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Crossing the Atlantic: Oklahoma vs. FSU, Maryland, and more.

Crossing the Atlantic: Oklahoma vs. FSU, Maryland, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 16, 2011

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.)  And now for something completely different.  Saturday's meeting between Oklahoma and Florida State will be different from last year's Sooner thumping of the Seminoles. Because Olin Buchanan  said so. (Rivals.com) Thanks for everything. Grantland's John Brandon is thankful for Oklahoma vs. FSU, and for the Seminoles' apparent return to relevance in Jimbo Fisher's second year as head football coach. (Grantland) FSU is happy with being in the ACC.  Because FSU athletic director Randy Spetman said so. (ESPN) Into the unknown.  Maryland suspends wide receivers Quintin McCree and Ronnie Tyler for violating  those ever-popular "unspecified team rules." (CBS Sports) Clemson needs to toughen up. Because Cory Fravel said so. (ChuckOliver.net) Please come to Boston, and be uninteresting.  Duke vs. Boston College has been declared T. Kyle King's "National Game of Disinterest.  (Dawg Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: Realignment, Oklahoma vs. FSU, Steele Jantz, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins: Realignment, Oklahoma vs. FSU, Steele Jantz, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 15, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference. Or at least what's left of it.)   Realignment silliness. The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents will discuss conference realignment during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Sept. 19. (The Oklahoman) Baby Talk. Baby-faced ESPN personality David Pollack discusses the Oklahoma-Florida State showdown on Saturday. (The Oklahoman) Texas fears the SEC. Because Clay Travis says so. Shut up, Clay. (Outkick the Coverage) Channel surfing. The Longhorn Network will televise twelve Texas men's basketball games, including home games against Oklahoma State and Iowa State. (The Dallas Morning News) America held hostage. Outkick the Coverage writer Josh Townsend discusses Baylor's attempt to block Texas A&M defecting to the SEC, and the road to 16-member conferences with it. (Outkick the Coverage) Big Man on Campus. Iowa State quarterback Steele Jantz has become an on-campus sensation since leading the Cyclones to defeating in-state rival Iowa. (The Topeka Capital-Journal) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Minnesota Mascot is possessed by the Devil.

Minnesota Mascot is possessed by the Devil.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 15, 2011

Minnesota Freudian nightmare-inducing* mascot Goldy Gopher is spreading his terror on YouTube. Dancing in a way that even Thom Yorke would find disturbing, and using his dark magic to change the clothes of hapless Minnesota students' clothing (whether they like it or not). The fact that Goldy's head is clearly seen spinning around the 0:40 point can only mean one thing. His is possessed by The Devil. Someone clearly needs to call an exorcist to immediately resolve this problem before the Land of 1,000 lakes is transformed into a golden inferno of pain and woe. * Like there's any other kind of Big Ten mascot than besides a Freudian nightmare-inducing one.   (via EDSBS) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Goldy Gopher is possessed by the Devil.

Goldy Gopher is possessed by the Devil.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 15, 2011

Minnesota Freudian nightmare-inducing* mascot Goldy Gopher is spreading his terror on YouTube. Dancing in a way that even Thom Yorke would find disturbing, and using his dark magic to change the clothes of hapless Minnesota students' clothing (whether they like it or not). The fact that Goldy's head is clearly seen spinning around the 0:40 point can only mean one thing. His is possessed by The Devil. Someone clearly needs to call an exorcist to immediately resolve this problem before the Land of 1,000 lakes is transformed into a golden inferno of pain and woe. * Like there's any other kind of Big Ten mascot than besides a Freudian nightmare-inducing one.   (via EDSBS) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Isaiah Crowell, Tyler Bray, Gene Chizik, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Isaiah Crowell, Tyler Bray, Gene Chizik, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 15, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    There's a possibility, but no chance.  Fletcher Proctor asks if Georgia freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell's performance on the field save head football coach Mark Richt's job. Don't hold your breath, Fletcher. (ChuckOliver.net) And while we're on the subject of improbable things, Mark Schultz says Georgia might need to have a 9-1 record for the rest of the season for Richt to stay hired. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Raw Power.  Gary Danielson says that he was blown away by Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray's "raw ability" before Bray became the Vols' starting QB last season. (Knoxville News Sentinel). Herbie on Tennessee-Florida.  Kirk Herbstreit says the winner of the Tennessee-Florida game could end up being a contender for the SEC East title. (Knoxville News Sentinel) That Don't Impress Me Much. Despite two thrilling  come-from-behind victories in a row, Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik says the Tigers are playing "average football." (ESPN) Tag Team back again. Meanwhile, Chizik and Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn are described as "football's best tamdem." (ChuckOliver.net) We were merely freshmen. Alabama freshmen Trey DePreist (linebacker) and Vinny Sunseri ( defensive back) are described as being "Two of Alabama's biggest hitters" by Izzy Gould. (al.com)   Not on my watch. Don't expect Alabama to go the Maryland route with the funky alternate uniforms while Nick Saban is around. (al.com) Baby better come back later next week. 'Cause you see I'm on a losing streak.  Mississippi State looks to end its eleven-game losing streak to LSU on Thursday night. It also seeks to  avoid a second loss in a row this season after last week's loss to Auburn. (ESPN) Talk about the life in Massachusetts. Vanderbilt and UMass agree to a four game series beginning in 2012. It includes the Commodores' going up to face the Minutemen in Gilette stadium 2013 and 2015. (Anchor of Gold) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

The secret origin of Derek Dooley's orange pants.

