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Covering Dixie Like Mildew:Nick Saban, Barrett Trotter, Steve Spurrier, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew:Nick Saban, Barrett Trotter, Steve Spurrier, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 19, 2011

Nick Saban's assistant coaches who coached at Miami not tainted by Shapiro scandal. Because Nick Saban said so. (CBS Sports) Georgia tight end Orson Charles cleared of possible NCAA Miami-related recruiting violations. Because Georgia said so. (ChuckOliver.net) Ready to Start. Barrett Trotter is named as the new starting quarterback for Auburn. (Rivals.com) One Big Happy Family. Florida players say there aren't any internal rifts on the team between upperclassmen and underclassmen  like there reportedly were in 2010. (The Gainesville Sun) Demon in a Bottle.  Steve Spurrier has his own wine called "Gamecock Garnet." Of course he does. (Dr. Saturday) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Chip Kelly, the Fiesta Bowl, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Chip Kelly, the Fiesta Bowl, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 18, 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.)     Stand By Your Man. Oregon head coach Chip Kelly is standing by quarterback Darron Thomas after the Cliff Harris traffic incident. (Rivals.com) Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes? There's already talk about Stanford's future at the quarterback position after Andrew Luck leaves for the NFL. (San Fransisco Chronicle) Please adjust your calendars.  There's a good possibility that the Fiesta Bowl will move it's Jan 5, 2012 scheduled date up to Jan 2. (CBS Sports) DeBoskie-Johnson back in shape. Cal running back Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson is regaining his explosiveness after losing weight during the summer. (San Jose Mercury News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Terrelle Pryor, Kirk Cousins, Joe Paterno, and the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Big Tentacles: Terrelle Pryor, Kirk Cousins, Joe Paterno, and the Little Sisters of the Poor.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 18, 2011

Why is this mascot smiling? (Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)   With one breath, with one flow, you will know. Synchronicity.  The NCAA is investigating a spring break trip in taken by Terrelle Pryor to...wait for it...Miami. (CBS Sports) Standing in the Shadows of Love.  First-year Michigan strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman prefers to stay out of the spotlight while helping Wolverine players shape up for the 2011 season. (The Detroit News) Fly Me Courageous. Michigan State head football coach defended quarterback Kirk Cousins against comments by former Spartan QB Tony Banks said the senior needed "to be more courageous"  and "play better." (The Detroit News) Don't mess with a missionary man. Notre Dame signee Chris Badger is hoping to be able to finish his two-year Mormon mission to Ecuador early to enroll in school in January of 2012. (The Chicago Tribune) Don't mess with an 84-year old man, either.  Running back Stephfon Green is an ex-Nittany Lion. Because he "had some problems with" Joe Paterno. (CBS News) Similar Features. Besides both using the initials "NU," Nebraska and Northwestern both run a similar spread offense using the pistol. (Lake the Posts) Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before. Another year, another "Notre Dame is back" article. (ESPN) That Don't Impress Me Much. The Wall Street Journal's Darren Everson mocks Heisman Trophycampaigns like Northwestern's "PersaStrong" campaign for senior QB Dan Persa, saying that it's more to promote the school. (The Wall Street Journal) Nobody Told Me.  Ohio State president Gordon Gee says that he never knew that the Little Sisters of the Poor were an actual religious order when he referenced them in mocking TCU and other BCS buster schools last year. Well, now you know. (CBS Sports)  Famous Last Words. "There will never be a repeat of the 2002-2003 BCS Title Game." Because Off Tackle Empire said so. The 02-03 game of course being between Ohio State and Miami. Now here's a case where you really want to see Instant Karma get somebody. (Off Tackle Empire) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Who will benifit from Miami's downfall?

Who will benifit from Miami's downfall?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 17, 2011

It's not "if" or "when" Miami will get banhammered for the alleged multiple violations of NCAA rules reported by Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson, it's going to be how bad the program gets banhammered. The other major question coming out of the scandal is who will reap the benefits of the downfall of "The U." Ingram Smith of ChuckOliver.net believes that the smaller schools in Florida, South Florida and Central Florida, will be the ones to take the opportunities coming out of the Miami chaos. "For a couple of years now I have heard the term “Big Two – Middle Three.” With the previously mentioned Florida State and University of Florida being the big two and Miami, UCF, and USF constituting the middle three. Yesterday’s report by Robinson essentially insures this happens. Florida State and Florida will continue, as they have in the past three or four years to recruit at an elite level. The real winners in this will likely be the programs located in Orlando and Tampa." Perhaps, but then again, the recruits who may have gone to Miami will probably look to the bigger BCS programs before looking at USF or UCF. Florida and FSU are the most likely destinations for the blue chippers, with schools outside the Sunshine State right behind them. USF and UCF will get what's left over, it there is anything left over. As usual. (via ChuckOliver.net, Yahoo! Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Is Nevin Shapiro the Miami Hurricane's Katrina?

