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Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Ryan Mallett, Greg McElroy, Julio Jones, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Ryan Mallett, Greg McElroy, Julio Jones, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 28, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    I Love to Dance a Little Sidestep. Former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett dodged questions on alledged drug use. (Arkansas News) Unleashed. Georgia has lifted the suspension of tailback Washaun Ealey after three weeks in Mark Richt's doghouse. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Money for Nothing. Georgia offensive coorfinator Mike Bobo and two other Bulldog coaching staff members to receiveretention bonuses for managing to make it through the 2010 season without getting fired. If you ask certain Georgia fans, that's about all they accomplished last season. (ChuckOliver.net) Money for Nothing, Part Deux. The nine Florida assistant coaches on Will Muschamps will be making a combined $2.93 million dollars for the 2011 season. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Licking the test. Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy scored a 48 on his Wonderlic test. Which may be the only football-related test McElroy will ever best Cam Newton in. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) Move over, Cam Newton. Former Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones (His mama named him that!) signs an endorsement deal with Under Armour. (ChuckOliver.net) It's Atlanta! The SEC has extended its deal to hold the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta through 2015. (al.com) Keeping up with the Jones'. A look at Tennessee's new Football Training Center, which is scheduled to be open for business in 2012. Too bad for Derek Dooley it's only 2011. (knoxnews.com) Major accomplishment. The by the Boy Scouts of America's Great Smoky Mountain Council on Wednesday had named Tennessee legend Johnny Majors the Distinguished Citizen of 2011. Three guesses on whether Lane Kiffin ever gets that award, and the first two don't count. (Go Vols Xtra) BASKETBALL I feel like a Monster. Dick Vitale  calls the Tuesday night clash between SEC division leaders Alabama-Florida "a monster game." Though it's apparently only enough of a monster to make it to ESPN U's schedule at 7:00 PM EST. (al.com) Kansas City here I come. Georgia will take part in the 2011 CBE Basketball tournament in Kansas City, Mo. on Nov. 21-22. California, Missouri, and Notre Dame will also be taking part. (Athens Banner-Herald) Running Out of Days? Bruce Pearl may be "running out of answers" where it comes to Tennessee's lackluster play. And thanks to the NCAA's investigation of the Tennessee athletic program, his tenure as the Vol's head men's basketball coach be running out of time. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Signs of hope on Toomers Corner?

Signs of hope on Toomers Corner?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 27, 2011

There may be signs of hope for the trees on Toomer's Corner a week and a half after the announcement that the trees had been poisoned with a heavy amount of herbicide. "The soil below the surface at Toomer's Corner is showing lower levels of a deadly herbicide than originally feared, but experts say it's too early to know if the trees will survive at the Auburn University landmark." The trees are still in danger, but any sign that the trees could possibly be saved is a good one. (via al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Ricky Stanzi, International Man of Mystery.

Ricky Stanzi, International Man of Mystery.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 26, 2011

The biggest mystery in the 2011 NFL Draft would seem to involve Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi. Part of that is because of the differing opinions of where Stanzi (aka America's Quarterback) should rank among this year's batch of QB's. Part of the problem might be that Stanzi has been better known for his fervent patriotism than for his resume as starting QB at Iowa, which includes winning the 2010 Orange Bowl. Iowa somewhat underwhelming 2010 season hasn't helped clear away any of the questions many Draft gurus and football scouts have about how good of a pro QB Stanzi could be. It's resulted in a considerable variance when it comes to the projections of what round he'll go in the Draft. Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN, seems to be higher on Stanzi's draft stock than than other pundits. He feels that Stanzi deserves to go in the second round of the Draft, and points to his 59.2 third-down completion rate and his 3-0 bowl game record with Iowa . Other experts are not as sold on Stanzi as Kiper is, resulting on a wide range on opinion on where he ranks among other QBs in the Draft.  "Pro Football Weekly rates him the third best quarterback in the draft – behind Blaine Gabbert of Missouri and Jake Locker of Washington and ahead of Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton of Auburn and Ryan Mallett of Arkansas. Lindy's Pro Football Draft report pegs Stanzi as the ninth-best quarterback and projects him as a fourth-round pick."  Stanzi hopes to improve his chances in the 2011 NFL Draft this week at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He has been working on his quarterbacking skills with Tom Brady's personal quarterback coach, Tom Martinez. The freshly buzzed Stanzi is looking to change the Stanzi's draft stock may be higher or lower when the NFL Combine ends later next week. Though he might not become a first round pick, Stanzi may end up as being one of the bigger bargains in the Draft. If his pro career is as good or better than his college career has been, that is. (via The News-Herald, Rotoworld,   Boston Herald) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Your moment of Tebowness: Tim Tebow playing ping pong

Your moment of Tebowness: Tim Tebow playing ping pong

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 26, 2011

Tim Tebow recently hung out with some of the best ping pong players in the world in Las Vegas. Naturally, they played ping pong.  And you wonder why Denver Broncos head coach John Fox decided to go with Kyle Orton as his starting quarterback next season. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Penn State uniforms to get even more boring.

