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Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Trent Richardson, Mark Richt, Les Miles, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Trent Richardson, Mark Richt, Les Miles, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 31, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)      Leaders of the Pack. Alabama tailback Trent Richardson and South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore lead the pack of SEC Heisman Trophy hopefuls. (thetowntalk.com) Where'd You Go? Alabama is dealing with a slew of departing players. (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer) Superstition ain't the way. T. Kyke King of Dawg Sports is a little unnerved over the fact that Georgia head football coach Mark Richt claims that he isn't a superstitious person. (Dawg Sports) On a related front, Georgia not getting hammered by the NCAA over Mark Richt's inadvertent text message to a recruit is apparently being credited to Richt, uh, murdering a unicorn. With a kitten. Someone's obviously been  reading Black Heart Gold Pants' too much. (Year of the Dawg) Auburn fans reveling in 'Bama's T-Town Menswear mini-brouhaha? Of course they are. (Track 'Em Tigers) Head exploding scary thought of the day: Les Miles listens to Lil' Wayne. (ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Northwestern begins pimping Dan Persa as a Heisman Trophy candidate.

Northwestern begins pimping Dan Persa as a Heisman Trophy candidate.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 31, 2011

There's strong, and then there's "Persa Strong."* That's the slogan Northwestern will be using in its campaign to promote senior quarterback Dan Persa as a Heisman Trophy candidate. And school is going to splash it on billboards in Chicago and  Bristol, CT. Latter being where ESPN is headquartered. The Bristol location for one of the billboards makes sense as ESPN has greater influence on the college football world than any sports media guru in New York City. Which was the site of the most notorious example of using a billboard in a Heisman campaign involving Oregon's 2001 pimping of QB Joey Harrignton in Times Square in. It also makes sense in the fact the credit for the inspiration (or blame) for the inspiration of the slogan is being given to ESPNs' Bruce Feldman. "NU officials chose the theme "Persa Strong" after ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman named Persa the 10th-strongest player -- and strongest quarterback -- in the nation. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Persa can bench-press 360 pounds and squat 520." Northwestern will also be sending out 7 lb. purple dumbbells to 80 lucky members of the media. Because Persa's number is no. 7, get it?  That idea was so cheesy Wisconsin should have used it. *Apologies to the U.S. Army (via The Chicago Tribune) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Alabama, Tennessee, and LSU.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Alabama, Tennessee, and LSU.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 30, 2011

I've seen the future and it will be. Clayton Fain of ChuckOliver.net looks five years into a SEC future with Texas A&M and Oklahoma as members. A nightmare scenario if there ever was one. (ChuckOliver.net) Tiger Talk. LSU offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe touted the Tigers' experience on the offensive line at an event in Baton Rouge. (The Times-Picayune) Walking in to  Memphis.  Alabama wide receiver Keiwone Malone will reportedly be transferring to Memphis. (al.com) Alabama adds Tennessee-Chattanooga to its 2013 schedule. The Tide are playing Virginia Tech in that year's Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, so the desire to get all over them for putting a cupcake school on the schedule is kind of muted. But only kind of. (al.com) Tennessee-Chattanooga gets around. The Mocs will be facing the big dog school in the Volunteer State, Tennessee in 2014. (ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Norm Chow, Lary Scott, and more

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Norm Chow, Lary Scott, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 30, 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.)    Pressing their Luck. With a new head football coach in David Shaw, Stanford is depending on quarterback Andrew Luck more than ever. (Deseret News) There's a possibility, but no chance.  Oregon's off-the-field issues and Stanford's new coach could give another Pac-12 North team a chance to rise to the top of the division. A very small chance. (FOX Sports West) Boise State's first season in the Mountain West will not be a cakewalk.  Because Stewart Mandel said so. (SI.com) Ace in the Hole.  Utah's will get help navigating the somewhat terra incognita of the Pac-12 from offensive coordinator Norm Chow, who was OC at both USA and UCLA. (KTVX) That uneasy feeling. BYU's non-football coaches are felling a little verklempt about joining the West Coast Conference while the football team goes independent. (Deseret News) Cougars vs. Utes is all the buzz in Utah.  With Utah now in the Pac-12, and BYU as independent, the Sept. 17 rivalry game between the two schools is becoming a highly anticipated game. At least in The Beehive State. (Deseret News) Will Larry Scott save the NCAA, or destroy it? The Pac-12's Commissioner Larry Scott is seen as the man who could someday lead the NCAA. If the doesn't get the major conferences together to rebel against it, that is. (SB Nation Bay Area) Worth the wait.  The Golden Bears may have to wait for Memorial Stadium's renovations to be completed in 2012, but Cal's brand new Student-Athlete High Performance Center will be ready to open in October. (San Jose Mercury News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Luke Fickell, Nebraska-Iowa, and more.

