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Mississippi State grad wants Mississippi legislature to restore Colonel Reb's role as Ole Miss mascot...Wut?

Mississippi State grad wants Mississippi legislature to restore Colonel Reb's role as Ole Miss mascot...Wut?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 19, 2011

A Mississippi State alum and member of the Mississippi House of Representatives is introducing a bill that would restore Colonel Reb as Ole Miss's mascot. Rep. Mark DuVall (D) drafted Mississippi House Bill 1106, which seeks to force Ole Miss to bring back the beleaguered ex-mascot, and to order the Mississippi marching band to play "Dixie" at football and basketball games. If this was a Republican, this would probably be seen as some kind of backward attempt to restore what more than a few people see as imagery related to the Civil War and segregation. As it is, it sounds a little more like a lame attempt by an alum of a rival school to cause trouble on a grand scale. (via Red Cup Rebellion) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Texas Longhorns get their very own network

Texas Longhorns get their very own network

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 19, 2011

Ah, Texas. A state that's more of a state of mind than a State of the Union. The former Republic of Texas has an independent streak only somewhat reeled in by it's marriage of convenience with the rest of the US. And that streak extends to the University of Texas, who just forged a deal with ESPN and ING (the holder of Texas' multimedia rights) to create its very own network, to debut in the fall. Announced this morning, The Longhorn Network will feature University of Texas athletics, and non-sporting "cultural events" (as if Texans could tell the difference between the two) involving the college.  So in many ways it would be like the old SportsSouth before Time-Warner sold it to FOX. On the athletics side, there will be at least one Texas Longhorns football game a year on the network, which in all probability would be a bottom-feeder FBS team or a FCS team that ESPN or other networks wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole. The rest of the time, expect men's and women's basketball, baseball, and "other sports" (which probably means lots of women's sports).  As for that pesky "cultural" stuff, it will include events on the University of Texas campus, and what's described as "high-level, entertaining cultural, music, scientific, Discovery Channel, History Channel kind of stuff” by University of Texas President William Powers Jr. Though Dr. Saturday's Matt Hinton suggested the network feature "retrospectives on the 1975 Bluebonnet Bowl, all-night Cat Osterman marathons and reruns of "Friday Night Lights" and "Austin Stories" Though honestly, The Longhorn Network should probably hire Cat Osterman for some on-the-air role for something.The former Longhorn softball star and Olympic gold medalist would probably be perfect eye candy for the network. Probably the biggest deal with The Longhorn Network is that it won't have to share any revenues with other schools in this venture. That was one of the deal breakers in the proposed Texas defection to the Pac-10. That means the rest of the Big 12 are left out of the cold with this deal. The other big deal? That this won't be the last of its kind of one-school network, though probably on less of a bigger scale. Which is probably the way Texas would like it.  (Sports Business Journal Daily, Barking Carnival, Austin American-Statesman, Dr. Saturday ) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Brady Hoke, Tom Izzo, and more

Big Tentacles: Brady Hoke, Tom Izzo, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 19, 2011

 (Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)       Back Where You Belong. Greg Mattison, most recently defense coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, is leaving the NFL to return to Michigan in the same role. (Detroit Free Press) Beat the Clock.  Brady Hoke is trying to make up for time lost on the recruiting trail following the debacle of the Rich Rodriguez firing and his hiring as Michigan head football coach. (Detroit Free Press) The Price is Right. Ohio State nabs top recruit Ejuan Price. (Along the Olentangty) Let's Make a Deal. Wisconsin and head football coach Bret Bielema have worked out a new compensation package agreement for the next two seasons. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) Welcome to the Boiler Room. Purdue hires Patrick Higgins, most recently from BYU, as its new defense coordinator. (Boiled Sports)  BASKETBALL A work in progress. Tom Izzo believes the no. 17th ranked Michigan State is improving on defense. That still didn't help the Spartans against no. 24th ranked Illinois, who beat them 71-62 on Tuesday night. (Detroit Free Press) Under the radar. Purdue senior center JaJuan Johnson is quietly making a case for himself as the player of the year. (Beyond the Arc) Up the creek. Indiana sophomore guard will be out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury. (BT Powerhouse) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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

