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Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aaron Murray, Will Muschamp, Mark Richt, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aaron Murray, Will Muschamp, Mark Richt, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 20, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)      It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.  SEC Media Days begin today. (The Huntsville Times) The Usual Suspects. Saturday Down South's ranking of the ten best quarterbacks in the SEC has Georgia's Aaron Murray on top of a list that includes Arkansas' Tyler Wilson, South Carolina's Stephen Garcia, Mississippi State's Chris Relf, and Tennessee's Tyler Bray in the top five. (Saturday Down South) SEC WEST It's just a flesh wound. No really, it is. LSU gets slapped with probation and loss of scholarships by the NCAA for one year. (rivals.com) "LSU could become the next BCS champion from the SEC with an asterisk." Because Kevin Scarbinsky said so. Shut up, Kevin. (The Birmingham News) You're not helping. The NCAA's investigation of Auburn and Cam Newton is being hampered by all sorts of spurious allegations made by Alabama fans. (Outkick the Coverage) But Seriously, Folks.  Mississippi State needs to take the University of Alabama-Birmingham  as a serious opponent after a close game with the Blazers in 2010. (For Whom the Cowbell Tolls) SEC EAST Baby, you're a firework. High-energy new Florida head football coach Will Muschamp is profiled by al.com's Charles Goldberg. (al.com) Your "Mark Richt on the Hot Seat" item of the day. This one comes from Bill King of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Junkyard Blog." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Dawg and Pony show. Dawg Sports' T. Kyle King takes a look at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between Georgia and the Boise State Broncos. (Dawg Sports) Back for More. Looking at Vanderbilt's returning running backs. (Anchor of Gold) List of the Day. "Top 10 Tennessee Comebacks since 1990." (Rocky Top Talk) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

The Texas A&M to the SEC meme. Just. Won't. Die.

The Texas A&M to the SEC meme. Just. Won't. Die.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 20, 2011

(Note: portions of this article were printed originally here, and here.) Texas A&M's Board of Regents are set to get together and have a little talk about rival Texas' much-ballyhooed Longhorn Network on Thursday. This is added more fuel to the fire of the long-dormant talk of the Aggies bolting the ruins of what's left of the Big XII for the sunnier pastures of the SEC that has recently been reignited. While succession from the Big XII isn't reportedly on the agenda, it still is on the minds of many in Aggieland. It's at this point that I should mention that I absolutely do not want Texas A&M in the SEC.  I'd rather see a team like TCU, who are on the rise, and hungry with something to prove join the SEC. So what if they're set to join the Big East? The SEC is Don Corleone, and could certainly make the Horned Frogs an offer they couldn't refuse. Despite a decent season last year, The Aggies have been on the downside for a decade, and 2010 could turn out to be a fluke. With that in mind, I think it's time to review the main reasons why Texas A&M shouldn't be an SEC team. The state of Texas has fielded two teams that appeared in either the BCS or BCS bowl games in the past three years. The Aggies weren't one of them. Texas barely counts as the South. Sure, Texas was in the Confederacy. But I don't recall hearing about Sherman marching through Dallas. (Yeah, there was Galveston. It doesn't really count as driving Old Dixie down.)  TAMU had to bail out the $16 million in-the-hole athletic department. In contrast, the Georgia athletic department gave the school $2 million of its $7 million dollar surplus in 2010 to help overcome budget shortfalls. Speaking of Georgia, The Aggies lost the 2009 Independence Bowl to the worst UGA team since Ray Goff was coach. And at 6-6, they barely qualified for it in the first place.  This tweet from Dr. Saturday's Matt Hinton: "Scanning photo wires for last post reminds me again that Texas A&M leads the nation by far in homoerotic rituals." "The Aggie Song" from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which is too much of a Freudian nightmare even for this blog. And speaking of Freudian nightmares...    The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. There's nothing like an ROTC program transformed into a full-fledged Freudian Nightmare. This could possibly be the best reason to reinstate "Don't Ask Don't Tell." Texas Governor Rick Perry is a Texas A&M graduate. 'Nuff said. So is Neal Boortz. Reveille, the Texas A&M mascot. Seriously? A collie? And a female collie if that? Imagine what would happen if she and Uga got loose at the same game at the same time. Think of what the puppies would look like. Speaking of the Georgia Bulldogs, The Aggies lost the 2009 Independence Bowl to the worst UGA team since Ray Goff was coach. And at 6-6, they barely qualified for it in the first place. This epic fail of a flash mob. . The Aggies don't have cheerleaders, they have Yell Leaders. I'm beginning to think Matt Hinton was right. And the best reason to keep Texas A&M out of the SEC: The SEC already has two teams where Bear Bryant was head coach (Kentucky and Alabama). That's more than enough. (via The Houston Chronicle, Corn Nation) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Crossing the Atlantic: Paul Johnson, FSU, East Carolina, and more.

