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Bobby Lowder out as an Auburn trustee? Don't hold your breath.

Bobby Lowder out as an Auburn trustee? Don't hold your breath.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 13, 2011

The news that controversial Auburn booster Bobby Lowder's reappointment to the Auburn University Board of Trustees has apparently been blocked by the president of the Alabama State Senate is starting to take off on the internet. Before Auburn fans and haters both disgruntled with Lowder's antics might want to hold off celebrating for a while.   Alabama State President Del Marsh has blocked the approval Auburn's Board of Trustees by the Alabama Senate Confirmations Committee. This means that the current board, including Lowder, "will stay in place while the Legislature tries to pass a constitutional amendment that would restructure the board that governs the land grant university." That means Loweder's not going anywhere, at least for now. Marsh says he wants the restructure the board to have a "more open" approach to the nomination process, to use the current state congressional districts as the basis of determining the board's representation (as opposed to districts maps from 1961), and to add two additional at-large members of the board. None of this means that Lowder would be blocked from being re-nominated to the board. In all probability, once the issue of restructuring the board is settled one way or another, he will end up being re-nominated. In other words, don't start the "Na-Na-Na-Na-Hey-Hey-Goodbye" chants just quite yet. It will probably take a lot more to completely sever Lowder's influence on the Auburn athletic program. This is just a slight complication.   (via Sports By Brooks, al.com, The Anniston Star) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles:Pat Fitzgerald, Joe Paterno, recruiting, and more.

Big Tentacles:Pat Fitzgerald, Joe Paterno, recruiting, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 12, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  Cornhuskers vs. Bisons? Nebraska has been talking with North Dakota State about a possible game between the two schools in the future. So what do Bison-flavored cupcakes taste like? (Lincoln Journal Star) Pat Fitzgerald want to be "a lifer" as Northwestern head football coach.  Cue The Smiths. (Chicago Tribune) This just in: Joe Paterno is still old. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) In The Dark.  Ohio State's Sept. 17 game against Miami has been scheduled for prime time on ABC. (Columbus Dispatch) Llloyd Carr ought to be in the College Football Hall of Fame.  Because Jamie Samuelsen says so. (Detroit Free Press) Totally comitted to Michigan. Michigan gains its 11 recruit commitment for 2012 with the verbal commitment of high school defensive end Matt Godin. (Detroit Free Press) On The Road Again. Meanwhile, Michigan's in-state rival Michigan State has sent its coaching staff out on the recruiting trail. (Detroit Free Press) To Catch a Predator, Black Heart Gold Pants style. This is why I don't really do a lot of recruiting talk around here. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

ESPN to broadcast college basketball game on aircraft carrier.

ESPN to broadcast college basketball game on aircraft carrier.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 12, 2011

ESPN is set to take a ride into the Danger Zone. Or at least into San Diego harbor. That's where the North Carolina and Michigan State men's basketball teams will meet on the deck of a US Navy aircraft carrier on Veteran's Day November 11 for the Carrier Classic 11-11-11. Naturally, the WWL leader will be there covering the game as only they know how. . "As part of the telecast, ESPN will televise a special halftime entertainment show and post-game concert organized by Morale Entertainment Foundation. Specific coverage plans for the Carrier Classic 11-11-11, featuring a rematch of the 2009 National Championship won by North Carolina, are being finalized. A basketball court with seating for approximately 7,000 fans will be constructed on the flight deck. The game will be played below the flight deck in the event of rain. Tickets will not be for sale." Let's all hope that whoever is designing the court for the aircraft carrier wasn't behind the football field construction for the Illinois-Northwestern game at Wrigley Field.  (via ESPN MediaZone) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Derek Dooley is a morning person, and expects his players to be as well.

