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Andrew Luck and Gomer Pyle: Separated at Birth?

Andrew Luck and Gomer Pyle: Separated at Birth?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 6, 2011

The odds that Stanford will reach 2010's level just took a faster nosedive than America's credit rating. Cardinal fans should just be glad Luck doesn't look like this Private Pyle. (via Rule of Tree) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Georgia thought Boise State's Kellen Moore was an ex-Bronco.

Georgia thought Boise State's Kellen Moore was an ex-Bronco.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 6, 2011

In another sign of the coming Dawgageddon, Georgia head football coach Mark Richt told Atlanta radio station 680 the Fan that He and Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity had thought Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore had graduated before the Dawgs agreed to play the Broncos in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Sept. 3. "[The athletic director] came to me with that and he was like, ‘Well, that quarterback's a senior and he's leaving.' I really didn't look at it. I knew that he had been there a long enough time that he was probably on the way out. After we signed on the dotted line, then I went and looked at the depth chart and realized he was still there. Then I was hoping he would turn pro early and he didn't do that." So McGarity and Richt thought Kellen more had graduated. This doesn't quite allay any fears that Georgia is losing its manhood (Dawghood?) as a football program.  Or that McGarity is the right man to head the UGA athletic department. Come back, Damon Evans, all is forgiven. (via Deadspin) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Ohio State bars players from wearing pro-Jim Tressel wristbands.

Ohio State bars players from wearing pro-Jim Tressel wristbands.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 5, 2011

Well, that didn't last long. No sooner did Ohio State players start wearing wristbands with former head football coach Jim Tressel's initials on them did the school administration put the kibosh on the whole thing. “They were pulled back out of concern, just being cautious,” team spokesman Jerry Emig said yesterday, adding that their use had not been run past the compliance department before their distribution. “The players had bought them (for $15 each) from a well-meaning individual within the program who had ordered them on his own. We got them to take them back to him and get their money back.” So the wristband thing wasn't a truly organic movement among players, and was actually part of a capitalistic enterprise to make money off the situation. What a shocking revelation. (via The Columbus Dispatch) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 5, 2011

SWRT switched over to a new domain. Sorry for the delays. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Steve Kragthorpe, Auburn's Mike Dyer, Mark Richt, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Steve Kragthorpe, Auburn's Mike Dyer, Mark Richt, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 5, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  Pressing On.  Former LSU offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe will continue on as the Tigers' quarterbacks coach while continuing his battle with Parkinson's disease. (The Times-Picayune) Ready for his close-up. Auburn sophomore Mike Dyer plans building on his 1,000-yard 2010 season, which induced a stealing the spotlight from Cam Newton (if only for a moment) in the BCS championship game against Oregon.  (al.com) Safety First. Florida has constructed six permanent towers for its videographers so as to avoid the scissor lift accident at Notre Dame last year that led to the death of a student. (Gainesville Sun) Building a Mystery. Mississippi State built on their success in 2011 by hitting it hard and heavy on the recruiting trail during the summer. (ESPN) Youth Gone Wild. ChuckOliver.net's Seth Stokes looks at the 2011 Tennessee Volunteers, 70% of which are either freshmen or sophomores. (ChuckOliver.Net) The Speech. The Speech. Georgia head football coach Mark Richt gave his team that quarterback Aaron Murray called "my favorite speech Coach Richt has given in three years.” (Dawgs 247) Mark Richt on the Hot Seat Item of the Day. This one's from Rivals.com's Tom Dienhart, who says the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against seventh ranked Boise State is a "must win" for the Dawgs. (Rivals.com) What matters most. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and wife Terry held the annual luncheon for their Nick's Kids Fund charity, which has distributed money to help rebuild tornado stricken Alabama, among other causes. (al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

LSU offensive coordinator Kragthorpe steps down.

LSU offensive coordinator Kragthorpe steps down.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 5, 2011

Thoughts and prayers go out to LSU offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe, who is stepping down after only a brief time on the job due to Parkinson's disease. (via CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Bubba Smith remembered, Denard Robinson, Jared Crick, and the definition of "Persastrong."

Big Tentacles: Bubba Smith remembered, Denard Robinson, Jared Crick, and the definition of "Persastrong."