Crossing the Atlantic: Paul Johnson, FSU, East Carolina, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 19, 2011

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.)  COASTAL DIVISION Not handling things well. Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson lashes out against the NCAA sanctions that resulted in the school being forced to vacate the 2009 ACC title. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) ATLANTIC DIVISION FSU is back. Because Matt Hinton says so. (Dr. Saturday) Living in the past?  Boston College best days seem to be behind them at the moment. (Dr. Saturday) OUTSIDE THE ACC ECU Pirates preview.  Anthony Harvey looks at the East Carolina 2011 schedule. (ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Mike Vrabel, and ...H.R. Pufinstuf?

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Mike Vrabel, and ...H.R. Pufinstuf?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 18, 2011

This is NOT the new Michigan mascot. (Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)       LEGENDS Contender or Pretender? Chris Emma crunches the numbers on Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa to see if he is a genuine contender for the Heisman Trophy in his senior season. (Scout.com) Please come to Boston.  Off-Tackle Empire looks at three of the marquee games of the Big Ten's first week of the 2011 season, including Northwestern's trip to Boston College. (Off Tackle Empire) A Commodore coming to the Brick Big House? According to reports,Vanderbilt lineman James Kirrredge will transfer to Michigan State. (Detroit Free Press) The high cost of cupcakes.  Iowa is reported to be paying Louisiana-Monroe $1.05 million to be a home game punching bag for the Hawkeyes on Sept. 24. (Black Heart Gold Pants) LEADERS Experience to extremes.  Ohio State linebackers are getting a treasure trove of experience from their new linebacker coach,  Mike Vrabel, who won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots. (The Columbus Dispatch) Meet Chris Carlino. Hammer and Rails profiles Purdue senior linebacker Chris Carlino, who has been a workhorse on the Boilermaker team for the past few years. (Hammer and Rails) Who's your friend when things get rough? Maize n Brew compares new Indiana head football coach Kevin Wilson to...H.R. Pufnstuf? Does that make Nebraska head football coach Sigmund the Sea Monster? (Maize n Brew) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Les Miles, Dan Mullen, Tyler Bray and...Clemson?

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Les Miles, Dan Mullen, Tyler Bray and...Clemson?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 18, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  SEC WEST A man of few words. LSU head football coach Les Miles had a few words to say about LSU's turning over of information involving it's involvement with infamous scouting service director Willie Lyles. With the emphasis on "few." (CBS Sports) Dan Mullen question time.  Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen say down to answer questions from The Clarion Ledger's Brandon Marcello. (The Clarion-Ledger) Same reporter, different coach. Marcello also had an interview with Ole Miss Head football coach Houston Nutt. (The Clarion-Ledger) Mississippi State will beat Arkansas in 2011. Because Team Speed Kills said so. (Team Speed Kills) Alabama offensive lineman Tyler Love dresses like Harry Potter. This should please Alabama head football coach Nick Saban to no end. (Friends of the Program) SEC EAST These Dawgs fall like dominoes, dominoes. Georgia tailback Carlton Thomas has been suspended for at least the season opening Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Boise State, becoming the latest casualty for the Bulldog depth chart. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Good seats still available. Sales for Tennessee football season tickets are down 2,000-2,500 from that of this point in 2010. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Tyler Bray's star is still rising.  Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray has been added to the Davey O'Brien watch list. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Learning Curve. Kentucky head football coach on his first year on the job. (Lexington Herald-Leader) Too good to be true? The SEC reportedly had Clemson ready to jump ship from the ACC if Texas A&M had bolted from the then-collapsing Big XII. Or at least that's what the story going around the internet is saying. (Team Speed Kills) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Boise State's Epic Fail Blue Turf Cartoon Mascot.

