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Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims, Auburn, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mark Richt, AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims, Auburn, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 30, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   How Georgia can beat Boise State. Chuck Oliver's game plan for UGA to overcome #7 Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. It involves Bulldog quarterback Aaron throwing a lot. (ChuckOliver.net) The Heat Is On. Tom Dienhart interviews UGA head football coach Mark Richt. Yes the words "Hot Seat" are mentioned. (Rivals.com) Has the Alabama quarterback controversy between AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims been resolved yet? No. (The Birmingham News) Youth movement. Auburn's underclassmen players can expect to see action in the season opener against Utah State. (al.com) It's All About to Change. The Florida team that will emerge in October will be a lot different from the team that walks on the field in the season opener this Saturday. Because Pat Dooley said so. (The Gainesville Sun) Redemption Song.  Ole Miss looks to rebound from a hideous 4-8 record during the 2010 season. (The Commercial Appeal (Memphis)) Auburn's War Eagle VII has a Twitter account? Auburn's War Eagle VII has a Twitter account. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Aggiegeddon: A Texas A&M to the SEC song parody.

Aggiegeddon: A Texas A&M to the SEC song parody.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 30, 2011

Okay, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Some Texas A&M fans (a father and daughter named Keith and Bethany Barber, specifically) with what passed for musical talent made up a musical parody and posted up over on YouTube. The bad thing about it was that they decided to write their musical opus to the tune of Don McClean's legendary American Pie. All eight-plus friggin' minutes of it. Get ready to stick icepicks through your ears, sports fans. The really sad thing about this is that they actually believe that the Aggies could really compete against the SEC. Worse, they think SEC fans are scared of Texas A&M coming to the conference. Well, they're scared of how the Aggies might bring the conference down. As for events on the actual field of play,  just remember what a mediocre Georgia did to Texas A&M in the 2009 Independence Bowl. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Dancing in the Ruins: Aggiegeddeon, Garrett Gilbert, Darius Williams, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins: Aggiegeddeon, Garrett Gilbert, Darius Williams, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 30, 2011

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference. Or at least what's left of it.)     Dear John letter? What Dear John Letter? Texas A&M denies it's sent the Big 12 a letter announcing it's intent to leave the conference. (ESPN) Exit provisions in the Big 12 bylaws are a mess. Because Clay Travis said so. (Outkick the Coverage) What's Oklahoma doing during while Aggiegeddon/Longhorn Network rages? Secretly dreaming of its own Sooner Network, apparently. Because Barry Trammel said so.(The Oklahoman) Big 12 should look at BYU as Texas A&M's replacement.  Because Blair Kerkhoff said so. (Kansas City Star) And in actual football news... Ready to Start.  Texas taps Garrett Gilbert as starting quarterback in the Sept. 3 opener against Rice. (ESPN) Crawling Through the Wreckage. Kansas is still trying to recover from the meteoric rise and fiery fall of the Mike Mangino era. (Kansas City Star) Follow Your Bliss. Linebacker Darius Willis says that he's glad that he decided to transfer to Kansas from Buffalo after the school tapped Buffaloes' head football coach Turner Gill to replace Mangino. (Kansas City Star) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Texas A&M leaving the Big 12. Aggiegeddon is upon us.

Texas A&M leaving the Big 12. Aggiegeddon is upon us.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 30, 2011

It has begun. "The New York Times said in a story posted on its website Monday night that Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin sent a letter to Missouri Chancellor and Big 12 board chairman Brady Deaton to inform the league it was leaving. The report cited two unidentified college officials with direct knowledge of the decision." Let August 30, 2011 go down in history as a great day of mourning and repentance. When the dreaded Juggernaut of chaos began their its march toward the heart of college football. When Texas A&M, with its Aggie football team, its Freudian Corps of Cadets, and the abomination above all abominations called male cheerleaders Yell Leaders, began its long march toward the SEC.  In the future, those who did not live to see this day will be called the lucky ones. (via ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Derek Dooley bans mother from Paul Finebaum radio program.