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Luke Fickell, Nebraska-Iowa, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 29, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.) Dan Persa is scary.  Because Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald says so. (The Chicago Tribune) Ready to Start.   As for the Northwestern quarterback himself,  Persa believes he can improve on his injury-shortened performance from last season. (The Chicago Tribune) Too soon to call? The Omaha World Herald's  Dirk Chatelain takes umbrage to the crowning of Iowa as Nebraska's biggest Bug Ten rival even before the Huskers' first game as a Big Ten member. (Omaha World Herald) Laying down the law.  Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany gathered the twelve Big Ten coaches together and told them to keep their collective noses clean following the Tresselgate debacle at Ohio State. (The Chicago Tribune) State of Shock. Ohio State head football coach Luke Fickell was a little taken aback by the size of the media presence at Big Ten Media Days. (The Columbus Dispatch) Not letting his guard down.  New Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke doesn't view eternal Wolverine rival Ohio State as being "wounded" by Tresselgate. (Detroit Free Press) Tag Team back again.  Purdue head football coach Brady Hope says that he'll use both Robert Marve and Rob Henry in a two-quarterback system in 2011. This won't end well. (The Chicago Tribune) Four more years! Four more years! Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno thinks he can coach for another "four or five years." (The Patriot News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Nebraska-Iowa game to be called the "Heroes Game." Seriously?

Nebraska-Iowa game to be called the "Heroes Game." Seriously?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 29, 2011

Nebraska is known for corn. Iowa is known for corn. Combine the two, throw in some pigskin, and you get the corniest name for a college football game possible. In the spirit of the Big Ten's "Leaders" and "Legends" division monikers, Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne joined his Iowa counterpart Gary Barta  to announce that the new Cornhuskers-Hawkeyes annual rivalry will be called the "Heroes Game." "The schools are taking this "Heroes" tag seriously. They plan to recognize one Iowa citizen and one Nebraskan for an extraordinary act prior to each year's game. Friends, neighbors or co-workers can nominate people for the heroes distinction, and those chosen will be honored on the field during the game and will have their name and hometown etched on the Heroes Game trophy. The schools also plan to use proceeds from the game to benefit the Iowa and Nebraska chapters of the American Red Cross."   Not to belittle the fact, but seriously? Is "Heroes Game" the best they could come up with? This is what happens when you let faceless media guys and university officials come up with a name, instead of letting things happen organically. Do you think school officials at Florida or UGA came up with "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party?" (Bite me, Dr. Adams!) Or "The Iron Bowl?" No, those sort of happened over time. Seriously, the fans can come up with something better, and they will. Personally, I prefer to call it "Black and Blue Friday." (via ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Nick Saban wants kids to grow up to be like Freddie Kruger.

Nick Saban wants kids to grow up to be like Freddie Kruger.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 29, 2011

"One, Two, Saban's coming for you..." Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has a way with words. And he used a lot of them when speaking to 8-14 year old boys at Alabama's 2011 football camp. Among other things, he spoke to the campers on being relentless, and used A Nightmare on Elm Street villain Freddie Kruger as an example of relentlessness. "What makes Freddy Krueger such a horrible character? What makes him scare you to death? You can't get rid of the guy. He never goes away. You can't kill him. You think he's dead, and his hand comes through the wall and chokes you to death again. That's because the guy's relentless. That's what relentless is." Here's the visual proof of Saban's little talk to the future leaders of America:   Uh, Coach,  Freddie Kruger might not be the character you would want young boys to use as a role model. In case you've forgotten, Freddie was a child killer in life, and went on to kill teenagers in their dreams in the afterlife. In other words, Freddie's not quite the person you want the youth of America to grow up to be like.  Maybe you should find another role model to give to to your happy campers. Like maybe Former Navy Seal and Afghanistan veteran Marcus Luttrell maybe Or Navy Seal Team Six relentlessly took out the enemy of out people, Osama Bin Laden. Or Medal of Honor winner Corporal Dakota Meyer (USMC). Just not a fictional child killer, okay? (via al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Coveirng Dixie Like Mildew: Stephen Garcia, Will Muschamp, Gus Malzahn, and more.