Boise State's Epic Fail Blue Turf Cartoon Mascot.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 18, 2011

Really, Boise State? Trying to turn your "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore*" blue football field into an impossibly lame cartoon character? Even Nike couldn't pull this one off. The worst part of "Spongebob Bluefurf?" The angry face is on the brown dirt side of the sod, and not on the blue turf side. Get it right, dangit! It reminds me of the joke where the landscaper keeps having to yell to his new Auburn grad employee that the green side of the sod goes face up, not the brown side. Oh well, you can't win them all. (EDIT at 9:30 AM 7/18/11): I just hope that thing never shows up on the sidelines as a cosplaying costumed mascot. Kids are going to be scared to death and mentally scared for life. *(Apologies to The Smiths) (via The Legend of Cecilo Guante, SB Nation Seattle) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Tyler Sash planking? Tyler Sash planking.

Tyler Sash planking? Tyler Sash planking.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 18, 2011

Okay, I'm just as tired of planking as you are. But even I had to admit this one was at least slightly cool. Especially considering the plankee is former Iowa defensive back and current New York Giants draft pick Tyler Sash planking down (up?) an escalator.  Kids don't even think of trying this. (via Tyler Sash on Instagram) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Jim Donnan, Marcus Lattimore, Courtney Upshaw, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Jim Donnan, Marcus Lattimore, Courtney Upshaw, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 17, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) More than a game. SEC football on the horizon gives Southerners relief from the severe weather that hit the region in the spring. (The Birmingham News) SEC EAST Donnan in the doghouse with the Feds? Former Georgia head football coach Jim Donnan is being accused of being directly involved in the Ponzi  that resulted in his declaring bankruptcy earlier this week. (rivals.com) Scary thought of the day. In discussing the Donnan situation, T. Kyle King brings up the scary fact that much maligned former head Georgia football coach Ray Goff may have been smarter in investing his severance money from the school than Donnan or any of the other coaches involved with the GLC Limited Ponzi scheme. Goff famously invested his money in Zaxby's. (Dawg Sports) All of the Lights Kentucky's new "Thursday Night Lights" team cardio program is a hit with Wildcat players. (Lexington Herald-Leader) Speaking from his heart.  South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will be speaking at "REAL Men, REAL Talk “A Night of Worship, Testimony and Invitation” at First Baptist Church of Columbia (SC) on July 28. (Leftover Hot Dog) SEC WEST  Wreckx-N-Affect Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw is a valuable part of head football coach Nick Saban's strategy to "affect" the opposing quarterback. (ChuckOliver.net) Handing it over. LSU has turned over recruiting information provided to the program by Willie Lyles, the scout in the center of the Oregon recruiting scandal, to the NCAA. (CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Jim Tressel, Tom Izzo, and (fear for your life now) Michigan mascot suggestions .

Big Tentacles: Jim Tressel, Tom Izzo, and (fear for your life now) Michigan mascot suggestions .

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 16, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)      LEADERS This behavior's not unique.  Jim Tressel apparently has compliance issues before Terrelle Pryor and Tresselgate. (The Columbus Dispatch) Denial is not a river in Egypt. Ohio State says the 4,900 decline in alumni ticket sales has more to do with the Ohio State-Michigan game being an away game this year, and has nothing to do with Tresselgate. (The Columbus Dispatch) I've seen the future and it will be. The good news:  Off Tackle Empire is projecting an Wisconsin vs. Oklahoma BCS championship game. The bad news: Wisconsin is the only Big Ten Team projected to be in the BCS. (Off Tackle Empire) In Memory Yet Green. Hammer and Rails honors the late Purdue running back Sean Matti in it's regular "Profiles in Bada**ery" feature. Matti died in a drowning accident earlier this month. (Hammer and Rails) LEGENDS Born of Frustration. Michigan State head men's basketball coach Tom Izzo talks about the frustration of NCAA regulations limiting coaches' contact with players on one hand, and the coaches' responsibility for the player's actions on the other. (ESPN) Have a Coker and a smile.  Iowa running back Marcus Coker could be an emerging star for the Hawkeyes in 2011. (The Gazette) Why Can't I Be You?  Lake the Posts looks to Penn State and it's student section as a model to improve the Northwestern gameday experience at Ryan Field. (Lake the Posts) Comfortably NUMB. Northwestern's athletics department takes over financial responsibility for the Northwestern University Marching Band (NUMB). (Lake the Posts) Scary Monsters.  The search for a mascot for Michigan may have ended before it even started, but that didn't stop MGoBlog from asking readers for suggestions. Let the mental scarring commence! (MGoBlog) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Crossing the Atlantic: Georgia Tech fallout, Al Golden, Maryand, and more.

