Monday, June 30, 2014

UCLA adds Florida RB prospect T.J. Simmons to its 2015 recruiting class.

T.J. Simmons. Photo via polkcountyfootball.com.


UCLA has landed the commitment of Lakeland, Fl. high school rising senior running back T.J. Simmons for its 2015 recruiting class. Simmons is the seventh prospect to commit to the Bruins for next season's recruiting class.


Covering Dixie: Philip Lutzenkirchen remembered, LSU, Dante Fowler Jr., and more.

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

Remembering Philip Lutzenkirchen.

Philip Lutzenkirchen in 2012. Photo via al.com.


Former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen was killed in a automobile accident early Sunday morning. He was 23 years old. 

Lutzenkirchen played for Auburn from 2009 to 2012.  He was a member of the undefeated 2010 Auburn team that went on to win the SEC and BCS titles. 

The Opelika-Auburn News paid tribute to Lutzenkirchen on the front page of its sports section with a photo taken during the Tiger's 2010 victory over Georgia.

Make sure to pick up a copy of today's paper for the amazing tribute to @lutzenkirchen in the @oanowsports section: pic.twitter.com/Yi4BfHxOQz
 Georgia baseball player Joseph Ian Davis also died in the accident. 

Condolences go out to the family and friends of Philip Lutzenkirchen.
(via al.com, College Spun)


Big Ten mascots gather for photo shoot in front of White House for photo shoot.

[BLEEP] You, Mascot!



The mascots of the Big Ten held a nightmare convention in front of the White House recently to promote the addition of Maryland and Rutgers to the conference. The group's selfie was shared with an unsuspecting world by the B1G's Twitter account.

Steve Spurrier continues to be Steve Spurrier, jabs Alabama once more.

The Old Ball Coach
Steve Spurrier with Nick Saban in 2010. Via al.com.


The Old Ball Coach is up to his old tricks again.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Georgia adds Atlanta,Ga. OT prospect Sage Hardin to its 2013 recruiting class.

Georgia has added Atlanta, Ga prospect Sage Hardin to its 2014 recruiting class.


2014 Tennessee football team poses (mostly) shirtless in Neyland Stadium.

From the "A tradition unlike any other" department comes this photo of the Tennessee football team posing (mostly) bare-chested in Neyland Stadium while undergoing some nighttime conditioning training.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sick Day.

Feeling pretty under the weather right now. I'm probably going to chill out and try to recover today, and may or may not have something up later.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Georgia and Notre Dame agree on home-at-home series for 2017 and 2019.

Georgia RB Hershel Walker in 1981 Sugar Bowl. Via Dawg Sports.


Georgia and Notre Dame have agreed to meet in a home-at-home series in 2017 and 2019.

The Bulldogs will travel to South Bend to face the Irish on Sept. 19, 2017. The Irish will reciprocate with a trip to Athens to face the Dawgs on Sept. 21, 2019.
 

Texas A&M lands Fl. kicking prospect Daniel LaCamera for its 2015 recruiting class.

Daniel LaCamera. Via chrissailerkicking.com


Texas A&M continued with its recent recruiting success on Monday. Tarpon Springs, Fl. high school rising senior kicker Daniel LaCamera has become the 18th prospect to commit to the Aggies' 2015 recruiting class, and the the ninth prospect to do so in a twenty-five day period.


Auburn lands three-star tight end 2015 prospect Jalen Harris.

Jalen Harris. Photo via al.com.


Auburn's one-two recruiting punch continued Tuesday with the commitment of Montgomery, Al. high school rising senior tight end Jalen Harris to its 2015 recruiting class.

Auburn lands four-star offensive guard prospect Tyler Carr for its 2015 recruiting class.

Tyler Carr. Photo via al.com.


Auburn managed a big win over Alabama in the in-state recruiting wars on Tuesday. Gadsden, Al. high school rising senior offensive guard Tyler Carr chose the Tigers over the Crimson Tide as his 2015 college destination.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Alabama players got to see Transformers: Age of Extinction before you did.

Scene from Transformers: Age of Extinction. Via screencrush.com.


Alabama players got to see the fourth installment of the Transformers film franchise before you did. The team was treated to a sneak preview of Transformers:Age of Extinction on Monday night.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Peyton Manning gives show of support to Tennessee head coach Butch Jones.

