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Dancing in the Ruins: Brandon Weeden, Landry Jones, Bryce Brown, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins: Brandon Weeden, Landry Jones, Bryce Brown, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 29, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference. Or at least what's left of it.)   Taking a (Heisman) stance. Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden is starting to make waves and making a name for himself in the Heisman Trophy race. (Rivals.com) The kids in Bristol are sharp as a Pistol (Pete). Weeden's coach at Oklahoma State (and dancin' fool), Mike Gundy, will be a guest analyst for ESPN this weekend during the Cowboy's bye week. No word if he'll do the Bristol Stomp while he's up there. (ESPN) Movin' On Up. Oklahoma QB Landry Jones' status on Mel Kiper's infamous Big Board is climbing. (ESPN) The Insider. Barking Carnival apparently has a mole in the Texas football program, who lays down the skinny on the Longhorn's preparations against Iowa State. (Barking Carnival) Least. Shocking. Event. Ever. Of the Day.  Members of the Texas State Legislature may try to make sure the annual showdown between Texas and Texas A&M continues by state law after the Aggies leave for the SEC in 2012. (Dr. Saturday) Up in the Air. Kansas State running back Bryce Brown's status as a player is in question due to undisclosed " difficult times." (CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Is Georgia Tech "trippy?"

Is Georgia Tech "trippy?"

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 29, 2011

Is Georgia Tech as "trippy" as this clip played at Yellow Jacket home games in Bobby Dodd Stadium would attest? Well, for a school whose fan base still believes it's a national powerhouse,  the answer would have to be a "yes." Then again, Georgia fans believe that as well. Blame it on the polluted waters of the Chattahoochee River.   (via EDSBS) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Will Muschamp and Nick Saban, Texas A&M, Justin Hunter, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Will Muschamp and Nick Saban, Texas A&M, Justin Hunter, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 28, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the master.  Oh wait, Will Muschamp said he hadn't seen Star Wars, right?  Oh well, why let a good Star Wars quote go to waste when talking about Muschamp and his Florida Gators meeting up against former boss Nick Saban and Alabama in The Swamp. (SI.com) Aggiegeddon survival guide.  A Texas A&M priner for SEC fans trying to get used to the idea of a school with all-male cheerleaders Yell Leaders. (Rivals.com) SEC for Dummies Aggies. And on the flipside, here's an SEC primer for Texas A&M fans.  Pay no attention to the allegations of occult practices at LSU and Auburn. (Leather Helmet Blog) This is for the questions that don't have any answers.  Auburn and South Carolina go into facing each other in Columbia each wondering how to solve their respective problems on the defense and offense. (ESPN) Justin Hunter update. Surgery to repair Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter's season-ending torn left ACL has been labeled as a success.  (Knoxville News Sentinel) On a related Tennessee injury front: An partially torn ACL in his right back knee isn't keeping Tennessee mascot Smokey from watching the Buffalo-Tennessee game at Neyland Stadium from the sidelines, though. (Dr. Saturday) Look at the birthday cake falling out of the sky! Look at the birthday cake falling out of the sky! A happy 89th birthday to retired Georgia broadcasting legend Larry Munson. (Dawg Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Kirk Ferentz, Brady Hoke, and more.

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Kirk Ferentz, Brady Hoke, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 28, 2011

Howdy, neighbor! (Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  I'm gonna be a history maker in this land.  Nebraska and Wisconsin are getting ready for the their first meeting as Big Ten conference rivals. (The Chicago Tribune) Back in the Saddle Again. Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa will finally make his season debut against Illinois this Saturday. (CBS Sports) Not Fade Away.  The return of Dan Persa to the Northwestern starting QB role doesn't mean that backup QB Kain Colter will be becoming a benchwarmer. (The Chicago Tribune) Who are you, Thomas Nardo? More background on Thomas Nardo, the senior Iowa defensive tackle who in only his second career start was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. (The Gazette) It's a good thing. Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz sees this week's early-in-the-season bye week as a good thing for a young Hawkeye squad. (The Gazette) Kansas City here I come? Meanwhile, rumors are swirling that Kirk Ferentz is being looked at to replace Todd Haley as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, reuniting him with Ricky Stanzi. (The Big Lead) Cause for concern? Despite Michigan's 4-0 start  head football coach Brady Hoke is concerned about the Wolverine's passing game. (The Detroit Free Press) Going into stealth mode. Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio has shut down media access to Spartan players in preparation for Saturday's road game against Ohio State. (The Detroit Free Press) The Frightful Four.  Ohio State faces an October against four ranked football teams in a row (Michigan State, Nebraska, Illinois, and Wisconsin) for the first time since 1959. (The Columbus Dispatch) Get in the Ring.  A college football career apparently cut short due to a knee injury didn't keep  Indiana running back Darius Willis from alledegly part in a professional wrestling match while the Hoosers played North Texas. (The Indianapolis Star) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Crossing the Atlantic: Virginia Tech-Clemson, Al Golden, Rick Pitino, and more.

