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Mississippi State is the King of the Road. At least in Mississippi.

Mississippi State is the King of the Road. At least in Mississippi.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 11, 2011

The people who run the Mississippi State University Alumni Association's website apparently have a lot of time on their hands. That would explain why they keep track of how many affinity license plates that Magnolia State citizens are putting on their vehicles, as compared to those with Ole Miss plates. According to the numbers, Mississippi St. is beating 15,497 to 13,983. While keeping track of such numbers does seem a little petty, remember that a portion of the fees for these plates go back to the schools. That does mean a lot in times where universities are having to find money for things like scholarship funds. (via Friends of the Program) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Caleb King, Jordan Jefferson, Alabama recruiting, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Caleb King, Jordan Jefferson, Alabama recruiting, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 11, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    SEC EAST Least. Shocking. News. Ever. Of the Day. Georgia tailback Caleb king, who has been declared academically ineligible to play,  has decided to enter the NFL Supplemental Draft. (CBS Sports) Trouble in Athens? With King ineligible and Washaun Ealey transferring, Georgia has some depth issues it needs to rectify soon. (The Press-Register) Bryce Sherman an ex-Gamecock? South Carolina wide receiver Bryce Sherman is reportedly leaving the team.  (Gamecock Central/Rivals.com) If We Make It Through October.  Florida has a rough October schedule with Alabama, LSU, Auburn and the World's Largest (Censored by Dr. Michael Adams) against Georgia. Despite that The Gainesville Sun's Robbie Andreu claims that all four games are winnable ones. (The Gainesville Sun) Why don't you take have a seat over there? Tennessee celebrates "Meet Your Seats Week" with fans at Neyland Stadium. (Knoxville News Register) SEC WEST Ready to Start. After impressing observers during his stint as a councilor at the Manning Passing Academy LSU's Jordan Jefferson, is ready to impress them more as LSU starting quarterback. (The Times-Picayune) Profiled on the Bayou.  Matt Hinton profiles LSU WR Russell Shepard. (Dr. Saturday) Maye-king the change. Mississippi State linebacker Brandon Maye found it easy to transition to the Bulldog's system after transferring from Clemson. (The Clarion-Ledger) Counting Alabama's chickens. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban claimed that one of the reasons the Crimson Tide went to Atlanta to play in the 2009 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game was to improve the team's recruiting in the state of Georgia.  ChuckOliver.net's Clark Nelson questions whether  going to Atlanta  has truly paid off for Alabama in that area. (ChuckOliver.net) History lesson of the day. Most college football pundits say Auburn won't be as good as it was in last year's BCS championship season.  Evan Woodbery of al.com uses history to tell them they're wrong. (al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Mark Ingram portrait unveiling at Paul W. Bryant Museum.

Mark Ingram portrait unveiling at Paul W. Bryant Museum.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 10, 2011

The University of Alabama's Paul W. Bryant Museum honored former Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram Friday night with the unveiling of a portrait which will hand next to his 2009 Heisman Trophy. It's not quite a bronze statue outside the stadium, but those seem to be a dime a dozen these days. (via al.com, WUVA) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Caleb King, Nick Saban, Will Perdue, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Caleb King, Nick Saban, Will Perdue, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 9, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   King dethroned at Georgia. Georgia tailback Caleb King has been declared academically ineligible. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) It's just a flesh wound. The loss of Caleb King won't hurt Georgia because of the arrival of Isiah Crowell. Because Jeff Schultz says so. Shut up, Jeff. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) The Payoff. Georgia's decision to hitch its horses on  Aaron Murray instead of Tom Savage (who eventually signed to Rutgers) has seemed to pay off. (ChuckOliver.net) Step Up to the Microphone.  Alabama head football coach Nick Saban will speak at a meeting of the New Horizons Credit Union-1st and 10 Club on October 24 in Mobile, Al. (The Press Register) Smoothing out Rocky Top. Under the leadership of Derek Dooley, things are settling down at Tennessee after a half-decade or so where the Vols had problems worse than women who were half-bear and half-cat. (ChuckOliver.net) Help Wanted. You've got until Sunday to apply for the job of athletic director at Tennessee. (The Tennesseean) Living on the Edge.  Will Purdue, recent inductee into the Vanderbilt Sports Hall of Fame(stop snickering), says that the school could be on the verge of doing great things in sports if the school administration would focus on it. Don't hold your breath, Will. (The Tennessean) Break on through to the other side. Team Speed Kills asks if 2010 was the breakout year for Arkansas football and head coach Bobby Petrino. If only the Razorbacks hadn't lost to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. Oh wait, they didn't. (Team Speed Kills) PESKY NON-SEC SOUTHERN COLLEGE NEWS. The Big East should dump USF for UCF. Because Mike Bianchi said so. Shut up, Mike. (Orlando Sentinel) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Ohio State is no longer the 2011 Sugar Bowl winner.

