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Florida unveils statues of Spurrier, Wuerffel, and Tebow.

Florida unveils statues of Spurrier, Wuerffel, and Tebow.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 9, 2011

Florida took the halftime of the Orange and Blue Debut spring game from their spring game to unveil the trio of statues of the Gator's Heisman winning quarterbacks. Tim Tebow and Danny Wuerffel were on hand, while Steve Spurrier chimed in via a video message. It seems things at South Carolina were apparently keeping the Old Ball Coach a little too busy to sneak down to Gainesville to attend. Cocky by sportsxbrooks Sports By Brooks accused Spurrier of going "Forget You" to Florida fans by wearing South Carolina gear. To be honest. it's hard to call a black Under Armour jacket Gamecock gear. Other than that, it would kind be hard to tell if that constituted a snub or not. Tebow, meanwhile. sported the traditional Tebow style of wearing shorts to the ceremony. You would think that His Tebowness would show a level of decorum and wear some long pants to the ceremony. Especially now that he can afford them now and everything as a backup QB in the NFL. Hopefully, he kept the Crocs at home, though.  And how did last year's Gator starting QB, John Brantley fare in the Orange in Blue game? Well, let's just say it will be doubtful his statue will be joining the Heisman trio's likenesses anytime soon. (via Sports By Brooks,  Greenwich Time) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Stephen Garcia, Tyler Bray, the Auburn QB battle, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Stephen Garcia, Tyler Bray, the Auburn QB battle, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 8, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)       Get with The Program. Suspended South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia's troubled history is compared with that of Joe Kane, the fictional star collage QB from The Program. Ironically, the film was partially filmed at South Carolina. (The Belly of the Beast) The Agony and the Irony. Meanwhile, Garcia's coach, Steve Spurrier, was at Augusta National watching another Garcia, golfer Sergio Garcia by name, come within four shots of the leader Rory McIlroy at The Masters on Thursday. (The State) Another day, another Auburn recruiting scandal. This time it involves the now-infamous Brent Calloway recruiting saga. (Team Speed Kills) Why do the words "Black Swan" come to mind? Auburn players Clint Massey and Barrett Trotter remain best friends while fighting for the starting quarterback position. No word yet on which one is Natalie Portman, and which is Mila Kunis (al.com) With great power comes great responsibility. Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray is learning to adapt to having more responsibilities with play calling on the field, albeit slowly. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) Keep hope alive. Looking at year two (a.k.a.Year One) of the Derek Dooley era at Tennessee, John Adams looks at how schools around the SEC fared in the second year of recent coaching eras. (Go Vols Xtra)   If you build it, they will practice. Mississippi State receives a $12 million dollar donation for a new football facility. (mstateathletics.com) Knocked Down. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban demotes some of his players from their starting positions, siting lack of effort and feelings of entitlement. (al.com) SEC statue-erecting arms race update. Florida gets ready to unveil its trio of statues honoring Heisman winning quarterbacks Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel, and Tim Tebow at halftime of Saturday's  Orange & Blue Debut. (Gainesville Sun) Slammed. Georgia is hit with a series of injuries during spring practice. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Tennessee has the most quoteworthy coaching staff in the SEC.

Tennessee has the most quoteworthy coaching staff in the SEC.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 8, 2011