Crossing the Atlantic: Virginia Tech-Clemson, Al Golden, Rick Pitino, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 28, 2011

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC, Big East and other schools on the East Coast.)  Was it just a dream? Were you so confused? Was it just a giant leap of logic? Heather Dinich questions if Florida State was overrated following back-to-back losses to Oklahoma and Clemson. (ESPN) There can be only one.  A preview of Saturdays battle of the unbeatens between Virginia Tech and Clemson. (Gobbler Country) The Blame Game. Miami head football coach Al Golden puts the blame on the Hurricanes' loss to Kansas State to poor execution. (The Miami Herald) How to succeed in the ACC? It apparently takes cohesion amongst the coaching staff. (The Post and Courier) Born of Frustration. One word to describe Virginia's loss to Southern Miss: "Frustrated." (Streaking the Lawn) "A unique situation." Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson describes his teams selflessness when it comes to carrying the ball as "a unique situation." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)   Cheap seats. Joseph Wyatt gives Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich some ideas on how he could sell more game tickets to fill up Bobby Dodd Stadium, including lowering ticket prices. Sadly none of the ideas involve dropping football for mundy Quidditch, which would actually gets Tech students to buy tickets. (ChuckOliver.net) Walk On the Wild Side.  UConn taps walk-on Johnny McEntee as its starting quarterback. (SI.com) BASKETBALL Famous Last Words. Louisville head men's basketball coach Rick Pitinio criticizes UConn for looking at bolting the Big East for the ACC. Remember this quote when Louisville bolts the Big East for the ACC or SEC. (Card Chronicle) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy is a Dancin' Fool.

Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy is a Dancin' Fool.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 27, 2011

Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy is an internet sensation once again. Four years after his now-legendary "I'm a Man! I'm 40" rant, video of him taking part in the celebrations in the Oklahoma State locker after the team's defeat of Texas A&M has been unleashed.  It's sure to seal the Cowboys' coach's status an internet viral video immortal. The fun begins around the 3:00 mark, when Gundy lets the moment take over, and he gets down with his bad self. But to be honest, Coach Gundy, that is not how Cowboys are supposed to dance. This is how Cowboys are supposed to dance. (all rights reserved.) 8 Seconds, FTW.  (via Kegs N' Eggs) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Texas A&M, Les Miles, Mike Leach, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Texas A&M, Les Miles, Mike Leach, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 27, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   I'm not going to get used to seeing The Alamo among the SEC area landmarks.    Be My Frenemy. I Am the 12th Man asks who Texas A&M's cross-division rival will be in the SEC. (I Am the 12th Man) No Big Deal. LSU head football coach Les Miles says that being the number one team in the country is "no burden." (Rivals.com) Pirate of the Mississippi? Ole Miss tops the Lost Lettermen list of schools where former embattled Texas Tech head football coach Mike Leach could end up coaching next season. Kentucky and Georgia also make the list as SEC representatives. (Lost Lettermen) Just carryin' on an old family tradition.  Former Alabama and NFL running back Sean Alexander talks about current Tide standout  Trent Richardson and the Tide's "family tradition" of great running backs.   (The Huntsville Times) Back-to-back. Chip Towers compares Georgia freshman running back Isaiah Crowel's performance through his first four games to that of legendary Bulldog RB Hershel Walker. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Oh Mojo, Where Are Thou? Auburn continues to look for its "offensive mojo" while getting ready to face South Carolina on the road this Saturday. (The Montgomery Advertiser) South Carolina's offense will be it's "undoing. " Because Tony Barnhart said so. (CBS Sports) A Spanner in the Works. A Florida victory games against either Alabama or LSU (the Gators' next two opponents) could through a monkey wrench in either team's hopes for a SEC and/or BCS championship. (ESPN) A Few Small Repairs. Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen admits "We have a bunch of things we need to fix up but we haven't hit a panic button. We're not scrapping anything that we're doing right now." (The Clarion-Ledger) Should Kentucky leave the SEC? Only if they can talk Vanderbilt into joining tit. (A Sea of Blue) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Yes, there's a t-shirt honoring Derek Dooley's orange pants.