Penn State uniforms to get even more boring.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 25, 2011

There is a school of thought that admires Penn State for the spartan nature of its team uniform. The white helmet with the simple blue stripe, blue jersey and white pants recall the Mad Men days of smash-mouth football without the vulgarities things such as teams with a gazillion alternative unis or players with intricately choreographed touchdown celebrations. Others see it as representative of a team stuck in the past wearing modestly nondescript uniforms. If you're in the latter category, then get ready for the Nittany Lions unis to get even more boring. Guido D'Elia, the Penn State director of football communications and branding, told a class at the university that the team's uniforms would be getting a slight makeover for the 2011 season.  "Speaking to a class at Penn State, D'Elia indicated the home-uniform white trim around the neck and on the sleeves would be eliminated. Also, the road-uniform blue trim would be eliminated. (If true, Penn State's road uniform would be whiter than the Boston Celtics of the 1980s.)" First off, can Penn State's uniform get even more generic? Second, is there ironic title than "Penn State director of football communications and branding?" Branding is such a 21st century term that having it used in the same context as the Penn State Nittany Lions borders on the edge between being  a complete contradiction in terms, and an absolute paradox of logic.  There is merit in doing things like they did in the old days, but this is taking things to extreme. The all blue jersey without any kind of trim is two shakes of a rat's tail away from being your average pee wee football league jersey. Old-school sensibilities are admirable, but at the same time, there is at least on some level do something to be distinguishable.  Penn State is bordering on being totally generic when it comes to its team uniform. It might wrangle a few fans if say, there was a logo on the team helmet. But at least it would give the team a comfortable level of identification. It wouldn't hurt when it came to licensing, either.   Maybe when Joe Paterno finally retires, Penn State will decide truly enter the 21st century realm of brand identification. Until then, its old school mentality is beginning to border on the ridiculous.  (via The Morning Call) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

The Buffalo Bills question Cam Newton's QB experience.

The Buffalo Bills question Cam Newton's QB experience.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 25, 2011

There is a good chance that former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton will be tapped at the overall number one  pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. If they choose to go in another direction (like Newton's teammate Nick Fairley), the Heisman Trophy winner might run into some turbulence from other teams. The Buffalo Bills, who pick third in the Draft for example, have big questions regarding the controversial QB's level of experience. The skepticism is exemplified in the Bill's goodwill ambassador, Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who led the team to four Super Bowl appearances. Kelly is concerned with the fact that Newton has only one year of experience as a starting quarterback. “When you use a pick that high, you’d better be a hundred percent sure about what you’re getting,” said Kelly, who was on his way to Los Angeles for the premiere of the movie “Hall Pass” (he has a business partnership with directors/co-writers Peter and Bobby Farrelly). “Well, maybe you can’t ever be a hundred percent sure about anyone, but …” Kelly isn't directly involved when it comes to selecting players in the draft, but his questions on Newton's experience are shared with the Bills head coach, Chan Gailey. Gailey raised a red flag in a press conference when it came to Newton's experience in a pro-style offense. "A one-year guy that had been in the pro-type offense, to me he's going to understand and be further along than the guy who was one-year in a non-traditional style pro offense." The Bills are in need of a solid quarterback, but the 2011 NFL Draft has several QB's with more experience and  greater potential for NFL success than Newton. Other teams may share the same concerns for Newton as well. (via The Democrat and Chronicle, NFL.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: 2011 Heisman candidates, Bruce Pearl,

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: 2011 Heisman candidates, Bruce Pearl,

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 24, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    Three in a row? The SEC candidates on Heisman Pundit's 2011 Heisman Watch List for a possible third Heisman Trophy in a row for the conference includes Auburn running back Michael Dyer, South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore, and Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray. (Heisman Pundit) The high cost of partying. It  may cost you more to see Florida beat Georgia in the World's Largest (Censored by Dr. Michael Adams) in 2012. (Athens Banner-Herald) New digs. Georgia dedicates the newly remolded and expanded Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall, which houses the UGA football offices and training facilities. (Athens Banner-Herald) Roll Tweet! Mark Ingram is on Twitter.  A Tyler Bray temporary tattoo? What every Vol needs before they go down to Panama City for spring break. Now if someone would make one for America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi's back stamp. (EDSBS) Last call. Legendary football and basketball announcer for Mississippi State athletics Jack Cristil will call his last game for the on Saturday Feb. 26. He is retiring due to health reasons. (ESPN) BASKETBALL The last straw? A Tennessee recruiting violation involving head men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl four days after his teary-eyed Sept. 10, 2010 press conference. Could be what costs Pearl his job. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Steven Theet, Lane Kiffin, Heisman candidates, and yes, Jimmer Fredette

