling of alcohol and being "unsteady on his feet and had bloodshot and watery eyes." He failed a breathalyzer test, scoring a .18 percent. The legal limit in Tennessee is .08 percent. 

Tata was charged with "charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage."

Tata was recently hired by Vanderbilt as part of new head coach Derek Mason's coaching staff. He previously served with Mason at Stanford, where he was a defensive line assistant.

Vanderbilt yet to comment on the incident.

(via The Tennessean. HT: Saturday Down South)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Ole Miss linebackers Denzel Nkemdiche and Serderius Bryant arrested in separate incidents.


Oxford, MS. police arrested two members of the Ole Miss football team over the weekend. Linebackers Serderius Bryant and Denzel Nkemdiche were arrested in two separate incidents.

Nkemdiche was arrested around midnight on Saturday. Oxford Police charged him with "disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct and failure to comply with a police officer." The incident occurred at an apartment complex where Nkemdiche was reportedly celebrating his 21st birthday.

Bryant was arrested in a separate incident on charges of "public drunkeness and disturbing the peace." No further information  is available.

(via The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, hottytoddy.com)

Alabama RB Dee Hart arrested on marijuana posession charges. (UPDATED)



Nick Saban can forget about a relaxing Washington's Birthday. Alabama running back Dee Hart was arrested on charges of "giving false information and possession of marijuana."

There are no details yet on Hart's arrest, save that he was in arrested in Tuscaloosa County, Al. He was booked Sunday night, and was later released on $1,300 bail.

Hart had 22 carries and rushed for 78 yards in 2013. He had one touchdown.

UPDATE:  The University of Alabama has released a statement saying Hart has not been a member of the Crimson Tide football program since the Sugar Bowl.

 "Dee Hart has not been a part of the football team since the bowl game and has not participated in any of the off season program. Hopefully he will learn from this mistake and continue to work toward completing his degree, which he is on track to do by the summer."


(via The Tuscaloosa News)


Covering Dixie: Gene Stallings, Mark and Jon Richt, LSU recruiting, and the Eisenhower Tree remembered.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. Don't turn our Frito into a Dorito.




It was announced over the weekend that Augusta National's legendary Eisenhower Tree was a victim of the ice storm that hit the South last week. I'm hoping that God has a forest where the Eisenhower Tree and Toomer's Oaks stand side by side for all of eternity.

I see nothing! I hear nothing! I know nothing!
Former Alabama head coach Gene Stallings denies any knowledge of possible gay Crimson Tide players on the team during his tenure. The claim was made by Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, who was an Alabama wide receiver from 1990-1992 (al.com)

Kamara goes JUCO.
Former Alabama running back Alvin Kamara will reportedly enroll at Kansas JUCO Hutchinson Community College to continue his college playing career. (al.com)

Nepotism? What's nepotism?
Jon Richt will be joining the coaching staff of his father, Georgia head coach Mark Richt, as a voluntary quality control assistant. Things should be okay as long as they keep Jon out of the classroom. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

On the rise.
The average attendance for SEC games was up in 2013. It rose from 74,636 in 2012, to 75,674 in 2013. (ESPN)

Recruiting


Appropriate Washington's Birthday recruiting item of the day.
Louisiana high school junior defensive end Isaiah Washington commits to LSU's 2015 recruiting class. (The Baton Rouge Advocate)


Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Fallout: Gus Malzahn, the Iowa-Iowa State rivalry,

Welcome to the Fallout - Sunday edition.

Well, hello there!


I'm Waiting for the Man.
Kevin Scarbinsky awaits Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn's response to the proposed NCAA rules change to slow down  "hurry up no huddle offenses. Malzahn is one of the coaches who help create and popularize the hurry up no huddle. (al.com)

A-Day in the Life.
ESPN will air Aubrun's A-Day spring game on April 19. (College and Magnolia)

Louisville spring game news.
Louisville's Red-and-White spring game will be held on April 11. (Card Chronicle)

Let's Stay Together.
Iowa athletic director Gary Barta and his Iowa State counterpart Jamie Pollard say that the two schools' annual Cy-Hawk rivalry game will continue to be played. As long as the scheduling formats of their respective conferences will allow for it, that is. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Recruiting


What's mine is mine, what's yours is mine. 
Georgia high school defensive end Chauncey Rivers flips his 2015 recruiting class commitment from South Carolina to Georgia. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Fallout: Art Briles, Rich Rodirguez, Jadeveon Clowney, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition.