Yes, there's a t-shirt honoring Derek Dooley's orange pants.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 27, 2011

From the "Shirts Without Random Triangles" dept.: It may have taken a week or two, but some enterprising capitalist has come up with a way of making money off of Derek Dooley's now legendary orange pants and the hoopla surrounding them, without having to go out and make a pair or two himself. One 10 Threads has come out with it's own "Fear the Pants" t-shirt, and is selling it for the Rocky-Top bottom price of $20.00. If you can't afford the $199-$399 that Dooley's tailor, John H. Daniel is asking for a similar pair of custom-made trousers, then this is the way to go. (HT: @Dooleys_pants on Twitter) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Tennessee again hit with allegations of Kiffin-era recruiting violations.

Tennessee again hit with allegations of Kiffin-era recruiting violations.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 27, 2011

As much as Tennessee tries to shake off the train wreck of the one-year head football coaching tenure of Lane Kiffin, it seems it has once again come back to haunt the program. Yahoo! Sports reported on Monday that one of Kiffin's staff members allegedly paid for a recruit and his mom to make "an unofficial trip" to Knoxville. Even worse, infamous recruiting scout Willie Lyles is involved as well. "Former Tennessee assistant Willie Mack Garza paid for a top recruit and his mother to fly to Knoxville for an unofficial recruiting trip during Lane Kiffin’s tenure at the school, Yahoo! Sports reported Monday night. Garza followed Kiffin when he took over at Southern California, but the secondary coach resigned Sept. 1, citing “personal issues unrelated to USC.” Yahoo! Sports reported Garza wired $1,500 to talent scout Will Lyles in July 2009 and the money was used for plane tickets for running back prospect Lache Seastrunk and his mother, Evelyn." Tennessee just dodged a major bullet coming from the Kiffin era after being investigated by the NCAA. It may not be so lucky this time around.  (via Yahoo! Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Taylor Martinez, Nebraska-Wisconsin and a really fugly Illinois helmet.

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Taylor Martinez, Nebraska-Wisconsin and a really fugly Illinois helmet.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 26, 2011