Derek Dooley bans mother from Paul Finebaum radio program.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 29, 2011

Barbara Dooley with husband Vince. Tennessee head football coach may have finally found a solution to one of his bigger "problems." He's found a way to silence his ever vocal mother, Barbara Dooley. His Hairness has reportedly banned his mom from appearing weekly on the Paul Finebaum radio program. His reasoning? It hurts recruiting for the Vols. "Reached by OKTC today, Barbara Dooley confirmed that she'd been yanked off the airwaves. Aghast at the injustice, I told her that anyone who wasn't coming to Tennessee because of her radio appearances was a recruit the Vols didn't need. Barbara laughed anew. She'd previously been banned from regular appearances on airwaves in the state of Tennessee, which meant we could only schedule her occasionally. Yet every time she appeared with us, she was appointment radio." Obviously an injustice like this can't stand. The #FreeBarbaraDooley movement on Twitter begins now! (via Outkick the Coverage) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, James Vandenberg, Russell Wilson, and more.

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, James Vandenberg, Russell Wilson, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 29, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)      The Future's So Bright.  Northwestern's long-term future seems to be on a solid footing with head football coach Pat Fitzgerald and athletic director Jim Phillips signed to long term deals. As for the 2011 season? Well, that's a little more up in the air. (The Chicago Tribune) The Adjustment Bureau.  Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa's success in 2011 may depend on his ability to be more of a pocket passer to adjust for his still-recovering Achilles tendon. (Lake the Posts) Talking up a storm.  Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins plans to be more vocal this season when it comes to the Spartan offense. (Detroit Free Press) I want to be a history maker in this land.  Indiana wide receiver Damarlo Belcher has some big goals in mind when it comes to breaking school records. (The Indianapolis Star) Fisherman's Blues. Iowa QB James Vandenberg is not a great fisherman, according to his teammates. They'd better hope he's a better QB. (Black Heart Gold Pants) Darkhawk? The Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein says Iowa is a team flying "under the radar" in 2011. (The Chicago Tribune) Dance With My Father.  The legacy of Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson's late father still plays an important part in his son's life. (Wisconsin State Journal) This is for the questions that don't have any answers. Who's going to be Michigan's starting running back? Good question. (ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

David Pollack dresses like a ninth grader for ESPN U.

David Pollack dresses like a ninth grader for ESPN U.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 29, 2011

Really, David Pollack (seen here with Jason Seahorn)? Dress shirt and tie with cargo shorts? Look, I know as you pointed out on Twitter that "The beauty of TV is you only see the top half of us at the desk." That doesn't mean you can dress like a ninth grader. ESPN is big boy TV, David. Now that you've got a regular show with Jesse Palmer on ESPN U (Palmer & Pollack), it's time to dress like one. *Sigh* At least it wasn't jean shorts. The Bulldog nation's collective brain would have exploded.  (via David Pollack on Twitter) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Barrett Trotter, Mark Richt, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Tyler Bray, Barrett Trotter, Mark Richt, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 29, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)   Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends. We're so glad you could attend. Come inside! Come inside! The Alabama quarterback competition between A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims is still going on. (The Tuscaloosa News) Learning to Breathe.  A look at the maturation of Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray. (Chattanooga Times-Free Press) Grace Under Pressure. Auburn's Barrett Trotter is feels relaxed the week before his first start as the Tigers' starting QB. (al.com) Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Tennessee Football Coaches* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) A capsule rundown of Tennessee football coaching history. (Knoxville News Sentinel) We're gonna have Les Miles to kick around a little longer.  LSU gives Les Miles a contract extension. (CBS Sports) Mark Richt on the Hot Seat? Mark Richt on the Hot Seat. But it's not as hot as other coaches outside the SEC have it. (Rivals.com) Missouri should not become an SEC school. Because Chadd Scott said so. (ChuckOliver.net) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Rules of thumb for SEC expansion.

Rules of thumb for SEC expansion.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 29, 2011