That Don't Impress Me Much. 
Baylor head coach Art Briles expresses his displeasure at the proposed NCAA rule to slow down hurry-up offenses. (Our Daily Bears)

Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? 
Arizona head coach Rich Roddiguez jumps on the rules change bandwagon as well. (The Detroit Free Press)

Don't Dream It's Over.
Ivan Maisel declares the era of realignment in college football over. I wouldn't quite bet the farm on that one. If there's money to be made in adding another school (or four), conferences will jump at it. (ESPN)

Just Say No.
Texas Tech refuses to allow former Red Raider quarterback Michael Brewer request to transfer to Texas. The school previously denied a request from Brewer to request to transfer to TCU. (Burnt Orange Nation)

Insanity


Love is in the Air.
A selection of Valentine's Day tweets between @FauxPelini and Nebraska. (BTN.com)

Kind Hearts and Gamecocks.
Jorge De Los Gallos presents some Candy Hearts inspired by former South Carolina defensive end. (Garnet and Black Attack)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Covering Dixie: Nick Saban, NCAA rules changes, and recruiting.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. Where football is never in the friendzone. 

Stand By Your Plan.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema show their support for proposed rule changes that could slow down the use of no-huddle and similar up-tempo offenses. Saban is a long-time critic of said offenses. (AP/ESPN)

In Your Honor.
Nick Saban will be honored at the 9th annual Dick Vitale Gala. It will be held on May 16th in Sarasota, Fl. Notre Dame men's head basketball coach Mike Bray and Indiana men's head basketball coach Tom Crean. (al.com)


Recruiting 


Walk-on the Wild Side. 
Florida gain a walk-on player for its 2014 class in Florida high school kicker Jorge Powell. (Only Gators Get Out Alive)


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Eric Crouch, the Heisman Trophy, and a bathroom stall.





The awkward bathroom stall news item today surprisingly doesn't come from Sochi, but instead from Beveridge Magnet Middle School in Omaha, Nebraska. It was there that former Nebraska Heisman Trophy-winning starting quarterback Eric Crouch took time out of his schedule to sign the school's "Stall of Fame." No this is not a joke. It's a bathroom stall that features the signatures of a number of sports figures, including Bobby Knight.




Back when I went to school, bathroom humor was frowned upon. This school apparently approves of it. To a point, at least. This is still probably not the kind of place the New York Athletic Club ever expected to see a picture of with the Heisman show up.

(HT: @drewmagary)

Covering Dixie: Kevin Steele, HaHa Clinton-Dix, Auburn, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. The Polar Vortex of college football. 

Atlanta, Ga this morning, via ajc.com.


Back in the Saddle Again.
Alabama brings director of player personnel Kevin Steele back on the sidelines as its new inside linebackers coach. Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will handle the Crimson Tide's secondary, replacing Greg Brown, who left to become secondary coach at Louisville. (al.com)

With Arms Wide Open.
Former Alabama safety HaHa Clinton Dix says that the an openly gay athlete wouldn't be a problem in the Alabama locker room. (al.com)

Goodbye Says It All.
Arkansas cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson is leaving Bret Bielema's coaching staff to join the Purdue coaching staff. (Arkansas Fight)

Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?
Red Cup Rebellion looks into how Ole Miss will fill eight spots left open by departing players such as running back Jeff Scott and wide receiver Donte Moncrief.

Recruiting


Auburn goes JUCO.
College of San Mateo cornerback Joseph Turner becomes the latest member of  2014 recruiting class. (al.com)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Mark Richt curling? Mark Richt curling.


What does a Georgia head football coach like Mark Richt do when Athens, along with most of North Georgia, is hit by the second winter storm in two weeks?

You try curling, that's what.






It's hard to tell whether this is a case of Mark Richt trying to keep from going stir crazy while snowed out of the Butts-Meare building, or he's finally lost control, period. Either way, spring practice (and warmer weather) can't come soon enough.