 (Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  Pray that neither Nike nor Under Armour find this article on the helmets worn by Illinois from 1971-1976 like the one on the left. (Lost Lettermen) The Wait Is Over.  Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa finally gets his chance to get on the field on Saturday against Illinois.  (The Chicago Sun-Times) Arrogance, we has it.  Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez personifies the casual arrogance of the Nebraska Cornhuskers as the team gets ready for Big Ten conference play against Wisconsin by saying "We're Nebraska. They gotta play against us." (The Omaha World-Herald) True Men Don't Kill Coyotes. They just beat the living snot out of them like Wisconsin did the South Dakota Coyotes 59-10. The Badgers won't kind Nebraska that easy. (Bucky's 5th Quarter) Comin' to Your City. ESPN College GameDay will be on the scene in Madison, WI. for the Nebraska's first in-conference showdown with Wisconsin. (ESPN) Happy Together.  Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke has been successful so far in producing a close-knit team in his first season. (The Detroit Free Press) Penn State loses Mauti for the season.  Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti will be out for the rest of the year after tearing his left ACL during the Nittany Lions' victory over Eastern Michigan. (Rivals.com)  The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday.  Freshman Ohio State QB Braxton Miller is going to find things getting harder and harder as Big 12 in-conference play begins on Saturday against Michigan State. (The Columbus Dispatch) Reversal of Fortune?  Michigan State looks to change its fortunes against Ohio State in The Horseshoe on Saturday, where the Spartans haven't won since 1998. (The Detroit Free Press) Remember the Name.  Iowa senior defensive tackle Thomas Nardo made a name for himself with 12 tackles in the Hawkeyes' game against Louisiana-Monroe. (Quad City Times) This is for the questions that don't have any answers.  Josh Tinley asks "Why Isn’t Notre Dame Already in the Big Ten?" It can't get over itself, basically. (Midwest Sports Fans) Is there something embarrassing than Indiana losing to North Texas? Yes, but it also involves Indiana losing to another team. (The Indianapolis Star) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Stephen Garcia, Marquis Maze, Isaiah Crowell, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Stephen Garcia, Marquis Maze, Isaiah Crowell, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 25, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)        Order Has Been Restored.  South Carolina hands Vanderbilt its first loss of the season. (The Post and Courier) Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was... Florida beat Kentucky for the fifteenth time in a row. (The Gainesville Sun) Now comes the hard part. Florida's grueling October schedule begins next week against Alabama, and continues through the month with LSU, Auburn, and Georgia coming right behind. (The Gaineville Sun) Stand By Your Man. Even though South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia threw four interceptions in the game against Vanderbilt, Gamecocks head football coach Steve Spurrier said the embattled QB will start against Auburn next week. (The Post and Courier) LSU is the real no. 1 team in the country. Because Brett McMurphy said so. (CBS Sports) Texas A&M will be an SEC member "shortly." Because Texas A&M president R. Bowden Loftin said so. Sadly, the Aggies' loss to Oklahoma State won't be any bearing on the school's admission.  (CBS Sports, Rivals.com) That's me in the corner. That's me in the spotlight. Marquis Maze makes a case that he's Alabama's next great cornerback with an 83-yard touchdown in Saturday's Tide victory against Arkansas. (The Birmingham News) Saturday Night Live. Next week's showdown between Florida and Alabama will air on CBS at 8:00 P.M. EDT. (The Gainesville Sun) It's Getting Better All the Time. Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell continues to improve on the field as he ran for 147 yards against Ole Miss. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) That Don't Impress Me Much. Jeff Schultz looks at Georgia's 27-13 victory over Old Miss, and still sees areas in need of improvement. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Houston Nutt on the Hot Seat? Houston Nutt on the Hot Seat. (The Commercial Appeal) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Was the obsession over Derek Dooley's orange pants inspired by Kenny Chesney?

Was the obsession over Derek Dooley's orange pants inspired by Kenny Chesney?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 25, 2011

Tennessee's loss to Florida on Sept. 17 has failed to stop the growing obsession over the orange pants worn by Vols' head football coach Derek Dooley. The pair of pants has its own 25,000-plus member Facebook page, as well as the inevitable Twitter account, featuring it's own set of General Neyland-esque Maxims. Now comes the awful truth that Tennessee fans may have to thank metrosexual country music star, BFF of Peyton Manning, and hated enemy of college sport bloggers Kenny Chesney for His Hairness' inspiration to don the orange trousers. Coach Dooley says his inspiration for wearing the pants came from watching "The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story," which told the story of the first African-American starting quarterback in the SEC. It featured footage of former Tennessee  coach Bill Battle wearing orange trousers. "Holloway's coach, Bill Battle, would occasionally wore orange pants, but his game outfit of choice was an orange shirt with a tie and slacks of a more conservative color. His successor, Johnny Majors, wore orange polyester pants, a white polo-style shirt with orange collar, a white belt and white shoes to games during the first few years of his Tennessee career, which stretched from 1977-92, but opted for a suit for games later in his career. "There's nothing better than old footage," Dooley said. "I just remember seeing the old footage of the coaches out there and they all had orange pants on. So I asked (team equipment manager Roger Frazier) if he could get a pair of orange pants. He didn't think I'd wear them. He thought I was wasting my money." The Color Orange aired earlier this year on ESPN.  It was produced by Chesney, who has a reputation of being an all-around college football jock-sniffer aficionado. So, he can apparently take some credit for a fashion craze and internet meme that's gotten completely out of hand. And on top of that, Chesney has also helped bolster the bottom line of Knoxville clothier John H. Daniel, who made the original pair of trousers for Dooley. The company sells versions of the pants ranging from $199 to $399, depending on the fabric used. (Apparently dying wool orange is a tricky business) "Because all of the pants are custom made, the turn around on them is about three weeks. That means the Tennessee fans who ordered theirs immediately after the season opener will get their first chance to wear them at Neyland Stadium on Oct. 1, when the Vols (2-1) host Buffalo. The company has taken so many orders, Taylor can't keep up with the number. Since receiving a mention during CBS's broadcast of the Tennessee-Florida game, orders have come in from as far away as California. "I didn't know what to expect," Taylor said. "On game day when he first wore them, my phone was blowing up." Who knew that Kenny Chesney and Derek Dooley would turn out to be helping out the economy? (via The Houston Chronicle) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Game Day Goulash: Dan Persa, Nick Isham, Chuck Neimas, and more.

