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Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Steve Spurrier, Matt Simms, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Steve Spurrier, Matt Simms, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 13, 2011

Auburn cleared in Cam Newton investigation.  "Cleared" meaning the actors in the scandal covered their tracks better than expected. (ESPN) Infinite Crisis. Multiple quarterback crises are popping up all over the SEC. (Mobile Press-Register)  Steve Spurrier's treatment of columnist Ron Morris smells. Because Tony Barnhart said so. (CBS Sports) One Hundred Ways. Ole Miss head football coach Houston Nutt could notch his 100th SEC victory as a coach this weekend. He could, if his team wasn't facing Alabama. Don't hold your breath on this one. (al.com) Breaking the Habit. Alabama is looking break recent history and avoid another slow start against Ole Miss this weekend. (The Crimson White) Redemption Song. Tennessee QB Matt Simms looks to revive his college football career in replacing the injured Tyler Bray. Bray replaced Simms as Vols' starting QB after a 2-6 record under center. (ESPN) Requiem for a Dream Team. Members of Georgia's highly-touted "Dream Team" recruiting class are learning quickly that not everybody is going to have the season that Isaiah Crowell is having. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Walk-on the wild side. One of those UGA "Dream Team" members, tight end Jay Rome, plans an attempt to walk-on the Bulldog basketball team. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Nick Saban pimp-slaps both Steve Spurrier and the  Alabama sports media all at once.

Nick Saban pimp-slaps both Steve Spurrier and the Alabama sports media all at once.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 13, 2011

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban once again proved on Wednesday why he, not Steve Spurrier, is the best coach in modern SEC history. (Modern being 1992-onward.) In taking a question from the press on the lack of access to quarterback A.J. McCarron, he answered the question clearly and precisely, saying “My sense of it is the more you ask (to speak to McCarron) the worse your chances are gonna get. So ask next week and it might be another week." Saban then pulled a left-handed pimp slap at both the media and the Old Ball Coach out of his back pocket. "I’m not gonna pull a Steve Spurrier on you. The best thing to do is let the sleeping dog – lie.” Here's the video evidence in all of its awesome glory. Now this is how you treat pesky media types, Steve Spurrier.  Saban deserves another statue just for this. (via Image CPR) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Brady Hoke, Northwestern, Indiana, and more.

Big Tentacles: Brady Hoke, Northwestern, Indiana, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 12, 2011

Hoke and Glory. Brady Hoke looks to become the first  Michigan head football coach to defeat Michigan State in his first year since Bennie Oosterbaan did it in 1948. (ESPN) Northwestern compared to Craig James, and not in a good way. Off Tackle Empire does the old "compare Big Ten teams to internet memes schtick. (Off Tackle Empire) Can't Stop This Thing We've Started. Despite Indiana's 1-5 start, it's still too soon to tell if head football coach Kevin Wilson is the wrong coach or the right coach for the Hoosiers. Because Bob Kravitz said so. (The Indianapolis Star) Crick's college career over. Nebraska defensive tackle Jared Crick will miss the rest his senior season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle. (ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Stephen Garcia, Tyrann Mathieu, Barrett Trotter, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Stephen Garcia, Tyrann Mathieu, Barrett Trotter, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 12, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  Welcome to the fallout. Gene Sapakoff performs a post mortem on the epic double meltdown of Stephen Garcia's dismissal and Steve Spurrier's press conference rant at South Carolina. (The Post and Courrier) What will Stephen Garcia do with the rest of his life? Orson Swindle Spencer Hall and crew apparently sees a future in Hollywood for the beleaguered Garcia. (EDSBS) Come on and be my conspiracy.  Was Spurrier's rant an attempt to camoflauge Garcia's dismissal? Quick, call Alex Jones. (Dr. Saturday) Credit Where Credit is Due. Mike Bianchi is still thankful that a coach like Steve Spurrier even cares about what the local media says about him in an era where the "younger generation of coaches barely take the time to talk to the media anymore — unless it’s ESPN or CBS." (The Orlando Sentinel) The Agony and the Irony. An article on LSU cornerback Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu mentions the irony that the Baton Rouge Zoo does not have an actual Honey Badger among its collection of animals. (The Advertiser) Let's Stay Together. Auburn decides not to throw starting QB Barrett Trotter  under the bus, unlike some other school we all know. (Rivals.com) Derek Dooley is NOT on  the Hot Seat at Tennessee. Seth Stokes explains why. And it doesn't involve the threat of Barbara Dooley going Craig James on somebody. (The SEC Nation) And they call the thing "rodeo." Tennessee QB Matt Simms plays the "this isn’t my first rodeo" card when describing his replacing the injured Tyler Bray as the Vols starter at center. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Ogletree to return. Just not quite yet.  Georgia inside linebacker Alec Ogletree, injured since the season opener against Boise State, will return to the field in time for the Bulldogs' annual showdown against Florida in Jacksonville. (The Atlanta Journal Constitution) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Stephen Garcia is an ex-Gamecock.

