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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

Janzen Jackson is an ex-Tennessee Volunteer.

Janzen Jackson is an ex-Tennessee Volunteer.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 24, 2011

The long, strange trip of Janzen Jackson's time at Tennessee has come to a close. The embattled safety left school during spring semester to handle what were referred to as "personal problems" before returning to the program during the summer. Now reports say he has been dismissed from the team. Vols' head football coach Derek Dooley commented on the dismissal. “Our program has devoted a tremendous amount of energy, resources, support, and care in an effort to help Janzen manage his personal challenges,” Dooley said in the release.  “I will always be there to help him as a person, but there comes a time when a player’s actions preclude him from the privilege of playing for the University of Tennessee football team. “Although I’m disappointed with this outcome, we will never compromise the long-term organizational values and goals we maintain here at Tennessee.” No word as to why the departure has taken place. (via Knoxville News Sentinel) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Russell Wilson, Jerry Kill, and more.

Big Tentacles: Dan Persa, Russell Wilson, Jerry Kill, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 24, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)       There's strong, and then there's PersaStrong. Adam Rittenberg details how Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa's discipline and training in the weight room inspired the "PersaStrong" Heisman Trophy campaign. (ESPN) The Mark of Kain. Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald refers to  Persa's backup, Kain Colter as being "1b" on the depth chart. (The Chicago Tribune) One of the guys.  Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson has quickly been accepted by his Badger teammates since transferring from North Carolina State. (Rivals.com) Jim Tressel will coach again. Because his brother, Ohio State running back/special teams coach Dick Tressel, said so. (The Chicago Tribune) Joe Paterno could save college football from itself.  He only has to quit coaching to do it. (The Patriot-News) My Life With the Thrill Kill Cult. ESPN's Adam Rittenberg sits down for a Q&A session with first-year Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill. (ESPN) Learning to Crawl. Iowa sophomore C.J. Fiedorowicz describes learning to play football at the college level during his freshman year as a "humbling experience." (Quad City Times) Making up for lost time. Nebraska offensive guard Andrew Rodriguez is looking to make up for a disappointing 2010 season. (Omaha World Herald) Wolverine no more. Michigan wide reciever Je'Ron Strokes has left the team. (ESPN) Children of the Sun. A Michigan environmental group wants Michigan to install solar panels at Michigan Stadium. Don't hold your breath. (The Detroit News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Is Dan Persa limping or pimping?

Is Dan Persa limping or pimping?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 24, 2011

Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa has been walking around in preseason football camp with what appears to be a noticeable limp. While Persa himself admits rehabbing his ruptured right Achilles tendon takes a toll on his body, Wildcats head football coach Pat Fitzgerald has a more fanciful explanation. ‘‘Your limp could be somebody else’s pimp walk,’’ Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald said after the team’s practice Monday at Naval Station Great Lakes." Now there's a statement you don't want to hear from your college football coach. For one thing, it's such an obvious ruse to try to hide Persa's still-rehabbing ankle injury. Worse, Fitzgerald knows what a pimp walk is. Or at least he thinks he knows what a pimp walk is. It's never a good thing when a authority figure tries to hip, and Fitzgerald proves it. On the other hand, it would be cool if the Northwestern Marching Band played Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin'" after every completed pass Persa made the way Iowa's band played "Born in the USA" did with Ricky Stanzi last year. (via The Chicago Sun-Times) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Jordan Jefferson, Alabama, Auburn, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Jordan Jefferson, Alabama, Auburn, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 23, 2011

Why don't you have a seat over there? LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and three other members of the team met with Baton Rouge police investigators over an alleged bar fight  (Rivals.com) I have my heroes, but no one knows their name.  Alabama will honor first responders who aided residents of Tuscaloosa and other parts of Alabama after the April 27 tornadoes that ravagedthe state. (al.com) When I Grow Up To Be a Man. Alabama senior defensive lineman Nick Gentry wants to be a coach someday. (al.com) Fly Like An Eagle.  The flight of Auburn's Nova the eagle before its home games was chosen by Sports Illustrated as college football's second best tradition, second only to Ohio State's "Script Ohio." (Sports Illustrated) No love for the Aggies in Nashville.  Vanderbilt vice chancellor of athletics David Williams doesn't want Texas A&M as a member of the SEC. ( City Paper (Nashville)) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

New Cy-Hawk Trophy gets deep-sixed.