Is Nevin Shapiro the Miami Hurricane's Katrina?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 16, 2011

Scandals tend to get overblown in sports. But the one Yahoo! Sports has been investigating involving convicted ponzi-scheme mastermind Nevin Shapiro and the players from the Miami Hurricanes might be the real deal when it comes to reaching DefCom One levels.  "In 100 hours of jailhouse interviews during Yahoo! Sports’ 11-month investigation, former Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro described a sustained, eight-year run of rampant NCAA rule-breaking, some of it with the knowledge or direct participation of at least seven coaches from the Miami football and basketball programs. At a cost that Shapiro estimates in the millions of dollars, he said his benefits to athletes included but were not limited to: cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play (including bounties for injuring opposing players), travel and on one occasion, an abortion." The ACC might be looking for a new 12th member soon. (via Yahoo! Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Derek Dooley, Les Miles, Blair Walsh, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Derek Dooley, Les Miles, Blair Walsh, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 16, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   The SEC will grow to a 14-team conference.  Because Mark Bradley said so. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Climbing up the depth chart.  Florida freshman quarterback Jeff Driskel is quickly earning a spot as John Brantley's back-up. (The Gainesville Sun) A Few Small Repairs. Derek Dooley has revamped Tennessee's practice schedule for the 2011 season. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Moving forward.  LSU head football Les Miles coach likes his team's rate of progress in camp. (The Times-Picayune) Making the switch? Mississippi State safety Jonathan Banks may switch over to the offense in 2011. (The Clarion-Ledger) Pumped Up Kicks. Georgia kicker Blair Walsh has added a some muscle on his frame for his senior year. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) A Walk-on to Remember.  Eight Auburn walk-ons receive scholarships. (al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Bubba Starling, Brandon Vitable, Notre Dame, and more.

Big Tentacles: Bubba Starling, Brandon Vitable, Notre Dame, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 16, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  It's Money That Matters.  Bubba Starling picks baseball over quarterbacking for Nebraska. (Dr. Saturday) Remember the Name. Northwestern freshman offensive lineman Brandon Vitabile (Vuh-TOB-uh-lay) is quickly making a name for himself in preseason camp. As well as earning a shot at a starting posistion. (The Chicago Tribune) Days Go By. Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke has a sign in the Wolverine locker room that marks the number of days since Michigan last beat Ohio State. (Dr. Saturday) Roll With the Changes. Indiana defensive back Chris Adkins is learning to adapt to a new coach in David Wilson, and in competing for a new position at free safety. (Indianapolis Star) Ready to Start.  Ohio State linebacker Etienne Sabino finally gets his chance to play after spending 2010 redshirting as a junior. (The Columbus Dispatch) There can be only one.  Penn State QB's Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin are still competing for starting job. (ESPN) There can be only one, part deux. Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly says the competition for starting quarterback between Dayne Crist and Tommy Rees will come down to the "slightest of margins." (The Chicago Tribune) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Teach Me How To...Dooley? Swiperboy strikes back with new rap song.

Teach Me How To...Dooley? Swiperboy strikes back with new rap song.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 16, 2011

Tennessee forward Renaldo Woolridge a.k.a Swiperboy a.k.a. SB apparently had discovered the same thing Ozzy Osbourne did about retirement - retirement sucks. After announcing he was giving up rapping to focus on his senior season with the Vols, he's turned around and changed his mind. . This time, its somewhat of a sequel to last year's "FootVOL," focusing on that hot new dance on Rocky Top, The Dooley. Okay, it's another "Teach Me How To Dougie" rip-off. This craze of "Dougie" rip-offs is coming down with a severe case of "This Joke Isn't Funny Anymore." Especially after "Teach Me How To Jimmer." I won't even mention the mother of all sports "Dougie" parodies, "Teach Me How to Badger," which still gives me nightmares. Woolridge's un-retirement does raise some questions with his senior season of basketball. But on the other hand, it reignites the possibility of a Swiperboy/TJ Ferdette concert tour. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Teach Me How Yo...Dooley? Swiperboy strikes back with new rap song.

