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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

Greg McElroy pimps for T-Town Menswear.

Greg McElroy pimps for T-Town Menswear.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 26, 2011

Here's former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy in a  commercial for Tuscaloosa clothing retailer T-Town Menswear.  The store has raised eyebrows recently for its connections to former Alabama players including McElroy, Mark Ingram, and Julio Jones.  I seriously hope the clothes T-Town sells looks better than that sweater-vest McElroy is wearing. Wait, did someonw just say sweater vest? That may be why Alabama sent the retailer a cease-and desist letter barring the store from "the sale or distribution of items depicting student-athletes," and selling " items autographed by student athletes"in December. The ghost of Tresselgate is going to cast a giant shadow over the NCAA for a long time to come. (via The Birmingham News, al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Coveirng Dixie Like Mildew: Dan Mullen, Gene Chizik, expansion silliness, and more.

Coveirng Dixie Like Mildew: Dan Mullen, Gene Chizik, expansion silliness, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 26, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)     "The SEC should expand by adding Texas A & M University as soon as possible." No, it shouldn't. (Leather Helmet Blog) Workin' at the Car Wash. Looking at the first day of the SEC Coaches' to The Melting Pot of Sin ESPN's Bristol campus. (SEC Digital Network) More than just a cowbell.  Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen relates a story regarding the funeral of the late Bulldog  player Nick Bell, and how it brought home to him the importance of the school's cowbell ringing tradition. (ESPN) Meet Fletcher Cox. ESPN's Chris Low has a video interview with Mississippi St. defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. (ESPN) No More Mr. Nice Guy?  It's time for Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik to quit being so nice when it comes to the media. (Track 'Em Tigers) Looking for Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game tickets? Tough. The remaining 800-plus tickets for the Georgia-Boise State sold out in less than two minutes on Monday. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Humor in Uniform.  Georgia players got their first look at the Nike Pro Combat uniforms they'll be donning against Boise St. in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game via a little prank from their head coach Mark Richt. (Atlanta Journal Constitution) Rough break for Jarvis Landry.  LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry is recovering from surgery on his right foot after breaking it in a 7-on-7 game. (CBS Sports)  Tennessee linebacker Austin Johnson arrested on alcohol-related charges.  Insert obvious joke about Tennessee players wearing orange here. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Stay Golden. Alabama broadcasting legend Eli Gold signs a new four-year contract extention which will keep him announcing Crimson Tide games through 2017. (Tuscaloosa News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Let the "NCAA letting Ohio State off easy" conspiracy theories begin.

Let the "NCAA letting Ohio State off easy" conspiracy theories begin.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 25, 2011

Is it time to call in George Noory and Alex Jones about Tresselgate? With the news that the NCAA won't drop "failure to monitor" charges on Ohio State, there are already charges that the news sounds a little suspicious itself. Bob Hunter of The Columbus Dispatch already seems to be doing so. "It's hard to believe Tressel was the only one who knew, that he didn't discuss the situation with anybody at the university. It's all Tressel's fault? How convenient. It's also remarkable the NCAA couldn't find much beyond the initial violations. Not because Ohio State runs a dirty program, but because a serious investigation of any program would turn up at least some minor violations. I keep thinking about how those ineligible players were allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl with the NCAA's blessing, and I'm trying to convince myself that the hypocrisy stops before it gets this far." The next thing you know, someone will claim this was the man the NCAA sent to investigate the Buckeyes: Pretty soon, Ohio State getting off easy will be blamed on everybody from the BCS, to the Trilateral Commission,the CIA, the Illuminati, the Bilderberg Group, Opus Dei, etc.Oh wait, Opus Dei backs Notre Dame. So scratch that last one. (via The Columbus Dispatch, ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Coveirng Dixie Like Mildew: Trent Richardson, Mark Richt, and cake.