Crossing the Atlantic: Georgia Tech fallout, Al Golden, Maryand, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 15, 2011

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.)     COASTAL DIVISION "Georgia Tech made its own mess." Because Jeff Schultz said so. Shut up, Jeff. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) How are Georgia Tech fans taking the school being forced to vacate the 2009 ACC Champonship by the NCAA? Apparently not so well. (From the Rumble Seat) Local Hero. Despite being new on the job, Miami head football coach Al Golden is winning accolades in his recruiting of Miami-area prospects. (The Miami Herald) "Virginia Tech Should Push for West Virginia's Inclusion in the ACC." Because Gobbler Country says so. (Gobbler Country) ATLANTIC DIVISION List of the Day. "Top Five Best Boston College Football Finishes In ACC Atlantic Division Play." Needless to say, there's a little bit of Matt Ryan love here, with three Matty Ice moments on the list. (BC Interruption) Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Looking at the lackluster shape of Maryland athletics' financial situation. It's only slightly better than the national debt ceiling negotiations. (Testudo Times) A Quick One.  A quick look at Clemson's quick passing game. (Shakin' the Southland) It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday. Legendary Clemson blog C-Block is headed to that big blogosphere in the sky. (C-Block) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Georgia Tech is an ex-2009 ACC Conference Champion.

Georgia Tech is an ex-2009 ACC Conference Champion.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 15, 2011

