(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) Alabama ranked Number One in USA Today's preseason Top 25 Coaches' Poll. Least. Shocking. News. Ever. (USA Today) Making the list, SEC-wise: Florida (#3), LSU (#16), Georgia Tech (#17), Arkansas (#19), UGA (#21), Auburn (#23). (USA Today) Making the list, ACC-wise:Virginia Tech (#6, coincidentally behind week one opponent Boise St. (#5), Miami (#13), UNC (#18), FSU (#20). (UGA Today) Maryland players going to yoga classes to improve flexibility and strength. Insert Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles joke here. (Amphibious Sports Duo. Actually these guy's Street Fighter II joke is actually a funnier comment than mine, dangit.) How's Logan Gray doing as a reciever? The former quarterback is doing pretty good, according to Mark Richt. (OnlineAthens.com) Why doesn't Georgia Tech have Joshua Nesbitt performing Oklahoma drills? According to teammate Nick Claytor it's not allowed "for fear of (Nesbitt) killing one of his teammates. Save it for the season!" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Everything you ever wanted to know about Boston College's Twitter presence, but were afraid to ask. BC Interruption list all current and former BC athletes they consider worth following on Twitter, including Mark Herzlich. Sadly, Matt Ryan isn't on Twitter. That's probably a smart move there. (BC Interruption)
Virginia is having trouble selling out its allotment of tickets for their rivalry game against Virginia Tech on November 27 in Blacksburg. According to Craig Littlepage, UVA athletic director, there are 1,000 extra tickets. The school is trying to reach donors and former season ticket holders to sell the tickets, so they won't have to return the tickets to Va. Tech. Otherwise, there will be a lot of Hokie fans in the Virginia section. What's the Hokie reaction to this? Well this was Va. Tech blog Gobbler Country's reaction, in full. "Hahahahahahahahahahahaha... ...(breath) bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha."Apparently the Blue Beetle was a Virginia Tech alum. Maybe UVA needs to hire some more people to sell tickets. I hear there are some former members of the Miami Heat ticket sales staff who are looking for a job right now. (via Collegiate Times, Gobbler Country)
(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big 10 and the teams it not-so-secretly covets.) It's Indianapolis! Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis will be the site of the first Big Ten championship game in 2011. No word yet if Ro*Tel or Barbasol will be the title game's sponsor. (CBS Sports.com) USA Today preseason coaches poll. Ohio State is ranked at #2 behind Alabama. Nebraska is at #9, followed by Iowa at #10. Wisconsin (#12) and Penn State (#14) round out the Big Ten's presence in the poll. (USA Today) Branded. What schools are the biggest "brands" in the Big Ten football-wise? The obvious choices: Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, and "not-quite Big-Ten-yet-but-we'll-count-it-anyway" Nebraska. Wisconsin and Iowa round out the second tier. (Madison.com) 2009 revisited. Looking back at Iowa's 2009 season, and wondering if the Hawkeyes overachieved or underachieved. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Don't look now, Northwestern. There's a rival to your infamous 34-game losing streak during the 1980's. Western Kentucky has lost 20 in a row. Can beating the streak be far behind? (Sippin' on Purple)
Those annoying "Tebros" are back. This time the fanatical Tebow fans kind of let the cat out of the bag about how bad they've ripped off In Loving Color's infamous "Men on Film" sketches by doing guess what? Film reviews. I'm beginning to think this is all a ruse, that these guys aren't really Gator fans, and that they're really a couple of Georgia fans named Bubba and Earl. Oh wait, I did blame this on 'Bama fans last time. Whatever. The fact that it was slightly funnier might indicate a little bit of Dawg influence this time.
(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big 10 and the teams it not-so-secretly covets.) Does Ron Zook have a future as a guidance counselor? Judging how Zook pinned Nebraska's Bo Pelini's coaching potential down as Ohio State secondary coach, he might. Which is good because he probably won't be coaching at Illinois after this season. (Corn Nation, Omaha World-Herald, ) Which Wolverines have the most to gain in fall practice? Sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson is the obvious choice, but four other players to look out for are sophomore defensive tackle Will Campbell, redshirt sophomore linebacker Kenny Demens, redshirt freshman offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, and redshirt freshman running back Fitzgerald Toussaint. (The Wolverine Blog) One from the vaults. NFL legend and Michigan alum Dan Dierdorf will be hosting Big Ten Film Vault, a thirteen week series which the Big Ten Network promises will present "hours of rare and in some cases, never before seen footage of Big Ten coaches and players." And lots of Ro*Tel commercials. (Orlando Sentinel) Well, somebody has to do it. Michigan State interested in having Northwestern as one of its division rivals. (Lansing State Journal)
Georgia fans should be happy that ESPN finally decides to pay attention to the Dawgs with one of their promos for ESPN 3D, but it comes off as more of a lovefest for Florida. The alleged Georgia fan should probably be happy that the search for UGA VIII is still going on. Otherwise, this promo could have ended up like the punch line of a certain classic Lewis Grizzard routine..."That dog would bite you!"
