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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

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

Oregon cheerleders 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

Dancing in the Ruins: Pac-12 fallout, Dan Beebe, and the Ghost of Ron Prince.

Dancing in the Ruins: Pac-12 fallout, Dan Beebe, and the Ghost of Ron Prince.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 21, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference. Or at least what's left of it.)    Welcome to the fallout. Texas and Oklahoma are left without many options except to work together after the Pac-12 decides not to expand. (The Oklahoman) The Blame Game. Of course the Pac-12 debacle is all Texas' fault. (Crimson and Cream Machine) Dead Man Walking? Oklahoma may demand that Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe be fired as part as it's continued involvement in the conference. (Dr. Saturday) The Back-Up Plan. Iowa State and the Mountain West have been talking about the Cyclones joining  in case the Big 12 becomes an ex-conference. (The Des Moines Register) Use Your Delusion. T. Boone Pickens thinks Texas A&M can still be convinced to stay in the Big 12. Shut up, T. Boone. (The Oklahoman) Gilbert's season is over. Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert had surgery on his right shoulder, and will be out for the rest of the season. (The Austin American-Statesman) The Ghost of Ron Prince. Saturday's Kansas State  road game against Miami is the result of deals made by former Wildcat head football coach Ron Prince during his tenure. (ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Texas and Oklahoma won't be joining the Pac-12.

Texas and Oklahoma won't be joining the Pac-12.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 21, 2011

The Pac-12 has decided that they just want to be friends with Texas and Oklahoma. The conference has announced that it will not be expanding beyond it's current 12-member school configuration after much speculation that Texas and Oklahoma (and whatever Big 12 teams they would be dragging along with them) would be making the move from the ever unstable Big 12. “After careful review, we have determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the statement." According to Pete Thamel of The New York Times, it seems that Texas' well-known habit of not being able to play well with others had once again gotten in the way of the Longhorns joining the Pac-12. "After (Pac-12 commissioner Larry) Scott met with Texas officials in Los Angeles over the weekend, and the details of what Texas wanted from the Pac-12 leaked out, it became apparent that the Longhorns could not fit into what Scott called in his statement a “culture of equality.”  Translation: Scott wasn't having any of Texas' "me first" mentality that's caused so much havoc in the Big 12 that Nebraska and Texas A&M wanted out of the conference. It looks now like there will be a last ditch effort to keep the Big 12 around. It probably won't happen unless Texas is willing to make compromises on major issues, and if the remaining member schools can find some potential members who can handle a little drama in the otherwise serene lives.   (via The New York Times) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Crossing the Atlantic: Expansion silliness, Jim Boeheim, EJ Manuel, and more.

Crossing the Atlantic: Expansion silliness, Jim Boeheim, EJ Manuel, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 20, 2011

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.)   If You Wanna Leave Me Can I Come Too? Rutgers is reportedly talking with the ACC about joining Syracuse and Pittsburgh in bolting the Big East. (Newark Star-Ledger) Rutgers and UConn will join Syracuse and Pittsburgh in bolting for the ACC. Because Syracuse head men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim said so. (The Birmingham News) Notre Dame should join the ACC. Because Dan Wetzel said so. (Rivals.com) Manuel injured.  FSU quarterback EJ Manuel is listed as day-to-day after injuring his non-throwing left shoulder in last Saturday's loss to Oklahoma. (ESPN) Pretty Vacant. North Carolina vacates its 19 wins during the 2008 and 2009 seasons in response to the NCAA's allegations of impropriety during that period. (Dr. Saturday) I Ain't Ever Satisfied. Despite a resounding 66-24 victory over Kansas, Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson can still find areas of the Yellow Jacket's game that could use improvement. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Miami should sit Jacory Harris, make Stephen Morris starting QB. Because Greg Cote said so. (The Miami Herald) Let's bury the hatchet, wipe out the past.  Miami head football coach Al Golden is working to patch relations between "The U" and Florida International University, which pretty much have been nonexistent since the infamous on-the-field brawl between the two teams in 2006. (The Miami Herald) Clemson has the biggest fan base in the ACC. Because The New York Times says so. (The New York Times) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Nick Saban's toughest critic may be his wife.

Nick Saban's toughest critic may be his wife.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 20, 2011

Nick and Terry Saban Forget Paul Finebaum and his endless parade of bat-guano insane callers. The toughest critic of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban isn't a media gadfly or an anonymous phone caller who dwells more on Crimson Tide football than Saban does. No, Saban's toughest critic is someone he sees every day - his wife, Terry Saban. "Nick Saban looks no further than the breakfast table for second-guessing of Alabama's offensive strategy. There sits his wife, Terry Saban, waiting with a critical eye and a few pointed questions. "Why did you run that play" Why didn't you run another plays is what she says," Nick Saban said. His answer is just as blunt. "How about if we ran that play right? Because when we ran it right, we made 50 yards," Saban said with a smile. "So then she doesn't have anything to say about that." Obviously, Terry Saban is smarter than most of the Alabama fans and haters, because she obviously knows when to stop griping about her husband's on-the-field decisions. Which is a lot more than you can say about the average Finebaum caller. (via The Montgomery Advertiser) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

South Carolina gets "Notice of Allegations" from NCAA.