Stephen Garcia is an ex-Gamecock.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 11, 2011

The roller coaster Stephen Garcia era at South Carolina is officially over. Not just merely over, but really most sincerely over.  The school has announced the dismissal of the oft-troubled quarterback for failure to to meet unspecified guidelines he was supposed to follow in order to stay on the team. “Being a student-athlete at the University of South Carolina is a privilege, not a right and we remind all of our student-athletes that there are consequences for their actions,” Hyman said in a statement. Garcia was suspended from all team activities in April for unacceptable conduct at a life-skills seminar. He was conditionally approved to workout with teammates in May, then reinstated fully last August just before football camp began. Hyman and coach Steve Spurrier said then Garcia had to live up to several regulations to keep his spot in the program. “Unfortunately,” Hyman continued, Garcia “has not been able to abide by those guidelines and therefore forfeited his position on the roster." Garcia has already graduated from the school just before the season began, and was playing out his lest season of eligibility, and preparing for the 2012 NFL Draft.  His dismissal is probably a good sign that he might to need to use that diploma sooner or later. The dismissal of Garcia means that a sometimes chaotic era of South Carolina football is over. But it also means there's a chance the one of the most successful eras of South Carolina football is over as well. (via Rivals.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Urban Meyer calls Penn State QB's "His" quarterbacks?

Urban Meyer calls Penn State QB's "His" quarterbacks?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 11, 2011

Here's former Florida head football coach and current ESPN analyst Urban Meyer from last Saturday's Penn State victory over Iowa trying so hard not to dispel those rumors about him taking over for Joe Paterno next season. "His" quarterbacks? There are Freudian slips, and then there are Freudian slips. Ohio State or Notre Dame better come up with a serious offer very soon, because Meyer's mind looks like it's already made up. (via Kegs N' Eggs, The Sporting News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Will Aaron Rodgers' little brother Jordan start against Georgia this Saturday?

Will Aaron Rodgers' little brother Jordan start against Georgia this Saturday?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 11, 2011

Jordan Rodgers tries to escape the clutches of 'Bama's Mark Barron. There seems to be a quarterback controversy a-brewing at Vanderbilt. One involving a QB with probably aspirations of being the next Eli Manning. Commodore head football coach James Franklin has announced that the starting QB job against Georgia this Saturday is up for grabs in a contest between current starter Larry Jones and his backup, Jordan Rodgers. Rodgers, a junior, is the kid brother of Green Bay Packers' QB, Aaron Rodgers. He transferred to Vanderbilt from California's Butte Junior College.  He stepped into last Saturday's game against Alabama when Jones went down with a leg injury. “We’re going to determine that this week and have a competition and kind of see,” Franklin said. Smith is in his third year as starter, but Rodgers completed 11 of 18 passes for 104 yards with two interceptions in a 34-0 loss Saturday to Alabama after he came in for Smith, who left the game with a left ankle injury, but Franklin said could have returned. Rodgers has gotten playing time in all five games this season. “I thought Jordan played extremely well in the first half,” Franklin said. “I don’t think he played as well as he would have liked to play or we would have liked him to play in the second half.” Naturally, there are Vandy supporters going gaga over the possibility of Aaron Rodgers' little brother starting for the Commodores. They might want to remember that Rodgers' first season as Packers' starting QB wasn't quite the Super Bowl winning season that 2010 was.  (via Athens Banner Herald, The Tennessean) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Mike Stoops, Andrew Luck, Lane Kiffin, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Mike Stoops, Andrew Luck, Lane Kiffin, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 11, 2011

(Unquiet on the Western Front is SWRT's look at the Pac-12, WAC, Mountain West, and other West Coast/Rocky Mountain schools extravaganza.)  Welcome to the fallout. Reaction to the firing of now-former Arizona head football coach Mike Stoops. (Arizona Desert Swarm) Back on the Chain Gang. Expect Arizona to return to the state of mediocrity it was in before Mike Stoops came to Tucson. Because Matt Hinton said so. (Dr. Saturday) Who's next? Bud Withers questions Washington State head football coach Paul Wulff's job security in the wake Stoop's firing. (The Seattle Times) Who's next? Part Deux. UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel probably shouldn't be sleeping easily either after Stoop's outser. Especially with the Arizona next on the schedule on Oct. 20. (Bruins Nation) Press Your Luck.  Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay says the team is looking at the possibility of drafting Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck as the eventual successor to the currently injured Peyton Manning. (Rivals.com) When I Paint My Masterpiece. ESPN's Kevin Gemmell considers Andrew Luck 2011 season-to-date as "a work of art," in the cheesiest way possible. (ESPN) When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the mastDERP!  USC and head football coach Lane Kiffin faces Cal and Kiffin's former mentor Jeff Tedford on Thursday night. (The Los Angeles Times) Utah is Wynn-less.  Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn is out for the season following a injury to his left shoulder suffered in the game against Washington. (CBS Sports) It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it. San Diego State is reportedly looking at joining the Big 12. (CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Mike Stoops is an ex-Arizona Wildcat coach.

