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Texas A&M will be an SEC school, barring Baylor lawsuit.

Texas A&M will be an SEC school, barring Baylor lawsuit.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 7, 2011

It's all over but the shouting. And the lawsuits. The SEC has announced that Texas A&M will become its thirteenth member school. But the move won't happen until a legal challenge from Big 12 member school Baylor is settled. “We were notified yesterday afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action,” said Florida President Bernie Machen, chairman of the SEC leaders. “The SEC has stated that to consider an institution for membership, there must be no contractual hindrances to its departure. The SEC voted unanimously to accept Texas A&M University as a member upon receiving acceptable reconfirmation that the Big 12 and its members have reaffirmed the letter dated September 2.” The Big 12 member school in question is Baylor, who has suddenly grown too big for its britches following a shockingly successful 2010 season, and a massive upset win over TCU last Friday.  "Baylor, a member of the Big 12 conference, is rightfully worried that the departure of A&M (also a Big 12 member) will cause the league to crumble. Most observers expect Big 12 schools Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech to leave, probably for the Pac-12 conference. Baylor could be a school left in the dust, dealing with the devastating loss of big media contracts and possible access to the already crooked college football postseason championship system." The president of Baylor, by the way, is Kenneth Starr, the special prosecutor in the Whitewater/Monica-Lewinsky investigation against Bill Clinton.  Baylor's attempt to stop the inevitable is pretty much short-sighted. In the end, it's probably a power play to end up in a BCS conference by hook or by crook. (via Rivals.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Tyler Bray, Les Miles, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, Tyler Bray, Les Miles, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 6, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   Abandon all ye hope who enter here.  Chuck Oliver lays out the reasons why Georgia lost so badly to Boise State on Saturday, and exposes program-wide problems that he says will continue to hamper the Dawgs all season. (ChuckOliver.net) Mark Richt on the Hot Seat? Duh. (Athens Banner-Herald) Where it matters most.  Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray's performance issuess during the offseason were absent as he led the Vols to a 42-16 win over Montana. (Knoxville News Sentinel) What's past is past.  Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen says he isn't focused on revenge against Auburn for the Cam Newton brouhaha in facing the Tigers on Saturday. (The Birmingham News) "Les Miles can coach." Because Dan Wetzel said so. (Rivals.com) The hart of the matter. Tennessee picks Dave Hart as its new athletic director. (Knoxville News Sentinel) We're in the same boat on the same sea.  Alabama and Penn State find themselves facing the same issues regarding settling on a starting QB as they get set to face each other in Happy Valley on Saturday. (The Montgomery Advertiser) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: Bob Stoops, Mark Cuban, Dominique Whaley, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins: Bob Stoops, Mark Cuban, Dominique Whaley, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 6, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference. Or at least what's left of it.)     I've seen the future and it will be. Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops sees 16-team superconferences as "the direction that the world's going." Other Big 12 coaches chime in as well. (ESPN) Stay Together for the Kids.  Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wants the Big 12 to stay together, and gives reasons why he thinks superconferences are a bad idea. (CBS Sports) Desperate But Not Serious. Baylor has started a "Don't Mess With Texas Football" campaign to try to prevent the Big 12's breakup. A "Baylor for the Mountain West" campaign would probably been a better idea. (Burnt Orange Nation)  From out of nowhere. Berry Trammel looks back at Oklahoma tight end's Dominique Whaley's time at NAIA school Langston, and marvels that the Sooner walk-on is the same player that scored four touchdowns against Tulsa. (The Oklahoman) Still a few bugs to be worked out. Despite a 46-14 pummeling of SMU, Texas A&M still has to make improvements with the defense and special teams. (The Austin American Statesman) Fade to Gray. ESPN's Paul Lukas wasn't too impressed with the grey jerseys Oklahoma State unveiled on Saturday. (ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Expansion Silliness: Texas IS NOT joining the ACC.