Peyton Manning at Manning Scholarship presentation with recipients Alex Crockett and Cody Sain, and UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek. Photo via utsports.com.
 


Tennessee head coach Butch Jones just got a major show of support from a truly important player in recent Tennessee football history - Denver Broncos starting quarterback Peyton Manning, who is making the rounds in Knoxville this week.

"I think it's going in the right direction," said Manning, the 1997 Heisman Trophy runner-up. "I think Butch had a lot of work to do when he got here. He's put in that work. He's signing some of his players. Every coach wants to have their players. He's been patient. At the same time, he's been hard-working, as he was advertised to be. He's done that. I just see it continuing to get better. I really do."

Manning's rounds in Knoxville on Monday included a charity golf tournament benefiting East Tennessee Children's Hospital, and his own PeyBack Foundation charity. He also presented the 2014 Manning Scholarships to University of Tennessee students Alex Crockett and Cody Sain. 

(via The Denver Post)


Tennessee lands commitment from Georgia three-star OLB prospect Austin Smith.

Austin Smith. Via bwolvesfootball.teamsitenow.com.


Buford, Ga. high school rising senior outside linebacker Austin Smith committed to Tennessee's 2015 recruiting class on Monday. He becomes the 18th member of the Vols' recruiting class for 2015.

Steve Spurrier questions whether Nick Saban's work habits are actually working for Saban.

Hail Saban!
Steve Spurrier and Nick Saban in 2010. Via al.com.


Steve Spurrier is at it again. The South Carolina head coach dropped some more of his legendary jabs at fellow SEC coaches in an interview with The State. The subject of Spurrier's wit and wisdom this time: Alabama head coach Nick Saban.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Oregon lands commitment from three-star OL prospect Calvin Throckmorton

Calvin Throckmorton. Via ESPN.


Bellevue, Wa. high school rising senior offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton has committed to Oregon. He becomes the eighth member of the Ducks' 2015 recruiting class.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Moore! Moore! Moore! Texas A&M adds outside linebacker prospect Richard Moore to 2015 recruiting class.

Richard Moore. Via scout.com.


First Texas A&M doubled up on  prospects from Cedar Hill, Tx. on Thursday. First came five-star wide receiver Damarkus Lodge. Then came word that teammate Richard Moore, a high school rising senior outside linebacker, had committed to the Aggies as well.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Washington St. LB Ivan McLennan arrested after allegedly pointing airsoft gun at another person.

via wsucougars.com
Ivan McLennan. Via wsucougars.com.


Washington State linebacker Ivan McLennan is facing charges of unlawful handling of weapons capable of producing bodily harm. McLennan was arrested on Sunday by Pullman, Wa. police after he allegedly pointed an airsoft gun at at least one person described as a "student."


Texas A&M adds five-star WR prospect Damarkus Lodge to its 2015 recruiting class.


via Scout.com
Damarkus Lodge. Photo via Scout.com.

Tired of hearing about Texas A&M's recruiting success yet? Well, you're out of luck. The Aggies have found a five-star prospect for the sixteenth member of its 2015 recruiting class in Cedar Hill, Tx. high school rising senior wide receiver Damarkus Lodge.

Alabama adds California quarterback prospect Blake Barnett to its 2015 recruiting class.

via Scout.com
Blake Barnett. Via scout.com.


Alabama added a major piece to its 2015 recruiting class on Wednesday. Corona, Ca. high school rising senior quarterback Blake Barnett announced his commitment to 'Bama on Bleacher Report.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Big Ten expansion and Midwest population decline. Or: Why the real reason why the B1G added Rutgers and Maryland.

Big Tentacles
Jim Delany's new friend, Testudo. Via Syracuse.com.


Stewart Mandel takes a look at the addition of Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten in the June 23 edition of Sports Illustrated. The article gives one reason behind controversial move - the projected decline (or at best, stagnation) in the population growth of the conference's traditional Midwest fan base.

Covering Dixie: Alabama, Tray Matthews, Missouri, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. It's like the FIFA World Cup, but with much less soccer. 




Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Covering Dixie: Will Muschamp, Hutson Mason, Josh Murray, and more.

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



Illinois adds California JUCO WR Raphael Barr.

Raphael Barr. Via citrusowls.com.


Illinois isn't quite done yet adding members to its 2014 recruiting class just yet. California junior college wide receiver Raphael Barr signed to Illinois on Tuesday.

