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Big Tentacles: Kirk Ferentz, Northwestern, and Nebraska

Big Tentacles: Kirk Ferentz, Northwestern, and Nebraska

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 23, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  Movin' on up to the top. With Jim Tressel out, Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz becomes the Big Ten's best coach when it comes to beating the spread. The worst? Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald. (The Gazette) Caravan of Love. Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips spoke to Northwestern fans at a Coaches' Caravan stop at Ditka's Restaurant in Chicago about refurbishing the school's sports facilities, and a possible new football practice facility. (The Chicago Tribune) Hand in Glove Adidas provides Nebraska with new gloves emblazoned with the school's  big "N" on them. (Corn Nation) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Is Stephen Garcia "The Most Interesting Man in the World?"

Is Stephen Garcia "The Most Interesting Man in the World?"

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 23, 2011

Stephen Garcia as The Most Interesting Man in the World? Probably not. Though I can believe that when he does drink beer, he's probably downed a Dos Equis or two before. (via Block-C) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Crossing the Atlantic: John Blake, Butch Davis, Kyle Singler, and stories not involving UNC.

Crossing the Atlantic: John Blake, Butch Davis, Kyle Singler, and stories not involving UNC.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 23, 2011

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.)   J'accuse! A look at the charges the NCAA is making against former North Carolina defensive line coach John Blake. (Dr. Saturday) How Will the Wolf Tar Heel  Survive? Meanwhile, Tom Dienhart discusses whether or not Blake's former boss, Butch Davis, will be able to keep his job as North Carolina head football coach in the wake of the scandal that rocked Chapel Hill. (Rivals.com) Taking it to the bank. Maryland schedules games at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore against West Virginia in 2013, and ACC rival Virginia Tech in 2014. (SB Nation Washington DC)  Bees in the Georgia Dome? An argument as to why Georgia Tech should accept a possible invitation to the 2013 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. (From the Rumble Seat) What if West Virginia and Pittsburgh joined the ACC? Because the ACC's first raid on the Big East has done so much for the conference. (BC Interruption) BASKETBALL How You Remind Me. Deadspin came up with "A List Of People To Whom The Internet Has Compared Kyle Singler." You can pretty much guess where the list went from there. (Deadspin) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

JoePa Day in Pennsylvania?

JoePa Day in Pennsylvania?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 22, 2011

Penn State head football coach may be receiving a big honor. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has a bill in front of it calling for September 3, 2011  to be declared "Coach Paterno Day" in honor of Joe Pa. The resolution states the following. "Encouraging The Pennsylvania State University to appropriately recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of football coach Joseph Vincent “Joe” Paterno, affectionately known by fans as “Joe Pa,” for his 62 years of service to The Pennsylvania State University students and athletes and to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and recognizing September 3, 2011, as “Coach Paterno Day” in Pennsylvania." Sept. 3, of course, is the anniversary of when Europeans first entered the region Pennsylvania, and were greeted by there by JoePa. Of course, how do celebrate Coach Paterno Day? Have a "Party in the USA," of course. Penn State, you're never going to live that moment down. Never. (via ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: Bob Stoops, Mike Leach, and Oklahoma State.

Dancing in the Ruins: Bob Stoops, Mike Leach, and Oklahoma State.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 21, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference...or at least what's left of it.)  Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?  Oklahoma State reveals plans for a new indoor training facility for football. (ESPN) College Football is not in trouble. Because Oklahoma head football Bob Stoops coach says it isn't. (Tulsa World) The Man Without a Country (or a coaching job, for that matter).  Chadd Scott  examines former Texas Tech head football coach Mike Leach's Sirius/XM radio program, and declares that his views make him "unhireable" by another college football program. (Chuck Oliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Alabama Alumni Magazine provides Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day

Alabama Alumni Magazine provides Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 21, 2011