Derek Dooley is a morning person, and expects his players to be as well.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 12, 2011

If your a Tennessee Volunteer football player and you like sleeping in mornings, you're out of luck. Herd football coach Derek Dooley has decided to move football practice to sessions in the morning. "I think the one thing that is evident is, we made a decision to kind of take the morning for football and the afternoon for school and I think there's a lot of reasons that make it a good thing," Dooley said. "Number 1 is, it's a lot better, I think it's going to be good for academics. They'll be up, they'll go to class and they won't have to hit the alarm. And then they can roll right into their study time. I think there's a value of getting the football out of the way, so to speak, before they can attack their day. "We've done a lot of research, a lot of diligence. I've been thinking about doing this for two years, three years. So this decision was not made on a whim." If Dooley's players are upset by this, they probably should consider themselves lucky that a military history buff like His Hairness doesn't go all R. Lee Ermey, trade in his customized Tilley Airflo hat for a Marine Corps drill instructor campaign hat, and start practice at five in the morning boot camp style. (Then again, Tyler Bray could probably use a haircut.) (via Rocky Top Talk) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Stephen Garcia's graduation photo? Stephen Garcia's graduation photo.

Stephen Garcia's graduation photo? Stephen Garcia's graduation photo.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 11, 2011

This photo really reeks of a level of dudeness that just can't make NFL execs comfortable. In fact it's almost at the level of Ben Roethlisberger-goes-to-Milledgeville dudeness. That ought to bring out a lot of red flags. Just remember this photo if and/or when Garcia falls in the 2012 NFL Draft to the third round like Ryan Mallett did this year, (via Friends of the Program) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Washaun Ealey, Nick Saban, and the graven image of John Heisman.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Washaun Ealey, Nick Saban, and the graven image of John Heisman.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 11, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)       Fly Like An Eagle...not.  One place that former Georgia wide receiver Washaun Ealey will apparently not be transferring to is Georgia Southern. (Athens Banner-Herald) Nick Saban's community outreach. Alabama football coach Nick Saban says that his foundation, Nick's Kids, plans to adopt a community that was ravaged by the recent string of tornadoes in Alabama. (al.com) What should you credit Nick Saban's success at Alabama to? In a word: leadership. (Capstone Report) Auburn or bust. The bust of John Heisman that Auburn commissioned for its part in the great SEC graven image race has been completed and is headed to school. (Dr. Saturday) A complete rundown of every NCAA violation and/or allegation of violations in one blog entry. Someone obviously had way too much time on their hands. (Hog Database) Please adjust your schedules.  Auburn's road trip to Clemson will be aired on ABC at Noon, EDT. (al.com) Please adjust your schedules, Part Deux.  The Outback Bowl will be played on Jan. 2, 2012 to avoid conflicts with the NFL schedule, as most other bowl games usually tend to do. (CBS Sports) Not to say that Tulane is bad, but... Tulane's offensive coordinator, Dan Dodd, is leaving the program to become the athletic director and varsity football coach at a Christian school in California. (Dr. Saturday) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Chris Speilman thinks Jim Tressel won't be coaching Ohio State in 2011 season.

Chris Speilman thinks Jim Tressel won't be coaching Ohio State in 2011 season.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 11, 2011

ESPN analyst Chris Spielman, a former Ohio State linebacker, has made a humdinger of a prediction about embattled Buckeye head football coach Jim Tressel's future in Columbus. He doesn't think Tressel has much of one. "And a prediction he made on Monday night before speaking at Ohio State University-Lima’s Spring For Scholarships dinner at the Shawnee Country Club probably would have the same effect on many Buckeyes fans. He doesn’t expect Jim Tressel to be on the sidelines coaching any football games in the 2011 season. “I’d be surprised if he’s coaching next year (2011). Why I say that is I think there is more stuff coming out,” the Ohio State legend said." It isn't reported in whether Spielman meant that he thinks Tressel will be fired before the 2011 season starts, or would end up being suspended for the whole season (which would probably end up leading to the first option in any place), but he feels Ohio State and the coach will make the decision that's best for the program. “That being said, Ohio State is bigger than one individual. It’s bigger than the James Cancer Hospital. It’s bigger than the band and football and basketball and the Fisher College of Business. So what has to happen, in my opinion, is that the people in charge have to take an honest look and say, ‘What is best for the university moving forward?’ Then they have to make a hard decision. “And I do believe Coach Tressel owes it to our university, he has to look in the mirror and say, ‘What is best for the university looking forward.?’ ”  If Spielman believes that "there is more stuff coming out," there's a good chance that something is going to come out that won't be very pretty for Ohio State and Tressel (and for college football, for that matter). The tragic opera cycle known as "Der Weste des Nibelungen" isn't quite over, but is seems there's a fat lady wearing a viking helmet with a red vest waiting in the wings warming up her voice. (via LimaSports.com. HT: Eleven Warriors) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

The Urban Meyer to Ohio State meme just won't die.

