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College football apparently doesn't exist in Grantland.

College football apparently doesn't exist in Grantland.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 14, 2011

Grantland, ESPN's  much-ballyhooed sports and pop culture website created by Bill Simmons debuted last week. The idea was to create a one-stop site on the web for quality sportswriting. Mind you, Deadspin has been crawling in that direction for years, you just have to crawl through the layers ofcheap fratboy humor sometimes to find it. Content-wise, Grantland has been what you expect. Simmons mixing NBA Finals commentary with references to The Wiggles and Tony winning play, The Book of Mormon. Profiles on Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey and the Barcelona-Manchester United Champions League soccer final. Chuck Klosterman musing on a 1988 junior college basketball game. And a three-page look at video game de jour L.A.. Noire. What's missing? College football talk. Mind you, most people go to Bill Simmons for his keen insight and knowledge of college football like they go to McDonalds for a gourmet meal. And also mind you that  Grantland has been around less than a week, and fall is still a way off, timewise. So what's the big deal? Well it is a little ironic that a site named after Grantland Rice, the sports writer that coined the name "The Four Horsemen" to describe Notre Dame's 1924 backfield, for one thing.  And in a week where the end of Jim Tressel's scandal-plague path at Ohio State dominated the sports headlines as much as the LeBron James meltdown into Atlanta Braves-esque goatville, the lack of commentary of the subject is noticeable. Now judging a website after a week might be risky (go back to SWRT's earliest days, and see where this site has evolved/devolved.) And further monitoring to see what, if any college football stories show up. But for now, Grantland seems far away from the blue-gray October sky from where the Four Horsemen rode out of. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Brady Hoke, and Dan Persa.

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Brady Hoke, and Dan Persa.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 13, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)  It's just a flesh wound. Ohio State University president E. Gordon Gee claims that the school's scandal-rocked football program problems are "but a temporary condition." (ESPN)  Jim Tressel's Muppet Babies. A look at the kids named after Jim Tressel in the wake of the Ohio State Tresselgate scandal. (The Columbus Dispatch) Brady Hoke using Ohio State scandal as a "teaching moment" for Michigan players.  Of course he is. (Detroit Free Press) Swarbuck interviewed.  The Chicago Tribune interviews Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbuck on various issues including night games, the future of the Big East Conference, and the possibility of a future "Notre Dame Network" in the style of the Longhorn Network. (The Chicago Tribune) Boston College Men on Northwestern.  A look at Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa, from a Boston College man's point of view. The Wildcats go on the road to start the season against the Golden Eagles on Sept. 3.(BC Interruption) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tennessee, Joker Phillips, Charlie Weis, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tennessee, Joker Phillips, Charlie Weis, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 12, 2011

Why don't you have a seat over there? Tennessee officials, along with former coaches Lane Kiffin and Bruce Pearl, wentr before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions on Saturday. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Love Can Build a Bridge (and a house too). Members of the Tennessee football team teamed up to build a house with Habitat for Humanity. (Knoxville News Sentinel) The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer. Looking if Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis do to quarterback John Brantley  what he did with New England Patriots' QB Tom Brady. Don't hold your breath. (Mobile Press-Register) I bless the rains down in Africa.  Kentucky head football coach Joker Phillips, along with players Stewart Hines and Danny Trevathan, went on a  goodwill trip to three cities in Ethiopia where they delivered food and sports equipment. (Lexington Herald-Ledger) Don't Worry, Be Happy.  Kentucky officials aren't worried about the 9:30 p.m. EST starting time of the Wildcats' season opener against Western Kentucky at LP Field in Nashville on Thursday, Sept. 1, will hamper ticket sales. (Lexington-Herald Ledger) Mythbusters. An investigation into allegations that Auburn fans rolled Toomer's Corner when former Alabama head football coach Bear Bryant died finds no evidence that this ever happened. Too bad this investigation had to wait until after Harvey Updyke poisoned the famous Toomer's Corner oaks. (al.com) High school punter commits to Georgia. Which means that the future at the most important  position for Georgia football seems secure for now. (Athens Banner-Herald) BASKETBALL This just in: Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari and Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino are both jerks. (ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Bill Stewart is an ex-Mountaneer coach.

