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Annoying fashion trend of the day: Jim Tressel wristbands.

Annoying fashion trend of the day: Jim Tressel wristbands.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 3, 2011

Want to know how Ohio State players how much they think of former head football coach Jim Tressel? They've been seen in public wearing black wristbands with the letters "JT" in large red letters. A little cheesy, perhaps. Considering the circumstances behind Tressel being an ex-football coach over his (mis)handling of Tatgate, it's perhaps a little misguided. But at least it's not as geeky as Buckeye fans wearing sweater vests while marching in a Fourth of July parade under the hot scorching Ohio sun. There's no word at to whether or not the Ohio St. administration is going to go for players wearing the wristbands during actual Ohio St. football games. Though it wouldn't be very considerate of current head coach Luke Fickell if any of the players did. (via Kegs 'n Eggs) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Steve Spurrier and Stephen Garcia, Will Muschamp, Barrett Jones, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Steve Spurrier and Stephen Garcia, Will Muschamp, Barrett Jones, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 3, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  There are times when I miss the days when Atlanta was covered in kudzu like this. I Got What I Wanted, Lost What I had. Kevin Fishes ponders the price South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier has paid for his success at South Carolina by lowing his standards with quarterback Stephen Garcia. (Free Times) Yesterday When I Was Young.  First-year Florida head footaball Will Muschamp recalls his days playing for rival Georgia. (The Gainesville Sun) Barrett Jones, Time Wizard.  Izzy Gould profiles Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones, with a focus on how he managed to have time for college football and a life while still maintaining a 4.0 GPA. (al.com) The icing on the cake? With his undergraduate degree in communications in already under his belt, Auburn quarterback Barrett Trotter plans to wrap up his college career by winning the starting QB job. (al.com) This is for the questions that don't have any answers. (At least not yet.) The Chattanooga Times-Free Press' Patrick Brown has five big questions on how Tennessee will perform in 2011. (Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Mark Richt on the Hot Seat Item of the Day (well, almost). Georgia head football coach Mark Richt is mentioned as a possible candidate to try to salvage the scandal-plagued UNC football program next year. If there is an UNC football program next year, that is. (ACC Sports Journal) Being the best is never good enough.  Despite leading Arkansas in tackles in his first three seasons, Jerry Franklin's coaches still find things he can improve on. (Arkansas Sports 360) Round up the usual suspects. ChuckOliver.net's Chadd Scott predicts an Alabama-South Carolina SEC Championship game. (ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Andrew Luck is officially clean-cut once more.

Andrew Luck is officially clean-cut once more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 3, 2011

August 1, 2011 will be a red letter day for college football followers, but for wildly differing reasons. This is the day Stanford quarterback and college football all-around golden boy Andrew Luck appeared in public for the first time without the scraggly beard he had been growing since earlier in the year. Not only that, the longish hair on his head was gone too. Shorn into away into history and replaced with a fresh summer buzzcut. Here's the visual proof of the newly clean-cut and crewcut Luck.   If you're the college football fan who goes for the kind of "brah" quarterback embodied in South Carolina's Stephen Garcia (the ultimate "brah" college QB), then Monday was a day of mourning (except for the fact that Garcia was reinstated yesterday). If however, you're for quarterbacks who want your team led by someone who looks like he's serious about success, then you're probably breathing a sigh a relief. Andrew Luck once again looks like the kind of young man you would want your daughter to marry. Especially if he's expected to be at the least a first round draft pick in the NFL, if not the first overall pick. (via SB Nation Bay Area) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Larry Scott, Anthony Gildon, Utah, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Larry Scott, Anthony Gildon, Utah, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 3, 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.)  We're in the Money. According to Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, the Pac-12 Network is "going to be profitable in Year One." He said this in an interview with CNBC's sports business guru Darren Rovell. (CNBC) Meet Anthony Gildon.  The Oregonian's Aaron Fentress believes that Oregon cornerback Anthony Gildon could be a "breakout" player in 2011. (The Oregonian) One step forward...  ESPN's Chris Spielman believes that joining the Pac-12 puts Utah on the way to possibly "becoming a national football presence, maybe even a power." (The Salt Late Tribune) Sooner or later you're going to be mine. As for the Utes' fellow in-state school BYU, Spielman thinks going independent was a "iffy" move and that the Cougars "will probably end up in what is now the Pac-12 when it’s all said and done.” (The Salt Lake Tribune) Boise State Blues.  FOX Sports' Lisa Horne gives the thumbs down to the Mountain West's barring Boise State from wearing all-blue uniforms on its infamous Broncos' Stadium blue turf in home games against in-conference opponents. (FOX Sports) Buffaloes soldering on. Matt Hinton doesn't expect a lot from Colorado in it's inaugural Pac-12 year, and neither should you. (Dr. Saturday) The List You Don't Want to Be On. Three Pac-12 stadiums - USC's Los Angeles Coliseum, Cal's California Memorial Coliseum, and Washington State's Martin Stadium - all make Lost Lettermen's list of "College Football's Worst BCS Stadiums." (Lost Lettermen) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Coveirng Dixie Like Mildew: Malik Jackson, Alabama's Jesse Williams, Isaiah Crowell, and more.