Game Day Goulash: Dan Persa, Nick Isham, Chuck Neimas, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 24, 2011

(Game Day Goulash is SWRT's  all-encompassing Game Day college football extravaganza.)  Don't Call It a Comeback. BYU gets back on solid footing after its embarrassing 54-10 loss to in-state rival Utah last week by beating Central Florida 24-17. (ESPN) Ready To Start.  Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa expects to be on the field when the Wildcats face in-state rival Illinois on Oct. 1. (The Chicago Tribune) Daddy says he too young, but he's old enough for Louisiana Tech.  Mississippi State might be in for a shock as it faces Louisiana Tech and its 17 year-old QB Nick Isham. Yeah, you heard me. He's only 17. (The Clarion-Ledger) No Hard Feelings. San Diego State head football coach Rocky Long claims there aren't any bad feelings about the Aztecs' former head coach Brady Hoke going in to the two school's meeting on the field on Saturday. (The Detroit Free Press) Destination Unknown. The question of whether or not Missouri stays in the Big 12 or bolts to the SEC is still up in the air. (CBS Sports) Holding Out for a Hero.  Nominations are being taken for "Citizen Heroes" to be honored at the inaugural "Heroes Game" between Nebraska and Iowa the day after Thanksgiving. (I still think the game should be called "Black and Blue Friday.") (The Gazette) Rest assured this will not last, take a turn for the worse. Vanderbilt puts its 3-0 record on the line against equally 3-0 South Carolina. One team will come out still undefeated. Don't hold your breath about the Commodores being that team. (The Tennessean) Use Your Delusion.  Interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas claims his mission is to bring the conference closer together. Like anybody thinks he's going to be holding the long enough for that to happen. (ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Brett Favre to do color commentary for Rice-Southern Miss game.

Brett Favre to do color commentary for Rice-Southern Miss game.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 23, 2011

Brett Favre just couldn't keep away from football. The retired (for now) NFL legend will begin his post-on-the-field career by doing color commentary for the Oct. 1 Comcast Sports Southeast broadcast of the game between Rice and Southern Mississippi. Farve played for Southern Miss from 1988-1990. The came is scheduled for a 7:30 EDT start. Whether or not this means that Favre is not just really retired, but really most sincerely retired is yet to be seen. But at least for one night, he'll have something to do other than stay at home sending text messages. (via Shutdown Corner) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Likie Mildew: Jarett Lee, Hutson Mason, Derek Dooley, and more.

Covering Dixie Likie Mildew: Jarett Lee, Hutson Mason, Derek Dooley, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 23, 2011

Don't call it a comeback. LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee has made the most out of his return chance as a starter. (ESPN) Put me in, Coach.  Chip Towers asks if Georgia back-up QB Hutson Mason should get more playing time on the field. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Fourteen is enough.  University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides would like to see the SEC cap its expansion after it finds a fourteenth member school. (ESPN) 200,000 more reasons to like Derek Dooley.  Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley and Variety of Eastern Tennessee teamed up to donate $200,000 to eight Tennessee charities. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Bobby Petrino is overrated. Because Saturday Down South said so. (Saturday Down South) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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