(via @GeorgiaSports247. HT: @CecilHurt)

Covering Dixie: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi St., and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. Don't make us angry. You wouldn't like us when we're angry.



Riding the Storm Out.
Andrew Gribble explains how Alabama managed to secure the top recruiting class in the country while going through major changes on head coach Nick Saban's coaching staff. (al.com)

Too Much, Too Little, Too Late?
Georgia head coach Mark Richt finally sees the light and names two special teams coaches. Tight ends coach John Lilly will handle offensive special teams, while new inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler. Knowing Georgia, that may manage to be both excessive and insufficient at the same time. (Saturday Down South)

The Brian Johnson Massacre. 
Mississippi State hires former Utah co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson as its new QB coach. (For Whom the Cowbell Tolls)

Recruiting


Kentucky recruiting needs.
Hank Rippetoe looks at Kentucky recruiting needs for its recruiting class of 2015. (A Sea of Blue.)

Wish List.
Jake Nazar looks at potential LSU recruiting targets for its class of 2015. (And the Valley Shook)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Covering Dixie: Michael Sam and Michelle Obama, Gus Malzahn, and (*sigh*) Lane Kiffin.

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




I'll Stand By You.
First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted out her support for former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam in his attempt to become the first openly gay player to be selected in the NFL Draft. (College Spun)

And the award goes to...
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has won the Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award, which is given out by the United States Sports Academy. (al.com)

Alex Collins suspended. 
Arkansas has suspended running back Alex Collins from team activities for one week. Razorbacks' head coach Bret Bielema declined to explain the reasons for the suspension, but said they were not football-related. (CBS Sports)
 
Sobering look at Lane Kiffin of the day.
Roll 'Bama Roll looks at Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin's recruiting record during his one year as head coach at Tennessee. Be afraid, 'Bama faithful. Be very afraid.


Recruiting


Better late than never.
Oklahoma high school senior defensive end commits to LSU's 2014 recruiting class. He commitment was delayed due to his high school being closed due to winter weather. (Dr. Saturday)

Non-SEC Southern programs.


First time for everything. 
Kevin Causey looks at the first-ever recruiting class of FBS program Kennesaw State. (The Crystal Ball Run)


Monday, February 10, 2014

Covering Dixie: Michael Sam, Cody Mandell, Jeremy Pruitt, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC, which still has more BCS titles than you do.



Show of support.
Former Alabama punter Cody Mandell shows his support of former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who announced he was gay Sunday on ESPN's Outside the Lines. (al.com)

Shine a Light.
Rock M Nation discusses the reaction of Sam's teammates to his announcement puts both the program and the school in a positive light.

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Doc Harper takes a look at the state of Arkansas 2015 recruiting class, which already has five commitments, but still has a lot of needs to fill. (Arkansas Fight)

Jeremy spoke in class today.
New Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt says that the Bulldogs' 2014 defense will mix it up between a 3-4 and a 4-3 defense. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Recruiting


A Bridges to the future.
Auburn lands the 2015 recruiting class commitment of Mississippi State Community College cornerback Tony Bridges. (al.com)

Yes, there is a Michigan State "YES!" t-shirt.

Shirts Without Random Triangles




You can't watch an episode of WWE Raw these days without hearing the loud and raucous "YES! YES! YES!" chant of fans by WWE wrestler Superstar Daniel Bryan. It's taken over the way the fans responded to everything a WWE Superstar said in the ring with "WHAT?" back in the Aughts.

The "YES!" chant went viral when Michigan State celebrated its 2014 Rose Bowl victory during halftime of the Spartans home game victory over Ohio State.




Now the school is trying to cash in on the craze with its own "YES!" t-shirt. This image of a Sparty "YES!" t-shirt was posted on Twitter by Ben Axelrod.



I haven't been able to find out where this shirt is being sold at, but I'll keep you updated.

(via @BenAxelrod)

Auburn's Iron Bowl-winning "Kick Six" play wins ESPN Sport Science "Most Improbable" Newton Award.


Guz Malzahn with Newton Award. Image via al.com.