Bill Stewart is an ex-Mountaneer coach.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 11, 2011

Bill Self has resigned as head football coach at West Virginia. This after a debacle of a week only slightly less embarrassing as Rep. Anthony Weiner's. He will be replaced by Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia's offensive coordinator and "coach in waiting" Dana Holgorsen. "Stewart resigned Friday during a meeting with Luck, clearing the way for Holgorsen’s promotion and capping a tumultuous two weeks in which both Holgorsen and Stewart made headlines for the wrong reasons. An intoxicated Holgorsen was escorted out of a casino last month, although no charges were filed. More recently, a reporter said Stewart had approached him shortly after Holgorsen’s hiring to “dig up” dirt on his eventual successor. During a news conference in Morgantown, both Holgorsen and Luck tried to sidestep questions about the issues that had gotten the university plenty of media attention. Luck said the recent developments had to be addressed." If anything, the Bill Stewart situation ought to be a teaching lesson to college athletic directors that maybe this "coach in waiting" isn't such a brilliant idea after all. West Virginia should have had the sense to fire Stewart in the first place, instead of going through a series of convoluted hoops to replace him in a year's time. (via Rivals.com)  Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Gene Chizik, Nick Saban, Isiah Crowell, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Gene Chizik, Nick Saban, Isiah Crowell, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 10, 2011

The Big Money. Auburn rewards head football coach Gene Chizik a raise and a contract extension. (al.com) "Not awarding Auburn the 2004 BCS title was the right move." Because Joe Solomon said so. (The Birmingham News) It's All Over Now.  Tennessee defensive tackle Montori Hughes is leaving the program. (Knoxville News Sentinel) No Big Deal. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban isn't too worried about new SEC rules on recruiting. (al.com) It's your thing. Do what you wanna do.  Georgia legend Hershel Walker's advice to freshman running back Isiah Crowell is for him to "just do his thing." (Athens Banner-Herald) Florida QB John Brantley is a dark horse Heisman Candidate? ESPN's KC Joyner thinks so. KC must like to think htree impossible things before breakfast. (ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Joe Paterno is going on a Skype hunt for recruits.

Joe Paterno is going on a Skype hunt for recruits.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 10, 2011

Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, of all people is pioneering the use of Skype to recruit players. Yes, the idea that JoePa is using technology invented after 1960 as a recruiting tool is more mind blowing than the fact that Nick Cannon married Mariah Carey, and is the father of her twins. (It still boggles my mind how in the heck that happened.) But stranger things have happened in Happy Valley. "Several media outlets have reported that the 84-year-old Penn State Hall of Fame coach has had face-to-face conversations with a three igh school recruits via Skype, an online Internet service that allows you to see a person on a webcam and talk to them." It going to be even more mind-boggling when we look back twenty years from now and realize that JoePa will be the one responsible for NCAA regulations regarding the use of Skype in recruiting, if not the outright banning of it. Who would have ever thought that would have happened? (via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Is the Pony Express Award a good idea?

Is the Pony Express Award a good idea?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 9, 2011

College Football is full of awards, and the field is about to get a little more crowded. SMU's  Pony Express tandem of Craig James and Eric Dickerson have created the "Pony Express Award" for college football two-and three-member combinations to "ultimately honoring the combination whose work ethic, desire, on- and off-field leadership and playmaking ability best fuel their team. " So what's the problem? Other than the obvious narcissism of naming an award after yourself, that is? The SMU connection for one thing. The pair played during the scandal-plagued years that lead to the school receiving the NCAA's "death penalty." The period was chronicled recently in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Pony Excess. While James has never been implicated in any of the wrongdoing,  Dickerson raised eyebrows when in his senior year, he was driving a new Trans-Am he claimed his grandmother bought him.  Look around college football right now. Ohio State and North Carolina are both plagued with recruiting scandals which could result in serious sanctions. Tennessee football is under scrutiny for events for recruiting irregularities under former head coach Lane Kiffin. USC is banned from playing in bowls at the moment because of the Reggie Bush scandal. Is this really the time for an award connected to the Mother of all College Football scandals?  Whether James and Dickerson like it or not, they are connected to the only college football recruiting scandals. An award in any way, shape, or form connected to that period just isn't a good idea. Especially if its to honor the best in college football. (via NFL Draft Bible, ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Terrelle Pryor: What about the children?