The more things change in Year One of the Derek Dooley era at Tennessee, the more things stay the same. This is especially true with the quote machine that is  Derek Dooley. His Hairness created an incredible legacy of memorable soundbites in one short year that many coaches don't have during their entire career. And that's not even counting the "Rommel" press conference. Dooley's penchant for memorable lines seems to be spreading to the rest of his coaching staff as well. For example, linebackers coach Peter Simon had this little gem about his charges. "I've had them on a growing taller program, but that hasn't quite worked [ ] , so we're going to scrap that and just stick to lifting weights." Of course the master is not willing to  be outdone by his underlings. His Hairness dropped this little zinger aimed center mass at the Vols' second team defense. “It was a not defense you’d be proud of. If you watched it, J.T. would have had about 94 (yards) against them. J.T., as you know, is my 12-year-old son,” Dooley quipped." And if you think that was rough, get a load of what Dooley's expectations are at his team progressing in spring practice. “I’m not being a pessimist, but when you watch eight practices and expect something totally different on the ninth, you’re somewhat a lunatic if you think it’s going to happen.”   Don't go changing to try to please me, Your Hairness. You're a fount of neverending material just the way you are.  (via Rocky Top Talk, Go Vols Xtra,  Chattanooga Times Free Press) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Aaron Murray wants to grow up to be like Tom Brady.

Aaron Murray wants to grow up to be like Tom Brady.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 7, 2011

Give Aaron Murray credit. The sophomore Georgia quarterback has lofty goals in life. To go with those goals he has an obvious role model for a quarterback. Namely three-time Super Bowl winner and Mr. Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady. “I think the (success of) quarterbacks aren’t determined by touchdowns or interceptions … the greatness of them is how many championships they win,” Murray said. “You look at guys like Dan Marino compared to Tom Brady, (Marino’s) one of the best quarterbacks of all time, but no rings. All that matters is how many championships you’ve got. That’s all I care about.” Well, that would explain the man purse. It's something you would expect the quintessential metrosexual Brady to be toting around. Get ready to see Murray strutting around campus with long hair tied up in a pony tail real soon. Unless Mark Richt has something to say about it. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Tyler Sash, Edwin Baker, Matt McGloin, and more.

Big Tentacles: Tyler Sash, Edwin Baker, Matt McGloin, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 7, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)   It's Getting Better All the Time. The Big Ten is getting around to scheduling conference games for Week 4 of the 2013 season. Week 4 has been known as a dead zone for conference play. (Off Tackle Empire) Big Pimpin'.  Former Iowa safety Tyler Sash was among other NFL Draft hopefuls who got all dressed up and took part in a photo shoot in New York City for ESPN the Magazine. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Lowe transferring? Iowa defensive back Willie Lowe has asked for his release from the Hawkeye football program. Lowe was one of the players who came down with rhabdomyolysis after a workout session. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Badgers? We don't need no steenkin' Badgers! Michigan will avoid playing Wisconsin for four straight seasons beginning in 2011. (Detroit Free Press) Sprucing up the Big House. Michigan is installing new scoreboards with "4,000 square foot LED displays, approximately 40% larger than the current boards." (Maize n Brew) Taking a bite out of crime. Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin will appear in a crime prevention PSA for the Scranton, PA police department. (The Times-Tribune)  Ohio State will open the 2013 season at home against Vanderbilt. Well, somebody had to do it.(ESPN) What, me worry? Michigan State running back Edwin Baker isn't worried that he's fighting with two other RB's for a starting position. (ESPN) Black and Blue (and Purple). Northwestern is facing what could possibly be a brutal 2013 schedule with both Ohio State and Wisconsin set for innerdivisional play. (Lake the Posts) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Things Debbie Yow blames Gary Williams on.

Things Debbie Yow blames Gary Williams on.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 7, 2011