Ohio State is no longer the 2011 Sugar Bowl winner.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 8, 2011

Remember that Ohio State victory against Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl? The one that was the only win the Big Ten got against an SEC team in a bowl game last year? Well guess what-it didn't happen now. As a consequence of the "Tatgate"scandal, Jim Tressel, Ohio State has decided to vacate its Sugar Bowl game win over the Razorbacks, along with its 12 wins during the regular season. Plus, the school is putting itself on probation for two years. "Responding to the NCAA’s investigation of a memorabilia-for-cash scandal that cost former coach Jim Tressel his job and led to star quarterback Terrelle Pryor leaving school, the university also said Friday it is waiving a $250,000 fine imposed on Tressel and changing his resignation to a retirement. Through the school, the ex-Buckeyes coach said that he is taking responsibility for the NCAA inquiry, which developed after it was learned Tressel failed to report players receiving improper benefits. Tressel will attend Ohio State’s Aug. 12 hearing before the NCAA infractions committee, the former coach’s attorney said Friday." What will really hurt Buckeye fans is that the vacated regular wins includes the one against Michigan, which technically means the end of Ohio State's seven-game winning streak against Michigan. Even worse, there will be snarky Arkansas fans will be trying to claim the Sugar Bowl win as a victory. (via Rivals.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aaron Murray, Patrick Peterson, Raymond Sanders, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Aaron Murray, Patrick Peterson, Raymond Sanders, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 8, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  The world on his shoulders (or at least the Bulldog Nation). Georgia will be depending a lot on quarterback Aaron Murray to fufill the Bulldog Nation's high expectations of him. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) And the winner is... LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson has been awarded the Corbett Award for top male college athlete in Louisiana. (The Advocate (Baton Rouge))    Ball out for season. Florida linebacker Neiron Ball will be out for the season due to treatment for an arteriovenous malformation which was detected in his brain in February. (The Orlando Sentinel) Meet Knile Davis. ChuckOliver.net's Aaron Wilson profiles Arkansas running back Knile Davis. (ChuckOliver.net) Know your role.  ESPN's Edward Aschoff talks about the Kentucky RB Raymond Sanders' role in 2011. (ESPN) Putting the finishing touches on. Work on Auburn's new indoor practice facility is almost complete. (al.com) A Few Small Repairs.  Vanderbilt Stadium is getting resurfaced after following the venue's use for a concert by U2. (ChuckOliver.net) Bad Analogy of the day.  I'm not going to mention here what Don Kausler Jr. tries compare  the simmering Alabama quarterback controversy involving A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims to; but trust me, it's a doozy. And oh yeah, shut up, Don. (al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Crossing the Atlantic: Virginia Tech, Boston College, Georgia Tech, and more.

