The Clemson Insider is reporting that Kyle Parker will be returning to Clemson this fall to play football. Negotiations between the Colorado Rockies, who drafted Parker in this year's MLB Draft failed to secure a deal to exclusively play baseball by the Parker family's deadline of July 20. Talks reportedly will continue for a deal where Parker will play both football and minor league baseball in the Rockies' farm system. A public announcement will reportedly be made by Parker on Wednesday. (via The Clemson Insider, Shakin' the Southland)
Major League Baseball joins First Lady Michelle Obama's fight childhood obesity. Insert Prince Feilder joke here. Whoops! Somebody already did. (ESPN, Sportress of Blogitude) Wyatt Earp....Beyond Thunderdome Spider-Man director Sam Raimi to direct a film adaption of the graphic novel Saints for Sinners, which features Wyatt Earp in what's described as Eyrp being "transported to a ravaged future where the only remaining boomtown is Las Vegas." (The Guardian) Jake Shields signs with UFC. The former Strikeforce middleweight champion is officially signed to the UFC and will fight Martin Kampmann at UFC 121. (Yahoo! Sports)
The latest in ESPN's "It's Not Crazy, It's Sports" commercials features NASCAR haulers for rivals Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski getting involved in a little bit of non-sanctioned racing. It's bad enough ESPN is promoting illegal highway racing with 18-wheelers. It's a whole different matter that one of the big rigs is for NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, whose car is sponsored by an Aflac, an insurance company. Is this speeding on the highway kind of thing Aflac really wants to be associated with?
Leave it to the University of Texas to come up with their own brand of bottled water. The water, called he H2Orange is described as being "Texas Purified" to achieve optimum purity and taste." It comes in a bottle in the shape of the famous University of Texas Tower, which marks the first time the Tower has been used for licensing in such a manner. Proceeds from sales of H2Orange will go to raise money for "academic scholarships, fellowships and internships." (via University of Texas at Austin, EDSBS)
(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC and ACC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference) Parity in the SEC. Parity? What parity? (Dr. Saturday) Preseason Coaches All-SEC team. First team features Alabama's Mark Ingram, and Julio Jones (his mama named him that), Georgia's A.J.Green, and (sigh) Ryan Mallett. (The Red and Black) Will he or won't he? Kyle Parker still hasn't signed his deal with the Colorado Rockies yet. He still could be starting QB for Clemson this season. Or maybe not. (The Herald) Tony Barnhart has more SEC Media Day questions. Boy, the SEC coaches are gonna hate Mr. College Football's guts by the end of the week. (Mr. College Football) Media bias in UNC scandal? An NC State blog complains about the lack of coverage of the NCAA's investigation of UNC's football team by The News and Observer. (Riddick & Reynolds) Schadenfreude wears a hob-nailed boot. Rocky Top Talk's "20 Losses in 20 Years" countdown continues with #3 and the 2001 loss to Georgia, famous for Larry Munson's "We just stepped on their face with a hob-nailed boot and broke their nose! We just crushed their face!" call. Needless to say, Dawg fans would probably rate this one a little higher. (Rocky Top Talk) An interview with Paul Johnson. Interviewing the Georgia Tech coach is an event so massive that it takes four parts. Part One is here. (ACC Sports Journal) Charlie Strong is a chicken...sandwich. The Champions Sports Bar & Grill in Lousiville has put the "Charlie Strong UL-timate Chicken Sandwich" on its menu to honor the new Cardinal head coach, formally the Gators' defensive coordinator. (U of L Card Game)
An old clip from The Electric Company. Boy, those 70's PBS children's programs were sure disturbing. At least in hindsight.
