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Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Signing classes cap, Nick Saban, Dan Mullen, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Signing classes cap, Nick Saban, Dan Mullen, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 5, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  SEC cap on signing classes "shouldn't hurt the SEC." Because Pat Dooley says so. (The Gainesville Sun) Nice work if you can get it.  Five of the top ten schools on Andy Staples' "20 most desirable head coaching jobs" are SEC schools (Florida, Georgia, LSU, Alabama, Auburn). Tennessee lands in the bottom half of the list. (Sports Illustrated) Way too early (and obvious) prediction of the day: Alabama and South Carolina are picked by The Birmingham News to meet in the SEC Championship Game. What a limb to go out on. (The Birmingham News) Nick Saban's rebuilding effort.  Alabama head football coach Nick Saban talks about he and the University of Alabama's role in the effort to rebuild communities in the Tuscaloosa area following the tornadoes that hit the region last April. (The Gainesville Sun) "No respect headed into 2011 is no problem for Auburn." Because Kevin Scarbinsky says so. Shut up, Kevin. (The Birmingham News) Tennessee Not in a lather just yet. Tennessee linebacker Herman Lathers will miss the start of the 2011 season due to an ankle injury requiring surgery.  (Knoxville News Sentinel) Dr. StrangeMullen: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cowbell. Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen describes how he's come to respect the ringing of cowbells at Mississippi State.  (The Commercial Appeal)   Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Does Tate Forcier Know the Way to San Jose (State)?

Does Tate Forcier Know the Way to San Jose (State)?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 4, 2011

Time to add another stop on the Tate Forcier Magical Mystery Tour. This time the ever embroiled in controversy former Michigan quarterback is reportedly eying San Jose State. This after leaving Michigan, enrolling at Miami for about five minutes, taking a look-see at Auburn, and an alleged night in the hospital following allegedly being found hanging outside his girlfriend's apartment window by the police. San Diego State is closer to home for Forcier, but he would have to sit out a year due to those pesky NCAA regulations. But that's what you get when you decide to go the nomadic route. By the way, are there any off-the-field pics of Forcier without the ubiquitous beanie and iPod headphone combo? Inquiring minds want to know. (via Dr. Saturday) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Derek Dooley isn't a Twitter fan.

Derek Dooley isn't a Twitter fan.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 3, 2011

Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley has a Twitter account, but he hasn't used it in almost a year. It's safe to say he's not a fan of the online service that many of his players use and use often. His Hairness may not be crazy about it, but he hasn't found it necessary to ban his team from using it either. "I'd rather that players just learn how to manage it responsibly," he said. "How are they going to do it when they get out of college? Same thing with Facebook and everything else.  "When you have the policy that I have, inevitably you're going to have some times that they do something that's going to (make me) say, 'I wish I banned it.' " So far the tipping point to where a Tennessee player says or does something extremely stupid enough to warrant Dooley from dropping the banhammer on Twitter use. But it's a definite possibility that it happens knowing the reckless streak the Vols team has had in the past couple of years. (via Knoxville News-Sentinel) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Central Arkansas tries to out-Boise State Boise State.

Central Arkansas tries to out-Boise State Boise State.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 3, 2011

There are two ways an aspiring college football program which seeks to become the next Boise State. One is to put together a program that excels on the field can even win one from the BCS powerhouse schools once in a while. The other is to install a mind-numbingly garish colored football field turf in your stadium. Central Arkansas has decided to do the latter. In fact, Central Arkansas seems to have one-upped Boise State by not only going for the non-traditional not-green turf, but by going with a purple and gray-striped gridiron. One can only expect on how the old guard of Central Arkansas alumni feels about this. What is most discomforting is that you know some other school is going to try to top Central Arkansas with their own variation of the theme. And you thought the SEC bronze statue craze was ban. This could possibly get out of hand sooner than you think. (via Kegs 'N Eggs) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Washaun Ealey, Auburn, and a bucket of taffy.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Washaun Ealey, Auburn, and a bucket of taffy.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 3, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  At left: The legendary Big Chicken in Marietta, Ga. You just knew it had to show up sometime.   Lending a Hand.  Members of the Arkansas football team went to Joplin, Missouri, to help with recovery efforts after the recent tornado that hit the town. (Arkansas Sports 360) New Kids On The Block. Expect to see a lot of new and unknown faces on the Auburn roster in 2011. (Track 'Em Tigers) Long Time Coming.  Meanwhile, Auburn's 2010 BCS championship winning squad will finally make it's way to Washington D.C. to meet with President Barack Obama at the White House. (ChuckOliver.net) A Jacksonville State of Mind. Former Georgia running back Washaun Ealey has transferred to FCS division Jacksonville State. (Athens Banner-Herald) Afternoon Delight. South Carolina's Sept. 10 road game against Georgia will air on ESPN at 4:30 P.M. (Athens Banner-Herald) Laffy Taffy. A beautiful, but fictitious press conference involving Les Miles, the SEC Spring Meetings, alligator handling,  and a bucket marked "Taffy Bukit." I'm not making this up, but Spencer Hall did. (EDSBS) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Terrelle Pryor is back on the road.