Teach Me How Yo...Dooley? Swiperboy strikes back with new rap song.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 16, 2011

Tennessee forward Renaldo Woolridge a.k.a Swiperboy a.k.a. SB apparently had discovered the same thing Ozzy Osbourne did about retirement - retirement sucks. After announcing he was giving up rapping to focus on his senior season with the Vols, he's turned around and changed his mind. . This time, its somewhat of a sequel to last year's "FootVOL," focusing on that hot new dance on Rocky Top, The Dooley. Okay, it's another "Teach Me How To Dougie" rip-off. This craze of "Dougie" rip-offs is coming down with a severe case of "This Joke Isn't Funny Anymore." Especially after "Teach Me How To Jimmer." I won't even mention the mother of all sports "Dougie" parodies, "Teach Me How to Badger," which still gives me nightmares. Woolridge's un-retirement does raise some questions with his senior season of basketball. But on the other hand, it reignites the possibility of a Swiperboy/TJ Ferdette concert tour. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Lane Kiffin, Air Force, Logwone Mitz, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Lane Kiffin, Air Force, Logwone Mitz, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 16, 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.)     Not quite done yet.  USC head football coach Lane Kiffin says the Trojan offense is still struggling in the preseason. (The Orange County Register) Air Force goes into Expansion silliness stealth mode. Air Force is trying to not comment on rumors that the service academy is a possible target by the Big 12 to replace Texas A&M. (Mountain West Connection) A giant among (admittedly short) men.  A huddle of Washington State running backs is described as being "a bit like a jockey convention. With one big horse in the middle." The "horse" being 6'1 Logwone Mitz. (The Spokesman-Review) Go West, young man? Wide receiver Josh Gordon is looking at transferring to Utah after leaving Baylor. (KWTX) Next Position Please. A number of Oregon State players are switching positions. (Building the Dam) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Someone drags the Civil War into the whole Expansion Silliness mess where it doesn't belong.

Someone drags the Civil War into the whole Expansion Silliness mess where it doesn't belong.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 15, 2011

Maybe it was inevitable that with Expansion Silliness running amok once again due to Aggiegeddon, someone would exploit the cultural divide that splits North and South way more than it should 150 years after the War Between the States. But dangit, the ones doing the exploiting kind of caught me off-guard. Off Tackle Empire features an article titled "Conference Realignment: I don't want any slaver schools in the B1G." (The "B1G" being a mocking term for the Big Ten and its ridiculous new logo.) This in regards to the possibility of former Big 12 schools joining that other "Big" conference with a history of having problems with math. "The south remains fundamentally and culturally different than the north. Why, one hundred and forty six years after we put down the insurrection at great cost in lives and treasure, when the south still maintains a legacy of hatred towards us and covert segregation, should we reward any institution from these former bastions of evil with inclusion into the greatest amalgamation of intelligence and athletic prowess in the land? Why should we share our vast resources and wealth with those who most assuredly despise us?" Hey! What's with dragging the Civil War into the already murky conference expansion landscape, Yankee? That's the South's job, dangit! It's the part of the country that's supposed to be still fighting the bloodiest conflict in American history a century-and-a-half after it ended. Not some Big Ten blogger. (via is Off Tackle Empire) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aggiegeddon, Dont'a Hightower, Trey Burton, Gene Chizik, and...Whack-a-Bianchi?