Mike Stoops is an ex-Arizona Wildcat coach.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 11, 2011

The college football season is just beginning its sixth week, and it already has its first major coaching casualty.* Arizona has fired head football coach Mike Stoops, who just hasn't had the year his big brother Bob is over at Oklahoma. Athletic director Greg Byrne announced Stoops' dismissal at a news conference Monday evening, two days after the Wildcats lost their fifth straight game, 37-27, at previously winless Oregon State. Dating to last season, Arizona has lost 10 of 11 games, the lone victory this season's opener over Northern Arizona, a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) school. The Wildcats last beat a Football Bowl Subdivision team in a game against UCLA on Oct. 30, 2010. Obviously, Arizona thought it was necessary to stop the meltdown before it go any worse. As if interim coach  Tim Kish (Stoops' defensive coordinator) is going to make things better. Don't hold your breath. Just look at this as the opening salvo in the Urban Meyer sweepstakes. Arizona is bound to ask the former Florida coach about the job. *Mention Mike Locksley being fired from New Mexico as a "major" coach. I'll laugh. (via ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, quarterback controversies, Houston Nutt, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, quarterback controversies, Houston Nutt, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 10, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   Mark Richt's job as Georgia head football coach is safe after Tennessee win. Because T. Kyle King said so. Not so fast, my friend. (Dawg Sports) Ruthless Agression. Bill King credits Georgia's win over Tennessee to a more aggressive offensive strategy. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) No Easy Way Out.  Auburn faces a tough decision on whether to keep quarterback Barrett Trotter under starting center, or go replace him with either Kiehl Frazier or Clint Moseley. (Track 'Em Tigers) A Change Is Gonna Come? Mississippi State could also be facing a quarterback controversy on whether to keep QB Chris Relf under center, or replace him with backup Tyler Russell. (The Clarion-Ledger) The worst is yet to come? Tennessee's disastrous loss to Georgia in which QB Tyler Bray was lost to injury was only a prelude to a rough October schedule against LSU, Alabama, and South Carolina. (The Tennessean) I'm gonna be a history maker in this land. LSU's defense could equal or match it's own defense records in passing and rushing. (Team Speed Kills) Kouandijo out for season? Alabama offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio  might be facing season-ending surgery on his knee. (al.com) Houston Nutt praises Alabama. Yeah, that's gonna help you keep your job at Ole Miss, Nutt. (al.com) Dubious achievement of the day.  Florida is missing from the AP Top 25 poll for the first time since 1982. That's five years before Tim Tebow was born. (CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Tyler Bray's broken thumb sidelines him for six weeks.

Tyler Bray's broken thumb sidelines him for six weeks.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 10, 2011

The stars don't seem to be aligning as well as Tennessee would want them to at the moment. That's due to the news that the Vols' star quarterback, Tyler Bray, will be out for six weeks with a broken thumb on his throwing hand he suffered in the loss to Georgia on Saturday. Add this to the season-ending injury to Justin Hunter in the loss to Florida, and the Vols' chances to be a dark horse in the SEC East have just gotten darker. Worse, Bray's injury denies fans the epic "Third Saturday in Tat-tober" showdown between Bray and that other SEC QB with a hideous display of ink, Alabama's A.J. McCarron. It looks like that will have to wait until next year to see who the better man is. (via Knoxville News Sentinel) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Les Miles invents a new cuss word: Fu Pa.

Les Miles invents a new cuss word: Fu Pa.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 10, 2011

LSU head football coach seems to have a way with words. Words that don't really exist in the English language, and that may in fact be cuss words. Case in point: this video clip of The Mad Hatter's press conference post Florida victory press conference where he introduces the word "Fu Pa" to English language and the world. Jump to about the 2:30 point for all the fun.   Personally, Fu Pa sounds like Joe Paterno's secret Asian love child that he fathered in the war while serving in the Philippines. And by "the war," I mean the The Philippine–American War. (via And the Valley Shook) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Joe Paterno remembers Al Davis, and how he could have joined the Raiders.

