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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

Crossing the Atlantic: Lamar Miller, Spenser Rositano, and more.

Crossing the Atlantic: Lamar Miller, Spenser Rositano, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 23, 2011

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.)  Great Expectations.  Miami running back Lamar Miller seeks to become the first Hurricane to rush for 1,000 yards since Willis McGahee in 2002. (The Miami Herald) Where my peeps at? Georgia Tech is having attendance issues at Bobby Dodd Stadium, even as the Yellow Jackets have a 3-0 record with North Carolina coming into town on Saturday. (ACC Sports Journal) Death Valley showdown. Clemson faces a tough challenge as it gets ready to host Florida State on Saturday. (ChuckOliver.net) Meet Spenser Rositano. Boston College freshman safety Spenser Rositano is beginning to get people noticing his on-the-field performance. (The Boston Herald) Calling the Big East a kettle (or something like that). Deadspin takes a few shots at pointing out some of hypocrisy surrounding the Big East when it comes to conference expansion. (Deadspin) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Vontaze Burfict, Kellen Moore, Lane Kiffin, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Vontaze Burfict, Kellen Moore, Lane Kiffin, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 23, 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.)  Vontaze Burfict is "a dirty player."  Because USC quarterback Matt Barkley said so. Barkley claims that Arizona State linebacker tried to hurt him when they faced each other in a high school football game. (The Los Angeles Times) I'll Be You.  Boise State QB Kellen Moore spoke to the media about the Broncos' upcoming game against Tulsa, and he wore a Shane Falco (aka Keanu Reeves in The Replacements)Washington Sentinels' t-shirt while doing it. (KTVB, One Bronco Nation Under God) Road to redemption.  After a heartbreaking loss to Washington in 2010 Cal tries to seek redemption in this season's faceoff against the Huskies on Saturday. (San Jose Mercury News) Where's a Babel Fish when you need it? Zachary Clark attempts so translate Arizona head football coach Mike Stoops' responses in a press conference into English. (Arizona Sports) Let's get physical.  Colorado head football coach Jon Embree expects the Buffaloes' road game against Ohio State to be a "physical game" that will be like "an old Big Eight-type game." (The Denver Post) Not quite done yet. Oregon's young front seven on defense still haven't quite gotten the "scheme and discipline" thing quite right yet. (Addicted to Quack) When Nebraska comes to town.  Wyoming prepares to host Nebraska on Saturday, and a whole slew of Husker fans as well. (The Denver Post) Least. Shocking. News. Of. The. Day. USC head football coach Lane Kiffen tops Lost Lettermen's list of the "Top 10Most Hated Football Coaches." UCLA's Rick Neuheisel (#4), Arizona State's Dennis Erickson (#6), and New Mexico's Mike Locksley (#8) also make the list. (Lost Lettermen) BASKETBALL All Hands on Deck. Arizona and UConn  have reportedly agreed to play in the 2012 Carrier Classic, which will be played on the deck of a US Navy aircraft carrier. (CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Marcus Lattimore, Joker Phillips, Barrett Jones, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Marcus Lattimore, Joker Phillips, Barrett Jones, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 22, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)        An ill wind comes arising across the Loveliest Village on the Plain. Media gadfly Paul Finebaum looks at Auburn's evolution from hapless Chicago Cubs-like angst to 2010's BCS championship that was wrapped in the Cam Newton controversy, to the chaotic whirlwind surrounding this year's squad. (SI.com) The Blame Game.  Auburn athletic director puts much on the blame for the Tiger's so-far lackluster season on former head football coach Tommy Tuberville. (The Birmingham News) Too much of a good thing? Saturday Down South questions if South Carolina's reliance on running back Marcus Lattimore will hurt Lattimore's NFL career. (Saturday Down South) Welcome to the club. Kentucky head football coach Joker Phillips joins Georgia's Mark Richt and Ole Miss' Houston Hutt as SEC coaches on the Hot Seat. (Mobile Press-Register) Not fiddling around.  Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones is looking for the reporter who told Trent Richardson about his playing the violin. (al.com) Collective Soul. The members Alabama's receiving unit are collectively picking up the slack left behind by Julio Jones' departure to the NFL. (al.com) Upset Bait? Grantland's Shane Ryan picks Saturday's Vanderbilt at South Carolina faceoff as the biggest potential upset of the week. (Grantland) Mark Richt needs to ignore the Hot Seat talk.  Because Fletcher Proctor said so. (ChuckOliver.net) Poetic license. T. Kyle King to looking to exorcise the demons plaguing Georgia through a poetry writing contest. If this doesn't work, could solving UGA's woes through interpretive dance be far behind? (Dawg Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Marvel Teams Up with USC