North Carolina State athletic director Debbie Yow raised a few eyebrows when she accused Maryland head men's basketball coach Gary Williams of sabotaging her search for a new Wolfpack head men's basketball coach.  Yow and Williams had a prickly working relationship when Yow was AD at Maryland. When introducing new coach Mark Gottfried (who accepted the job after at least three other coaches had turned the job down) Yow took a major shot at Williams. "I don't have a reputation across all men's basketball of being difficult to work with," she said Tuesday. "I have a reputation of not getting along with Gary Williams, who has tried to sabotage the search. Come on, we all know that. OK, so whatever. Williams responded back denying the charge. "I don't have any interest in the N.C. State search, since I'm coaching at Maryland and working hard to run our program," Williams said. "Anyone who says I've had contact with a prospective coach or athletic director regarding this search isn't being truthful." But apparently interfering in the coaching search isn't the only thing Yow is accusing Williams of. Here are a few more things Yow says Williams is to blame for: Rigging the Oscars so that  The King's Speech beat out The Social Network for Best Picture. Reggie Miller not getting voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.  The Black Eyed Peas' Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show.  The BCS. Secretly hiding Saddam Hussein's WMD's in his back yard.   Designing Lady Gaga's meat dress.   The Jay Leno-Conan O'Brien Tonight Show fiasco.  Snakes on a Plane. The KFC Double Down sandwich.  Inviting Mike Price to that strip club. Secretly being The Masked Man, writer of Deadspin's "Dead Wrestler of the Week" feature.  Uwe Boll's directing career.  Final Crisis. The delays in the release of Duke Nukem Forever.  U2's mid-Nineties experimental period.  Marvel Comics retconning Spider-Man and Mary Jane's marriage.  Buying Aaron Murray that man purse.  (via ESPN, Rivals.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

South Carolina suspends quarterback Stephen Garcia indefinetly. (UPDATED)

South Carolina suspends quarterback Stephen Garcia indefinetly. (UPDATED)

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 6, 2011

South Carolina has indefinitely suspended troubled (or at least frequently in trouble) quarterback Stephen Garcia. The news came in a press release from South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman. "Being a student-athlete at the University of South Carolina is a privilege, not a right," said Hyman. "We have expectations for our student-athletes and we make them aware that there are consequences for their actions. Stephen has exhibited behavior that is unacceptable for one of our student-athletes. Therefore, he has forfeited the privilege to participate in any football related activity until further notice." There's no word what Garcia, who has a history of personal issues at the school, has done to earn the suspension. The QB was already on a short leash (and a long list of "suggestions" from head football coach Steve Spurrier on how Garcia could "improve himself") after reports of his partying in Atlanta before the Chick-fil-A Bowl went public. It does look like it's going to take more than a haircut to get back in Steve Spurrier's good graces this time.  UPDATE: Chuck Oliver is reporting via Twitter that Garcia "showed up at mandatory athletics meeting last night smelling of booze, was belligerent to those in charge." (via WLTX) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Tressel's Tattoo & Pawn t-shirt.

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Tressel's Tattoo & Pawn t-shirt.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 6, 2011

  It no shock that there is at least one t-shirt satirizing the Jim Tressel/Tat5 scandal at Ohio State. What's shocking is that this one does it so well. Smack Apparrel's "Tre$$el's Tattoo & Pawn" attacks the scandal from all directions, and does so with amazing success. As you would expect, the blue and maize shirt is aimed at Michigan fans, but it comes in school colors for Purdue, Penn State, and 2011 out of conference opponent Miami as well. Fellow "Leaders" division schools Indiana, and Wisconsin schools are left out in the cold on this one, school color wise. As is new kid on the Big Ten block Nebraska, who gets it's first in-conference shot at the Buckeyes this season. Sometimes having too many schools in a conference all using red as a team color can be a bad thing. (via Orlando Sentinel. HT Lost Lettermen) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Aaron Murray with a man purse? Aaron Murray with a man purse.

Aaron Murray with a man purse? Aaron Murray with a man purse.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 5, 2011