Crossing the Atlantic: Virginia Tech, Boston College, Georgia Tech, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 7, 2011

(Crossing the Atlantic is a look at the ACC and other schools on the East Coast.)     It's Atlanta! It's official: Virginia Tech and Alabama will play each other for the second time in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2013. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) A Few Small Repairs. A tour of Boston College's recently renovated Smith Family Strength and Conditioning Center.  Complete with product placement. (BC Interruption) Georgia Tech's offensive line isn't looking too good.  Because Ken Sugiura said so. Shut up, Ken. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) At Clemson you're either in or you're out. A review of Clemson's 2010 uniform combinations. Even Shakin' the Southland thinks the purple jersey-orange pants combination in the game against Georgia Tech sucked. (Shakin' the Southland) Al Golden is an Absolute Magician.  Miami head football coach Al Golden's lackluster recruiting success is mocked. (Eye of the Hurricane) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Janzen Jackson, Dee Hart, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Janzen Jackson, Dee Hart, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 6, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  Maxwell's Silver Hammer. The Maxwell Award watch list features twelve players from the SEC. Included are Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, Georgia QB Aaron Murray, and running back Trent Richardson of Alabama. (The Sporting News, Knoxville News Sentinel) Janzen Jackson returns.  Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson has enrolled for UT's summer semester, and will return to the football team in the fall. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Alabama loses Hart. Alabama freshman Dee Hart will be out for the 2011 season due to a knee injury. (ChuckOliver.net) A tough act to follow. Alabama's may have an excellent defensive line this year. But it will still have to live up to the high mark set up by the Tide's 1992 defense. Because Kevin Scarbinsky said so. (The Birmingham News) Neutral field? What neutral field? Georgia received 53,522 tickets for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, while opponent Boise State received 7,500. (ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

An Iowa version of "Black and Yellow?" An Iowa version of "Black and Yellow."

An Iowa version of "Black and Yellow?" An Iowa version of "Black and Yellow."

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 6, 2011

The world wasn't ready for an Iowa-themed knockoff of Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow," nor will it ever be. Still, someone made it, complete with reggaeton breakdown at the end. This is going to replace the "Iowa Fight Song" like, never. (via Black Heart Gold Pants) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Sean Matti remembered, Troy Woolfolk, Sean Prater, and more.

Big Tentacles: Sean Matti remembered, Troy Woolfolk, Sean Prater, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 6, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)    Sean Matti remembered. Purdue head football coach Danny Hope and athletic director Morgan Burke comment of the passing of senior running back Sean Matti, who died from an apparent drowning accident while swimming in Lake Freeman. (Indianapolis Star) Eight is enough? Michigan's success at recruiting for 2012 has left the school with only eight available scholarships remaining unclaimed.  (Detroit Free Press) Saving Troy Woofolk. A profile of Michigan senior cornerback Troy Woolfolk, who missed last season due to a dislocated right ankle and broken fibula. He spent the past year going through surgery and a long process of rehabilitation. (The Detroit News) Meet Sean Prater.  Iowa cornerback Sean Prater is profiled, which includes a discussion of his being one of the players twho came down with rhabdomyolysis after a grueling weight room session.  (Omaha World-Herald) Slapping their own wrist.  Nebraska puts itself on self-probation for "Husker student-athletes inadvertently using scholarship money to buy textbooks beyond those listed in the class syllabus as required reading." Well, that's a first. (Omaha World-Herald) Blow by Blow.  Off Tackle Empire previews Ohio State's 2011 schedule game by game. (Off Tackle Empire) When Terrelle met Chucky. A look at John Gruden's Quarterback Camp session with former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. (Along the Olentangy) Knowing is half the battle. Looking at the knowns and unknowns about Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill. (Fringe Bowl Team) Play to play? More talk about the Big Ten's look into paying for athletes' full cost of attending college. (Lansing State Journal) BASKETBALL  David vs. David. Two-time NCAA championship runner-up Butler will play a home-and-home series against that other perennial NCAA tournament Cinderella Gonzaga in 2011 & 2012. (The Indianapolis Star) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

AJ McCarron's tattoo isn't a tramp stamp after all.