Coveirng Dixie Like Mildew: Malik Jackson, Alabama's Jesse Williams, Isaiah Crowell, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 2, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    Young Guns (Go For It). With 70% of the 2011 Tennessee Volunteer squad either freshman or sophomores, there will be lots of opportunity for newer faces to make a splash on the gridiron. (The Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Stepping up.  Tennessee defensive end Malik Jackson is ready to step into a leadership role on the team this year, and he has the tattoos to prove it. (Knoxville News Sentinel) And speaking of tattoos.... The Tyler Bray memorial most interesting tattoo of the day award. Alabama's Australian-born defensive lineman Jesse Williams has a tattoo on his right hand that says "I stopped checking for the monster under the bed when I realised the monster is me."(al.com) Where Did It All Go Wrong? Pat Dooley theorizes as to why last the 2010 Florida Gators underachieved even with its level of talent. (The Gainesville Sun) Same as it ever was. It looks like Georgia freshman running back Isaiah Crowell will probably have to learn his role as a college player "on the job" much in the same way his predecessor, A.J. Green did as a freshman (Athens Banner Herald) Is Georgia's glass half-full or half-empty? One thing's for sure - the glass probably has an adult beverage in it. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) What's in a name? Mississippi State receiver Chad Bumphis has changed his Twitter handle to @ImSo_BalisMade1 in honor of Miss. St. strength and conditioning coach Matt Balis. (The Clarion-Ledger) More proof that we'll rank anything. Power rankings for SEC assistant coaches. Now I've heard everything. (Saturday Down South) Dubious achievement of the day.  Vanderbilt Stadium has been named by Lost Lettermen as the third "Worst BCS Stadium." Only Northwestern's Ryan Field and Cincinnati Nippert Stadium are ranked worse. (Lost Lettermen) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Is Tyler Bray trying to re-shape himself in the image of Peyton Manning?

Is Tyler Bray trying to re-shape himself in the image of Peyton Manning?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 2, 2011

Will young QB's look up to Tyer Bray someday? Tennessee is a place of  legends and giants . There's General Robert Neyland, soldier, scholar, and one of the most legendary of college football coaches, whose fingerprints on the Volunteer football program go beyond just a the stadium named in his honor.  And then there's Peyton Manning, possibly the most important figure in post-ESPN Tennessee history. It's Manning's image that current Vols' quarterback Tyler Bray is seemingly trying to shape himself into. Whether it's conscious or not, the comparison is being noticed, as the sophomore quarterback tries to prove that he's more than just a back tattoo. "He's probably also still a tad bit too footloose and carefree for the worrywarts among us, as witness this quote: "Sometimes I don't even realize what I'm doing until the play is done, and then I'm like, 'OK, that worked.'" But he's clearly trying to look and sound more Peyton-esque. Concerning his envied struggle to gain weight, Bray said, "I'm pretty much eating constantly. There's probably not an hour that goes by where I'm not eating. I feel stronger, bigger, able to put a little more zip on the ball." Bray is also doing something Manning is well-known for in spending time in the film room.   Nor is he letting many hours go by without visiting the film room, not always a Bray strength during his freshman season. "Coach [Jim] Chaney is always good at -- I don't want to say 'nag' because I don't want to get in trouble," Bray said with a smile about the offensive coordinator. "But kind of just chirping in my ear to go to the film room and watch as much as possible. I have all the games from last year in my dorm. I watch them on my laptop. Watching as much film as possible really helps." Obviously, if Bray can combine his inner Peyton Manning with his ability to "flatline" his emotions out on the field (the now infamous "loco-gesture" and occasional ill-considered throat-slashing  notwithstanding), the possibility for Tennessee to surprise the college football world with at least an SEC East title is a distinct possibility. (via The Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Michigan's Brady Hoke wants to hear his player's hit each other in practice.

