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

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

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 1, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)     Welcome to the fallout. With Texas A&M formally announcing it's departure from the Big 12 in 2012, the SEC looks at the future with the Aggies as a probably member school, as well, as an additional 14th member (or more) to even things out. (The Birmingham News) Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. Tennessee head football coach talks about the 2011 season, as well as that infamous "OPPORTUNITY IS NOWHERE"/ "OPPORTUNITY IS NOW HERE" motto on the locker room doors. (Metro Pulse) Progress report. Dooley says he sees progress in the development of the Vols' star quarterback Tyler Bray. (Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Tennessee declares itself "Young Wide Receiver U." Because "Puppyville" already taken. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell is "every bit as advertised." Because Georgia QB Aaron Murray said so.(Athens Banner-Herald) Strike a (Heisman) Pose?  Speaking of Aaron Murray, ChuckOliver.net's Fletcher Proctor claims that the Dawgs QB could be a Heisman Trophy contended by the end of the season. (ChuckOliver.net) Has the Alabama quarterback controversy between AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims been resolved yet? No. (The Montgomery Advertiser) The NCAA has gotten worse under President Mark Emmert. Because new SI.com columnist Paul Finebaum said so. Shut up, Paul. (SI.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Dan Persa, and more.

Big Tentacles: Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Dan Persa, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 1, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)   Ready to Start. Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson is ready to lead the Badgers against UNLV on Thursday night. (Rivals.com) Basking in the glory. Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema embraces the attention the Badgers have been getting during the offseason. (Wisconsin State Journal) Frenemy Mine. Bielema and first-year Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill remain friends despite being Big Ten rivals. (ESPN) Sailing to Byzantium. The Big Ten announces its Byzantine tiebreaking rules on how to pick divisional champions. (ESPN) More than talk. Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins plans to  impress on the gridiron in the same way he did on the podium during Big Ten Media Days in July. (The Chicago Tribune) Brady Hoke is the "Perfect match" for Michigan. Because Mitch Albom said so. (The Detroit Free Press) Up In the Air. The question as to whether Northwestern will start a still recovering from injury QB Dan Persa or his backup Kain Colter in the season-opening road game against Boston College is still unanswered. (The Chicago Tribune) I feel your pain. Heisman Trophy winning QB Eric Couch says he can relate to the pressure being felt by current Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez. (The Omaha World Herald) Black Heart Gold Pants owns the Internet. We just connect to it.  Quite possibly the best thing ever on the Internet. At least if you're a fan of A)Iowa, and B)Ferris Bueller's Day Off. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aggiegeddeon, Jordan Jefferson, Isaiah Crowell, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aggiegeddeon, Jordan Jefferson, Isaiah Crowell, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 31, 2011

All KFC's should look like this. (Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  So, anything big happen today?  Oh yeah, Texas A&M told the Big 12 it's leaving. (Rivals.com) Hello, old friend.  Arkansas reaction to Texas A&M's announcing its intentions to leave the Big 12, on its way to the SEC. (Arkansas Sports 360) One Hit To the Body. The man allegedly assaulted by suspended LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson reportedly received "a facial fracture, a concussion, fractured teeth and facial and body bruises" during  the melee.  (ESPN)  The Adjustment Bureau. Georgia freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell discusses how he's adapting to college life in Athens. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) I am the Greatest.  Georgia Bulldog legend Hershel Walker is looking to open up a sports bar inside Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport called "The Greatest Bulldog." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Always on the Run. Both Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley and star QB Tyler Bray expect a lot from the Vols' running game in 2011. (Knoxville News Sentinel) A Bumpus road ahead for Mississippi State?  Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen is happy with how receiver Chad Bumpus' development is progressing. (ESPN) Why Can't We Be Friends?  First-year Florida head coach Will Muschamp refuses to end his friendship with FSU head coach  Jimbo Fisher. Or their sharing of a beach house, either. (ESPN) All Our Yesterdays. A unique look at the University of Florida campus, past and present. (UF Then & Now) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

The End is Here: Texas A&M formally announces it's leaving the Big 12.

The End is Here: Texas A&M formally announces it's leaving the Big 12.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 31, 2011

The beginning of Aggiegeddon is as official as it can get. Texas A&M has informed the Big 12 that it wants to jump ship. "Texas A&M has notified the Big 12 that it plans to apply for membership to a new conference, and if accepted, it will end its membership with the Big 12 on June 30, 2012. The announcement comes after conversations between Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin and SEC commissioner Mike Slive that began on July 21, the day after a meeting of the Texas A&M board of regents." By now the announcement is pretty much anti-climatic. Everyone knows what was going to happen, and what will happen next with Texas A&M and the SEC. The only real question is how messy it's going to get.  (via ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Crossing the Atlantic: Miami, Randy Edsall, Lamarcus Joyner, and more.

