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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

Expansion Silliness: Another day, another Texas A&M to the SEC rumor.

Expansion Silliness: Another day, another Texas A&M to the SEC rumor.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 9, 2011

The Texas A&M defecting to the SEC meme just won't stop. The latest unfounded story has it happening in 2012, and says what the rest of the non-Texas Big XII will do. "As you may imagine, the Ags are worried about possible political backlash so they have been trying to keep this quiet. With the recent rumors that Tech has been talking to the Pac 12 about moving West (and likely taking OU and OSU with them) we may not have to deal as many issues with the legislature as some had thought. Right now I would guess that Missouri would try to go to the Big 10 again. Kansas and KSU will make a move for the Big East. Baylor will do everything they can to go to the Pac 12 with everyone else." And of course this brings up what team would be brought into the SEC to even out the league. Bandit Ref pretty much mentions all the usual suspects (Oklahoma, Clemson, FSU, etc), as well as TCU the school from Texas that the SEC should be asking to join, not Texas A&M. The SEC should be American Idol and bring in an up-and-coming program. And not be Celebrity Rehab for a program that despite last year's success, has been on the downward spiral for years.   (via I Am the 12th Man, Bandit Ref) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Terrelle Pryor, Bo Pelini, Dan Persa, and more.

Big Tentacles: Terrelle Pryor, Bo Pelini, Dan Persa, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 9, 2011

 (Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)    Terrelle Pryor not eligible for Supplemental NFL Draft? At least that's whats' going around on Twitter. (SB Nation Atlanta) Bo Pelini did not "blow up" in Bubba Starling's face like Peter Gammons tweeted he did. Because Bo Pelini say so. (Dr. Saturday) The Honeymoon is Over?  Off Tackle Empire lays into Nebraska in great fervor. (Off Tackle Empire) Back for More. Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno has left the hospital and will reportedly be back in the Nittany Lions pre-season camp on Wednesday. (ESPN) Joe Paterno should retire.  Because the staff of LehighValleyLive.com says so. (LehighValleyLive.com) I Won't Back Down.  Longtime Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker isn't letting having his left leg being amputated due to complications from diabetes slow him down. (Quad City Times) Back on the Chain Gang.  Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa participated in his first full team practice since his season-ending injury against Iowa. (ESPN) Does Northwestern have Saturday Night Fever? The first song played at the start of Northwestern football practice was Earth, Wind, and Fire's "Shining Star." No word if head football coach was wearing a white disco suit. (The Chicago Tribune) Symphathy for the Devil. SI.com's Richard Deitsch interviews Kurt Herbstreit. (SI.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Is Andrew Luck's beard growing making a comeback?

Is Andrew Luck's beard growing making a comeback?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 9, 2011

It looks like Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck's beard might be making a bit of a comeback. This photo from Monday shows Luck and Stanford head football coach David Shaw at training camp. As you can see, Luck's sporting a little bit of puppy scruff under his chin. Not the full scraggly beard he had just a few days ago. But just enough so he doesn't look like Gomer Pyle anymore. (via Rivals.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Darron Thomas, Kyle Whittingham's infinite playlist, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Andrew Luck, Darron Thomas, Kyle Whittingham's infinite playlist, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 9, 2011

(Unquiet on the Western Front is SWRT's look at the Pac-12, WAC, Mountain West, and other West Coast/Rocky Mountain schools extravaganza.)  Luck of the Draw. Stanford quarterback Gomer Pyle Andrew Luck talks about the start of training camp, choosing between the NFL and staying in school, and shaving off his scraggly beard. (The Bootleg/Scout.com) And for those of you who mourn Luck's beard... The bearded Luck appears on the cover of ESPN the Magazine in all of his former scraggly glory. (ESPN) Leading the flock. Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas is quickly taking charge of the team during the start of the Ducks' training camp. (The Oregonian) Only reporters care about the Willie Lyles case.  Because Oregon offensive lineman Carson York said so. (The Oregonian) Cal and Oregon will play on ESPN 3D on Oct. 6. Pray that this doesn't inspire Nike to come up with some 3D unis for the Ducks. (SB Nation Bay Area) Science Fiction Double Feature.  Cal will also be on ESPN the following week on Oct. 13, hosting USC at home. (SB Nation Bay Area) Rock of Ages. Utah is practicing to tunes from head football coach Kyle Whittingham's personal playlist, which includes "Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, the Georgia Satellites and the Four Tops." (The Salt Lake Tribune) UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel on the Hot Seat. Mark Richt may need to move over some. (The Los Angeles Times) Looking for trouble. With Nebraska and the Big XII in the past, Colorado is looking for a new rival in the Pac-12. (Arizona Daily Star) Who ya gonna call? Talk of whether Boise State gets an unfair advantage wearing their all-blue unis on the blue turf of Bronco Stadium (now banned by the Mountain West Conference) gets discussed on the Mythbusters message forum, of all places. (HT: One Bronco Nation Under God) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Mark Richt thinks he's either Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Ralph Kramden.