Auburn has won big in the first-ever ESPN Sports Science Newton Awards. Yes, such a thing as the ESPN Sports Science Newton Awards thing exists, because the WWW knows geeks and nerds love sports too. It also gives ESPN another excuse not to air actual sporting events.

Auburn took home the "most improbable play" Newton Award for the now-legendary/infamous "Kick Six" touchdown on a missed field goal by former Tiger cornerback Chris Davis. The last-second play gave Auburn the victory against Alabama in the Iron Bowl, and led to the team's eventual berth in the BCS title game.

The Auburn football program's Twitter account tweeted out an image of head coach Gus Malzahn holding the Newton Award.

There's is no word as to whether this happened at the school or at an actual awards ceremony. The world will have to wait for February 16, when  ESPN will air Sports Science Newton Awards via tape delay.

(via al.com)


Michael Sam told Missouri teammates that he was gay before the start of last season.


Michael Sam. Image via SI.com.


Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam announced that he is gay during an interview for ESPN's Outside the Lines on Sunday. He could possibly become the first openly gay athlete in NFL history.

Sam said in the interview that he had revealed his sexual orientation to his fellow Missouri players before the start of last season.


"Coaches just wanted to know a little about ourselves, our majors, where we're from, and something that no one knows about you," Sam said. "And I used that opportunity just to tell them that I was gay. And their reaction was like, 'Michael Sam finally told us.' "

Asked what that moment felt like, Sam said, "I was kind of scared, even though they already knew. Just to see their reaction was awesome. They supported me from Day One. I couldn't have better teammates. ... I'm telling you what: I wouldn't have the strength to do this today if I didn't know how much support they'd given me this past semester."
Sam said he told his teammates not to keep his sexual orientation a secret.

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel showed his support for Sam in a statement. 

"We're really happy for Michael that he's made the decision to announce this, and we're proud of him and how he represents Mizzou," Pinkel said. "Michael is a great example of just how important it is to be respectful of others, he's taught a lot of people here first-hand that it doesn't matter what your background is, or your personal orientation, we're all on the same team and we all support each other."

(via ESPN)




Sunday, February 9, 2014

Two Tennessee players arrested on alcohol-related charges, resisting arrest.

Two members of the Tennessee football team, linebacker A.J. Johnson and defensive lineman Danny O'Brien were arrested late Saturday night on alcohol-related charges, along with charges of resisting arrest. Former Volunteer linebacker Dontavis Sapp was also arrested.

The three were arrested by Knox County Police on Saturday Night. Johnson who is 22, faces charges of "purchasing alcohol for a person underage and resisting arrest." O'Brien, who is 20,  faces charges of "criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and underage consumption of alcohol." Sapp was charged with resisting arrest, among other charges.

In a statement, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones said that "We are aware of the situation and are still in the preliminary stages of gathering all facts and information. We have very high standards and expectations within our football program at the University of Tennessee, and appropriate action will be taken.”

(via CBS Sports, AP/ESPN)

The Fallout: Arkansas, Alabama, Illinois vs. Northwestern, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Sunday edition. 

The Robb Report.
Arkansas hires former Tampa Bay Buccaneers' linebackers coach Robb Smith to be its new defensive coordinator. Robb had previously been DC at Rutgers before joining the Bucs' coaching staff. He worked under head coach Greg Schianio for both jobs. (ESPN)

There's a possibility, but no chance. 
The ACC is looking at a scheduling scenario that includes member schools playing one game against an ACC opponent every year. Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Louisville already play annual rivalry games against in-state opponents (South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and Kentucky respectively). (ESPN)

Everybody Wants You. 
JUCO schools in Kansas have become popular recruiting targets for FCS programs. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

The only easy day was yesterday.
Alabama players and early enrollees discuss their first experiences with the strength and conditioning program of Crimson Tide S&C coach Scott Cochran. (al.com)

A fight between two bald men over a comb.
Illinois head coach Tim Beckman touts a self-proclaimed recruiting "victory" over Northwestern in Chicago for National Signing Day. Northwestern blog Lake the Posts disputes the claim. Chicago, in the mean while, is waiting for another Cubs losing baseball season to begin.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Fallout: Arizona State, Alabama vs. Auburn, Michigan, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition. 