A storm-battered American flag is used to symbolize the spirit of the Tuscaloosa area that was ravaged by tornadoes in April. Alabama Alumni Magazine's latest issue looks at how the community banded together to recover from the massive damage left behind, and profiles the Alabama alumni who volunteered to help storm victims and to clean up storm damaged areas. It also mentions  Toomers for Tuscaloosa, the organization of Auburn fans who organized online to help recovery efforts. (via Roll 'Bama Roll) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Derek Dooley, Charlie Weis, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Derek Dooley, Charlie Weis, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 21, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) Sykes-out. Tennessee announces that defensive tackle Rae Sykes is off the team “at this time” for academic-related issues. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Night at the Museum. Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley spoke last Friday night at a Rotary Club function held at the Museum Center at 5ive Points in Cleveland, TN. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) Weight of the World. While at the Museum, Dooley responded at a question about whether or not Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray had added any weight to his rake-thin frame this offseason by saying “I don’t get a daily weight report on Tyler, but he is working hard.” (Chattanooga Times Free Press) You're not a kid anymore.  A judge in the state of Alabama refused to give youthful offender status to Shaun Kitchens, one of the four former Auburn players accused of armed robbery in the incident that broke the Fulmer Cup. (al.com) Florida's Charlie Weis is the SEC's most intriguing offensive coordinator.  Because David Paschall said so. Shut up, David. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) Please release me, let me go.  Arkansas grants the request of guard Rontei Clarke to be released from scholarship so he can transfer. (Arkansas Sports 360)] In Your Honor.  Retired Mississippi State  play-by-play announcer Jack Cristil will be honored with a stretch of Highway 82 near Starkville, MI named after him. (The Clarion Ledger) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

One ring to rule them all isn't enough for Auburn.

One ring to rule them all isn't enough for Auburn.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 20, 2011

One ring may have been good enough for Sauron, but apparently not Auburn. for Auburn players are getting three rings for their BCS championship season. One is from winning the BCS title game, one for the SEC title, and one for winning that ever mythical NCAA national championship. While these rings won't be able to harness the energies of the emotional spectrum per se, they are already instilling  a lot of feelings of envy and anger for a lot of non-Auburn fans. Not to mention all of the obvious jokes and snarky comments about NCAA violations. (via Kegs n Eggs) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: Michigan St.-UNC game may be played on ship that buried Bin Laden at sea.

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: Michigan St.-UNC game may be played on ship that buried Bin Laden at sea.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 19, 2011

USS Carl Vinson The upcoming Veterans Day college basketball game between Michigan State and North Carolina was already going to be special, as it will be played on a US Navy aircraft carrier. But now word comes that it might any aircraft carrier. The game will in all probability be played on the USS Carl Vinson, which was the aircraft carrier upon which Osama Bin Laden's bullet-laden corpse was buried at sea. “Now that the Carl Vinson is back safe and sound, and America is now well-aware of the important mission that was tasked to the Carl Vinson, we find it to be a source of pride that this ship will make history twice in 2011,” (Morale Entertainment Foundation spokesman Mike)Whalen said." There's still a chance the game might be played on the USS Ronald Reagan, but it's looking more and more like a remote chance. (via the Detroit Free Press)  Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: Michigan-UNC game may be played on ship that buried Bin Laden at sea.

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: Michigan-UNC game may be played on ship that buried Bin Laden at sea.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 19, 2011

USS Carl Vinson The upcoming Veterans Day college basketball game between Michigan State and North Carolina was already going to be special, as it will be played on a US Navy aircraft carrier. But now word comes that it might any aircraft carrier. The game will in all probability be played on the USS Carl Vinson, which was the aircraft carrier upon which Osama Bin Laden's bullet-laden corpse was buried at sea.  “Now that the Carl Vinson is back safe and sound, and America is now well-aware of the important mission that was tasked to the Carl Vinson, we find it to be a source of pride that this ship will make history twice in 2011,” (Morale Entertainment Foundation spokesman Mike)Whalen said." There's still a chance the game might be played on the USS Ronald Reagan, but it's looking more and more like a remote chance. (via the Detroit Free Press)  Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Iowa's James Vandenberg, Jim Tressel, Herbie Husker, and more.