Terrelle Pryor is back on the road.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 2, 2011

Ohio State fans who were wondering how embattled Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor was going to get around after his driver's license was suspended for lack of proof of auto insurance can relax. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles has reinstated Pryor's license after he provided proof that he indeed had auto insurance. "The Buckeyes player visited an Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles office on Alum Creek Drive about 12:30 p.m. and provided proof he had vehicle insurance when he was stopped for a stop sign violation earlier this year.  The BMV, which suspended Pryor's license after he previously failed to prove he was insured, then immediately reinstated his driver's license, a spokesman said." The lack of a driver's license or proof of insurance hasn't stopped Pryor from driving, apparently,  but now he at least has two things on a growing list of incidents he doesn't have to worry about. (via Columbus Dispatch) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Announcing the SWRT Blogscrolls.

Announcing the SWRT Blogscrolls.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 2, 2011

You might have noticed a little tinkering over on the left under the Yardbarker box. I've been slowly adding conference-specific blogscrolls to allow readers to discover my choices for the most interesting of useful blogs in college sports. A blogscroll is basically a blogroll with a scrolling function. If you want one of your own, just click on the link here. Thanks for your continued support of Shirts With Random Triangles, and make sure to tell your friends and follow me over on Twitter for updates and other shenanigans. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Star QB picks Marines over Baylor. (aka Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It or Leave It!" Moment of the Day)

Star QB picks Marines over Baylor. (aka Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It or Leave It!" Moment of the Day)

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 2, 2011

Baylor has lost a commitment in Texas high school Kyle Bond. His reason for de-comitting? He's decided to join the Marines. "It is totally Kyle's decision, something that he's been thinking about for a long time," said Mesquite Horn head coach Rodney Webb, who added that many close to Boyd suggested he could join the military after college, but that the teenager's decision could not be swayed." Bond will be taking classes at Baylor next fall before shipping out for boot camp in Feburary, 2012. He can still be eligible to play college football after his military service is over. (via NESN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Stephen Garcia, Derek Dooley, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Stephen Garcia, Derek Dooley, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 31, 2011

He's Baaaack!  Stephen Garcia has been allowed to take part in voluntary South Carolina summer practices. (ESPN) Spring forward.  It's time for the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fl. (Mr. SEC)   "SEC schools not afraid to spend to win." Because John Adams says so. (Go Vols Xtra) Size Matters. Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley believes coaching staff sizes should be increased to handle growing off-the-field issues. (ESPN) Rolling in the dough. Mississippi State on the gridiron success is resulting in a windfall in fundraising.  (ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Jim Tressel fallout edition.

Big Tentacles: Jim Tressel fallout edition.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 31, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)     "The Real Jim Tressel" had to go. Because Michael Rosenberg said so. (Detroit Free Press) When it rains, it pours. The NCAA and Ohio State are looking into allegations regarding alleged "benefits" received by suspended Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. And this time, they're serious about investigating him. (Columbus Dispatch.) No One Here Gets Out Alive. The new investigation is a good sign that Pryor's playing days at Ohio State may be over. (Eleven Warriors) Denial is not a river in Egypt. Eleven Warriors blogger Johnny looks at the already-infamous Sports Illustrated article on Tresselgate by writer George Dohrmann, and is sharply critical of it. (Eleven Warriors) Scavenger Hunt. Expect Michigan, Michigan State, and Notre Dame to reap the benefits from the Ohio State fallout on the recruiting trail. (Detroit Free Press) Place Your Bets. The betting lines are already out on who will become Ohio State head football coach after this season. Apparently interim Buckeye head coach Luke Fickell is given zero chance of keeping the job. (Sorry Bro: Sports Through Houser) Include Me Out. Urban Meyer says he's not interested in the Ohio State job. At least not now. (ESPN. HT: Alligator Army) The Sorcerer's (Ex-)Apprentice. Meanwhile, Meyer's former apprentice Utah head football Kyle Whittingham has speculation thrust upon him regarding the future job opening in Columbus. (Block U) Take a look around.  Luke Fickell should look at the careers of former Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr and current Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald when it comes to suddenly being handed the reins of a Big Ten program as an interim head football coach. Especially if he wants to wind up getting the gig full time. (Along the Olentangy) And how are Michigan fans taking the news? How do you think? (Wolverine Liberation Army) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Sports Illustrated's Tressel investigation unleashed on the internet.