Coveirng Dixie Like Mildew: Stephen Garcia, Will Muschamp, Gus Malzahn, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 29, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  Back Where They Belong? Both South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia and his QB coach G.A. Mangus could possibly be reinstated next week after separate alcohol-related incidents. (The Post and Courier)  Alabama's depth crisis. Alabama's is facing a shortage of running backs after a summer of attrition through injury and transfers. (al.com) On a related front,  Alabama wide receiver Darius Hanks will miss the first two games of the season due to archane NCAA regulations.  (Tide Sports) Always look on the bright side of life. Despite issues like the ismmering T-Town Menswear controversy, Alabama AD Mal Moore is optimistic on 'Bama's 2011 season. (The Huntsville Times) Muschamp does The Bristol Stomp.  A summary Florida head football coach Will Muschamp's trip to the ESPN campus in Bristol, CT. (Orlando Sentinel) Florida can thank air conditioning for its football success. Because Clay Travis says so. Shut up, Clay. (Outkick the Coverage) Dodging a bullet. Arkansas fans are thankful that some of their number didn't get their wish for scandal-plagued ex-UNC head football coach Butch Davis to coach the Razorbacks. (Arkansas Sports 360) Malzahn in UNC's sights?  Bruce Feldman suggests that Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn might be a candidate to replace Butch Davis at UNC. (ESPN. Note: You'll have to pay to get the whole article) The screening room. ESPN will air a documentary on the Alabama-Auburn rivarly called "Roll Tide/War Eagle" as part of a new series of 30 for 30-esque documentaries. (Birmingham News) Heath Schuler is an ex-candidate for Tennessee AD. North Carolina Rep. Heath Schuler will run for re-election, pretty much eliminating him for consideration as Tennessee AD. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Another day, another injury at Georgia. Georgia freshman linebacker Brandon Burrows is out for the season due to a shoulder injury. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Bye Bye Bye. T. Kyle King takes a look at Georgia's Oct. 22 bye week. Take the buy in the points. (Dawg Sports) Bye Bye Buyout? LSU head football coach Les Miles might lose the buyout on his contract due to the school's recent hit for rules violations by the NCAA. (Shreveport Times) List of the Day: "Top 20 Auburn All Time Greatest Athletes." Surprise! Cam Newton isn't at #1. Do you know who takes that spot? Bo does. (Track 'Em Tigers) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Oklahoma State tries to out Oregon Oregon.

Oklahoma State tries to out Oregon Oregon.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 28, 2011

Just in time for the new season of Project Runway comes the first look at Oklahoma State's new uniforms. Fresh out of the deviant minds of Nike, the  unis feature at least 48 different combinations of black, white, orange, and grey jerseys, pants, and even helmets. Yes, I said gray. Sadly it seems the nightmare of all grey unis that's been seen on the basketball court has finally reared its head on the gridiron. Hide your kids, hide your wife. Obviously Oklahoma St. is trying to mimic the fashion fowardness of Phil Knight's number one son Oregon.  Which is okay as long as they haven't tried to mimic the Ducks by having ties to Willie Lyles. Oh wait... (via Dr. Saturday) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, The Pac-12 Network(s), Boise State, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, The Pac-12 Network(s), Boise State, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 28, 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.)     It's a trap! There's seven of them!  The Pac-12 announced the formation of the Pac-12 Network, along with six regional networks that will be dedicated to programming on two member schools each. (San Jose Mercury News) "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." Andrew Luck says he is ready for the media attention he'll be garnering in his junior (and what he says will be his final) year as Stanford's starting quarterback. (San Jose Mercury News) Boise State can't wear all-blue uniforms at home on the blue turf. Because the Mountain west Conference felt it was too matchy-matchy. (ESPN) Utah State will not be leaving the WAC to join the MWC. Because WAC Commissioner Karl Benson said so. (Mountain West Connection) The L Word.  Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly refused to talk about the Willie Lyles scandal during Pac-12 Media Days. (Addicted to Quack) Fear the Beard. Meanwhile, a reporter asked Luck about his scraggly beard he's been growing. (Outside the Boxscore) Life in the Fast Lane.  Conquest Chronicles has a little talk with USC heaf football coach Lane Kiffin. (Conquest Chronicles) "We're good enough, we're smart enough, and doggone it, people like us." Washington State head football coach Paul Wulff seemed to be channeling the spirit of Stewart Smalley in saying "We're going to go compete for a championship. We've got enough experience. We want to win our division title." (The Seattle Times) It's Now or Never. Arizona State head football coach Dennis Erickson is definitely on the hot seat this year. (House of Sparky) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Butch Davis is an ex-UNC head football coach.

Butch Davis is an ex-UNC head football coach.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 27, 2011

ESPN is reporting that North Carolina has fired head football coach Butch Davis after a year-long eligibility scandal involving Tar Heel players. "Davis, whose Tar Heels had a promising season derailed in 2010 when 14 players missed at least one game and seven were forced to sit out the entire year because of academic and eligibility issues, said earlier this week at the ACC's media day that he had not thought about quitting amid an NCAA investigation of his program for improper benefits and academic misconduct." It would seem that the other shoe is about to fall at UNC, and the NCAA is probably going to be the one wearing it.  (via ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Mark Dantonio, Dan Persa, Notre Dame, and more.