Unquiet on the Western Front: Steven Theet, Lane Kiffin, Heisman candidates, and yes, Jimmer Fredette

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 24, 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.)  Theet hangs up his cleats. Arkansas State quarterback Steven Threet ends his collegiate football career due to the effects of four concussions during his career. (ESPN) Misguided loyalty? USC athletic director Pat Haden supports head football coach Lane Kiffin after the NCAA hits Kiffin with charges of failing "to promote an atmosphere of compliance" while at Tennessee. (Los Angeles Times) I've got a little list. Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, USC QB Matt Barkley, Oregon running back LaMichael James, and Stanford QB Andrew Luck are among those representing the West on Heisman Pundit's Heisman Watch List. (Heisman Pundit) Give me strength. Marques Tuiasosopo will be joining  Rick Neuheisel's coaching staff at UCLA as an either assistant strength coach or a similar position. (ESPN) BASKETBALL Jimmer jams. An injured left calf didn't stop America's New Mancrush, Jimmer Fredette from leading BYU to a 84-76 victory over Colorado State. (Salt Lake City Tribune) Clash of the (Mid-major) Titans. St. Mary's faces Gonzaga in a West Coast Conference showdown where the Gaels could clinch the regular season conference title. (Contra Costa Times) Wish List. Old Dominion's Blaine Taylor is among the list of potential candidates for men's basketball coach at Wyoming. Others include former Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie  and Florida assistant coach Larry Shyatt (Cowboy Altitude) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Brady Hoke redecorates the Michigan weight room.

Brady Hoke redecorates the Michigan weight room.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 24, 2011

Brady Hoke has been on the job at Michigan for less than two months. That hasn't stopped him from making a few decorative changes in the weight room. Hoke has added clocks counting down the days until the 2011 games against Michigan State and Ohio State (which Hoke calls "Ohio," doing the nerdy coach-won't-call-the-rival-by-its-real-name thing). He's also added a quote from Spartan head football coach Mark Dantonio allegedly made at a coaching clinic. Whether or not that is an actual Dantonio quote is up in the air. But the quote and the countdown clocks show the level of hokeyness the Wolverines' new coach has brought to his new job. (Or is that Hokeness?) Countdown clocks are so "two-thousand-and-late" they're even more stale than that Black Eyed Peas already is. (via SB Nation Detroit) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Greg McElroy, Ryan Mallett, Chris Relf, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Greg McElroy, Ryan Mallett, Chris Relf, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 24, 2011

Out of hand. An injured throwing hand will keep former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy from  throwing during the NFL Combine and Alabama's Pro Day. (TideSports.com) Mallett gets hammered. Tony Softli, a former St. Louis Rams vice-president of player personnel, joined the chorus of people questioning former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett's character and consistency for success on the field. (ChuckOliver.net) Lane violations. Former Tennessee and current USC head football coach may end up taking the blunt of the NCAA's wrath for rules infractions occurring during his one-year stint in Knoxville. (Go Vols Xtra) More money, no problems. Georgia reports that the Bulldogs' lackluster 2010 football season hasn't caused much harm to contributions tied to football ticket sales. (Athens Banner-Herald) Meet Chris Relf. Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf could be the SEC's breakout player for 2011, according to ESPN's Chris Low. (ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Tyler Sash, Ricky Stanzi, Tom Izzo, and more.

Big Tentacles: Tyler Sash, Ricky Stanzi, Tom Izzo, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 23, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  The Safety Dance. Former Iowa safety Tyler Sash is listed by Rivals.com as one of  "Five safeties to watch at the combine." (Rivals.com) Patriot Games. America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi, prepared for the NFL Combine by working out with Tom Brady's personal quarterback coach, Tom Martinez. (The News-Herald) Pouring water on an already drowned man. More gratuitous Rich Rodriguez bashing. This time it's a post-morterm on Rich Rod's recruiting prowess. (Maize n Brew) BASKETBALL Let's Wait Awhile. Michigan State head men's basketball coach Tom Izzo supports a proposal for the NBA to restrict basketball players from playing in the Association until they are three years removed from high school graduation. (Detroit Free Press) It's good to be back home again. Ohio State returned to Schottenstein Center and ended a two-game losing skid by defeating Illinois. (Along the Olentangy) Rise and Fire. A brief history of the Purdue "Hail Fire/IU sucks" cheer in honor of Purdue-Indiana hate week. (Hammer and Rails) Be afraid. Be very afraid. Black Heart Gold Pants' "Marchinfornication" is on the horizon. Hide your kids. Hide your wife. Hide your Barbasol.  (Black Heart Gold Pants) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Life just isn't getting any better for Harvey Updyke.

