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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

New unis for Indiana?

New unis for Indiana?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 1, 2011

Here's an image of what purports to be the uniform Indiana might be wearing for the 2011 season. As you can tell, it isn't quite as splashy as something you would see out of Oregon. But honestly, Adidas hasn't been known for grand statements like Nike is known for. And let's face it, this is the Big Ten, not Project Runway. Big Ten unis do have a level of no-nonsense design to them. Michigan's helmet may be the flashiest thing in the conference. Still, this as yet still not official uni (is it is the uni) is on the plainer side. But it's not like Indiana football really stands out in the first place. (via The Crimson Quarry) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Ryan Mallett is officially a project.

Ryan Mallett is officially a project.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 1, 2011

"Project" Mallett It wasn't surprising that former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett took went into a bit of a freefall in the 2011 NFL Draft. After news broke of his allegedly admitting drug use to NFL team officials, and his skipping out of a meeting with the Carolina Panthers after an alleged night of partying, it was going to be a shock if Mallett was going to be a high first round pick. Where he landed in the third round, as a draft pick of the New England Patriots, was a bit of a surprise though. It did mean one thing for the former Razorback QB- he had officially crossed into the dreaded category of being a "project." Project players are easily cumbersome. It means the team that picks the project player believes that he isn't quite ready yet to become an player that can relied to be productive right away. It can also mean that the player has a few issues in his life that could be a red flag when it comes to on-the-field success and/or good publicity for the team. Sadly, it seems, Ryan Mallett fits both categories. As an underperforming QB at Arkansas, Mallett barely rose up to the potential many analysts thought he had. Leaving Arkansas a year early probably didn't help things either. It looks now like another year in college would probably helped him right now. The fact that it was the New England Patriots drafted Mallett seems to be sending mixed messages. For one thing, it means that they see something in him that makes him an ideal back-up quarterback for Tom Brady. On the other hand,  it means that they see something in him that makes him an back-up quarterback, period. It doesn't look like New England will be without the services of Tom Brady any time soon, barring serious injury. Drafting Mallett as a back-up says that the Pats think they can sort through the baggage he carries with him. On the other hand, it means that they're going to need to keep a closer eye on him. Ryan Mallett's decent from a sure-fire first-rounder to a tenth-pick-in-the-third-rounder barely shows the confidence that teams around the NFL had in the former Razorback QB. His new status as a back-up QB for New England doesn't help the belief that his off-the-field issues could hamper his on-the-field usefulness. Being a "project" means that Mallett is going to work harder to prove he deserves a place on an NFL roster. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Mark Richt goes potty mouth on a disgruntled Dawg fan.

Mark Richt goes potty mouth on a disgruntled Dawg fan.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 29, 2011

Georgia head football coach Mark Richt had a little bit of a confrontation with a disgruntled member of the Bulldog Nation in Macon on the annual Bulldog Club tour. One which had a bone to pick with Richt (if you should pardon the expression) with about everything related to the Georgia offense. Including a shot at UGA running backs coach Bryan McClendon. That's when Richt shot back with a response that included an out of character word that is more associated with the Georgia Tech fight song then they are with his usually squeaky-clean mouth. ”I’ll tell you this, and you’re certainly close to an expert in football, I’m sure you are,” Richt said. And later he said: “I see your frustration, I understand your frustration. I wasn’t born yesterday. I’ve coached football for 25 years, so I know what the hell I’m doing, OK?” Oh, and McClendon? Richt called him a “hell of a coach, he’s a hell of a recruiter. And I’m glad we got Bryan McClendon.” He came back later and told the man who asked the question “Excuse me for saying `he-double heck.’” Mark Richt has a potty mouth, who would have thought it?  But at least he was courteous about it. (via The Macon Telegraph, HT Athens Banner-Herald) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Ten home game starting times changing?

Big Ten home game starting times changing?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 29, 2011

That logo doesn't get any prettier, does it? Living in the Central Time Zone has its advantages and its disadvantages. On the plus side, Conan comes on a hour earlier than it does in the Eastern Time Zone. On the negative side, Big Ten home games start at 11:00 A.M. CST so that lazy bums on the East Coast don't have to roll out of bed before noon to catch a game. Such inconveniences may become a thing of a past, however, if Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has his way. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany reportedly is lobbying hard in negotiations with the television networks to do away with them. If Delany has his way, all Big Ten games next season will start at either noon, 3:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. Many fans objected to the 11 a.m. starts because they cut down on pregame tailgating time and made it difficult for fans who lived several hours away to get to games on time. Of course the downside of this is that the 3:30 P.M. games will in all probability not finish up until after 7:00 P.M. It could also mean fewer Big Ten games leading off the Saturday afternoon viewing schedule, as games would be starting at 1:00 P.M. in the EST.  But those are the breaks. It will also probably mean the 1:00 P.M. games could possibly be relegated to games against out-of-conference cream puffs and/or games against Indiana. (via Quad City Times) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Tornado hits near Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscalooa

Tornado hits near Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscalooa

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 27, 2011

Via Tuscaloosa resident Clay Hasenfuss on Twitvid, here is footage of a tornado seen in the vicinity of Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, AL. Major damage has been reported in Tuscaloosa and reports are coming in about damage around McFarland Boulevard, which is close to the University of Alabama campus. (via Go Vols Xtra) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Oh no! Colonel Reb and the Rebel Black Bear have been polymorphed

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Oh no! Colonel Reb and the Rebel Black Bear have been polymorphed