Michigan's Brady Hoke wants to hear his player's hit each other in practice.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 2, 2011

How does first-year Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke know when his players are doing their hardest during practices? Apparently when he can hear the clashing of shoulder pads on shoulder pads. Martin: "(Hoke) gets upset when he doesn't hear pads smacking against each other or loud hits. He'll judge how well practice went off what he hears. He says he can shut his eyes and know if practice went well or not."   Hoke said that the sound of tough practice goes right along with restoring a winner at U-M. "If you're practicing the way we want to practice, you don't have to watch it," Hoke said. "You ought to hear it on every snap. We've got to develop a team and develop a competiveness. That all goes along with the toughness, demeanor and attitude we want to play with."   So if you're a Wolverine and want to impress your coach, you want to hit your teammate as hard as you can in practice. It begs the question of how Hoke feels about the sound hearing his player's bones breaking or when they get a  concussion. (The Detroit Free Press) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

This just in: Andrew Luck is no longer scraggly.

This just in: Andrew Luck is no longer scraggly.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 2, 2011

If you're one of those ladies (or gentlemen) who are into the rugged, mountain-man look and were digging Andrew Luck's bearded appearance, you're now out of uh, luck. (via Ivan Maisel on Twitter) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Michigan State's Edwin Baker wants to get hot and sweaty in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Michigan State's Edwin Baker wants to get hot and sweaty in Lucas Oil Stadium.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 2, 2011

While much ado has been made about the pros and cons on the decision to hole the Big Ten's inaugural championship game in the warm and toasty confines of Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium, at least one player says he's in favor of it. That would be Michigan State running back Edwin Baker. He claims the indoor arena could help his performance. "I would want to be indoors," Baker said. "You want to break a sweat, because when you have a sweat going your muscles are as loose as possible. As a running back, that's when you're capable to open up the most. So, me, I love to play indoors. "It's going to be hot. It's going to be humid. I'm excited for it." Certainly whoever comes out of the Leaders division would make Baker break out in a sweat, no matter where the game was played. Baker had better focus on getting through the season before dreaming of sweating it out during the Big Ten championship game.  The Spartans' division rivals are certainly going to make him work to represent the Legends of the Big Ten. (via The Detroit Free Press) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Joe Paterno, Russell Wilson, Ohio State, and more.

Big Tentacles: Joe Paterno, Russell Wilson, Ohio State, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 2, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)   No Direction Known. Ben Jones of Black Shoe Diaries ponders the conundrum of legendary Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno and murky post JoePa future of Penn State. (Black Shoe Diaries) Fast friends.  Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson and his new Badger teammates are bonding better and faster than some had expected. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) Crawling Through the Wreckage.  Despite all of the Tresselgate chaos, Phil Steele still believes Ohio State will come out on top of the Big Ten Leaders Division. (Phil Steele's College Football Blog) Ohio State's new head football coach Luke Fickell is a himbo. Because Black Heart Gold Pants said so. (Black Heart Gold Pants) They're not saying, but they're saying.  While Michigan players tried not to say anything even closely resembling anti-Rich Rodriguez comments at Big Ten Media Days, some negative comparisons between his and Brady Hoke's regime's still leaked out. (Detroit Free Press) Matt Hinton, poet and a prophet.  Matt Hinton gives his predictions for the Big Ten in 2011. (Dr. Saturday) Lay it on the Line.  Corn Nation previews Nebraska's 2011 offensive line. (Corn Nation) Could This Be the One? Illinois' Oct. 1 attempt for a two-game winning streak against in-state rival Northwestern could end up being the most important game of the year for the Fighting Illini. (The Telegraph (Alton, IL.) Who's watching the Watchmen? ESPN Adam Rittenberg reports on the Northwestern's "PersaStrong" Heisman  campaign trying attract attention from ESPN with its plans for a "PersaStrong" billboard in Bristol, CT. (ESPN) Who's watching the Watchmen watching the Watchmen? Deadspin reports on ESPN's Adam Rittenberg report on the Northwestern's "PersaStrong" Heisman  campaign trying attract attention from ESPN with its plans for a "PersaStrong" billboard in Bristol, CT. (Deadspin) BASKETBALL Vote early, vote often.  Northwestern is letting fans vote on the new design for the Welsh-Ryan Arena basketball court. (Big Ten Network) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Lady Gaga dressed like Bear Bryant's hat on The View on Monday.

