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Dancing in the Ruins: Bob Stoops and Missouri

Dancing in the Ruins: Bob Stoops and Missouri

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 29, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference...or at least what's left of it. And as you can't tell by today's edition, there isn't much.)     What About Bob? Crimson and Cream Machine wonders if "Big Game Bob" will make an appearance in 2011. (Crimson and Cream Machine) Digital Love Thing. Missouri is looking at an online "Mizzou Network" to compete with the Texas and ESPN ever-looming evil Longhorn Network lovechild. (Columbia Daily Tribune) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: The Battle of New Orleans reenacted in LEGOs.

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: The Battle of New Orleans reenacted in LEGOs.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 29, 2011

This is so awesome there's really nothing much to ad to it. Only that Johnny Horton was a talent from us way before his time. But he left a legacy of songs that truly reflected the American spirit. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Chris Petersen, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Chris Petersen, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 29, 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.)  Ranking Pac-12 quarterbacks.  Surprise! Stanford's Andrew Luck is no. 1. USC's Matt Barkley comes in second. (Orange County Register) More than meets the eye. There's more to Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen than a bunch of trick plays and a cheesy ESPN College GameDay ad. Because Jeremy Mauss says so. (Mountain West Connection) I'm looking for a partner. Someone who gets things fixed.  The Pac-12 is looking at an online partnership with either Google or Apple. (San Jose Mercury News) The Climb. The Pac-12 Network will have an uphill climb when it comes to reaching cable subscribers. Because Scott D. Pierce says so. Shut up, Scott. (The Salt Lake Tribune) The Look. An examination of what Arizona State's makeover may mean when it comes to giving the Sun Devils a new attitude on the field. (House of Sparky) Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Bruins Nation looks at the UCLA  hires of offensive coordinator Mike Johnson and defensive coordinator Joe Tresey, and whether they can make a difference in 2011. (Bruins Nation) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: C.J. Johnson, Charile Weis, Tyler Wilson, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: C.J. Johnson, Charile Weis, Tyler Wilson, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 28, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    Gamecocks taste first blood in Omaha. South Carolina defeated Florida in the first game of the College World Series. (The Post and Courier) More proof that athletes and Twitter don't mix. Ole Miss freshman linebacker C.J. Johnson deleted his Twitter account after using it to say you probably wouldn't say in front of your mother. (The Clarion-Ledger) Naval gazing.  Garnet and Black Attack takes at look at South Carolina's Sept. 17 opponent Navy. (Garnet and Black Attack) Where is my motivation? A look at what may be motivating Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis to succeed. Probably a lot has to do with his trying to make up for the lack of success at Notre Dame. (Saturday Down South) Hold the Eggs Benedict. Georgia freshman guard Brent Benedict will transfer to another school. (Athens Banner-Herald) Tyler Wilson: The other white meat.  Video of Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson talking about his predecessor Ryan Mallett. (Arkansas Expats) Where Do We Go From Here?  Looking at Auburn now that former North Carolina State quarterback Russel Wilson picked Wisconsin over the Tigers. (Track 'Em Tigers) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Georgia athetes Jarvis Jones and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope may have received improper benifits.

Georgia athetes Jarvis Jones and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope may have received improper benifits.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 28, 2011

Georgia has contacted both the NCAA and the SEC in regards to accusations involving possible improper benefits received by linebacker Jarvis Jones and basketball recruit  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope while the two participated in an AAU basketball team in Columbus, Ga.  The alleged benifits came to light in a report by the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. "Columbus police interviews conducted during an investigation of the Parks and Recreation Department reveal that director Tony Adams and top lieutenant Herman Porter may have jeopardized the amateur status of two University of Georgia athletes who played on the Georgia Blazers, their city-funded, Nike-sponsored AAU basketball team. Police records show that an unauthorized bank account controlled by Adams and Porter was used to pay for flights to and from Los Angeles for Jarvis Jones, a two-sport star at Carver High School who played football for one season at the University of Southern California, and for the cell phone bill of the mother of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a five-star shooting guard from Greenville High School." While Georgia athletes involved with NCAA rules is nothing new (see A.J. Green), a scandal that could affect both the football and basketball programs at the same time has to be one for the record books.  And probably something that neither Mark Richt or Mark Fox was looking forward to. (via Atlanta Journal-Constitution,  Columbus Ledger-Enquirer) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Wisconsin transfer merry-go-round: Wilson gets on, Brown gets off.