Expansion Silliness: Texas IS NOT joining the ACC.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 6, 2011

Expansion rumors have gone from the silly to the absolutely insanely ludicrous. There was an actual rumor about Texas joining the ACC running around on Monday. ACC commissioner John Swofford quickly put the kibosh on it. "Atlantic Coast Commissioner John Swofford shot down a report Monday night that his league was considering adding Texas, Syracuse, UConn and Rutgers. “I need to read more to see what we’re doing,” Swofford said laughing. “That’s news to me.” Orangebloods.com quoted a source Monday night that the ACC, trying to fend off a potential raid by the SEC – who might take Virginia Tech – would look to add Texas along with Syracuse, UConn and Rutgers for a 16-team league. Swofford spoke to reporters from CBSSports.com, SI.com and the New York Post at halftime of the Miami-Maryland game." Texas in the ACC? Seriously, Orangebloods?  The ACC? Did Chip Brown and the OB crew really hear that rumor? Texas in the ACC makes less sense than Junior Samples in a Speedo. This is definetly s case of "The voices in your head don't count as reliable sources." (via CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Who's responsible for those Maryland uniforms?

Who's responsible for those Maryland uniforms?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 6, 2011

Monday night Under Armour single-handily won the WTF college football uniform race it's in with Nike via Maryland. The unis, based on the state flag of Maryland, resulted in much chatter over the Internet, along with possible mental and retinal scarring. The only question left is to find out who was responsible for that fashion Freudian nightmare. Luckily, a few suspects have already been rounded up. Garth Brooks Commander Susan Ivanova Harvey Dent (AKA Two-Face) The Doctor, sixth regeneration   Duo Dasmel Police Commissioner Bele Freddie Mercury Harley Quinn (via Lost Lettermen) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Brady Hoke,  James Vandenberg, and more.

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Brady Hoke, James Vandenberg, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 6, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)   Those who can't play, coach.  Still-recovering Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa served as an unofficial QB coach while on the sideline for the Wildcats' victory against Boston College. (The Chicago Tribune) Hoke and Glory. First-year Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke is getting ready for his first game leading the Wolverines against Notre Dame. (Rivals.com) Twin sons of different mothers? Wisconsin gets ready to face Oregon State, which runs an offense that is said to be "almost identical" to that of the Badgers' offense. (Wisconsin State Journal) Same as it ever was. Penn State's QB controversy continues, even with showdown against Alabama looming ever closer. (The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) Words Get in the Way.  Some conservatives and traditional Catholics were none too happy about Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly's cursing during the Fighting Irish's loss to USF on Saturday. (Deadspin) In other colorful language news, Michigan State players got a good halftime tongue-lashing after a "sluggish" first half against Youngstown State on Saturday. (The Detroit Free Press) Making a good first impression. Black Heart Gold Pants' Adam Jacobi was impressed by Iowa QB James Vandenberg's first start against Tennessee Tech. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Is that a promise or a threat? Meanwhile, Iowa's defense is described as "promising" after Saturday's victory over Tennessee Tech. (Quad City Times) That Don't Impress Me Much. Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini wasn't all too thrilled with his team's performance in the season opener against Tennessee-Chattanooga. (The Omaha World Herald) Kicking it old school (well, throwing it, actually).  Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez is still trying to get used to the old school style option that Nebraska made famous. (The Omaha World Herald) Jim Delany says the Big Ten is happy with twelve members. Translation: Delany would sacrifice Melanie Collins to Cthulhu if he would get Notre Dame to join. (The Chicago Tribune) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Rice marching band mocks Texas A&M and the "$EC."

Rice marching band mocks Texas A&M and the "$EC."

