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Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban, John Brantley, Logan Gray, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban, John Brantley, Logan Gray, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 12, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   Meet the Press. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban responded to reporters' questions on the Brent Calloway recruiting controversy, the battle for the starting quarterback job, and other subjects at a fund raising event in Mobile, AL. (al.com) Replacing Julio. A look at the wide receivers looking at taking over Julio Jones' spot in the Alabama starting offensive line. (al.com) Of course he is. AuburnSports.com's Jeffrey Lee is is accused of making up  his claims about Alabama recruit Brent Calloway being involved in a play-for-pay scandal to turn attention away from brewing issues at Auburm. Of course a 'Bama blogger is making the claims. (Capstone Report) The difficult we do immediately, the impossible may take a little longer.  Chuck Oliver, chimes in about Florida QB John Brantley. The Kang says that Brantley will be an effective QB...someday. (ChuckOliver.net) I'm Still Standing. Tennessee QB Matt Simms is still considered a leader on the team, despite losing his starting job to Tyler Bray last season. (Go Vols Xtra)   LSU progress report. Chadd Scott takes a look at the LSU offense under new offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe. (ChuckOliver.net) Too small for their britches?  Looking at Louisiana-Monroe, and wondering if a)The Warhawks are too small for the NCAA and b)If the NCAA is too big. (Team Speed Kills) Kleptomania runs wild. Georgia players were the victims of a locker room break-in that resulted in the theft of over $1,300 worth of electronic devices. (CBS Sports) The blame game. Is Joe Tereshinski to blame for Trinton Sturdivant's ACL injury?  Some critics of the program are blaming the embattled strength and conditioning coach. Here's a defense saying otherwise. (From Hedges to Hardwood) Oh give me a home where the Buffalo roam. Former Georgia quarterback/wide receiver Logan Gray is transferring to Colorado. (ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Purdue fans are not taking to Purdue Pete's Extreme Makeover.

Purdue fans are not taking to Purdue Pete's Extreme Makeover.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 12, 2011

Purdue fans are in an uproar over the plastic surgery given to the school's semi-official mascot Purdue Pete. The hard-hatted symbol of the school which is best known for its engineering and science programs was given a makeover because he reportedly scared children (not to mention bloggers who thought he was really an Auton).   Purdue Pete has gone from this: To this new and, er, "improved" Pete, making his appearance at the spring Black and Gold Game:  Notice Pete's new head, which has gone from a shiny, stoic but fierce look; to a softer, more compassionate Cabbage Patch Kid-looking dome. Along with a helmet that looks more like Jay Garrick's Flash headgear (sans the wings) than a hard hat. Also, look at the arms. They're meant to be muscular, but come off as appearing flabby instead. Fans aren't too crazy about it. "We can't recall much dissatisfaction voiced about the Pete who has roamed the sidelines and the hardwood in recent years. He seemed to fit the bill quite nicely, even as he was ridiculed on websites as being among the worst mascots in intercollegiate sports. Students here would argue otherwise; Pete has been a projection of brute strength, nerve and a solid work ethic." Needless to say, reaction on the Internet is much worse. "The new Pete was publicly shown off and here's what I think: he looks worse in person than he did via photos. His goofy stuffed animal shoes make him look like Mickey Mouse. I always liked Pete wearing black Nikes with a white swoosh as if he might suit up and play for the team. His physique isn't tough-looking and his costume just isn't right. The shiny silver helmet doesn't seem to be shaped like a hard hat and his matching giant belt buckle (like he's about to go to the Neon Cactus) doesn't fit. Plus, he looks like he stole his pants from the lady's department at JC Penney. Whereas the old Pete might have looked intimidating and menacing, the new one looks as if he was born chromosomally-deficient." Hammer and Rails went on to gripe about Purdue Pete's missing hammer. Claiming that his mighty Mjöllnir is missing because "allegedly because it promoted violence." Purdue is already claiming that the Pete that appeared at the Black and Gold Game is merely a prototype version that arrived just before the game, and will undergo some further alterations. Though reports of the new headpiece's place of origin might explain Pete's less-than-stellar appearance. "The new Pete was manufactured in Wisconsin, and might explain why he seems so foreign and fake." "Manufactured in Wisconsin," eh? I smell a conspiracy involving those steenkin' Badgers. Alert Alex Jones to this chicanery. (via Journal & Courier,  Boiled Sports, Hammer and Rails) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Will the Iowa-Nebraska rivarly become... Black-and-Blue Friday? Or worse...Farmageddeon?

Will the Iowa-Nebraska rivarly become... Black-and-Blue Friday? Or worse...Farmageddeon?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 12, 2011

While Iowa is getting used to not facing Wisconsin every year for The Heartland Trophy, and coming to terms with having Purdue as its interdivisional rival, it's also preparing for the coming of Nebraska into the Big Ten as a Legends Division rival. The stakes for this annual face-off to become a huge rivalry are already getting high, with the game currently scheduled for the Friday after Thanksgiving. (Keeping it out of the way of that other huge Big Ten game that weekend between Ohio State and Michigan.) With any potential huge blockbuster game in college football, there come the time where it has to be labeled with a somewhat catchy name. Alabama vs. Auburn is called the Iron Bowl. Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State is called Bedlam. And Georgia vs. Florida is of course The World's Largest (Censored by Dr. Michael Adams). So what to call Nebraska vs. Iowa? Personally, I've wanted to call it "Black-and-Blue Friday," but the Husker's red color scheme sort of throws a monkey wrench into that idea. Iowa tight end Brad Herman, however, seems to have come up with the best idea so far to dub the rivarly. "What are they calling it, Farmageddon?" Herman said. "It's going to be a fun new matchup. Nebraska is going to bring a lot to the Big Ten as far as football goes."   Herman's not the first to come up with the name. And sadly, that name is already taken by the game between Nebraska's former Big 12 brethren Iowa State vs. Kansas State. And Cyclone fans seem none too happy with the potential for Iowa vs. Nebraska  swiping the name. Mind you, no good idea goes unstolen. See the Atlanta Braves fans swiping the Tomahawk Chomp from Florida St. for that one. So Black-and-Blue Friday still might be in the mix for the final name for the Huskers vs. Hawkeyes annual brawl. What do you think, sirs? (via ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Cameron Heyward on Luke Fickell, Iowa's James Vandenberg, and more.