Wisconsin transfer merry-go-round: Wilson gets on, Brown gets off.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 27, 2011

Wisconsin had a good news/bad news kind of day when it came to transfers on Monday. The good news is that former North Carolina State quarterback Russel Wilson announced his intent to transfer to Wisconsin. The bad news came with the news of the transfer to Pittsburgh by running back Zach Brown. Wilson had been highly sought-after by both Wisconsin and Auburn since his decision to transfer from NC State earlier this year. He had been deciding on whether to continue playing college football, or to continue as a member of the  Colorado Rockies minor league farm system. Russel graduated from NC State after three season, and will be eligible to play in 2011. On the other hand, running back Zach Brown announced he was transferring to Pitt on Monday as well. While he ran for 568 yards in his freshman year,  his playing time had been limited due to the Badgers being loaded at the running back position. Like Russel, Brown graduated from Wisconsin and is eligible to play for the Panthers in 2011.  (via ESPN, CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aaron Murray, Mark Richt, Tiger Stadium, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aaron Murray, Mark Richt, Tiger Stadium, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 26, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  Sophomore slump? What sophomore slump? Fletcher Proctor asks whether Gerogia quarterback Aaron Murray can duplicate the sophomore year success of predecessors David Greene and Matthew Stafford. (ChuckOliver.net) Mission Accomplished. Mark Richt has returned from a week-long fact-finding trip with World Vision to Honduras. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Time to upgrade? Scott Rabalias questions whether an expansion to LSU's Tiger Stadium is really necessary. Shut up, Scott. (The Advocate) Time to upgrade? Part deux.  Meanwhile, ticket sales due to Mississippi State's recent success may force the school to expand Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field in 2013 0r 2014. Better make sure Dan Mullen sticks around first. (The Clarion Ledger) Big screen excitement. Mississippi State, Alabama, and Georgia are picked by The Chattanooga Times-Free Press has having the best pre-game videos. (Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Recruiting analysts say watch out for Vanderbilt. Because recruiting analysts are never wrong when it come to this kind of thing, right? (The Birmingham News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Cam Newton gives more proof that athletes and photo shoots don't mix.

Cam Newton gives more proof that athletes and photo shoots don't mix.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 25, 2011

As if the cases of Kobe Bryant and that group of skivvy-clad soccer players weren't enough, along comes Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton to once again show the world that athletes should stay far, far, away from fashion shoots. This shot of Newton is from the July, 2011 issue of GQ. All he needs is a pair of Army-issue birth control glasses, and he'd be Steve Urkel in that outfit. Meanwhile, Newton has also been filming a commercial or commercials for Under Armour in Valencia, California. Tom Brady also involved in filming the ads. And reportedly Justin Timberlake is along for the ride to. He must be out there helping Newton bring sexy back. (via al.com, The War Eagle Reader) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

An Alabama-Virginia Tech rematch in the works for 2013?

An Alabama-Virginia Tech rematch in the works for 2013?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 24, 2011

Alabama's defeat of Virginia Tech in the 2009 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game set the stage for the Crimson Tide's undefeated BCS championship season. Reports are surfacing that a return visit to Atlanta could be in the works for the Crimson Tide and the Hokies in 2013. "(Virginia) Tech athletic director Jim Weaver confirmed Friday that he is in negotiations for a potential rematch between the Hokies and Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff to start the 2013 season, which would be broadcast nationally on ESPN. “There’s some potential to it,” Weaver said. “It’s nothing that’s set in stone. The executive director of the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Gary Stokan, approached us.” The 2009 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game helped put that yearly event on the map as a major event on the college football calendar.  Like most Hollywood sequels, though, a lot will depend on making the possible Tide-Hokies rematch as successful as the first one. How the two programs fare on the gridiron in the next two seasons will be the main one. (via The Virginian-Pilot. HT: ChuckOliver.net)   Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Urban Meyer, Barrett Trotter, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Urban Meyer, Barrett Trotter, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 24, 2011

