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)
The unholy trinity of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh isn't a week and a half old yet, and the comparisons to the nWo have already gotten stale. Maybe it was the most obvious place to go, and dangit, a lot of people went there. Call me when something original shows up, or at least something funny. (via Friends of the Program)
Does the UFC strong-arm it's sponsors? A look into the influence the UFC has in the business runnings of its sponsors, including an incident where the promotion reportedly pressured Tapout into backing out of a deal with Fedor Emelienenko. (Bleacher Report) Quote of the day: Cage Potato on this weekend's Armageddon Fighting Championships 3: Evolution card: (Armageddon is fitting name for the promotion, since Kalib Starnes fighting for a title likely signals that the world is coming to an end.)(Cage Potato) Is there a reason to check out the Armageddon card? Maybe. Up and coming grappling sensation Robert Drysdale is making his professional MMA debut. (MMA Fighting.com) This may or may not be a real story. A GameStop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama reportedly altered the covers of NCAA Football 11, which features Tim Tebow to look like this: Kotaku contacted three GameStops in Tuscaloosa, and each denied the story. (SB Nation, Kotaku) You put vampires in my Bible story! Will Smith reportedly to produce and star in The Legend of Cain, described as “an epic re-telling of the Biblical sibling tale, this time with a vampiric twist.” It sounds like Will's been listening to too much George Noory and his band of Biblical revisionists. I sure don't recall reading about vampires in the Bible. (The AV Room) TBS honors Steinbrenner Seinfeld style. In tribute to the late Yankees owner, TBS will air ten episodes of Seinfeld in which George Costanza worked for the Yankees next week. (Larry David provided the voice of Steinbrenner) (Hardball Talk)
NCAA investigating UNC football. Quotted from a reply on Twitter to Tomahawk Nation: "you can take butch davis out of the U, but you can't take the U out of butch davis" (sic). (ESPN) Ole Miss' Rodney Scott, the SEC Sportsman of the Year, arrested for fighting on campus. If this wasn't on an SEC campus, I might actually be shocked by this. (SB Nation) Paul Finebaum says Mark Richt is on the hot seat. Shut up, Paul. (al.com) Mark Richt's reaction to Paul Finebaum. (I wish.) Phil Steele's "Coaches on the Hot Seat" list. Surprise! Mark Richt's not on it. But Les Miles, Ralph Friedgen, and NC State's Tom O'Brien are. (Phil Steele's College Football Blog) SEC Media Days online. Fans will be able to check out the events in Birmingham without having to leave home or the office. (al.com) Death Valley Schadenfreude. Shakin' the Southland's look at Clemson's worst losses of the 2000's hits the "Top" 5 with the 2008 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, where The Tigers went down to Alabama. (Shakin' the Southland)
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