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Dancing in the Ruins: Texas A&M, Texas, scheduling changes and more.

Dancing in the Ruins: Texas A&M, Texas, scheduling changes and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 6, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference...or at least what's left of it.)     Great Expectations The Dallas Morning News' look at Texas A&M's offensive line 2011 shows a unit that the Aggies' head football coach. Mike Sherman, "has high expectations for." (The Dallas Morning News) Great Expectations, part deux.  Meanwhile, the Aggies add another notch on their belt with the oral commitment of running back Davantefor the 2012 squad. (The Dallas Morning News) Lowered Expectations.  As for Texas, new offensive coordinator Stacy Searles has his work cut out for him. It doesn't help things that Searles was the OC of the underperforming Georgia offense last year. (The Dallas Morning News) Lowered Expectations, part deux.  Texas' once glorious running game doesn't look as it's returning to where it was in the middle of the past decade, either. (Dr. Saturday) Cause I'm hot, young running free. A little bit better than I used to be.  Texas Tech's 2011 offensive line sees a unit that's pretty much the same as last season's, but is seen as more more experienced and naturally expected to be better. (The Dallas Morning News) Boomer Sooner building boom.  Oklahoma's plans for a new $75 million dollar "Sooner Center" dormitory complex is seen as a boost for it winning players for future recruiting classes. (The Oklahoman) A slight change in plans.  Oklahoma's home game against Iowa State is being moved to November 26. (The Oklahoman) Farmageddeon It.  The Big XII moves the Iowa St.-Kansas St. "Farmageddeon" game to December 3. (ESPN) Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Brandon Chatmon ponders whether all the scheduling tweeks the Big XII has dropped in the last few days help or hinder Oklahoma State. (The Oklahoman) Either you're with us or you're against us. A quasi-scientific study on that teams in the Big XII are football schools, and which are basketball schools pretty much tell you what you probably already knew. (Cowboys Ride for Free) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Michigan State,Michigan's  Jake Ryan, Penn State, and more.

Big Tentacles: Michigan State,Michigan's Jake Ryan, Penn State, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 5, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)     Friday Night Lights for Spartans.  Michigan State's 2011 season opener against Youngstown State at home has been moved up to Friday night, September 2, at 7:30 P.M. EDT. It will air on the Big Ten Network. (msuspartans.com) Maxwell's Silver Hammer. Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell is looking toward more playing time while backing up senior starting QB Kirk Cousins. (Detroit Free Press) Meet Jake Ryan. A look at Michigan redshirt freshman linebacker Jake Ryan, who is already gaining notoriety due to the beating his helmet took in spring practice. (Maize n Brew) Penn State quarterback controversy over? Penn State QB coach Jay Paterno says the Nitnay Lions have an "idea" of who will win out in the competition for the starting QB position between Rob Bolden and Matt McGloi. (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)  Use your delusion.  The Daily Gopher has a bone to pick with ESPN's Adam Rittenberg for ranking Minnesota 11th in his Big Ten power rankings. Just be quiet and enjoy the view of Purdue's caboose at number ten. (Daily Gopher) Speaking of those power rankings of Adam Rittenberg's, No surprises here. Ohio State and Nebraska take the top two spots. (ESPN) Northwestern is a dish best served cold. Off Tackle Empire's Thursday preseason Potluck feature sticks its forks into Northwestern, featuring questions about quarterback Dan Persa's Heisman chances, and the Wildcats' all-time ugliest unis. (Off Tackle Empire) Include Me Out. At least one Northwestern blogger isn't too excited with the notion of the Wildcats' playing a yearly game at Wrigley Field. (The Daily Northwestern) Fantasy football (with a huge emphasis on the fantasy part). Black Heart Gold Pants look at Iowa recruiting is, well, just what you would think a Black Heart Gold Pants look at Iowa recruiting would probably be like. (Black Heart Gold Pants) BASKETBALL A Knight to Remember? Ohio State sees a recently scheduled  men's basketball game against Lamar on Dec. 20 as a chance to honor Buckeye alum Bobby Knight. Lamar recently hired Knight's son Pat as its new men's basketball coach. (Columbus Dispatch) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Urban Meyer on Florida, Gene Chizik, Nick Saban, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Urban Meyer on Florida, Gene Chizik, Nick Saban, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 5, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   It's Cinco de Mayo! What better reason to take a look ahead to Georgia's November 5 game against New Mexico State? (SB Nation Atlanta) Guarding the bloodline.  T. Kyle King takes a long, hard look at what measures need to be taken to ensure the preservation of the Uga mascot dynasty. (Dawg Sports) We Can Work It Out.  Alabama head football coach Nick Saban says that the recent string of tornadoes that hit Alabama shows that Alabama and Auburn fans can work together for the common good and not be "public enemies." (The Birmingham News) Chillin' with Urban Meyer.  Urban Meyer sat down with the ESPN College Football Live crew to talk about Florida and Meyer's replacement, Will Muschamp on Wednesday. The video is now online. (ESPN) Was Gene Chizik a better coach last year than we thought?  Chuck Oliver says that Gene Chizik's performance as a BCS winning head football coach at Auburn  in 2010 is more impressive once you start looking at the recruiting classes Tommy Tuberville left him with. (AUDIO) (ChuckOliver.net) Things Can Only Get Better.  Arkansas players going into the 2012 NFL Draft won't have to worry about questions revolving around character issues that plagued former Razorback quarterback Ryan Mallet in this year's Draft. (Arkansas Sports 360) Send lawyers, guns, and money.  Kentucky is being sued by a hearing impaired season ticket holder claiming the lack of captioning on video boards and monitors in Commonwealth Stadium violates the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. (ChuckOliver.net) Seven and the Ragged Commodore. Vanderbilt could possibly have as many as seven quarterbacks on the football roster for 2011. They have seven quarterbacks. That means that they will have at least three more quarterbacks than they've had wins in the past two seasons. And that's terrible. (Team Speed Kills) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Jim Delany sees Nebraska as the Big Ten's Green Bay Packers.

