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Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 31, 2010

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    Orange crushed. Tennessee's chances for a winning season were shattered in a 30-27 double OT loss to North Carolina in the Music City Bowl. (Go Vols Xtra) Dog gone. UGA VIII will be absent from the Georgia sidelines for the Liberty Bowl due to a  “gastro-intestinal condition.” Substitute bulldog Russ will replace him for the game. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) New Deal. Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen gets a new $10.6 million contract, with a $1.4 million buyout. That's a pretty low buyout there. (ChuckOliver.net) Bowl swag. Alabama players went on a shopping spree at Best Buy via a $400 gift card from the Capital One Bowl. (Dothan Eagle) No reply. Alabama defense coordinator Kirby Smart says that he has not talked to new Florida head football coach Will  Muschamp about a coaching the Gator's defense. (al.com) New Year's Day games need to matter again. Because Tony Barnhart said so. (Mr. College Football) In the end. Steve Spurrier claims that the Chick-fil-A Bowl will end differently for South Carolina than the Gamecocks' previous bowl game losses. (The State) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

The saddest New Year's Eve in America just got sadder

The saddest New Year's Eve in America just got sadder

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 31, 2010

The saddest New Year's celebration in the country has to be the Peach Drop in Atlanta. How sad is it? Imagine every Joy Division song wrapped together in one sorrowful dirge. Now that's sad. Don't believe me? Just watch this video of a past Peach Drop, ye mighty, and despair. That's how sad it is. A sad, pathetic, shadow of the ball drop in Times Square. Only the ATL doesn't even get a lighted spheroid. It gets a somewhat flattened fiberglass peach with spotlights flashed upon. This occurs down in Underground Atlanta,  an albatross around the ATL's neck that no one is willing to just plow over and turn it into something useful like a Wal-Mart. Now imagine this sadness amongst a drunken crowd with the warm smell of colitas rising up through the air. Yeah, I'd rather spend the night at the house too. This year's "celebration" will be a little more sadder than usual, however. "Underground Atlanta has announced that Jackson, along with his mother, Katherine, and other family members will be ringing in the new year at the 22nd annual Peach Drop. In addition to Jackson 5 songs, Jackson is expected to perform two songs from his upcoming solo album, "So Far, So Good." LaToya must have had something better to do tomorrow night. (via Access Atlanta) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, and more

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 30, 2010

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  Promises, promises. According to Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel The Buckeye players involved in "Tatgate" had to agree to return next season and serve their suspensions, and not enter the NFL Draft in order to play in the Sugar Bowl. Hope he got that written in blood. It probably still won't work even then. (Rivals.com) Hyperactive. Injured Michigan cornerback Troy Woolfolk was so wired in training camp he reportedly kept his roommates awake doing things like pushups and brushing his teeth. No wonder he got injured in camp. (The Detroit News) Move along, nothing to see here. Nebraska AD Tom Osborne sees nothing improper about the licensing deal Nebraska signed with a company owned by Husker quarterback Taylor Martinez's father. This is the same Tom Osborne whom Jim Rome used to refer to as "Brubaker." (Rivals.com) Same as it ever was. Another day, another story about Joe Paterno not retiring. (The Times-Tribune) Media daze. A report on Wisconsin's Rose Bowl media day. (Bucky's 5th Quarter) After the Glitter Fades. A look at what Iowa needs to do during the offseason. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Fighting Illini celebrate beating Baylor in the Texas Bowl. Ron Zook winning a bowl game for the first time in the history of Zook or bowl games. They celebrated by saving a kitten in a tree. (IlliniHQ.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Aaron Murray, Cam Newton, and more

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Aaron Murray, Cam Newton, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 30, 2010