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 4, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)     Number nine. Number nine. Number nine... The Big Ten will add a ninth in-conference game to the schedule beginning in 2017. (rivals.com) Bubba Smith Remembered. Drew Sharp  celebrates the life of Michigan State legend Bubba Rogers, who passed away on Wednesday. (The Detroit Free Press) The Downward Spiral? Chris Gaerig expresses doubts that Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson will be as productive under new head football coach Brady Hoke as he was under former head coach Rich Rodriguez.  (Burgeoning Wolverine Star) One Hit to the Body.  Penn State's QB depth chart takes a hit as Kevin Newsome is reportedly going to transfer. (CBS Sports) No Regrets. Nebraska defensive lineman Jared Crick has no regrets passing over the NFL Draft in favor of playing his senior year as a Cornhusker. (USA Today) What's the Word? The word "Persastrong," coined for the Heisman campaign for Northwestern QB Dan Persa,  has an official definition. Kind of. (Northwestern Official Athletic Site) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

The Longhorn Network: Threat, Menace, or Much Ado About Nothing?

The Longhorn Network: Threat, Menace, or Much Ado About Nothing?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 4, 2011

Now that the latest bushfire in the neverending story of The Decline and Fall of the Big XII has been put out - that being the conference putting the kibbosh on The Longhorn Network airing Texas high school football games for a year - it's time to ask a serious question. That being has the whole Longhorn Network thing been blown all out of proportions? There's been a whole lot of talk about how The Longhorn Network would change college football for the worse. How it would lead to a slew of single-college sports networks which would focus on the bigger college programs, and leave the smaller schools and conferences in the dust. The Longhorn Network was supposed to be the final nail in the coffin for the Big XII, and it still may be a factor in the conferences demise in the end. But so far, it hasn't happened. When I first heard about The Longhorn Network, the first thing that came to mind (or so) was the subject of the first article I ever wrote for SWRT two years ago (back before I knew what I was doing or that it would eventually be focused on college football). It was an article about news of a possible WWE Network. At lot of posters on the message board were going all crazy about the idea of seeing a 24  pro wrestling network. I, on the other hand thought more time would be spent on the WWE's growing library of lackluster films from its film division than it would on new wrestling shows or even ten-to-twenty year old ones. In other words, it was an idea that sounded exciting, but wouldn't be anything close to meeting the expectations of its core audience. That's pretty much what The Longhorn Network is turning out to be. An initial line-up of the network features a lot of programs talking about Texas Longhorn football and its past glories. There's going to be at least one (and possibly two) actual live broadcast of a Longhorn football game this season, but that's it for what the fanbase really wants to see. And the one sure game is going to be against Rice. Furthermore, it would seem that a large group of cable companies don't have plans to add The Longhorn Network to their systems. That would make it harder to reach a broad audience.  The ongoing meme this year has been about how The Longhorn Network would destroy college football as we know it. It looks more like it's going to have a long way to go before it can even think of doing that. (via Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Corn Nation) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: Landry Jones, Adam James, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins: Landry Jones, Adam James, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 4, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference...or at least what's left of it.)     Mr. Jones and me.  ESPN's David Ubben interviews Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones. (ESPN) Building a Mystery. Texas head football coach Mack Brown isn't letting on which of his four QB's will be named the starter for the Longhorns season opener. (Dallas Morning News) This just in: Texas Tech (and supporters of former Red Raider head football coach Mike Leach) still hate Adam James. (Lost Lettermen) Watch This. Cowboys Ride For Free lists Oklahoma State's "10 Players to Watch" in 2011. (Cowboys Ride For Free) Chasing phantoms.  Oklahoma State fans aren't taking too well with the "Phathom Pete" variation of their beloved Pistol Pete mascot. (Cowboys Ride For Free) A New (Aggie)World Record. Texas A&M announces it's set a new record for the number of season tickets sold for Aggie games at Kyle Field. (Austin American-Statesman) The better man? Rock Chalk Talk compares and contrasts the recruiting records of Kansas head football coach Turner Gill with the man he replaced, Mike Mangino. (Rock Chalk Talk) The List You Don't Want to Be On. Kansas' Memorial Stadium and Baylor's Floyd Casey stadium come in respectively at the sixth and fifth on Lost Lettermen's list of "College Football's Worst BCS Stadiums" (Lost Lettermen) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