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Marvel Teams Up with USC

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 21, 2011

If you ever wanted to see The Mighty Thor smite USC head football coach Lane Kiffin by shoving his mystic Uru hammer Mjolnir where the sun doesn't shine, you might be out of luck. Thor, along with other characters of the Marvel Universe will be appearing on officially licensed USC t-shirts and apparel produced by Silver Star Merchandising. "Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a global character-based entertainment licensing company, announced today that its famed Super Heroes are heading back to school and enrolling in the University of Southern California (USC). Through an agreement with Silver Star Merchandising, the apparel, manufacturer and distributor subsidiary for the Dallas Cowboys, Marvel has licensed its Super Heroes for a co-branded apparel program dedicated to USC.The collection combines one of the most recognizable athletic programs in the nation with some of the most popular Marvel Super Heroes of all-time including Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Wolverine. Featuring apparel and headwear for infants, kids, and adults, the collection will feature your favorite Super Heroes in USC's school colors of Cardinal and Gold, along with its Trojan mascot and logos." Wolverine on a USC t-shirt is probably not going to make many Michigan fans happy.  But the chances that Marvel characters will appear on apparel for other college teams is always out there. And there are quite a few characters who would be perfect for certain teams. Such as: Captain America - Army   The Beast - Boise State The Thing - Tennessee Hawkeye - Iowa (Duh! Though they've got a good argument for Captain America as well.) The Lizard - Florida Juggernaut - Alabama Howard the Duck - Oregon The Rawhide Kid - Texas A&M Hank Pym (a.k.a. Ant-Man a.k.a. Giant-Man a.k.a. Goliath a.k.a Yellowjacket) - Auburn Sub-Mariner - Navy Storm - Miami Daredevil - Arizona State Mephisto - Duke The possibilities are endless. (via The Outhouse) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Jordan Jefferson, Derek Dooley, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Jordan Jefferson, Derek Dooley, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 21, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    The SEC should take another look at West Virginia. Because John Adams said so. (Knoxville News Sentinel) To Tell the Truth. LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson will appear before the grand jury investigating the Shady's bar fight incident next week. (CBS Sports) You make me wanna scream.  Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley declined to speak to the media after giving the Vols a serious tongue lashing at practice on Tuesday.  (Knoxville News Sentinel) Growing Pains.  Alabama's 41-0 victory over North Texas wasn't without it's showing areas where the Crimson Tide needs to improve. (isportsweb) NERD ALERT!  Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones is a nerd. Because Tide running back Trent Richardson said so. (The Commercial Appeal) The Road I'm On. Georgia goes on the road to face Ole Miss on Saturday. The Dawgs have gone 1-7 on the road since last year. (Athens Banner Herald) Least. Shocking. Event. Ever. Of. The. Day. Georgia vs. Ole Miss game has been dubbed "The Hot Seat Bowl," in honor of coaches Mark Richt and Houston Nutt. (Athens Banner-Herald) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Oregon cheerleaders in Nike Pro Combat uniforms. 'Nuff said.

Oregon cheerleaders in Nike Pro Combat uniforms. 'Nuff said.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 21, 2011

Photo via Busted Coverage. Finally, a Nike Pro Combat uniform we can all appreciate.  Oregon's cheerleaders wore these camo cheerleading unis during the Sept. 10 game against Nevada. And there are 27 more photos where this came from.You can thank me for the unproductive day at the office later. (via Busted Coverage) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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