Buffalo Wild Wings is an ex-bowl game sponsor.

2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl winners Kansas St. Photo via kansas.com.


Buffalo Wild Wings is an ex-bowl sponsor. The restaurant chain has cut ties with the Tempe, Az. based-bowl following two-years of sponsorship.

Stanford adds NC high school center Brian Chaffin to its 2015 recruiting class.

Brian Chaffin. Via scout.com.


Stanford has the third member of its 2015 recruiting class. Charlotte, NC. high school rising senior center Brian Chaffin committed to the Cardinals on Monday.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Texas A&M adds high school inside linebacker Landis Durham to its 2015 recruiting class.

Landis Durham. Via ESPN.


Texas A&M received some more good recruiting news on Sunday. Plano, Tx. rising senior inside linebacker Landis Durham has become the 14th member of the Aggies 2015 recruiting class. He announced his decision during the school's one-day football camp on Sunday.


Covering Dixie: Gus Malzahn and Tray Matthews, Bret Bielema, Jordan Jenkens, and...Urban Meyer?



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




West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen shares what three Alabama games from 2013 he might be focusing on as he prepares for 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

Dana Holgorsen. Photo via Lost Lettermen.


West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen is getting ready to face the Nick Saban-coached Alabama Crimson Tide in the Aug. 30 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Jake Heaps wants to Rock You Like a Hurricane.

Jake Heaps. Via The Deseret News.


If you were looking for one more use for the phrase "taking his talents to South Beach," then your in luck. The former Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps is transferring to Miami for the 2014 season.

Ex-Georgia safety Tray Matthews transferring to Auburn.

Tray Matthews.


Former Georgia Bulldog Tray Matthews has found a landing spot. The oft-in-trouble safety had announced he will transfer to Auburn on Saturday.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Fallout: Hutson Mason, Stanford, Kelvin Taylor, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition.

Moscow on the Hutson. 
Brad Crawford profiles Georgia starting quarterback Hutson Mason. (Saturday Down South)

Accentuate the Positive.
Rule of Tree looks at "The Benefits of Stanford's Brutal 2014 Schedule." The most obvious: survive and the Cardinal is almost guaranteed a spot in the first-ever College Football Playoff.

The Kelvin Scale. 
Brad Crawford profiles Florida running back Kelvin Taylor. (Saturday Down South)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Michael Weinreb's list of his "least-hopeful" schools in each FBS conference includes UConn, Virginia, Maryland, Kansas, Colorado, and Kentucky. To be honest, Maryland probably has better hope for success in the B1G than Purdue, Illinois, or Indiana. (Sports on Earth)

Bryce Up Your Life.
Andrew Coppens profiles Wisconsin nose guard Bryce Gilbert. (Madtown Badgers)

Maryland for non-Terrapins.
Eric Schulman gives a cheat sheet on the University of Maryland for Big Ten fans still getting used to this strange visitor from another conference. (Off Tackle Empire)

It's crazy what you could have had. 
Jason Kirk looks at what a proposed Big 12/Big East merger might have looked like if Texas had left the Big 12 for the Pac-10 in 2011, and taken Oklahoma and a few other schools with it. (SB*Nation)

Snap judgement.
Kyle Rowland looks at the evolution of the long snapper position in college football. (Eleven Warriors)

The Iron Bucket?
The Iron Bowl rivalry between Alabama and Auburn is the only college football entry to make Larry Bleiberg's list of "10 best bucket-list sporting events. (USA Today)

He went to Jehren!
Drew Roberts profiles Boise State offensive lineman Jehren Erthel. (One Bronco Nation Under God)

Chase the Sun.
Drew Roberts profiles Boise St. true freshman tight end Chase Blakely. (OBNUG)

Former Indiana QB Tre Roberson is transferring to Illinois State.

Tre Roberson. Photo via heraldtimesonline.com.


Former Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson has announced has decision to leave the Hoosier football program this past Wednesday. He announced his future plans on Friday via Twitter.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Oklahoma TE Blake Bell gives update on recovery from knee injury.


Blake Bell. Photo via The Oklahoman.

Blake Bell has provided an update on his recovery from a knee sprain that the Oklahoma quarterback-turned-tight end suffered during spring practice at a Sooner Caravan stop in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas.

Three Akron players suspended following arrests for "aggravated riot."

Johnny Robinson. Via gozips.com.


