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Expansion silliness: "FSU to the SEC" is the new "Texas A&M to the SEC."

Expansion silliness: "FSU to the SEC" is the new "Texas A&M to the SEC."

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 12, 2011

Aggiegeddon is crawling closer to going from an internet meme to the most hideous of nightmare realities - Texas A&M in the SEC. Now, the concept of an uneven number of teams (13) in the conference, it seems the internet seeks another team to torture college football fans with it's expansion silliness. The team of choice seems to be FSU. At least to The Palm Beach Post's Tom D'Angelo. "Florida State officials have been flirting with the SEC for several months and the discussion now are getting more serious, according to sources. Rumors have been spreading that the SEC is poised to expand, first to 14 teams and then to 16, and the Seminoles and Texas A&M of the Big 12 could be the first two to jump. “This is real,” said a source close to FSU." As usual, the voices in your head don't count as reliable sources. Especially when the president of FSU, Eric Barron says it's a load of poppycock. "Florida State University President Eric Barron says he's heard the rumors that the Seminoles are moving to the Southeastern Conference and says that's all they are at the moment — rumors. But he also didn't say it would never happen." Which brings the other  another maxim around here - there's a possibility, but no chance. FSU is more the ACC's Texas than it is the conference's Texas A&M. And it brings nothing to the conference that Florida already doesn't (that being the Florida market). (via Palm Beach Post, WRAL. HT: CBS Sports, Tomahawk Nation) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Expansion silliness: Aggiepocalypse to begin on August 22?

Expansion silliness: Aggiepocalypse to begin on August 22?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 12, 2011

Forget the Mayan Calendar and all of that 2012 junk. The End of the World As We Know It could happen on August 22, 2011. That's when (if the rumors are true) Texas A&M's board of regents will meet to discuss the defection from the Big XII to the SEC. "Two sources said the SEC presidents are being gathered Saturday in an emergency meeting to address the possible addition of Texas A&M. The sources said the Aggies' nine-member regents board is leaning toward leaving the Big 12 and are being fueled by a lack of confidence in the current configuration of the league - i.e. the relationship between Texas and ESPN (the Longhorn Network) and how it could negatively impact the rest of the members." The Aggiepocalypse is upon us. Hide your kids. Hide Your Wife. (via Orangebloods.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Kevin Wilson, Denard Robinson, and...All About Eve?

Big Tentacles: Kevin Wilson, Denard Robinson, and...All About Eve?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 11, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)      Hoosier coach shocks the jocks.  Indiana head football coach Kevin Wilson has it out with a couple of snarky ex-jock sports radio personalities. (Dr Saturday) Run, Run, Run. First-year Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges plans to let quarterback Denard Robinson run, just not as much as usual. (The Detroit Free Press) Every Day is Exactly the Same. Black Heart Gold Pants wonders if the increasing number of "special" home games for Iowa are actually making the games less special, and bemoans the "Oprah-ization" of Iowa football. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Dan Persa, meet Eve Harrington.  The bad news for Persa is that she's in the form of the Northwestern quarterback's backup, Kain Colter. Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy season! (The Chicago Tribune) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Derek Dooley brushes up his Shakespeare (kind of).

Derek Dooley brushes up his Shakespeare (kind of).