Lady Gaga dressed like Bear Bryant's hat on The View on Monday.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 1, 2011

No, I don't watch The View. But this pic of Lady Gaga hanging out with Whoopi, Barbara Wawa, and crew in  an all houndstooth outfit just had to be shared. If only because of the memories of The Bear it brings up. (via Entertainment Weekly) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Lady Gaga dressed like Bear Bryant's hat today on The View on Monday.

Lady Gaga dressed like Bear Bryant's hat today on The View on Monday.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 1, 2011

No, I don't watch The View. But this pic of Lady Gaga hanging out with Whoopi, Barbara Wawa, and crew in  an all houndstooth outfit just had to be shared. If only because of the memories of The Bear it brings up. (via Entertainment Weekly) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Lady Gaga dressed like Bear Bryant's hat today on The View

Lady Gaga dressed like Bear Bryant's hat today on The View

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 1, 2011

No, I don't watch The View. But this pic of Lady Gaga hanging out with Whoopi, Barbara Wawa, and crew in  an all houndstooth outfit just had to be shared. If only because of the memories of The Bear it brings up. (via Entertainment Weekly) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Tauren Poole mocks Tyler Bray's "little bitty arm."

Tauren Poole mocks Tyler Bray's "little bitty arm."

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 1, 2011

Is there a personality problem at Tennessee? Or is there just a senior whose mouth is moving faster than his brain? Vols' senior tailback Tauren Poole gave the Chattanooga Times-Free Press one doozy of a quote regarding his team's star quarterback.  "We definitely need the running game to win games," senior tailback Tauren Poole said. "We can't rely only on Tyler's little bitty arm to throw the ball every single play, even though he's talented enough. We're going to need to run the football." "Tiny little arm?" that "tiny little arm" has done more than enough to give Tennessee fans hope that the dog days on Rocky Top are over there. Meanwhile, Poole's stats from last year are a little more up and down. "Though the 5-foot-10, 215-pound Poole was one of just six players in the league to break the 1,000-yard mark and had solid games against Oregon (162 yards), LSU (109) and Alabama (117), he had his struggles. He rushed for a combined 96 yards in losses to Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina." It sounds like Poole is going to definitely run more than his mouth this season.   (via Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban, Mark Richt, Vanderbilt, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban, Mark Richt, Vanderbilt, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 1, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)     Signs of the Apocalypse. Ten nightmare scenarios that could lead to the destruction of the SEC as we know it SEC expansion. Hide your kids, hide your wife. (Saturday Down South) On a related front, Nick Saban is the Devil. Because Matt Youmans said so. Shut up, Matt. (Las Vegas Journal Review) Getting down to business. ESPN's list of the start dates for SEC practice. (ESPN) "How Would Alabama Fans React To Another Nine-Win Regular Season?" Not too well, probably. (Saturday Down South) Another "Mark Richt on the Hot Seat" article? Pretty much. (SB Nation) Experience preferred. The Knoxville News Sentinel's John Adams expects Tennessee to benefit from experience in the quarterback, offensive line, and secondary areas. (Knoxville News Sentinel) A slight change of plans? The 2012  game between South Carolina and Vanderbilt may be moved to the start of the season for a Thursday night game on ESPN. (The Tennessean) Sneaking a peek. The Tennessean gets a look at Vanderbilt's newly renovated locker room. (The Tennessean) A wise man can hear profit in the wind. Arkansas has trademarked head football coach Bobby Petrino's "We didn't come to paint" line he made after the Razorbacks' win over LSU last season. (Arkansas News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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