Crossing the Atlantic: Miami, Randy Edsall, Lamarcus Joyner, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 31, 2011

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.)   Eight is Enough? The NCAA banhammers eight Miami players with one-to-six game suspensions, including quarterback Jacory Harris. (Yahoo! Sports) Why don't you take a seat over there?  Miami players who received improper benefits from convicted Ponzi scheme felon Nevin Shapiro are reportedly going to be subpoenaed  by the bankruptcy trustee trying to recover money for Shapiro's victims. (Dr. Saturday) Let's go to the tape. A visit with first-tear Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall in the Terrapins' film room. (CSNWashington) The Importance of Being Lamarcus Joyner. Tomahawk Nation declares Lamarcus Joyner as "the Most Important Player On Florida State's Defense."(Tomahawk Nation) "Boston College Needs Strong Start" Because Heather Dinich said so. (ESPN) Yo, I'm taking a survey. Georgia Tech is implementing idea taken from a survey of ticket purchasers on how "improve its marketing strategy and game-day experience." The suggestions to replace football with Quidditch were obviously ignored. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Dubious Achievement Award of the Week.  Miami's season debut against Maryland has been named by T. Kyle King as the "Labor Day Weekend College Football Game of Disinterest." (Dawg Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Auburn has a new nickname: Puppyville.

Auburn has a new nickname: Puppyville.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 30, 2011

Puppyville's Big Dog T'Sharvan Bell. It's time to add another name to the ongoing identity crisis that is Auburn University. East Alabama Male College, Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Plainsmen, Tigers, War Eagles...Auburn has had almost as many  names and nicknames as Dream of the Endless. Now you can add another one to the list - "Puppyville." Or at least that's what you can call Auburn's group of mostly inexperienced underclassmen in its secondary, as coined by junior cornerback T'Sharvan Bell. "I’m a puppy too. This is the first time that I’m going to be a full-time starter," Bell said.d "So I try to tell the guys that just because I played last year, it gives me a little bit of an advantage, but I’m a first-time starter this year just like them, so when I look at you and you look at me, you’ve got to know that we’re in the same boat. "I know you got my back and I want you to know that I’ve got yours. That’s what I try to tell the guys." While "Puppyville" might be a more appropriate term for either a)That school to the west in Starkville, Miss. Or b) That school to the east in Athens, Ga. It does provide a good description for a team that coming off a BCS championship  season, seems to be back at squart one when it comes to putting together a squad that can truly compete for another. (via oanow.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims, Auburn, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims, Auburn, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 30, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   How Georgia can beat Boise State. Chuck Oliver's game plan for UGA to overcome #7 Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. It involves Bulldog quarterback Aaron throwing a lot. (ChuckOliver.net) The Heat Is On. Tom Dienhart interviews UGA head football coach Mark Richt. Yes the words "Hot Seat" are mentioned. (Rivals.com) Has the Alabama quarterback controversy between AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims been resolved yet? No. (The Birmingham News) Youth movement. Auburn's underclassmen players can expect to see action in the season opener against Utah State. (al.com) It's All About to Change. The Florida team that will emerge in October will be a lot different from the team that walks on the field in the season opener this Saturday. Because Pat Dooley said so. (The Gainesville Sun) Redemption Song.  Ole Miss looks to rebound from a hideous 4-8 record during the 2010 season. (The Commercial Appeal (Memphis)) Auburn's War Eagle VII has a Twitter account? Auburn's War Eagle VII has a Twitter account. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Aggiegeddon: A Texas A&M to the SEC song parody.