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

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 18, 2011

On to the next one. Looking at what SEC teams could reasonably compete for the BCS title in 2011. (Team Speed Kills) Georgia not on their minds. The Liberty Bowl, site of Georgia's humiliating loss to Central Florida, had one of the biggest drops in attendance from the previous year of all the bowl games. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Give me strength. Tennessee names Ron McKeefery as the Vols' new stregnth and conditioning coach. (Go Vols Xtra) The bad news for Auburn. Reciever Darvin Adams leaving school for the 2011 NFL Draft. (ESPN) The good news for Auburn. Despite losing Cam Newton and Nick Fairley, Auburn has had better luck in keeping its coaching staff intact. (al.com) Lack of Commitment. Florida loses out as lineman lineman Chase Hounshell de-commits to Florida and opts for Notre Dame instead. (Orlando Sentinel) BASKETBALL Rocky Top in the Classic City. A tumultuous Tennessee  travels to Athens to face a rising Georgia basketball team. (Dawg Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Don't make Brady Hoke angry

Don't make Brady Hoke angry

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 17, 2011

You won't like Brady Hoke when he's angry. Then again, the folks at Michigan State might get a kick out of seeing the new head football coach at Michigan turn green.  (via Wolverine Liberation Army) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Denard Robinson, Adam Robinson, Jim Tressel, and more

Big Tentacles: Denard Robinson, Adam Robinson, Jim Tressel, and more

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 17, 2011

 (Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)      And here's to you, Mr. Robinson. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson officially (decides to remain with the Wolverines. (ESPN) Take Me Back. Former Iowa running back Adam Robinson wants to rejoin the Hawkeyes after being dismissed from the team after being arrested for possession of marijuana. (Hawk Central) Ten years of sweater vests. Today marks the tenth anniversary of Ohio State's hiring of Jim Tressel. (EDSBS) Always Look On the Bright Side of Life. Quarterback Dan Persa, returning to Northwestern for his senior year following a season cut short by injury, is a reason for the Wildcats to be hopeful in 2011. (Lake the Posts) Another reason for Northwestern to be optimistic? As Woody Paige always says, "Look at the schedule!" (Lake the Posts) Everything you really wanted to know about Michigan, but were afraid to ask. A simple graph showing Michigan's record from the days of Bo Schembechler to Rich Rodriguez. (MGoBlog) Money for Nothing. The Salvation Army made $12,930 off the items donated by fired Michigan head football coach Rich Rodriguez. (Rivals.com) BASKETBALL Freak of the Week. Michigan State junior forward Draymond Green named Big Ten Player of the Week. (Big Ten Conference official website) Baby freak. Ohio State freshman guard Aaron Craft named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. (Big Ten official website) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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

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

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 16, 2011

 (Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    Auburn will not go gentle into that dark night. Despite what Andre Ware said, don't expect Auburn to have a losing season in 2011, despite losing Cam Newton and Nick Fairley. (al.com) As Good As It Gets? Was 2010  the last year of SEC dominance of college football? (Team Speed Kills) Don't believe the hype. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban denies that the Denver Broncos have contacted assistant coach Sal Sunseri about a position under  Broncos' new head coach, John Fox, the Bronco's new head coach and Sunseri's former boss at Carolina. More Mark Richt on the Hot Seat talk? More Mark Richt on the Hot Seat talk. (Rivals.com) Another Dawg gone. Georgia outside linebacker Justin Houston is the latest Dawg to enter the 2011 NFL Draft. (Athens Banner-Herald) Be cruel to your school? Looking at the recent ruffling of  Georgia's feathers by Bulldog legends Vince Dooley and Fran Tarkenton. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Would you take $950,000 to have you face kicked in by Oregon? Arkansas State will, in 2012. (Arkansas Sports 260) BASKETBALL On the scene. A look at ESPN College GameDay's visit to Knoxville for the Tennessee men's and women's basketball team's dual victories over Vanderbilt. (Go Vols Xtra) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

One good (?) Star Wars parody poster deserves another

One good (?) Star Wars parody poster deserves another

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 15, 2011

Remember that New York Jets  Return of the Jedi parody the New York Post published Friday? Well here's the Michigan version. Coming soon: The SEC version of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. (I hope, sort of) (via Maize n Brew) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Michigan, Tom Izzo, and a wrestler fought the law (and the law won)

Big Tentacles: Michigan, Tom Izzo, and a wrestler fought the law (and the law won)