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) Zach Mettenberger to go JUCO. The disgraced former Georgia quarterback will play for Butler Community College, located in El Dorado, Kansas. Carry on, wayward Dawg. (Wichita Eagle) Miami Hurricanes All Growed Up. Jacory Harris and the players that came to "The U" in 2008 are ready to show they're ready to take the Hurricanes to the next level. (ACC Sports Journal) It may be too soon to mention Bear Bryant and Nick Saban in the same sentence, but... Roll 'Bama Roll compares the coaching philosophies of The Bear and Nick Saban. The section on conditioning is interesting enough to check out, as it shows how things have progressed from Bryant's near Junction Boys style weight room to Saban's springtime "4th Quarter Program". (Roll 'Bama Roll) Jimbo Fisher plays the "mob" card. The FSU head coach tried to one-up Nick Saban and compared agents to the mob. Saban still wins, because calling them "pimps" is just funnier. (In the Bleachers) South Carolina's Stephen Garcia the best quarterback in the SEC East. Because Tony Barnhart says so. He ranks the other QB's too. (Mr. College Football) Mike Slive: the epic interview, Part II. Continuing Clay Travis' interview with the SEC Commissioner. (Fanhouse)
(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big 10 and the teams it not-so-secretly covets.) Sparty pushing Bucky Badger on a luggage cart? Sparty pushing Bucky Badger on a luggage cart. Hopefully it's into traffic. But that probably won't kill the creature that haunts my nightmares. (11 Warriors) Big Ten looks at a nine-game in-conference schedule. Meaning that teams would play their six division rivals, and three teams from the rival division. But it wouldn't start until 2015, so that conference teams could fulfill commitments on their out-of-conference schedules. (The Rivalry, Esq.) More Proof that Stanzi is the Manzi. A poll of 11 Big Ten players selected Iowa's Ricky Stanzi as the Big Ten's best quarterback. Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor, Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien, and Minnesota's Adam Weber tied for second place. (Sporting News) Chris Allen no longer a Spartan. The Michigan State guard has left the team after being in what head basketball coach Tom Izzo refered to as "a tenuous position since the spring." (The Only Colors) A future at Michigan for Les Miles not looking good. Les Miles chances of getting the job of Michigan head football coach when Rich Rodriguez finally gets the ax are getting slimmer and slimmer. Blame it on the mess-up with oversigning recruits at LSU. (MGoBlog)
This is how Charlie Weis is getting around at Kansas City Chiefs training camp while recovering from knee surgery. Ryan Mallett only wishes he was ridin' dirty like Weis. Actually the whole knee surgery is a ruse. Weis actually hast all his money stashed in that knee brace. He's trying to protect it from the Ice Cream Phantoms. And don't laugh now, but Weis was able to beat Albert Haynesworth's conditioning drill time in that chair. What's worse, Weis passed it. (via Deadspin)
Do you know what's sadder than a Ryan Howard lawn gnome? The sad and pathetic journey to a minor league Reading Phillies game in an attempt to obtain one of these little gems. Click upon this link, ye mighty, and despair. (610 WIP, The Slanch Report)
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) LSU vs. Oregon at Jerryworld? Reports say that the Bayou Bengals will open the 2011 season going head-to-head against the Ducks in The Heathen Temple of Jerry Jones' Avarice Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Made possible by Kansas State pulling the plug on facing Oregon next year. (The Oregorian) Alleged Vol Brawl participants reinstated at Tennessee. Derek Dooley has reinstated players Greg King and Marlon Walls, who were arrested after the infamous Vol Brawl at Bar Knoxville. And just in time for practice, too. (Team Speed Kills) Should Maryland vs. Navy be an annual in-state rivarly game? Ralph Friedgen thinks so. Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo thinks so too. The fact that the two Old Line State schools have only met twice since 1966 is a little surprising. (Testudo Times) Roll film Tide! ESPN filming Alabama football practice this week for Alabama All-Access, a special scheduled to debut August 18 on ESPNU, and excerpted ad nauseum on Sportscenter. (Digital Sports Daily) Mike Slive is "The Most Powerful Man in College Athletics." Because Clay Travis said so. The first of an epic four-part interview. (Fanhouse) Tony Barnhart ranks SEC West QB's. Uninspiringly, Barnhart ranks Arkansas' Ryan Mallett at the top of the list over Alabama's Greg McElroy. Sorry, Tony. McElroy's the one who gets the scoreboard over here. Mallett gets nothing but pain. (Mr. College Football) A party school with a football problem. Dawg Sports salutes UGA's ranking as America's #1 party school by comparing previous year' rankings to where the Dawgs' finished in the polls. Only in the Bulldog Nation would something like this happen. This "party school" title isn't quite the thing you want to embrace, y'know. (Dawg Sports)