The Humanitarian Bowl is now the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

The Humanitarian Bowl is now the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 3, 2011

Oh look at the potatoes falling out of the sky! Look at the potatoes falling out of the sky The Humanitarian Bowl is no more. Or at least the name "Humanitarian Bowl" is. The game played on the blue turf of Boise State's Broncos Stadium will still be played, but it has a new sponsor. The Idaho Potato Commission is now the game's sponsor, and has renamed it The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in  its image. "The Idaho Potato Commission signed a six-year naming rights deal to sponsor the Bowl, beginning immediately and running through the 2016 game.  As part of the package, the Bowl will be featured prominently in national and regional marketing campaigns conducted by the Commission.  Four of the top five potato-consuming states are represented by the WAC and MAC conferences:  New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. "We're proud to support a bowl that has become a national showcase for the State of Idaho," said Frank Muir, President and CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission.  "It's the perfect opportunity to reinforce the health and quality benefits of Idaho potatoes to a national audience while supporting a game that has generated significant funds for the local economy and associated charities." Even as we speak, thousands of heads in Idaho are hanging low in shame and embarrassment. As will any team sad enough to wind up playing in this game. (via EDSBS on Twitter) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Annoying fashion trend of the day: Jim Tressel wristbands.

Annoying fashion trend of the day: Jim Tressel wristbands.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 3, 2011

Want to know how Ohio State players how much they think of former head football coach Jim Tressel? They've been seen in public wearing black wristbands with the letters "JT" in large red letters. A little cheesy, perhaps. Considering the circumstances behind Tressel being an ex-football coach over his (mis)handling of Tatgate, it's perhaps a little misguided. But at least it's not as geeky as Buckeye fans wearing sweater vests while marching in a Fourth of July parade under the hot scorching Ohio sun. There's no word at to whether or not the Ohio St. administration is going to go for players wearing the wristbands during actual Ohio St. football games. Though it wouldn't be very considerate of current head coach Luke Fickell if any of the players did. (via Kegs 'n Eggs) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Steve Spurrier and Stephen Garcia, Will Muschamp, Barrett Jones, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Steve Spurrier and Stephen Garcia, Will Muschamp, Barrett Jones, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 3, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  There are times when I miss the days when Atlanta was covered in kudzu like this. I Got What I Wanted, Lost What I had. Kevin Fishes ponders the price South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier has paid for his success at South Carolina by lowing his standards with quarterback Stephen Garcia. (Free Times) Yesterday When I Was Young.  First-year Florida head footaball Will Muschamp recalls his days playing for rival Georgia. (The Gainesville Sun) Barrett Jones, Time Wizard.  Izzy Gould profiles Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones, with a focus on how he managed to have time for college football and a life while still maintaining a 4.0 GPA. (al.com) The icing on the cake? With his undergraduate degree in communications in already under his belt, Auburn quarterback Barrett Trotter plans to wrap up his college career by winning the starting QB job. (al.com) This is for the questions that don't have any answers. (At least not yet.) The Chattanooga Times-Free Press' Patrick Brown has five big questions on how Tennessee will perform in 2011. (Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Mark Richt on the Hot Seat Item of the Day (well, almost). Georgia head football coach Mark Richt is mentioned as a possible candidate to try to salvage the scandal-plagued UNC football program next year. If there is an UNC football program next year, that is. (ACC Sports Journal) Being the best is never good enough.  Despite leading Arkansas in tackles in his first three seasons, Jerry Franklin's coaches still find things he can improve on. (Arkansas Sports 360) Round up the usual suspects. ChuckOliver.net's Chadd Scott predicts an Alabama-South Carolina SEC Championship game. (ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Andrew Luck is officially clean-cut once more.