Jim Delany sees Nebraska as the Big Ten's Green Bay Packers.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 5, 2011

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is still aglow over his conference's newest tentacle member, Nebraska. The Huskers are the Princess Kate to his Prince William. But Delany sees Nebraska in a different light than that, comparing it to the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers. "It's really about the games," Delany said. "We're not the NFL, but the NFL has a very small-market team, Green Bay, and their games are national games, and everything they do is followed. The Nebraska brand has developed in such a way as other names like Oklahoma, Texas, Southern Cal. It's one of those programs."  Wisconsin is probably really pleased to hear its conference commissioner's comparison of Nebraska to an NFL team residing in its very own state borders. You can expect that to be on Bret Bielema's mind when the Badgers welcome the Huskers to Camp Randall Stadium on October 1. Still, Nebraska remains the apple in Jum Delany's eye. Never mind the fact the school just got kicked out of the Association of Athletic Universities, which is a big deal in the academic world. But in Delany's eyes, the Huskers are the crown jewel of the Big Ten. At least until Notre Dame breaks down and finally decides to join the conference. (via CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

¡Tate Forcier wishes you a bueno Cinco de Mayo!

¡Tate Forcier wishes you a bueno Cinco de Mayo!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 5, 2011

It looks like this no. 5 has already been celebrating, hasn't he? Maybe a little too much. That's what a bottle of Cuervo Gold and a wild night of karaoke will do to a man. Take note, Miami. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Urban Meyer's daughter would like to have a word with ESPN regarding her dad.

Urban Meyer's daughter would like to have a word with ESPN regarding her dad.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 5, 2011

I guess this means that Kurt Herbstreit won't be getting Gigi Meyer to babysit his unruly brood of hellspawn  children any time soon. Even if her dad somehow (Heaven forbid) winds up replacing Jim Tressel at Ohio State. (HT: Tomahawk Nation on Twitter.) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Will Muschamp, Gus Malzahn, and...dinosaurs?