The secret origin of Derek Dooley's orange pants.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 14, 2011

Derek Dooley, fashion icon. First they took Knoxville by storm, then the nation. Derek Dooley's now-infamous orange pants have become an ever bigger fashion statement than even His Hairness' Tilley Airflow hat did. But what's the story behind the the most famous trousers in Tennessee? Now it can be told.  "The folks behind the pants at John H. Daniel put a lot of work into making sure the pants turned out just right. The tailors looked around until they found two yards of woven wool in England and dyed it three times to get the exact color of UT orange. "We took it in his closet and we matched it to the rest of his game gear, and I said, 'Are you sure this is... spot on?" So we ran with it. Like I said, we're waiting for the mill to open back up so we can dye some more cloth, so if he needs more, we'll be able to produce them for him," said Joe Taylor of John H. Daniel Clothing." Sadly for the Vols Nation, John H. Daniel is not putting the pants in mass production. Which is bad because orange pants apparently are nowhere to be found in Knoxville, despite considerable interest in them. (And how in the heck that happens in Tennessee I'll never know.) At least for now. (via WBIR) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet On the Western Front: Boise State, Oregon State, Arizona State, and Andrew Luck.

Unquiet On the Western Front: Boise State, Oregon State, Arizona State, and Andrew Luck.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 14, 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.)     Indiana(polis) Wants Me? Speculation is brewing that the Indianapolis Colts might go after Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck as Peyton Manning's successor. (The Los Angeles Times) It's just a flesh wound. Boise State gets three year's probation and loses three scholarships from the NCAA over secondary violations. (CBS Sports) Who's the Mannion? After going 0-2, Oregon State benches Ryan Katz as starting quarterback and replaces him with Sean Mannion. (ESPN) New Attitude.  USC tailback Marc Tyler says he's learned his lesson after Trojans' head football coach Lane Kiffin suspended him over comments made to TMZ. (The Orange County Register) To Hate Like This Is To Be Happy Forever. The Utah-BYU rivalry will continue on no matter what may occur with conference realignment silliness. (The Salt Lake Tribune) Tattoo You. Deadspin goes gaga over Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler's tattooed biceps. Like nobody has pointed out a quarterback's tattoo on the internet before. (Deadspin) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Isaiah Crowell, Tennessee, and Houston Nutt.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Isaiah Crowell, Tennessee, and Houston Nutt.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 13, 2011

Ready to Start. Georgia freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell will get his first start this Saturday in the Dawgs' game versus Costal Carolina. (ESPN) Where Did It All Go Wrong? Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution pins the decline of Georgia's fourtines to Mark Richt's turning over play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Chiseled in stone or writ in water? Tennessee non-conference 2012 schedule will feature Akron, Troy and Georgia State at home in 2012, and North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. Texas A&M's admission to the SEC may cause that to change, though. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Use Your Delusion. Ole Miss head football coach Houston Nutt sees "the flashes, the bits and pieces that prove the Rebels have a chance to be a good football team." (The Clarion-Ledger) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Is Will Muschamp on Georgia's radar as Mark Richt's replacement?

Is Will Muschamp on Georgia's radar as Mark Richt's replacement?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 13, 2011