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 27, 2011

Is it any shock that a t-shirt with an image like this one has shown up? The shock is more the amount of time it took to show up. The polymorphed Colonel Reb/Rebel Black Bear t-shirt was seen in a Jackson, MS store called The Rogue. I'm sure the Colonel Red diehards will not be amused by this. (via Friends of the Program) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Janoris Jenkins, Justin Houston, and people who haven't smoked pot.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Janoris Jenkins, Justin Houston, and people who haven't smoked pot.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 27, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)     Your Bill Clinton memorial “That depends on what your definition of "is" is” moment of the day.  T. Kyle King gets all anal over the handling of Janoris Jenkins' dismissal from Florida and/or Florida head coach Will Muschamp's comment on the subject, where he said "we both felt it was in his best interest to move ahead to the next stage of his career." Picky, picky.  (Dawg Sports) Former Georgia linebacker Justin Houston tested positive for marijuana use at NFL Combine.  And the T. Kyle King rant mentioned above had absolutely nothing to do with this, right? (FOX Sports) My quarterback. I think I'll keep him. Georgia head football coach Mark Richt is "very thankful" to have Aaron Murray as the Dawgs' quarterback, and is impressed with his work ethic during spring practice. (ESPN) 20 things you didn't know that you ever wanted to know about Nick Saban. At least four of the facts involved when he landed at the airport in Alabama. (Capstone Report) The Good Wife. Checking with Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley's wife, Allison, a year after moving to Knoxville. I wonder if she's been to Alimony's to get her hair done yet? (Go Vols Xtra) Nightmare scenario for the Vols #1256: That Tennessee players could possibly be penalized for doing "the loco" under the NCAA new anti-taunting rules. (Rocky Top Talk) BASKETBALL Posting the numbers.  Kentucky had the highest per game attendance for NCAA men's basketball. (The Dagger) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: Dan Beebe, Corey Nelson, and Texas gold!

Dancing in the Ruins: Dan Beebe, Corey Nelson, and Texas gold!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 27, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference...or at least what's left of it.) Dan Beebe saved the Big XII. Because Berry Trammel said so. Shut up, Berry. (The Oklahoman) Love Will Find a Way (and so will the Sooners). Oklahoma is searching for ways to get linebacker Corey Nelson, who head football coach Bob Stoops calls the Sooners' "best player," playing time, even though he's currently slated as the backup to the  Travis Lewis, a possible Big XII Defensive Player of the Year. (The Oklahoman) Conspiracy Theory? Crimson and Cream Machine blogger Jtesooner is suspicious of Texas being listed in a Top 25 preseason poll by ESPN analysts at #20, and suggests the WWL's involvement with The Longhorn Network as the reason. Quick, call George Noory. (Crimson and Cream Machine). Oklahoma State visit to Iowa State moved up a day to November 18.  Please adjust your schedules accordingly. (Cowboys Ride for Free) The Cowboy Way? Questioning whether Oklahoma State is bound by to tradition to having former Cowboys alumnus as a head football/basketball coach. (Cowboys Ride for Free) Sophisticated Boom Boom. Judging which Iowa State quarterbacks fighting it out for the starting position are the most sophisticated when it comes to their development. (Clone Chronicles) Fade to Gray.  A look at Texas recruit Johnathan Gray's day on campus when he announced his plans to commit to the Longhorns. (Burnt Orange Nation) University of Texas invests 5% of it's endowment in gold bullion. So expect a lot of those gold commercials you see on Glenn Beck to migrate over the Longhorn Network when it debuts. (Barking Carnival) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Janoris Jenkins is an ex-Gator.

Janoris Jenkins is an ex-Gator.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 26, 2011

Janoris Jenkins from a previous visit to jail. If there is any sign that things at Florida under new head football coach Will Muschamp may be different than they were under Urban Meyer, then the following news may be it. Muschamp has  dropped the banhammer down on Gator cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who was arrested over the weekend for marijuana possession. It happened to be the second marijuana-related arrest for Jenkins in three months. Muschamp met with Jenkins Tuesday morning and gave him the news of the CB's dismissal. The dismissal is a hopeful sign for those who have criticized former Florida coach Urban Meyer for the number of players that had been arrested under his administration that things might be different under Muschamp. (via ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Ohio State and Jim Tressel, Bo Pelini, and more.

Big Tentacles: Ohio State and Jim Tressel, Bo Pelini, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 26, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)   Eight pages of pain. The NCAA's Notice of Allegations to Ohio State, in all it's redacted glory. (Eleven Warriors) Ohio State: What's next? Along the Olentangy looks at the next steps in the NCAA's investigation of Ohio State and Jim Tressel. (Along the Olentangy) "Jim Tressel should be fired."  Because Michael Rosenberg said so. Shut up, Michael. (Detroit Free Press) Oh no, not this again!  Beano Cook believes that Urban Meyer will replace Jim Tressel at Ohio State. I already covered why this is a stupid idea and shouldn't happen. So click here to go back and check it out. (College Football Talk) Bo Pelini's pay day. Nebraska head football coach got a raise and and new contract on Monday. (Rivals.com) There's a possibility, but no chance. Off Tackle Empire looks at Purdue to see if the Boilermakers could make it to a bowl game at the end of the season. Don't hold your breath, even with week opponents like Rice on the schedule. (Off Tackle Empire) I'll take "Things Rich Rodriguez should have thought about before he did them for $500, Alex." Rick Rod says that he should never had left West Virginia to take the head coaching job at Michigan. Congrats, Rich. You're the last person in the Western world to figure that one out. (Rumors & Rants) Black Heart, Gold Pants, Red Neck. FRY Fest, the annual festival held at the start of the Iowa Hawkeye football season will include a still to be named country music artist this year to headline the entertainment on September 2. The festival will pay tribute to legendary Olympic wrestling champion and Iowa wrestling coach Dan Gable this year. (Hawk Central) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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