New Cy-Hawk Trophy gets deep-sixed.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 23, 2011

Well, that didn't last long. After a massive outcry, the newly- unveiled version of the Cy-Hawk Trophy is getting the heave-ho. Iowa Corn, the trophy's new sponsor, had recently unveiled a new trophy, given to the winner of the annual game between Iowa and Iowa State. Fans of both teams protested the new trophy, due in part to it's having nothing to do with football, and more to do with corn. Well, Iowa Corn has heard the protests of the masses, and has now acted. "The new Cy-Hawk Trophy is being dumped, Iowa Corn officials announced Tuesday. They will open a process for fans to pick its replacement." It's probably a smart move to replace the trophy. It's an even smarter move to have fans vote on a new design. Hopefully, Iowa Corn can figure out a way to cut down on trolls trying to vote the ugliest potential selection into the victory circle. (via Quad City Times) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Tennessee opens a door to Nowhere.

Tennessee opens a door to Nowhere.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 22, 2011

Tennessee's motto for 2011 is apparently "Opportunity is now here." There were so happy with the motto, they decided to put it on the door and... Somebody apparently had an issue with trying to get that to fit on the door. A somebody needed to get a smaller font somewhere." (via Deadspin, Dr. Saturday) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Miami reaction to Nevin Shapiro not shocking whatsoever.

Shirts Without Random Triangles: Miami reaction to Nevin Shapiro not shocking whatsoever.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 22, 2011

Really, Miami fans? Do you think threatening Nevin Shapiro with bodily harm is showing any form of maturity when it comes to U-Gate? Worse, that little not-mama-approved word I bleeped out that's kinda defamatory to women isn't helping you're case with the NCAA, either. (via Dr. Saturday) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Big Tentacles: Terrelle Pryor, Dan Persa, Nebraska, and more.

Big Tentacles: Terrelle Pryor, Dan Persa, Nebraska, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 22, 2011

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)     Terrelle Pryor drafted by the Raiders in NFL Supplemental Draft. Least. Shocking. Event. Ever. (Yahoo! Sports) It's hard to be humble.  Ohio State freshman quarterback Braxton Miller is more humbler than Terrelle Pryor. At least according to Bob Hunter. (The Columbus Dispatch) It's "Not your father's Big Ten anymore." Because Adam Rittenberg said so. (ESPN) ...But is it enough? Pat Forde says that even with all the modernization in the Big Ten, the conference will still find it hard to compete with the SEC and other Sun Belt schools when it comes to recruiting. (ESPN) Not out of the woods yet.  Even though quarterback Dan Persa is supposed to be "100 percent healed" from the Achilles' tendon that shortened his 2010 season, Northwestern coaches aren't ready to take chances with the Heisman Trophy candidate getting injured again. (The Chicago Tribune) What, me worry? The Omaha World Herald's Sam McKewon expressed concern with a string of "nagging" injuries Nebraska's offensive line. (The Omaha World Herald) What, me worry? Part deux. Wisconsin's o-line has also been hit with the injury bug. (Wisconsin State Journal) A wingman for the winged helmets?  Devin Gardner is looking to be developing as a solid back-up QB for Denard Robinson at Michigan. (The Detroit Free Press) The time for Iowa's Keenan Davis has arrived. Because Keenan Davis said so. (Quad City Times) Chain Reaction. How are Iowa fans reacting to the new Cy-Hawk Trophy? Not too well. (The Gazette (Cedar Rapids)) The Big Ten is NOT looking to expand any further at the moment. Because the Big Ten said so. Jim Delany then went down to his basement to salivate in front of his shrine to Notre Dame. (Off Tackle Empire) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

This just in: Tyler Bray got a haircut.