Three members of the Akron football team - freshman running back Bryan Green, senior safety Johnny Robinson, and senior cornerback Donte Williams - have been suspended following their arrests on Monday on felony charges of "aggravated riot."

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Joker Phillips allegedly photographed with high school recruiting prospect in incident which led to resignation from Florida.

Joker Phillips. Photo via ESPN.


The story behind former Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips' abrupt resignation on Wednesday is getting a little clearer. Charles Robinson and Pat Forde are reporting that Phillips was allegedly involved with a possible recruiting violation with a high school prospect.

Maryland gains 2015 commitment from NJ high school cornerback Kareem Ali.



Kareem Ali. Via Testudo Times.
Maryland has added another part of its 2015 recruiting class. Sicklerville, NJ high school rising senior cornerback Kareem Ali committed to the Terrapins on Thursday.

Covering Dixie: Joker Phillips, Hugh Freeze, Arkansas, and more.

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



Texas high school QB prospect Justin McMillan commits to LSU.

Justin McMillan. Photo via Fansided.

LSU adds another piece to its 2015 recruiting class. Cedar Hill, Tx. quarterback Justin McMillan became the twelfth commitment to the Tigers' 2015 recruiting class on Wednesday.

Georgia lands 2015 commitment of in-state OLB prospect Gart McCrae.

Gary McCrae. Photo via The Albany Herald.


Georgia had a very successful recruiting Wednesday. In addition to landing class of 2015 cornerback prospect Deandre Baker, the Bulldogs also received the class of 2015 commitment of Cuthbert, Ga. outside linebacker Gary McCrae.

Georgia lands 2015 commitment from Miami, Fl. high school cornerback prospect Deandre Baker.

DeandreBaker Photo via 247sports.com.


Georgia added a tenth member to its 2014 recruiting class. Miami, Fl. high school rising senior cornerback Deandre Baker committed to the Bulldogs' class of 2015 on Wednesday.

Tre Roberson is an ex-Indiana quarterback.

 He's Just Not That Into You.

Tre Roberson. Via heraldtimesonline.com.



Tre Roberson is an ex-Hoosier. The Indiana redshirt junior quarterback announced he is transferring to another school on Wednesday. No reason was given for Roberson's decision to transfer.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Joker Phillips is an ex-Florida wide receivers coach (UPDATED).


Joker Phillips. Photo via ESPN.

Joker Phillips is an ex-Florida wide receivers coach. Phillips cited personal reasons for his departure. He is being replaced on head coach Will Muschamp's coaching staff with former Gator quarterback Chris Leak. 

Oklahoma St. adds Houston safety prospect Kenneth McGruder to its 2015 recruiting class.

Kenneth McGruder. Photo via Cowboys Ride for Free.


Oklahoma State has added a seventh prospect to its 2015 recruiting class. Houston, Tx safety Kenneth McGruder made his commitment to the Cowboys' recruiting class of 2015 on Wednesday.

Mississippi State adds in-state tight end prospect Farrod Green to its 2015 recruiting class.

Farrod Green. Photo via Scout.com.


Mississippi State continued on its recent flurry of success on the recruiting trail in Tuesday. Wesson, Ms tight end Farrod Green became the seventeenth member of the Bulldogs' recruiting class of 2015 with his commitment on Tuesday night.

Covering Dixie: Nick Marshall, Todd Gurley, Joker Phillips, and more.

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



LSU adds Texas JUCO tight end Colin Jeter to 2014 recruiting class.

Colin Jeter. Photo ESPN.


LSU won't have to wait for 2015 for its newest commitment to become available for eligibility. Longview, Tx. JUCO tight end Colin Jeter committed to LSU's 2014 recruiting class on Tuesday.

(UPDATED) LSU defensive back Jalen Mills charged with second degree battery, indefinitely suspended.


Jalen Mills' mugshot. Photo via Bleacher Report.


Another LSU player has  gotten in trouble with the law. Baton Rouge Police arrested LSU defensive back Jalen Mills on charges of second degree battery Wednesday morning.

Oklahoma State adds Texas JUCO defensive tackle Motekiai Maile to its 2015 recruiting class.

Motekiai Maile. Via Scout.com


Oklahoma State has added a sixth member to its 2015 recruiting class. Tyler, Tx. junior college defensive tackle Motekiai Maile made his commitment to the Cowboys on Monday.