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  How You Remind Me. North Carolina head football coach Butch Davis says Tennessee freshman quarterback Tyler Bray reminds him of Ken Dorsey, the Miami QB who went on to help the Hurricanes win the BCS Title in the 2001 season. Davis and The Tar Heels face Bray and the Volunteers in tonight's Music City Bowl. (Go Vols XTra) Bold prediction of the day. Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green claims that Bulldog QB Aaron Murray will be a Heisman candidate in 2011. Too bad Green will probably be in the NFL next season, and will probably not be there to help make his claim a reality. (The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) Should I Stay or Should I Go? Georgia outside linebacker Justin Houston is going to have to decide soon whether to remain at UGA, or enter the NFL Draft (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) "So this is Christmas, and what have you done?"  Auburn QB Cam Newton volunteered for a couple of hours at the annual Hosea Feed the Hungry Christmas dinner for homeless people on Christmas Day. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) "The Year of the Tiger!" A look back at Auburn's 2010 season. Enjoy it before the NCAA changes its mind about Cam Newton, Tiger fans. (Track 'Em Tigers) Meat eaters. South Carolina and FSU team members enjoyed a night at Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian steakhouse in Atlanta getting ready for the Chick-fil-A bowl. Apparently that "Eat More Chicken" thing isn't working as well as Truett Cathy would have hoped here. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Yes, Steve Spurrier, you're going to have to sit through hearing the Tomahawk Chop again at the Chick-fil-A Bowl when your South Carolina team faces FSU. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) The End of the Line. Alabama senior QB Greg McElroy's college playing days will soon be over. They'll be over  in the  Capital One Bowl on New Years Day, 2011, to be exact. (al.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Game Day Goulash: Your Dec. 30th Bowl schedule.

Game Day Goulash: Your Dec. 30th Bowl schedule.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 30, 2010

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (12:00 PM ET, ESPN) Army vs. SMU. No word if the Army Mule will be at the game, but if it does, let's hope Army keeps better track of it than Air Force did with its Falcon at the Independence Bowl. New Era Pinstripe Bowl (3:20 PM ET, ESPN) Kansas State vs. Syracuse. Why this game isn't called the Yankee Bowl I'll never know. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (6:40 PM ET, ESPN) North Carolina vs. Tennessee. Time to see if Tennessee's Tyler Bray can handle himself in a bowl game.  Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (10:00 PM ET, ESPN) Nebraska vs. Washington. The game would have been a lot more interesting if it were last year when Ndamukong Suh played for the Huskers, and Jake Locker still was relevant. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Gus Malzahn headed to Maryland?

Gus Malzahn headed to Maryland?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 30, 2010

It's only just chatter on Twitter right now, but Track 'Em Tigers is reporting that Auburn offense coordinator Gus Malzahn may be close to being named the new head coach at Maryland. The source of this story is from Chris Level, the Publisher of RedRaiderSports, siting sources close to former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, another much-talked about candidate for the Terrapin head coaching job. There's nothing from the reliable sources about this story yet, but Malzahn to Maryland would make logical sense. He's the real brains behind Auburn's success this year. He's a less combustible candidate than Mike Leach, who still has that electrical shed thing still hanging over his head. Not to mention a still-in-progress lawsuit involving Leach's former employer, Texas Tech.   (via Track 'Em Tigers) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Denard Robinson, JoePa, Ricky Stanzi, and Dan Mullen?

Big Tentacles: Denard Robinson, JoePa, Ricky Stanzi, and Dan Mullen?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 30, 2010

Your Dan Mullen to Michigan rumors start here. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson expresses liking  Mississippi State Head coach Dan Mullen, who tried to recruit Robinson as an assistant coach at Florida. (Detroit Free Press) Does the Sugar still tastes as sweet? A look at what effect  Ohio State's "Tatgate"will have on the Sugar Bowl. (Eleven Warriors) JoePa is STILL not retiring. This story is starting to take  on aspects of Brett Favre-dom, with fewer lewd cell-phone pics (thank goodness) . (Centre Daily Times) Hot Wheels. TCU defense coordinator Dick Bumpas compares the Rose Bowl matchup between TCU and Wisconsin as a competition between "a Ferrari and a dump truck." TCU had better hope that the Rose Bowl is a race, and not a came of chicken.  (Madison.com) Yes Virginia, there is an American Football World Cup; and somebody wants America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi, to lead Team USA in this year's tournament in Austria. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Auburn, Georgia, Urban Meyer, and more