AJ McCarron's tattoo isn't a tramp stamp after all.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 6, 2011

Remember that tattoo that Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron had reportedly gotten on his back? If not, here's a reminder.   Well you had better brace yourselves, because it turns out that it isn't a tramp stamp after all. McCarron had the ink job done right on his chest, for all the world to see. (At least when he's shirtless.) She's even kind of crazy 'bout his farmer's tan. Of course this can only mean two things. A) McCarron may end up being the most redneck quarterback in Alabama history. (Or in the whole freaking SEC, for that matter.) And B) Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray's stranglehold on the title of "the most awesomely bad back tattoo in all of college sports" is no longer in jeopardy. In fact, his stranglehold on the title may have gotten stronger. (via Friends of the Program) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

LSU's Mike the Tiger planking? LSU's Mike the Tiger planking.

LSU's Mike the Tiger planking? LSU's Mike the Tiger planking.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 6, 2011

What do (cosplaying) tigers dream of when they take a little tiger snooze? Don't you think this planking bit's done got out of hand?* This is LSU costumed mascot Mike the Tiger. Not to be confused with the Mike VI, an actual mixed breed Bengali-Siberian tiger. Mike's Facebook page (oh, don't act so surprised) features an album of cosplaying Mike  planking at various locations around the LSU campus, including (naturally) Tiger Stadium. Mike also planked inside Alex Box Stadium and on the steps in front of Memorial Tower. Sadly, where he didn't plank was inside Mike VI's 15,000-plus square ft. habitat. Of course one look at the cosplaying Mike and Mike VI's might have thought "Ummmm, plank steak." *(Apologies to Waylon Jennings) (via And the Valley Shook) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

In memorium: Purdue's Sean Matti

In memorium: Purdue's Sean Matti

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 5, 2011

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Purdue senior running back Sean Matti, whose body was found Tuesday near the shore of Lake Freeman in Indiana. He had been reported missing after last being seen swimming in the lake on Sunday. He was 22 years old. (via The Sporting News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Cam Newton, Georgia Tight Ends, and Trap Games.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Cam Newton, Georgia Tight Ends, and Trap Games.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 5, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    Punk'd. Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton loses out on the SEC Male Athlete of the Year award to Tennessee men's tennis player John-Patrick Smith. (ESPN) Oh, take me back to the start. With the Russell Martin wild goose chase won by Wisconsin, Auburn is back to choosing between Barrett Trotter and Clint Mosley to be starting quarterback. (The Press-Register) Race to the century mark. Alabama's Nick Saban, Georgia's Mark Richt, and Ole Miss' Houston Nutt could all reach the 100 wins mark this  season as head football coaches in the NCAA. (al.com) From the "things that sound dirty, but aren't" department: Chip Towers looks at Georgia's Tight Ends. (Atlanta Journal Constitution) Class is in session. Tennessee freshmen and junior-college transfers take a "class" in Tennessee football history as part of the Vol For Life character development program created by head football coach Derek Dooley. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Threepeat for CBS? Looking at whether or not the "SEC on CBS" can beat ABC' college football coverage for a third straight year. (Chattanooga Times-Free Press) It's a trap! The "Top 5 Trap Games in the SEC," as determined by Admiral Ackbar Pat Dooley. (The Gainesville Sun) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Columbus, OH Independence Day parade features a March of the Tressels.

Columbus, OH Independence Day parade features a March of the Tressels.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on July 5, 2011

What better way to celebrate America's independence with than a salute to a defrocked former college head football coach. A group of of 20 sweater vest-clad Jim Tressel supporters took part in a Columbus, OH Independence Day parade. The "Tribute to Tressel" included a float listing the former Ohio State head football coach's on-the-field accomplishments. Not to be outdone, a parade in Upper Arlington, OH  featured a car presenting itself as being sponsored by "Pryor's Tattoo & Gold X-Change." Freedom of speech is one if the things to be celebrated on July 4, no matter how tacky it can get. (via No 2-Minute Warning) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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