Coveirng Dixie Like Mildew: Trent Richardson, Mark Richt, and cake.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 25, 2011

SEC Media Days is "The most eventful 'nonevent' in captivity." Because the Los Angeles Times Chris Dufresne said so. Shut up, Chris. (Los Angeles Times) Where is my motivation? Alabama tailback Trent Richardson is motivated to win in 2011 by last season's loss to Auburn, and by the tornado that ravaged Tuscaloosa in April. (The Tennessean) Your Mark Richt on the Hot Seat Item of the Day. T. Kyle King of Dawg Sports questions if Georgia head football coach Mark Richt's character might be what saves his job in a college football sea full of rules violations. (Dawg Sports) That Don't Impress Me Much. A Sea of Blue's Glen Logan doesn't believe the sanctions Tennessee imposed on itself didn't go far enough. I wonder if he'll think the same if/when Kentucky eventually placed sanctions upon itself over head men's basketball coach John Calipari's actions. (A Sea of Blue) Sweet Home Alabama.  A selection of Alabama-themed cakes. Complete with a couple of cakes in the shape of Bear Bryant's legendary houndstooth hat. (Roll Bama Roll) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Should Alabama play in-state schools besides Auburn?

Should Alabama play in-state schools besides Auburn?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 24, 2011

It's been 67 years since Alabama played another in-state college football team other than Auburn. That was Howard College (which is now Samford) back in 1944. This fact hasn't hasn't gone unnoticed in the Cotton State, where programs like Troy and UAB have made it to the FBS level. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban was asked about this on Friday at SEC Media Days in Birmingham. He gave a reply saying he wouldn't mind playing another in-state program. “I personally do not have an issue playing in-state schools,” Saban said. “In fact, we sort of instituted at LSU that we do that. We played Tulane, but they hadn’t played the other schools. We started to do that so it promoted all the programs in-state. So I certainly would support the effort to do that in our state in Alabama.” Obviously the state of Alabama hasn't had a rich history of Division I football outside of  either Tuscaloosa or Auburn. But with the emergence of Troy and UAB as respectable lower-lever FBS schools (if not true mid-majors), and the fledgling  South Alabama program, the state is joining Florida as the only SEC-affiliated states with four noteworthy FBS programs.  It would seem natural for Alabama to play them once in a while. Naturally there are two genuine reasons for the smaller schools to play Alabama, and the odds of winning against the Tide isn't one of them. As mentioned, promotion of the programs is one reason. The other obvious reason is money. Alabama would obviously have to pay the schools to come to Tuscaloosa (the chances of the Tide playing an away game at Troy are slim to none). It's assured the smaller programs would gladly cash the check from a beatdown by the Tide. This does bring up the question of whether or not anybody outside Alabama (other than alumni of Troy, UAB, and South Alabama) really want to see the Tide play non-Auburn in-state schools. With only four non-conference dates on the calendar every year, the chances to see Alabama play a respectable non-conference team every year are usually few. (Though the Tide face Michigan in 2012, and Virginia Tech in 2013. Both in neutral-site games) Most college football fans would probably rather see the Tide play at least a mid-level Big Ten or Big XII team than a lower-level in-state program. (via The Gasden Times) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Pat Fitzgerald, and Michigan mocks Michigan State.

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Pat Fitzgerald, and Michigan mocks Michigan State.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 23, 2011