Condolences to the family and loved ones of USC backup defensive end Ted Agu, who died on Friday following what has been described as a "conditioning run." (Dr. Saturday)

Now on to our regular programming.

Arizona State hires Patterson.
Arizona State hires Keith Patterson as its new defensive coordinator. Patterson previously served as DC at West Virginia.  (AP/ESPN)

Goodbye Says It All. 
North Carolina State quarterback Pete Thomas will transfer to another school following graduation. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Recruiting footprints: Alabama vs. Auburn.
Wesley Sinor compares the 2014 recruiting footprints of Albama and Auburn, revealing that Alabama recruited members of its 2014 recruiting class from fifteen different states across the U.S., while Auburn 2014 recruiting class was more concentrated in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Kansas. (al.com)

Too much is never enough.
SEC Media Days will expand to four days this summer. The dates are Monday, July 14 through Thursday July 17. (al.com)

No price too high.
Michigan will receive $6 million dollars to play Florida in the 2017 Cowboys Classic at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. No word on how much Florida is being paid to compete against the Wolverines, though it is assumed to be the same amount. (The Detroit Free Press)

Insanity


Are you not entertained?
Dawg Sports looks at ways National Signing Day could be made more entertaining. Includes such ideas as having a recruit that commits to Wisconsin bring a live badger on the stage. Color me unimpressed.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Covering Dixie: D.J. Pettway, more 2014 National Signing Day fallout, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. It's like the Olympics, but with fewer cameras in the showers.



Hey It's Good to Be Back Home Again. 
Alabama defensive end D.J. Pettway describes how it feels to be able to rejoin the program after being dismissed in 2012 following a couple of run-ins with the law. (al.com)

Membership has its privileges.
Team Speed Kills looks at how joining the SEC has benefited Texas A&M when it comes to recruiting.

What's mine is mine. What's yours is mine. 
Michael Bird looks at how the SEC's success in recruiting outside the South. (SB*Nation)

A Map of the World.
Good Bull Hunting provides in interactive map of where SEC schools were successful in recruiting for 2014.

Sudden Impact. 
Hunter Turner reviews Tennessee's 2014 recruiting class, and which players could have an immediate impact to the program. (Rocky Top Talk)

Open Mike Night.
Georgia hires former USC linebackers coach Mike Ekeler to coach inside linebackers. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Goodbye Says It All.
Georgia offensive tackle Mark Beard will be transferring to another program once he graduates in the summer for his final year of eligibility. (AP/ESPN) (UPDATE): Beard has apparently changed his mind and will stay at Georgia.

Auburn Reloaded.
Matt Smith reviews Auburn's 2014 recruiting class, and sees potential for another run at a national title. (Saturday Down South)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Big Tentacles: Urban Meyer, National Signing Day, ugly unis, and...Kentucky?


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

Wait a minute...


Urban planning. 
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will be taking a more hands on approach when it comes to the Buckeye defense in 2014. (Cleveland.com)

Illinois class of 2014. 
Jack Cassidy runs down Illinois 2014 signing class. (The Champaign Room)

Quarterback controversy? What quarterback controversy?
Marc Morehouse reports on the competition for the Iowa starting quarterback job between Jake Ruddock and C.J. Beathard. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Invaders from Another Conference. 
Eleven Warriors looks at Kentucky's success at recruiting the Big Ten region for its 2014 signing class. If Kentucky was an actual B1G program, it would have had the third best recruiting class in the conference this year. 

Terra Nova.
Dirk Chatelain looks how Maryland and Rutgers' upcoming entrance into the Big Ten has helped Big Ten coaches with recruiting in Maryland and New Jersey. (The Omaha World-Herald)

Making the Grade.
Brian Towle gives Nebraska's 2014 signing class a "B to B-." (Corn Nation)

Wisconsin 2014 signing class.
Andrew Rosin looks at how Wisconsin fared on National Signing Day. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

Northwestern 2014 signing class.
Lake the Posts looks at Northwestern's 2014 recruiting class. 