Sooner or later it was bound to happen. With the Mark Richt era's sun slowly setting at Georgia, somebody decided to suggest that UGA might make a play for first-year Florida head football coach (and former Bulldog safety) Will Muschamp. That somebody would happen to be the creatively-named Florida blog Bourbon Meyer. "So if Georgia is in the market for a head coach, does Will Muschamp enter the conversation? If South Carolina had been Steve Spurrier’s first head coaching position, would Florida have been able to lure him home? The pull of the alma mater, as surely anyone reading this blog would agree, is immense. As much as we like to think Florida is the best job in college football, for a guy like Muschamp, how much greater is it than any other elite program in the SEC? Remember Muschamp has done the tour through the conference with stops at Auburn and LSU to go along with his Georgia playing days. This isn’t meant to be outrageous, although it is surely meant to grab some page views. I don’t think Muschamp would leave after one year. I would be more worried if this was five years or so down the road. But it does make you think and given the capitalistic, cutthroat way of college football, it isn’t outside the realm of the possible." If this were to actually take place, it would come off as an act of pure desperation on Georgia's part. It would make the school athletic department look rather foolish trying to go after the coach of its biggest and most hated SEC rival (Auburn notwithstanding). It's more likely that Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity, a former Florida executive associate athletic director, would go after a coach with Gator ties instead of Georgia ones. Like current Louisville head football coach Kirby Smart or Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen. In itself, the later choice would seem as desperate in itself as going after Muschamp, and equally as uncouth. An even more outrageous idea would be to go after former Florida head football coach Urban Meyer. Yes, I've actually heard that one. Thought it's improbable that Meyer would want to coach an SEC school so soon after Florida. All in all, the Georgia targeting Muschamp idea falls under the heading of "bat guano insanity." It could also fit into the "There's a possibility but no chance" file. To do so would make UGA look absolutely foolish. (via Bourbon Meyer. HT: Alligator Army) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Jerry Kill, Denard Robinson, Brian Kelly, and more.

Big Tentacles: Jerry Kill, Denard Robinson, Brian Kelly, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 13, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)   Kill's health improving.  Doctors say Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill's health is improving following his seizure on the sidelines of last Saturday's game. There is a chance Kill could be back coaching the Golden Gophers this coming weekend. (Rivals.com) A Sort of Homecomming. Ohio State goes on the road to face Miami on Saturday. The Buckeyes have ten players who hail from Florida. (The Columbus Dispatch) The Road I'm On. Michigan State begins a grueling road game schedule as they travel to Notre Dame on Saturday. The Spartans face Notre Dame, Ohio State, Nebraska, Iowa, and Northwestern on the road this season. (ESPN) Wildcats get set for West Point.  Northwestern is preparing to go on the road the face Army at West Point. (The Chicago Tribune) And here's to you, Mr. Robinson.  Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson named the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Week. (The Detroit News) I Ain't Ever Satisfied.  Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke isn't satisfied with the signs of improvement in his defense. (The Detroit News) I Ain't Ever Satisfied, part deux.  Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini isn't too pleased about the performance of his team's defense, either. (Omaha World Herald) I ain't missing you at all. How recruiting and retention issues are starting to cause headaches for Iowa once again. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Always On the Run. Northwestern has five players who have rushed a combined fourteen times between them in the first two games of the season. (The Chicago Tribune) Did You Ever have To Make Up Your Mind? Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno seems to be having the hardest time deciding whom between Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin will be the Nittany Lion's regular starting QB. (The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) I Still Believe In You. Despite a 0-2 record, Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly says he believes in his team. (The Chicago Tribune) You Won't See Me. Wisconsin's game against Northern Illinois at Soldier Field in Chicago will be the first Badger non-televised game since 2006. (Wisconsin State Journal) Purdue is "utterly clueless." Because Bob Kravitz said so. (The Indianapolis Star) Indiana Wants Me. Sadly, nobody wants Indiana. Off Tackle Empire's weekly bowl predictions has everybody in the Big Ten going to a bowl game except Indiana. (Off Tackle Empire) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Derek Dooley, Lord of the Pants.

Derek Dooley, Lord of the Pants.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 12, 2011

Two legends seemed to grow bigger during last Saturday's Tennessee win over Cincinnati in Knoxville. One was the Vols' star quarterback, Tyler Bray, whose performance against the Bearcats earned him the honor of being named SEC Offensive Player of the Week. The other involved Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley's orange pants, which he wore for the second game in a row. For now, His Hairness is discounting the power of the pants in regards to the Vols' 2-0 record. Saying that it would "be a game-time decision" if he wore them on the field this Saturday when Tennessee travels to Gainesville to face Florida in what is slowly becoming major SEC East showdown game. "That's the last thing I'm worried about," Dooley responded in a weekly press conference. "I can assure you the orange slacks aren't the reason we're winning," Even so, as this Knoxville News Sentinel video will attest, some of Dooley's players are buying into their coach's fashion sense. (via Knoxville News Sentinel) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: Garrett Gilbert, Brandon Weeden,  Jim Rome vs. Baylor, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins: Garrett Gilbert, Brandon Weeden, Jim Rome vs. Baylor, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 12, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference. Or at least what's left of it.)      Garrett Gilbert is an ex-Longhorn starting quarterback. Gilbert loses the starting job at Texas following a disappointing performance against BYU.  Case McCoy and David Ash will be replacing him. (Rivals.com) The Big 12's coming collapse ois all Texas' fault. Because Barry Trammel said so. Duh. (The Oklahoman) Oklahoma voted number one team in the country for the 100th time by AP writers during off-week.  If getting voted number one on an off week doesn't deserve a big sloppy astrisk, then nothing does.  (Rivals.com) Lay It on the Line. Oklahoma gets ready to put it's number one ranking on the line against Florida State on Saturday. (The Oklahoman) The Quiet Man. Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden tends to be the strong, silent type. (The Oklahoman) Know your role and shut your mouth!  Jim Rome had some not-so-nice things to say about Baylor trying to block Texas A&M's defection to the SEC.  Like "Shut your pie hole and go to the WAC." (The Dallas Morning News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Tyler Bray's star in rising.