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 15, 2011

 (Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)      Stuck Like Glue. The Big Ten will be keeping those absurd "Legemds" and "Leaders" division names, at least until the end of next season. (Rivals.com) Two peas in a pod. Michigan and Michigan State are more similar than you might think. Because Dew Sharp says so. Shut up, Drew. (Detroit Free Press) Big shoes to fill (relatively speaking). Illinois looks ahead to replacing key players who are headed fot the 2010 NFL Draft. (Hail to the Orange) Slim pickings. Don't expect to see a lot of Penn State players getting picked in the 2011 NFL Draft. (The Morning Call (Allentown, PA) Locked Up? Iowa has quarantined beloved mascot Herky Hawk after the recent bird deaths en masse.  Yes, Black Heart Gold Pants is at it again. Brady Hoke pointing at things? Brady Hoke pointing at things. (Wolverine Liberation Army) Brady Hoke pointing at more things? Brady Hoke pointing at more things. (MGoBlog) Are Michigan fans arrogant? Is the Pope German? (Maize n Brew) BASKETBALL David and Goliath. The only thing standing in the way of Ohio State and the no. 1 spot in the basketball polls is Penn State, who have gotten into the habit of upsetting Big Ten powerhouses like Michigan State and Illinois. (Our Honor Defend) On the rebound. Credit Penn State's recent turnaround to an improvement in rebounding. (Black Shoe Diaries) Screaming for Vengeance. Northwestern looks to avenge its loss to Michigan State this afternoon. (The Chicago Tribune) Unfamiliar Territory. Michigan State is in the unexpected position of  being on the bubble for an NCAA men's basketball tournament bid. (SB Nation) I got a peaceful easy feeling. That said,  Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo is a little more at ease with the Spartans' improvement in recent games. (Detroit Free Press) WRESTLING Close, but no banana. Iowa wrestler Michael Evans was arrested for drunk driving a van after police officers investigated "a report of three males damaging a bicycle." Sorry, Iowa. This doesn't count for the Fulmer Cup. (Hawk Central) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Fairley, John Brantley, Alabama, and...Bill Cosby?

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Fairley, John Brantley, Alabama, and...Bill Cosby?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 14, 2011

 (Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  Fly Like a (War) Eagle. Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley joins Cam Newton in leaving school for the 2011 NFL Draft. (Dr. Saturday) Pat Dooley tweets on Fairley's decision. "Interesting fact: Fairley could be No. 1 pick in draft and was on neither the coaches nor media pre-season all-SEC first or second team." (Pat Dooley on Twitter) It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday. Looking at the legacy of Kentucky quarterback Randall Cobb, who is leaving school to enter the 2011 Draft. (A Sea of Blue) Standing Still. Quarterback John Brantley will stay at  Florida. (Gator Bytes) Working for the Weekend. Alabama prepared for what may be a huge weekend for recruiting. (al.com) Representing. Ryan Mallett has picked Athlete's First to represent him in the 2011 NFL Draft.  Talking a leap? TCU offensive coordinator Justin Fuente will interview for the same position at LSU. (ChuckOliver.net)  Reach Out, I'll Be There. Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said that he had a conversation  with Fran Tarkenton after  the Georgia quarterback legend criticized Mark Richt's performance as head football coach. (Dawgs 247) Sour grapes? Central Florida is better off with hiring George O'Leary as head football coach than other candidate at the time Gene Chizik. Because Mike Bianchi says so. Shut up, Mike. (Orlando Sentinel) Bill Cosby's advice to Cam Newton:  "Make the supreme commitment, because this is not street football, and millions of people are counting on you," (al.com) BASKETBALL Commodores vs. Volunteers. Previewing the Vanderbilt at Tennessee showdown that could be a must-win for the Volunteers. (Anchor of Gold) By any other name. "Party Like It's High School" is Renaldo Woolridge aka Swiperboy aka SB's latest musical release. Just don't party with those high school girls, SB. (Hot New Hip Hop) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Let the speculation on Cam Newton's Wonderlic test performance commence!