Aggiegeddon: A Texas A&M to the SEC song parody.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 30, 2011

Okay, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Some Texas A&M fans (a father and daughter named Keith and Bethany Barber, specifically) with what passed for musical talent made up a musical parody and posted up over on YouTube. The bad thing about it was that they decided to write their musical opus to the tune of Don McClean's legendary American Pie. All eight-plus friggin' minutes of it. Get ready to stick icepicks through your ears, sports fans. The really sad thing about this is that they actually believe that the Aggies could really compete against the SEC. Worse, they think SEC fans are scared of Texas A&M coming to the conference. Well, they're scared of how the Aggies might bring the conference down. As for events on the actual field of play,  just remember what a mediocre Georgia did to Texas A&M in the 2009 Independence Bowl. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: Aggiegeddeon, Garrett Gilbert, Darius Williams, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins: Aggiegeddeon, Garrett Gilbert, Darius Williams, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 30, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference. Or at least what's left of it.)     Dear John letter? What Dear John Letter? Texas A&M denies it's sent the Big 12 a letter announcing it's intent to leave the conference. (ESPN) Exit provisions in the Big 12 bylaws are a mess. Because Clay Travis said so. (Outkick the Coverage) What's Oklahoma doing during while Aggiegeddon/Longhorn Network rages? Secretly dreaming of its own Sooner Network, apparently. Because Barry Trammel said so.(The Oklahoman) Big 12 should look at BYU as Texas A&M's replacement.  Because Blair Kerkhoff said so. (Kansas City Star) And in actual football news... Ready to Start.  Texas taps Garrett Gilbert as starting quarterback in the Sept. 3 opener against Rice. (ESPN) Crawling Through the Wreckage. Kansas is still trying to recover from the meteoric rise and fiery fall of the Mike Mangino era. (Kansas City Star) Follow Your Bliss. Linebacker Darius Willis says that he's glad that he decided to transfer to Kansas from Buffalo after the school tapped Buffaloes' head football coach Turner Gill to replace Mangino. (Kansas City Star) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Texas A&M leaving the Big 12. Aggiegeddon is upon us.

Texas A&M leaving the Big 12. Aggiegeddon is upon us.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 30, 2011

It has begun. "The New York Times said in a story posted on its website Monday night that Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin sent a letter to Missouri Chancellor and Big 12 board chairman Brady Deaton to inform the league it was leaving. The report cited two unidentified college officials with direct knowledge of the decision." Let August 30, 2011 go down in history as a great day of mourning and repentance. When the dreaded Juggernaut of chaos began their its march toward the heart of college football. When Texas A&M, with its Aggie football team, its Freudian Corps of Cadets, and the abomination above all abominations called male cheerleaders Yell Leaders, began its long march toward the SEC.  In the future, those who did not live to see this day will be called the lucky ones. (via ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Derek Dooley bans mother from Paul Finebaum radio program.

Derek Dooley bans mother from Paul Finebaum radio program.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 29, 2011

Barbara Dooley with husband Vince. Tennessee head football coach may have finally found a solution to one of his bigger "problems." He's found a way to silence his ever vocal mother, Barbara Dooley. His Hairness has reportedly banned his mom from appearing weekly on the Paul Finebaum radio program. His reasoning? It hurts recruiting for the Vols. "Reached by OKTC today, Barbara Dooley confirmed that she'd been yanked off the airwaves. Aghast at the injustice, I told her that anyone who wasn't coming to Tennessee because of her radio appearances was a recruit the Vols didn't need. Barbara laughed anew. She'd previously been banned from regular appearances on airwaves in the state of Tennessee, which meant we could only schedule her occasionally. Yet every time she appeared with us, she was appointment radio." Obviously an injustice like this can't stand. The #FreeBarbaraDooley movement on Twitter begins now! (via Outkick the Coverage) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, James Vandenberg, Russell Wilson, and more.

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, James Vandenberg, Russell Wilson, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 29, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)      The Future's So Bright.  Northwestern's long-term future seems to be on a solid footing with head football coach Pat Fitzgerald and athletic director Jim Phillips signed to long term deals. As for the 2011 season? Well, that's a little more up in the air. (The Chicago Tribune) The Adjustment Bureau.  Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa's success in 2011 may depend on his ability to be more of a pocket passer to adjust for his still-recovering Achilles tendon. (Lake the Posts) Talking up a storm.  Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins plans to be more vocal this season when it comes to the Spartan offense. (Detroit Free Press) I want to be a history maker in this land.  Indiana wide receiver Damarlo Belcher has some big goals in mind when it comes to breaking school records. (The Indianapolis Star) Fisherman's Blues. Iowa QB James Vandenberg is not a great fisherman, according to his teammates. They'd better hope he's a better QB. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Darkhawk? The Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein says Iowa is a team flying "under the radar" in 2011. (The Chicago Tribune) Dance With My Father.  The legacy of Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson's late father still plays an important part in his son's life. (Wisconsin State Journal) This is for the questions that don't have any answers. Who's going to be Michigan's starting running back? Good question. (ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

David Pollack dresses like a ninth grader for ESPN U.