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 11, 2011

His Hairness in 2010. His Hairness is at it again Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley has come up with another hamdinger of a quote. In speaking to his team about a not-so-stellar first scrimmage of fall practice, Dooley recited the old English proverb "For Want of a nail," reputably a reference to the death in battle of King Richard III.  (The one Shakespeare wrote about.) "For want of a horseshoe nail: one little horseshoe nail can bring down a whole kingdom," Dooley said this morning. "That's what it did back in the 1400s. Just like stepping with your right foot six inches could cause a guy to get on the edge, which causes the quarterback to get a little flustered, the exchange goes bad, fumble, turnover, touchdown. "Every little detail of your technique and assignment can impact the game. We've got a long way to go." His Hairness also compared the team's attempt at "trying to read old English and me trying to understand what they're saying, it's about the same."   (via Knoxville News Sentinel,  Daily Journal) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Texas A&M expansion silliness, Jarvis Jones, Blake Sims, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Texas A&M expansion silliness, Jarvis Jones, Blake Sims, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 11, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   The "Texas A&M-SEC marriage feels inevitable." Because Joe Solomon said so. (The Birmingham News) What, me worry?  Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones says the possibility of being declared ineligible because of his connection to a Columbus Parks & Recreation official "never bothered me."(Athens Banner-Herald) The Total Package. Alabama freshman player Blake Sims may do double duty as running back and the third-string quarterback this season. And that's not all he's apparently good at. (al.com) Alabama will win the BCS championship. Because a computer simulation said so. (The Orlando Sentinel) Where does he get those wonderful toys?   Alabama has a new device that sprays mist on players from long distances away. (The Montgomery Advertiser) Freak Out! LSU freshman defensive tackle Anthony Johnson was given the nickname "Freak" because of a 4.8-second 40-yard dash. Amazing for a then-315 pounder. (The Times-Picayune) And here's to you, Mr. Robinson.  Florida head football coach Will Muschamp says he's impressed by freshman cornerback Marcus Robinson. (The Gainesville Sun) A Few Small Repairs. South Carolina is working on improving its secondary, allowed 241.9 yards per game in 2010. (The Post and Courier) We've got a long way to go, and a short time to get there. Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn still has a lot to do before the start of the season, including figuring who the Tigers' starting quarterback will be. (al.com) The Catalyst. The success of Mississippi State under head football coach Dan Mullen is being explained as the catalyst in Ole Miss trying to get its football program's act together. (The Belly of the Beast) UCF's George O'Leary is a better disciplinarian than Will Muschamp.  Because Mike Bianchi said so. Shut up, Mike. (Orlando Sentinel) Close to the end.  Florida Atlantic University head football coach Howard Schenellenberger will retire after the end of the 2011 season. (Orlando Sentinel)   Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: Brad Madison, Kenny Stills, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins: Brad Madison, Kenny Stills, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 11, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference. Or at least what's left of it.)    I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. Texas is still waiting for one of its four quarterbacks in competition for the starter's job (Garrett Gilbert, David Ash, Case McCoy, and Connor Wood) to separate himself from the rest. (Burnt Orange Nation) The Texas offense will resemble Boise State. Because Kirk Bohls says so. That and because new Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin came from Boise St. Just pray that nobody gets the idea of a burnt-orange field in Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium. (The Austin American-Statesman) Spin Doctor. Missouri defensive lineman Brad Madison is ready to show that he has more tricks up his sleeve than the spin move that helped him get 7.5 sacks last season. (Kansas City Star) Meet Kenny Stills.  Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills says he's learned from his mistakes from last year. Like the touchdown celebration penalty he received in the game against Texas Tech. (The Oklahoman) There can be only one. Oklahoma State linebackers Tyler Johnson and Caleb Lavey are competing for the Cowboys' middle linebacker postilion. (The Oklahoman) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, male cheerleader.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, male cheerleader.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 11, 2011

Here's Texas Governor Rick Perry back in the day when he was a male cheerleader Yell Leader at Texas A&M I'm just posting this because it reminds me of a certain former Michigan quarterback:   Rick Perry and Tate Forcier: Separated at birth? (via Last Row) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Texas A&M to the SEC expansion silliness starting to get "serious?"

Texas A&M to the SEC expansion silliness starting to get "serious?"

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 11, 2011

The level of seriousness to the "Texas A&M to the SEC" meme is increasing to at least DEFCOM 3 (People somewhat actually involved with the situation are talking openly) levels. Big XII Conference commissioner Dan Beebe says that he's taking the stories of Texas A&M officials talking with the SEC "very seriously." "I've been doing that and dealing with this firestorm at the same time," Beebe said. "I'll put it this way, I'm taking it very seriously. I've been talking to a number of people. Obviously, there are a significant number of Aggie supporters who are interested in going in that direction." Translation: There is enough concern for Beebe to monitor the situation with a higher level of scrutiny than usual, but not enough where he is busily updating his resume. While it looks like the talk is just talk, it does seem like Texas A&M is more ready to actually tell the Big XII "Hasta la bye-bye," and not just threaten to do it. (via CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Crossing the Atlantic: Davin Meggett, expansion silliness, Clemson, and more.