Big Tentacles: Iowa's James Vandenberg, Jim Tressel, Herbie Husker, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 19, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  Hi, Herbie. We'll get back to you in a moment.  An athlete and a scholar.  James Vandenberg, the man taking the reins of the Iowa quarterback position in 2011, talks about his educational background, and his major in integrated physiology. (The Gazette)  You're not my real father!  Coaches should be wary of trying  to be father figures like Jim Tressel tried to do at Ohio State with Terelle Pryor. Because Rob Oller said so. (The Columbus Dispatch) Gimmie a beat! The Penn State Blue & White Society plans to add two "Beat Zones" flanking the student section ("The S Zone") for certain Nittany Lion home games at Beaver Stadium. (Victory Bell Rings) Let's Make a Deal.  Northwestern is working on a new contract for athletic director Jim Phillips. Philips has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Tennessee AD job. (The Chicago Tribune) Dream On. An in-depth look at Northwestern recruiting trends, including prospects saying Northwestern is their "Dream School." (Lake the Posts) Leading the race.  Former Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr will be the Grand Marshal Sunday for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway. (Detroit Free Press) Michigan recruiting.  More Michigan recruiting news than you can shake a stick at. (Maize n Brew) Michigan vanity license plates. More fun with Michigan license plates than the Michigan Department of Motor Vehicles ought to allow. (Maize n Brew) Husker Du.  Nebraska mascots Herbie Husker and Lil' Red are profiled, along with the Nebraska Spirit Squad. (Corn Nation) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Derek Dooley, Mark Richt, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Derek Dooley, Mark Richt, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 18, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   Tyler Bray profiled. ChuckOliver.net's Seth Stokes does an in-depth profile on Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray, and looks at what he needs to do to continue the Vols' "loco" ways in his sophomore year. (ChuckOliver,net) Going before the board.  Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley says that he learned "a lot of lessons" from Tennessee's  eleven-hour hearing before the NCAA infractions committee. They probably all are on the line of "don't do anything that Lane Kiffin would do." (Knoxville News Sentinel) Not so fast, my friend.  Socrates of Leather Helmet Blog says that Georgia fans shouldn't expect the upcoming season opener against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game to be anything the butt-kicking the Dawgs gave the Broncos in Athens back in 2005. (Leather Helmet Blog) Man on a mission.  Georgia head football coach Mark Richt will be heading to Honduras on a mission trip next week. (Athens Banner-herald) One Step Closer. Mississippi State's planned new football facility took another step towards becoming reality with the leasing of the property the projected facility will be built upon. (The Clarion-Ledger) Hog wild.  Arkansas' improving defense is seen as key to continued success in 2011. (Mobile Press-Register) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

100,000 Hits!

100,000 Hits!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 18, 2011

Sometime around 1:00 in the morning on Saturday SWRT got it's 100,000th hit. Or at least the 100,000th hit according to the counter. Thanks, y'all. Keep on enjoying the blog, and here's to another 100K hits in the near future. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: Bubba Watson's pants salute the US Military.

Your Ricky Stanzi "America, Love It Or Leave It!" Moment of the Day: Bubba Watson's pants salute the US Military.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 17, 2011

Bubba Watson has been making quite a few headlines involving fashion this week. (With the term "fashion" being used in the loosest way possible. First there was that now-infamous  "Golf Boys" music video (and again that term is used loosely) where he danced around the golf course shirtless in a pair of overalls.  Then you may have noticed the camo golf pants that Bubba Watson has been wearing the past couple of days at the U.S. Open and wondered what was going on.  They're part of a  "millitary-inspired outfit paired up with a shirt created in a contest help by Travis Mathew. "Watson and golf apparel maker Travis Mathew have teamed up for the limited-edition 2011 "U.S. Open Polo" that was created through the company’s Design Bubba’s U.S. Open Polo contest. Watson and Travis Mathew selected the design because it "best represents the theme of the U.S. Open," the company said in a news release.  Watson will wear the polo shirt each day, as well as Travis Mathew "Camo Pants.' " The shirts are on sale at Travis Mathew's website, with $10 from every sale going to the PGA Tour's "Birdies for the Brave" program for military vets. (via The Tour Report) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Will Michigan get a mascot to roam The Big House?

Will Michigan get a mascot to roam The Big House?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 17, 2011

Michigan fans might want to sit down for this one. Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is talking about a big change on the Wolverine sidelines. Not any kind of coaching change or improvements to The Big House, mind you. Instead, it's something that's never been seen before, at least Michigan-wise - a mascot. "We're interested in doing a mascot but it has to be something that fans love, that children love and everyone can embrace," Brandon said. "So far, we haven't figured out a way to do it. Until we come up with something we love, we don't have a mascot.  "I'm struck by the fact that when opposing teams come to our stadium, and they bring a mascot, all of our young fans are lined up to see if they can get a picture taken with it, whether it's the Penn State Nittany Lion or Sparty. That's a little annoying to me. You can't get your picture taken with a Block M. Mascots are really embraced by the youth demographic, and we want to take advantage of that, for all the reasons that are obvious" Of course,  Brandon doesn't mention the licensing money that Michigan is missing out of from merchandising deals that fellow Big Ten  and NCAA schools make from their mascots. Ohio State has at least dozens of licensing deals for Brutus Buckeye merchandise. Obviously, it's a lucrative racket that Brandon, the former CEO of Domino's Pizza, wants in on. Up-Oh! Did someone mention Domino's? Brandon might want to remember the nasty little situation that occurred when a real-life man with the surname of Noid took a Domino's Pizza hostage.  He might want to avoid another situation like that one involving  a Michigan mascot. Of course the worst that could really happen is that Michigan joins the list Big Ten schools with Freudian nightmare-inducing mascots. Why should Bucky Badger and Purdue Pete have all the fun? (via Detroit Free Press) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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