David Pollack dresses like a ninth grader for ESPN U.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 29, 2011

Really, David Pollack (seen here with Jason Seahorn)? Dress shirt and tie with cargo shorts? Look, I know as you pointed out on Twitter that "The beauty of TV is you only see the top half of us at the desk." That doesn't mean you can dress like a ninth grader. ESPN is big boy TV, David. Now that you've got a regular show with Jesse Palmer on ESPN U (Palmer & Pollack), it's time to dress like one. *Sigh* At least it wasn't jean shorts. The Bulldog nation's collective brain would have exploded.  (via David Pollack on Twitter) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Barrett Trotter, Mark Richt, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Barrett Trotter, Mark Richt, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 29, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends. We're so glad you could attend. Come inside! Come inside! The Alabama quarterback competition between A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims is still going on. (The Tuscaloosa News) Learning to Breathe.  A look at the maturation of Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray. (Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Grace Under Pressure. Auburn's Barrett Trotter is feels relaxed the week before his first start as the Tigers' starting QB. (al.com) Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Tennessee Football Coaches* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) A capsule rundown of Tennessee football coaching history. (Knoxville News Sentinel) We're gonna have Les Miles to kick around a little longer.  LSU gives Les Miles a contract extension. (CBS Sports) Mark Richt on the Hot Seat? Mark Richt on the Hot Seat. But it's not as hot as other coaches outside the SEC have it. (Rivals.com) Missouri should not become an SEC school. Because Chadd Scott said so. (ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Rules of thumb for SEC expansion.

Rules of thumb for SEC expansion.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 29, 2011

Like it or not, it's looking more an more like Texas A&M will be an SEC school more sooner than later. With the Aggies on board, the SEC will have a baker's dozen of schools, which makes things a bit uneven. There's going to have to be a 14th team to make future scheduling less of a hassle. With that, there are a few rules of thumb the SEC really needs to follow in looking for the perfect fit. 1. Stay within the "traditional" South. This may offend my political connects, but by "traditional" South I pretty much mean states that joined the Confederacy in the Civil War. Wanting to expand the market for the SEC may sound like a good idea, but do Missouri or Kansas really sound like SEC country? The SEC needs to take a cue from where the ACC made mistakes in its bout of expansion silliness (hello, Boston College!). While this may look like it cuts a lot of potential expansion targets out, it leaves ones that make more sense as SEC schools, such as Virginia Tech, Louisville, Texas Tech, and many of the emerging FBS schools. Exceptions to this rule: Oklahoma (Sooners, duh), West Virgina (which was carved of the part of Virginia that didn't want to join in the shoot-yourself-in-the-foot party that was the Confederacy), and Notre Dame (because Southern Indiana has more in common with the South than either Indiana or the South care to admit). 2. Be American Idol, not Celebrity Rehab.  Texas A&M is wanting to come to the SEC because it sees the conference because of the more equitable division of revenue.  That's not really the kind of program you want to see in the conference. The SEC should be looking for programs that are on the rise, hungry, and ready to prove that they can play with the big boys of the BCS. There are certainly quite a few schools like that around the South. Texas Tech, ECU, Central Florida, USF, and Houston all would make good SEC schools. They'd at least try harder to compete than Vanderbilt. 3. Beware of Fool's Gold. Be free to translate this as Miami, FSU, and Georgia Tech. The Hurricanes, if they don't get the Death Penalty, are going to be radioactive for a long time to come, because of Nevin Shapiro. FSU may look all nice and shiny, but that just because of the pants. It may be back on the rise due to Jimbo Fisher, but will it be able to compete week in and week out against the heavier competition of the SEC? As for Georgia Tech, it pretty much plays the Aggies to UGA's Longhorns, even with it being in a separate conference. And while on the subject of the ACC... 4. Stay away from North Carolina.  Does any SEC school besides Kentucky really want to see Duke,  UNC, NC State, or Wake Forest in the SEC? Thought so. North Carolina schools scream "basketball." And sorry, expansion is all about football. 5. Clemson or bust. Above any Southern football program, Clemson is the one that shouts "SEC" without actually being in the SEC. It has the kind of aura and tradition you're looking for in a potential SEC team. It also has deep connections to SEC schools that other schools don't. Clemson may share some of the negative traits brought up in the above rules, but the positives greatly outweigh the negatives. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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