South Carolina gets "Notice of Allegations" from NCAA.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 19, 2011

South Carolina fans may want to sit down for this one. The NCAA has decided to spoil the party the Gamecock nation has been having over the football program's success by sending the school a "Notice of Allegations." According to The State, ten football players and two members of the women's track team are alledged to have received some of those ever-popular and ever-improper "extra benifits." "South Carolina athletes or prospective athletes received $55,000 worth of extra benefits from representatives of the school’s athletic interests and the university failed to properly monitor two potentially improper situations, according to a notice of allegations sent Monday from the NCAA. Ten football players and two women’s track athletes received reduced rates at the Whitney Hotel worth $47,000 total, the notice states. In addition, nine of the football players were provided improper loans in the form of delayed rent payments, the NCAA determined.  South Carolina disassociated Jamie Blevins, who works at the Whitney Hotel, on Friday, according to a letter it sent Blevins. The second violation the NCAA found, according to its letter, involves the Student Athlete Mentoring Foundation and its president Steve Gordon and treasurer Kevin Lahn. The SAM Foundation, Lahn and Gordon provided $8,000 worth of recruiting inducements and extra benefits to prospective football athletes." The State goes on to report that the accusations are “considered to be potential major violations,” and the school could be considered to be a repeat offender on account of ruled broken during the Lou Holtz era. In other words, enjoy your success while you can, Gamecock fans. This may get ugly. (via The State. HT: ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

West Virginia turned down by the SEC?

West Virginia turned down by the SEC?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 19, 2011

In the latest development in college football expansion silliness, rumors are abuzz about the possibility of a school actually getting rejected by a conference. BearcatLair ($) is reporting that West Virginia request to become the SEC 14th member was actually turned down by the conference. Mind you, the story that West Virginia had applied to the SEC has never been officially gone past the rumor mode. (Or at least it doesn't seem to have been picked up by ESPN,Rivals, or any of the other truly reliable sources or verified). So "the voices in your head don't count as reliable sources" rule is in full effect here. (via BearcatLair) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Justin Hunter, Mark Richt, Michael Dyer, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Justin Hunter, Mark Richt, Michael Dyer, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 19, 2011

Hunter out.  Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter will miss the rest of the season following an injury to his left knee. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Two Worlds Collide. This Saturday's SEC West showdown between Arkansas and Alabama will spotlight how the Razorbacks' defense will handle The Tide's offense. (The Montgomery Advertiser) The only easy day was yesterday. The remainder of Alabama's schedule doesn't get any easier with SEC conference play on the horizon. (The Times Daily (Florence, Al)) Mark Richt is Captain Obvious. Georgia head football coach Richt says the Bulldog need an SEC win. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Maximum exposure. Auburn's loss to Clemson exposed many of the flaws that the team was able to either keep hidden or keep under control in the first two games of the season. (The Montgomery Advertiser) Dyer Hard. Expect Auburn sophomore running back Michael Dyer to get the ball more often. (The Montgomery Advertiser) Not living in the past. Florida head football coach Will Muschamp says the Gators are looking at Saturday's game against Kentucky, and not looking back at the 24-game winning streak against the Wildcats. (The Gainesville Sun) Poll dance.  Looking at the national polls from an SEC point of view. (CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

West Virginia to the SEC?

West Virginia to the SEC?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 19, 2011

SB Nation is reporting that West Virginia has applied to join the SEC. This is based from a Tweet by Colin Dunlap, radio host on Pittsburgh radio station 93.7 the Fan. Dunlap, was the former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter who former Pittsburgh head football coach Bill Stewart wanted to "dig up dirt" on Panther coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen. If the report is true, then the SEC will have the 14th member needed to balance out things with Texas A&M's admission. It would also mean that the potential for the Big East's stability is rather limited at the moment, with Syracuse and Pittsburgh moving to the SEC. So far, the Dunlap's tweet has yet to be collaborated from other media sources. So the SWRT mantra that "The voices into your head don't count as reliable sources" is in full effect. (via SB Nation) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Barrett Trotter forgets all about that macho **** and learns how to play guitar.

Barrett Trotter forgets all about that macho **** and learns how to play guitar.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 18, 2011

How are Auburn players coping with Saturday's loss to Clemson, which was the team's first since 2009? Well there's a good chance quarterback Barret Trotter is probably consoling himself by playing  a little guitar, a pastime that he apparently likes to do. While bluegrass seems to be Trotter's forte, it's not out of the range of possibilities that he might be strumming a little blues right now. As for this "Jimmy Dean and the Breakfast Trio" thing, I doubt seriously that Trotter is half the musician that the real Jimmy Dean was until I see further proof. That said, he'd better be able to do a mean version of "Big Bad John" if he wants to live up to that name. (via Rant Sports, ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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