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 5, 2011

Texas began its 2011 season by manhandling the visiting Rice Owls in Austin 34-9. The Rice Marching Owl Band (which is less of a marching band than a group of performance artists with delusions of grandeur) were on hand during halftime to serenade those attending the game with a special performance which included a little jab at Texas A&M's desire to defect from the Big 12 to the supposedly greener (or at least the less burnt orange) pastures of the SEC. Or is that the "$EC?" Sadly, this behavior of going all Dixie Chicks on its audience is not unique for the Marching Owl Band. Worse, the band decided to ignore the fact that it was the Longhorn's money grab with the Longhorn Network that was the last straw for the Aggies. Or that the SEC wasn't  necessarily looking to add Texas A&M in the first place (though on the the other hand, the conference hasn't shied away from the idea, either). But what are facts between on-the-field rivals? Especially ones in a conference your school might be wanting to join as Texas' new whipping boy Texas A&M's replacement? (via Dr. Saturday, West University Examiner) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Derek Dooley's latest fashion statement - orange pants.

Derek Dooley's latest fashion statement - orange pants.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 4, 2011

Derek Dooley, Tennessee head football coach and Knoxville's number one expert on hair, hats, and hygiene, can add another title to his growing list of areas of expertise - fashionista. For Saturday's season opening victory against Montana, his hairness wore a pair of perfect Tennessee orange pants. It's probably not uncommon for Vols fans to wear similar trousers, but having the head coach do it does give the act some credence. No work on the manufacturer of the trousers (though Adidas is a prime suspect). But once the word leaks out, sales are probably going to go through the roof on Rocky Top. (via Knoxville News Sentinel) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Boise State-Georgia fallout, Les Miles, Stephen Garcia, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Boise State-Georgia fallout, Les Miles, Stephen Garcia, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 4, 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. How are Georgia fans taking the loss to Boise State? Not too well. (Dawg Sports) Mark Richt on the Hot Seat? What do you think? (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Still Crazy After All These Years.  Les Miles' eccentricities didn't stop him from coaching LSU to a convincing 40-27 win over Oregon at Cowboys Stadium. (Rivals.com) Auburn avoids a completely different kind of Aggiegeddeon.  Even with avoiding an upset to the Utah State Aggies, Auburn fans can't be too happy with Saturday's season opener. Because Matt Hinton said so. (Dr. Saturday) Too close to call. Even with Ole Miss' loss to BYU, ChuckOliver.net's Chadd Scott isn't quite ready to say the Rebels are toast in 2011. (ChuckOliver.net) Bray's star continues to rise.  Tyler Bray's first season opener as a starting quarterback for Tennessee featured the star QB going 17-of-24 with three touchdowns. (Knoxville News Sentinel) All over but the shouting? AJ McCarron  looks to be the unofficial winner of the Alabama starting QB job over Phillip Sims in the Tide's 48-7 stomping of Kent State. (al.com) Stuck in the Middle With You.  South Carolina QB Steven Garcia's digging out of the 0-17 point hole that Connor Shaw left the Gamecocks in revealed how much the team depends on the troubled fifth-year senior. (The Post and Courier) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

How do you get an Auburn fan out of an Old Navy commercial? Pay him for the pizza.

How do you get an Auburn fan out of an Old Navy commercial? Pay him for the pizza.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 4, 2011

Old Navy's embracing of college football is just getting more and more embarrassing. First came college-specific shirts that featured the word "Lets" without the apostrophe. (And no, certain universities weren't amused.) Now comes a commercial featuring an over-enthusiastic family of Alabama fans, a bad jingle written to the tune of Night Ranger's "Sister Christian,"  and a dorky Auburn fan with a very conspicuously placed  Dominoes Pizza. Now who on Earth could be offended by that commercial? Yep, Auburn fans, some of which are calling on a boycott of Old Navy. And yes, there's an accompanying Facebook page to go with the boycott. You can imagine how the fanbase of the defending BCS Champions might get their boxers in a bunch over a slight like this. They're probably tired of hearing the joke about getting an Auburn fan off your front porch as much as any other college football program's fans hit with the same joke are. (via Image CPR) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Game Day Goulash: Baylor, Boise State, Mark Richt, and more.