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Will Muschamp, Gus Malzahn, and...dinosaurs?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 4, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   Open the door. Get on the floor. Everybody walk the dinosaur.  Florida head football coach Will Muschamp met with members of the Central Florida Gator Club in the DinoDigs exhibit hall at the Orlando Science Center, of all places. (Miami Herald) Florida does not have a rampant problem with marijuana use among its players.  Because Muschamp said so at the same Gator Club gathering. (Palm Beach Post) Speaking of marijuana problems at Florida... Ex-Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins (who was kicked off the team due to his arrest on marijuana possession) may transfer to a school in a lower division where he would be able to play in 2011. (CBS Sports) Why don't you have a seat right over there? The NCAA is looking into recruiting violations at Central Florida. (ESPN) Trust Malzahn. Trust yourself. Anybody else? Shoot 'em. Auburn fans should trust offense coordinator Gus Malzahn when it comes to quarterback decisions. Because Kevin Scarbinsky says so. (al.com) Money for Nothing. Despite an extremely lackluster season, Georgia assistant coaches Tony Ball and Bryan McClendon both got big raises this year. The reason was allegedly due to keep the two from accepting offers from other programs. (Athens Banner-Herald) If wishes were trees, the trees would be falling.  What if Tennessee skipped over Lane Kiffin, and "went from Fulmer to Dooley?" It wouldn't matter in the end, because the school would still be taken to task over Bruce Pearl. (Go Vols Xtra) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Mike Leach has a friend in the Texas General Assembly.

Mike Leach has a friend in the Texas General Assembly.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 4, 2011

It looks like former Texas Tech head football coach Mike leach may have friends in high places. Texas state Representative Craig Eiland has filed a bill in the Texas General Assembly that would allow Leach to continue his legal suit against the school, which was thrown out on grounds of sovereign immunity. "In a news release, Eiland questioned how a school could claim immunity when private funds supplemented Leach's contract. He didn't immediately comment further" Eliland is also asking the Texas attorney general to look into whether or not the state legislature should be allowed to regulate "private money given to public institutions, including large sums tied up in lucrative athletic contracts."  (via Dallas Morning News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: Landry Jones, Cyrus Gray, Christine Michael, and Astro-turf.

Dancing in the Ruins: Landry Jones, Cyrus Gray, Christine Michael, and Astro-turf.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 4, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference...or at least what's left of it.)  Will the NFL Draft be Jonesing in 2012? Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones could end up being a high pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. (The Oklahoman) Running on Empty? Texas' stability at the running back position still looks to be a little shaky. (Dallas Morning News) Gray and Michael as the Dynamic Duo? Texas A&M, on the other hand, may have the Big XII's best running back tandem with Cyrus Gray and Chistine Michael. (Dallas Morning News) Depth perception problems? Kansas looks to have a lot of problems with depth on the offense and defensive lines. (Rock Chalk Talk) R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Despite Oklahoma State's on-the-field success in recent years, the Cowboys are still looking for that elusive state of respect on the national level. (The Oklahoman) A Kansas State Astro-Turf instillation webcam? A Kansas State Astro-Turf instillation webcam. (Dr. Saturday) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Boise State facing NCAA sanctions?

Boise State facing NCAA sanctions?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 3, 2011

Boise State is hearing the four scariest words in college football - "lack of institutional control." The NCAA is investigating 22 alleged violations by the school's athletic program across five different sports. The worse problems involve the women's tennis team, of all things. But the football program has a few knocks against it as well. As Matt Hinton explains: "The alleged football violations involve impermissible housing, transportation and meals provided to recruits visiting on unofficial recruiting trips, on which the university is strictly prohibited from paying for or "arranging" anything." The infractions are later defined as:  "...recruits crashed with Boise players during recruiting trips — never in a hotel, only on spare rooms, couches and sometimes the floor. Occasionally , a recruit rode in a car with a player without offering gas money. Every now and then, a player would pick up a recruit's check at IHOP or something. Obviously, these are not, like, major benefits." The NCAA infractions committee will Boise State's case on June 10. It obviously not the thing Chris Petersen needs to have on his mind when facing a make-or-break season opener against Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game though. (via Dr. Saturday) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Northwestern, Michigan, and more.