Crossing the Atlantic: Davin Meggett, expansion silliness, Clemson, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 11, 2011

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.)     Expansion silliness. Now Virginia Tech is being dragged into the "Texas A&M to the SEC" meme. (Gobbler Country) Virginia Tech and FSU will make the BCS in 2011. Because Chadd Scott says so. (ChuckOliver.net) Who's in charge here? Maryland tailback Davin Meggett goes around acting like the Terrapins are his team, and not first-year head football coach Randy Edsall's. (The Baltimore Sun) Breaking the Law.  Georgia Tech suspends offensive tackle Phil Smith for the first two games of the season violating unspecified team rules. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? Clemson gets approval from the South Carolina Budget and Control Board to build a new indoor practice facility. Shakin the Southland asks why this hasn't happened sooner when the school has had the funds to do it in the IPTAY fund. (Shakin the Southland) Know your Virginia quarterbacks. Looking at the Virginia QB race between  Ross Metheny, Michael Rocco, Michael Strauss, and David Watford. (Streaking the Lawn) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Expansion Silliness: Texas Governor Rick Perry says Texas A&M and SEC are talking.

Expansion Silliness: Texas Governor Rick Perry says Texas A&M and SEC are talking.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 10, 2011

Usually any bit of  Texas A&M going to the SEC expansion silliness falls into "the voices in your head don't count as reliable sources" file. But this time, the story is coming from at least a somewhat credible source. That being the Governor of Texas (and possible GOP presidential candidate) Rick Perry. "Texas governor Rick Perry says his alma mater, Texas A&M, and the SEC are discussing the Aggies possible future membership in the league, according to a report in the Dallas Morning News.  Perry was asked by reporters from the paper on Wednesday about recent swirling speculation surrounding the move.  "I'll be real honest with you. I just read about it the same time as y'all did. ... As far as I know, conversations are being had. That's frankly all I know. I just refer you to the university and the decision makers over there." Perry was a former male cheerleader yell leader at Texas A&M. Whether or not this means the Texas Governor knows something we don't is unknown. (via ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Brady Hoke, James Vandenberg, Joe Paterno, and more.

Big Tentacles: Brady Hoke, James Vandenberg, Joe Paterno, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 10, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)   Let's get physical. Brady Hoke wants Michigan ot be more physical; which means making his players gain or lose more weight. (The Detroit News) All we need is just a little patience.  Nebraska running backs coach Ron Brown is being patient when it comes to the freshmen RB trio of Braylon Heard, Aaron Green and Ameer Abdullah. (The Omaha World Herald) Ready to Start.  Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg is ready to pick up where former Hawkeye QB Ricky Stanzi left off. (The Gazette) Center of attention.  Northwestern QB Dan Persa says he "fine" with the school's "PersaStrong campaign, because it promotes interest in the football program. (The Chicago Tribune) Five for Fighting.  Indiana head football coach Kevin Wilson has to choose between five quarterbacks for the Hoosiers' starting QB. (Indianapolis Star) This just in: Joe Paterno is still old. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Meet the new boss.  Illinois names Cincinnati athletic director Mike Thomas as its new AD. (The Chicago Tribune) The King's Speech.  Eleven Warriors' DJ Byrnes mocks the recent speech given by Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins during Big ten Media weekend as only an Ohio State blogger could. (Eleven Warriors) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

The NCAA not quite done yet with Ohio State?