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aggiegeddon, Dont'a Hightower, Trey Burton, Gene Chizik, and...Whack-a-Bianchi?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 15, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   Aggiegeddon shows that the NCAA has lost its way. Because Jeff Schultz said so. Shut up, Jeff. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) It's just a flesh wound.  Dont'a Hightower doesn't expect a surgically repaired left hand to keep him from playing in Alabama's first game of the 2011 season on Sept. 3. (al.com) Next Posistion Please.  Pat Dooley wonders what position (or positions) Florida plans to use versatile Trey Burton at in 2011. (The Gainesville Sun) Bulldogs and scooters don't mix.  Georgia linebacker Ray Drew's right shoulder was injured in an accident while driving a scooter on Sunday. Sadly, this the first scooter accident for a Bulldog. (CBS Sports) Iron sharpens Iron. The presence of much-talked about transfer quarterback Zach Mettenberger has made LSU senior QB Jordan Jefferson work harder during pre-season practices. (The Times-Picayune) Making an impression.  Tennessee freshman Curt Maggitt linebacker is impressing members of the Vols' coaching staff, including the not easy to impress defensive line coach Lance Thompson. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Gene Chizik receives the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award from the U.S. Sports Academy.  Admit it, you expect me to make a snarky remark about the Cam Newton-mess here. But I'm not. (Mobile Press-Register) Winner of South Carolina-Georgia game on Sept. 10 will win the SEC East. Because Matt Hinton said so. (Dr. Saturday) Attack of the Two-Headed Monsters? A number of SEC teams could be playing with a two-quarterback system in 2011. Including BCS championship favorite Alabama. (ESPN) I've seen the future and it will be. A look at what a 13-team SEC schedule might look like. Pray the conference finds 14th potential member found before this happens. (Team Speed Kills) Ever wanted to whack Mike Bianchi? Now's your chance with the "Whack-a-Bianchi" game. (Orlando Sentinel) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Brady Hoke, Pat Fitzgerald, James Vandenberg, and more.

Big Tentacles: Brady Hoke, Pat Fitzgerald, James Vandenberg, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 15, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)    Rebuilding? Whose rebuilding?  Michigan head fooball coach Brady Hoke takes umbrage to talk that the Wolverines are "rebuilding." (The Post-Tribune (Northwest Indiana) Kicking it old school.  Northwestern opens up Camp Kenosa, which is described by head football coach Pat Fitzgerald as being "football, 24-7,” "old school" and with players lacking their "creature comforts." (The Chicago Tribune) Pound for pound. New York Post writer Lenn Robbins vows to carry one of the 7 lb. "PersaStrong" dumbells Northwestern sent out to reporters promoting quarterback Dan Persa as a Heisman Trophy candidate. I'm not holding my breath on this one. (New York Post) A Few Small Repairs.  Iowa QB James Vandenberg admits that Iowa needs to make a lot of improvement after a lackluster practice on Saturday. (Quad City Times) Oh, behave! Indiana head football coach David Wilson needs to learn how to act better when talking to radio personalities. Because Bob Kravitz said so. Shut up, Bob. (The Indianapolis Star) The sharpest tool in the shed? Illinois freshman QB Reilly O'Toole is impressing Fighting Illini offensive coordinator Paul Petrino. (The Chicago Tribune) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: Expansion silliness, Garrett Gilbert, Mike Gundy, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins: Expansion silliness, Garrett Gilbert, Mike Gundy, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 15, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference. Or at least what's left of it.)  I am not dead yet. Any Staples of SI.com explains why the SEC Presidents not voting on Texas A&M's invitation to the conference is more of a legal formality than an actual snub. (SI.com) A little turned off.  The SEC's bad reputation with a "cutthroat football recruiting culture" and lackluster academics is what keeps Oklahoma from wanting to defect with Texas A&M on its own free will. Because Barry Trammel said so. (The Oklahoman) What's Eating Garrett Gilbert? Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert struggled during a Saturday scrimmage, putting his chances of continuing as the Longhorns' starting quarterback in question. (Burnt Orange Nation) Pleased as punch. Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy says he was "pleased" with the Cowboys' Saturday night scrimmage. (Tulsa World) A New World Record. Oklahoma St. is well on it's way in breaking the school record for season ticket sales. (Tulsa World) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Derek Dooley, Florida, and Nick Saban.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Derek Dooley, Florida, and Nick Saban.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 14, 2011

Blame ESPN on Texas A&M not being voted into the SEC on Sunday. Because Clay Travis said so. Shut up, Clay. (Outkick the Coverage) Could You Be the One? Saturday Down South asks if Derek Dooley is the best long-term solution as Tennessee head football coach. (Saturday Down South) Florida is "a train wreck." Because Gary Danielson said so. (al.com) I've Got a Secret.  Alabama head football coach Nick Saban decided not to release a good chunk of the statistics kept on Crimson Tide players, including quarterback. (al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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