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Northwestern, Michigan, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 3, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)    Seventeen Days.  Michigan lands four recruits in the linebacker position in  a 17 day period. (Detroit Free Press) Osama Bin Laden is dead. And Black Heart Gold Pants  (along with Tyler Sash) is already giving credit to America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi for pulling the trigger. (Black Heart Gold Pants).  OR DID HE? Then again, The Crimson Quarry is suggesting Tijan Jobe did the deed. (The Crimson Quarry) For Whom the Bell Tolls.  Ohio State suspends sophomore Dorian Bell for the entire 2011 season after his third violation of a team rule. (Along the Olentangy) Pat on the Back.  Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald has been named the first annual 1WORLD Sports Coach of the Year by 1WORLD Sports. (The Chicago Tribune) Northwestern 2011. Looking ahead at Northwestern's 2011 season, which hopefully includes a fully healed Dan Persa, and zero games played on just half of the football field. (Off Tackle Empire) Das Experiment. Michigan State tried a little experimentation during its spring game by trying out its version of the wildcat offense. (Detroit Free Press) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Ryan Mallett, and Johnny Majors.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Ryan Mallett, and Johnny Majors.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 3, 2011

The appropriate reaction to Osama Bin Laden's death? Of course it's "Roll Tide!" (Dr. Saturday) Every once in a while, the NCAA does get a clue. The NCAA is easing rules for Alabama to give extra benefits for athletes affected to the tornadoes that hit the state. (ChuckOliver.net)  Just What I Needed. Georgia head football coach Mark Richt's recent cussing out of a disgruntled Bulldog fan is seen as a positive sign. (ChuckOliver.net) Fast friends. New England Patriots Bill Belichick and new third round draft pick Ryan Mallett apparently hit it off fast due to their similar backgrounds of being from football families. (Arkansas Sports 360) Johnny Majors hunting turkeys? Johnny Majors hunting turkeys. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

How Bin Laden was taken out.

How Bin Laden was taken out.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 2, 2011

LSUfreek style. (Thanks to LSUFreek for letting me post this. I'm honored.) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Osama Bin Laden dead. Time for celebration videos.

Osama Bin Laden dead. Time for celebration videos.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 2, 2011

I'm sure something like this this is going on at Penn State right now. And of course what all-American celebration wouldn't be complete without a little bit of America's Quarterback (And now Kansas City's), Ricky Stanzi? Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Derek Dooley and Vols' football team visit Knoxville Police training facility.

Derek Dooley and Vols' football team visit Knoxville Police training facility.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 1, 2011

Tennessee head football Derek Dooley has never seemed to be one for organized team bonding. The evidence being his quote when asked about bonding with his coaching staff when he said "I"m not real big on sitting around singing kumbaya or going on canoe trip." That philosophy has seemed to have changed as His Hairness took his team on a field trip to Knoxville Police Department's Phil Keith Training Facility on Friday, April 29. The Volunteer football team got a chance to see how the Knoxville Police Department trained for situations like...well, the now infamous "Vol Brawl" at Bar Knoxville. "The conception of the event, Dooley said, was a collaboration between UT and KPD, spawning from Dooley's ongoing discussions with Knoxville police chief David Rausch. Dooley and Rausch first met in Dooley's office last August, about one month after two Vols were arrested for their involvement in a Cumberland Avenue bar brawl. Dooley and Rausch both looking were for a fresh start after a recent rocky past between the Vols and law enforcement that resulted in a poor national reputation. In a sarcastic ode to former Vols coach Phillip Fulmer, a popular college football blog adopted the title "Fulmer Cup" for its annual cataloging of offseason arrests at major college football programs. "There were some incidents that were unfortunate," Rausch said. "It did cause some strain, which was really key when Coach got here, we had that conversation and it was a flat-honest conversation between the two of us. "We both agreed that we could make it better. That's what we're doing." Vols players got to ride in a police cruiser simulating a high speed chase on a closed course, and put on a padded suit to see what it was like to get chased down by police K-9 dogs.  (WARNING: The following video features scenes of a police dog having its way with Tennessee backup QB Matt Simms. This  may be the best example why Simms is no longer the Vols' starting QB. Mind you star QB  Tyler Bray (so pun intended) didn't do so well, either.) Hopefully, the team got the message that it wasn't a good idea to mess with the long arm of the law. (via Go Vols Xtra) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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