The NCAA not quite done yet with Ohio State?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 10, 2011

Oops! It seems that Ohio State is reportedly not quite out of the woods when it comes to the NCAA. ESPN is reporting that the school received a letter indicating that the football program is still under investigation. ESPN speculates the investigation relate to incidents involving disgraced former Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor that appeared on...wait for it...ESPN. "Among the reports since then: an ESPN "Outside The Lines" story alleging that former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was paid thousands of dollars in exchange for signed gear by local memorabilia collector, photographer and Buckeyes fan Dennis Talbott; an "OTL" report about Pryor and other Buckeyes playing free rounds of golf with Talbott at a Columbus-area country club; and a Columbus Dispatch report that scrutinized dozens of automobile sales to Ohio State athletes and family members from a pair of Columbus-area dealerships." This could be at best base less rumor. Or baseless rumor with the taint of narcissistic self promotion as only a division of Disney could provide. At worse, Buckeye fans might have a few more sleepless nights. (via ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Charlie Weis, Steve Spurrier, Jarvis Jones, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Charlie Weis, Steve Spurrier, Jarvis Jones, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 10, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   The difficult we do immediately. The imposible takes a little longer.  Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis has a tough job ahead of him in trying to salvage the playing career of Gator QB John Brantley. (Dr. Saturday) The Old Ball Coach vs. The World Wide Leader.  South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier isn't too crazy over what he sees as ESPN preferential treatment towards Alabama. (al.com) Don't expect a nine-game SEC conference schedule anytime in the near future. Because Tony Barnhart said so. (CBS Sports) Given the all clear. The NCAA clears Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones in an investigation of possible violations of improper benefits from a hometown parks and recreation administrator.  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Love Rollercoaster. Bill King writes on the up and down buzz of Georgia's freahmen "Dream Team." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) I Ain't Ever Satisfied.  Tennessee head football coach is still looking for more consistency in quarterback Tyler Bray. (Greenwich Time) Going against conventional wisdom. ChuckOliver.net's Brian Harbach says that the conventional wisdom of Auburn facing a "huge drop-off" after last year's BCS title is incorrect. (ChuckOliver.net) Tigers vs. Ducks. Dennis Dodd looks at the huge season-opening LSU-Oregon showdown at Cowboys' Stadium. (CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: Texas vs. the Big XII, Landry Jones, Travis Lewis, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins: Texas vs. the Big XII, Landry Jones, Travis Lewis, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 10, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference...or at least what's left of it.)  I didn't do it nobody saw me do it you can't prove anything! Clay Travis comments on the "passive-aggressive" attempts of Texas to cause the breakup of the Big XII Conference. (Outkick the Coverage) No surprise here.  Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones leads the list of potential Big XII Conference Heisman Trophy candidates. (ESPN) Get well, Sooner. Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis will be out for the first eight weeks of the season after breaking a bone in his left foot. (Tulsa World) Don't Panic! Losing Travis Lewis won't be as disastrous for the Sooners as the loss of Sam Bradford was in 2009. Because Dave Sittler said so. (Tulsa World) Crawling from the Wreckage. Kansas tries to come back after a disastrous 3-9 inaugural season under head football coach Turner Gill. (Kansas City Star) Gaining from weight loss.  After losing 43 pounds, Oklahoma State defensive tackle Christian Littlehead is a serious contender for a starting position. (Tulsa World) Dress for success.  Oklahoma St. still hasn't figured out who will be in charge of coordinating the 48 different variations provided by the team's new uniforms. Quick, call Rachel Zoe. (The Oklahoman) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Janzen Jackson, Arkansas, Central Florida, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Janzen Jackson, Arkansas, Central Florida, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 9, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  Back on Rocky Top. Embattled Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson opens up (but not all the way) about his time away from the team due to personal and family issues. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Is Tauren Poole the next Hershel Walker? Joan Adams claims that Tennessee running back Tauren Poole could rush for 2,000 yards this season, breaking the long held single-season record set by Herschel Walker. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Dark horse, the other white meat. Brett McMurphy believes that Arkansas will be this year's version of Auburn, and could make it to the BCS title game. (CBS Sports) Not so fast, my friend. ChuckOliver.net's Jamie Walker says Central Florida could be this year's BCS Buster de jour. (ChuckOliver.net) A Few Small Repairs. Ole Miss will be announcing expansion plans for Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. (SB Nation Atlanta) The world is a vampire, set to drain.  Georgia head football coach Mark Richt has a sit down discussion with his team about energy vampires, Energy Buses, and whatever else Spencer Hall can scoop out of his little deviant Gator mind. (EDSBS) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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