The news that Georgia Tech would have to vacate its 2009 ACC conference title came out of left field today. It came as the result an NCAA investigation of the alleged gift of $312 worth of gifts to former Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. How did something like this stay under the radar? Blame the SEC. "For one thing, the priority of the Atlanta media will always be on SEC schools over ACC schools, even when we're talking about in-state institutions. That's just the way it is, based on audience interest. But various independent media outlets do cover Tech sports and Tech sports alone, and several national publications have dedicated writers who cover the entire conference."  Of course the other reason would be that the Atlanta media are a bunch of goobers (mostly). The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is a shadow of what is was during the days of Lewis Grizzard (and it wasn't actually The New York Times back then). And AJC columnist Mark Bradley has apparently spent most of his time working on his personal vendetta against former GTmen's basketball coach Paul Hewitt. In other words, the ATL media dropped the ball. (via Atlanta Journal-Constitution, SB Nation) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Isaiah Crowell, Mark Barron, Joedan Jefferson, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Isaiah Crowell, Mark Barron, Joedan Jefferson, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 14, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  SEC EAST Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell declared "The Most Important Freshman in America." Because Chadd Scott said so. Shut up, Chadd. (ChuckOliver.net) Oh no he's not! Leather Helmet Blog takes issue with Chadd Scott's assessmetnt of Crowell. Basically ECDawg says Chadd is full of it. (Leather Helmet Blog) Georgia has great special teams.  As much as Georgia punts and kicks field goals, I wouldn't be surprised. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Not out of the woods yet. Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley says that prodigal safety Janzen Jackson has "a lot of things to do to stay a part of the team." (Knoxville News-Sentinel) Corn won't grow at all on Rocky Top, but a lot of grass does.  University of Tennessee opens its Athletic Center for Field Safety. Basically, it's 60 different football fields of varying natural and artificial playing surfaces. And yes, the obvious Les Miles joke has been made. (Knoxville News Sentinel, Rocky Top Talk) Bouncing Around the Room. South Carolina offensive guard Terrence Campbell and linebacker Shaq Wilson are named by ESPN as "SEC bounce-back players." (ESPN) SEC WEST The King on the Barron.  According to "The King of College Football" Chuck Oliver, Alabama safety Mark Barron will be "a key to Alabama's season." (ChuckOliver.net) Out of their depth?  Izzy Gould raises questions about the depth of Alabama's offensive line. (al.com) Our Finest Year? Scott Hotard of The Advocate asks if 2011 will be a "big season" for LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson. (The Advocate) Auburn goes 0-5 at the ESPY Awards. On the plus side, Auburn won't have to worry about having any ESPY awards being stripped from the program in the future (al.com) IN GENERAL This is for the questions that don't have any answers. William Wallace of Saturday Down South has "50 College Football Questions For 2011." Including "Will the SEC win yet another BCS National Championship?" And "Will Stephen Garcia continue to look exactly like Hurley from Lost?" (Saturday Down South) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: The Longhorn Network, Oklahoma's Ronnell Lewis, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins: The Longhorn Network, Oklahoma's Ronnell Lewis, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 14, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference...or at least what's left of it.)    Another day, another gripe about the Longhorn Network. The news that a Texas game against a fellow Big XII team will be shown on the Longhorn Network is getting the obvious hand-wringing and tearing of robes. (I Am the 12th Man) Make that two gripes. The possibility of the October 15 Oklahoma State-Texas game might be the Big XII game on the Longhorn Network isn't going down too well with Oklahoma St. fans. (Cowboys Ride For Free) This is for the questions that don't have any answers. Pondering whether Oklahoma or Alabama will be preseason #1. (The Oklahoman) A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. An attempt to try to make heads or tails about Oklahoma sophomore linebacker Ronnell Lewis. (Crimson and Cream Machine) Not this again! The "Texas A&M joining the SEC" meme is off and running again. (Team Speed Kills) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Bo Pelini is an Urban Dictionary entry.

Bo Pelini is an Urban Dictionary entry.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 14, 2011

Pelini going Pelini. Score one for  Bo Pelini in the dubious achievement category. The fiery-tempered  Nebraska head football coach has become a form or rage worthy enough for an Urban Dictionary entry. .) 1. Pelini - A violent rage that cannot be controlled, often expressed in Tourette's-like cursing accompanied with demonic facial contortions. An angry sense of entitlement that will cause you to treat anyone around you with contempt and physical brutality, including game officials, innocent cameramen or possibly your own team. Yo--I said I wanted those eggs over medium, I'm about to go Pelini up in here!!!! @#$%$$%!!!!!! And no, that's not "Urban Dictionary" as in "Urban Meyer," if you didn't know already.  (If you didn't, welcome to the future!) though the entry for his is quite interesting in its own right. (via CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Iowa, Mark Dantonio, and more.

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Iowa, Mark Dantonio, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 14, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)      LEADERS DIVISION Fated to pretend. Ohio State players are learning to live the inevitable NCAA ban-hammer about to his the program (rivals.com) Buffalo Bulls won't you come out tonight? Penn State and Buffalo agree to face each other at Beaver Stadium in 2015. (Linebacker-U) LEGENDS DIVISION Is he or isn't he? Sippin' On Purple wonders out loud if Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald is more lucky than good. (Sippin' On Purple) Your Iowa recruiting update of the day. Iowa recruiting news, obviously. (Planned Sick Days) Derby dilema. Black Heart Gold Pants looks at freshman quarterback, A.J.Derby, and whether or not he'll need to switch positions in the wake of James Vandenberg in all probability being the starting QB in 2011 and 2012, and the signing of blue-chip prospect Jake Rudock. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Stuck In a Moment  You Can't Get Out Of.  Iowa linebacker Tyler Neilsen still isn't over Hawkeye's loss to Wisconsin last season. (The Gazette) And speaking of U2... Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio and athletic director Mark Holis were given parts of Spartan Stadiun turf before it was torn up in preparation for a  U2  concert in June. (Detroit Free Press) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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