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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

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Derek Dooley, Tyler, Bray, Tyrann Mathieu, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Derek Dooley, Tyler, Bray, Tyrann Mathieu, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 7, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)     His Hairness Speaks.  Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley talks about playing Georgia on Saturday, his relationship with his father (legendary former UGA coach Vince Dooley, the state of Tennessee football, and yes, the orange pants. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Do not diss Derek Dooley on the radio. Otherwise his mother, Barbara Dooley might come on the air and chew your ears off. (Dr. Saturday) The Day of the Bray? Tennessee's game at home against Georgia could cement Vols' star quarterback as the SEC's best quarterback, or it could expose him as just being full of hype. (The Los Angeles Times) Happy Anniversary, baby! Mark Weiszer look back on the tenth anniversary of the Georgia-Tennessee "Hobnail Boot" game. (The Athens Banner-Herald) A Sort of Homecoming. Will Muschamp reminisces on his days as LSU defensive coordinator under Nick Saban on the eve of his first trip to Baton Rouge as Florida head football coach. (The Times-Picayune) A loss to LSU on Saturday won't hurt Florida. Because Paul Sjoberg said so. (Bourbon Meyer) I'll take "Badger Heisman candidates not named Russell Wilson for $600, Alex." LSU cornerback Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu is making a name for himself in the race for Heisman Trophy. (The Times-Picayune) Toss Up! Who is doing the better coaching job in the SEC this year: LSU's Les Miles or Auburn's Gene Chizik? (ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Bo Pelini, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, and more.

Big Tentacles: Bo Pelini, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 7, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)   Homeland Security.  Nebraska tries to make sure its first Big Ten home game against Ohio State isn't like the Huskers' 45-17 loss to Wisconsin last Saturday. (The Chicago Tribune) Bo Pelini is a "disciple of discipline." That probably doesn't his lack of ability to control is tongue, however. (The Columbus Dispatch) Our Honor Defend.  Ohio State's chances for a road game victory against Nebraska depend on it's ability to defend against Husker quarterback Taylor Martinez's "Big play ability." (The Columbus Dispatch) Eyes Off the Prize. Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson says he's focusing on success on the field, and not talk about hims winning the Heisman Trophy. (Wisconsin State Journal) Penn State is an ex-"national power." Because Bruce Feldman said so. (CBS Sports) Hit the Road Jack. Brady Hoke and Michigan get ready for the Wolverines' first road game of the season against Northwestern. (The Detroit Free Press) I'm Alright, don't nobody worry 'bout me. Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins defends himself over how some of his critics perceive his level of play this season. (The Detroit Free Press) What do you do when you're branded? A look at the "branding" efforts of the "2.5 version" of the Iowa Defense. (The Gazette) Up in the Air. Injured Notre Dame defensive end Ethan Johnson's status for Saturday's game against Air Force will be a game-time decision. (The Chicago Tribune) Notre Dame's status as an independent is endangered. Because Brett McMurphy said so.(CBS Sports) Burning Man.  Northwestern linebacker Collin Ellis' style of play is describes as playing "with his hair on fire." (The Chicago Tribune) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: LaMichael James, Andrew Luck, Dennis Erickson, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front: LaMichael James, Andrew Luck, Dennis Erickson, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 7, 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.)  Pyrrhic Victory. Oregon beats Cal 43-15, but loses running back LaMichael James to a dislocated right elbow in the fourth quarter. (Rivals.com)  Another day, another dog and pony show.  The Boise State Broncos faces its second Bulldog-nicknamed opponent this year as it goes on the road against Fresno State. (Rivals.com) Fun while it lasted. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will not be making any more appearances as a receiver. (San Jose Mercury News) Not going anywhere for a while? Stanford punter David Green doesn't get much time on the field due to the on-the-field success of Cardinal QB Andrew Luck. Maybe he should transfer to Georgia. His playing time would quadruple after one game. (ESPN) Mystery Achievement.  Colorado suspends five defensive players for the ever popular "violating unspecified team rules." (Rivals.com) A Dennis Erickson Drinking Game? A Dennis Erickson Drinking Game. (Block U) And yes... That was a link to a drinking game on a Utah-centric website. Just enjoy the irony and move on. Don't Worryth, Be Happyth. Utah geth a peth tawk frohm "ESPN analyth Dr. Lou Holtz." (Block U) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Aaron Murray, Les Miles, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Aaron Murray, Les Miles, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 6, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)      Tyler Bray will be the first overall draft pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Because Will Shelton said so. (Rocky Top Talk) Sophomore slump? What sophomore slump? With the Georgia-Tennessee on the horizon, Bill King asks if UGA quarterback Aaron Murray is facing a sophomore slump. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) This Could Be the Night. Georgia head football coach Mark Richt could notch up his 100th victory against Tennessee at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Stop Draggin' My Heart Around. The Missouri-to-the-SEC meme needs to be resolved, and resolved now. Because Andy Staples said so. (SI.com) Triple Threat? Florida could possibly play all three healthy quarterbacks against inner-division rival LSU on Saturday. (SI.com) Living on Tulsa Time.  Arkansas will host Tulsa on November 3, 2012 for the 72nd meeting between the two schools. (Tulsa World) Money for Nothing. Vanderbilt's David Williams is the SEC's highest paid athletic director. Can you say "highway robbery?" (ChuckOliver.net) Please Hatter Don't Hurt 'Em. Grantland's resident college football columnist John Brandon begs LSU head football coach Les Miles to be gentle with his beloved Gators. My suggestion to Miles: Ground and pound 'em. (Grantland) Brushfire Fairytales.  The LSU QB situation involving Jordan Jefferson's suspension and reinstatement, along with the success of Jarett Lee during the suspension, is  described as a parable of Les Miles trying to build a campfire. (The Belly of the Beast) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big 12 gets the gold mine (TCU), the SEC gets the shaft (Texas A&M).