Like it or not, it's looking more an more like Texas A&M will be an SEC school more sooner than later. With the Aggies on board, the SEC will have a baker's dozen of schools, which makes things a bit uneven. There's going to have to be a 14th team to make future scheduling less of a hassle. With that, there are a few rules of thumb the SEC really needs to follow in looking for the perfect fit. 1. Stay within the "traditional" South. This may offend my political connects, but by "traditional" South I pretty much mean states that joined the Confederacy in the Civil War. Wanting to expand the market for the SEC may sound like a good idea, but do Missouri or Kansas really sound like SEC country? The SEC needs to take a cue from where the ACC made mistakes in its bout of expansion silliness (hello, Boston College!). While this may look like it cuts a lot of potential expansion targets out, it leaves ones that make more sense as SEC schools, such as Virginia Tech, Louisville, Texas Tech, and many of the emerging FBS schools. Exceptions to this rule: Oklahoma (Sooners, duh), West Virgina (which was carved of the part of Virginia that didn't want to join in the shoot-yourself-in-the-foot party that was the Confederacy), and Notre Dame (because Southern Indiana has more in common with the South than either Indiana or the South care to admit). 2. Be American Idol, not Celebrity Rehab.  Texas A&M is wanting to come to the SEC because it sees the conference because of the more equitable division of revenue.  That's not really the kind of program you want to see in the conference. The SEC should be looking for programs that are on the rise, hungry, and ready to prove that they can play with the big boys of the BCS. There are certainly quite a few schools like that around the South. Texas Tech, ECU, Central Florida, USF, and Houston all would make good SEC schools. They'd at least try harder to compete than Vanderbilt. 3. Beware of Fool's Gold. Be free to translate this as Miami, FSU, and Georgia Tech. The Hurricanes, if they don't get the Death Penalty, are going to be radioactive for a long time to come, because of Nevin Shapiro. FSU may look all nice and shiny, but that just because of the pants. It may be back on the rise due to Jimbo Fisher, but will it be able to compete week in and week out against the heavier competition of the SEC? As for Georgia Tech, it pretty much plays the Aggies to UGA's Longhorns, even with it being in a separate conference. And while on the subject of the ACC... 4. Stay away from North Carolina.  Does any SEC school besides Kentucky really want to see Duke,  UNC, NC State, or Wake Forest in the SEC? Thought so. North Carolina schools scream "basketball." And sorry, expansion is all about football. 5. Clemson or bust. Above any Southern football program, Clemson is the one that shouts "SEC" without actually being in the SEC. It has the kind of aura and tradition you're looking for in a potential SEC team. It also has deep connections to SEC schools that other schools don't. Clemson may share some of the negative traits brought up in the above rules, but the positives greatly outweigh the negatives. Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Texas A&M telling the Big 12 it plans to leave?

Texas A&M telling the Big 12 it plans to leave?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 28, 2011

Aggiegeddon is one step closer to being reality. Texas A&M has reportedly talked to the Big 12 Conference's board of directors about the school's plans to leave the conference. "A person with knowledge of what was discussed during a conference call of the Big 12 board of directors Saturday told the Associated Press that Texas A&M officials talked about their anticipated departure.  "No major surprises," said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. "A&M didn't say they were leaving, but certainly gave every indication that's what they plan on doing."  An official announcement could come this week. All of that could depend on whether or not the SEC is ready to admit that it's interested in Texas A&M as a member, (via CBS Sports) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Jordan Jefferson, Aggiegeddon, A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Jordan Jefferson, Aggiegeddon, A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 27, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)  Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. With Jordan Jefferson's suspension after being charged with his alleged involvement in a bar fight, LSU can move forward with preparing for the start of the 2011 season. (The Times-Picayune) Your story has become tiresome! The NCAA pubically says Danny Sheridan's claims of knowing who the "bagman" in the Cam Newton affair are full of hot air. (ChuckOliver.net) Carry That Weight.  Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has added ten pounds of muscle to his frame after being steamrolled by Nick Fairley in the Bulldogs' 2010 defeat against Auburn. (Athens Banner-Herald)  Heat of the Moment. Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen is expecting playing conditions during the season opener at Memphis to be hotter than they were during training camp. (The Clarion Ledger) Great Expectations.  ESPN' Edward Ascroff and Chris Low each name Ole Miss and Tennessee as SEC teams that will exceed the expectations of what they're expected to do in the 2011 season. (ESPN) The New Rules. Track 'Em Tigers gives potential member schools of the SEC the skinny about the Conference. The part of equatable distribution of revenue should keep at least one Texas school out of the conference.  (Track 'Em Tigers.) Break It Down Again. T. Kyle King runs down all that you need to know about Aggiegeddon. (Dawg Sports) Not going anywhere for a while? The battle for the Alabama starting quarterback position between A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims doesn't seem to be ending any time soon. (ChuckOliver.net) Where Did It All Go Wrong? Saturday Down South asks why Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban, and Bobby Petrino failed as NFL coaches. Basically, it comes down to their running their respective teams like they were college football programs. (Saturday Down South) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

ESPN artwork for Boise State-Georgia game is just wrong.