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray with a man purse. Albeit the most feminine man purse known to man. Confidence that Georgia's 2011 season will be a successful one just took a huge vertical nosedive. You'll notice all those UGA students in the background keeping a significant distance from young Aaron, like they don't want anything to do with him wearing that thing.  (via EDSBS) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Lots of Auburn news, Caleb King, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Lots of Auburn news, Caleb King, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 5, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   Put up or shut up. The former Auburn players who made charges of recruiting violations on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel should tell everything to the NCAA. Because Kevin Scarbinsky says so. (al.com) Man up. "It's Time for Auburn to Go on the Offensive" and respond to the allegations made by the "Auburn Four." Because Jay Coulter said so. (Track 'Em Tigers)  The high cost of winning. Analyzing the "Cost Per Win" average of coaches in the SEC. (Team Speed Kills) Fulmer Cup rankings. This one's Auburn's. Don't worry about it. (EDSBS) Maybe this wasn't such a good idea after all. A resolution by the Georgia General Assembly to honor former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton comes under scrutiny. The criticism is coming from a Georgia blogger, of course. (Dawg Sports) Alabama players are encouraged after the first scrimmage of spring practice. Of course they are. (al.com) Make it or break it. Georgia's Caleb King is looking to have a "breakout season" after having to miss out of participating in the Liberty Bowl for academic issues. (Athens Banner-Herald) May I have your attention, please? A look at which Georgia players are garnering attention during spring practice. (From Hedges to Hardwood) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Jimmer Fredette, Colorado's Tad Boyle, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Jimmer Fredette, Colorado's Tad Boyle, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 4, 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.)      Upstaged. BYU's Jimmer Fredette was upstaged for the crowd behind the scenes at CBS's Final Four coverage by Butler Blue II, Butler's live bulldog mascot. (Rivals.com) Leaving Arizona. Arizona assistant basketball coach Archie Miller has reportedly been hired by Dayton to be that schools' next head basketball coach. (FOX Sports) In for the long run? Colorado head basketball coach Tad Boyle says he's staying at Colorado despite being thought of as a potential head coach at other programs. (buffzone) Meet Larry Krystkowiak. Block U takes a look at new Utah head men's basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak, and tries to say nice things about him. (Block U) FOOTBALL Golden Bear preview. Previewing Cal's 2011 defensive line. (California Golden Blogs) Goodbye For Now. One Bronco Nation Under God says Ahoha to Boise State's former fellow WAC school Hawaii. At least until The Rainbow Warriors join the Mountain West in 2012.  (One Bronco Nation Under God) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Kentucky, Derek Dooley, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Kentucky, Derek Dooley, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 3, 2011

Kentucky knocked out of Final Four by UConn. If it makes John Calipari feel any better, Charlie Sheen apparently had a worse night than he did Saturday night. (Rivals.com) His Hairness is not amused. Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley wasn't very pleased with his team's performance in the first scrimmage of the year. (Go Vols Xtra) Mack Daddy. Ole Miss quarterback Randall Mackey stood out the most in the Running Rebels' first spring practice scrimmage. (The Clarion-Ledger) Rambo on ice. Gerogia safety Bacarri Rambo will miss the rest of spring practice due a sprained MCL. (Athens Banner-Herald). Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Clay Travis disses Tennessee's hire of Cuonzo Martin.

Clay Travis disses Tennessee's hire of Cuonzo Martin.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 3, 2011