Big Tentacles: Cameron Heyward on Luke Fickell, Iowa's James Vandenberg, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 12, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  I've seen the future and it will be. Former Ohio State defensive tackle  Cameron Heyward believes assistant coach Luke Fickell, who is Jim Tressel's fill-in during his five-game suspension, will eventually succeed Jim Tressel as the Buckeyes' head football coach. (Along the Olentangy) I've seen the future and it works. James Vandenberg will in all probability be Iowa's starting quarterback to start to 2011 season. (ESPN) The first annual Iowa Ladies' Football Academy. No, this isn't a joke. That didn't Black Heart Gold Pants from making a few jokes involving it at Kirk Ferentz's expense, though. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Back Under the Tarnished Dome? Notre Dame is getting hammered for it's handling of the Michael Floyd DUI situation. (Chicago Tribune) Making a name for themselves. While the question of who Penn State's starting quarterback will be in 2011 up in the air,  players at other positions are already making their cases for roles on the team. (PennLive.com) The Incredible Mr. Lippett. Tony Lippett will be doing double duty on the Michigan State offense and defense in 2011. (Detroit Free Press) Hey, it's good to be back home again. Braylon Edwards says that with Brady Hoke as head football coach, "Michigan feels like home again. (Detroit Free Press) Looking for that early Mother's Day or Father's Day gift?  Michigan is selling a couple of sideline clock tables used at Crisler Arend on e-bay. Bidding is currently up to $304.00 dollars.(M Victors) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Two Florida basketball players try to break into car, get slam dunked by the law.

Two Florida basketball players try to break into car, get slam dunked by the law.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 11, 2011

With the college basketball season over, basketball players now have more time to study (stop snickering), get ready for next season, and of  course, get in trouble with the law. Two Florida players,  Eric Murphy and Cody Larson, along with  student manager Joshua Abel, seem to have already checked  off that third option of their list.The three were arrested for an alleged attempt at breaking into a vehicle that wasn't theirs.  "St. Augustine police sargent Jason Etheredge said that Larson and Murphy went into Scarlett O'Hara's Bar and Restaurant around 2 a.m. Sunday and claimed to have lost a wallet. Etheredge said Larson and Murphy tried to get close to a female employee who was counting money from the night. Bouncers then told Larson and Murphy to leave. According to Etheredge, the bouncers saw Larson and Murphy trying to breaking into a co-worker's car in a parking lot across the street a few minutes later. Murphy. Larson and Adel tried to flee the scene. Murphy and Adel were tracked down after a short chase. Larson turned himself into police after calling Murphy on his cell phone." That was smart. Real smart. Especially since Larson was already on probation for what's described as "a misdemeanor drug charge for sharing painkillers during his senior year of high school in Sioux Falls, S.D." Florida head men's basketball coach Billy Donovan is sure to be a little unhappy over this one.  What's worse, crimes committed by basketball players during the offseason aren't eligible for the Fulmer Cup. So this entire exercise was for naught.  (via The Gainesville Sun) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Stephen Garcia, Brent Calloway, Tyrone Prothro, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Stephen Garcia, Brent Calloway, Tyrone Prothro, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on April 10, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)      Could Stephen Garcia be reinstated by South Carolina? Travis Haney gives some reasons why Steve Spurrier may give the troubled quarterback a reprieve. (The Post and Courier) "I hear nothing, I see nothing, I know nothing!" Alabama says it can't find evidence of recruiting violations while signing Brent Calloway. (al.com) Going to court. Former Alabama wide receiver Tyrone Prothro discusses the reasons he became involved with Ed O'Bannon's lawsuit against the NCAA over use of former players image and likenesses after their eligibility has expired. (al.com) It's Getting Better All the Time. Tennessee's offense saw improvements in its second scrimmage of spring practice. (Go Vols Xtra)  The newest members of the Rocky Top Family.  Congrats to Peyton Manning and his wife Ashley on the birth of twins Marshal Williams Manning and Mosley Thompson Manning. Be ready to see Marshal Manning as future starting QB at Tennessee. Unless he decides to go to Grandpa Archie's alma mater of Ole Miss. (Go Vols Xtra) Anchors Away. Former Georgia Bulldog (and current Philadelphia Eagle) defensive tackle Jeff Owens reportedly stopped Christian Robinson,  the current captain of UGA's defensive unit and told him "It's your ship now." (macon.com) Peach Crop. College football programs can expect Georgia to be "loaded" with defensive tackles when National Signing Day 2012 comes around. (ChuckOliver.net) If it's on the Internet it must be true. Unless it isn't.  LSU spring practice the subject of a photo essay. Maybe. The sight of a Flying Monkey makes me a little suspicious on the authenticity of this one. (The Belly of the Beast) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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

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