The Urban Meyer to Ohio State meme just won't die.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 10, 2011

Here we go again. Jim Tressel's reign as Ohio State head football coach still hasn't officially gone below room temperature yet, but the mindless speculation of who will replace him is starting to really pick up steam. Lost Lettermen has its list of  "Jim Tressel’s Top 10 Likeliest Coaching Replacements," containing all the usual big-name suspects such as Boise State's Chris Petersen, Dan Mullen of Mississippi State, and everyone's favorite ESPN Monday Night Football analyst/coach-in-exile Jon Gruden. As with any no-brainer list of Ohio State coaching replacements, former Florida head coach Urban Meyer tops the list. The whole "Urban Meyer to replace Jim Tressel" meme has barely begun, and yet it has already gotten annoying. Even more so than the "Urban Meyer going to coach at Notre Dame" meme has. I thought I had personally punched a decent hole in this idea a month or so ago, but I guess not. Simply put, Urban Meyer isn't the coach you need to clean up a program that in all probability is going to get ban-hammered in one way or another by the NCAA. Think about it for a moment. Is a two-time BCS championship winning football coach going to want to go to a program that looks like it could possibly be banned from the bowl season for a year or two? The longer Ohio State winds on probation, the less likely Meyer will want to stand idly by while other coaches get to fight it out for the BCS title. And most importantly, Meyer's is just not the kind of coach that is going to be a strict disciplinarian when it comes to players getting in trouble with the law. Look at the arrest record of players at Florida during Meyer's tenure there. It's almost as long as the plaque with Tim Tebow's "Promise Speech that Meyer had placed on the outside of the Florida athletic facility. As a coach you want to have to clean up a program that's just gone through a decent sized mudhole of recruiting violations, Meyer is not the person you want to have around for the job. Even if he wanted it. If and when Meyer returns to the sidelines, it will most likely be to a program where he can come in and win quickly. With Ohio State likely facing big-time sanctions, it seems less likely to be a program Meyer would want to coach at. (via Lost Lettermen) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Crossing the Atlantic: Mark Turgeon, Al Golden, Boston College, and more.

Crossing the Atlantic: Mark Turgeon, Al Golden, Boston College, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 10, 2011

(Back after a long absence, Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.)  Spanning the globe. Reactions to Maryland's hire of of Mark Turgeon to replace Mike Williams as the Terrapins' head men's basketball coach. (Testudo Times) Understatement of the year: "Miami Hurricanes’ Al Golden dealing with off-field issues." Issues? It looks more like Golden's got the whole magazine section at Barnes & Noble to deal with. (The Miami Herald) And if you thought that was bad... Miami has a humdinger of a  competition for starting  quarterback to look forward to in 2012, including Michigan transfer Tate Forcier. (ESPN)  Fear the Twinkie.Looking at which of Virginia Tech's four rather weak non-conference opponents (Appalachian State, East Carolina, Arkansas State, and Marshall) the Hokies should be concerned about the most. (ESPN) Receiving news. A look at Florida State's receiving unit. (Tomahawk Nation) Ending with a bang. BC Interruption takes a look at that ever important final game of regular season, and would rather not play an ACC opponent that week. The reason? The possibility of a rematch the following week in the ACC championship game. (BC Interruption) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Jerry Jones wants to dress Ohio State with his love. And his clothes.

Jerry Jones wants to dress Ohio State with his love. And his clothes.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 9, 2011