(Twelve Angry Programs is SWRT's look at the Big 12, a conference where nobody can really seem to get along with each other. ) Longhorns vs. Leprechauns? Texas is reportedly close to a four game deal with Notre Dame to start in 2015. There's an argument to be made that this series will end up as a hubris factory like no other. (Austin American-Statesman) "Ten Truths about the Big 12." Most of which can't be said to be very positive. (FoxSports Southwest) More Kansas basketball than you can handle. Kansas will have 31 games nationally broadcast in the 2010-2011 season. (Rock Chalk Talk) Is Oklahoma the new Penn State? With a bushel of linebackers, Oklahoma might be giving Penn St. a run for the title of "Linebacker U." Which would possibly make Bob Stoops the new Joe Paterno. Which would mean that OU's going to be stuck with Stoops for another thirty years. (Bleacher Report) The Kansas State viewpoint of the Derek Dooley-Bryce Brown feud. Which pretty much involved calling His Hairness a women's hygiene product. Very original. Just wait 'till Barbara Dooley hears about this. She won't get done 'till someone's mouth is washed out with soap. (Bring On The Cats)
Memo to America's Institution's of Higher Education: Avoid Miley Cyrus at all costs! That goes double for "Party in the U.S.A." While it's understandable colleges and universities would want to use the squeaky-clean image of Hannah Montana to represent their schools, the results can be less than appealing. Take for example this University of Georgia orientation video for incoming freshmen. The words "Epic Fail" barely begin to describe it. Please. Kill. Me. Now. First off, UGA might want to avoid anything with the words "party" in it right now. The school has a little bit of an image problem when it comes to that area. And that was before Damon Evans. Second, college is the time where young men (and women, I guess) should stop being so interested in teenage girls. The only redeeming value to this experiment in lameness? Seeing a shot of Mark Richt trying to look tough with his best tough-guy pose. (Hmm, Richt does look like he's been working out there.) Besides, didn't UGA learn anything from Penn State? Apparently not. (via EDSBS)
The words "quarterback controversy" may be the two sweetest words for a sports blogger. And oh by gosh by golly, there seems to be one at Michigan. Wolverine senior cornerback Troy Woolfolk is dissing Tate Forcier's work ethic, while praising Forcier's backup from last year, Denard Robinson over him. That's never a good sign for team unity there. According to Woolfolk, Forcier has been skipping out on those infamous Michigan "voluntary" workouts, while Robinson has shown up consistently. And while Robinson was shaky as a passer last year, his passing is reportedly " greatly improved" and he is being seen as a leader on the team, where Forcier is reportedly seen as "diseased." Ouch. (via Detroit Free-Press, EDSBS)
The University of Iowa has a problem on its hands. This year's freshman class was bigger than the school had originally thought it would be. Now the administration is scrambling to find places for them to live, as well as trying to figure out how to fit them in to classes (trailers are too good for the Big Ten, apparently). School administrators credit Iowa's campaign to recruit out-of-state and international students, and of course, the economy. But one would have to think that perhaps maybe, just maybe, this little moment may have had something to do with it: When you see greatness like this, is there any wonder why young America wouldn't flock to Iowa just hoping some of Ricky Stanzi's "Manziness" would rub off of them? (via Black Heart Gold Pants, New York Times) (postscript: The NYT had to correct it's piece because it referred to Iowa as the "Cyclones" instead of the Hawkeyes. Stupid Godless commie pinko liberal journalists.)
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