Tyler Bray's star in rising.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 12, 2011

Saturday's Tennessee victory over Cincinnati is turning out to be a milestone in the career of Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray. His performance in the game has made media pundits look at him as more than just the sophomore QB with the goofy back tattoo and lot of potential, to being considered as one the best QB's in the SEC (if not the entire NCAA). ESPN's Chris Low had this to say about Bray's performance on Saturday. "The 2012 season was supposed to be the year when Tennessee would return to serious contention in the SEC. But after two games this season, it’s obvious the Vols are plenty explosive on offense, improving on defense and dead-set on being a factor in the East race this season. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray has been sensational. He threw four more touchdown passes Saturday in Tennessee’s 45-23 win over Cincinnati and has now thrown 22 touchdowns in his past seven games dating back to last season. He has NFL arm talent, but has also been much more accurate this season." Internet gadfly Clay Travis went totally out on the proverbial limb and declared that "Tyler Bray is the best quarterback in the SEC." "I told y'all this last week and you blew up my Twitter feed with condemnation. Then Bray went out and broke Peyton Manning's record for consecutive games with 2+ touchdowns en route to passing for 405 yards and four touchdowns. He was 34-41 on the game and he's now 51-65 for 698 yards with 7 touchdowns and no picks on the season. He's on pace for 4188 yards and 42 touchdowns this season. He's the real deal." Travis also brought up the idea that Bray would leave school in 2013 for the NFL Draft. While that's a possibility, it could prove costly to Bray's transformation into an elite-level NFL QB in the long run. He might want to truly follow Manning's path, and stay in school for his senior season. Bray's real test on whether or not he's ready to be truly considered the SEC's best QB and potentially biggest star comes this Saturday, when Tennessee faces Florida on the road in The Swamp. A solid performance there would be a benchmark to truly determine his level of development. Combined with a victory against the Gators, it could pave his way to being considered one of the best QB's in the NCAA. (via Outkick the Coverage) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, A.J. McCarron, Gene Chizik, and Tyler "Bray-K 47?"

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, A.J. McCarron, Gene Chizik, and Tyler "Bray-K 47?"

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 12, 2011

 (Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)     Mark Richt on the Hot Seat? So what else is new? (Rivals.com) The difficult we do today. The impossible take a little longer.  Mark Richt says Georgia will "get better exponentially." Meaning sometime after he's and his band of idiots assistant coaches are fired. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) We have a winner? Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron's performance in the Tide's victory against Penn State seems to put him in the lead for the full-time Alabama starting QB job. (al.com) In a foul mood. Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik wasn't too happy with the personal fouls handed down to his players by the officials in Saturday's win over Mississippi State. (al.com) Where Did It All Go Wrong? Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen dissects Mississippi State's loss to Auburn by finding fault with the team's tackling and play calling. (The Clarion-Ledger) Bring on the Vols. After two weeks of taking down non-conference cupcakes opponents, Florida looks forward to facing its first SEC opponent in Tennessee on Sept. 17. (The Gainesville Sun) Tyler Bray's new nickname? Someone over at Rocky Top Talk decided to give Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray the nickname of "Bray-K 47." Uh, needs some work. (Rocky Top Talk) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Denard Robinson, Kain Colter, an ex-Cy Hawk Trophy, and more.

Big Tentacles: Denard Robinson, Kain Colter, an ex-Cy Hawk Trophy, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 11, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)    Thoughts and prayers go out to Minnesota head football coach and his family following his seizure on Saturday. Good Days Bad Days.  Despite going 7-5, the Big Ten didn't look too well against out-of-conference opponents in many places. (Off Tackle Empire) Turn On the Bright Lights. Denard Robinson stole the spotlight as Michigan makes the first night game in the Big House truly memorable with a stunning last-minute victory against Notre Dame. (ESPN) The Mark of Kain. Kain Colter once again subbed for a still-recovering Dan Persa while Northwestern romped over Eastern Illinois 42-21. (The Chicago Times) Whisper Tames the Lion. Penn State falls to Alabama in a 27-11 loss at home. (Dr. Saturday) They took my saddle in Houston. Purdue loses to Rice 24-22 thanks to a blocked field goal attempt. (The Indianapolis Star) And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder. (Not to mention my trophies) Iowa fails to overcome Iowa State in a triple-overtime loss 44-41. Afterwards Iowa State inadvertently destroyed the interim Cy-Hawk Trophy. (Quad-City Times) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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