Game Day Goulash: Baylor, Boise State, Mark Richt, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 3, 2011

(Game Day Goulash is SWRT's  all-encompassing Game Day college football extravaganza.) Shock and Awe. Baylor defeats 14th-ranked TCU 50-48 in the first upset of the 2011 season. (Rivals.com) Three men down.  Boise State will face Georiga in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game without three players whose eligibility is being investigated by the NCAA. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Mark Richt on the Hot Seat? Mark Richt on the Hot Seat. (Athens Banner-Herald) Ready to Start. Nebraska kicks off its inaugural Big Ten season. (The Chicago Tribune) Once more into the breach.  Derek Dooley starts his second season as Tennessee head football coach. Here's hoping it's as quotable and entertaining as his first. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Up in the Air. The Penn State quarterback controversy between Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin is far from over. (The Patriot-News) Dan Beebe is responsible for the downfall of the Big 12 Conference. Because Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkell said so. (CBS Sports) Off we go into the wild blue yonder? Air Force is a possible Big 12 target as a member school to replace Texas A&M. (CBS Sports) A long way from Birmingham.  Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville faces friend and former Iron Bowl rival Dennis Franchione as The Red Raiders face Texas State. The two faced each other coaching Auburn and Alabama respectively in 2001 and 2002.  (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) Million Dollar Tribute. Alabama's Million Dollar Band will pay tribute to the victims of the April tornadoes that hit the state of Alabama. (al.com) On the outside looking in. SMU looks at future membership in the Big 12 while preparing to face Texas A&M, the team planning to leave the Big 12, in the 2011 season opener on Sept. 4. (ESPN) Grantland's John Brandon calls Florida QB John Brantley a "Hunk." Well he's a hunk of something, that's for sure. (Grantland) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

The Big 12 is doomed. Because Gene Stallings said so.

The Big 12 is doomed. Because Gene Stallings said so.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 3, 2011

Gene Stallings in his Texas A&M coaching days. The future isn't looking too rosy for the Big 12 right now.  In fact, according to former Alabama and Texas A&M head football coach Gene Stallings, there is no future for the Big 12. "I think a few years from now it's going to be four major conferences, maybe 20 teams in each conference, championship game, and a playoff with those four (conferences)," Stallings said after speaking at a United Way luncheon in Birmingham. "I think that's sort of the direction we're going in. Personal opinion, I don't think the Big 12 is going to be one of those four. I do think the Southeastern Conference will be one. So we may be aligning with somebody now that we may be trying to do something with later on." Take it as you will that a former Aggie coach who led an SEC team to a pre-BCS "national championship" is saying the Big 12 is headed to the dead letter office, thanks to Aggiegeddeon. And you don't have to be a genius to figure out two of the other three conferences he was talking about are probably the Pac-12 and Big Ten. That means either the ACC or the Big East will be looking on the outside in. Or one will have to eat the other one to survive. (via The Birmingham News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Trent Richardson, Mark Richt, South Carolina, Mississippi St., and more..

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Trent Richardson, Mark Richt, South Carolina, Mississippi St., and more..

By Juan Cena in SWRT on September 2, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    Trent Richardson "is ready to be the man" for Alabama. Because Trent Richardson said so. (al.com) Do the Right Thing?  Steve Spurrier was right to give Connor Shaw the nod for starting quarterback against East Carolina over Stephen Garcia. Because Connor Tapp of Garnet and Black Attack said so. It probably won't last for long anyway. (Garnet and Black Attack) Walking In all over Memphis.  A look at Mississippi State's 59-14 whipping of Memphis, and what what to take out of it for the rest of the 2011 season. (Saturday Down South) Mark Richt on the Hot Seat article of the day. This one from ChuckOliver.net's Joe McCollum looks at Georgia's Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game showdown against Boise State, and call it Richt and the Dawgs "moment of truth." (ChuckOliver.net) Kentucky's defeat of Western Kentucky was "the worst game featuring an SEC team in the modern era." Because Clay Travis said so. Clay has obviously conveniently forgot about Auburn's 3-2 victory over Mississippi St. in 2008.  (Outkick the Coverage) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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

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