Big 12 gets the gold mine (TCU), the SEC gets the shaft (Texas A&M).

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 6, 2011

The news out of the Big 12 is that the conference will reportedly be inviting TCU to replace Texas A&M, which is joining the SEC. Meanwhile, Missouri may or may not be heading to the SEC right behind the Aggies, but it's not quite clear if enough SEC members want another Tiger-nicknamed team in the conference. At least not Mizzou. By adding TCU, the Big 12 is getting the school that the SEC should have been after. With all the talk about the market share that Texas A&M or Missouri would bring to the SEC, the truth is that neither program is one that has performed at the level TCU has in the past few years, going to two BCS bowls in a row and beating Wisconsin in the 2011 Rose Bowl. TCU would have raised the level of competition in the SEC, as well as giving it a toehold in the Dallas market. Now, it will be able to thrive in the Big 12. Meanwhile, judging from last Saturday's defeat to Arkansas, Texas A&M will be lucky to get one quality win in the SEC per year. The SEC missed out on adding one of the rising stars of the NCAA in TCU to a powerhouse of member schools. Instead, it gets Texas A&M, a school looking for more of a handout instead of a chance to prove it belongs among the NCAA elite. (via ESPN, The Birmingham News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Russell Wilson, Pat Fitzgerald, and...Kerry Collins?

Big Tentacles: Russell Wilson, Pat Fitzgerald, and...Kerry Collins?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 6, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson is the new Heisman Trophy frontrunner. Because Tom Dienhart said so. (Rivals.com) The Payback. Michigan will get a $4.7 million-dollar payout from its neutral-site game against Alabama at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas next year. (CBS Sports) Money for Nothing. ESPN looks at the  salaries for Big Ten athletic directors. (ESPN) Incomplete Control.  Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald blames the Wildcats' recent woes on lack of execution. (The Chicago Tribune) The Observer.  Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick says the school is keeping a close eye on the shifting realities of conference allegiances and expansion. (ESPN) Always look on the bright side of life.  Trying to look for positives in Purdue's dismal showing against Notre Dame. Good luck. (Off Tackle Empire) Rats leaving a sinking ship? Indiana has had six players quit the team in the past two weeks, including three that quit just this week alone. (The Indianapolis Star) Brutus Buckeye is the Devil. Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio showed The Waterboy to his team to motivate them to their first win over Ohio State since 1998. (ESPN) Joe Paterno finally picks a fulltime starting QB. Sadly, it's Kerry Collins. Another Black Heart Gold Pants classic piece of comedy gold. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Garrett Gilbert is an ex-Longhorn.

Garrett Gilbert is an ex-Longhorn.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on October 6, 2011

Former Texas starting quarterback Garrett Gilbert must have felt unwelcome after losing his starting job. He has asked for, and has been granted his release from the Longhorn program. Where Gilbert winds up is unknown, but where he was reportedly found Wednesday might be a little hint of things to come. "UT has provided him an unconditional release. UT did not say where Gilbert would transfer. There were some reports on Twitter that Gilbert was spotted at SMU’s practice in Dallas today." Gilbert going from being a Longhorn to being a Mustang might turn a few heads. Whether or not he becomes Craig James' new best friend is another subject for another day. (via The Austin American Statesman) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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