Opulence? Jerry Jones has it. And while the Dallas Cowboys owner hasn't gotten that  little pet giraffe yet (as far as anybody knows), he is eying the rights to other high-profile sports properties. According to The Columbus Dispatch, he Cowboys are in the running for the rights to produce licensed apparel for Ohio State. Not only that, the 'Boys want total or near total-control of the rights to the Buckeye's brand. "Most of the responses (in the bidding process) are from current, smaller licensees that want to continue producing some OSU garb. The Cowboys are one of three respondents that propose to handle all or most of the college's apparel that is sold everywhere, from college-specialty stores to supermarkets to mass retailers such as Target." Around sixty-five percent of the revenue Ohio State gets annually from licensing comes from apparel, which is a good amount of money for the school. The Cowboys have years of experience in areas like this (unlike other NFL teams, the Cowboys maintain the control of its own intellectual rights.) It looks like Jones and the Cowboys are making a big splash in the area of apparel licensing agreements. They have reportedly been in touch with other schools about licensing agreements besides Ohio State, though most have turned down the offer. If Jones were successful in getting the Buckeyes' rights, it might open the floodgates for deals with other schools, and would probably make the business end of college sports more interesting for years to come. (via The Columbus Dispatch)  Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Houston Nutt has a contract only a Wall Street CEO could love.

Houston Nutt has a contract only a Wall Street CEO could love.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 9, 2011

Houston Nutt apparently has Ole Miss over a barrel when it comes to the world of contracts. If the school decided that was time to shove him out the same door it shoved Colonel Reb through at the end of the 2011 season, it will have to pay Nutt $6,000,000 dollars. By comparison, Ole Miss would only have to dish out $615,000 in bonus money for completing the trifecta of going undefeated, and winning both the SEC conference and BCS championships. If this isn't fuzzy math, I don't know what is. (via The Clarion-Ledger) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Arkansas' Greg Childs and Jerry Franklin, UGA's John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Arkansas' Greg Childs and Jerry Franklin, UGA's John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 9, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)      It's Getting Better All the Time.   Tennessee's passing game is improving as star quarterback Tyler Bray grows into his added responsibilities on the offense. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) High on the Hogs? Arkansas receiver Greg Childs and linebacker Jerry Franklin are each ranked no. 4 in their respective positions by Mel Kiper Jr. for the 2012 NFL Draft. (Arkansas Sports 360) A Wildcat becomes a Tiger. Northwestern running back Arby Fields is transferring to LSU. (Sippin' on Purple HT: And the Valley Shook) Mythbusters.  Does Auburn achieve in even-numbered years, yet falter in even numbered ones?  (Track 'Em Tigers) Event  Horizon.  Would Georgia placing both JUCO transfer John Jenkins and freshman Kwame Geathers on the defensive line create a "Supermassive Black Hole" that would suck opposing defenses into its gravity well, or would this idea lead the Dawgs down the wrong rabbit hole? (Dawg Sports) Who  will be the better quarterback in the NFL - Cam Newton or Tim Tebow? The answer to this one is probably "no." (Alligator Army) "Greatest Vol Villains" Tournament.  Lane Kiffin has got to be the early favorite in this one. (Rocky Top Talk) Gator fans get married.  If this doesn't look like one of those "the baby was on time, but the wedding was late" kind of things, then I don't know what is. (Loser With Socks.) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Stephen Garcia is a college graduate.

Stephen Garcia is a college graduate.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 8, 2011

You can call suspended South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia a lot of things (and you be assured that Steve Spurrier probably has). But one thing you apparently can't call him is a slacker when it comes to his academic studies. Garcia was among the group of South Carolina students who received their undergraduate degrees in a ceremony at the Colonial Life Arena. Garcia received his undergraduate degree in sociology. There's still no word yet on whether he will be allowed back to play during the 2011 season, but at least he got something out of his college days besides a nasty hangover in Atlanta. (via The Charleston Post and Courier) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Bear Bryant with some Mother's Day advice for y'all.

Bear Bryant with some Mother's Day advice for y'all.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 8, 2011

And if you are a Mom. Happy Mother's Day to you. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Aggie flash mob is yet another reason why Texas A&M should NEVER be allowed in the SEC.

Aggie flash mob is yet another reason why Texas A&M should NEVER be allowed in the SEC.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 7, 2011

Consider this reason #14 why Texas A&M should never  be allowed to join the SEC. There are people who think flash mobs and Glee are the greatest things since sliced bread. Obviously, this clip proves them wrong. Oh yeah, those other two reasons between the Top 10 and #14: #11. The Aggie Corps of Cadets provide the best reason to reinstate "Don't Ask Don't Tell. #12. Neal Boortz  is an Texas A&M alum. #13. "The Aggie Song" from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. 'Nuff said. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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