Mark Richt thinks he's either Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Ralph Kramden.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 9, 2011

Richt apparently thinks he's Greg Louganis, as well. The pressure of being America's favorite "Coach on the Hot Seat" may have finally gotten to Georgia head football coach Mark Richt. He's started to believe he's either Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Ralph Kramden. When he's not fighting off "energy vampires," he's trying to be the bus driver of the "energy bus." Both are apparently a reference to a book called The Energy Bus, by Jon Gordon. The book talks about maintaining positive energy and to avoid being an "energy vampire," which sucks positive energy away by being a negative person.  Richt handed the book out to his players during the summer. In fighting "energy vampires," Richt's recruited the team to be his unofficial "Scooby Gang." “The energy vampires are anybody who complains and sucks positive energy out of the team,” junior offensive lineman Chris Burnette said. “An energy vampire could be somebody who doesn’t make it to meals, somebody who fails a running test, talks bad and stuff like that.” Once on the list, your photo is edited to make you look like a vampire and posted on TV screens in the locker room for 24 hours. “They’ll take peoples’ embarrassing Facebook pictures … then add on extra stuff,” Burnette said. “It’s actually something that lightens up the mood a little bit. You’ll have pictures of guys with red eyes and fangs and stuff like that. It’s pretty funny to see different guys pictures.” Richt has also made "Get on the Bus"on the team's slogan this season. And make no mistake, Richt plans to send energy vampires "to the moon." If his Scooby Gang doesn't get to them first. (via The Red & Black, The Telegraph (Macon, GA), SB Nation Atlanta), Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: Landry Jones, The Longhorn Network, Bryce Brown, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins: Landry Jones, The Longhorn Network, Bryce Brown, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 9, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference...or at least what's left of it.) Putting the Sooner Schooner before the horse.  Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones is declared to be  "the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy" in some circles. This must be news to Stanford's Andrew Luck or Northwestern's Dan Persa.  (The Oklahoman)  More Longhorn Network silliness. Texas is expected to make at least $11 million a year from its deal with ESPN to form The Longhorn Network, with an annual 3% increase every year. (CBS Sports) Ready to Start.  Kansas State running back Bryce Brown says he's ready to take his spot on the Wildcat team, despite missing several "voluntary" workouts held during the summer. (Kansas City Star) Third time's the charm? Improvement is expected at Kansas State with head football coach Bill Snyder's third year since returning to the program. (Kansas City Star) Making a name for himself.  Missouri freshman quarterback Corbin Berkstresser is quickly earning a spot as the Jayhawks' no. 2 QB. Running Up That Hill. Cowboys Ride For Free checks out the Big XII's running backs. (Cowboys Ride For Free) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Russell Wilson, Joe Paterno, Dan Persa, and more.

Big Tentacles: Russell Wilson, Joe Paterno, Dan Persa, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 9, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)    Grace Under Pressure.  Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson says he isn't feeling the pressure of meeting the expectations that have surrounded him since he transferred to Wisconsin from North Carolina State. (ESPN) Highway to the Danger Zone? Following injuries received in a collision with a Penn State player, Adam Rittenberg asks if the sidelines are too dangerous for 84 year-old Joe Paterno to stand around. (ESPN) The writing on the wall.  Northwestern QB Dan Persa keeps a letter framed on his wall that was written to him by the late Wildcats' head football coach Randy Walker a few days before he passed away. Persa was Walker's last recruit. (FOX Sports) In the dog house at the Big House.  Michigan head football coach suspends punter Will Hagerup (four games) and receiver Terrence Robinson (season opener).(CBS Sports) Giving aid and comfort to the enemy.  ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit says he likes  Brady Hoke, and thinks that "he'll do a really good job" at Michigan. Maybe this is why Buckeye fans ran you out of town, Kirk. (The Detroit News) This if for the questions that don't have any answers. The Chicago Tribune has "five major questions" about Northwestern's 2011 season. At least two revolve in some way or another with QB Dan Persa. (The Chicago Tribune) When Worlds Collide. Lake the Posts has a sit-down with Black Heart Gold Pants Adam Jacobi about Northwestern, Iowa, and the Big Ten. Like what did expect them to talk about? (Lake the Posts) Defcom 4. Hammer and Rails reminds fans of Purdue's new Big Ten inner-division rival Iowa that the Boilermakers know how to make "The Bomb." (Hammer and Rails) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Joe Paterno injured after being knocked down by player.

Joe Paterno injured after being knocked down by player.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 8, 2011

 Here's the news you really don't want to hear if your a Penn State fan. Joe Paterno  was run over by a Nittany Lion player during Sunday practice. "Coach Joe Paterno was at Mount Nittany Medical Center on Monday, where he underwent tests to determine the extent of his injuries he suffered when he was hit by a player running a drill during practice Sunday. He likely will not need surgery, according to Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, Penn State's director of athletic medicine." Reports from Chris Folwer state that Paterno suffered "a hairline fracture to his pelvis and shoulder" that won't require surgery. Best wishes for JoePa during his recovery period. (via CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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