Big Tentacles: Mark Dantonio, Dan Persa, Notre Dame, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 27, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)    Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes? Matt Hinton looks at who could replace Ohio State as the Big Dog in the Big Ten. (Dr. Saturday) Not Ready for Prime Time Players? Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis would be all for the annual Michigan-Michigan State rivalry game at night. As for Michigan AD Dave Brandon? Not so much. (The Detroit News) Ready to repeat.  Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio is ready to defend the Spartans' piece of the 2010 Big Ten title, with his eyes on the whole thing (Detroit Free Press) You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling. Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald wants to see a Chicago host a bowl game. (The Chicago Sun-Times) Dan Persa through Nebraskan eyes.  A look at Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa, from a Cornhusker point of view. (Lincoln Star Journal) From the two bald man fighting over a comb department: Nebraska and Iowa plan to announce that yes, there will be a trophy involved in the two schools now annual Big Ten rivalry game. Now if they will just dub the game "Black and Blue Friday" like I suggested, everything will be okay. (ESPN) Signing on for fifteen more years.  Notre Dame and Navy agree to continue their 84 year-old rivarly through 2026. (The Chicago Tribune) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

A giant Texas A&M male cheerleader Yell Leader? A giant Texas A&M male cheerleader Yell Leader.

A giant Texas A&M male cheerleader Yell Leader? A giant Texas A&M male cheerleader Yell Leader.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 27, 2011

  Do you need another reason to keep Texas A&M out of the SEC? Well here's one. The Aggies have no female cheerleaders. That's right, none. Nada. Zilch. Instead they have a group of male "Yell Leaders" who stand in their place. Apparently Texas A&M thinks cheerleading is too strenuous of a job for dainty females to handle down there in College Station, and that it must only be handled by men. This explains why Texas A&M senior David Benack , a 6'10  obelisk of a man is conspicuous standing between Kansas  cheerleader Emily Kemph, and her very sequined Oklahoma State counterpart Megan Mayberry at the Big XII Media Days event. The SEC has a high set of standards, and that includes having the most beautiful women in the world at the sidelines  cheering on the players of their respective schools. Yes, there are male cheerleaders in the SEC. But the schools in the conference have the common sense to admit that yes, they are male cheerleaders. They don't stoop down to try to hide that fact like Texas A&M does with that audacious "Yell Leader" handle. (via Busted Coverage) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Coveirng Dixie Like Mildew: Alabama and T-Town, Malik Jackson, Mark Richt, and more.

Coveirng Dixie Like Mildew: Alabama and T-Town, Malik Jackson, Mark Richt, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 27, 2011

 (Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) Lookout Mountain on the Tennessee-Georgia-Alabama border. "Alabama's Timeline Makes No Sense" in regards to the T-Town Menswear drama.  Because Clay Travis says so. (Outkick the Coverage) And from the Bill Clinton "I did not have sex with that woman" dept. Meanwhile, Izzy Gould reports that the University of Alabama sent a letter to T-Town Menswear owner Tom Albetar cutting ties between the two,  while not actually admitting there were any ties between the two entities in the first place. (al.com) The Stepford Lineman?  ESPN's Chris Low interviews Tennessee defensive lineman and Derek Dooley dress-alike Malik Jackson in all his Stepford Wives-esque glory in video from SEC Media Days. (ESPN) Talk is Cheap. Tennessee head football coach and human quote machine Derek Dooley is ready to do more walking the walk than talking the talk. (Knoxville News Sentinel) I'll Stick Around. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva has turned down an offer to become Tennessee AD. (ChuckOliver.net) Cursed? The announcement of Georgia wearing Nike Pro Combat uniforms in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game brings up the ghosts of the now-infamous black jerseys and black helmet "wardrobe malfunctions" in losses to Alabama and Florida. (ChuckOliver.net) Hot Seat? What Hot Seat? Your "Mark Richt on the Hot Seat" item of the day. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Jeff Demps is now a  one-sport man. Florida  running back Jeff Demps will focus on football instead of pursuing both football and track and field in his senior season. (Associated Press) "Kentucky Can't Beat Tennessee or Florida." Because Mark Inabinett says so. (al.com) "SEC Looking to Invade Europe" Don't laugh. The Sorbonne could be a FBS powerhouse in a few years. (Saturday Down South) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Stephen garcia's QB coach joins him in the doghouse after being arrersted.

Stephen garcia's QB coach joins him in the doghouse after being arrersted.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 27, 2011

It's time for South Carolina Quarterback Stephen Garcia to make some room in the Gamecock doghouse.  His quarterback coach, G.A. Magnus has been suspended for his own alcholol related run-in with the law. According to reports, Magnus was arrested after being found by police relieving himself in public. The reports also state that he "was unsteady on his feet with a strong smell of alcoholic beverages." Steve Spurrier must be having a load of cattle after this one. (via MidlandsConnect.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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