 Taking the lead.  Mississippi State is fast becoming the "flagship" school in the  Magnolia State, outpacing Ole Miss by a mile. (Banditref) Urban Legend. Urban Meyer will be in the booth as an ESPN color commentator. Insert snarky comment about "wanting to have more family time" here. (Dr. Saturday) The Grand Tour. A video look inside Auburn's new practice facility. (al.com) The Basement Tapes, Auburn edition. Auburn quarterback Barrett Trotter recently spoke at The Basement, a youth ministry in Birmingham. (The War Eagle Reader) A Few Small Repairs. Tennessee is spending $255,000 to refurbish practice fields, which had drainage issues in 2010. (ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Westrern Front: Utah, Oregon, Washington, and the New Mexico Bowl

Unquiet on the Westrern Front: Utah, Oregon, Washington, and the New Mexico Bowl

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 24, 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.)   Membership has its privileges.  New Pac-12 member Utah stands to benefit from more exposure via the conference's $3 billion dollar television deal. (The Salt Lake Tribune) A Few Good Ducks. The Oregon-Will Lyles saga re imagined as the courtroom showdown between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson's characters in A Few Good Men.  (Addicted to Quack) Washington-Nebraska game preview.  UW Dawg Pound thinks The Huskies have a chance against the Huskers. I don't. (UW Dawg Pound) Well, somebody had to do it.  After four years, he New Mexico Bowl finally gets a sponsor in apparel manufacturer  Gildan. (The MWC.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dan Persa rehab update.

Dan Persa rehab update.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 23, 2011

Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald gave an update on quarterback Dan Persa's rehab from the Achilles' tendon injury than ended his 2010 season at a Coaches' Caravan stop at Ditka's Restaurant in Chicago. "* Fitzgerald said that rehabbing quarterback Dan Persa is "on a pitch count -- 75 balls a day. He’s probably trying to throw a few more. He’s a workaholic. If the workout is called for two hours, he’ll do four. Then he’ll go (voluntarily) to watch tape and take some teammates with him.” Fitzgerald added: "If you didn’t notice, at the end of last year, we really stunk without (Persa). So, yeah, he’s really important." Considering that with Persa, Northwestern is being considered a dark horse for the Big Ten championship. Fitzgerald comment on Persa isn't an overstatement. (via  The Chicago Tribune) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Kirk Ferentz, Northwestern, and Nebraska

Big Tentacles: Kirk Ferentz, Northwestern, and Nebraska

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 23, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  Movin' on up to the top. With Jim Tressel out, Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz becomes the Big Ten's best coach when it comes to beating the spread. The worst? Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald. (The Gazette) Caravan of Love. Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips spoke to Northwestern fans at a Coaches' Caravan stop at Ditka's Restaurant in Chicago about refurbishing the school's sports facilities, and a possible new football practice facility. (The Chicago Tribune) Hand in Glove Adidas provides Nebraska with new gloves emblazoned with the school's  big "N" on them. (Corn Nation) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Is Stephen Garcia "The Most Interesting Man in the World?"

Is Stephen Garcia "The Most Interesting Man in the World?"

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 23, 2011

Stephen Garcia as The Most Interesting Man in the World? Probably not. Though I can believe that when he does drink beer, he's probably downed a Dos Equis or two before. (via Block-C) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Crossing the Atlantic: John Blake, Butch Davis, Kyle Singler, and stories not involving UNC.

Crossing the Atlantic: John Blake, Butch Davis, Kyle Singler, and stories not involving UNC.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 23, 2011

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.)   J'accuse! A look at the charges the NCAA is making against former North Carolina defensive line coach John Blake. (Dr. Saturday) How Will the Wolf Tar Heel  Survive? Meanwhile, Tom Dienhart discusses whether or not Blake's former boss, Butch Davis, will be able to keep his job as North Carolina head football coach in the wake of the scandal that rocked Chapel Hill. (Rivals.com) Taking it to the bank. Maryland schedules games at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore against West Virginia in 2013, and ACC rival Virginia Tech in 2014. (SB Nation Washington DC)  Bees in the Georgia Dome? An argument as to why Georgia Tech should accept a possible invitation to the 2013 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. (From the Rumble Seat) What if West Virginia and Pittsburgh joined the ACC? Because the ACC's first raid on the Big East has done so much for the conference. (BC Interruption) BASKETBALL How You Remind Me. Deadspin came up with "A List Of People To Whom The Internet Has Compared Kyle Singler." You can pretty much guess where the list went from there. (Deadspin) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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