Sports Illustrated's Tressel investigation unleashed on the internet.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 31, 2011

It's been talked about for a while, and now it's here. George Dohrmann's Sports Illustrated story on alleged NCAA rules violations during the Jim Tressel coaching era at Ohio State. Obviously, Tressel's registration/firing caused a rewrite or two today. But it's beginning to sound like Ohio State's troubles may be just beginning. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Teneacles: A couple of Big Ten Memorial Day links.

Big Teneacles: A couple of Big Ten Memorial Day links.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 31, 2011

Hope you've had a good Memorial Day so far. Here are a couple of Big-Ten related links to remind you the real reason why he take time to celebrate today. Black Heart Gold Pants takes time to honor Nile Kinnick, Iowa Quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, and whom Kinnick Stadium is named after. He served with the US Navy in World War II. He died during a training flight off the Venezuelan coast in 1943. Hammer and Rails remembers Army Captain Kevin Landeck, a Purdue student who was killed by an IED while serving in Iraq.  Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Jim Tressel resigns Ohio State head coaching job.

Jim Tressel resigns Ohio State head coaching job.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 30, 2011

So much for a slow news day. ESPN is reporting that embattled Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel has turned in his resignation. "After meeting with university officials, we agreed that it is in the best interest of Ohio State that I resign as head football coach," Tressel said in a statement Monday morning. "The appreciation that Ellen and I have for the Buckeye Nation is immeasurable."  Tressel's assistant Luke Fickell has been given the nod to take over the Buckeye's head football coaching job for the 2011 season. Fickell had previously been selected to fill in for Tressel during his five game suspension. Be ready for a lot of chatter about Tressel's replacement, including talk of Urban Meyer getting the nod.  (via ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Sunday quick hits.

Big Tentacles: Sunday quick hits.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 29, 2011

The "NCAA won't leash its full wrath on Ohio State." Because Drew Sharp says so. Shut up, Drew. (Detroit Free Press) Waaaaariors, come out and  play! Hawaii is talking to both Wisconsin and Notre Dame for home-at-home series. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser) Fore Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. Golfing with Wisconsin head men's basketball coach Bo Ryan and head football coach Bret Bielema. (Chicago Tribune) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Expansion Silliness returns: Georgia Tech and Maryland to the Big Ten?

Expansion Silliness returns: Georgia Tech and Maryland to the Big Ten?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on May 28, 2011

Just when you think all of the serious expansion talk involving the Big Ten had died down, along comes The Boston Globe with this little gem hidden in an article about the Big East's future: "There may be more trouble coming for the Big East if the Big Ten decides to move forward again in a few years; already there are rumblings that it might go to 14 teams, with an eye on Georgia Tech and Maryland, which would significantly increase its television footprint." Georgia Tech and Maryland? Seriously? When it comes to football (and like it or not, football is guiding the expansion process) neither school can truly be called a blockbuster program. And neither one is really going to truly open up markets for the Big Ten. Georgia Tech is lucky if can steal headlines from Georgia on a good day; and when it does, it usually involves a coach being fired. As for Maryland, it's slowly losing any relevance it had as a football team, while fellow in-state school Navy is once again on the rise. (And just for argument's sake, if the Big Ten seriously wanted a basketball school with a football problem, it ought to go after Kansas, which truly would make Big Ten basketball a bigger deal than it is now. Imagine seeing Michigan State vs. Kansas at least twice a year. Excited?) It's doubtful that the Big Ten is so itching to expand right now that it would be to undermine a fellow BCS conference's stability. At least a fellow BCS conference not named the Big East that is (which barely counts these days). Nebraska's joining the conference happened at the right place at the right time. The only school the Big Ten would truly pounce upon given the chance is Notre Dame, which doesn't seem to be happening any time soon. Just file this story under "The voices in your head don't count as reliable sources" category until further notice. (via The Boston Globe. HT: Black Heart Gold Pants) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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