Joe Paterno remembers Al Davis, and how he could have joined the Raiders.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 9, 2011

Joe Paterno took some time yesterday to mark the passing of his friend Al Davis. JoePa revealed that when he was still just an assistant coach at Penn State, Davis wanted to hire him to be the Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator. "When Al got the job (in Oakland), he called me to be his offensive coordinator. I told Al, 'You and I would have trouble getting along, because I am smarter than you are.'" Here's the video of the fun. Considering Davis' relationship with his other coaches, including that nasty stint with Lane Kiffin, JoePa was probably right about staying in Happy Valley.  (via Big Ten Network, York Valley Record) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Game Day Goulash: Mark Richt, Andrew Luck, Les Miles, and more.

Game Day Goulash: Mark Richt, Andrew Luck, Les Miles, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 8, 2011

(Game Day Goulash is SWRT's  all-encompassing Game Day college football extravaganza.)   Boise State 2, Teams nicknamed "Bulldogs" 0. Boise State started October the same way it did September by beating a team nicknamed the Bulldogs. This time Fresno State got the dubious achievement of losing to the Broncos 57-7. (Rivals.com) Coincidence? I think not.  Comparing Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck to Peyton Manning. Which has nothing to do with the very good possibility that Luck could end up as the number one NFL Draft pick of the Indianapolis, right? (CSN Bay Area) Texas and Oklahoma belong together in the same conference. Because Ivan Maisel said so. (ESPN) We stand between the Darkness and the Light. Georgia head football coach Mark Richt will either come out of the Dawgs' road game against Tennessee with either his 100th win, or another nail in the coffin for his career at Georgia. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Tennessee will not have a winless October. Because John Adams said so. This despite a schedule with Georgia, LSU, Alabama, South Carolina. (The Knoxville News Sentinel) LSU is now overlooking Florida on the way to facing Alabama. Because Les Miles said so. (The Advocate. No, not that one.) In our old familiar place.  Clemson is looking more and more like the Clemson of the past, no matter how many Tiger fans are embarrassed by Dabo Swinney. (ChuckOliver.net) The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday. The Michigan State top-ranked defense in the country's toughest games are still ahead of them, including Michigan, Wisconsin, and Nebraska. (The Detroit News) Mellow Yellow. Mississippi State kicker Derek DePasquale is getting as much attention for his on-the-field kicking performance as his bright yellow shoes are. (Note, I would have used the "Pumped Up Kicks" line, but The Clarion-Ledger beat me to it, dangit!) (The Clarion-Ledger) The Ghosts That Haunt Me.  Michigan defensive coordinator Gregg Mattison recalls his stint as Northwestern defensive line coach from 1979-80, back when the Wildcats was the punch line for mediocrity in college football. (The Detroit Free Press.  HT: Lake the Posts) Further expansion of the Big Ten  is "not on the radar." Because Jim Delany said so. Translation: The stealth helicopter Delany ordered to visit potential member schools has finally been delivered. (Rivals.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Nick Saban's epic response to a 'Bama fans stupid question.

Nick Saban's epic response to a 'Bama fans stupid question.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 7, 2011

Alabama fans beware. You should never, ever, EVER, ask Nick Saban why he doesn't do things like The Bear used to do them. That's because your ear might fall off listening to his lengthy response. Sadly, a 'Bama fan named Jason (from Prattville, appropriately enough) did this, asking why Saban never ran the wishbone. Saban's response was both lengthy and legendary. "First of all, I don't know how to coach it," Saban began. "Secondly, I don't think in this day and age, the way football has developed to a much more wide-open game. ... It's amazing to me when you look in the newspaper and you look at the NFL stats of the best offenses and the best defenses, just maybe 20 years ago the team that could run the ball the best was usually the team that had the best chance of winning, and now you see the No. 1 offense and they have 3,000 yards passing and 300 rushing." Next question? No. Saban was just getting warmed up. "I mean, the game has just changed so dramatically in terms of how wide open it is and how sophisticated the passing game is and how you spread people out on the field and utilize skill players," he said. "I think the wishbone is a very, very difficult offense to defend, and having defended it and played against it. ..." Saban then began talking about how, back in the day when he was but a lowly West Virginia assistant coach, how the Mountaineers got plastered on the field by Oklahoma (which ran the wishbone at the time) in a 52-10 loss. "I remember playing Billy Sims and all of them," Saban said. "They have the chuck wagon with the horses, and every time they score a touchdown they go around. They (darn) near died that day. We didn't even slow them down. They had some pretty good guys running it, too." Saban then mentioned how Georgia Tech's current offense is similar to the wishbone, and then spun it into pimping for Alabama's home game against FCS school Georgia Southern, whom the Tide will spank host on Nov. 19. All in all, it was a blockbuster of a response, and one making Saban will be remembered for in years to come in Alabama lore as much as his 2009 BCS championship. You can listen to the call here. The fun starts at around the 25:40 mark. (via al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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