Let the speculation on Cam Newton's Wonderlic test performance commence!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 14, 2011

Yes, Virginia (and Auburn), people are already taking predictions on how now-former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton will do on the NFL's Wonderlic test. In fact, EDSBS has gone so far as to open up its own predictions thread over the matter. Of course, the obvious jokes are making the rounds too, as Drew Magary tweeted "I assume Cam Newton believes the Wonderlic is some kind of envelope sealing contest." To be honest, I'm more interested with what Ryan Mallett does on the Wonderlic. Well, I'm actually more interested in what his fake Twitter avatar, @SummerofMallett, has to say about it. It's sure to be something closer to the NSFW line than necessary. (via EDSBS) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Cam Newton enters the NFL Draft

Cam Newton enters the NFL Draft

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 14, 2011

Cam Newton is leaving school a year early and is entering the 2011 NFL Draft. Least. Shocking. Event. Ever. Seriously, who didn't see this coming. Dr. Midnight could see this one coming even without his infra-red goggles. Just get prepared for all the lame comments from bloggers and commenters ready for those ever original "but I thought he already went pro" snarky comments. (via ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Ryan Mallett is on twitter. The real one. No, seriously.

Ryan Mallett is on twitter. The real one. No, seriously.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 13, 2011

Former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett now has a Twitter account. It's @Ryan_Mallett_15. The now-infamous fake Twitter account @SummerofMallett  is still bound to be more interesting. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Michigan, Purdue, Iowa, and..."cats and dogs living together?"

Big Tentacles: Michigan, Purdue, Iowa, and..."cats and dogs living together?"

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 13, 2011

 (Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)      I'll Stick Around? Denard Robinson will probably not transfer from Michigan with Brady Hoke at the helm. (MGoBlog) As for Tate Forcier? He is apparently an ex-Wolverine. (The Detroit Free Press) Laying it on the line. The Hoke hire puts Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon's legacy (and probably his job) on the line. (Detroit Free Press) An offer he can't refuse? Northwestern is working on a contract extension for head football coach Pat Fitzgerald in the hopes of keeping him around "for life." (Chicago Tribune) Still a Domer. Notre Dame junior wide receiver Michael Floyd will be back for his senior year. (Rakes of Mallow) Could Purdue become the next Oregon in college football? They would probably need a Sugar Daddy as sweet as Phil Knight to do it. (Hammer and Rails) How did Michigan go about hiring Brady Hoke? Your handy-dandy Michigan coaching hire flow chart. (Wolverine Liberation Army) What if Iowa hired Rich Rodriguez to be co-offensive coordinator with Ken O'Keefe? Would the tandem be called KOKaine and RichRodbin? (Black Heart Gold Pants) BASKETBALL "Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!" Penn State's victories over Michigan State and Illinois have helped make the start of conference play chaotic. (Hammer and Rails) Purple Reign. Northwestern defeated Iowa 90-71 in only the Wildcats third win against the Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since 1946. (Chicago Tribune). Identity crisis? After Michigan State's overtime victory over Wisconsin, the Spartans may have figured out who they are as a basketball team this season. (Detroit Free Press) We're (almost) Number One! Florida State's upset victory over Duke sets the stage for Ohio State to become the Number One team in the country. (ESPN, BT Powerhouse) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Les Miles, Auburn, Alabama, and 2011 predictions (already?)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Les Miles, Auburn, Alabama, and 2011 predictions (already?)

By Juan Cena in SWRT on January 13, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  Kneel before the SEC. Because Mike Bianchi says so. Shut up, Mike. (Orlando Sentinel) Why did Les Miles decide to stay at LSU? Tony Barnhart has come ideas why. (Mr. College Football) Grudge? What grudge? A reporter in Alabama accuses The New York Times of having it in for Auburn. (al.com) Hurricane coming to Tuscaloosa. Miami assistant coach Jeff Stoutland is leaving the Hurricanes to become offensive line coach at Alabama. (ChuckOliver.net)  Urban Meyer and Nick Saban were great ESPN commentators. Because Tony Barnhart said so. (Mr. College Football) Dawg leaving a sinking ship? Georiga  associate athletic director  for internal operations Arthur Johnson is leaving to take a similar position at Texas. (Athens Banner-Herald) Mystery Achievement. Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley is expected to get a raise, but the exact amount is unclear. (Go Vols Xtra) Auburn's Nick Fairley with the head of a triceratops? Auburn's Nick Fairley with the head of a triceratops. (Red Cup Rebellion) 2011 preseason polls already? ESPN's Mark Schlabach has Alabama ranked second in his "Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2011" behind no. 1 Oklahoma. LSU is at no.5. (ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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