A Study in Scarlet.
Kevin Reico looks at Rutgers' 2014 recruiting class. (On the Banks)

Goodbye says it all.
Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Hammock is leaving to become the RB coach of the Baltimore Ravens. (Pro Football Talk)


Insanity


The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. 
Jesse Collins takes a look at the biggest Big Ten uniform disasters over the past few seasons. He included Maryland and Rutgers, even though they don't join the B1G until July. It might have been a bad idea, since Maryland's state flag-inspired unis are hands down the fugliest things seen on a football field in recent memory. (Off Tackle Empire)

Body language, Bo Pelini style. 
Self-explanatory, isn't it? (Every Day Should Be Saturday)

Covering Dixie: National Signing Day wrapup, Johnny Manziel, and more.

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



Least. Shocking. News. Ever. Of the day.
ESPN ranks Alabama's 2014 recruiting class as the top recruiting class in the nation.

How You Remind Me.
Robert Cessna looks at how Texas A&M's 2014 recruiting class compares to those of the past. (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)

Every Dog Has Its Day. 
Georgia head coach Mark Richt discusses how the Bulldogs success on Signing Day. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

The stuff that dreams are made of. 
James Smith says that LSU's 2014 signing class is "an example of what championships are made of." (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Making the Grade.
Robbie Andreu gives Florida an overall "A" for its 2014 signing class. (The Gainesville Sun)

Bringing It All Back Home.
Ole Miss make it into the Top 15 recruiting class list by signing in-state talent. (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

Tennessee's NSD. 
Hunter Turner reviews Tennessee's 2014 National Signing Day. (Rocky Top Talk)

South Carolina NSD.
Garnet and Black Attack reviews South Carolina's NSD.

Back to the beginning.The Houston Chronicle takes a look back at former Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel's signing day in 2011.

Another Johnny Manziel article? Oh, why not!
The Houston Texas have to pick Johnny Manziel as the overall first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Because Gregg Doyel said so. (CBS Sports)


Nick Saban discusses doing the Electric Slide.

A few weeks ago the sports blogosphere melted down after a Vine video surfaced of Alabama head coach Nick Saban doing the Electric Slide at a recruit gathering in his home. Here's a YouTube version of the video in case you missed it.






Saban finally discussed the event on Wednesday during a National Signing Day press conference.

Saban claims that he's done the Electric Slide "since I was 15.″ Which would be somewhat misleading, as according to my calculations, Saban turned 15 in 1965, and the Electric Slide wasn't invented until 1976. "Electric Boogie," the song about the dance, was recorded by Marcia Griffiths was originally recorded in 1982.

Saban also said during the conference that he "do the wobble too." Luckily that wasn't filmed, as it's doubtful that the Internet could handle it.

Here's video of Saban discussing the dance to the press.




(Via al.com. HT Gridiron Girl)

Oklahoma QB Blake Bell moves to tight end.

Blake Bell. Via The Oklahoman.


Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell had made the decision to take his talents to the Sooners' tight end position. This according to Sooner head coach Bob Stoops on Wednesday. This comes after a season where Bell shared starting QB duties with sophomore Trevor Knight.

The move comes after Knight helped the Sooners to an upset victory against Alabama in the 2014 Sugar Bowl. 

“With the positive momentum of how Trevor played throughout that game and coming off that, we want to try and build off that,” Stoops said. “That being the case, we're excited that even though Blake can graduate and go somewhere else wants to stay here and finish out and wants to try tight end.”

According to Oklahoma offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, the move was Bell's idea.

"Over the break, he wasn’t sure what he was going to do,” said Heupel. “He approached me when I got back into town, and we had a conversation. He said, ‘Listen, I want to play at the University of Oklahoma. I’m a Sooner. I believe we’ve got a chance to do something special here.’”

“Blake wants to play, wants to help his team, wants to compete and believes that’s a great position for him to do that,” Heupel said. “I think everyone on our staff believes in him as a competitor and as a player. It’s going to be a lot of fun for him to make a change and then see where he can grow. I feel like he’s going to be a good player there."

Bell has been named "Belldozer" due to his running abilities as a QB. With his move to tight end, it appears that those hoping for a QB controversy at Oklahoma this offseason are going to be disappointed.

(via The Oklahoman. HT: College Football Talk)