Dodging the bullet? Ohio State won't get a "Failure to Monitor" charge from the NCAA because of Tresselgate. (The Columbus Dispatch)   Double your pleasure? Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald would like the Wildcats to play in Wrigley Field again in the future. (The Chicago Tribune) The Big (Glass) House. MGoBlog mocks the news that Michigan State will be wearing alternate Nike Pro Combat uniforms in their game against Michigan. Uh, what's Michigan wearing against Notre Dame again? (MGoBlog) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: UCLA, Stanford, Utah, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front: UCLA, Stanford, Utah, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 22, 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.)    Please come to Boston (or vice versa).  Bruins Nation wants UCLA to play Boston College. (Bruins Nation) Back to Black. Utah plans for a "blackout" game against Oregon State on October 29. (Block U) Get into gear.  Stanford will be donning Nike Pro Combat uniforms against Notre Dame on November 27. (Rule of Tree) Hot ticket. Stanford's ticket sales are up 33% from last year. (San Francisco Chronicle) Awkward headline of the day. In discussing the California-Fresno State game at San Francisco's Candlestick Park, California Golden Blogs asks "Is Candlestick Bear Territory?" Uh, do you really want an answer to that question?  (California Golden Blogs) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Tennessee players dressed like Derek Dooley at SEC Media Days.

Tennessee players dressed like Derek Dooley at SEC Media Days.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 22, 2011

While no one has been looking, Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley has been building a small cult of personality in the Volunteer State. Dooley's followers are obsessed with his hair,  his hat, his incredible way with words, and now apparently his fashion sense. At Tennessee's SEC Media Days session on Thursday, Vol seniors Tauren Poole, Malik Jackson, and junior Dallas Thomas were conspicuous in the fact that they were all dressed like His Hairness' "black suit, orange tie and a Power T on the lapel." "Thursday's dress might have appeared orchestrated, if not mandated. But this display of team unity actually was achieved independently. Thomas laughed with surprise when told during a News Sentinel Sports Page radio interview that he was dressed no differently from head coach Derek Dooley. He laughed again when the coach — dressed almost identically — took his place at the microphone. "I guess Coach Dooley is influencing us," Thomas said later." Want visual proof? Here it is. Defensive tackle Malik Jackson. Running Back Tauren Poole. Left tackle Dallas Thomas. Poole still had a little bit of individuality. Dooley will be sure to work on that as the 2011 season progresses. A little bit of conformity is okay, but it can be taken to extremes. If the Tennessee squad all decide to get Tyler Bray-esque tattoos on their backs, then it'll be time to panic. (via Knoxville News-Sentinel)   Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew:Expansion Silliness, Aaron Murray, Jordan Jefferson, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew:Expansion Silliness, Aaron Murray, Jordan Jefferson, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 22, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  GENERAL Today in Expansion Silliness: More talk about the possibility of Texas A&M and Oklahoma jumping from the Big XII to the SEC. (rivals.com)  On a related note... A Sea of Blue looks at what the Longhorn Network's existence means to the SEC. Besides the threat of Texas A&M joining. (A Sea of Blue) Tattoo You. Another look at the tattoos of Tennessee star QB Tyler Bray, and Alabama QB A.J. McCarron, this time from a woman's point of view. (Outkick the Coverage) SEC EAST Georgia will be sporting Nike Pro Combat uniforms in Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Be afraid, Bulldog Nation. Be very afraid. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) The Weight of the World. With Georgia still feeling the losses of Caleb King and Washaun Ealey during the summer , more responsibly for success is falling in the hands of quarterback Aaron Murray. (Athens Banner-Herald) Another "Mark Richt on the Hot Seat" article?  Another "Mark Richt on the Hot Seat" article. (rivals.com) He's Baaaaack! The Steve Spurrier that we all know and loathe love re-emerges. (Dr. Saturday) Still a work in progress? Head football coach Derek Dooley still has a lot of work to do at Tennessee. (The Daily Times) SEC WEST Alabama might hive its own mini-Ohio Stateesque scandal on its hands.  Because Clay Travis thinks so. Shut up, Clay. (Outkick the Coverage) Meet Vick Ballard. An ESPN video interview of Mississippi State running back Vick Ballard. (ESPN) LSU QB Jordan Jefferson could be a Heisman Trophy candidate.  Because Jordan Jefferson says so. (Sports Illustrated) Beer Run. LSU to produce its own microbrewery beer for educational purposes. Yeah, right. (Kegs 'n Eggs) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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