The Kyle Parker era at Clemson may be ending by tomorrow. Or by the end of the week. Or maybe not. There was reportedly a Tuesday deadline for Parker to make a decision on whether he would sign with the Colorado Rockies and leave Clemson early, or stay with the Tigers for another season. Parker reportedly wants to go with the former, but contract negotiations are hampered by the size of the signing bonus. The Rockies reportedly want to pay a $1.3 million bonus, Parker and his team of negotiators want twice as much.) There could be something signed this week, but then again, it could be next week before Parker's future is clear. Meanwhile, Clemson is probably hoping the clock Parker and the Rockies are using is the one Daniel-Striped-Tiger used as his home in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe...the one without any hands. (via College Football Talk)
While most college football teams wear their white jerseys on the road and school colors at home, Georgia Tech likes to do the reverse. That was until Wake Forest decided to punk Tech last year and refused to go along with the scheme (via some kind of arcane ACC regulation). Well this year the 'Jackets have come up with a way to avoid that from happening again. Their home and away jerseys will both be white. It seems that the gang down at the North Avenue Trade School think they've outsmarted the rest of the ACC. One tip fot GT: If your going to use girls to model your new jerseys, you've got yo make sure they look good wearing them. It looks like somebody had the bright idea to have the models wear shoulder pads under the jerseys. Bad idea. These girls look seriously frumpy. (From the Rumble Seat, Uni Watch)
Questions going into SEC Media Days. Tony Barnhart has them. (Mr. College Football) Clemson worst losses of the decade countdown. "The Worst of the 2000's" continues with #4 and the 2006 loss to South Carolina. (Shakin' the Southland) Comparing The Bear to JoePa. Black Shoe Diaries helps count down the day until the September by looking at the career of Bear Bryant, and comparing it to Joe Paterno. (Black Shoe Diaries, via Roll 'Bama Roll) Does Jeremiah Masoli want to play for Ole Miss? The bigger question is "does Ole Miss want the disgraced former Oregon quarterback to play for them? (Red Cup Rebellion)
Rivals.com., which included this little gem in its July 14 team report on LSU. "• Don’t adjust your TV sets this fall when LSU plays in Baton Rouge. The Tigers have announced plans to install purple Field Turf in Tiger Stadium, following the lead of Boise State and the University of New Haven in having stadium turf in school colors."The “eye of the tiger” will remain at midfield and SEC logos will be at the 25-yard lines. The problem is that the story was fake. An April Fools' joke. And Rivals turned out to be the fools who fell for it. It's one thing for a website to fall for an April Fool's joke. It's another if it falls for the joke three months after April 1. (via Rivals.com, And the Valley Shook)
NCAA's investigation of UNC heads south? The NCAA is reportedly now looking at allegations that South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders for "possible impermissible dealings with a sports agent." This is a development coming out of the ongoing NCAA investigation. (The State) Who is LSU biggest rival? Uh, good question. (Team Speed Kills) Hutson Mason has David Greene's number. UGA has issued freshman Quarterback Hutson the number #14, previously worn by "beloved" quarterback David Greene. Why just not put a bullseye on his back? (Not that he'll probably see any playing time or anything. But seriously, Greene's number. ? Should. Be. Retired.) (http://georgiadogs.com) Hokies on the lookout for Pirates. A preview of Virginia Tech's September 18 game against East Carolina and their new head coach Ruffin McNeill. Looking ahead is good, but the Hokies had better be focused on Boise State first. (Gobbler Country)
*Sigh* You would think that after seven months or so Vol's fans would have gotten Lane Kiffin out of their system by now. Nope, here's a Vols' fan celebrating the Fourth of July by blowing up a football signed by Kiffin. *Sigh* Cue the Carolina Liar...
What do the Marines do when their now hunting down Islamic fascists and defending America from evil commies? Working on their dance skills, apparently. (This is from 2008, but what the heck...) The United States Marine Corps...the real America's Best Dance Crew.
Zach DeBell, a left tackle from Tarpon Springs, Florida (pictured, left with Stacy Searels, UGA offensive line coach ) spontaneously committed to Georgia during the team's "Dawg Night" on Friday. He hasn't planned on doing it, but it just sort of happened. “I surprised myself and my mom and dad,” said the 6-foot-7, 265-pound left tackle. “Coach Richt told us that there was only one spot left. I had asked him before to tell me when there was one spot and I knew there was only one spot and that’s what he told me. So I jumped on it.” Earlier in the day, he had stopped in at a Walmart and bought a pair of Georgia swim trunks. Coincidence? Maybe. But it may be the first case of a trip to Wally World leading to a commitment to Georgia. (via Atlanta-Journal Constitution)
The Golddomedammerung: 11 Fighting Irish football players arrested for that other thing the Irish arBy Juan Cena in SWRT on July 17, 2010
Eight members of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame were arrested at a party Friday night on charges of underage drinking. Wait, it gets worse (or better if you're really into schadenfreude). Among the eight players (and 43 people altogether) arrested at the party was Joe Montana's son Nate (pictured at left). Joe is probably not happy about Nate spending the night at Mr. Po-Po's house. Neither is Brian Kelly. But there are some Cincinnati fans who are having a good laugh over this (though they probably shouldn't). (via WNDU)
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