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Expansion silliness: Are SEC Presidents meeting Sunday about Aggiegeddon or not?

Expansion silliness: Are SEC Presidents meeting Sunday about Aggiegeddon or not?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 14, 2011

Are they or aren't they? With the idea of Texas A&M as a member of the SEC  comes conflicting reports on whether or not the presidents of the SEC member schools will be meeting on Sunday to discuss the matter. "There is now conflicting reports as to whether or not an actual meeting will take place on Sunday by the SEC Presidents to discuss an invitation for Texas A&M to join the conference. Previously the New York Times ran a story reporting that there would be a meeting on Sunday citing a source "with first-hand knowledge". Now the Sporting News has released a conflicting report that also cites an "high-ranking official from the SEC" saying that there is no meeting on Sunday." It is obvious what has happened. The idea of Aggiegeddon  being on the precipice of becoming a Freudian nightmare clothed in the hideous flesh of reality has transformed the  SEC into a dark and twisted version of Schrodinger's football conference. Either the presidents of the SEC are meeting on Sunday, or they're not. It's this breakdown of the laws of nature that hold the fabric of the universe together that gives the reason why Texas A&M should never be allowed into the SEC. The next thing you know...well, you know, the usual. "Mass hysteria. Dogs and cats living together." Blah, blah, blah.  (Or is that Dawgs and Gators? I think that may be the 4.5th sign of the Apocalypse.) (via SB Nation Atlanta) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew, Expansion Silliness, Isaiah Crowell, Tyler Bray, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew, Expansion Silliness, Isaiah Crowell, Tyler Bray, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 13, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   Sigh, I guess I'll be having to be adding pictures like this to the mix of famous SEC regional landmarks pretty soon. Texas A&M must join the SEC, "To save face."Because Richard Justice said so. (The Houston Chronicle) Clemson and FSU will not join the SEC. Because Clay Travis said so. Shut up, Clay. (Outkick the Coverage) Day By Day. Highly touted Georgia freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell is listed as day-to-day following a groin injury. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Crawling From the Wreckage. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has a big job on his hands in trying to lead the Bulldogs back to the top tier of SEC teams. (Dr. Saturday) We've got a long way to go, and a short time to get there.  Though Tennessee QB Tyler Bray may be growing as a vocal leader on the Volunteer squad, head football coach Derek Dooley says his on-the-field play calling and performance still needs improvement. (Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Knile Davis injury. Arkansas running back Knile Davis will be out for the 2011 season due to an injury to his left ankle. (CBS Sports) That Don't Impress Me Much. Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen wasn't "disappointed with his team's performance in practice on Friday. (The Clarion-Ledger) Making an impression. Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik says the performance of the younger members on his team gave him a good impression of them. (The Gasden Times) Ready for his close-up. ESPN Films cameras were in the studios of the Paul Finebaum radio program on Friday filming part of its Roll Tide/War Eagle documentary on the Alabama/Auburn rivalry. (al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Russell Wilson, and Illinois vs. Northwestern for the throne of Chicago.

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Russell Wilson, and Illinois vs. Northwestern for the throne of Chicago.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 12, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)      Give It Away. Ohio State will give back the $338,881 share of the Big Ten's payout it received for playing in the Sugar Bowl win that the school vacated. (Dr. Saturday) Laying it on the line.  Quarterback Russell Wilson credits the Badgers' offensive line as being one the reason he decided to transfer to Wisconsin from North Carolina State. (Wisconsin State Journal) Game of Thrones. New Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas isn't going to let the Fighting Illini sit back while Northwestern is proclaiming itself "Chicago's Big Ten Team." He wants Illinios to be "king of Chicago." (Daily Herald) I Will Not Go Quietly. Northwestern blog Sippin' on Purple says "Oh yeah?" to Mike Thomas' claims to the throne of the Windy City. (Sippin' On Purple) Confidence Man. Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald likes the level of confidence on his team. (The Chicago Tribune) The Contest. Northwestern QB Dan Persa is among Wildcat players in a "mustache competition." (PurpleWildcats/Scout.com) And who is responsible for this Northwestern "mustache competition?" Uh, Persa is, apparently. (The Chicago Tribune) "Joe Paterno is old" item of the day? "Joe Paterno is old" item of the day. (CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Expansion Silliness: Aggiegeddon moved up to August 15th?

Expansion Silliness: Aggiegeddon moved up to August 15th?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 12, 2011

If you're bracing for the possibility of Aggiegeddon - the potential move of Texas A&M to the SEC- on August 22, then you might have to speed up the stocking of your fallout shelter mancave. The Texas A&M Board of Regents are rescheduling a meeting to have been held on that date to next Monday the 15th of August. "On the agenda, listed as the final topic before the meeting adjourns: "Authorization for the President to Take All Actions Relating to Texas A&M University's Athletic Conference Alignment, The Texas A&M University System." The Texas state House of Representatives' The Higher Education Committee is scheduled to be holding hearings on the subject of The Aggies' possible defection from the Big XII to the SEC (Like there aren't literally dozens of more important issues involving Higher Education in Texas than Aggie football to be holding hearings on).The moving up of the Texas A&M Board of Regents could be seen as trying to make a run around those in the Legislature who might be dead set against TAMU and Texas being in two separate conferences. (via ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Expansion Silliness: Virginia Tech WILL NOT join the SEC. Because Virginia Tech says so.

Expansion Silliness: Virginia Tech WILL NOT join the SEC. Because Virginia Tech says so.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 12, 2011

This just in: Virginia Tech is shooting a preemptive strike over the bow of any internet rumors of it joining Texas A&M as a member of the SEC. Because the Hokies' athletic director, Jim Weaver says so. And he told it to David Teel of the Newport News, Va. Daily Press. “We always wanted to be in the ACC,” Weaver told me as he and his family lunched at a McDonald’s en route to his son’s weekend baseball tournament in North Carolina. “Now we’re there. Why would we want to go somewhere else when we finally have what we want?” I suggested to Weaver that with the SEC again making eyes for Texas A&M, many would consider millions in additional television revenue a perfect reason to become the SEC’s 14th. “I don’t think that’s what it’s all about,” he said. “It’s about the right fit.” Fans/cynics can scoff all they want. They can believe Weaver’s being coy or naïve. But I assure you that sentiment is genuine and applies to the administration in Burruss Hall, including president Charles Steger. Relationships, especially those on the academic side, with conference colleagues are paramount." There is really no need for Virginia Tech to leave the ACC. With exceptions for a resurgent FSU, the Hokies are the big dog in the conference right now. Why endanger that by joining the SEC, where it would have to face Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee every year? Plus, it's SEC West rival would most certainly be Texas A&M, and only the two schools respective Corps of Cadets could really get into that kind of fabricated rivalry.  (via The Daily Press) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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

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