Life just isn't getting any better for Harvey Updyke.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 23, 2011

The bad news for accused Toomer's Corner poisoner Harvey Updyke: He's reportedly living in his car after the owner of the house he was renting in Alabama kicked him out asked him to leave, apparently fearing for his own safety. Updyke apparently can't even afford a van to live down by the river in. The even worse news: Updyke is on his fourth attorney,  as two previous court appointed attorneys cited connections to Auburn as conflicts of interests with representing the accused tree poisoner, and another asked to be removed because he just couldn't  get along with him. The worst news: Clay Travis is apparently the only attorney in America who really wants to represent Updyke. (via Image CPR, Rivals.com, al.com, Fanhouse) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Is Judment Day coming for Tennessee?

Is Judment Day coming for Tennessee?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 23, 2011

ESPN reports that Tennessee has received the long awaited notice of allegations from the NCAA over incidents involving the football men's basketball, and baseball programs. The notice is expected to be released to the public later on Wednesday. "The allegations involving the football team go back to Lane Kiffin's turbulent 14 months as the Vols' head coach during the 2009 season, and some of the most serious charges revolve around a trip Tennessee recruiting hostesses took to Duncan, S.C., to see a pair of high school prospects the Vols were recruiting. One of those prospects is current Tennessee defensive end Corey Miller." As for the men's basketball program, it centers around improper recruiting practices directly involving head men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl.  The school will go reportedly before the NCAA  committee on infractions on June 10-11. The men's basketball program will probably get the blunt of the penalties, the football program is not expected to be hit with anything like what the NCAA hit USC with, which is now coached by Kiffin. There is a pretty good chance that Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton's job might not survive any sanctions.  (via ESPN, ESPN SEC Blog) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aaron Murray, Janzen Jackson, and a steer named after Trey Burton.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aaron Murray, Janzen Jackson, and a steer named after Trey Burton.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 22, 2011

It Wasn't Me. David Pollack would like you to know that he had nothing to do with Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray's ankle injury. (SB Nation Atlanta) We've got your back. Tennessee coaches and players are showing their support for safety Janzen Jackson, who withdrew from school this semester for unknown personal reasons. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) Will Jadeveon Clowney be a "Freshman Force" at South Carolina?  Not if the recent history of SEC freshman defensive ends who went on to be first round draft picks follows form. (ChuckOliver.net) No bull. Florida quarterback Trey Burton has a steer named after him. (Orlando Sentinel) BASKETBALL 'Bama on the bubble. A look at the record of the Alabama men's basketball team to see why despite being SEC West leaders, the Tide is still on the bubble. (Roll 'Bama Roll) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Jimmer Fredette, Stanford's Shane Skov, Chris Petersen, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Jimmer Fredette, Stanford's Shane Skov, Chris Petersen, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on February 22, 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.)    UCLA is lacking in  fundamentals. Better pre-season coaching would help. Somebody other than Rick Neuheiselas head football coach would probably help too. But that's just my opinion. (Bruins Nation) Cal may trot out alternate white helmets for 2011. They should probably ask Georgia how stunts like that work out first. (Sports by Brooks) Meet Shane Skov, the Stanford junior linebacker who might steal a headline or two from Andrew Luck this year. (Dr. Saturday) Stanford's recruiting class is smarter than you. Which will be a good thing for Stanford unless somebody teaches Watson the Jeopardy-winning computer how to throw a thirty-yard pass. (Wall Street Journal) "Tiny" award is a big achievement. Former Cal wide reciever Jeremy Ross was honored with the Tiny Bates Award, which is given each year to the most outstanding Cal senior from the Sacramento Valley area. (California Golden Blogs).   Chris Petersen's bonus round. Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen will get a $35,000 raise after changes to his contract were approved by the Idaho State Board of Education. The board also approved funding for a new football facility for Boise St. (Idaho Statesman) BASKETBALL   It's just a flesh wound.  America's New Mancrush, Jimmer Fredette says an injured left calf won't keep him out of Wednesday's  BYU home game against Colorado State. (Salt Lake Tribune) CBS puts its eye on Ducks and Wildcats. CBS will broadcast the March 5 regular season Oregon-Arizona regular-season ending match-up. (OregonLive.com) Blame it on inconsistency. If Utah men's basketball coach Jim Boylen gets fired, it will be due to the lack of consistent when it comes to success on the court. (Block U) Blame it on Steve Jobs. Washington State junior guard Klay Thompson was benched for the first five minutes and 47 seconds of an embarrassing 71-69 defeat to Arizona State for being late to get on the team bus. He said he had lost his iPod. (The Spokesman-Review) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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