Andrew Luck is officially clean-cut once more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 3, 2011

August 1, 2011 will be a red letter day for college football followers, but for wildly differing reasons. This is the day Stanford quarterback and college football all-around golden boy Andrew Luck appeared in public for the first time without the scraggly beard he had been growing since earlier in the year. Not only that, the longish hair on his head was gone too. Shorn into away into history and replaced with a fresh summer buzzcut. Here's the visual proof of the newly clean-cut and crewcut Luck.   If you're the college football fan who goes for the kind of "brah" quarterback embodied in South Carolina's Stephen Garcia (the ultimate "brah" college QB), then Monday was a day of mourning (except for the fact that Garcia was reinstated yesterday). If however, you're for quarterbacks who want your team led by someone who looks like he's serious about success, then you're probably breathing a sigh a relief. Andrew Luck once again looks like the kind of young man you would want your daughter to marry. Especially if he's expected to be at the least a first round draft pick in the NFL, if not the first overall pick. (via SB Nation Bay Area) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Larry Scott, Anthony Gildon, Utah, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Larry Scott, Anthony Gildon, Utah, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 3, 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.)  We're in the Money. According to Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, the Pac-12 Network is "going to be profitable in Year One." He said this in an interview with CNBC's sports business guru Darren Rovell. (CNBC) Meet Anthony Gildon.  The Oregonian's Aaron Fentress believes that Oregon cornerback Anthony Gildon could be a "breakout" player in 2011. (The Oregonian) One step forward...  ESPN's Chris Spielman believes that joining the Pac-12 puts Utah on the way to possibly "becoming a national football presence, maybe even a power." (The Salt Late Tribune) Sooner or later you're going to be mine. As for the Utes' fellow in-state school BYU, Spielman thinks going independent was a "iffy" move and that the Cougars "will probably end up in what is now the Pac-12 when it’s all said and done.” (The Salt Lake Tribune) Boise State Blues.  FOX Sports' Lisa Horne gives the thumbs down to the Mountain West's barring Boise State from wearing all-blue uniforms on its infamous Broncos' Stadium blue turf in home games against in-conference opponents. (FOX Sports) Buffaloes soldering on. Matt Hinton doesn't expect a lot from Colorado in it's inaugural Pac-12 year, and neither should you. (Dr. Saturday) The List You Don't Want to Be On. Three Pac-12 stadiums - USC's Los Angeles Coliseum, Cal's California Memorial Coliseum, and Washington State's Martin Stadium - all make Lost Lettermen's list of "College Football's Worst BCS Stadiums." (Lost Lettermen) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Coveirng Dixie Like Mildew: Malik Jackson, Alabama's Jesse Williams, Isaiah Crowell, and more.

Coveirng Dixie Like Mildew: Malik Jackson, Alabama's Jesse Williams, Isaiah Crowell, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 2, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    Young Guns (Go For It). With 70% of the 2011 Tennessee Volunteer squad either freshman or sophomores, there will be lots of opportunity for newer faces to make a splash on the gridiron. (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Stepping up.  Tennessee defensive end Malik Jackson is ready to step into a leadership role on the team this year, and he has the tattoos to prove it. (Knoxville News Sentinel) And speaking of tattoos.... The Tyler Bray memorial most interesting tattoo of the day award. Alabama's Australian-born defensive lineman Jesse Williams has a tattoo on his right hand that says "I stopped checking for the monster under the bed when I realised the monster is me."(al.com) Where Did It All Go Wrong? Pat Dooley theorizes as to why last the 2010 Florida Gators underachieved even with its level of talent. (The Gainesville Sun) Same as it ever was. It looks like Georgia freshman running back Isaiah Crowell will probably have to learn his role as a college player "on the job" much in the same way his predecessor, A.J. Green did as a freshman (Athens Banner Herald) Is Georgia's glass half-full or half-empty? One thing's for sure - the glass probably has an adult beverage in it. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) What's in a name? Mississippi State receiver Chad Bumphis has changed his Twitter handle to @ImSo_BalisMade1 in honor of Miss. St. strength and conditioning coach Matt Balis. (The Clarion-Ledger) More proof that we'll rank anything. Power rankings for SEC assistant coaches. Now I've heard everything. (Saturday Down South) Dubious achievement of the day.  Vanderbilt Stadium has been named by Lost Lettermen as the third "Worst BCS Stadium." Only Northwestern's Ryan Field and Cincinnati Nippert Stadium are ranked worse. (Lost Lettermen) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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