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Auburn, Georgia, Urban Meyer, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 29, 2010

The BCS title game is "Auburn's biggest game ever." In other news, water is wet. (al.com) Be afraid, Auburn. Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn has reportedly interviewed with Maryland for the soon to be vacant head coach's job. (CollegeFootballTalk) 2010: The Year Dawgs Make Contact. Georgia and  Ohio State agree on a deal to play a home-at-home series in 2020 and 2021. (Athens Banner-Herald) Revisionist history. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray could possibly rewrite a few entries in the UGA record books in the Liberty Bowl. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) A Liberty Bowl is "crucial" for UGA. Because T. Kyle King says so. (Dawg Sports) Meyer at Bristol? Soon to be stepping down Florida head football coach Urban Meyer says working for ESPN next year is possible. (Orlando Sentinel) The next stage for Tyler Bray. The Music City Bowl matchup between Tennessee and North Carolina will be the Vols'  freshman quarterback Tyler Bray's toughest challenge to date. (Rocky Top Talk) Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Alabama wide reciever Julio Jones (his mama named him that!) contemplates staying at Alabama next season, or entering the NFL Draft. (al.com) Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino named "Newsmaker of the Year" in Arkansas. It's been a slow news year in Arkansas, obviously.  (Arkansas Sports 360) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Terrelle Pryor, Iowa, Big Ten Logo, and...Werewloves!

Big Tentacles: Terrelle Pryor, Iowa, Big Ten Logo, and...Werewloves!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 28, 2010

I'm sorry, so sorry. Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor on other Ohio State players suspended for the start of the 2011 season (but not the Sugar Bowl) apologize for their actions. (Rivals.com) Going to pot. Suspended Iowa running back Adam Robinson has been arrested and charged  for possession of marijuana. (KCCI) Oh look. Black Heart Gold Pants has already made up a little song about Robinson's arrest. Guess which Simon and Garfunkel it's supposed to be sung to? (Black Heart Gold Pants)  As for the bowl game Adam Robinson won't be participating in...A preview of the Insight Bowl, featuring Missouri against Iowa. It will be the last meaningful college game America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi, will ever play in.  (Rivals.com) This just in, Joe Paterno still doesn't plan on retiring. (Rivals.com) We Are The Champions. Well, not yet anyway. ESPN is already selling Wisconsin Rose Bowl Champion t-shirts.  (Friends of the Program) Meanwhile, Bret Bielema's dream comes true. He finally gets to meet Mickey Mouse. (Dr. Saturday) Rose Bowl parade 9/11 tribute. Meanwhile, the Tournament of Roses Parade will feature a float marking the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (yahoo.com) Defending the new Big Ten logo. Good Luck. (FastCoDesign) I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at One Eyed Jakes, and his hair was perfect. How alleged werewolf Marcus Coker compares to other werewolves of yore. The bad news? He ranks just behind Teen Wolf. The good news? He's far ahead of Twilight's Jacob. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

RIcky Stanzi's Last Dance: A retrospective.

RIcky Stanzi's Last Dance: A retrospective.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 27, 2010

Tuesday night's Insight Bowl will feature Iowa going up against Missouri. It will be notable for being the last appearance of America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi, in a meaningful college football game. (If you can call the Insight Bowl "meaningful," that is.) It's probably not the game either Stanzi or Iowa wanted to appear in at the end of the 2010 season, but that's how the ball bounces. Stanzi shot to national prominence in the 2010 Orange Bowl as much for his off-the-field fervor for America than the Hawkeyes' on-the-field shellacking of Georgia Tech. As the year went on, the patriotic aspect of Stanzi took on a mind it it's own. With that in mind, here is a brief look back of the phenomenon that is America's Quarterback. The postgame interview that started it all: The Manzi's explanation of the comment months later. Stanzi's back tattoo, which Tyler Brays back stamp wants to grow up to be like.  One of the multiple mash-ups involving Hulk Hogan's entrance music. Stanzi comparing throwing interceptions to  watching a flag burning. Iowa embracing the whole darn thing.   And a little video to show there's more than just talk to America's Quarterback. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, and more