This just in: Tyler Bray got a haircut.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 21, 2011

It looks like Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray has joined Stanford's Andrew Luck in getting a haircut. Bray's obviously going for the longer buzz with enough puppy scruff to look like he's not just out of boot camp look straight out of the box. Sadly, it took Luck a little longer to Luck to figure that one out. (via Knoxville News Sentinel) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Welcome to Nike Pro Combat Hell, Georgia!

Welcome to Nike Pro Combat Hell, Georgia!

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 20, 2011

Nike unveiled the uniform Georgia will be wearing in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Sept. 3. If you were a Bulldog fan worried about the return of black jerseys or black pants, or (Hershel Walker forbid) black helmets,  then you have nothing to worry about. If you're a little anal about silver britches, however... To be honest, this isn't one of Nike's best looks. The silver helmets are okay, though the stripe could have been a little smaller. As for the almost all-red uni...well, it could have used a little black on the pants. Black pants would have been really cool with that jersey, but it seems Georgia might be a little too gun-shy about those kind of things after the 2008 beatdown by Florida.  A silver or black compression shirt might have been a better idea for this uni, too. It could have broken up the monotony of the red shirt and pants. Or Nike could have tried to come up with the shiniest silver britches possible for the uni. That might have been just enough to raise the level of Bulldog Nation nervousness from queasiness in the stomach to complete ulcer-developing levels. (via SB Nation Atlanta) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

The new Cy-Hawk Trophy is neither Cy nor Hawk. Discuss.

The new Cy-Hawk Trophy is neither Cy nor Hawk. Discuss.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 19, 2011

The Cy-Hawk Trophy, given annually to the winner of the Iowa-Iowa State game, has been given an extreme makeover. Here's the old version, which looks like just about any generic football trophy you could find at a local trophy and engraving shop.   And here's the new version. A creation of corporate synergy provided by the Cy-Hawk Trophy's new sponsor, The Iowa Corn Growers Association. This says absolutely nothing about football. It says more about the trophy's new sponsors, but not much. And in the end, it looks way too much like one of those generic sculptures you see at one of The Avenue shopping malls than anything vaguely related to football. (via Black Heart Gold Pants, KCRG) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Covering Dixie Like Mildew:Nick Saban, Barrett Trotter, Steve Spurrier, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew:Nick Saban, Barrett Trotter, Steve Spurrier, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 19, 2011

Nick Saban's assistant coaches who coached at Miami not tainted by Shapiro scandal. Because Nick Saban said so. (CBS Sports) Georgia tight end Orson Charles cleared of possible NCAA Miami-related recruiting violations. Because Georgia said so. (ChuckOliver.net) Ready to Start. Barrett Trotter is named as the new starting quarterback for Auburn. (Rivals.com) One Big Happy Family. Florida players say there aren't any internal rifts on the team between upperclassmen and underclassmen  like there reportedly were in 2010. (The Gainesville Sun) Demon in a Bottle.  Steve Spurrier has his own wine called "Gamecock Garnet." Of course he does. (Dr. Saturday) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

Unquiet on the Western Front: Chip Kelly, the Fiesta Bowl, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front: Chip Kelly, the Fiesta Bowl, and more.

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 18, 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.)     Stand By Your Man. Oregon head coach Chip Kelly is standing by quarterback Darron Thomas after the Cliff Harris traffic incident. (Rivals.com) Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes? There's already talk about Stanford's future at the quarterback position after Andrew Luck leaves for the NFL. (San Fransisco Chronicle) Please adjust your calendars.  There's a good possibility that the Fiesta Bowl will move it's Jan 5, 2012 scheduled date up to Jan 2. (CBS Sports) DeBoskie-Johnson back in shape. Cal running back Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson is regaining his explosiveness after losing weight during the summer. (San Jose Mercury News) Originally Pubished at: Shirts With Random Triangles

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