Former Fanhouse columnist Clay Travis is not enamored over Tennessee's hiring of Cunozo to replace the embattled Bruce Pearl as the Volunteer's head men's basketball coach. He has pretty much said so in an article on his blog about the pay scales of coaches in the SEC. And he threw a shot in at Derek Dooley for good measure. "Some UT fans have been upset at me for ripping the Cuonzo Martin hire on the radio and Twitter. But most of those fans have missed my critique. It’s not that I think Martin is destined to fail, it’s that he’s not a proven success. And an athletic department as big as Tennessee should be in the business of only hiring proven successes. How do they do that? By paying more for talent than their competitors can afford." Shut up, Clay. Getting a high profile basketball coach to come to a school whose basketball program is all but assured of getting ban-hammered by the NCAA is really expecting a lot.  How many high-profile coaches want to go to a program that probably won't be seeing any NCAA tournament appearances due the moral lapses of the previous coach? Probably less than the number of satisfied audience members of Charlie Sheen's first show of his "Torpedo of Truth" show in Detroit.  Travis went on to take aim at both Martin and Derek Dooley. "The result is two coaches, Derek Dooley and Cuonzo Martin, who are, as a duo, the least accomplished coaches in the entirety of the SEC. Between them they have one bowl win and no NCAA tourney appearances. So, to forestall the emails from people who don’t get my point, I’m not saying that Tennessee should be paying Dooley and Martin more money or that Dooley and Martin are foredoomed to fail. I’m simply saying that Tennessee should have been capable of pricing itself out of the Dooley and Martin market to begin with. The Vols should have hired proven successes and paid them for it." To quote that great philosopher and wannabe professional soccer player Chad (Johnson) "Oh child, please." In both situations, Tennessee was behind a rock and a hard place. Getting a high profile coach to replace Lane Kiffin at the time of the year that he bolted Knoxville wasn't going to be in the odds. The fact that the Vols' managed to woo Derek Dooley from Louisiana Tech makes them pretty darn lucky, especially if Dooley turns out to be as good of a coach as his father was. (Besides that, Travis better be afraid when Dooley's mama, Barbara Dooley, hears about his article.) Travis is way off the mark in expecting "high profile" coaches to come to programs carrying at least a little bit of baggage. (Or in Tennessee men's basketball case, an entire Mori Luggage and Gifts warehouse full of baggage.) Expecting a Roy Williams or even a Brad Stephens to drop everything to come to a program that is most probably going on heavy probation for Bruce Pearl's recruiting violations is at best disingenuous and at worse highly delusional. Travis should know better than this. (via ClayTravis.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Denard Robinson, Kirk Cousins, Jamal Turner, and more.

Big Tentacles: Denard Robinson, Kirk Cousins, Jamal Turner, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 2, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  Play like the pros. An argument for  the new pro-style offense at Michigan. (Maize n Brew) Learning to Fly. As for Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, he is reportedly "doing a great job" adapting to the new pro-style of offense. (Detroit Free Press) To the Mancave, Robin. A Michigan-themed Mancave to make even the most ardent Ohio State fan jealous. (M Victors) Throwback to the Future. Michigan and Notre Dame will be donning retro uniforms for the  first-ever night home game in Fighting Irish history. (Dr. Saturday) Meanwhile, Ohio State will be going in the other direction with modern-day gray digital camouflage helmets during spring practice. It probably won't help the Buckeye's  hide from the Tresselgate controversy.  (Dr. Saturday) Step Up.  Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins is looking forward to taking a bigger leadership role in 2011. (Detroit Free Press) Electric Slide. Nebraska is hoping that Jamal Turner, who was recruited as a quarterback, will be able to being his "electricity" to the wide receiver posistion in 2011. (Big Red Today) Yo, I'm taking a survey. Reaction to a survey sent out by Northwestern on proposed facility upgrades for the school's athletic program. (Lake the Posts) Welcome To the Jungle. A Penn State blogger welcomes Nebraska to the Big Ten. (Off Tackle Empire) BASKETBALL A Few Small Repairs. A proposal on how to smooth out the tricky divisionless new Big Ten basketball schedule. (M Go Blog) Something to Believe In. Despite a less-than stellar NCAA Tournament run, Ohio State guard William Buford deserves the support of Buckeye fans, according to Eleven Warriors. (Eleven Warriors) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unfunny April Fools Jokes (?): Auburn sponsoring Darrel Waltrip at Talladega?

Unfunny April Fools Jokes (?): Auburn sponsoring Darrel Waltrip at Talladega?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 1, 2011

Unless I hear otherwise I'm calling bull on this one. Auburn's official website is reporting that Michael Waltrip's #15 Toyota will feature an Auburn-themed paint scheme for the April 17 Aaron's 500 at Talladega. The date on the press release being April 1, 2010 makes me a little suspicious. Then again, the press release also reports that Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik will be serving in the role of Grand Marshal for the race. And al.com and the Orlando Sentinel are reporting on the story as fact. So I'm just going to file this under the "I'll believe it when I see it" file. (via Orlando Sentinel, al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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