ESPN artwork for Boise State-Georgia game is just wrong.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 26, 2011

The above image  is some artwork accompanying an ESPN the Magazine article on the upcoming Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game featuring Boise State vs. Georgia. Naturally, ESPN decides to go the cartoon character route with an anamorphic bronco versus a an equally anamorphic bulldog.  At least I think it's supposed to be a bulldog. To be honest, I don't know what the heck that thing is with lightning coming from its jaws. Is it a dog? A pig? A fish? What could it be? Incidentally, the issue this appears in features Michael Vick on the cover. Artwork featuring a horse fighting a dog in an issue with a man who went to jail for involvement with dog fighting on the cover. Oh, the agony and the irony are killing me. (via One Bronco Nation Under God, ESPN) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Rick Neuheisel, Kyle Whittingham, Boise State, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Rick Neuheisel, Kyle Whittingham, Boise State, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 26, 2011

(Unquiet on the Western Front is SWRT's look at the Pac-12, WAC, Mountain West, and other West Coast/Rocky Mountain schools extravaganza.)  Hot in Here. After three years as UCLA head football coach, Rick Neuheisel finds himself on the hot seat. (Los Angeles Times) It's Now or Never? With Jim Harbaugh gone and quarterback Andrew Luck possibly gone after next season, 2011 may be Stanford's last shot at being in the spotlight. (The Los Angeles Times) Wake Me Up When September Ends. Stanford fans will have to wait until mid-September to see what the Cardinal's Nike Pro Combat uniforms look like. (Rule of Tree) Horsing around.  Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham name Secretariat as his favorite athlete as a kid. (ESPN) Hair apparent.  Utah linebacker Chaz Walker claims he hasn't cut his hair since his freshman year. (The Salt Lake Tribune) Not a hot ticket, at least Golden Bears-wise.  Cal is being outsold ticket-wise by Fresno State in the two team's neutral site season opening game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. (San Jose Mercury News) There's a possibility, but no chance.  ESPN lists BYU, Fresno State, San Diego State, Nevada, and SMU as programs from non-automatic qualifying conferences that could someday go to a BCS bowl. (ESPN) Losing a Whole year. Arizona loses cornerback Jonathan McNight for the season due to a torn ACL. (Arizona Desert Swarm) Armageddon It. Boise State's white Nike Pro Combat helmet with its large white Bronco emblem is declared by Deadspin to be a sign of the Apocalypse. (Deadspin) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Trent Richardson, Tyler Bray, expansion silliness, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Trent Richardson, Tyler Bray, expansion silliness, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 25, 2011

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)    Know your role.  Alabama running back Trent Richardson has fully taken up the mantle of leadership on the team, even if it involves dealing with more than enthusiastic students on campus. (al.com)  There can be only one. The first serious QB competition involving Alabama in recent years is gaining more attention. (Saturday Down South) There can be only one - Part deux.  ChuckOliver.net's Fletcher Proctor looks at the Georgia's battles for starting jobs involving the tailback  (featuring Isaiah Crowell) and nose tackle positions. (ChuckOliver.net) Growing Up Bray. Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray's maturity process includes meeting with Vols' offensive coordinator Jim Chaney. (Knoxville News Sentinel) Making the best of a bad situation.  Tennessee defensive back Prentiss Waggner looks to be the benefactor of  Janzen Jackson's ejection from the Vols' football program. (Knoxville News Sentinel) The Tennessee athletic program needs an exorcism.  Because Clay Travis said so. Shut up, Clay. (Outkick the Coverage) Replacing Derek Sherrod isn't as easy as it looks.  Mississippi State's search to replace left offensive tackle Derek Sherrod  hasn't been an easy one. (The Clarion Ledger) A Few Small Repairs. Auburn is sprucing Jordan-Hare Stadium by installing huge photos of Tiger legends. That includes Heisman winners  Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson,  and, Cam Newton. (al.com) What Texas A&M fans need to know about the SEC. Because Pat Dooley said so. (The Gainesville Sun) Expansion silliness.  Holly Anderson gives three proposals for SEC expansion. All of which are as much reality based as a Samuel Coleridge opiate binge. (SI.com) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Shirts Without Random Triangles, or apostrophes, either.

Shirts Without Random Triangles, or apostrophes, either.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 24, 2011

OOPS! Now here's a hamdinger of a screw-up. Old Navy is coming out with a line of licensed collegiate t-shirts, all apparently using the phrase "Lets Go (insert school or team nickname here). " Notice anything wrong here with this Michigan t-shirt? Yes, the word "Let's" is missing an apostrophe.  What's worse? All the t-shirts across the line are apparently like this one, missing that same darn apostrophe. It's enough to give English professors conniptions. Not to mention C.E.O.'s and media relations people. On the other hand, economics professors will probably get kicks in seeing how these tees do on e-Bay.  (via Yahoo!) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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