Terrelle Pryor: What about the children?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 8, 2011

Notrhwestern blog Lake the Posts had an interesting observation on Terrelle Pryor and Ohio State, along with the general state of the current era in sports. "What an absolute mess. The next generation is going to need a decoder ring (or an App) to figure out which records are still standing between baseball’s steroid error, cycling’s doping epidemic and now college football fraud. I really think it is still going to take a couple more Ohio State-like and USC-like scandals to push this thing over the cliff and invite true reform with teeth.  When that day comes, we’re poised to really be in pretty good shape." I'm usually a little cynical whenever someone brings up "the next generation or "the kids" in any subject, but Lake the Posts has a point. Future commentators are going to have a field day looking back at the levels of cheating and corruption, and trying to figure out why things happened the way they did. What is the next generation going to think? It's probably going to look back at how sports was changed by the ever-evolving information age and the media platforms created in its wake. It will also obviously look at the influx of money into sports as a result of that. It's going to find athletes whose desire to achieve greatness was easily manipulated by their desire for fame and wealth. Of course the big question they'll ask will probably be what we as a whole did in reaction to that. Did we continue to let things spin out of control until permanent damage was done, or did we put on the brakes in some areas to rectify the situation? Or did we finally realize that we had to alter our perceptions that certain ideas about amateurism and the use of performance enhancing drugs were just not realistic? Being in the first generation or two of an age means that you are living in what is pretty much uncharted territory. How you handle it is what future generations will back on and see how or why things succeeded or failed. What is sure is that sports as we know it will either change and adapt to the world around it, or will things all come crashing down. (via Lake the Posts) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Terrelle Pryor is an ex-Buckeye.

Terrelle Pryor is an ex-Buckeye.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 7, 2011

The attorney for suspended Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has announced that his client won't return to the team for the 2011 season, according for USA Today. "In the best interest of my teammates, I have made the decision to forgo my senior year of football at The Ohio State University," Pryor said in statement released by Larry James." Now all Ohio State needs is for the other shoe to drop, along with the NCAA banhammer.  (via USA Today) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

West Virginia chaos leads back to memories of RichRod.

West Virginia chaos leads back to memories of RichRod.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 7, 2011

Times of trial and tribulation can oftentimes lead to wasted time spent thinking wistfully on what were perceived to be better days. This is probably what's happening with West Virginia fans at the moment, where accusations that current head football coach Bill Stewart asked a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter to "dig up 'dirt'" on Dana Holgorsen,  newly hired by the school to be offensive coordinator, as well as "coach in waiting." It certainly leads to talk about the past online by bloggers who may or may not have a horse in the race. And naturally, the talk leads back to former head coach Rich Rodriguez. Some look back and wonder what would have happened if the Mountaneers hadn't lost to Pitt in 2007, denying the school's chance to play for the BCS title. The question arises if then West Virginia head coach Rodriguez would have left the school to take the head coaching job at Michigan. Which led to Bill Stewart named interim head coach. Which led to West Virginia upsetting Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. Which led to Stewart getting the full time job. Then of course, the road leads to the next obvious place - bringing Rich Rodriguez back. Now there's an obvious place to go. And of course its suggested as in both a serious manner, and as parody. Things at West Virgina are a media circus now, imagine the media frenzy if both Stewart and Holgorsen were let go and RichRod was brought back. Imagine the fan frenzy as well. Couch burning, anyone? Wanting Rich Rodriguez to return to West Virginia is both the inevitable and most cynical response to a controversy that could hamper the future of Mountaineer football. Whether it's the wisest reaction is another story. (via Dr. Saturday, Aaron Torres Sports,  CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton resigns.

Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton resigns.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 7, 2011

Mike Hamiliton is resigning as Tennessee athletic director. It isn't quite a shock, as he's gotten the brunt of the criticism following the alleged NCAA recruiting violations under the Lane Kiffin and Bruce Pearl reigns of terror. What is interesting that it happens days before Tennessee is supposed to be going in front the the NCAA Infractions Committee. It looks like the school is doing whatever it can to avoid getting seriously banhammered by a committee that really doesn't seem in the mood to take anybody's junk right now. (via SB Nation) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Tommy Tuberville should worry about future BCS titles, not ones in the past.

Tommy Tuberville should worry about future BCS titles, not ones in the past.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 7, 2011