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 27, 2010

The King is gone. Georgia running back Caleb King has been ruled ineligible for the Liberty Bowl for academic reasons. Two other players are also ineligible. (Rivals.com) This behavior's not unique. King has missed five games in 2010 for various reasons. (Atlanta-Journal Constitution) Missing you. Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson missed practices for the Music City Bowl in Knoxville for unspecified personal reasons. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) The other former Michigan State coach on the Alabama coaching staff. Alabama special teams coach joins head coach Nick Saban as former Michigan State coaching staff members on the Crimson Tide coaching staff. (al.com) Face to face. How Auburn's offensive line stands up to BCS Title game opponent Oregon's defensive line. (al.com) A Peach of a bowl. The King of College Football, Chuck Oliver, takes a  brief look back at the history of the Chick-fil-A Bowl (formerly known as the Peach Bowl in Atlanta. It's gone from a struggling minor-league bowl game in the 70's and 80's, to one of the few non-BCS bowls to consistently sell out every year. A worthwhile read. (ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Jim Tressel, Ricky Stanzi, RichRod, and more.

Big Tentacles: Jim Tressel, Ricky Stanzi, RichRod, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 26, 2010

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  This just in. The rumors about Jim Tressel being out at Ohio State are total bull. (The Sports Bank) The story about Jim Tressel being a serial killer is also not true. But it is still funny. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Gold Pants, sans Black Hearts. Ohio State Buckeye brothers Connor and Spencer Smith gave the gold pants trinkets they earned for defeating Michigan to their mom, and wouldn't dare of selling them like Terrelle Pryor did. (Columbus Dispatch) That Don't Impress Me Much. America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi isn't too excited about his stats as Iowa quarterback. The Hawkeye's late-season meltdown has a lot to do with it. (The Gazette (Cedar Rapids)) All The Right Moves. Wisconsin senior offensive lineman John Moffitt considered entering the NFL Draft after last season. Instead, he stayed in school, helped the Badgers win a Big Ten title, and will be playing in the Rose Bowl. And he helped raise his stock for this coming NFL Draft too. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) The trouble with RichRod. Detroit News columnist Neal Rubin explains why  Rich Rodriguez's character issues should be taken into account whether he stays or goes at Michigan. (Detroit News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Christmas With the (Blue) Devil

Christmas With the (Blue) Devil

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 25, 2010

"The Elves are dressed like Laettener And the Tar Heels are in chains (Christmas with the Blue Devil) Georgia Tech is rancid And the Wolfpack is in flames  (Christmas with the Blue Devil) Andre Dawkins' in my belly And Kyle Singler's in my brain Someone's climbing down the chimney And Krzyzewski is his name! (Christmas with the Blue Devil)" (Photo via @dukeblueplanet's  Twitter Feed, apologies to Spinal Tap) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: JoePa, RichRod, Ricky Stanzi, and more

Big Tentacles: JoePa, RichRod, Ricky Stanzi, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 25, 2010

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big 10 and the teams it not-so-secretly covets.)   Another day, another Joe Pa retirement rumor. Ho hum. (College Football Talk)   Senior Trip. America's Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi, in among three Iowa Hawkeyes invited to the Senior Bowl. (Hawkeye Nerd) Schrodinger's Wolverine. Michigan head football coach Rich Rodriguez says he won't campaign to keep his job in public. But isn't he doing that by talking about the subject? (Dr. Saturday) Come On to the Future. Despite surgeries on both knees, Wisconsin is looking for redshirt  freshman defensive end Pat Muldoon to take on a greater role in the future. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) Panic on the streets of East Lansing.  Yes, Michigan State's recent slide is cause for concern. (The Only Colors) Analyze This. Looking at reports that Purdue's drug testing policies are too lax. (Boiled Sports) Chase the Sun. Notre Dame's appearance in the Sun Bowl on New Year's Eve recalls the whirlwind tour made by Knute Rockne's 1924 squad on the way to it's first bowl appearance in the 1925 Rose Bowl. (Blue and Gold) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Merry Christmas to all!

Merry Christmas to all!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on December 25, 2010

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