Well, this is a shocker. Texas Tech head football coach Tommy Tuberville is still bitter about now being able to compete for the BCS title back in 2004 when he was coaching at Auburn. That was the year undefeated Auburn was shut out of the BCS title game, which was played by then-equally undefeated USC and Oklahoma. Now that USC is an ex-BCS champion, thanks to the Reggie Bush scandal, Tuberville claims the now-vacant title should be awarded to Auburn. "Yes," Tuberville said. "Someone should be awarded (the) title. If not, the team that had to forfeit is not really punished."  Really, Tommy? Does this really have to do with USC being punished, or your bruised ego? There are a lot of Auburn fans who may feel the same way, but they have a shiny new crystal football to gloat over (at least for now). It probably bugs Tuberville under his skin that he has to watch them celebrate far away in Lubbock, Texas. It probably bugs a few Red Raider fans too, as he is focusing on his Auburn more than his current job. Especially the Team Leach supporters. Tuberville is the head football coach at Texas Tech these days, not Auburn. Instead of whining about the past, he should be looking towards the future. He should be working hard to get the Red Raiders to the BCS Championship Game, and quit worrying about 2004. It does neither himself nor Texas Tech any good if he runs around complaining  about what happened at his former school. It makes him look petty and less of the brilliant coach that led his team to an undefeated season. (via ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban, Tennesee, and a record number of people get told to shut up.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Nick Saban, Tennesee, and a record number of people get told to shut up.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 7, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   Stop Your Sobbing. Chris Low claims "Auburn deserved shot at 2004 title" in the wake of USC being stripped of the 2004 BCS title. Shut up, Chris. (ESPN) Stop Your Sobbing, Part Deux. Former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville wants Auburn to be declared 2004 BCS champions now that USC has been stripped of the title. Shut up, Tommy. (al.com) We can be heroes, just for one day. ChuckOliver.net's Chad Scott applauds the SEC presidents decision to reel in oversigning practices. Shut up, Chad. (ChuckOliver.net)'' Nick Saban complains too much about changes to  signing rules.  Because Kevin Scarbinsky says so. Shut up, Kevin. (The Birmingham News) The SEC is even harder than it looks.  Because Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino said so. Shut up, Bobby. (Arkansas Sports 360) Mixed messages. Joe Solomon comments on the hypocrisy of banning players like Jeremiah Masoli from using the graduate exemption to play at a school for one year and then leave for the NFL , while allowing freshman basketball players to leave school after one year for the NBA. You've got a point. But Still, shut up, Joe. (The Birmingham News) They do it over there but we don't do it here. The brewing scandal involving West Virginia head football coach trying to undermine offensive coordinator/"coach-in-waiting" Dana Holgorsen shows why the practice won't work in the SEC. Because Steven Godfrey said so. Shut up, Steven. (SB Nation Atlanta) The high cost of living. Tennessee's budget for recruiting services has tripled under the reigns of Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley. (Knoxville News Sentinel) The high cost of living, part deux.  Auburn may be taking a huge risk by raising ticket prices in 2011. (Track 'Em Tigers) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

USC is an ex-2004 BCS champion.

USC is an ex-2004 BCS champion.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 6, 2011

The BCS has finally gotten around to doing what everybody knew what was going to happen and stripped USC of its 2004 BCS title that it won against Oklahoma in the 2005 Orange Bowl. “We’re not an investigatory body and we’ll leave that to the NCAA. Once it goes through its process and comes to its conclusion, we will take that into account,” (BCS  Executive Bill) Hancock said. “This is the procedure we came up with when we started this and we’re satisfied with how it worked. If we have to dust this off again, we’ll do it. Hopefully, we won’t, but this has worked properly.” The title will remain vacant. So Oklahoma fans out there shouldn't get too cocky about it.  (via Rivals.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Ohio State coaching search silliness: Derek Dooley a Buckeye candidate?

Ohio State coaching search silliness: Derek Dooley a Buckeye candidate?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on June 6, 2011

It isn't quite time for the Volunteer Nation to panic just yet. In fact, it's probably just wishful from a blogger. Ohio blogger Roger Brown has placed Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley on his short list for replacements for Jim Tressel for Ohio State. In fact, His Hairness is listed in the number two spot behind Iowa's Kirk Ferentz at number one, but ahead of perennial  coaching dreamboat Chris Petersen of Boise State. (Just so the SEC readers know, Les Miles gets a nod at number 4). This honestly has to have a zero chance of happening. Ohio State won't be making any hiring decisions until after the season is over, obviously. And if the NCAA does drop the banhammer, it's going to be hard to get a coach from a either a big-time program or an rising star program to make the jump. For another thing, part of Dooley's image is being the anti-Lane Kiffen. And you just can't do that if you actually pull a Lane Kiffen, even after two seasons down the road. Plus, Dooley's has what is potentially an SEC championship team in a season or two, and it's honestly a hair above dark horse this year. He has a potential Heisman winner in star quarterback Tyler Bray (yes, I said the "H" word), and a tremendous chance into blossoming into en elite SEC coach.  It will probably take a lot for Dooley to leave Tennessee on his own in the next few seasons. If the Vols have a great 2011, it will mean he won't be going anywhere for at least the next four or five years. Even an attempt by UGA to bring him back home probably won't work by then. Dooley's a rising star in the coaching circles right now. He's not going to mess things up by leaving Tennessee. (via The Junkyard with Roger Brown. HT: Knoxville News Sentinel) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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